Text Prize won by 'powerful new Australian voice'

News - International Thursday, 16 May 2019

Melbourne writer Georgina Young has been chosen from almost 300 entrants for the $10,000 Text Prize for her YA novel Loner

Awarded annually by Melbourne's Text Publishing Company, the Text Prize aims to 'unearth incredible new books for young adults and children by Australian and New Zealand writers.'

According to Text: 'Loner is a humorous and heartfelt exploration of new adulthood. Presented in a series of irreverent episodes that brim with linguistic playfulness and warmth, Loner announces Georgina Young as a powerful new Australian voice.'

She said: "While continuing to disbelieve in fate and fortune, I count my ordinary, unlucky stars to have heard word of the Text Prize at exactly the moment I had a manuscript to submit. I have always deeply admired (and, as a reader, benefitted from) Text’s commitment to young adult literature, and I am thrilled and honoured to be working with them to publish my book."

Publisher Michael Heyward said: "We can’t wait to publish this clever, funny and hugely readable story about a young woman juggling the unexpected demands of friendship, family and romance." The 2018 Text Prize winner, It Sounded Better in My Head by Nina Kenwood, will be published in August.

Pictured: Georgina Young

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