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​Wollongong Writers Festival 2020 program announced

30 October 2020
The program for the eighth ​Wollongong Writers Festival, which will run online from 23 to 29 November, has been announced. Helen Garner, Tara June Winch​, ​Bruce Pascoe, Dervla McTiernan​ and...

Inaugural $50k Historical Novel Prize shortlist announced

29 October 2020
The Historical Novel Society Australasia (HNSA) has announced the shortlist for the inaugural ARA Historical Novel Prize. The shortlisted novels are: Master of My Fate (Sienna Brown, Vintage) Shepherd (Catherine...

McClymont receives Danger Lifetime Achievement Award

29 October 2020
Walkley Award–winning investigative journalist Kate McClymont is the winner of the 2020 Danger Lifetime Achievement Award, presented by Bad: Sydney Crime Writers Festival. ‘Kate McClymont is a genuine investigative journalist....

Text acquires Webb ‘anti-usage’ guide 

28 October 2020
Text Publishing has acquired world rights to an 'anti-usage' language guide by ABC journalist Tiger Webb. Webb is the ABC’s language research specialist, providing broadcasters with pronunciation guidelines, updating the...

Ibrahim wins 2020 Heyman Mentorship Award

28 October 2020
HarperCollins Australia and Kathryn Heyman of the Australian Writers Mentoring Program have announced Naima Ibrahim as the winner of the 2020 Heyman Mentorship Award. Ibrahim’s winning fiction manuscript follows 10-year-old...

NewSouth acquires Janke’s ‘True Tracks’ 

27 October 2020
NewSouth has acquired world English-language rights to True Tracks: Working with Indigenous knowledge and culture by Terri Janke of law firm Terri Janke and Company. ‘For Indigenous people, arts, language...

Layton launches Larrikin House 

27 October 2020
James Layton, CEO of children’s book reseller Learning Discovery, has launched a new children’s book publisher, Larrikin House. Larrikin House plans to publish 20 books per year, with an initial...

Affirm acquires Stubbins memoir 

27 October 2020
Affirm Press has acquired world rights to Melbourne writer Sinéad Stubbins’s debut memoir In My Defence, I Have No Defence, via Danielle Binks and Jacinta of Jacinta di Mase Management...

Larsen launches Debut Books 

26 October 2020
Former bookseller and product manager at Penguin Books Australia Katherine Larsen has established independent Melbourne-based publisher Debut Books. Debut Books will launch in December with the first of a collection...

Danger Prize 2020 shortlist announced

26 October 2020
The Bad: Sydney Crime Writers Festival has announced the shortlist for this year’s Danger Prize, awarded for the best book, film, podcast or TV drama about Sydney and crime. The...

‘Mophead’ takes PANZ Book Design Awards hat-trick

26 October 2020
The winners of the 2020 Publishers Association of New Zealand (PANZ) Book Design Awards have been announced. Mophead by Selina Tusitala Marsh (Auckland University Press) took a hat-trick at the...

Robotham wins Gold Dagger

26 October 2020
Michael Robotham has won the 2020 UK Crime Writers’ Association (CWA) Gold Dagger for Good Girl Bad Girl (Hachette). Good Girl Bad Girl was one of six titles shortlisted for...

Papas wins 2020 City of Fremantle Hungerford Award

26 October 2020
Perth writer Maria Papas has won the 2020 City of Fremantle Hungerford Award for an unpublished manuscript for 'I Belong to the Lake', a work of literary fiction about a family's...

McGuire wins 2020 Ray Koppe Residency

22 October 2020
Melbourne writer Tim McGuire has won the Australian Society of Authors (ASA)’s 2020 Ray Koppe Young Writers Residency for his manuscript ‘Game Farm’. McGuire's literary suspense novel is a creative...

‘Flames’ to be adapted for screen

22 October 2020
Flames, the debut novel by Robbie Arnott (Text), will be developed into a six-part television series with Tasmanian government funding of $20,000. The project, which will be produced by Jungle...

Ampersand Prize 2020 shortlist announced

21 October 2020
Hardie Grant Children's Publishing (HGCP) has announced the shortlist for its 2020 Ampersand Prize for unpublished young adult and middle-grade fiction. The five shortlisted authors and their works are: Conan...

McLean receives inaugural $10k Albert Ullin Award

21 October 2020
Andrew McLean is the winner of the inaugural Albert Ullin Award. The $10,000 biennial award, created with a bequest from the late The Little Book Room co-founder Albert Ullin, is...

Craig appointed Ultimo Press publisher 

21 October 2020
Former Picador Australia publisher Alex Craig has been appointed publisher of Ultimo Press. Craig spent 12 years at Pan Macmillan, including five as Picador publisher, before resigning from the company...

Watkins appointed Ultimo Press publishing director 

20 October 2020
Hachette Australia head of literary and head of illustrated Robert Watkins has been appointed publishing director of new Hardie Grant–backed independent publisher Ultimo Press. Watkins joined Hachette as commissioning editor...