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Rough Diamonds: The Award for an Unpublished Manuscript

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Toni Jordan, Jane Harper, Melanie Cheng and Christian White — Photo: Sophie Quick

In its 15-year history, the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for an Unpublished Manuscript has launched some big names in Australian writing, including Graeme Simsion (The Rosie Project), Maxine Beneba Clarke (Foreign Soil) and more.

The award is a big leg-up for unpublished authors. Previous winners have gone on to write bestselling books across a range of forms and genres and to win other major Australian literary awards, too.

At this event we checked in with some recent past winners: Jane Harper (2015 winner for The Dry), Melanie Cheng (2016 winner for Australia Day), and Christian White (2017 winner for The Nowhere Child). Hosted by Toni Jordan, the trio discussed their writing journeys – from laptop-clutching hopefuls to published debut authors, and beyond.

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