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Readings New Australian Writing Award 2015 shortlist announced

Readings has announced the titles shortlisted for its $4000 New Australian Writing Award.

The shortlisted titles are:

  • The Other Side of the World (Stephanie Bishop, Hachette)
  • Last Day in the Dynamite Factory (Annah Faulkner, Picador)
  • In the Quiet (Eliza Henry-Jones, HarperCollins)
  • Arms Race (Nic Low, Text)
  • Hot Little Hands (Abigail Ulman, Hamish Hamilton)
  • Heat and Light (Ellen van Neerven, UQP)


Read the full judges’ report here.

Readings established the award in February 2014 to support published Australian fiction authors, with the aim of increasing ‘the commercial success of first or second books by Australian authors’. The inaugural winner, Ceridwen Dovey’s Only the Animals (Hamish Hamilton), was one of Readings’ bestselling books in 2014.

The judges are Readings managing director Mark Rubbo, St Kilda store manager Amy Vuleta, Readings Monthly editor Elke Power and Hawthorn store buyer Danielle Mirabella. They will be joined by Burial Rites author Hannah Kent, who will help select a winner from the shortlist.

Readings and literary journal Kill Your Darlings will also host a ‘shortlist showdown’ event at Readings Carlton on 22 September, with six readers and writers making a case for why their favourite book from the shortlist should win. More information about the event can be found here.

The winner will be announced in late October.


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