Allen & Unwin announces major new Crime Fiction Prize worth $25,000

By Allen & Unwin | Posted: Monday August 10, 2020

ATTENTION ALL CRIME AND THRILLER WRITERS! Why wait to make crime pay? Is there a manuscript in your bottom drawer just waiting to be finished? Have you got a burning idea for the perfect crime . . . on paper?

We are thrilled to announce the inaugural annual Allen & Unwin Crime Fiction Prize. The winner will be awarded a publishing contract with an advance against royalties of $AUD25,000.

The prize will be open to all unpublished full-length manuscripts in the crime or thriller genres between 70,000 and 100,000 words in length written by citizens and residents of Australia and New Zealand. Both debut writers and already-published writers will be eligible to enter.

Entries are open from August 31, 2020 and close on February 26, 2021.

The winning novel will be announced in September 2021 and published the following year.

Allen & Unwin publisher Jane Palfreyman is excited to see what undiscovered gems the award will uncover: ‘The appetite of readers for quality crime fiction has never been so high, and Australian and NZ crime writing is flourishing here and around the world. At Allen & Unwin we have been consistently thrilled by the response to our award-winning and bestselling crime list, and are keen to expand it by discovering strong voices and new talent. We feel the Allen & Unwin Crime Fiction Prize is the perfect way to support ANZ writers and give our readers more of what they love.’

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