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Xoum announces 2017 XO Romance Prize shortlist

Xoum Publishing has announced the shortlist for the 2017 XO Romance Prize for an unpublished manuscript.

The shortlisted works and their authors are:

  • L Francis for ‘Legally Bound’, a ‘heartwarming story about a bank worker sent to a country town to issue loan-default notices, and the dairy farmer who refuses to be beaten’.
  • E Ackers for ‘Life for Rent’, a ‘mesmeric story of love, loss, friendship, and the beauty that can be found in things remade’.
  • P Janu for ‘On the Same Page’, about ‘a writer desperate to keep her identity hidden, and the man determined to expose her’.
  • E Dean for ‘Side Effect’, a ‘passionate’ novel about ‘forbidden love and its dangerous repercussions’.

The winner of the $5000 prize will be announced on 31 January and will be published later in the year under Xoum’s romance and women’s fiction imprint, XO Romance.

The prize was established by Xoum in 2016 to mark the launch of XO Romance. The inaugural winner of the prize in 2016 was Jean Flynn’s Lovesick.


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