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2023 ARA HISTORICAL NOVEL PRIZE

October 20, 2023


 ARA Historial Prize Winners 2023
Historical Novel Society Australasia (HNSA), in partnership with Australia’s leading essential building and infrastructure services provider ARA Group, is excited to announce the winners of the 2023 ARA Historical Novel Prize. This year’s winners demonstrates the true depth of talent of historical fiction authors. The winning novels demonstrate the irresistible prose, unforgettable characters, meticulous research, and epic storytelling for which historical fiction is known

The ARA Historical Novel Prize is worth a total of $100,000 in prize monies. The Prize will award $50,000 to the Adult category winner, with $5,000 awarded to each of the two shortlisted authors. In the Children and Young Adult (CYA) category, the winner will receive $30,000, while the two shortlisted authors will receive $5,000 each.

Chair and Program Director of the Historical Novel Society Australasia, Elisabeth Storrs, said, “The exceptional narratives selected for this year's ARA Historical Novel Prize underscore the vastness and intricacy of our shared human journey. Drawing from the tapestries of our collective past, both Salonika Burning and The Bookseller’s Apprentice shine a light on the complexities of our human spirit, the fervor of resilience, and the delicate weave of friendships amidst societal upheavals.”

The ARA Historical Novel Prize has been made possible through the generous patronage of ARA Group. The ARA Group, and its Founder, Executive Chair and CEO, Edward Federman, are committed to supporting the arts and literature.

The 2023 judging panel for the Adult category included Dr Robert Gott (Chair), Dr Renée Otmar and Lucy Treloar.


WINNERS

ADULT CATEGORY
 

CHILDREN AND YOUNG ADULT CATEGORY 




SHORTLISTS

ADULT CATEGORY
 

CHILDREN AND YOUNG ADULT CATEGORY 




LONGLISTS

ADULT CATEGORY


CHILDREN AND YOUNG ADULT CATEGORY