Penguin Literary Prize open for submissions
Sydney, Tuesday 2 October 2018: Penguin Random House Australia has opened
submissions for their annual Literary Prize.
Named the Penguin Literary Prize, and established in 2017 in conjunction with
Leading Edge Books, the Prize is a nod to Penguin Random House’s literary heritage
as the great Australian house of literature.
In its inaugural year, the Prize received more than 400 entries from across Australia,
exploring an array of themes and genres. The winning submission, Hitch, by
Canberra-based writer Kathryn Hind, will be published on the Hamish Hamilton
Australia list in June 2019.
Nikki Christer, Group Publishing Director of PRH Australia, said, “We are always
looking to welcome new Australian voices to our lists, and the Penguin Literary Prize
offers aspiring authors, wherever they are, the opportunity to get their work straight
into the hands of booksellers and publishers to be considered. We were excited by
the volume and quality of work submitted in our inaugural year, and we can’t wait
to start reading the entries this year.”
The judges for this year’s Prize will include booksellers representing Leading Edge
Books and publishers from Penguin Random House Australia.
Submissions are open to all Australian residents aged 18 and above. Submissions will
close at 11:59pm on Sunday 25 November 2018.
A shortlist will be revealed on 4 February 2019, with the winner announced during
the annual Leading Edge Books conference in March.
The Prize value is $20,000, with the winner to also receive a book every month for a
year and the potential for publication with Penguin Random House Australia.
Entries can be submitted via the Penguin website –