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Established in 2017, the Penguin Literary Prize is a nod to Penguin Random House’s literary heritage as the great Australian house of literature.

The Penguin Literary Prize was launched to find, nurture and develop new Australian authors of literary fiction. Since its inception, the prize has received submissions from across Australia in a variety of genres and forms. Previous winners include Hitch by Kathryn Hind, published June 2019; The Spill by Imbi Neeme, published June 2020; and The Rabbits by Sophie Overett, published in July 2021.

The 2021 winner James McKenzie Watson will have his novel, Denizen, published in 2022.

The Spill

Winner of the 2019 Penguin Literary Prize

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Hitch

Winner of the 2020 Betty Trask Award, the inaugural Penguin Literary Prize and a Canberra Critics Circle Award.

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The Rabbits

From the winner of the Penguin Literary Prize and the Kathleen Mitchell Award.
A multigenerational family story with a dose of magical realism. It is about family secrets, art, very mild superpowers, loneliness and the strange connections we make in the places we least expect.

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The Rabbits

The night Charlie Rabbit disappears, Delia thinks of her sister.

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Sophie Overett Q&A

The Penguin Literary Prize winner on inspiration, advice and what's next.

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The Rabbits book club notes

A (Penguin Literary Prize) winning pick for book club.

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The Spill

The two girls waited for their mother on the verandah of the Bruce Rock pub, which offered shade but little relief from the heat of the late afternoon.

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Imbi Neeme Q&A

The 2019 Penguin Literary Prize winner on her inspiration, writing process and club sandwiches.

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The Spill book club notes

Explore the cycles of love, loss and regret, that can follow a family through the years, with your reading group.

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Hitch

The posts on the Stuart Highway were white with round, red reflectors attached at the top.

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Kathryn Hind Q&A

We sat down with Kathryn Hind to discuss the inspiration for Hitch, the editing process and what's next for the ACT-based author.

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Hitch book club notes

Join twenty-something Amelia and her dog Lucy as they hitchhike from one end of the country to the other.

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Hitchhiking with Kathryn Hind

Kathryn Hind reflects on winning the inaugural Penguin Literary Prize and her journey to becoming a published author.