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Binks wins 2014 Ray Koppe Young Writers’ Residency

Danielle Binks has won the Australian Society of Authors (ASA)’s 2014 Ray Koppe Young Writers’ Residency for her unpublished YA novel ‘The True Constant’.

The annual residency offers one week’s stay at Varuna, The Writers House in Katoomba, NSW to an unpublished writer under 30.

Binks’ winning story ‘ranges across science (astronomy), family, deafness and signing, immigration and relationships’, said judges Judith Ridge and Lynne Spender. ‘This young adult novel emerges as much more than a typical coming of age story. It demonstrates maturity in its understandings and is nuanced in a way that will make it appeal to a broad audience.’

Binks is a writer, blogger, columnist for Kill Your Darlings, digital editor at Spinifex Press and marketing coordinator at Wild Dingo Press.

Four applicants were also commended by the judges: Cassie Doyle for her YA thriller ‘What Happens Next’; Brooke Maggs for her sci-fi novel ‘Six Bodies of Truth’; Kelsi Morris-Bullot for her ‘first-person narrative’ ‘Old Souls’; and Mitchell Welch for his satirical novel ‘Cascade Gardens’.

For more information about the residency and the winning and commended manuscripts, visit the ASA website here.

 

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