Here Goes Nothing by Steve Totlz has been awarded the $1,000 Alex Buzo Shortlist Prize.
The annual award is presented by the Waverley Council with support from its generous Principal Sponsors Mark and Evette Moran. Open to all Australian writers regardless of experience, subject or genre, the award honours high-quality writing of literary merit and value to the community.
In recognition of his place on the shortlist, Toltz has been awarded the $1,000 Alex Buzo Shortlist Prize. Additionally, his spot on the shortlist puts him in the running to win the $2,500 People’s Choice Prize and $20,000 Mark & Evette Moran Nib Literary Award, both of which will be announced on 16 November 2022.
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About Here Goes Nothing
When Angus Mooney finds himself in the afterlife, he realises that everything he knew about life was wrong. Watching from the other side, Mooney looks on as his firey wife is seduced by his killer – who seems to have replaced him without a hitch.
Meanwhile, his new home in the afterlife is filling up fast as disease sweeps the globe and resources become scarce. Now, he has to share a cramped existence with people traumatised by their own deaths and deal with his annoyingly-persistent fear of judgement.
Smart, sharp and hilariously entertaining, Here Goes Nothing is a delightful meditation on life in the 21st century.
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