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OUP launches new branding for digital transformation

28 September 2021
Oxford University Press (OUP) has launched new branding to support its ongoing digital transformation. Under the new branding, the publisher will continue producing materials in its three core markets of...

MidnightSun announces book cover design competition

28 September 2021
MidnightSun Publishing has announced a new book cover design competition for two of its forthcoming novels, Random Acts of Unkindness by Anna Mandoki and The Rider on the Bridge by...

McKay wins Arthur C Clarke Award

28 September 2021
The Animals in that Country by Laura Jean McKay (Scribe) has won the UK's Arthur C Clarke Award for science fiction. McKay’s debut novel was selected from a shortlist of...

Nib Literary Award 2021 shortlist announced

27 September 2021
The shortlist for the $20,000 Mark and Evette Moran Nib Literary Award, known as ‘the Nib’, has been announced. The shortlisted books are: Only Happiness Here: In search of Elizabeth...

Performing arts bookshop relaunches online

27 September 2021
Stage Whispers magazine has purchased performing arts specialist bookshop Book Nook, saving the business from closure and launching it as a new online store. Founded over 35 years ago, Book...

Readings to open new Melbourne CBD shop 

23 September 2021
Melbourne independent bookselling chain Readings has announced it will open a new, ‘light-filled’ shop in the Emporium shopping complex in Melbourne’s CBD. ‘It has been a tumultuous 18 months for...

Stivens wins 2022 Ray Koppe Fellowship

23 September 2021
Sarah Stivens has won the Australian Society of Authors' (ASA) 2022 Ray Koppe Young Writers Fellowship for her poetry manuscript ‘Therapeutic Discomfort’. ‘Therapeutic Discomfort’ is a work of 10 poems...

APA Indies Roadshow adds children’s/YA presentation

23 September 2021
The Australian Publishers Association (APA) will run its Indies Roadshow online again this year, on Wednesday, 29 September at 4.30pm AEST, following the inaugural virtual event held in response to...

$100k Historical Novel Prize shortlists announced

22 September 2021
The Historical Novel Society Australasia (HNSA) has announced the shortlists for 2021 ARA Historical Novel Prize. The novels shortlisted in the adult category are: Bila Yarrudhanggalangdhuray, River of Dreams (Anita Heiss,...

HGCP acquires ‘UnMonumental’ picture book 

22 September 2021
Hardie Grant Children’s Publishing (HGCP) has acquired world rights to UnMonumental, a hardback picture book by artists James Tylor and Matt Chun based on their Instagram project of the same...

Willson appointed Murdoch Books publisher 

22 September 2021
Murdoch Books has announced the appointment of Jane Willson as publisher. Willson, who will be based in Melbourne, joins Murdoch from Hardie Grant, where she was publishing director for six...

Bowen appointed ILF CEO 

21 September 2021
The board of the Indigenous Literacy Foundation (ILF) has announced the appointment of Ben Bowen as the organisation's new chief executive officer. ‘Ben is a proud Aboriginal man, a descendent...

Hardie Grant acquires debut novel ‘The Eulogy’ 

21 September 2021
Hardie Grant Books has acquired world rights (ex US) to The Eulogy, the debut novel by Jackie Bailey. Drawing on Bailey’s family’s stories of intergenerational trauma, the autofictional novel follows...

Ultimo acquires Khalil, Davidow memoir 

20 September 2021
Ultimo Press has acquired world rights to Runaways by Shaimaa Khalil and Shelley Davidow. The deal was brokered by Sarah McKenzie at Sarah McKenzie Literary Management. Khalil and Davidow met...

Walker Books launches new imprint Walker Studio 

20 September 2021
Walker Books Australia is launching a new ‘beautifully produced, design-driven’ imprint, Walker Studio. While the Studio imprint has been previously launched by Walker Books in the UK and Candlewick in...

Baragwanath wins 2021 Michael Gifkins Prize

17 September 2021
Tom Baragwanath has won the 2021 Michael Gifkins Prize for an Unpublished Novel for his crime novel Paper Cage. Baragwanath was chosen as the winner from a shortlist of three...

Varuna announces 2022 residential fellowships

16 September 2021
Varuna the National Writers’ House has announced the recipients of the Varuna Residential Fellowships for 2022. The writers and their projects are: The Eleanor Dark flagship fellowship Katherine Brabon, for...

Fernandez joins Alex Adsett Literary 

16 September 2021
Rochelle Fernandez has joined Alex Adsett Literary as an Australian literary agent. Fernandez, who has almost 20 years’ experience in Australian publishing, was publisher for HarperCollins’ speculative fiction imprint Voyager...

Ngaio Marsh Awards 2021 shortlists announced

16 September 2021
The shortlists for this year’s Ngaio Marsh Awards for New Zealand crime, mystery or thriller writing have been announced. The titles shortlisted in each category are: Best novel The Murder...

Melbourne Prize for Literature finalists announced

15 September 2021
The Melbourne Prize Trust has announced the finalists for the triennial Melbourne Prize for Literature. The finalists are: Melbourne Prize for Literature ($60,000) Jordie Albiston Maxine Beneba Clarke Pi O...

Bray to leave Bloomsbury Australia 

15 September 2021
Bloomsbury Australia managing director Liz Bray has decided to step down from the role later this year. In a statement, Bray said she is leaving ‘to create some time and...

Merriman YA novels optioned for screen 

15 September 2021
Screen adaption rights to YA novels Catch Me When You Fall and Invisibly Breathing by New Zealand author Eileen Merriman have been optioned by Enjoy Entertainment, in a deal negotiated...

Hachette acquires Burr crime debut in two-book deal 

14 September 2021
Hachette has acquired world rights to two crime novels by Canberra debut author Shelley Burr in a ‘hotly contested’ international auction. The six-figure, two-book deal was struck between Hachette Australia...