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The Richelle Prize for Emerging Writers is a $10,000 award in memory of publisher Matthew Richell. It is supported by The Guardian Australia and was jointly launched by the Richell family and Hachette Australia, where Matt was chief executive, at the opening night of the 2015 Emerging Writers’ festival, which is also a partner in the award.


2020 winner Aisling Smith for 'Petrichor'.
2019 winner Else Fitzgerald for 'Nearly Curtains'.
2018 winner Ruth McIver For 'I Shot The Devil'.
2017 winner y separately published work icon State Highway One Sam Coley , New Zealand : Hachette New Zealand , 2020 18000310 2020 single work novel

'This is what I want to do. I want to go home. I want you to come with me.
'I want to go from here...'
Finger on Cape Reinga.
' here.'
Finger at the bottom of Stewart Island, right at the bottom of the map.

'It's been years since Alex was in New Zealand, and years since he spent any one-on-one time with his twin sister, Amy. When they lose their parents in a shock accident it seems like the perfect time to reconnect as siblings. To reconnect with this country they call 'home'.

'As they journey the length of State Highway One, they will scratch at wounds that have never healed - and Alex will be forced to reckon with what coming home really means.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2016 winner Susie Greenhill for The Clinking
2015 inaugural winner y separately published work icon Closing Down Sally Abbott , Sydney : Hachette Australia , 2017 10700107 2017 single work novel science fiction

'No matter how strange, difficult and absurd the world becomes, some things never change. The importance of home. Of love. Of kindness to strangers. Of memories and dreams.

'Australia's rural towns and communities are closing down, much of Australia is being sold to overseas interests, states and countries and regions are being realigned worldwide. Town matriarch Granna Adams, her grandson Roberto, the lonely and thoughtful Clare - all try in their own way to hold on to their sense of self, even as the world around them fractures.

'What would you do if all you held to be familiar was lost? More importantly, where do you belong?'

Source: Publisher's blurb.