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Magabala announces new chair, board changes 

15 July 2024
Magabala Books has announced its 2024 board, with current deputy chair Steve Kinnane stepping into the role of chair, as well as three new directors joining the board. Kinnane’s new...

S&S in distribution partnership with Authors Equity 

15 July 2024
US publishing company Authors Equity has partnered with Simon & Schuster (S&S) Australia for sales and distribution of its titles in Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand. As previously reported by...

Buchanan wins 2024 Michael Gifkins Prize

15 July 2024
Author Jeffrey Buchanan is the winner of the 2024 Michael Gifkins Prize for an unpublished manuscript by an Aotearoa New Zealand writer. Chosen from a shortlist of four, Buchanan wins...

UQP acquires Araluen poetry collection 

Photograph of Eveyln Araluen 11 July 2024
UQP has acquired world rights to a new poetry collection from Evelyn Araluen, author of the Stella Prize–winning Dropbear (also UQP). Araluen’s new collection, The Rot, ‘dramatises the bad faiths...

ACT Literary Awards 2024 winners announced

11 July 2024
The winners of the ACT Literary Awards, previously known as the ACT Notable Book Awards and presented by the Canberra writing organisation Marion, have been announced. The 2024 winners are:...

Lanchester to step down from ASA

11 July 2024
Australian Society of Authors (ASA) CEO Olivia Lanchester will be stepping down after five years in the role. Lanchester was appointed CEO in 2019 after four years working as the...

Hachette acquires Woodard YA debut 

11 July 2024
Hachette has acquired world rights to Scott Woodard’s debut contemporary YA novel, Poster Boys, via Danielle Binks at Jacinta di Mase Management. Poster Boys is a coming of age story...

Birch, Lucashenko inaugural Hage Award mentors

The Hage Award for First Nations Writers image featuring photographs of Ghassan Hage, Melissa Lucashenko and Tony Birch 10 July 2024
Sweatshop Literacy Movement has announced multi-award-winning authors Tony Birch and Melissa Lucashenko will mentor the recipients of the inaugural Hage Award for First Nations Writers. As previously reported by Books+Publishing,...

National Biography Award 2024 shortlist announced

Photograph of the books shortlisted for the 2024 National Biography Award stacked in a pile 10 July 2024
The State Library of New South Wales (SLNSW) has announced the shortlist for the $25,000 National Biography Award. The shortlisted works, selected from a record 107 entries and including five...

Ultimo Press acquires Watts novel 

10 July 2024
Ultimo Press has acquired ANZ rights to Elegy, Southwest, the second novel by Madeleine Watts, in a deal brokered by Lucy Luck at C&W Agency, London, on behalf of Anna...

Weissman wins 2024 Crystal Kite award

Cover of Hanukkah Upside Down 8 July 2024
US-born author Elissa Weissman, who lives in Aotearoa New Zealand, has won the Australia, New Zealand and Oceania division of this year’s Crystal Kite Member Choice Awards, presented by the...

Authors among 2024 NAIDOC Week award finalists

8 July 2024
The National NAIDOC Committee has announced the winners of the 2024 NAIDOC Week Awards. Among the winners was artist and cultural leader Alick Tipoti, who is a fluent Kala Lagaw...

Wright wins 2024 ALS Gold Medal

Cover of Praiseworthy 8 July 2024
The winner of the 2024 Australian Literature Society (ALS) Gold Medal is Alexis Wright for Praiseworthy (Giramondo). The win is the third for Wright, who joins Patrick White and David...

Varuna announces 2024 Writer’s Space recipients 

8 July 2024
Varuna, the National Writers’ House has announced the 12 recipients of the 2024 Writer’s Space fellowships for writers with disability and/or who are D/deaf. Participants in the 2024 program will...

APA pauses Educational Publishing Awards 

4 July 2024
The Australian Publishers Association (APA) has paused the Educational Publishing Awards Australia (EPAA) for 2024. In a statement, the APA said that its Schools Educational Publishing Committee (SEPC), as project...

NewSouth acquires Rawson creative nonfiction book 

4 July 2024
NewSouth has acquired world rights to a creative nonfiction book from Jane Rawson, titled Human/Nature: On life in a wild world, via Jane Novak Literary Agency. Human/Nature is described by the...

MidnightSun acquires Gold novel 

4 July 2024
MidnightSun Publishing has acquired world rights to the novel Shift by Irma Gold, via Sarah McKenzie of Sarah McKenzie Literary Management. Set in the South African township where the 1955...

Transit Lounge acquires Sayer memoir 

3 July 2024
Transit Lounge has acquired world rights to No Dancing in the Lift, a memoir from author Mandy Sayer, via Jeanne Ryckmans at Key People Literary Management. Described by Transit Lounge...

Booktopia appoints administrators

Booktopia logo 3 July 2024
Online bookseller Booktopia has appointed McGrathNicol as voluntary administrators of the company and its subsidiaries. Listed as insolvent are Booktopia Group Limited and associated entities Booktopia Pty Limited, Making I....

UQP acquires Vowles debut novel 

3 July 2024
UQP has acquired world rights to a debut novel from screenwriter and author Thomas Vowles, titled The End of Everything. ‘A psychological thriller set in Melbourne’s queer scene, The End...

Creative Australia international program recipients announced

3 July 2024
Creative Australia has announced the recipients of grants through its international programs. The programs include the International Travel Fund, the International Engagement Fund and the International Touring and Presentation Fund,...

Affirm acquires Lishman self-help book 

2 July 2024
Affirm Press has acquired world rights to Marny Lishman’s self-help book Crisis to Contentment, via The Lifestyle Suite. Lishman is a health and community psychologist, wellbeing and mindset coach, keynote...

Hachette acquires Brooks memoir 

2 July 2024
Hachette Australia has acquired ANZ rights to Geraldine Brooks’ memoir Memorial Days. Described by the publisher as a ‘heartrending and beautiful memoir of sudden loss and a journey toward peace’,...

Merkel wins 2024 Hope Prize

2 July 2024
John Merkel has won the 2024 Hope Prize, presented by Simon & Schuster Australia (S&S), for the story ‘Shadows Cast by the Moon’. Merkel won the inaugural award, worth $10,000,...