Nan Chauncy Award
CBCA Nan Chauncy Award
Named after the noted Tasmanian author of children’s books, the Nan Chauncy Award has been created to honour individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to the field of Australian children’s literature. The spirit of the Award is to recognize advocacy, mentoring and volunteer work beyond paid roles and professional responsibilities. The Award is presented biennially and is an opportunity to recognize an individual or partnership whose dedicated work in advocacy and promotion of literature and literacy might otherwise not be publicly celebrated.
The 2023 CBCA Nan Chauncy Award nominations are now open!
Download the full 2023 award guidelines or refer to them online.
Nominations close Friday, 28 April 2023
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Who was Nan Chauncy?
From the late 1948 until 1969 Nan Chauncy was one of the most esteemed children’s writer in Australia. She distinguished herself by winning the Australian Children’s Book of the Year three times, had titles commended in the following seven years and gained international recognition including receiving the Hans Christian Anderson Award, Diploma of Merit. In recognition of her significance in the history of Australian children’s literature, CBCA instituted the Nan Chauncy Award in 1983.
History of the Award
From 1983 to 1998 the Award was presented every five years. At the CBCA's AGM in 1999 it was decided that the Nan Chauncy Award be given biennially, in even-numbered years (up until 2014). The Award in 2000 was presented at the CBCA 5th National Conference in Canberra and in 2002 at the 6th National Conference in Perth.
Past Award Recipients
2021 Nan Chauncy Award Recipient
Recognised at the CBCA 13th National Conference 'And Now They're Laughing!' in Canberra.
A ‘living treasure’ of the Western Australian children’s literature community was today awarded the prestigious Nan Chauncy Award. The Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) Chair Wendy Rapee announced Jan Nicholls as winner of the 2021 Nan Chauncy Award, which honours people who have made an outstanding contribution to Australian children’s literature.Read more
|Year of recognition||Award Recipient||Links to citations and speeches|
|2021||Jan Nicholls||Read More Watch Acceptance Speech Watch Dedication Speech|
|2019||James Moloney||Read speech|
|2017||Mem Fox||Read speech|
|2015||Libby Gleeson||Read citation|