Whether the peak of a writer’s career or an arbitrary measure of accomplishment, literary prizes are an exciting yet somewhat mysterious element of the publishing industry. What happens in the lead up the big announcement? Does the winner know they’ve won beforehand? How much should you Google your competitors?
Jessica Alice talks to Maxine Beneba Clarke (winner of the Victorian Premier’s Award for an Unpublished Manuscript for Foreign Soil) and Romy Ash (shortlisted for the Miles Franklin for Floundering) about their survival advice for being nominated—and possibly winning—a literary prize.