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Pippos debut chosen for inaugural NSW Reads program

15 January 2021
The New South Wales Public Library Association has chosen Lucky’s (Andrew Pippos, Picador) for its first state-wide reading program, NSW Reads. Described as a state-wide ‘book club’, NSW Reads will...

Hazel Rowley Literary Fellowship 2021 shortlist announced

15 January 2021
Writers Victoria has announced the shortlist for the 2021 Hazel Rowley Literary Fellowship, awarded annually to an Australian writer for a proposed biographical work. The shortlisted writers and their projects...

KYD partners with Desperate Literature Short Fiction Prize

15 January 2021
Kill Your Darlings has signed on as a partner journal for the Desperate Literature Short Fiction Prize. The international experimental fiction award, launched by the Madrid-based bookshop Desperate Literature in...

Overland creates new prize in honour of Reed-Gilbert

14 January 2021
Overland literary journal has created a new prize in honour of the late Wiradjuri elder, poet, writer, activist and artist Kerry Reed-Gilbert. The Kuracca Prize for Australian Literature is intended...

A&U acquires Xu memoir ‘You’re So Brave’ 

13 January 2021
Allen & Unwin (A&U) has acquired ANZ rights to Vicky Xu’s memoir You’re So Brave at auction, from Benython Oldfield of Zeitgeist Agency. A&U described the book as ‘a coming-of-age...

Hachette announces two-year partnership with Future Women

12 January 2021
Hachette Australia has announced a new ‘two-year publishing and entertainment partnership’ with Future Women, a ‘premium content-led community of professional women’ founded in 2018 and designed to help its membership...

Magabala announces winner of inaugural fellowship

12 January 2021
Magabala Books has announced Tristan Michael Savage as the recipient of the inaugural Magabala Fellowship for a mid-career author. Savage, a Brisbane-based, Kalkadoon man who grew up in Townsville, is...

Limprecht awarded 2020 Blake-Beckett Trust Scholarship

11 January 2021
Eleanor Limprecht has been awarded the Australian Society of Authors' (ASA) 2020 Blake-Beckett Trust Scholarship, worth $20,000. The scholarship is offered annually to an Australian author to provide them with...

Scribe & Varuna Residency 2020 fellows announced

15 December 2020
The recipients of the 2020 Scribe & Varuna Residency have been announced. The writers and their projects are: Lauren Fuge for 'Voyagers' Jessica White for 'From the Miniature to the...

Ultimo acquires debut novel in eight-house auction 

15 December 2020
Ultimo Press has acquired ANZ rights to Diana Reid's debut novel Love & Virtue in 'a hotly contested eight-publisher auction'. The novel, which explores virtue signalling and moral ambiguity in...

Spineless Wonders launches audio production stream

11 December 2020
Spineless Wonders has launched its new audio production stream with the release of two audiobooks, My Name Is Revenge by Ashleigh Kalagian Blunt and Siarad by Caroline Reid. Siarad, named...

UQP acquires two new books from Riwoe 

11 December 2020
University of Queensland Press (UQP) has acquired world rights to two new works of fiction by Mirandi Riwoe: short story collection Somewhere Between and historical novel Sunbirds. Somewhere Between will include both...

Black Inc. acquires Gergis book on climate change 

11 December 2020
Black Inc. has acquired world rights to climate scientist Joëlle Gergis’s Witnessing the Unthinkable: Notes from the front line of the climate crisis from Jane Novak Literary Agency in a...

Centre for Stories receives funding for new journal

10 December 2020
Perth's Centre for Stories has received funding for a new online journal and two-year project to support and develop writers from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. The Centre received $42,465...

Ultimo acquires first novel from Bent 

10 December 2020
Ultimo Press has pre-empted ANZ rights to Hannah Bent’s debut novel When Things Are Alive They Hum via Gaby Naher at Left Bank Literary. Set in Hong Kong, London and China...

Prime Minister’s Literary Awards 2020 winners announced

10 December 2020
The winners of the 2020 Prime Minister’s Literary Awards have been announced. The winning titles in each category are: Fiction The Yield (Tara June Winch, Hamish Hamilton) Nonfiction (joint winners) Songspirals:...

Open Book publishing internship to launch in 2021

9 December 2020
A new paid internship aimed at increasing cultural diversity in the Australian publishing workforce will launch in 2021 with funding support from the Australia Council and the Copyright Agency’s Cultural...

ALIA to run digital storytime pilot in 2021

9 December 2020
Australian publishers can opt to have new or backlist titles included in an Online Storytime pilot being run by the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) in 2021. The one-year...

Indie Book Awards 2021 longlists announced

9 December 2020
Leading Edge Books has announced the longlists for the 2021 Indie Book Awards. The longlisted titles in each category are: Fiction The Tolstoy Estate (Steven Conte, Fourth Estate) All Our...

‘Fireflies’ establishes book publisher

8 December 2020
Film magazine Fireflies has announced the creation of independent publishing house Fireflies Press, which aims to 'champion under-represented and stylistically diverse films and film writing'. The inaugural project for the publisher...