Local Kyogle based writer Jarrah Dundler has been been shortlisted for the Australian, Vogel Literary Award – the richest award for an unpublished manuscript in Australia.
The award launched the careers of writers such as Tim Winton, Kate Grenville and Andrew McGahan.
Open to writers aged 35 years and under it offers a top prize of $20,000 and publication with Allen and Unwin.
‘When I first heard of the award about five years ago I was living in Brisbane, working full-time but keen to devote more time to my passion: writing fiction,’ said Dundler.
He took time off work, moved with his partner and kids back to his home town of Kyogle and in between taking care of his kids, wrote.
He has received both a residential mentorship with the Byron Writers Festival and a Varuna Writers Fellowship that helped him complete his novel in May last year.
The winner will be announced in Sydney on Wednesday 26th April.