Since 2011, Hardie Grant Egmont has reserved a special corner of its YA list for publishing debut novels. It's called it the Ampersand Project because they love to work collaboratively with writers, and they get really, ridiculously excited about it. Melissa Keil's debut novel, Life in Outer Space, is the first book ever signed up through the Ampersand Project – and they can't wait to publish lots more. If you're serious about a career in YA fiction, then they are serious about you. The Ampersand Project runs annually in spring/summer. This year, submissions will open on Thursday 1st November 2012, and close at midnight on Thursday 31st January 2013. NEWS! They have extended the submission window until Friday 22nd February 2013, due to overwhelming interest. They are looking for YA manuscripts from unpublished writers across all genres. For details and all the guidelines head to the website: http://hardiegrant.com.au/egmont/contact-us/the-ampersand-project
Hardie Grant Egmont has always supported emerging writers, and this time they want everyone to know about it. Introducing Ampersand: a new collection of short novels by debut fiction writers.
It's an ambitious idea, but they're excited about bringing new voices to the YA fiction scene. They want to cater to teenage readers who just aren't into fantasy or paranormal romance, and show them a world just like this one. Real life can be just as dramatic and thrilling as other-worldly adventures, and any teenager who's climbed out their bedroom window for an illicit adventure knows it.
To kick this collection off, the editors of Ampersand are looking for fabulous stand-alone manuscripts about the secret lives of teenagers. They want a voice that leaps off the page, a hint of a literary vibe, and teenage characters facing conflict in the course of their everyday lives. Manuscripts that are by turns funny, dramatic, gritty, romantic, heartbreaking or challenging. Ampersand will give each debut novelist the launch they need to build their profiles in a competitive YA market.
They want Ampersand books to feel real to teenage readers. We want to push the boundaries, but we're not interested in moral-panic-inducing, usually urban-legendary topics (no sexting or rainbow parties here, please). Speculative elements are welcome, so long as they adhere to the rules of the real world. The difference is in the execution; for example, Tomorrow When The War Began is a real-world exploration of war as it could occur today, but The Hunger Games is not. Head to website for submission guidelines and story starting points:
In 2010, two new prizes have been added to the Awards to recognise literature for younger reading audiences.
The two new categories--Young Adult and Children's fiction--acknowledge the importance of literature for young audiences and its power to give rise to a lifelong passion for books.
The winners of the four categories, fiction, non-fiction, young adult fiction and children's fiction will each receive a $100,000 tax-free prize, bringing the total Award prize to $400,000.
Call for entries Entries are invited to the Prime Minister's Literary Awards--Australia's richest literary prize for Fiction, Non-Fiction, Young Adult's Fiction and Children's Fiction.
The Prime Minister's Literary Awards recognise the contribution of Australian literature to the nation's cultural and intellectual life.
The Minister for the Arts called for authors, publishers and literary agents to enter their books into the 2010 Awards for the opportunity to win this prestigious literary award.
Works must be written by living Australian citizens or permanent residents, first published in English and first offered for general sale between 1 January 2009 and 31 December 2009.
Entries are due at 5pm on Friday 16 April 2010.
More information including the guidelines and entry form can be found at www.arts.gov.au/pmliteraryawards