The Asher Literary Award

The Asher Literary Award is offered biennially to a female author whose work carries an anti-war theme. The Award is managed by the Australian Society of Authors on behalf of the Literature Board of the Australia Council, and is valued at $12,000.

Made possible by a bequest from Mrs Helen Waltraud Rosalie Asher, the Award was established in 2005. Helen Asher, also known as Helen Ulrich, was the author of Tilly’s Fortunes (Penguin, 1986). Her shorter works were published in various anthologies.

A post-WWII refugee from Germany, Helen was deeply committed to Australia’s artistic and cultural life. Both Helen and her husband Mervyn were active in Sydney’s literary community.

There is no entry fee for this Award.

The 2015 winner was Joan Bueamont for her book Broken Nation. The 2013 award was won by Belinda Castles for her novel Hannah and Emil.

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