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Richell prize 2020: Aisling Smith wins $10,000 emerging writers award for ‘evocative’ novel

Melbourne writer’s magical realist work revealed ‘assured new Australian literary voice’, judges saidRead an extract from Aisling Smith’s winning novel, Petrichor…



Melbourne writer Aisling Smith has won the $10,000 Richell prize for emerging writers for 2020 for what the judges hailed as an assured and evocative novel.
More than 800 entries were submitted for the prize, which is co-presented by publishing company Hachette Australia, the Emerging Writers festival and Guardian Australia. In addition to offering the winner $10,000, it also grants them a 12-month mentorship with a publisher at Hachette Australia.
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