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Scribe acquires debut novel by Horton

22 March 2019
Scribe has acquired world rights to Luke Horton's debut novel, The Fogging, which was highly commended in the 2019 Victorian Premier's Literary Awards unpublished manuscript prize. Rights were acquired at...

Arena Magazine launches $1000 Alan Roberts Prize

22 March 2019
The Arena Foundation, in association with Arena Magazine, has launched an annual prize for the best essay related to ‘ecology, social life or a politics for the future’. Entries to...

Red Room Poetry fellowship shortlist announced

22 March 2019
Red Room Poetry has announced the shortlist for its 2019 fellowship, which recognises the achievements and artistic goals of contemporary Australian poets. The 11 shortlisted poets are: Richard James Allen...

Report says up to 60 Big W stores could close

21 March 2019
Up to 60 Big W stores may be forced to close according to a recent Macquarie Wealth Management report, first reported in the Australian. Woolworths Group, which owns the discount...

Forthcoming Wood novel sold to US, UK

20 March 2019
Charlotte Wood's forthcoming novel The Weekend (A&U, October) has been sold to Riverhead in the US and Weidenfeld & Nicolson (W&N) in the UK, reports the Bookseller. The novel, Wood's first...

Muhling appointed EWF executive director

20 March 2019
Alice Muhling has commenced in her role as executive director of the Emerging Writers' Festival (EWF). A creative producer and arts manager, Muhling has previously held the positions of acting...

Kissane and Ling win Peter Porter Poetry Prize 2019

19 March 2019
The Australian Book Review (ABR) has announced Andy Kissane’s ‘Searching the Dead’ and Belle Ling’s ‘63 Temple Street, Mong Kok’ as the joint winners of the Peter Porter Prize 2019....

Ashleigh Young longlisted for 2019 Folio Prize

19 March 2019
New Zealand writer Ashleigh Young has been longlisted for the UK's £30,000 (A$56,000) Rathbones Folio Prize for her essay collection Can You Tolerate This? (Giramondo). Can You Tolerate This? is a...

2019 PRH Literary Prize winner announced

18 March 2019
Penguin Random House (PRH) has announced that the winner of the 2019 PRH Literary Prize is The Spill by Imbi Neeme. Victorian-based Neeme wins $20,000 (which acts as an advance...

NZSA 2019 writer mentorships announced

18 March 2019
Recipients have been selected for the New Zealand Society of Authors (NZSA) mentorship program 2019, with 13 chosen from a pool of 79 applicants. The 2019 recipients are: Semira Davis,...

Ball to join S&S as Scribner publishing director 

15 March 2019
Ben Ball will join Simon & Schuster Australia (S&S) in the newly created role of publishing director of Scribner, S&S’s literary imprint. Ball, who was made redundant from his previous...

SWF 2019 program announced

15 March 2019
The program has been announced for this year’s Sydney Writers’ Festival (SWF), which runs from 29 April to 5 May. Fifty-five international guests and 360 Australian writers, academics and public...

MUP appoints new directors, editorial advisory board

14 March 2019
Melbourne University Publishing (MUP) has appointed two new directors to its board, and announced eight members of its new editorial advisory board. Former managing director of Oxford University Press Australia...

Two Shelly Unwin board books sold to US

14 March 2019
Alex Adsett at Alex Adsett Literary Agency has sold North American rights to Shelly Unwin’s board books You’re One! and You’re Two! (A&U, illus by Katherine Battersby) to Penguin Random...

Redgum to launch ‘full-service’ schools program

14 March 2019
Redgum Book Club is launching a ‘full-service’ literary service for schools, parents and students, which will be available nationwide. Redgum, which recently acquired school book fair provider Central Book Suppliers,...

Cornelius wins $234k Windham-Campbell Prize

14 March 2019
Playwright Patricia Cornelius is one of eight winners of the 2019 Windham-Campbell Prize, which recognises English-language writers who ‘have left their mark on the world of literature or theatre’ and...

Hachette launches modern classics list

13 March 2019
Hachette has announced its first cross-publisher modern classics list to be published in its international territories, including Australia, New Zealand, India and Ireland. Hachette Essentials comprises a curated selection of...

Parrish nominated in Lambda Literary Awards

13 March 2019
Australian Canada-based comics artist Tommi Parrish has been announced as a finalist in the 31st annual Lambda Literary Awards—known as the ‘Lammys’—for their book The Lie and How We Told...

Four ANZ publishers nominated for Bologna Prize

13 March 2019
Four Australian and New Zealand publishers have been nominated for the Bologna Prize for Best Children’s Publisher of the Year in the Oceania category. The shortlisted publishers are Scribble Kids’...

Echo acquires Iain Ryan’s third novel 

12 March 2019
Echo Publishing has acquired world rights to Iain Ryan’s third novel, Sisters Under the Skin, via Tara Wynne at Curtis Brown. Narrated in first and second person, Sisters Under the...