About the Richell Prize for Emerging Writers
Hachette Australia, along with the Richell family, is honoured to launch the Richell Prize for Emerging Writers for 2019, in partnership with The Guardian Australia and The Emerging Writers’ Festival.
The Prize is once again open to unpublished writers of adult fiction and adult narrative non-fiction.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 detail about how the author’s writing career would benefit from winning the Prize.
‘2019 marks the fifth year of the Richell Prize. Since its inception, the Prize has unearthed a wonderful array of new writers. To date five of our winners and shortlisted entrants have gone on to secure book deals. It’s thrilling to see Matt’s legacy supporting emerging writers and launching new creative careers. All of us involved in the Prize are invested in uncovering the very best new writing talent and are excited to see what this year brings. I urge you, if you’re thinking of entering, please do. We can’t wait to read your work.’ Hannah Richell, bestselling author of Secrets of the Tides, The Shadow Year and The Peacock Summer.
The winner will receive $10,000 in prize money, to be donated by Hachette Australia, and a year’s mentoring 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 the 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 and a profile on the winning writer. The Prize will also be supported by Simpsons Solicitors and Joy.
The Prize, which is awarded annually, is in memory of Hachette Australia’s former CEO Matt Richell, who died suddenly in July 2014.
How Will the Prize be Judged?
The 2019 judging panel includes Robert Watkins, Head of Literary at Hachette Australia; Hannah Richell, bestselling author; Sarah Schmidt, bestselling author of See What I Have Done; and a bookseller.
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 and 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.