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Text Prize

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

Text is thrilled to announce that Nina Kenwood is the winner of the 2018 Text Prize for her delightful YA novel,  It Sounded Better in My Head.  Nina receives a publishing contract with Text and a $10,000 advance against royalties.  More on that here.

Read about our 2018 shortlist and laugh yourself silly with the 2017 Text Prize winner, The Extremely Weird Thing that Happened in Huggabie Falls by Adam Cece, out now in all good bookshops.

Submissions for the 2019 Text Prize will open Monday 7 January and close Friday 8 FebruaryThe entry form for the 2019 Text Prize is available for download now.

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Published and unpublished writers of all ages are eligible to enter with works of fiction or non-fiction.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 Text Prize is going from strength to strength, as the publisher continues to choose winners that push the boundaries of young adult fiction.' Books+Publishing    

‘Quickly building a glowing reputation.’ Sydney Morning Herald

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

I think the Text Prize is a great opportunity for any author, regardless of their publishing history. I entered it after being prompted by my third-year creative-writing students (when I was teaching at Curtin University). After raving about how great the prize is and how they should all enter, one of them said, ‘If it’s so good, why don’t you enter it?’ And the challenge was on! It was great to have the following year’s deadline to work towards.’ A. J. Betts, author of  Zac & Mia

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


Text Prize Winners
    The Utterly Indescribable Thing that Happened in Huggabie Falls

    The Utterly Indescribable Thing that Happened in Huggabie Falls

    Adam Cece
    The Unbelievably Scary Thing that Happened in Huggabie Falls

    The Unbelievably Scary Thing that Happened in Huggabie Falls

    Adam Cece
    The Art of Taxidermy

    The Art of Taxidermy

    Sharon Kernot
    The Peacock Detectives

    The Peacock Detectives

    Carly Nugent
    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