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Wakefield Press is busy judging the Arts South Australia Wakefield Press Unpublished Manuscript Awards, as part of the South Australian Literary Awards.

From Sunday 5 November, submissions to Wakefield Press are closed, excepting submissions from agents.

Manuscript submissions received before Saturday 4 November will be considered under our standard submission guidelines.

The Arts South Australia Wakefield Press Unpublished Manuscript Award recognises the importance of new writing to a vibrant literary culture.

The winner of this award receives a cash prize ($10,000) and publication of the winning manuscript by Wakefield Press.

The Unpublished Manuscript Award is open to South Australian writers. Current residents and SA-born writers are eligible, but entrants must be able to provide proof of a current SA residence, or to demonstrate their continuing connection to the state if based elsewhere.

Judges are looking for fresh ideas, a distinctive voice and literary merit. Book-length manuscripts of non-fiction, fiction and poetry are eligible. Manuscripts previously submitted for this award are ineligible unless they have been substantially revised.

Each nomination must include:

  • One copy, with author's name, of manuscript and one-page synopsis
  • Three anonymous copies of manuscript and one-page synopsis.

Submission format for manuscripts is:

  • Plain, 11-point font
  • One-and-a-half-line spacing
  • Double-sided, numbered pages
  • Spiral bound.

Nominations must be received before 5 pm Friday 15 December.

Find information on how to enter here. Download the South Australian Literary Award guidelines here.

Please note that Wakefield Press do not manage the Unpublished Manuscript Award. Queries and enquiries should be directed to the South Australian Literary Awards at sa.literaryawards@sa.gov.au.