2020 Richell Prize for Emerging Writers announced!
A HUGE congratulations to the winner of the 2020 #RichellPrize:
Aisling Smith, with ‘Petrichor’!
Aisling will receive $10,000 in prize money and a year’s mentoring with a Hachette Australia publisher. There were over 800 entries this year and an exceptionally high calibre of shortlistees. Thank you to everyone who entered!
The judges said of Smith’s winning entry, ‘Petrichor announces an assured and evocative new Australian literary voice… Aisling’s writing is evocative and sophisticated, and the story is one all the judges want to read much more of.’
About the Richell Prize for Emerging Writers
Hachette Australia, along with the Richell family, is honoured to launch the Richell Prize for Emerging Writers for 2020, in partnership with The Guardian Australia and The Emerging Writers’ Festival.
The Prize is once again open to unpublished writers of adult fiction and adult narrative non-fiction.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.
‘As a writer myself, I know from personal experience how writing can offer escape and connection during times of disruption, pain and change. My hope is that this Prize might find its way to those of you drawn to explore your creativity and writing craft in this particularly extraordinary year. If you think you have a manuscript inside of you and the commitment and desire to see it through to publication, this is the Prize for you. Let us help you make it happen. Be brave. Submit your work. We can’t wait to read it.’ – Hannah Richell, bestselling author of SECRETS OF THE TIDES and THE RIVER HOME
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 Richell Prize was established in memory of Hachette Australia’s CEO, Matt Richell, who died suddenly in 2014.
How Will the Prize Be Judged?
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 applications will be judged on three main criteria:
- The writing – make sure that you are telling an original story that you have a burning desire to share.
- The synopsis – give us a brief summary of the plot, major characters, themes and settings in the book and a chapter-by-chapter breakdown of the rest of the book.
- Tell us how winning the Prize will help you further your writing career.