Penguin Prize Shortlist 2020
Updated: Sep 13, 2020
Earlier this year, I was delighted to find out that my unpublished manuscript, Found Again was shortlisted for the Penguin Literary Prize. This came as quite a shock! I’ve been working on this manuscript for about two years and it has gone through numerous drafts. The story is about a little boy, Frankie, who goes missing in the Australian bush after a family picnic gone wrong. The story centres on his mother, Tessa, and follows her as she comes to terms with his death and tries to rebuild her life. The story examines what can happen when we lose the people most important to us, and explores some of the expectations mothers are subjected to. A few months ago, I had the pleasure of speaking with WORDLY Magazine Editor-in-Chief, Julie Dickson, about the prize and what it means to me. You can read the interview here. While I didn’t win the prize, I’m still so thrilled to have made the shortlist and consider it a great honour!