The T.A.G. Hungerford is given biennially to a full-length manuscript of fiction or creative nonfiction, by a West Australian author previously unpublished in book form. The winner receives a cash prize plus a publishing contract with Fremantle Press.
In 2018, the City of Fremantle renewed its support for the award, increasing the prize money from $10,000 to $15,000. As part of the sponsorship deal, the name will be formally changed to the City of Fremantle Hungerford Award from 2020, the 30th anniversary of the award (https://www.booksandpublishing.com.au/articles/2018/09/04/114612/city-of-fremantle-extends-support-and-increases-prize-money-for-t-a-g-hungerford-award/).
This biennial award honours Western Australian author T. A. G. Hungerford and is for a work of fiction by a novelist or short story writer who has not had major publication.
From 2010, prizemoney for the award was increased from $6,000 to $12,000 (via a contributuion from writingWA). Also from 2010, the award was extended to include 'creative non-fiction'.
'Grace first met her lover, Nate, as a teenager, their bond forged in the corridors and waiting rooms where siblings of cancer patients sit on the sidelines. Now an adult, for Grace, nursing is a comforting world of science and certainty. But the paediatric ward is also a place of miracles and heartbreak and, when faced with a dramatic emergency, Grace is confronted with memories of her sister’s illness. Heading south to Lake Clifton and the haunts of her childhood, Grace discovers that a stone cast across a lake sends out ripples long after the stone has gone.' (Publication summary)
'In a small town, everyone thinks they know you: Charlie is a hardcore rocker, who's not as tough as he looks. Hammer is a footy jock with big AFL dreams, and an even bigger ego. Zeke is a shy over-achiever, never macho enough for his family. But all three boys hide who they really are. When the truth is revealed, will it set them free or blow them apart?'
Source: Publisher's blurb.
'Black magic, big waves and mad Aussie expats.
'In Indonesia, Penny is drifting, partying, hanging out – a thousand miles away from claustrophobic Perth and her career-minded boyfriend. But things take a dangerous turn when she goes to work at Shane’s Sumatran Oasis.
'Caught up in the hostility directed at Shane, and flirting and surfing with the hell-man Matt, Penny soon finds herself swept into a world where two very different cultures must collide.' (Publication summary)
Cambridge linguist Edvard Tøssentern, presumed dead, reappears after a balloon crash. When he staggers in from a remote swamp, gravely ill and swollen beyond recognition, his colleagues at the research station are overjoyed. But Edvard’s discovery about a rare giant bird throws them all into the path of an international crime ring. [Publisher's blurb]