The Readings Prize for New Australian Fiction


Announcing the Reading Prize for New Australian Fiction 2018 shortlist

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

The six shortlisted books are:

The Town by Shaun Prescott
Pulse Points by Jennifer Down
Pink Mountain on Locust Island by Jamie Marina Lau
The Fireflies of Autumn by Moreno Giovannoni
Flames by Robbie Arnott
The Lucky Galah by Tracy Sorensen

Chair of the judging panel Ellen Cregan says: ‘The six books listed here represent the most daring new voices in Australian literature. All six books challenge conventional ideas of what the contemporary Australian novel can achieve, whether via experimental prose, surprising plots or exploration of form.’

You can find individual comments about the six books here, learn more about the six emerging authors here, and you can listen to Cregan discuss the shortlist in more detail over on the Readings Podcast.

We’re delighted to offer a specially-priced pack of all six shortlisted books for $149.99 (was $177.94).

About the Readings Prize for New Australian Fiction

The Readings Prize for New Australian Fiction (originally known as the Readings New Australian Writing Award) was established in 2014 and recognises exciting and exceptional new contributions to local literature. First and second published works of fiction. The Prize is awarded to the work of highest literary merit.

Every year, a shortlist of six titles is selected by a revolving panel of Readings staff. The 2018 judging panel includes Deborah Crabtree (Readings Carlton); Mark Luffman (Readings Hawthorn); Jan Lockwood, human resources manager; and Ellen Cregan, marketing and events coordinator. Readings’ managing director Mark Rubbo and celebrated author Tony Birch have also now also joined the panel to help select the winner from the shortlist.

The 2018 winner will be announced online in late October, and will be featured in the November issue of Readings Monthly. They will receive $3000 in prize money.

Eligibility Guidelines for 2019

  • 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.
  • Second or subsequent books in a series will not be considered.
  • 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.
  • Authors who win the Readings Prize for New Australian Fiction will no longer be eligible for this Prize in future years.
  • To be eligible for the 2019 Prize, books must have been first published between 21 July 2018 and 24 July 2019.
  • Authors who are employed by Readings during the judging period for each year are not eligible for the Prize. For the 2019 Prize round, this period is from Thursday 21 July 2018, through to Thursday 31 October 2019.

Entry Guidelines for 2019

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