10th February 2013
Writing Australia is delighted to release the shortlist for the 2013 Unpublished Manuscript Award.The Award of a $10,000 cash prize and $2,000 mentorship is designed to aid in the development of the next stage of an unpublished adult fiction manuscript.The winner will be announced on Thursday 7 March 2013.The Great Divide by Rex Hunter (South Australia)At the end of the 19th century, two students concoct a plan to test the courage of the famous writer Henry James and so shed light on the timeless literary question: Is it plot or character that drives a story? James, together with his friends who include H. Rider Haggard and Joseph Conrad, takes up the challenge. The game is afoot! Our bookish sleuths soon find their adventure is not merely academic–It may cost their lives. Fresh, bold and energetic, part rollicking adventure and part literary puzzle.In Camera Obscura by Christy Collins (Victoria)An Australian photographer crosses paths with a young man trying to flee Libya. A story of intrigue and suspense which tracks the effects of the lucrative people-smuggling trade on individual human lives. The diary form is well handled to mirror the gradual dawning of the truth on the wife, and the descent of the young refugee from initial hope to despair, locked up behind barbed wire in Australia, is powerfully rendered.The Things We Tell Ourselves by Lucy Treloar (Victoria)This evocative and accomplished novel set in Cambodia examines recent Cambodian history and its legacies, and in particular the role of expatriates and aid agencies in that country. While telling an engaging story of one young woman’s experiences, the novel explores cultural differences and raises questions about belonging and responsibility, and what drives us to help others and the extent to which we can.Writing Australia’s Unpublished Manuscript Award is managed by the SA Writers Centre.