Talented Perth writers have been encouraged to enter the Kathleen Mitchell Award.
The winning prize this year has been boosted from $10,000 to $15,000 and is available to Australian authors aged 29-years-old or younger at the time of their book's first publication.
Established in 1996 by the will of Kathleen Adele Mitchell, the award aims to act as an incentive to improve young writers' literary skills, as well as encourage them to maintain their passion and dedication to the advancement of Australia literature
Ms Mitchell was a pharmacist who wanted to encourage "the advancement, improvement and betterment of Australian literature".
Harvard Review fiction editor Nam Le took out the 2010 award for his critically acclaimed debut book The Boat, which has been translated into thirteen languages.
The Trust Company, which provides help to numerous charity organisations throughout Australia through donations from philanthropists, will announce the winner in early June.
The 2012 Kathleen Mitchell Award judging panel includes Dr Camilla Nelson, Lecturer in Communications at the University of Notre Dame; Gill Graton, Projects Officer, Community Learning Services, State Library of New South Wales; and Marilla North, author and Australian Cultural and Literary History lecturer with the University of the Third Age.
The Trust Company will also be announcing the long list for the 2012 Miles Franklin Literary Award on Wednesday, March 28.
More information on applying for the 2012 Kathleen Mitchell Award can be found on The Trust Company website: <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.thetrustcompany.com.au/philanthropy/awards/kathleen_mitchell.asp">www.thetrustcompany.com.au/philanthropy/awards/kathleen_mitchell.asp </a>.