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Submissions for the 2018 Text Prize Open Soon

Mark 3 January 2018 in your calendars, writers of Australia and New Zealand, because that’s the date entries open for the $10,000 Annual Text Prize for Young Adult & Children’s Writing.

Full details and the entry form are here.  

Submissions open 3 January and close 2 February, 2018. 

The Text Prize aims to discover great new books for young adults and children by Australian and New Zealand writers.  

In 2017, Text held the tenth annual prize and we liked all our shortlistees so much that we are publishing the lot this year! 
Read about last year’s winner Adam Cece and his madcap middle-grade story, The Extremely Weird Thing that Happened in Huggabie Falls.
Then read about all four 2017 shortlistees and their upcoming books.

Awarded annually to the best manuscript written for young readers, the prize has unearthed extraordinary, multi-award-winning books and launched international publishing careers. Published and unpublished writers of all ages are eligible to enter with works of fiction or non-fiction.

The winner receives a publishing contract with Text and a $10,000 advance against royalties. 

You’ve got holidays coming up, get that pen to paper or your fingertips to the keyboard and polish that manuscript! We’re willing to see your manuscripts, we’re wanting to see your manuscripts, we’re waiting to see your manuscripts. 

Have a look at all our previous winners’ books below and get as excited as we are about next year’s entries!

Text Prize Winners
    It Sounded Better in My Head

    It Sounded Better in My Head

    Nina Kenwood
    The Extremely Weird Thing that Happened in Huggabie Falls

    The Extremely Weird Thing that Happened in Huggabie Falls

    Adam Cece
    Beautiful Mess

    Beautiful Mess

    Claire Christian
    The Book of Whispers

    The Book of Whispers

    Kimberley Starr
    How to Be Happy

    How to Be Happy

    David Burton
    Zac & Mia

    Zac & Mia

    A. J. Betts
    Fire in the Sea

    Fire in the Sea

    Myke Bartlett
    The Bridge

    The Bridge

    Jane Higgins
    This Is Shyness

    This Is Shyness

    Leanne Hall
    The Billionaire's Curse

    The Billionaire’s Curse

    Richard Newsome


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