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News  •  4 November 2019


Penguin Literary Prize 2020

We are thrilled to announce that submissions for the annual Literary Prize are now open.

The PRH Literary Prize, launched in 2017, was established to find, nurture and develop new Australian authors of literary fiction. With PRH already home to many admired and awarded authors this prize offers aspiring and diverse writers from across the nation a chance to connect with people who can celebrate their work.

Justin Ractliffe, Group Publishing Director of PRH Australia, 'At Penguin Random House we champion emerging voices. The Penguin Literary Prize exemplifies our commitment to giving aspiring writers the opportunity to have their work discovered, nurtured and brought to booksellers and readers everywhere. It is always a thrill to see the sheer amount of talent out there and to discover brilliant new authors. I’m excited to see what this year’s submissions bring.'

In the two years since its launch the Literary Prize has received an incredible number of submissions, approximately 400 each year, exploring an array of themes and genres. Previous winners include Hitch by Kathryn Hind, published June 2019, and The Spill by Imbi Neeme, to be published June 2020.

Of the Award, Neeme said, 'As an emerging writer it means so much to me to have been read, considered and, ultimately, selected for this incredible prize. Following years of stealing whatever time I could to write… this prize acknowledges and legitimises my writing in an invaluable way.'

Hind stated, 'When I first discovered the Penguin Literary Prize I couldn't believe such an opportunity existed for fostering new Australian voices… I'm hopeful that this is the start of building what will be a strong foundation for my writing career.'

Submissions are open to all Australian residents aged 18 and above. Submissions will close at 11:59pm AEST on Friday 13 December 2019.   

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 here.

A shortlist will be revealed on 17 March, with the winner announced at a special event hosted by Penguin Random House Australia on 17 June.

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