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The Next Chapter 2022 recipients announced

3 December 2021
The Wheeler Centre has announced the recipients of the 2021 Next Chapter grants for developing writers, worth $15,000 each. The 10 recipients are: Jumaana Abdu Jose da Costa Josie/Jocelyn Deane...

Adler appointed AWW director 

3 December 2021
Louise Adler has been appointed director of Adelaide Writers’ Week (AWW), taking over from Jo Dyer who announced earlier this year that the 2022 event would be her last. Adler,...

Stout wins MidnightSun cover design competition 

2 December 2021
Abby Stout has been named the winner of MidnightSun’s 2021 book cover design competition. The competition, which ran during October, encouraged Australian designers to submit cover design concepts for two...

McLean donates $1 million to Stella Prize

2 December 2021
Sydney-based philanthropist Paula McLean, a long-time patron of the Stella Prize, has committed a gift of up to $1 million to the prize’s Stella Forever Fund, which aims to secure...

‘The Underdogs’ series sells to North America 

1 December 2021
Hardie Grant Children’s Publishing (HGCP) has sold North American rights to ‘The Underdogs’ series by Kate and Jol Temple (illus by Shiloh Gordon) to Razorbill, an imprint of Penguin Random...

Hammer, Jubelin joint 2021 Danger Prize winners

1 December 2021
Trust (Chris Hammer, A&U) and I Catch Killers (Gary Jubelin with Dan Box, HarperCollins) have jointly won the 2021 Danger Prize. Administered by the BAD: Sydney Crime Writers Festival, the...

Ultimo acquires new Henry-Jones novel 

1 December 2021
Ultimo Press has acquired ANZ rights to Eliza Henry-Jones’s latest novel Salt and Skin, in a deal brokered by Pippa Masson of Curtis Brown. Salt and Skin follows a troubled...

Young wins first prize in Scarlet Stiletto Awards 2021

30 November 2021
Sisters in Crime Australia has announced the winners of the 2021 Scarlet Stiletto Awards. Canberra-based, first-time crime writer Hayley Young won first prize and receives $1500 for her outback police...

Angry Robot acquires Gold Coast BookTokker debut 

30 November 2021
UK publisher Angry Robot has acquired world, translation and audio rights to Ledge, the adult fantasy debut by Australian BookTokker Stacey McEwan, via Amy Collins of Talcott Notch Literary Agency....

SPN Book of the Year 2021 winners announced

29 November 2021
The Small Press Network (SPN) has announced the joint winners of the 2021 SPN Network Book of the Year Award (BOTY). The winning books, both essay collections, are: Echoes (Shu-Ling...

S&S acquires Wright biography 

29 November 2021
Simon & Schuster (S&S) has acquired world rights to the biography of Australian surfer Owen Wright. In 2015 Wright was on the brink of a world title only to have...

Walkley Book Award 2021 longlist announced

26 November 2021
The Walkley Book Award longlist for 2021 has been announced. The longlisted titles are: Toxic: The rotting underbelly of the Tasmanian salmon industry (Richard Flanagan, Penguin) Red Zone: China’s challenge...

Aus picture books chosen for IFLA catalogue

25 November 2021
Ten Australian picture books have been selected for the third edition of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) World Picture Books exhibit, which will be launched at...

‘Amnesia Road’ wins 2021 Nib Literary Award

25 November 2021
Luke Stegemann's book Amnesia Road: Landscape, violence and memory (NewSouth) has won Waverley Council’s $20,000 Mark and Evette Moran Nib Literary Award. Amnesia Road is a literary examination of historic violence...

Ober wins 2021 French HiP prize

23 November 2021
Jules Ober has won the 2021 Histoires Photographiques (HiP) prize for best photography book in the youth category with the French version of Jacqueline: A soldier’s daughter (Le Seuil Jeunesse)....

NZ book sales up as Auckland retail reopens 

22 November 2021
Since bricks-and-mortar booksellers in Auckland and Waikato reopened for in-store trading following almost four months of lockdown, New Zealand print book sales are up in value on the same period...

O’Hanlon wins Varuna/NEWC Fellowship

22 November 2021
James O’Hanlon has won the 2021 Varuna/New England Writers’ Centre (NEWC) Fellowship for his manuscript ‘I Love Spiders’. O’Hanlon receives a one week writing residency at Varuna, The National Writers’...

McDermid, Weiden to headline Terror Australis festival

22 November 2021
The program has been announced for this year’s Terror Australis Readers and Writers Festival, which is running as a digital event from 27–28 November under the theme ‘CSI: Tasmania’. Among...

Scribner acquires Chingaipe’s ‘Black Convicts’ 

19 November 2021
Scribner Australia has acquired ANZ rights to Black Convicts: How slavery shaped colonised Australia by journalist, filmmaker and author Santilla Chingaipe, via Grace Heifetz of Left Bank Literary. Based on...