ASA / HQ Commercial Fiction Prize

HQ FICTION AND ASA ANNOUNCE WINNER OF COMMERCIAL FICTION PRIZE  

HQ Fiction, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers Australia, and the Australian Society of Authors are delighted to announce the winner of the ASA/HQ Commercial Fiction Prize for unpublished manuscripts is Brunswick Street Blues by Sally Bothroyd. As the winner of the prize, Sally will receive a publishing contract with a $10,000 advance against royalties. Described as a compelling and distinctively Australian mystery set on the mean streets of Melbourne, Brunswick Street Blues will be published by HQ Fiction in 2022. The author Sally Bothroyd is a director of the Northern Territory Writers Centre and former journalist. Sally commented:

‘Writing a novel is such a huge journey, and I'm looking forward to working with HQ on the final stretch! I'm so excited to win this award, and I want to congratulate the other authors who were shortlisted. Thanks also to the ASA for partnering with HQ to offer this opportunity to unpublished authors.’

The runner up is Nina and Pearl by Fleur Glenn, a meditative and evocative story of love, loss and difficult decisions. Fleur will receive 20 hours free consultation towards a comprehensive audit of her online presence and website, worth $3,000 from Leading Hand Design.

The competition received 120 entries, showcasing a wide array of uniquely Australian and New Zealand voices. HQ Fiction publishers and editors shortlisted the top four manuscripts, which also included:

  • Sargasso by K.W. George: a clever and darkly gothic referencing of the Jean Rhys’ classic, The Wide Sargasso Sea
  • The Vet from Snowy River by Stella Quinn: a warm-hearted Australian story of a new beginning of a small country town

Head of Local Fiction for HQ, Jo Mackay said, ‘We were never in doubt of the range and quality of Australian commercial fiction writing. All the authors on the short list impressed us but Sally’s novel was particularly strong and captured the atmosphere of Melbourne street life brilliantly. We are delighted we are going to be publishing it.’

ASA CEO Olivia Lanchester said, ‘Our huge congratulations to Sally Bothroyd! We are delighted to have partnered with HQ to bring a publishing opportunity to a writer and wish Sally every success with her book.’

 

For media enquiries please contact ASA Marketing and Communications Manager Lucy Hayward on [email protected] or 02 9211 1004

 


HQ FICTION AND ASA ANNOUNCE SHORTLIST FOR COMMERCIAL FICTION PRIZE

HQ Fiction, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers Australia, and the Australian Society of Authors are delighted to announce the shortlist of unpublished manuscripts in contention for the ASA/HQ Commercial Fiction Prize.

The competition received 120 entries, showcasing a wide array of uniquely Australian and New Zealand voices.

HQ Fiction publishers and editors shortlisted the top four manuscripts. They are:

  • Brunswick Street Blues by Sally Bothroyd from Darwin: a distinctly Australian mystery set on the mean streets of Melbourne
  • Sargasso by K.W. George from Brisbane: a clever and darkly gothic referencing of the Jean Rhys’ classic, The Wide Sargasso Sea
  • Nina and Pearl by Fleur Glenn from Melbourne: a meditative and evocative story of love, loss and difficult decisions
  • The Vet from Snowy River by Stella Quinn from Brisbane: a warm-hearted Australian story of a new beginning of a small country town

The winner and runner up will be announced on Friday 27th March.

The winner will receive a publishing contract with HQ Fiction and a $10,000 advance against royalties. The runner up will receive a prize of 20 hours free consultation towards a comprehensive audit of their online presence and website, worth $3,000 from Leading Hand Design.

Head of Local Fiction for HQ, Jo Mackay said, ‘We were never in doubt of the range and quality of Australian commercial fiction writing. This shortlist simply confirms the vibrancy and vigour of our storytelling. All the authors on the shortlist impressed us.’

ASA CEO Olivia Lanchester said, ‘The ASA is delighted to have partnered with HQ to deliver the ASA/HQ Prize for Australian authors. Our thanks to HarperCollins for providing this publishing opportunity. We were so pleased by the great response and are equally impressed by the strength and quality of the shortlist.’

For media enquiries please contact ASA Marketing and Communications Manager Emily Banyard on [email protected] or 02 9211 1004

 

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