2016 Debut Novel/Novella Prize
Many thanks to all those who entered this year. It was a difficult one to adjudicate, with 20 long listed novels and 4 short listed. The short list entrants were:
- Catherine Colstream — A Quieter Shade of Silence;
- Anita Davie — Songbirds of Cyprus;
- Terry Melia — Tales from the Greenhills; and
- Jennifer Young — Cold Crash.
We read and re-read these entries and finally whittled down to two and got stuck for a while, but the overall winner emerged into focus on two counts: a really strong opening and the tightness of the writing throughout. We're delighted to announce that the winner is Jennifer Young with Cold Crash, a tightly-written spy thriller with an unusual and engaging protagonist who carries the narrative forward with great pacing. The period detail is meticulously researched but doesn't over-burden the narrative and it has a great sense of place as well as excellent supporting characters and a central mystery that really hooks from the opening line.
Huge congratulations to all the short-listed writers and especially to Jennifer. We look forward to working with her to develop the novel for publication in November, 2017.
In the meantime, thank you to everyone who entered and we hope to see more of your work in future.
Download the full results.