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Monday 25 July 2011

News: Text Prize Winner

Australian writer Myke Bartlett has won $10,000 and a publishing contract with Text Publishing. Bartlett first began his writing career online, publishing several highly successful podcasted novels. His prize-winning novel will be published in August 2011.

From his Melbourne home, Bartlett confessed, "I actually wrote The Relic specifically for the Text Prize. "A poster advertising the prize has been stuck on the wall above my desk for the past 12 months and I really can’t imagine better motivation for a first time novelist. That The Relic has now actually won the competition seems just a little bit incredible."

Michael Heyward, Publisher at Text, commented, "Text look for books that are different, that take risks, that will entertain readers who are spoiled for choice. Set in and around Perth, The Relic is a fantasy novel that will make its readers smile but may also scare them under the bed. At its heart is a quest to find the secret that will save the planet. Myke Bartlett has assembled a great cast of characters to tell his adventurous tale. We can’t wait to publish The Relic.’"

The Text Prize is awarded annually to the best manuscript written by an Australian or New Zealander for young adults or children. In its fourth year, Text attracted over 300 entries for the prize. As in previous years, Text also found other novels to publish among the many manuscripts.

Entries for the 2012 prize open in May 2012.