Entries are now open for the Kathleen Mitchell Award – presented biennially to the author, aged 30 or under, of an outstanding novel or novella to encourage advancement in their literary career. The novel or novella must have been published or accepted for publication within the 2 years prior to the Award closing date. This can be demonstrated by the providing an ISBN or letter of confirmation from the publisher as part of your entry.

The recipient will receive $15,000.

For the Kathleen Mitchell Award you may submit one entry only.

Established in 1996 by the will of the late Kathleen Adele Mitchell, the Award aims to encourage the advancement, improvement and betterment of Australian literature, and to provide emerging writers with funding to further their practice.

The Award is administered by the Australia Council on behalf of Perpetual as trustee.

Who can apply

To apply for this Award you must:

  • be aged 30 years or under at the 7 February 2023 closing date
  • have been born in Australia or the United Kingdom, or are currently an Australian citizen
  • have been living in Australia for the 12 months preceding the 7 February 2023 closing date.

These are the terms established by deed of the Kathleen Mitchell Award and there are no exceptions to these requirements. To be eligible for this Award you must provide proof of your Australian citizenship or of your place of birth (eg birth certificate, passport). If you will have difficulty providing this, please contact Artists Services to discuss your situation.

Please note you must self-nominate for this Award, and only one entry per applicant will be accepted.

 Applications close Tuesday 7 February 2023 3pm AEDT (or earlier if application limit is met)

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