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Hachette Australia is delighted to congratulate Sarah Schmidt on winning the inaugural MUD Literary Prize for her bestselling novel, SEE WHAT I HAVE DONE, and to runner-up Claire G. Coleman for TERRA NULLIUS.

He was still bleeding. I yelled, 'Someone's killed Father.' I breathed in kerosene air, licked the thickness from my teeth. The clock on the mantel ticked ticked. I looked at Father, the way hands clutched to thighs, the way the little gold ring on his pinky finger sat like a sun. I gave him that ring for his birthday when I no longer wanted it. 'Daddy,' I had said. 'I'm giving this to you because I love you.' He had smiled and kissed my forehead.
Lizzie Borden took an axe. Or did she? 

While literary fiction plays a vital role in the cultural life of Australia, and internationally, it rarely offers writers a living wage. The MUD Literary Prize acknowledges that most writers need funds to make it possible to write, and aims to support a debut literary novelist. The prize is one that the writer may spend as they see fit – to live, to travel, to explore and be inspired by new ideas.

The Prize was awarded during Adelaide Writers Week On Monday 5 March.

Congratulations to Sarah and Claire!

  • See What I Have Done - Sarah Schmidt

    A deeply atmospheric novel by a startling new Aussie talent; an incredibly unique look inside the mind of Lizzie Borden, famously accused of murdering her father and stepmother in 1892. Shortlisted for the Indie Book Award for Debut Fiction 2018.

  • Terra Nullius - Claire G. Coleman

    In the near future Australia is about to experience colonisation once more. What have we learned from our past? A daring debut novel from the winner of the 2016 black&write! writing fellowship.

Stacey Clair

Stacey Clair

As the Publishing Assistant for the Australian Publishing team, most of my brainspace and TBR pile is full-to-the-brim with titles from Hachette’s local list. Since home is Maroons territory, you’ll find me shouting about Queensland authors with a smidge of extra pride at @staceyclairrr, but I’m also prone to blithering about films, feminism, and other f-words too. Get on my good side with a Star Wars or Seinfeld reference, a jar of peanut butter or a great/terrible joke.

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