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The Richell prize was established in honour of the late Matt Richell, former CEO of Hachette Australia. Photograph: Hachette Australia Nancy Groves
Guardian Australia is pleased to announce the five emerging writers whose manuscripts have been shortlisted for the inaugural Richell prize, a new Australian literary award established in honour of the late publisher Matt Richell.
Three fiction and two nonfiction entries make up the final five, with Jonathan O’Brien, Brodie Lancaster, Sally Abbott, Lyndel Caffrey and Ellena Savage all in contention to win $10,000 and a year’s mentoring with Hachette Australia.
The Richell prize for emerging writers: the full longlist
Jointly launched in May by Hachette, Guardian Australia and the Emerging Writers’ festival, the Richell prize attracted a huge 975 submissions in the six-week entry period of its first year.
Writers were asked to submit the opening three chapters of an unpublished fiction or creative nonfiction manuscript for consideration, accompanied by a full synopsis of the book and a supporting statement about how they would use the prize money and mentoring to develop it for publication.
Readers convened by the Emerging Writers’ festival deliberated the first round, selecting 21 entries for the longlist. From that, a judging panel led by author Hannah Richell, Matt’s widow, chose our shortlist of five.
When the longlist was published in early September, it was met with excitement across the Australian book industry and literary community.
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The shortlists for the 2015 Inky Awards have been announced. The awards are presented by the Centre for Youth Literature at the State Library of Victoria for local and international fiction, poetry, anthologies and graphic novels written for young adults.
Voting for the awards is open to members of the public aged between 12 and 20, and will run until 27 September. Winners will be announced on 13 October. The Australian book that receives the most votes will win the Gold Inky and a cash prize and the international book that receives the most votes will be awarded the Silver Inky.
The award longlists were announced in March. For more information about this year’s shortlists, visit the Inside a Dog website here.
The titles shortlisted for the Gold Inky Award (for an Australian book) are:
The titles shortlisted for the Silver Inky Award (for an international book) are: