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Laguna wins Colin Roderick Literary Award, new paid internship recipients

Sofie Laguna has won the $20,000 Colin Roderick Literary Award and the H T Priestley Medal for her novel Infinite Splendours (A&U), while the Australia Council released the long-awaited results of its research into Australian international rights sales.

The successful applicants to two new paid internship programs, run by Magabala Books and Writing NSW respectively, were announced this week. Both programs seek to create pathways into the book industry for First Nations and culturally diverse publishing professionals.

For writers, the inaugural Liminal & Pantera Press Nonfiction Prize shortlist was revealed this week, as were the latest recipients of Creative Victoria funding. Varuna, the National Writers’ House also launched a new fellowship for Western Sydney writers.

Overseas, as Frankfurt Book Fair kicks off, shortlists for the high-profile UK awards the T S Eliot Prize for Poetry and the Baillie Gifford Prize for Nonfiction were announced, while, in Spain, the winner of the €1 million (A$1.57m) Planeta Prize, Carmen Mola, was revealed as a pseudonym for three men.


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