RMIT writing graduates have been shortlisted for the $15,000 Victorian Premier's Literary Award for an Unpublished Manuscript.
Two of the three titles shortlisted for the 2014 award were written by Professional Writing and Editing graduates: Our Magic Hour by Jennifer Down and Good Money by JM Green.
Two graduates were also included among the commended entries - Caitlin Crowley for Headland and Victoria Osborne for Man of Clay - while a former sessional RMIT teacher Yannick Thoraval was also commended for his work, The Current.
Penny Johnson, Acting Program Manager of Professional Writing and Editing at RMIT, said: "This is exciting news for our selected graduates.
"Success in this award leads to public attention for an author's work and often publication."
The shortlisted works for the 2014 award were chosen from 113 entries.
Professional Writing and Editing graduates who have won the award in the past and had their books published are Carrie Tiffany (2003), Peggy Frew (2010) and Graeme Simsion (2012).
RMIT's original Professional Writing and Editing program has evolved over time to keep up to date with changes in technology and teaching trends.
It is now an Associate Degree and many of its graduates have achieved success in diverse forms of writing, including books, journalism, online and film, and in editing and publishing.
Graduates of the program include novelist Toni Jordan (Addition), young adult authors Carole Wilkinson (Dragonkeeper series) and Cath Crowley (Grafitti Moon), journalists Sian Prior (Shyness: A memoir) and Michael Green, and performance writer Michele Lee, who won the 2013 AWGIE for the most outstanding original radio play.
The winner will be announced tonight at the opening night of the Emerging Writers' Festival.
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