The Ampersand Prize is Australia and New Zealand’s premier award for unpublished writers of middle-grade and young adult fiction. Created by Hardie Grant Children's Publishing in 2012, the Ampersand Prize has launched the careers of numerous best-selling and critically acclaimed authors including Melissa Keil (Life in Outer Space), Erin Gough (The Flywheel), Cally Black (In The Dark Spaces), Rhiannon Williams (Ottilie Colter and the Narroway Hunt) and Lisa Siberry (The Brilliant Ideas of Lily Green). The most recent winner, Frances Chapman, published her winning young adult novel, Stars Like Us, in July 2020.
The Ampersand Prize team is passionate about uncovering brilliant debut novels and bringing fresh voices to the world. If we fall in love with a manuscript, the writer receives an advance against royalties, a publishing contract, and rigorous editorial development to bring their book to market.
Entries for the 2020 Ampersand Prize have now closed, and the prize will return in 2022.
The 2020 shortlist has been announced and can be viewed here.
Winner will be announced in early November. The news will also be promoted in the Weekly Book Newsletter, on the Hardie Grant Children's Publishing website, and on Facebook and Twitter, as well in an email to newsletter subscribers.