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Varuna announces recipients for 2017 Publisher Introduction Program

The recipients of Varuna’s 2017 Publisher Introduction Program have been announced.

The program offers writers a one-week residency at Varuna and the opportunity to have their manuscript considered for publication by a publisher.

The writers, and the publishers who will consider their works, are:

Black Inc.

  • Frances Chapman for her young-adult novel ‘The Dreamer of Dreams’, in which ‘guitarist Taylor Donadi yearns for success, but when fame beckons she must choose between the music, and the dream’.

Pan Macmillan

  • Janet Lee for her novel ‘Burning Jane Austen’s Letters’, a work of historical fiction ‘set in Hampshire, 1843, when Cassandra Austen is sorting and destroying Jane Austen’s letters’.
  • Michelle Marquardt for her young-adult novel ‘Always Greener’, in which ‘to escape starvation on a distant, hostile world, a fifteen-year-old girl must confront the terrible secrets in her community’.

Random House

  • Fiona Reilly for her narrative nonfiction work ‘The Uncharted Kingdom’, ‘a rollicking, dangerous journey of self-discovery in search of “The Real China”, with children in tow’.


  • Alison Gibbs for her literary novel ‘Repentance’, ‘set in 1976 in the fictional town of Repentance, NSW’.
  • Scott Pearce for his novel ‘Faded Yellow by the Winter’, ‘a mythic novel about boys and men, Australian Rules Football and living off the land’.


  • Bruce Fell for his novel ‘Love Care and Forgiveness’, in which ‘terminally-ill convicted murderer, Darren Ashley Circus, reflects on the life of his official visitor, Sister Marion West’.


  • Polly Jude for her young-adult novel ‘Head Space’, which deals with ‘suicide and growing up’.
  • Hayley Lawrence for her young-adult novel ‘Inside the Tiger’, in which ‘a girl from an elite Sydney boarding school writes to a Thai death row prisoner and falls for him, destroying them both’.

UWA Publishing

  • Anne Hotta for her collection of short stories ‘Mending Heart’, set in Australia and Japan, in which ‘the protagonists struggle to overcome their dilemmas’.

For more information about the program, click here.


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