Each year, The Sydney Morning Herald names the authors it considers to be the best young fiction writers in the country. In the 27th year of the prestigious awards, Melanie Kembrey, editor of Spectrum, leads a discussion with the three winners about their works and writing processes. A must-see event for emerging writers and supporters of Australian literature.

Previous SMH Best Young Australian Novelist winners include Gillian Mears, Christos Tsiolkas, Hannah Kent and Elliot Perlman. In 2022, the winners were Diana Reid, Ella Baxter and Michael Burrows.

Melanie Kembrey (Australian)

Melanie Kembrey

Melanie Kembrey has been a journalist at The Sydney Morning Herald for more than a decade and is currently editor of arts and culture publication Spectrum.