Winners announcement: 2024 Hawkeye Publishing Manuscript Development Prize

We are very excited to announce the winners of the 2024 Hawkeye Publishing Manuscript Development Prize.
This year we received over 130 entries, with imagination, dedication, and inspiration evident among all the entries. Among the entries, judges looked for strong and detailed marketing plans, succinct synopses, and manuscripts that were well-written and engaging all the way through. The range of manuscripts was a continual source of surprise and pleasure as we unearthed unique perspectives, comedic quips, and daring plot twists.
We invite you to join us in congratulating this year’s winners. Their manuscripts especially stood out to judges as being polished, entertaining, and full of heart.
Congratulations to this year’s winners:
Summer, in Between by Holly Cardamone
Round After Round by Lorena Otes
Unlocked: An Atypical Memoir of Life with my Autistic Son by Porscia Lam
The Paper Factory by Michelle Troxler
The winner of the 2024 Hawkeye Publishing Manuscript Development Prize will receive a prize valued at $3,000 which includes a structural edit by Lauren Daniels of Brisbane Writers Workshop and a line edit provided by Hawkeye Publishing.
Feedback for all entrants will be provided after the winner is announced.
We sincerely appreciate our sponsors, without whom the fantastic competition prize would not be possible. Thank you to our sponsor, Lauren Daniels, a highly experienced editor and the Director of Brisbane Writers Workshop, who provides the winner with a structural edit. ‘We’ve had tremendous feedback each year from the writer who’s been afforded the opportunity to work with Lauren,’ said Carolyn Martinez, Director of Hawkeye.  
The remainder of the prize includes a line edit with Hawkeye, and in-person coaching with Carolyn Martinez on where to next.
From 2019, Hawkeye has contracted every winner of the Hawkeye Prize.
Hawkeye’s submissions review panel also considers every manuscript that makes the Hawkeye Prize longlist for a trade publishing contract with Hawkeye.
Hawkeye Publishing extends thanks to our judges, Camille Booker, Gabrielle Davis, and Meesha Whittam. They’re all highly educated writers – two being published authors – and passionate readers who have invested an inordinate amount of time to judge all the entries. Without experienced and generous people like this who donate their time, we wouldn’t be able to offer the Hawkeye Prize in its current form where we provide individual feedback to every entrant. We know our entrants value the judges’ comments to help guide them forward.
Thank you for your support of the 2024 Hawkeye Publishing Manuscript Development Prize. The judges have thoroughly enjoyed reading these wonderful stories, and we look forward to next year’s competition.

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