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HarperCollins Publishers launches new prize for fiction writers

In a quest to find Australia’s next great storyteller, HarperCollins Publishers Australia is delighted to launch The Banjo Prize – a new prize for Australian fiction writers. The Banjo will be offered annually and will be open to all Australian writers of commercial fiction, offering the chance to win a publishing contract with HarperCollins, with an advance of $15,000. In partnership with News Regional Media, two runners-up will each receive a written assessment of their manuscript from HarperCollins. 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.

HarperCollins is Australia’s oldest and original publisher, with a literary heritage dating back to Angus & Robertson, who started publishing in Sydney in 1888. The Banjo is named after Banjo Paterson, Australia’s first bestselling author. His first collection of poems, The Man from Snowy River and Other Verses, was published by Angus & Robertson in October 1895 and was an instant success. The first edition sold out in the week of publication and went on to sell over 7000 copies in just a few months.

HarperCollins Australia CEO James Kellow said, ‘HarperCollins has a long history of uncovering great new Australian voices and we hope that The Banjo will help us uncover more literary gold. We’re looking for stories that make us laugh and cry, stories that keep us reading late into the night, stories that make our pulse race and stories we can’t put down.’

Entries open: 9.00am AEDT Friday 23 March 2018
Entries close: 5.00pm AEDT Friday 25 May 2018
Shortlist announced: Thursday 26 July 2018
Winners announced: Monday 13 August 2018

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HarperCollins Publishers is the second largest consumer book publisher in the world, with operations in 18 countries. With nearly two hundred years of history and more than 120 branded imprints around the world, HarperCollins publishes approximately 10,000 new books every year, in over 30 languages, and has a print and digital catalogue of more than 200,000 titles. Writing across dozens of genres, HarperCollins authors include winners of the Miles Franklin Award, the Nobel Prize, the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award and the Man Booker Prize.

For further information please contact:
Alice Wood, Campaign Manager
M: 0422 496 797  E: [email protected]


March 6, 2018


HarperCollins Publishers launches new prize for fiction writers


Alice Wood

0422 496 797

[email protected]