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NSW State Library launches humour-writing prize

The State Library of NSW (SLNSW) has announced the launch of the inaugural Russell Prize for Humour Writing to ‘celebrate, recognise and encourage humour writing, and to promote interest in this genre’.

The biennial prize, worth $10,000, is open to published works of fiction, memoir, poetry and verse by Australian writers. It is being funded ‘by the generous bequest of the late Peter Wentworth Russell, a farmer, businessman and passionate reader,’ SLNSW said in a statement. The award’s patron will be author and journalist Peter FitzSimons.

‘The Russell Prize for Humour Writing will celebrate the written works that have amused us over the last two years, and encouraged us to ponder what is so unique about the Australian sense of humour,’ said NSW state librarian and chief executive Alex Byrne.

Entries for the 2015 prize close on 6 February. For more information, visit the website here.



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