The prize recognises the best fiction piece published by Westerly Magazine in the volumes that year.
Delving into Perth’s criminal underbelly, The Cook follows the journey of an ex-methamphetamine chemist as he struggles to escape his past while facing the challenges of fatherhood.
“The Cook is a genre crime story about a father and son, and the possibility of redemption,” Dr Whish-Wilson says.
“Suggesting the growing popularity of a genre that I’m seeing reflected in the critical and creative work of an increasing number of my PhD candidates, and more generally in academies worldwide, it’s terrific to see the story in one of Australia’s foremost literary journals.”
The Patricia Hackett Prize has been awarded annually since 1965. Previous winners include Curtin Professor Kim Scott, Bruce Dawe, Michael Wilding, Terri-ann White, Peter Porter, Joan London, Marion Halligan and others.
The Cook is available to read online here.