The Readings Prize for New Australian Fiction


The Readings Prize for New Australian Fiction shortlist 2017

Congratulations to the six authors shortlisted for this year’s Readings Prize for New Australian Fiction!

The six shortlisted books are:

The Windy Season by Sam Carmody
Australia Day by Melanie Cheng
Jean Harley Was Here by Heather Taylor Johnson
The Good People by Hannah Kent
The Lost Pages by Marija Peričić
From the Wreck by Jane Rawson

You can read individual judges' comments for each of the shortlist books here, as well as download book club notes for each title. This year, we’re inviting our customers to participate in a reading challenge with the chance of winning a $100 Readings gift voucher. Find out more here.

We’re also pleased to offer a specially-priced pack of all six shortlisted books for $139.95 (was $169.86).

The judging panel for this year’s Prize was chaired by Gabrielle Williams (Readings Malvern) and included Ann Le Lievre (Schools & Libraries Liaison), Marie Matteson (Readings Carlton), and Annie Condon (Readings Hawthorn). Managing Director Mark Rubbo and celebrated author Christos Tsiolkas will also join the panel to select the winner from the shortlist.

The winner will be announced online in late October, and will be featured in the November issue of Readings Monthly. They will receive prize money of $3,000.

About the Readings Prize for New Australian Fiction

The Readings Prize for New Australian Fiction (originally known as the Readings New Australian Writing Award) supports published Australian authors working in fiction, and recognises exciting and exceptional new contributions to local literature. The Prize aims to increase the promotion and commercial success of books by Australian authors, earning them greater recognition from the wider community. First or second published works of fiction are eligible.

The Prize was established in 2014, and in 2017 the winner will receive prize money of $3000.

Previous recipients include Zoë Morrison for her debut novel Music and Freedom, Stephanie Bishop for her second novel The Other Side of the World and Ceridwen Dovey for her fiction collection Only the Animals.

Eligibility Guidelines for 2017

  • The Readings Prize for New Australian Fiction is open to a work of published fiction that may be a novel, a verse novel or a collection of short stories by a single author.
  • The author must be an Australian citizen or hold permanent residency at the time of entry.
  • The book must be the author’s first or second published work of fiction only.
  • Books published only in e-book form are not eligible to be entered.
  • Self-published works are not eligible to be entered.
  • Entries must be published in English.
  • Authors must be living at the date of publication.
  • To be eligible for the 2017 Prize, books must have been first published between 23 July 2016 and 22 July 2017.
  • Authors who are employed by Readings during the judging period for each year are not eligible for the Prize. For the 2016 Prize round, this period is from Thursday 23 July 2016, through to Friday 28 October 2017.
  • Authors who win the Readings Prize for New Australian Fiction will no longer be eligible for this Prize in future years.

Entry Guidelines for 2017

There is no process for entering the Prize. The judging panel, comprised of experienced Readings’ staff, will decide on eligible titles and invite respective publishers to submit no more than three reading copies of the nominated book for Prize consideration throughout the eligibility period. Further copies may be requested if the book is shortlisted.


Enquiries should be directed to the Prize Manager Bronte Coates at