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Williams wins 2021 MUD Literary Prize

The Dictionary of Lost Words by Pip Williams (Affirm Press) has won the fourth annual MUD Literary Prize.

Presented annually for the best debut literary novel by an Australian writer, the $5000 MUD Literary Prize is awarded by Adelaide philanthropic group MUD Literary Club.

Williams’s debut was chosen from 35 entries overall, and a shortlist that also included Lucky’s (Andrew Pippos, Picador), Metal Fish Falling Snow (Cath Moore, Text), Song of the Crocodile (Nardi Simpson, Hachette), The Salt Madonna (Catherine Noske, Picador) and The Things She Owned (Katherine Tamiko Arguile, Affirm).

Williams will be presented with the award during an event at Adelaide Writers Week on 1 March.

The MUD Literary Prize judging panel for 2021 comprised Adelaide Writers’ Week director Jo Dyer, author Amy Matthews, Writers SA director Jessica Alice and MUD Literary Club committee members Andrew Saies and David Sly.

Last year’s winner was Sienna Brown for Master of My Fate (Vintage).

For more information on the prize visit the website.



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