2020 Kill Your Darlings Unpublished Manuscript Award *Winner*

KYD’s Rebecca Starford, 2019 KYD Unpublished Manuscript Award winner Sam van Zweden, and Picador publisher Mathilda Imlah judged this year’s award.

‘Amidst a strong shortlist, Hayley Scrivenor’s novel of a missing child and the old wounds reopened by her absence was really a standout,’ says Imlah. ‘Told from the perspective of the policewoman in charge of her case, her mother, and her two best friends, Scrivenor’s clever structure ratchets up suspense over the course of a few very long days in the lives of a family and a community.’

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