The Readings New Australian Writing Award 2014 Shortlist

We’re thrilled to announce the six shortlisted books for Readings New Australian Writing Award!

The Readings New Australian Writing Award is for an Australian author’s first or second book of fiction, and recognises exciting and exceptional new literary talent.

Here are the shortlisted books for 2014:

You can read the full judges' report on the six shortlisted titles here.

We’re delighted that Hannah Kent, author of Burial Rites and co-founder and publishing director of literary journal Kill Your Darlings, will be joining our judging panel to help select the winner.

If you want to get involved, then you can sign up for our New Australian Writing Award (NAW) Reading Challenge. You will have the opportunity to share your thoughts on the shortlisted books and win gift vouchers! Find out more about the challenge and sign up here.

The winner of Readings New Australian Writing Award will receive prize money of $4000 and will be announced at a special awards event in late October. You can find more information on the award here.

The Tribe

The Tribe

Michael Mohammed Ahmad

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After Darkness

After Darkness

Christine Piper

Winner of The 2014 Australian/Vogel's Literary Award.

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 Read reviewForeign Soil

Foreign Soil

Maxine Beneba Clarke

In this collection of award-winning stories, Melbourne writer Maxine Beneba Clarke has given a voice to the disenfranchised, the lost, the downtrodden and the mistreated. It will challenge you, it will have you by the...

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 Read reviewOnly the Animals

Only the Animals

Ceridwen Dovey

Perhaps only the animals can tell us what it is to be human. a trench on the Western Front a cat recalls her owner Colette's theatrical antics in Paris. In Nazi Germany a dog seeks enlightenment. A Russian tortoise once owned by...

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The Tribe

The Tribe

Michael Mohammed Ahmad

The Tribe is a collection of three novellas portraying life in an extended Muslim Allawite Lebanese-Australian family, as seen by one of its youngest members.

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 Read reviewThe Night Guest

The Night Guest

Fiona McFarlane

The hypnotic tale of a psychological battle on unequal terms and a superbly drawn portrait of two very particular women - a beautifully written, unnerving and acutely moving debut.

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An Elegant Young Man

An Elegant Young Man

Luke Carman

For a long time Western Sydney has been the political flash-point of the nation, but it has been absent from Australian literature. Luke Carman's first book of fiction is about to change all that: a collection of monologues and...

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