Hawkeye Publishing is thrilled to announce the winner and place-getters in the Hawkeye Publishing Manuscript Development Prize 2021. Thank you to all who entered – we appreciated and enjoyed that there was a diverse range of stories submitted across genres. We can now attest that there are tremendously interesting storylines percolating in creative minds across our country, with writers at varying stages of learning the technical aspects of their craft. We encourage all who entered to continue storytelling.
In fourth place, congratulations to Gabrielle Davis from West End in Queensland for her historical fantasy – The Road to Freedom.
Third place honours to Gabriella Kelly-Davies from Mosman in NSW for Breaking Through the Pain Barrier, the biography of a trailblazing Australian pain medicine researcher and clinician who pioneered novel pain treatments.
Second place goes to the well-deserved Barry McErlean from Ferny Grove in Queensland for Ghost Train and the Scarlett Moon, a coming-of-age speculative faction set in Brisbane.
And unanimously voted first place, congratulations to Fay Patterson from Norwood in South Australia for her riveting science fiction manuscript – Empathy.
Empathy is a science fiction story written for women, that the author said she had to write despite being repeatedly told that women don’t read science fiction.
“For years I had the opening scene and closing scene in my head,” Fay said. “When I turned 40 I decided I had to write the book to find out what happens in between.”
While celebrating the long list in this prize, then the short list, Fay heard her PhD was approved. “I just can’t wipe the grin off my face right now,” she said when Director of Hawkeye Publishing, Carolyn Martinez, called with the news of her first place.
Fay, pen name Fay Lee, wins $2,500 of structural editing, line editing and author coaching, and will be considered for a publishing contract with Hawkeye.
First cab off the rank, Fay will meet with Lauren Daniels, the Director of Brisbane Writers Workshop, who sponsors the structural report. Lauren has over 90 published books credited with her exceptional editing skills. The structural report that Fay will receive about Empathy will discuss the strengths and weaknesses of Empathy as it stands, offering guidance on finessing the manuscript ready to be considered for a traditional publishing contract.
Fay, and Empathy, are then handed over to the Director of Hawkeye Publishing, Carolyn Martinez, who will assess Empathy’s readiness for publication, conduct a line edit, and plan with Fay the best pathway to publication, guiding her each step of the way.
An exceptional opportunity for an emerging author.
“In the narrowed local marketplace brought on by Amazon’s domination, it’s difficult for emerging authors to be noticed by traditional publishers,” Carolyn Martinez said. “It gives a real sense of community and purpose here at Hawkeye to be able to offer this opportunity to writers.”
Lauren Daniels agrees. “When Hawkeye’s Manuscript Development Prize publishes the long and short lists and asks previous winners to contribute to the judging of the current prize, we see a whole community of Australian authors step forward,” she said. “I’m thrilled to sponsor such an inclusive endeavour and gladly offer my skills to help shape the winning work for the market.”
“It’s not only the winner we look at for publishing contracts,” Carolyn Martinez said. “As we speak, our submissions editor is reading through all of the manuscripts rated in the top 25% of the judges’ scores.”
In coming weeks, all entrants can expect to receive short feedback on judges’ comments to their manuscript, something rarely offered in competitions. Please be patient, the number of entrants makes this a considerable task.
Hawkeye Publishing extends a special thank you to guest judges Khaiah Thomson, author of Welcome to Blackwood, Nicole Kelly, author of Lament, Nita Delgardo, Hawkeye’s submissions editor, and Ned Hudswell, QUT Creative Industries Intern.
The Hawkeye Publishing Manuscript Development Prize is an annual competition.
Useful Links / Further Reading:
Recommended writing resource for all writers: Winning Short Story Competitions, Essential Tools for the Serious Writer by Lauren Daniels and Cate Sawyer.