The Readings Prize for New Australian Fiction

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.

The Readings Prize for New Australian Fiction in 2017

Each year, a shortlist of six titles is selected by a revolving panel of Readings booksellers. 2017 judges include Annie Condon (Hawthorn), Gabrielle Williams (Malvern), Marie Matteson (Carlton) and Ann le Lievre (Schools and Libraries Liasion). Guest judge Christos Tsiolkas will also join the panel to select a winner once the shortlist has been decided.

Christos Tsiolkas is the author of five novels: Loaded, which was made into the feature film Head-On, The Jesus Man and Dead Europe, which won the 2006 Age Fiction Prize and the 2006 Melbourne Best Writing Award. He won Overall Best Book in the Commonwealth Writers' Prize 2009, was shortlisted for the 2009 Miles Franklin Literary Award, longlisted for the 2010 Man Booker Prize and won the Australian Literary Society Gold Medal for his novel, The Slap, which was also announced as the 2009 Australian Booksellers Association and Australian Book Industry Awards Books of the Year. He is also a playwright, essayist and screen writer.

The 2017 shortlist will be announced in late August, with the winner to be decided by late October.

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