The 2017 Richell Prize is open.

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The 2017 Richell Prize for Emerging Writers, sponsored by Hachette in partnership with The Guardian Australia and The Emerging Writer’s Festival is open for submissions. It is a prize that is awarded annually, and it is now in its third year, honouring Matt Richell, Hachette Australia’s former CEO, who died suddenly in 2014.

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THE KEY DATES FOR THIS YEAR’S PRIZE:

ENTRIES OPEN: 27th March, 2017

ENTRIES CLOSE: 3rd July, 2017

WINNER ANNOUNCED: 1st November, 2017

From the Press Release:

Hachette Australia, along with the Richell family, is honoured to launch the third year of The Richell Prize for Emerging Writers, in partnership with The Guardian Australia and The Emerging Writers’ Festival (EWF). 

‘Hachette Australia’s core purpose is to contribute to the development and health of Australian culture through the power of storytelling, The Richell Prize is integral to that aim, and we are so proud to once again offer this prize to emerging writers’ – Fiona Hazard, Publishing Director – Hachette Australia.

‘The Richell Prize has opened, and continues to open, so many wonderful doors, from the support, interest and expert advice given by Hachette Australia and many others to renewed self-confidence in the writing process.  It is a unique, exciting and generous prize, a real game-changer that keeps on giving’ – Sally Abbott, author of the forthcoming CLOSING DOWN (to be published by Hachette Australia in May 2017) and winner of the inaugural Richell Prize for Emerging Writers (2015).

The Prize is once again open to unpublished writers of adult fiction and adult narrative non-fiction. Writers do not need to have a full manuscript at the time of submission, though they must intend to complete one. The Prize will be judged on the first three chapters of the submitted work, along with a synopsis outlining the direction of the proposed work and detail about how the author’s writing career would benefit from winning the Prize.

‘The Richell Prize provides a unique opportunity for an emerging writer in that it not only comes with a cash prize – which directly translates into time to write and further develop craft – but also a 12-month mentorship with one of Hachette Australia’s expert publishers. The prize can provide a foot in the door to the publishing industry not only for the winner, but also other entrants and shortlisted writers.’ – Izzy Roberts – Orr, Creative Director of the Emerging Writers’ Festival

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The winner of the Richell Prize receives $10,000 in prize money from Hachette Australia, a year’s mentorship with a publisher at Hachette, and the winning writer will work with Hachette to develop their manuscript – with Hachette receiving first option to consider the finished work and the shortlisted entries for publcation.

There have been two winners so far:

2015 – Sally Abbott – Closing Down, published in May 2017, and a shortlisted author from the same year – Brodie Lancaster – No Way! Okay, Fine to be published in July this year.

All details of the award can be found at www.emergingwritersfestival.org.au and www.hachette.com.au.

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2016 Richell Prize for Emerging Writer’s Winner

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Announcing the 2016 Winner of the Richell Prize for Emerging Writers

 

The past two years have seen the awarding of the Richell Prize for Emerging Writers, in memory of Matt Richell, former CEO of Hachette Australia, who died in 2014. The winner of the prize wins $10,000 and a yearlong mentoring with Vanessa Radnidge. This year’s winner is Susie Greenhill, for her novel, The Clinking. After this year of mentoring, Hachette will have the first chance to option The Clinking for publication. The announcement was made on the 28th of September, 2016.

 

From The Guardian: The Clinking explores extinction, grief and interconnection against the backdrop of a warming climate, through the eyes of a scientist watching ‘the world he loves and knows intimately disappearing’,

 

In its second year, The Richell Prize for Emerging Writers has already optioned a novel. The 2015 winner, Susie Abbott, will have her novel, Closing Down, published in July 2017.

 

These two results are proof that Australia has a viable and vibrant literary culture, which will hopefully exist into the future. Hachette’s prize and mentoring program to assist emerging writers, along with publishers such as Pantera Press that take on new writers and nurture them and their stories, to bring much needed new voices into the literary world, show that there is still a place for the writing and book industry in Australia.

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Below is a link to the opening chapter of The Clinking:

 

https://www.theguardian.com/books/australia-books-blog/2016/sep/29/richell-prize-2016-read-susie-greenhills-opening-chapter-of-the-clinking?CMP=share_btn_fb

 

Congratulations, Susie Greenhill, and Susie Abbott, wishing you both the best with your novels.