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2022 Richell Prize for Emerging Writers

Date: Thu April 21 2022 9:00 am to Fri July 8 2022 5:00 pm

With: Hachette Australia & Emerging Writers’ Festival

2022 Richell Prize for Emerging Writers

Hachette Australia, along with the Richell family, is honoured to launch the Richell Prize for Emerging Writers for 2022, in partnership with the Emerging Writers’ Festival.


This is the eighth year of the prestigious Richell Prize and once again entries are open to unpublished writers of adult fiction and adult narrative non-fiction.

Writers do not need to have a full manuscript at the time of submission, though they must intend to complete one.

The winner will receive $10,000 in prize money from Hachette Australia, and a year’s mentoring with one of Hachette Australia’s publishers.

Hachette Australia will work with the winning writer to develop their manuscript, and has first option to consider the finished work, and the shortlisted entries, for publication.

How will the Prize be judged?

The applications will be judged on three main criteria:

  • The writing – make sure that you are telling an original story that you have a burning desire to share
  • The synopsis – give us a brief summary of the plot, major characters, themes and settings in the book and a chapter-by-chapter breakdown of the rest of the book
  • Why you want it – tell us how winning the Prize will help you further your writing career
  • Please read the Terms and Conditions carefully to make sure your work is eligible.

About the Mentorship with Hachette

The winner will receive a 12-month mentorship with a publisher at Hachette Australia. The format of this will depend on the winning writer but you can expect to receive an assessment of the three chapters that you’ve submitted, feedback on your writing style, a discussion around who your target audience might be and regular phone calls to check in on your writing progress. Your mentor will read your work at regular intervals. While Hachette is not offering a publication deal as part of the Prize, we’d love to mentor the winner through to a stage where we both feel comfortable discussing publication opportunities and eventually see the winning work on bookshelves under the Hachette Australia imprint.

Hachette Australia and Hannah Richell would like to thank the Emerging Writers’ Festival for partnering with them to make this Prize a reality and thank the Pedestrian Group for their support of the Prize.

The Emerging Writers’ Festival would also like to thank Simpsons Solicitors for assisting them financially with the administration of the Prize.

This Prize brings together a group of people who know the huge amount of support that Matt Richell dedicated to emerging writers. Without the writers, there would be no Prize – so be brave and submit your work.

Prize opens: 21 April 2022
Prize closes: 8 July 2022
Longlist announced: 5 September 2022
Shortlist announced: 11 October 2022
Winner announced: 3 November 2022

For further information, and to enter the Richell Prize, visit the Emerging Writers Festival website at: www.emergingwritersfestival.org.au/the-richell-prize-for-emerging-writers/

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