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LoveOzYA relaunches with new committee

16 July 2019
Grassroots movement LoveOzYA is relaunching with a new committee and a 'reinvigorated mission'. According to a statement posted online, the LoveOzYA website was hacked earlier in the year but has...

Davitt Awards 2019 shortlists announced

16 July 2019
Sisters in Crime has announced the shortlists for the 2019 Davitt Awards for the best crime books by Australian women. The shortlisted works in each category are: Adult novel This...

Van and Anderson awarded Overland writing residencies

16 July 2019
Literary journal Overland has announced the recipients of its two writing residencies, which aim to address a lack of opportunities for underrepresented writers. Lucy Van has been awarded the residency...

Canberra Writers Festival 2019 program launched

15 July 2019
Canberra Writers Festival has announced the full line-up of guest speakers for its festival program, which runs under the theme ‘power, politics and passion’ from 21–25 August. Over 160 authors...

Ruby romance award 2019 finalists announced

12 July 2019
The finalists for the Romance Writers of Australia (RWA) Romantic Book of the Year Award, known as ‘the Ruby’, have been announced. The finalists in each category are: Contemporary romance...

‘Axiomatic’ sold to UK’s Fitzcarraldo Editions 

12 July 2019
Brow Books has sold UK and Commonwealth rights (ex ANZ) to Maria Tumarkin’s Axiomatic to independent publisher Fitzcarraldo Editions. Publisher Jacques Testard acquired the book, and Fitzcarraldo will publish Axiomatic...

Melbourne Writers Festival program announced

11 July 2019
The full program for the 2019 Melbourne Writers Festival, which runs from 30 August to 8 September, has been announced. The program will run under the theme ‘When We Talk...

Write-ability fellowships 2019 recipients announced

11 July 2019
Writers Victoria has announced the recipients of its 2019 Write-ability fellowships. The following five emerging writers with disability were awarded the fellowships: Alex Creece for 'Neurodifficult', a collection of experimental...

A&U acquires ‘fierce’ literary debut 

10 July 2019
Jane Palfreyman at Allen & Unwin has acquired ANZ rights to literary fiction debut A Lonely Girl is a Dangerous Thing by Jessie Tu, via Melanie Ostell Literary. The novel...

Blabey tops NYT bestseller charts

9 July 2019
Aaron Blabey’s ‘The Bad Guys’ (Scholastic) has topped the New York Times weekly chart for bestselling children’s series. ‘The Bad Guys’, which has spent 37 weeks on the list, came...

Brio to publish new Dessaix book on ageing 

5 July 2019
Brio has acquired ANZ rights to a new nonfiction book by Robert Dessaix, The Time of Our Lives: Growing old well, via Lyn Tranter at Australian Literary Management. Brio said...

Ovato to invest $1m in Melbourne printing facility

5 July 2019
Ovato Book Printing, formerly Griffin Press, will invest $1 million in new technology as part of a new print-on-demand (POD) strategy. In June, Ovato relocated its POD service from Adelaide...

ABDA launches student prizes

4 July 2019
The Australian Book Design Association (ABDA) has announced it will award student prizes at the 2020 ABDA Awards. The inaugural student prizes will be judged in two categories: best cover...

Scribe, Varuna partner on new mentorship program

3 July 2019
Scribe and Varuna, The Writers’ House, have partnered to offer a new mentorship program to three writers. The partnership combines a Varuna residency with an intensive mentorship with Scribe editors....

Miles Franklin Literary Award 2019 shortlist announced

3 July 2019
The shortlist for the 2019 Miles Franklin Literary Award, worth $60,000, has been announced. The shortlisted titles are: The Lebs (Michael Mohammed Ahmad, Hachette) A Sand Archive (Gregory Day, Picador) A Stolen...

Brown wins 2019 ALS Gold Medal

3 July 2019
Pam Brown has won the 2019 Australian Literature Society (ALS) Gold Medal for her poetry collection click here for what we do (Vagabond). Brown’s collection was chosen from a shortlist...