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November 29, 2023

2024 ASA/HQ Fiction Prize now open

The Australian Society of Authors (ASA) and HQ, a publishing division of HarperCollins, are thrilled to announce that the 2024 ASA/HQ Fiction Prize is now open for submissions.

The biennial Prize is offered for the best unpublished manuscript, and the winner will receive a publishing contract with HQ, with a $10,000 advance against royalties. The runner-up will receive $500 and a year’s membership with the ASA.

Submissions open on 29 November 2023 at 3pm AEST and will close on 31 January 2024 at 5pm AEDT. The shortlist and winner will be announced in May 2024. 

The 2024 Prize will mark the third time it has been awarded. The ASA/HQ Fiction Prize has launched the writing careers of its two previous winners: Sally Bothroyd with Brunswick Street Blues, shortlisted for the 2023 Danger award, and Ayesha Inoon with Untethered, published in June 2023 to outstanding reviews. 

Entering the inaugural 2020 Prize also led to the successful publication of shortlisted authors Kathy George and Stella Quinn, with Kathy’s genre-bending gothic drama Sargasso published in February 2021, and Stella’s contemporary romance The Vet from Snowy River in June 2021.

ASA CEO Olivia Lanchester said, ‘It’s a delight to be working in partnership with HQ to offer this Prize to our members again this year, particularly after the success of Sally Bothroyd and Ayesha Inoon. There’s a special thrill in seeing the Prize winners’ books in bookshops across the country and we can’t wait to see more wonderful entries this year.’ 

Jo Mackay, Head of Publishing for HQ said, ‘We greatly enjoyed working with the ASA on the last competition. The standard of manuscripts has been so high that every year it has been difficult to choose only one winner. Everyone at HQ is looking forward to reading the new entries with great enthusiasm and with every expectation of discovering some outstanding new Australian voices.’