4th September, 2021
Each year–and every year since 2015–the Emerging Writers Festival has launched the Richell Prize for Emerging Writers, in partnership with Hachette Australia and the Richell family. Last year, mid-pandemic and G’s cancer treatment, I abandoned my intention to enter, and this year, between caring duties and work (and still, a global pandemic), I still almost didn’t. But with five minutes to go before the deadline, I uploaded my documents and hit submit on my entry.
The Richell Prize was established in memory of Hachette Australia’s CEO, Matt Richell, who died suddenly in 2014. The Prize is also supported by Simpson Solicitors in Matt’s memory. It is an incredible opportunity for emerging writers, with a monetary component to the prize ($10,000) and more significantly, for me, a year of mentoring with one of Hachette Australia’s publishers.
I am thrilled to be selected on the longlist this year, and even if this is as far as I go, I am hopeful that my book will one day (soon!) find a home somewhere. Perhaps, even in your home.
Congratulations to all the longlistees/writers/entrants and thank you, to the Emerging Writers Festival, Hachette Australia and the Richell family for this opportunity!
The complete longlist can be found at the link below:-
26th June, 2020
Since 2008, Writers Victoria has held the annual Grace Marion Wilson Emerging Writers Competition which aims to support and profile emerging Victorian writers.
In 2020, Natasha Agafonoff received first place in Non-fiction and also the Best Regional Writer Prize for her piece ‘Sexy Nails’.
Judge’s comments: ‘Sexy Nails’ weaves past and present together seamlessly, telling both the writer’s story and her grandfather’s, and shines a light on a specific chapter of history that is not often explored. By grounding the work in the physicality of her fingernails, Agafonoff takes a risky writing bet that pays off, resulting in a piece that is haunting and visceral.
Sexy Nails will be published in the October/November edition of The Victorian Writer.
Results for all categories are available at Writers Victoria here.