The Prize for an Unpublished Manuscript

Winning Entry

On Friday June 1, Graeme Simsion was awarded the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for an Unpublished Manuscript for his novel The Rosie Project.

The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion

Don Tillman is a forty-year-old geneticist with undiagnosed Aspergers. When he wants to find a partner, he approaches the project the only way he knows - systematically. He creates a questionnaire designed to find the perfect woman - a punctual, non-drinking, non-smoking female who will fit in with his regimented lifestyle. When Rosie appears on the scene, she fits none of Don’s criteria - but she does turn his life upside down. Graeme Simsion’s moving and comic novel, sustained by a remarkable narrative voice, and illuminated by dramatic and hilarious scenes, takes the reader on an immensely satisfying journey as Don seeks to find out if he is capable of real love.

Shortlisted Authors

The prize’s shortlist comprised of Simsion, Rose Mulready’s The Day We Lost The Moon and Stephen Samuel’s Strange Eventful History. Read blurbs of the shortlisted entries here.

Honourable Mention

The Twoway Boy by Clive Wansbrough.

Judging Panel

Nick Gadd (Convener; author and winner of the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for an Unpublished Manuscript in 2007), Peter Mews (Melbourne bookseller and author, whose most recent novel Bright Planet was shortlisted for The Age Book of the Year), Zoe Dattner (Co-founder and Creative Director of Sleepers Publishing and General Manager of SPUNC) and Roderick Poole (Director, Writers Victoria).