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Text Prize

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

Awarded annually to the best manuscript written for young readers, the $10,000 Text Prize for Young Adult and Children’s Writing aims to discover exciting new books by brilliant authors. The prize has unearthed extraordinary, multi-award-winning books and launched international publishing careers. 

Since its inception in 2008, the Text Prize has become one of the most renowned prizes for young adult and children’s writing in Australia and New Zealand.

Near the beginning of each year, published and unpublished writers of all ages are invited to submit works of fiction or non-fiction. The winner receives a publishing contract with Text and a $10,000 advance against royalties. 

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The winner of the 2020 Text Prize is Andrew Paterson for his standout middle-grade debut novel Rainfish, which will be published in August 2021. You can read more about Andrew’s book and the other stellar novels on the shortlist here.

For more information, check out the full Q&A with Prize alumni and the FAQs

 

‘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 HallA. 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

 


Text Prize Winners
    Loner

    Loner

    Georgina Young
    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 Billionaire's Curse

    The Billionaire’s Curse

    Richard Newsome
    The Bridge

    The Bridge

    Jane Higgins
    This Is Shyness

    This Is Shyness

    Leanne Hall