at Deakin Edge, Federation Square

Unpublished Manuscript Award at the Emerging Writers’ Festival Launch

The Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for an Unpublished Manuscript is much-anticipated … most winners (and shortlistees) have found publication.

The prize itself is substantial, too - the winner receives $15,000 in prize money.

Last year’s winner, Graeme Simsion, famously won a worldwide, million-dollar-plus publishing deal for his quirky romantic comedy The Rosie Project.

Join us for the opening night of the Emerging Writers' Festival, where Graeme will officially pass the baton, announcing the winner of the 2013 prize, presented by Heidi Victoria, Minister for the Arts.

Poet Astrid Lorange will deliver a special keynote address to mark the occasion of the tenth Emerging Writers' Festival.

Join the Wheeler Centre and the Emerging Writers' Festival on a night that celebrates new writing talent – and showcases the next generation of writing stars.


Portrait of Graeme Simsion

Graeme Simsion

Graeme Simsion was born in Auckland and is a Melbourne-based writer of short stories, plays, screenplays and two non-fiction books.

The Rosie Project began life as a screenplay, winning the Australian Writers Guild/Inscription Award for Best Romantic Comedy before being adapted into a novel. It went on to win the 2012 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for an Unpublished Manuscript, and has since been sold around the world to over 40 countries. Sony Pictures have optioned the film rights with Graeme contracted to write the script.

The Rosie Project won the 2014 ABIA for Best General Fiction Book, and was ultimately awarded Australian Book of the Year for 2014. Its sequel, The Rosie Effect, was released in 2014 to great acclaim and also became a bestseller.

Portrait of Sam Twyford-Moore

Sam Twyford-Moore

Sam Twyford-Moore is the founding host of The Rereaders podcast and currently the Director of the Emerging Writers' Festival. His writing has appeared places with serious names like Los Angeles Review of Books and other publications you pretend to have read.

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