Call for Applications

2017 Richell Prize for Emerging Writers from Australia ($10,000 in prize money)

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Application Deadline: 11:59pm, Monday 3 July 2017

The Richell Prize was established in 2014 by Hachette Australia in partnership with The Guardian Australia and The Emerging Writers Festival to assist emerging writers who are looking to take the next step in their career. Offered annually, the Prize is open to unpublished writers of adult fiction and adult narrative non-fiction. Writers do not need to have a full manuscript at the time of submission, though they must intend to complete one. The Prize will be judged on the first three chapters of the submitted work, along with a synopsis outlining the direction of the proposed work and details about how the author’s writing career would benefit from winning the Prize.


  • Any Australian resident aged 18 or older who has not had their work published by a commercial publishing house. Please read the Terms & Conditions for full eligibility requirements and submission guidelines.


  • The winner will receive $10,000 in prize money, to be donated by Hachette Australia, along with a 12-month mentorship with one of Hachette Australia’s publishers.
  • Hachette Australia will work with the winning writer to develop their manuscript with first option to consider the finished work and shortlisted entries for publication. As well as promoting the Prize, The Guardian Australia will publish an extract of the first chapter of the winning work on its website.

The Prize has also been made possible through the support of Simpsons Solicitors and Joy. The Emerging Writers’ Festival involvement in this Prize has been sponsored by Simpsons Solicitors.


A two-page synopsis (including chapter breakdown) and the first three chapters (with a maximum word length of 20,000 words), in a single PDF.


Opening date for entries: Monday 27 March 2017

Closing date for entries: 11:59pm, Monday 3 July 2017

Shortlist announced: Monday 2 October 2017

Winner announced: Wednesday 1 November 2017

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the 2017 Richell Prize for Emerging Writers

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