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Hachette, EWF announce 2016 Richell Prize longlist

Hachette Australia and the Emerging Writers’ Festival have announced the 2016 Richell Prize for emerging writers longlist.

The 19 longlisted writers and their works are:

  • ‘The Illusion of Islands’ by Andrea Baldwin
  • ‘Melodica Shuffle’ by Daniel Lynch
  • ‘From There to Here’ by Edita Mujkic
  • ‘Blueberries’ by Ellena Savage
  • ‘Dark Tides’ by Emma Doolan
  • ‘Mouth of Flowers’ by Gabrielle Bates
  • ‘The Beach House’ by Janelle Nucifora
  • ‘Blue Notes’ by Jordan Irving
  • ‘Half-mongrel’ by Kay Harrison
  • ‘Where the Violets Grow’ by Krystina Pecorari-McBride
  • ‘This is Real Life’ by Laura McCluskey
  • ‘Birdwatching the Erinyes’ by Lyn Dickens
  • ‘The Kafka Papers’ by Marija Pericic
  • ‘The Little Green Chair’ by Michael Cormack
  • ‘The Adversary’ by Ronnie Scott
  • ‘The Rabbits’ by Sophie Overett
  • ‘The Clinking’ by Susie Greenhill
  • ‘Gardens of Stone’ by Susie Thatcher
  • ‘The Fairies’ by Yvette Radas.

The longlist was chosen from 430 entries.

Hachette launched the Richell Prize last year with the Emerging Writers Festival (EWF) and the Guardian. The award is in memory of former Hachette CEO Matt Richell, who died in a surfing accident in 2014.

Applicants were required to submit the first three chapters and a synopsis of a proposed work of adult fiction or narrative nonfiction, with the winner to receive $10,000 and mentoring from a Hachette publisher to help develop the work to publication.

The judges are author and Richell’s widow Hannah Richell; Emerging Writers’ Festival director Michaela McGuire; Guardian Australia senior editor Lucy Clark; bookseller Karen Ferris, and Hachette publisher Vanessa Radnidge.

The shortlist will be announced on 1 September, and the winner will be announced in Sydney on 5 October. In January this year Hachette announced it had signed the winner of the inaugural prize, Sally Abbott, and shortlisted writer Brodie Lancaster.


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