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Penguin Literary Prize 2021 shortlist announced

Penguin Random House (PRH) Australia has announced the shortlist for the 2021 Penguin Literary Prize, worth $20,000. The shortlisted writers are:

  • Jane Carrick, for ‘So Far No Father’
  • Alicia Carter, for ‘Songs at the End’
  • Patrick Forrest, for ‘What I Am To You’
  • Madeleine Streater, for ‘Summer Animals’
  • James Watson, for ‘Denizen’
  • Jacqueline Wright, for ‘The Beauty and the Menace’.

PRH Australia publishing director Justin Ractliffe said: ‘The Penguin Literary Prize goes from strength to strength, this year the standard of entries was so high it was very difficult to get down to our six shortlisted authors. I’m excited to read the manuscripts and discuss them with our fantastic panel of judges, all of whom are raring to go. It’s always a thrill to read new work and to give unpublished writers the opportunity to get their work out there.’

The winner will be announced on 17 June.

The winner of the 2020 Penguin Literary Prize was Sophie Overett for The Rabbits, which PRH will publish in July.


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