Hachette Australia, along with the Richell family, has established The Richell Prize for Emerging Writers in partnership with The Guardian Australia and The Emerging Writers’ Festival (EWF), in memory of Hachette Australia’s former CEO, Matt Richell, who died suddenly in July 2014.
The Richell Prize has been established to continue Matt Richell’s work in encouraging emerging writers in Australia.
The winner will receive $10,000 in prize money, to be donated by Hachette Australia, along with a 12-month mentorship 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 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 and will also offer the winner and shortlisted entrants the opportunity to attend their Guardian Australia Masterclass series.
The Richell Prize is open to previously unpublished Australian residents aged 18 years or older (blogs, short story collections or literary journals do not constitute publication).
Books for children and young adults are not eligible.
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.
How To Enter
Complete the application form and submit it with the first three chapters of the work and a full synopsis (no more than 2 x A4 sides).
Set up your submission as an A4, double-spaced document in 12 pt Roman font with 3cm margins and page numbers on each page.
Include details about any writing courses that you’ve done or any writing prizes that you’ve won.
Applications open on 2 July 2015 and close on 14 August 2015.
The shortlisted entries will be decided by 21 September 2015.
Shortlisted entrants will be contacted directly by the close of business on 22 September 2015. The shortlist will be announced publicly on 23 September 2015.
The winner will be announced at a special event in Sydney on Thursday 29 October 2015.
How Will The Prize Be Judged?
Our line-up of judges will include:
• Sam Twyford-Moore representing the Emerging Writers’ Festival (and previously their Creative Director)
• Megan O’Brien, Bookseller from the Potts Point Bookshop
• Nancy Groves, Culture Editor, The Guardian Australia
• A publisher at Hachette Australia
• Hannah Richell, bestselling author of Secrets of the Tides and The Shadow Year
The applications will be judged on three main criteria:
1. The Writing – make sure that you are telling an original story that you have a burning desire to share.
2. The Synopsis – give us a brief summary of the plot, major characters, themes and settings in the book. If you can, please also include a chapter-by-chapter breakdown of the rest of the book.
3. Tell us how winning the Prize will help you further your writing career.
About The Mentorship With Hachette
The winner will receive a 12-month mentorship with a publisher at Hachette Australia. The format of this will depend on the winning writer but you can expect to receive an assessment of the three chapters that you’ve submitted, feedback on your writing style, a discussion around who your target audience might be and regular phone calls to check in on your writing progress. Your mentor will read your work at regular intervals. While Hachette is not offering a publication deal as part of the Prize we’d love to mentor the winner through to a stage where we both feel comfortable discussing publication opportunities.
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