Longlist Announcement Hawkeye Manuscript Development Prize 2022

Word seems to have spread that we publish fantasy and science fiction by new and emerging writers—we received a higher number than usual of fantasy and sci fi submissions—amongst the very healthy field of most genres represented.

Eight publishing contracts have been awarded to entrants across the 2020 and 2021 Hawkeye Manuscript Development Prizes. We can reveal that this year we are looking at again awarding multiple publishing contracts from within the submissions.

To all entrants of the 2022 prize, thank you for providing us with original phrasing, deep perspective writing, titillating rising tension, and gripping characterisation. Most entrants have moved well past the basics of writing—i.e., show don’t tell, and correct grammar and tense. The creativity and talent on display were extremely encouraging and judges thoroughly enjoyed reading your entries and debating the longlist.

We thank you all for the range of genres you gave us, and the diversity of characters.

Your Judges:

Your judges this year for the longlist and shortlist are:

Carolyn Martinez, Director, Hawkeye Publishing, and

Nita Delgado, Assistant Editor, Hawkeye Publishing.

The Winners:

It gives me the greatest of pleasure to highlight these extraordinary submissions. Congratulations to this year’s longlisted entrants:

  1. A Righteous Rage by Mathew Bocian
  2. A World of Silence by Jo Skinner
  3. Beat in Her Blood by J. K. Ullrich
  4. Bunyip Creek by Harrison South
  5. How I Found My Clit by Denise Regga
  6. I Started Hearing Shark Music by Rae Helmore
  7. Kiss of Death by Stella Glorie
  8. Magnus Nights: Leviathan by Bryn Smith
  9. Me, That You See by Anne Freeman
  10. Moontide by Mary Greenwood
  11. Someone Else by Lydia Evans
  12. The Department of Heartbreak by J. R. Knight
  13. The Need of Comrades by T. L. Jones
  14. The Oxford Standard by Ben Bertoldi
  15. The Road to Freedom by Gabrielle Davis
  16. The Sleeping by Melissa Jones Murphy
  17. The Cripples of Canadian Bay by Carolyn Malkin
  18. These Women are Wicked by Lynmari Cleminson
  19. Tokyo Time by Dawn Farnham
  20. Tom Finch and the Shadow by Sarah J. Maxwell
  21. Vanilla and Zen by Danielle Raynor.

How many entries did we receive?

We received 99 submissions for the Hawkeye Manuscript Development Prize 2022. Those announced on the longlist received superior scores across the three elements of the competition: synopsis, marketing plan, and first 50 pages.

When will the shortlist be announced, and how and when will the overall winner be selected?

The shortlist will be published on Friday 25th March 2022.

To select the overall winner, final year editing students from the Queensland University of Technology and the University of Queensland have been selected for an independent panel. They will read and rate the five manuscripts that Carolyn Martinez and Nita Delgado will choose for the shortlist.

The winner of the Hawkeye Manuscript Development Prize 2022 receives a structural and line edit package worth $2,500. Hawkeye extends a thank you to our structural edit sponsor, the inimitable Lauren Daniels from Brisbane Writers Workshop. Lauren has over 100 published books to her editing credit. The winner’s line edit is provided by Hawkeye Publishing.

All manuscripts longlisted in the Hawkeye Prize are read by our submissions review panel and considered for publication.

Judges’ Feedback on all submissions

We’re aware that many of you enter our manuscript prize in the hopes of having judges’ feedback on your entry. After the final winner’s announcement, we will endeavour to distribute that feedback in as timely a manner as possible.

Once again, please join me in congratulating and celebrating with the 21 longlisted entrants:

  1. Anne Freeman
  2. Ben Bertoldi
  3. Bryn Smith
  4. Carolyn Malkin
  5. Danielle Raynor
  6. Dawn Farnham
  7. Denise Regga
  8. Gabrielle Davis
  9. Harrison South
  10. J. K. Ullrich
  11. J. R. Knight
  12. Jo Skinner
  13. Lydia Evans
  14. Lynmari Cleminson
  15. Mary Greenwood
  16. Mathew Bocian
  17. Melissa Jones Murphy
  18. Rae Helmore
  19. Sarah J. Maxwell
  20. Stella Glorie
  21. T. L. Jones.

Good luck to all of our longlisted entrants for the next stage of the competition!

Learn more about the Hawkeye Publishing Manuscript Development Competition here.
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12 comments to “Longlist Announcement Hawkeye Manuscript Development Prize 2022”

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  1. Jo Skinner - March 18, 2022 Reply

    It was such a thrill to see my name on the long list. I am still in shock and had to look at it several times to ensure it was not an error! Congratulations to all the other listed entrants. I feel honoured that my manuscript was one of those chosen. Thank you so much to Hawkeye Books for the opportunity to send out a manuscript and to place it under scrutiny. There is nothing like a deadline, the possibility of listing in a competition for honing one’s writing skills.

  2. Mette Nielsen - May 30, 2022 Reply

    It’s been fun participating in the competition and it’s so nice to receive feedback.

  3. Troy Henderson - May 30, 2022 Reply

    Thanks to Hawkeye for taking the time to send me this feedback, and congratulations on this year’s competition. I’ll take the feedback on board and apply it to my manuscript before I seek a professional edit.

  4. Bernadette Ryan - May 30, 2022 Reply

    Many thanks to Hawkeye Publishing team for your feedback on my manuscript. I appreciate it greatly.

  5. Kim Foale - May 30, 2022 Reply

    Many thanks for the feedback. Much appreciated.

  6. Alison Sweeney - May 30, 2022 Reply

    I really appreciate this Hawkeye Books, thank you.

  7. Victoria Griffin - May 30, 2022 Reply

    Thank you so much for the opportunity to have my work read as part of this competition. I really appreciate the helpful feedback, it will be very useful for my next draft. Thank you for this encouragement for future writing and all the great work you do. Much appreciated!

  8. Carolyn Malkin - May 30, 2022 Reply

    Thanks so very much to the judges for this wonderfully helpful feedback on my work, so generous of you all to take the time – a huge undertaking.

  9. Stuart Bush-Harris - May 30, 2022 Reply

    Thanks, Hawkeye Books. It’s always nice to receive feedback — even a response these days!

  10. Ben - May 30, 2022 Reply

    Thanks so much Hawkeye Books! Appreciate the lovely feedback.

  11. Julie - May 30, 2022 Reply

    Thank you so much for the constructive feedback, I really appreciate an “expert” pointing out where I could improve. My daughter recently gave me Christian White’s first novel The Nowhere Child to read (after he visited her book club) and I have also taken his advice to would-be novelists to read Stephen King On Writing and am presently up to page 190 and am able to tick the box when he advises “The situation comes first!”
    Once I collate the advice on writing from Stephen King and Hawkeye Publishing and amend Only Women Bleed, I look forward to resubmitting to Hawkeye Publishing at the end of the year.

  12. Annie - May 31, 2022 Reply

    Thank you so much for this valuable feedback Hawkeye!
    All the best

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