HarperCollins launches new prize for YA, middle-grade
HarperCollins Children’s Books Australia has launched a new prize for middle-grade and young adult fiction and nonfiction, called the Matilda Children’s Literature Prize.
The winner of the annual prize will be offered a publishing contract with HarperCollins and an advance against royalties of $10,000.
HarperCollins says: ‘We are looking for a manuscript which reflects contemporary Australia in relevant and appropriate ways for children aged between 7 and 18.’
The prize is open to Australian residents of any age, and entrants must submit a completed manuscript of 20,000–100,000 words suitable for middle-grade readers (aged 7–12) or young adult readers (aged 12–18).
Entries for the inaugural prize are now open, and will close on 26 January 2020. A shortlist will be announced on 21 April 2020, with the winner to be announced on 12 May.
For more information about the prize, and to read the submission guidelines, see the HarperCollins website.