The Australian/Vogel Literary Award: Deadline Extended.

by |June 3, 2010

This year marks the 30th anniversary of The Australian/Vogel Literary Award and some exciting changes are afoot!

The Australian/Vogel Literary Award is one of Australia’s richest and the most prestigious awards for an unpublished manuscript by a writer under the age of thirty-five. Offering publication by Allen & Unwin and prize money totalling $20,000, the Vogel Award has launched the careers of some of its most successful writers, including Tim Winton, Kate Grenville, Gillian Mears, Brian Castro, Mandy Sayer and Andrew McGahan.

Vogel-winning authors have gone on to win or be shortlisted for other major awards, such as the Miles Franklin Award, the Commonwealth Writers Prize and the Booker Prize.

This year, after the judges make their final decision, the winner will be contacted by Allen & Unwin and editing will begin on the winning manuscript. However, the winner’s name will not be made public until May 2011, simultaneous with publication of the winning book. No longer will the reading public have to wait to read the winning book! There will still be a shortlist and it will be announced in The Australian a few weeks prior to the announcement of the winner and publication of their book.

As a result of these changes, we have extended the deadline for entries to close of business 30 June 2010.

Entry forms for The Australian/Vogel Literary Award 2010 are now available at

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While still in his twenties, John Purcell opened a second-hand bookshop in Mosman, Sydney, in which he sat for ten years reading, ranting and writing. Since then he has written, under a pseudonym, a series of very successful novels, interviewed hundreds of writers about their work, appeared at writers’ festivals, on TV (most bizarrely in comedian Luke McGregor’s documentary Luke Warm Sex) and has been featured in prominent newspapers and magazines. ​Now, as the Director of Books at, Australia’s largest online bookseller, he supports Australian writing in all its forms. He lives in Sydney with his wife, two children, three dogs, five cats, unnumbered gold fish and his overlarge book collection. His novel, The Girl on the Page, will be published by HarperCollins Australia in October, 2018.

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