After receiving over 800 entries to the 2020 Richell Prize for Emerging Writers, we are delighted to announce the 22 writers on this year’s longlist.
Hachette Australia, along with the Richell family, is honoured to present the Richell Prize for Emerging Writers for 2020, in partnership with The Guardian Australia and The Emerging Writers’ Festival.
The 2020 longlisted writers are:
Kate Clinch-Jones, The Dream Weavers Apprentice
Alice Cook, Sunshine Grey
Brydie Cook, The Meadows
Ellen Cooke, The Fool
Zoe Downing, After the Snow
Phillippa Finkemeyer, Time to Leave
Karli Florisson, Brooksiana
Benjamin Forbes, The Boy Who Wept Rabbits
Hannah Foster, Fortuna
Sarah Frances, Mesophyll
Zahid Gamieldien, The Children
Colleen Goth, The Bus Stop at Paradise Beach
Mark Hennessy, Cities of Refuge
Kerry Jewell, Meddies
Lisa Kenway, All You Took From Me
Natalie Laharnar, The Fractured Woman
Scott Limbrick, Flaring Out
Kate Mayne, The River
Dinuka McKenzie, Taken
Josephine Scicluna, Thin House
Aisling Smith, Petrichor
Louise Surette, Your Mess is Mine
The winner will receive $10,000 in prize money, to be donated by Hachette Australia, and a year’s mentoring with one of Hachette Australia’s publishers. Hachette Australia will work with the winning writer to develop their manuscript with first option to consider the finished work, and the shortlisted entries, for publication.
As well as promoting the Prize, The Guardian Australia will publish an extract of the first chapter of the winning work on its website. The prize will also be supported by Simpson Solicitors and Joy.
The 2020 judging panel includes Vanessa Radnidge, Hachette Australia publisher; Hannah Richell, bestselling author; Jon Page, bookseller at Dymocks Sydney and Galina Marinov, Member Services Development Manager at the Australian Booksellers Association.
The shortlist will be announced on Monday 5 October, with the winner will be announced on Friday 6 November.
This prize brings together a group of people who know what a huge supporter of emerging writers Matt Richell was. Without the writers there would be no prize – so congratulations to everyone on the longlist.