The Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for an Unpublished Manuscript is much-anticipated … most winners (and shortlistees) have found publication.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.
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 It went on to win the 2012 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for an Unpublished Manuscript, and has since been sold around the world to over 40 countries.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.
Sam Twyford-Moore is a writer and the founding host of The Rereaders, a fortnightly literary and cultural podcast. From 2012 until 2015, he was the Festival Director and CEO of the Emerging Writers’ Festival, during which time he directed three Melbourne-based festivals, launched the Digital Writers’ Festival and toured the festival to Hobart, Sydney, Canberra, Adelaide and across Indonesia. As a writer he has contributed to the Monthly, the Los Angeles Review of Books, the Australian, Meanjin, the Guardian, the Lifted Brow and others. He is the author of The Rapids: Ways of Looking at Mania published in August 2018.