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Text Prize

THE ANNUAL TEXT PRIZE FOR YOUNG ADULT & CHILDREN’S WRITING

Text is thrilled to announce that Georgina Young is the winner of the 2019 Text Prize for her sharply-observed YA novel, Loner. Georgina receives a publishing contract with Text and a $10,000 advance against royalties.  You can read about Georgina’s book and the other four novels that made up the incredibly strong shortlist for the 2019 Text Prize here.  

Our 2018 winner, Nina Kenwood’s It Sounded Better in My Head was published in August and has already garnered effusive advance praise from booksellers around the country. 

The 2020 Text Prize will open  Monday 6 January and close Friday 7 February, 2020. The 2020 entry form can be downloaded here.

The $10,000 Text Prize aims to discover incredible new books for young adults and children by Australian and New Zealand writers. 

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Published and unpublished writers of all ages are eligible to enter with works of fiction or non-fiction.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. 

‘The standard of the Text Prize winners always blows me away. The stories are evocative and beautifully written…both young adults and adults alike love and can relate to them.’ Aisling Lawless, 2019 ABA / PRH Young Bookseller of the Year

‘Every year, the students I work with devour the books published through the Text Prize. They find themselves on those pages.’ Karys McEwen, President, CBCA VIC

‘Kudos to the Text Prize for giving a voice to and launching the careers of luminaries Leanne Hall, A. J. Betts and now Nina Kenwood.’ Joy Lawn, YA columnist, Weekend Australian

‘Nobody should be surprised that the Text Prize is producing some of Australia’s finest young adult and children’s writing.’ ALPHAreader


Read the full 
Q&A with Prize alumni and check out the FAQ


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
    The Minnow

    The Minnow

    Diana Sweeney
    Zac & Mia

    Zac & Mia

    A. J. Betts
    Fire in the Sea

    Fire in the Sea

    Myke Bartlett
    The Billionaire's Curse

    The Billionaire’s Curse

    Richard Newsome
    The Bridge

    The Bridge

    Jane Higgins
    This Is Shyness

    This Is Shyness

    Leanne Hall