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ABA 2021 Booksellers’ Choice winners announced

21 June 2021
The winners of the Australian Booksellers Association’s (ABA) 2021 Booksellers’ Choice Book of the Year Awards have been announced. The winning titles in each category are:  Adult Fiction Book of...

ALS Gold Medal 2021 shortlist announced

18 June 2021
The shortlist for the 2021 Australian Literature Society (ALS) Gold Medal has been announced. The shortlisted titles are: The Rain Heron (Robbie Arnott, Text) Cadaver Dog (Luke Best, UQP) The...

WA Premier’s Book Awards shortlists announced

18 June 2021
The shortlists for this year’s Western Australian Premier’s Book Awards have been announced. The shortlisted titles in each category are: Premier’s Prize for an Emerging Writer ($15,000) Father of the...

Watson wins 2021 Penguin Literary Prize

17 June 2021
Penguin Random House Australia (PRH) has announced that Denizen by James McKenzie Watson has won the 2021 Penguin Literary Prize. Dubbo-based Watson receives $20,000 as an advance against royalties, with...

Miles Franklin 2021 shortlist announced

16 June 2021
The shortlist for the 2021 Miles Franklin Literary Award has been announced. The six shortlisted novels, chosen from a longlist of 12, are: Amnesty (Aravind Adiga, Picador) The Rain Heron (Robbie Arnott,...

Michael Gifkins Prize 2021 shortlist announced

16 June 2021
Text Publishing and the New Zealand Society of Authors Te Puni Kaituhi O Aotearoa (PEN NZ Inc) have announced the shortlist for the 2021 Michael Gifkins Prize for an unpublished...

Perkin’s My Bookshop to close

16 June 2021
My Bookshop, the independent Melbourne bookstore owned by Corrie Perkin, is set to close, ‘a victim of Covid-19 lockdowns and lease negotiations’, reports the Age. Perkin, who launched the Hawksburn...

IPEd announces shortlist for 2021 Rosie Award

16 June 2021
The Institute of Professional Editors (IPEd) has announced the shortlist for the 2021 Rosanne Fitzgibbon Editorial Award, also known as the ‘Rosie’. The shortlisted editors are: Johannes Jakob, for his...

EWF 2021 goes completely digital

10 June 2021
The Emerging Writers’ Festival (EWF), which was originally planned as a hybrid festival of both online and in-person events at locations across Melbourne, has announced it will shift its 2021...

ABA moves 2021 conference online only 

9 June 2021
The Australian Booksellers Association (ABA) has announced it will hold its forthcoming 2021 conference online only, due to the uncertainty caused by Melbourne’s ongoing Covid-19 restrictions. The conference had been...

PEN Sydney establishes writer’s refuge program

9 June 2021
PEN Sydney has established a writer’s refuge for writers living with disadvantage and/or discrimination that restricts their work. Supported by the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at University of...

Spineless Wonders launches new imprint 

8 June 2021
Small press Spineless Wonders, which specialises in short fiction, has created a new imprint, ES-Press. ES-Press was established to publish poetry, fiction and creative nonfiction including essays and memoir—work that...

Writing NSW Emerging Writers mentees announced

8 June 2021
Writing NSW has announced the successful applicants for its new Emerging Writers Mentorship Program for emerging writers from Indigenous or culturally diverse backgrounds. The successful applicants are: Deniz Agraz Jackie...

Scribner acquires Ballard’s ‘I, Millennial’ 

7 June 2021
Simon & Schuster has acquired I, Millennial: One snowflake’s screed against plague, boomers, billionaires & everything else by comedian Tom Ballard, to be published under its Scribner imprint. The publisher...