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Winners of 2018 Affirm Press Mentorship Award announced

The winners of this year’s Affirm Press Mentorship Award have been announced. The winning authors and their works are:

  • ‘The Things She Owned’ by Katherine Arguile, set in Tokyo during World War II, and contemporary London and Okinawa, the story is a ‘grief narrative’ about a Japanese mother and her mixed-race daughter.
  • ‘Flume’ by Amanda Robinson, which follows the interweaving lives of a young sculptor, a teenage dancer, an emergency worker and an accused arsonist in the aftermath of ‘a devastating bushfire that tears their worlds apart’.
  • ‘Shot the Devil’ by Ruth McIver, a novel that is ‘part literary noir, part postmodern Gothic’, blending memoir, true crime and fiction. Set in a fictional town in Long Island, New York, the story has two narrative threads: one takes place in 1994, the other in 2010.

The authors will work with senior editor Ruby Ashby-Orr and editor Cosima McGrath, who will provide manuscript development and feedback, as part of a week’s residency at Varuna, the National Writers’ House in the Blue Mountains.

As previously reported by Books+Publishing, Affirm recently announced changes to its mentorship program to make the award more accessible for low-income earners.



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