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Smith wins 2024 Gwen Harwood Poetry Prize

22 February 2024
Yasmin Smith has won Island magazine’s 2024 Gwen Harwood Poetry Prize for the poem ‘The Burial Feathers’. Smith’s poem was chosen from about 500 entries. The two runners-up were Emilie...

Affirm Press sells screen rights to Funny Ethnics 

Funny Ethnics book cover, featuring an ibis holding a bubble tea drink while standing on top of a bin 22 February 2024
Funny Ethnics (Shirley Le) has been optioned by Flying Bark Productions, in a deal negotiated by Affirm. The 2022 novel ‘catapults readers into the sprawling city-within-a-city that is Western Sydney...

The Heart Is a Star screen option sold to Aquarius Films 

22 February 2024
The Heart Is a Star (Megan Rogers, HarperCollins) has been optioned by Aquarius Films, in a television deal negotiated by Zeitgeist Agency. The novel—Rogers’ debut—is ‘set predominantly in rugged Tasmania’,...

HarperCollins acquires Gardiner, Kumar cosy crime 

An image of authors Kelly Gardiner and Sharmini Kumar. 21 February 2024
HarperCollins has acquired world rights to Miss Caroline Bingley, Private Detective, a forthcoming cosy crime novel from Kelly Gardiner and Sharmini Kumar, via Danielle Binks and Jacinta di Mase of...

Canberra Writers Festival moves to October 

Canberra Writers Festival logo 21 February 2024
The 2024 Canberra Writers Festival will run from 23–27 October. With the new dates occurring late in the year, organisers said that the 2024 festival is planned to ‘kick off...

UQP acquires Behrendt novel 

An author photograph of Larissa Behrendt. 20 February 2024
UQP has acquired world rights to Alchemy, a new novel from Larissa Behrendt. Alchemy is described by UQP as ‘an intertwining story about the blurred lines between science and supernatural, the...

Kroetsch appointed Writers SA CEO 

An image of Laura Kroetsch in front of a bookcase 20 February 2024
Writers SA has appointed Laura Kroetsch as its new CEO. In an announcement on behalf of the Writers SA board, chair Tanya Wilkins said: ‘I look forward to working closely...

Funder longlisted for inaugural Women’s Prize for Nonfiction

19 February 2024
Anna Funder is longlisted for the inaugural Women’s Prize for Nonfiction, worth £30,000 (A$58,000), for her book Wifedom: Mrs Orwell’s invisible life (Hamish Hamilton). The fifteen other titles longlisted for the award...

BookPeople announces conference guest authors 

19 February 2024
BookPeople has announced its first guests for this year's conference—the authors who will speak at its 100th anniversary gala dinner and awards night. Helen Garner will be the pre-dinner speaker....

A&U acquires Beer middle-grade novel 

Photograph of Sophie Beer 19 February 2024
Allen & Unwin (A&U) has acquired ANZ rights to Thunderhead, a debut illustrated middle-grade novel by picture book author and illustrator Sophie Beer, via Annabel Barker at Annabel Barker Agency....

Rodrick wins inaugural Pearl Prize

19 February 2024
Spencer M F Rodrick has won the inaugural Pearl Prize, presented by queer arts and cultural organisation Midsumma. Rodrick, who was chosen from a list of 15 finalists, and was...

DANZ Children’s Book Award shortlists announced

15 February 2024
The shortlists for the inaugural DANZ (Diversity in Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand) Children’s Book Award have been announced. Chosen from longlists announced last month, the shortlisted titles in each...

Blak & Bright Festival 2024 program announced

15 February 2024
Blak & Bright Festival has announced its 2024 program, with the festival to run from 13 to 17 March in Naarm/Melbourne. The biennial First Nations literature festival will this year...

Ultimo acquires Holmes debut 

15 February 2024
Ultimo has acquired Commonwealth rights (ex Canada) to a debut novel from Gail Holmes, titled In the Margins. Calling Holmes ‘a remarkable new voice in historical fiction’, the publisher described...

Graham longlisted for Carnegie Medal for Illustration

Cover of Concrete Garden by Bob Graham 14 February 2024
In the UK, Australian author Bob Graham has been longlisted for the Carnegie Medal for Illustration (previously known as the Kate Greenaway Medal for Illustration), which was announced along with...

‘Meanjin’ announces two new residencies

14 February 2024
Literary journal Meanjin has announced two new residencies, offered in partnership with non-profit arts and cultural organisation InPlace, to ‘support writers of shorter works with dedicated writing time, much-needed funds, and...

Robinson receives Scotland fellowship 

Photograph of Booke Robinson 13 February 2024
Varuna has announced Brooke Robinson is the recipient of the 2024 Cove Park International Fellowship. Robinson’s debut novel, The Interpreter, was published in 2023 with Harvill Secker/Penguin Random House (PRH)...

Bundyi acquires Stan Grant memoir 

An author photograph of Stan Grant, pictured in front of a bookshelf 13 February 2024
Simon & Schuster (S&S) imprint Bundyi has announced that it has acquired world rights to A Song of Time, a memoir by author, media commentator and public intellectual Stan Grant....

Ena Noël Award 2024 shortlists announced

12 February 2024
The shortlists for the biennial Ena Noël Award has been announced by the Australian branch of the International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY). The shortlisted authors and illustrators are:...

Affirm acquires Micallef anthology 

12 February 2024
Affirm Press has acquired world rights to Slivers, Shards and Skerricks, a comedy anthology from television personality and author Shaun Micallef. The publisher described Micallef’s forthcoming anthology as ‘a spectrum...

Bookseller, authors argue for fixed price law 

12 February 2024
In an opinion piece for the Sydney Morning Herald, journalist Raymond Bonner, a co-owner of Bookoccino Bookshop in Avalon, has called for a 'fixed-price' law in Australia. Stating that fixed-price laws...

Hamilton to leave Writers Victoria 

7 February 2024
Writers Victoria has announced CEO Lucy Hamilton will step down from the role and leave the organisation in March after three-and-a-half years. Said Hamilton: ‘I’m proud of my time at...