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Subiaco writer Robert Edeson was last night announced the winner of the 2012 T.A.G. Hungerford Award for his unpublished manuscript, Weaverfish, at an awards ceremony in Perth. He receives a $12,000 cash prize donated by the Friends and Family of the late Bill Warnock and a publishing contract with Fremantle Press.

A total of 48 entries were submitted for the 2012 Hungerford Award and were considered by a panel of four judges that included writingWA chairwoman Associate Professor Delys Bird, leading WA writers Susan Midalia and Richard Rossiter, and Adult Fiction and Creative Non-Fiction Publisher at Fremantle Press, Georgia Richter.

"Robert Edeson's work is playful and marvellous," Richter said. "This manuscript was a standout in a strong field. It is deeply original, frequently surprising, intelligent and witty. This is a book with good guys and bad guys, simultaneously action-packed, light-hearted, and thought-provoking."

The judging panel commended each of the 48 entrants to the 2012 award and acknowledged the high standard of submissions as a sign of the literary and cultural wellbeing of the State.

The field was of such a high standard this year that the judges increased the size of the shortlist from three to six. In addition to the winning entry, the shortlist also recognised Murray Jennings for The Moondella Drive-In, Zoe Deleuil for The Back Shed, Susan Sullivan for Reasons for Song, Martin Chambers for How I Became the Mr Big of People Smuggling and Vivien Stuart for Acacia House. Diana Warnock, wife of the late Bill Warnock, said on behalf of the prize sponsors, "In making the donation of the 2012 T.A.G. Hungerford Award cash prize, we celebrate the bonds of friendship and a love of literature shared between Tom Hungerford and Bill Warnock, whilst also honouring the great contributions that both men made to Western Australia's literary heritage. It is thrilling that the Hungerford Award continues to uncover and celebrate Western Australian writers of such great promise."

The 2012 T.A.G. Hungerford Award is presented with the support of the Friends and Family of the late Bill Warnock, in partnership with writingWA, Fremantle Press and _The West Australian _newspaper.