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Greenhill wins Richell Prize

Tasmanian author Susie Greenhill has won the 2016 Richell Prize for Emerging Writers for her entry ‘The Clinking’, described as an ‘ecological love story’.

In a statement, Emerging Writers’ Festival director Michaela McGuire said Greenhill’s writing is ‘electric, and profoundly affecting’.

Greenhill, who recently completed a PhD at Edith Cowan University exploring environmental themes through a collection of short stories, was chosen from a shortlist of five. She receives $10,000 and mentoring from a Hachette publisher to help develop the work to publication.

A longlist, chosen from 430 entries, was announced in August. Applicants were required to submit the first three chapters and a synopsis of a proposed work of adult fiction or narrative nonfiction.

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

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


Category: Local news