MUD Literary Club is a philanthropic organisation that supports emerging Australian writers. The aim of the MUD Literary Prize is to support a debut literary novelist. The support includes a cash contribution of $3000, along with formal recognition at a single event as part of Adelaide Writers’ Week (and, if necessary, provision of an economy return airfare with up to two [2] nights accommodation during Adelaide Writers’ Week).

The philosophy behind the prize is an acknowledgement that while literary fiction plays a vital role in the cultural life of Australia, and internationally, it rarely offers writers a living wage. The prize acknowledges that most writers need funds to make it possible to write. 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 larger aim of the prize is to bring attention to an emerging winning writer through participation at an Adelaide Writers’ Week session, and the opportunity for further recognition and wider acclaim.

Guidelines: The aim of the MUD Literary Prize is to support a debut Australian novelist, in accordance with the following criteria:

  • The novel must be published in the calendar year prior to the award presentation, currently March of each year.
  • Writers of any prior publications may be eligible, as long as they have not previously published a novel or any work that their publisher deems a novel.
  • The prize will consider literary fiction only.
  • The prize will not consider genre or commercial fiction.
  • The prize will be open to Australian citizens and/or permanent residents.
  • A submission form, obtained from the website, must be completed by the January 31 deadline and submitted to
  • The judging panel will comprise a member of MUD Literary Club, a published Australian writer and a representative of Adelaide Writers’ Week.
  • Novels considered for the prize will be selected by the judges. Publishers will be asked to make copies of the novels being considered available to the judges free of charge.
  • Publishers are welcome to make new titles known to the judges via press releases, but MUD Literary Club requests that books are not sent until requested by judges.
  • The winning novel will be announced at Adelaide Writers’ Week on March 5, 2018, between 3:45 and 4:45pm. All applicants must be available to attend this session.
  • The decisions of the judges in determining eligibility for consideration and the winning novel are final and no negotiation will be entered into.

The inaugural judges for the MUD Literary Award are Andrew Saies [MUD Literary Club], Favel Parrett [writer] and Laura Kroetsch [Adelaide Writers Week].

ENTRIES CLOSE: January 31, 2018.


For further information about submissions for the MUD Literary Prize, email or download a submission form here