Melanie Joosten's novel Berlin Syndrome has won the 2012 Kathleen Mitchell Award. The prize, awarded biennially, is worth $15,000, and is specifically targeted at younger authors. Joosten's novel was described by the judges as a 'psychological thriller that is an exploration of obsession, captivity and the cumulative guilts of the past'.
Expressing her thanks for the win, Joosten said: 'Awards such as this one really help with finding an audience.'
The Kathleen Mitchell Award was established in 1996, with the aim of encouraging 'the advancement, improvement and betterment of Australian literature, to improve the educational style of the authors, and to provide them with additional amounts and thus enable them to improve their literary efforts.'