The Richell Prize for Emerging Writers

The Richell Prize for Emerging Writers

Presented by Hachette Australia, The Guardian Australia and The Emerging Writers’ Festival

Entries to the 2016 Richell Prize for Emerging Writers have now closed.

Congratulations to Susie Greenhill, winner of the 2016 Richell Prize for Emerging Writers for her ecological love story ‘The Clinking’. You can read the opening chapters of Susie’s novel over at The Guardian.

And congratulations to all the writers who made the shortlist this year: Andrea Baldwin, Emma Doolan, Sophie Everett and Susie Thatcher. There were 430 entries to the Prize, and to stand out as the authors of the five very best entries is no small feat. The winner and four shortlisted writers are profiled over on our blog.

The Richell Prize will reopen for entries in March 2017.

About The Richell Prize for Emerging Writers

Hachette Australia, along with the Richell family, established The Richell Prize for Emerging Writers in partnership with The Guardian Australia and The Emerging Writers’ Festival (EWF). Now in its second year, the Prize was launched in 2015 in memory of Hachette Australia’s former CEO, Matt Richell, who died suddenly in July 2014.

Throughout his publishing career, Matt Richell was a passionate advocate for writers and believed investment and support of new voices to be vital for the future of great literature. The Richell Prize has been established to continue Matt’s work in encouraging emerging writers in Australia. It is a prize for unpublished writers who are serious about their craft and aspire to commence a professional writing career.

The Prize is open to unpublished writers of adult fiction and adult narrative non-fiction. 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 details about how the author’s writing career would benefit from winning the Prize.

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 and shortlisted entries 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.

The Prize has also been made possible through the support of Simpsons Solicitors and Joy.

The Emerging Writers’ Festival involvement in this Prize has been sponsored by Simpsons Solicitors.

How Will the Prize be Judged?

Our line-up of judges will include:

Michaela McGuire, The Emerging Writers’ Festival
Lucy Clark, Senior Editor, The Guardian Australia
Karen Ferris, bookseller
Vanessa Radnidge, Publisher, Hachette Australia

The applications will be judged on three main criteria:

  • The Writing – make sure that you are telling an original story that you have a burning desire to share.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Thank You

Hachette Australia and Hannah Richell would like to thank The Emerging Writers’ Festival and The Guardian Australia for partnering with them to make this Prize a reality.

The Emerging Writers’ Festival would also like to thank Simpsons Solicitors for assisting them financially with the administration of the Prize.

This Prize brings together a group of people who know what a huge supporter of emerging writers Matt Richell was. Without the writers there would be no Prize – so be brave and submit your work.