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New gift imprint for Smith Street Books 

17 January 2020
Smith Street Books will launch a new gift imprint in 2020. Smith Street Gift will include a range of games and memorabilia with characters and quotes from TV shows like...

PRH sells ‘The Tiny Star’ to US 

17 January 2020
Penguin Random House Australia has sold North American rights to Mem Fox’s picture book The Tiny Star (illus by Freya Blackwood) to Knopf Books for Young Readers. Editorial director of...

Wilson appointed Berbay sales and marketing manager 

17 January 2020
Kirsty Wilson has been appointed sales and marketing manager at Berbay Publishing. Wilson was previously sales and marketing director at Text Publishing for 14 years. According to Berbay, sales growth...

Lit orgs, writers receive Create NSW funding 

15 January 2020
A number of literary organisations and writers are among the recipients of round one of Create NSW’s annual organisation, project and Creative Koori Projects arts funding program, which has allocated...

Indie Book Awards 2020 shortlists announced

15 January 2020
Leading Edge Books has announced the shortlists for the 2020 Indie Book Awards for the best Australian books published in 2019. The shortlisted titles in each category are: Fiction There...

Ventura sells UK rights to ‘Paris Savages’ 

15 January 2020
Ventura Press has sold UK rights to Katherine Johnson’s novel Paris Savages to independent publisher Allison and Busby. Paris Savages, which was written as part of Johnson’s PhD, is based...

ABR announces Peter Porter Poetry Prize 2020 shortlist

14 January 2020
The shortlist for the 2020 Australian Book Review (ABR) Peter Porter Poetry Prize has been announced. The shortlisted poems are: ‘Precision Signs’ (Lachlan Brown) ‘That Wadjela Tongue’ (Claire G Coleman)...

ACT Book of the Year 2019 shortlist announced

14 January 2020
The shortlist for the 2019 ACT Book of the Year Award was announced in December. The shortlisted titles are: Made by Humans: The AI Condition (Ellen Broad, MUP) Book of...

UWAP announces 2020 Dorothy Hewett Award shortlist

14 January 2020
In December, UWA Publishing announced the shortlist for the 2020 Dorothy Hewett Award for an unpublished manuscript. The shortlisted authors and their works are: ‘The Sorry Tale of the Mignonette’...

MWF appoints Nair as program manager 

14 January 2020
Melbourne Writers Festival (MWF) has appointed writer and critic Sonia Nair as program manager, taking over the role from Gene Smith, who has moved into the role of associate director...

Whitmont joins Booktopia Publisher Services 

13 January 2020
Booktopia has announced that Scott Whitmont will be joining Booktopia's distribution division Booktopia Publisher Services (BPS), in the role of business development and relationship manager. Whitmont was previously the owner...

Hardie Grant announces new parental leave policy 

11 December 2019
Hardie Grant will introduce changes to its parental leave policy in 2020 that will mean secondary carers will receive the same paid parental leave benefits as primary carers—13 weeks of...

Sun wins KYD New Critic Award

11 December 2019
Sydney-based writer and designer Michael Sun has been named the winner of the 2020 Kill Your Darlings (KYD) New Critic Award. Sun receives a $1000 cash prize, plus a regular...

Peri Wilson appointed A&U publicity director 

11 December 2019
Peri Wilson has been appointed publicity director at Allen & Unwin (A&U). Wilson has worked across media, arts and advertising industries, within companies including Random House, Yahoo7, Sensis, PwC and...