Named the Penguin Literary Prize, and established in 2017 in conjunction with Leading Edge Books, the Prize is a nod to Penguin Random House’s literary heritage as the great Australian house of literature.
In its inaugural year, the Prize received more than 400 entries from across Australia, exploring an array of themes and genres. The winning submission, Hitch, by Canberra-based writer Kathryn Hind, will be published on the Vintage Australia list in June 2019.
Nikki Christer, Group Publishing Director of Penguin Random House Australia, said, ‘We are always looking to welcome new Australian voices to our lists, and the Penguin Literary Prize offers aspiring authors, wherever they are, the opportunity to get their work straight into the hands of booksellers and publishers to be considered. We were excited by the volume and quality of work submitted in our inaugural year, and we can’t wait to start reading the entries this year.’
The judges for this year’s Prize will again include booksellers representing Leading Edge Books and publishers from Penguin Random House Australia.
Submissions will be accepted from 9:00am Monday 3 September, with entry open to all Australian residents aged 18 and above.
A shortlist will be revealed on 7 February 2019, with the winner announced during the annual Leading Edge Books conference in March.
The Prize value is $20,000, with the winner to also receive a book every month for a year and the potential for publication with Penguin Random House Australia.
Entries can be submitted via the Penguin website.