Joint Vogel winners

This year, the Vogel Prize — the big award for novelists under thirty-five — was shared between two writers.

Melbourne writer Lisa Lang and Sydney writer Kristel Thornell will share the $20,000 prize for their novels Utopian Man and Night Street.

Ms Lang says she is looking forward to meeting her co-winner, who is currently in New York.

If anyone else wants to know about Kristel Thornell, a good place to start is with her wonderful story from Overland 195, ‘Cabin Fever’ . Congratulations to both Kristel and Lisa. [Update: there's also a Kristel story online over at the Mean Ginners. Not that it's a competition or anything.]


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Jeff Sparrow is the former editor of Overland. He is the co-author (with Jill Sparrow) of Radical Melbourne: A Secret History and Radical Melbourne 2: The Enemy Within, the editor (with Antony Loewenstein) of Left Turn: Essays for the New Left and the author of Communism: a love story, Killing: Misadventures in violence, and Money Shot: A Journey into Censorship and Porn.  On Twitter, he's @Jeff_Sparrow.

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