BLAKE DAWSON Waldron’s literary award, specifically aimed at books on business life and the Australian personalities that characterise it, was launched last week at the State Library of NSW.
The $30,000 Prize for Business Literature was established by Blakes to encourage high standards of literary comment on business affairs.
Launched by Kate Lahey, chief executive of the Business Council for Australia, the prize is intended to stimulate interest among those writers whose knowledge of Australia’s business life is “rich and deep”, said Blakes chairman of partners Richard Fisher.
While we acknowledge other forms of writing in this country, said Lahey, “this is our first book prize and as such it marks a coming of age in our attitude towards business literature”.
The prize will be judged by Mahla Pearlman, Chief Judge of the NSW Land and Environment Court and Alan Cameron. A third judge will be announced shortly.
Books eligible for the prize must have been commercially available in Australia from 1 September 2003 to 1 September 2004.