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NMIT Teacher’s First Novel “In the Hunt” for Major Literary Prizes

15 Aug 2013

NMIT(Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE) Writing and Publishing lecturer, Amy Espeseth’s first novel, Sufficient Grace, is racking up award nominations.

Sufficient Grace (Scribe 2012) was longlisted for the Stella Prize, shortlisted for the UTS Glenda Adams Award for New Writing in the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards, and shortlisted and commended for the ASLE Environmental Writing Prize. The novel is currently longlisted in the Warwick Prize.

The Stella Prize is a major new literary award celebrating Australian women’s writing, and the UTS Glenda Adams Award for New Writing encourages debut books by Australian authors. The Association for the Study of Literature and Environment is the internationally recognised community for academics and writers examining the intersection between culture and nature. The Warwick Prize for Writing (Warwick University, UK) is an innovative global literature prize recognising excellence in any genre or form.

Amy was born in rural Wisconsin and immigrated to Australia in the late 1990s. Her fiction has appeared in various journals including Wet Ink, antiThesis, The Death Mook, and Griffith Review. A writing teacher since 2004, she joined NMIT's Fairfield Campus in April of 2011, teaching classes within NMIT’s Bachelor of Writing and Publishing program including Editing, Writing Fiction, Writing Professional Practice, and Publishing Project. It's a job she says she loves.

Sufficient Grace evolved from a master's degree in creative writing at the University of Melbourne and won the 2009 Victorian Premier's Literary Award for an Unpublished Manuscript. Sufficient Grace follows two girls, Ruth and her cousin Naomi, who live in an isolated religious community in rural Failing, Wisconsin. While their families perceive constant danger in the outside world, they are blind to the destruction and devastation within their own circle. Struggling with a horrifying secret, Ruth escapes her own disturbing reality by taking refuge in the beauty of the natural world.

Espeseth is now the publisher of Vignette Press, where she champions independent writing. She is currently completing a PhD in creative writing also at the University of Melbourne. Her PhD thesis was the foundation of her second novel, Trouble Telling the Weather (Scribe 2014), which has already attracted accolades courtesy of the 2010 Queensland University of Technology's Postgraduate Creative Writing Prize and the 2012 CAL Scribe Prize.

Amy says she is enjoys teaching students in the Bachelor of Writing and Publishing at NMIT. “It's a privilege to be working with emerging writers as they begin their careers. I'm proof that they can be published. If I can do it, they can do it too.”

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