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Phommavanh charged for alleged grooming 

21 May 2024
Sydney children’s author Oliver Phommavanh has been charged for allegedly grooming a minor online, reports the ABC. According to ABC News, it is alleged that Phommavanh ‘sent inappropriate photos and...

Aurealis Awards 2023 winners announced

21 May 2024
The winners of the 2023 Aurealis Awards, presented for science fiction, fantasy and horror writing published last year in Australia, have been announced. Among longer-form winners, chosen from shortlists announced...

S&S acquires Murphy memoir ‘Madam’

21 May 2024
Simon & Schuster Australia (S&S) has acquired UK and Commonwealth rights to Antonia Murphy’s forthcoming memoir, Madam, at auction, via Alice Tasman and Cole Hildebrand at Jean V Naggar Literary...

Levens resigns as Booktopia CFO

20 May 2024
Booktopia chief financial officer (CFO) Fiona Levens has resigned from the company, effective 15 May. In a statement, Booktopia CEO David Nenke acknowledged Levens’ ‘strong leadership during her time with...

Big W opens in Stanhope Gardens 

Photograph of the bookshelves in Big W Stanhope Gardens store 20 May 2024
Big W has opened its first new large-format store since 2019 at Stanhope Gardens in north-western Sydney. In a statement, Big W said that the new store will have ‘an...

Michael Gifkins Prize 2024 shortlist announced

20 May 2024
Text Publishing and the New Zealand Society of Authors Te Puni Kaituhi O Aotearoa (PEN NZ Inc) have announced the shortlist for the 2024 Michael Gifkins Prize for an unpublished...

New $5000 award for Aotearoa NZ writers

20 May 2024
The New Zealand Society of Authors Te Puni Kaituhi o Aotearoa (PEN NZ Inc) has announced a new NZ$5000 award for Aotearoa NZ writers. The NZSA Shaw Writer’s Award, established by...

Walker acquires Marr, Speechley picture book

20 May 2024
Walker Books Australia has acquired world rights to the picture book One Day, written by Shirley Marr and illustrated by Michael Speechley, in a two-book deal. One Day introduces a...

Huang wins Blake Poetry Prize

20 May 2024
Coco X Huang has won the 68th Blake Poetry Prize, worth $5000, for her poem 'Three Lessons'. Huang is a Chinese-Australian writer, musician and scientist, who creates interdisciplinary works that...

Dorothy Hewett Award 2024 shortlist announced

17 May 2024
UWA Publishing has announced the shortlist for the 2024 Dorothy Hewett Award for an unpublished manuscript. The shortlisted manuscripts, chosen from over 200 entries, are: ‘The Protector of Fledglings’ by...

Miles Franklin 2024 longlist announced

16 May 2024
The longlist for the 2024 Miles Franklin Literary Award has been announced. The longlisted titles, selected from 104 books, are: Only Sound Remains (Hossein Asgari, Puncher & Wattmann) Wall (Jen...

Ockham NZ Book Awards 2024 winners announced

16 May 2024
The winners of the 2024 Ockham New Zealand Book Awards have been announced. The fiction prize went to Emily Perkins for Lioness (Bloomsbury). Convenor of fiction judges Juliet Blyth said: ‘At...

Hastings wins 2024 ASA/HQ Fiction Prize

16 May 2024
The Australian Society of Authors (ASA) and HarperCollins imprint HQ have announced that Kathleen Hastings is the winner of the 2024 ASA/HQ Fiction Prize for an unpublished manuscript. Selected from...

Wright wins 2024 James Tait Black fiction prize

Cover of Praiseworthy 16 May 2024
Praiseworthy by Alexis Wright (Giramondo) has won the fiction award in the 2024 James Tait Black Prizes. Wright’s novel was chosen from a shortlist of four fiction works for the...

Hinkler acquires US publisher Piccadilly 

15 May 2024
Melbourne publisher and distributor Hinkler has acquired US-based journal and sketchbook publisher Piccadilly. ‘This is a significant acquisition for Hinkler, aligning with strategic plans for growth in North America and...

Money wins 2024 UQP Quentin Bryce Award 

15 May 2024
UQP has announced that Jazz Money has won the 2024 Quentin Bryce Award for her poetry collection mark the dawn. mark the dawn is described by the publisher as asking...

Wakefield acquires Pollock novel ‘Starry Eyed’ 

15 May 2024
Wakefield Press has acquired ANZ rights to a second novel from Katharine Pollock, provisionally titled Starry Eyed, via Benython Oldfield at Zeitgeist Agency. In Starry Eyed, when Addilyn Acker is...

black&write! 2024 fellowship recipients announced 

15 May 2024
The State Library of Queensland (SLQ) has announced that the recipients of the 2024 black&write! fellowships are poets Meleika Gesa-Fatafehi and Lulu Houdini. Gesa-Fatafehi is a Torres Strait Islander and...

Palmer wins 2024 Ernest Scott Prize

15 May 2024
Unmaking Angas Downs: Myth and history on a Central Australian pastoral station (Shannyn Palmer, MUP) has won the 2024 Ernest Scott Prize for History. Award judges Grace Karskens and Frank...

ALS Gold Medal 2024 longlist announced

15 May 2024
The longlist for the 2024 Australian Literature Society (ALS) Gold Medal has been announced. Longlisted works include: Frank (Jordie Albiston, NLA Publishing) The Prize (Kim E Anderson, Pantera) Like to...

Book Face opens store in Northbridge, NSW

14 May 2024
Bookselling chain Book Face has opened its fifth store—a bookstore in the Sydney suburb of Northbridge. Store manager Luke Holmes said that the company opened a bookstore in the area...

Wellington bookstore Good Books closed

14 May 2024
Good Books, in Wellington, Aotearoa New Zealand, has ceased trading. The bookshop, established in late 2020 by writers Catherine Robertson and Jane Arthur, had its final day of operation last...

SLNSW offers new $50K creative writing fellowship

13 May 2024
The State Library of NSW (SLNSW) has announced the creation of a new $50,000 creative writing fellowship, as well as a new Summer Scholars Program. The $50,000 Imago Creative Writing...