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The Ampersand Project

Every year, the team at Hardie Grant Egmont throws open the doors and puts out a call for YA manuscripts by unpublished writers. It’s called the Ampersand Project, and we get really, ridiculously excited about it.


The goal of the Ampersand Project is to find brilliant debut novels for our YA fiction list and great new writers to work with. If we fall in love with a manuscript, the writer gets a real contract, an advance and serious editorial development to bring their book to market.


Our first two Ampersand novels, Melissa Keil’s Life in Outer Space and Erin Gough’s The Flywheel, have already made a massive splash on the Australian and overseas markets – we’ve sold international rights, received award nominations, and been inundated with writers’ festival requests! Learn more about these books and more at our Tumblr. We expect great things to come, both for these brilliant women and our future Ampersanders.



In 2015, we are making some changes to the Ampersand Project and will be moving it to a new permanent home in the second half of the year. Please stay tuned for an announcement regarding submission dates. We will still accept YA manuscripts by unpublished writers.


For updates, please follow us on Twitter and Facebook, or check back here. For regular writing tips and great industry links, check out our awesome tumblr

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