Each year, the team at Hardie Grant Egmont throws open the doors for the Ampersand Prize and puts out the call for manuscripts by unpublished writers. The Ampersand Prize aims to find brilliant debut novels by writers of young adult and middle-grade fiction. If we fall in love with a manuscript, the writer receives an advance against royalties, a publishing contract, and full editorial development to bring their book to market.
Established in 2012, the Ampersand Prize is the premier award for debut novelists in Australia and New Zealand. It has launched the career of a number of successful and award-winning writers, including Melissa Keil (Life in Outer Space, The Incredible Adventures of Cinnamon Girl, The Secret Science of Magic), Erin Gough (The Flywheel, Amelia Westlake) and Cally Black (In the Dark Spaces).
Rhiannon Williams' fantasy-adventure debut Ottilie Colter and the Narroway Hunt, published July 2018 and was the first ever middle-grade winner of the Ampersand Prize. Lisa Siberry's funny and atmospheric middle-grade mystery Gloop was awarded the Prize most recently and will publish mid-2019.
If you are an unpublished writer with a promising middle-grade or young adult manuscript we would love to receive your submission this year!
Submissions for the 2018 Ampersand Prize open from Monday 2nd July until Friday 20th July.