The Banjo Prize 2019

HarperCollins Publishers Australia is delighted to announce that entries are now open for the 2019 Banjo Prize. HarperCollins launched The Banjo Prize in 2018 in a quest to find Australia’s next great storyteller. The inaugural recipient is Tim Slee, whose debut novel Taking Tom Murray Home will be published by HarperCollins in July 2019.

The Banjo Prize is offered annually and is open to all Australian fiction writers, offering the chance to win a publishing contract with HarperCollins, with an advance of $15,000. Writers need to have a full manuscript at the time of submission. Applications also need to include a synopsis of approximately 500 words and a 200-word biographical statement. Any Australian resident aged 18 or older is eligible to enter.

Entries open: 9.00am AEDT Monday 25 March 2019

Entries close: 5.00pm AEDT Friday 24 May 2019

Shortlist announced: Tuesday 27 August 2019

Winners announced: Tuesday 17 September 2019

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