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Brio Books becomes part of Booktopia 

18 May 2021
Booktopia has announced the acquisition of independent publisher Brio Books. Booktopia will continue publishing books under the Brio imprint as part of its Booktopia Publishing division, and Brio directors David...

Melbourne Prize announces new categories

18 May 2021
The Melbourne Prize Trust has announced two new award categories in the triennial Melbourne Prize for Literature. In addition to the $60,000 Melbourne Prize for Literature, which was won by...

Google bans ebooks on Shopping ads 

17 May 2021
Google has announced that as of 18 May, the platform will no longer allow the advertising of ebooks on Google Shopping ads. ‘This means that all Shopping ads for digital...

Creative Victoria announces latest VicArts recipients

17 May 2021
Several writers and literary projects have been included among the recipients in the latest round of Creative Victoria’s VicArts grants. The program will provide over $2.5 million in funding for...

‘How to Make a Bird’ wins SCBWI Crystal Kite Award

14 May 2021
Children’s picture book How to Make a Bird (Meg McKinlay, illus by Matt Ottley, Walker) has won the Australian and New Zealand division of this year’s Crystal Kite Member Choice Awards, presented...

NewSouth acquires Foster bushranger history 

14 May 2021
NewSouth has acquired world rights to Boundary Crossers: The hidden history of Australia’s other bushrangers by historian Meg Foster. ‘For too long, bushranging has been cast as the exclusive domain of...

Affirm acquires ‘After Australia’ companion anthology 

13 May 2021
Affirm Press will publish Another Australia, a new speculative fiction companion anthology to last year's After Australia, again in partnership with Diversity Arts Australia and the Western Sydney literacy movement Sweatshop....

Fogarty Literary Award shortlist announced

12 May 2021
Fremantle Press has announced the shortlist for the $20,000 Fogarty Literary Award for an unpublished manuscript. The shortlisted manuscripts are: 'The Glass House' by Brooke Dunnell 'A Horse Held at...

EWF 2021 program announced

12 May 2021
The program for the 2021 Emerging Writers’ Festival (EWF), running 16–26 June 2021,  has been announced. After being held entirely online in 2020, EWF will in 2021 be a hybrid...

Avid Reader shortlisted for LBF Bookstore of the Year

11 May 2021
Brisbane bookshop Avid Reader has been shortlisted for the bookstore of the year award at the London Book Fair (LBF) International Excellence Awards. Avid Reader, which was recently named bookshop...

Reece YA novel ‘Mice’ to be adapted for film

7 May 2021
Gordon Reece's 2010 young adult novel Mice (A&U) will be adapted into a feature film by Nicole Kidman’s production company Blossom Films and Bruna Papandrea’s Made Up Stories. Mice is a psychological...

Knight to retire from ADS

6 May 2021
Phill Knight will retire as distribution director of Alliance Distribution Services (ADS) after more than 20 years in the role. Knight will step down in early January 2022, which allows...

MWF 2021 schools program announced

5 May 2021
The schools program for the 2021 Melbourne Writers Festival (MWF) has been announced. The primary school program, which will run 6 and 7 September, features Australian Children’s Laureate Ursula Dubosarsky;...

Briggs awarded 2021 Janet Mackenzie Medal

4 May 2021
The Institute of Professional Editors (IPEd) has announced Edwin (Ted) Briggs as the recipient of the second annual Janet Mackenzie Medal. The award, which honours the late founding member of...

Mascara announces new residency

4 May 2021
Mascara Literary Review, in partnership with the Bundanon Trust, has announced the creation of the Mascara Bundanon Writer’s Residency. The residency, which is now open for submissions, is for First...

Push for EBA at Better Read Than Dead 

3 May 2021
The Retail and Fast Food Workers Union (RAFFWU), representing staff at the independent Sydney bookshop Better Read Than Dead requesting an Enterprise Bargaining Agreement (EBA), has approached bookshop management to...

‘Now That I See You’ wins 2021 Vogel

3 May 2021
Now That I See You by Canberra author Emma Batchelor is the winner of this year's $20,000 Australian/Vogel’s Literary Award, for an unpublished manuscript by an author under the age...

Day wins 2021 Nature Writing Prize

30 April 2021
Gregory Day has won the 2021 Nature Writing Prize for his work 'The Watergaw'. Dave Witty was highly commended for 'The Lone Tree of Mackay', and Michael Bradley received an...