ATTENTION ALL CRIME AND THRILLER WRITERS! Why wait to make crime pay?
Is there a manuscript in your bottom drawer just waiting to be finished? Have you got a burning idea for the perfect crime … on paper?
We are thrilled to announce the inaugural annual Allen & Unwin Crime Fiction Prize.
The winner will be awarded a publishing contract with an advance against royalties of $AUD 25,000.
The prize will be open to all unpublished full-length manuscripts in the crime or thriller genres between 70,000 and 100,000 words in length written by residents of Australia and New Zealand.
Both debut writers and already-published writers will be eligible to enter.
Entries are open from August 31, 2020 and close on Friday, February 26, 2021.
The winning novel will be announced in September 2021 and published the following year.
Allen & Unwin publisher Jane Palfreyman is excited to see what undiscovered gems the award will uncover. ‘The appetite of readers for quality crime fiction has never been so high, and Australian crime writing is flourishing here and around the world. At Allen & Unwin we have been consistently thrilled by the response to our award-winning and bestselling crime list, and are keen to expand it by discovering strong voices and new talent. We feel the Allen & Unwin Crime Fiction Prize is the perfect way to support ANZ writers and give our readers more of what they love.’
About Allen & Unwin
Founded in 1914 and voted ‘Publisher of the Year’ fourteen times, A&U proudly publishes a broad range of local and international authors. Our bestselling list is full of brilliant award-winning crime writers including Chris Hammer, Sarah Bailey, Rose Carlyle, Kerry Greenwood, Lynda La Plante, Michael Connelly, and the late Peter Corris amongst others.
While we are Australian owned and operated, we are international in our thinking, with offices in Sydney, Melbourne, Auckland and London, a global network of connected partners, and a local list that is unrivalled in scope and quality.