Dinuka Mckenzie has won an editorial and publishing mentorship with Affirm Press after her novel, Flood Debris, was chosen as the best entry in the Affirm Press/Tablo ‘The Perfect Crime’ competition. Affirm Press partnered with the online literary portal to find Australia’s best undiscovered crime writers through a call-out for fiction or narrative non-fiction as announced by B+P in April.
Flood Debris tells the story of Kate Miles, a smart, grounded detective who is only weeks away from maternity leave when the mystery of a man drowned in a flood and his surviving wife, who swam to safety, captures her attention.
Affirm Press senior editor, Ruby Ashby-Orr, says:
‘Dinuka McKenzie’s opening chapters were sharp, clean and intriguing – the stuff of classic crime. We were immediately drawn to the well-developed central character of Kate Miles. This is a promising crime narrative that hooks the reader from page one, and we’re very much looking forward to working with Dinuka on her manuscript.’
Over 100 writers shared their Crime manuscripts on Tablo to enter the campaign. A combination of reader engagement data and editorial opinion was then used by Tablo to prepare a shortlist of manuscripts with potential. Affirm Press and Tablo then worked together to determine a winner.
Tablo’s CEO Ash Davies says: ‘We loved reading Dinuka’s manuscript, and we’re excited to see what the future holds for her. Our goal with Tablo has always been to provide a home that surfaces and supports the best new writing, and to create the publishing model of the future. We’re hoping this can become a great Australian success story.’
Dinuka is based in Sydney where she works in the environmental and planning sector. She will begin the mentorship in August.