Budding older fiction writers wanted

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Older unpublished Australian authors have a chance to see their work in print after the announcement last week of the National Seniors Literary Prize for 2012.

Last year, co-authors Paul Cieslar and Jeff Steel took out the inaugural prize with their non-fiction book No Heil Hitler, which explored Cieslar’s life as a young man after Germany’s 1939 invasion of Poland. The prize money went towards the costs of editing, publishing and marketing.

This year, publishing company Random House Australia is sponsoring the award for a work of fiction with the theme of ‘change’.

“The over-50s have lived long and seen many changes, so they are well-placed to write about them,” National Seniors chief executive, Michael O’Neill, said.

 “We welcome Random House’s involvement with the National Senior’s Literary Prize, which last year drew a high quality field of 65 entries from a wide range of genres.”

The winner of the 2012 prize will have their book edited and the cover designed professionally by Random House Australia. They will also receive 12 printed copies of their book which will also be published digitally.

The competition closes on 30 November 2012 and the winner will be announced in February next year. The winner will also receive $2,000 cash.

For more information on the prize, visit National Seniors www.nationalseniors.com.au/literaryprize.