The CAL Scribe Fiction Prize
Entries have now closed for the CAL Scribe Fiction Prize 2012. A longlist will be announced in November or December 2011.
This year’s prize will be judged by Blanche Clark (Books Editor, Herald Sun), Jon Page (General Manager, Pages and Pages Booksellers; and President, Australian Booksellers Association), and Aviva Tuffield (Associate Publisher — Fiction, Scribe Publications).
The winner of the CAL Scribe Fiction Prize 2011 was Lesley Jørgensen, and her wonderful book Cat & Fiddle will be published in early 2012. For more details on last year’s results, please see news page.
These terrific novels, which we discovered in the 2010 prize, are now available at all good bookshops:
- A Darker Music by Maris Morton (the inaugural winner)
- Black Glass by Meg Mundell
- Little People by Jane Sullivan
About the prize
In August 2009, Scribe launched the CAL Scribe Fiction Prize for an unpublished manuscript by an Australian writer aged 35 and over, regardless of publication history. The winner receives $15,000 and a book contract from Scribe.
Many writers only find the time and have acquired the life experience to write fiction later in life. This prize recognises that there are many examples of late bloomers when it comes to writers, certainly in terms of getting published. Youth is already celebrated in so many ways, and Scribe wants to support writers who are emerging or still going strong in their prime.
It is Scribe’s intention that this prize will raise the profile of Australian fiction, demonstrate our commitment to local authors, and find a wonderful new voice and/or novel.
Scribe gratefully acknowledges the assistance of the CAL Cultural Fund.