The Richell Prize was established in 2014 by Hachette Australia in partnership with The Guardian Australia and The Emerging Writers Festival to assist emerging writers who are looking to take the next step in their career.
Offered annually, the Prize is open to unpublished writers of adult fiction and adult narrative non-fiction.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 Richell Prize was established in memory of Hachette Australia’s CEO, Matt Richell, who died suddenly in 2014.
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 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.
Applications close Monday 3 July.
For more information on how to enter, please visit the website here.