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Queensland Literary Awards 2021 winners announced

10 September 2021
The winners of the 2021 Queensland Literary Awards have been announced. Visual artist Fiona Foley was awarded the $25,000 Queensland Premier's Award for a work of State Significance for her...

UQP opens bookshop 

9 September 2021
The University of Queensland Press (UQP) has announced the opening of UQP Bookshop, an on-campus bookshop at the university's main campus in St Lucia, Brisbane. The shop will exclusively stock...

$100k Historical Novel Prize longlists announced

9 September 2021
The Historical Novel Society Australasia (HNSA) has announced the longlist for the second annual ARA Historical Novel Prize and the inaugural longlist for its children's and young adult (CYA) category....

Banjo Prize 2021 shortlist announced

8 September 2021
HarperCollins Australia has announced the shortlist for the 2021 Banjo Prize for an unpublished work of commercial fiction. The shortlisted manuscripts are: ‘My Father the Whale’ (Gina Perry) ‘The Wishbone...

Murchison wins $10k ACU Poetry Prize

7 September 2021
Hobart-based poet Anna Murchison has won the 2021 Australian Catholic University (ACU) Poetry Prize, Australia's richest poetry award. Murchison receives $10,000 for her poem ‘Child of Gath-hepher’. Carolyn Masel was...

Australian Short Story Festival 2021 program announced

7 September 2021
After being cancelled in 2020, the Australian Short Story Festival (ASSF) will be held in Adelaide from 5–7 November 2021. The 2021 program features established authors including Maxine Beneba Clarke...

‘The Rain Heron’ wins Age Book of the Year

6 September 2021
Robbie Arnott has won the 2021 Age Book of the Year for his novel The Rain Heron (Text). It's the 40th time the award has been presented following a nine-year hiatus....

Australia Reads, Online Storytime receive RISE funding 

6 September 2021
The Australian Publishers Association (APA) will receive $300,000 for new initiatives by the Australia Reads campaign from the federal government’s Restart Investment to Sustain and Expand (RISE) fund. The Australia...

Richell Prize 2021 longlist announced

6 September 2021
Hachette Australia and the Emerging Writers’ Festival (EWF) have announced the longlist for the 2021 Richell Prize for emerging writers. The longlisted writers will be judged on the first three...

Wright wins 2021 Carmel Bird Digital Literary Award

3 September 2021
David Thomas Henry Wright has won the 2021 Carmel Bird Digital Literary Award for A Condensed History of the Australian Camel. Judge Roanna Gonsalves described Wright’s entry as ‘a work...

New bookshop opens in Melbourne’s west 

3 September 2021
New independent bookshop The Chestnut Tree has opened in West Footscray, a suburb in Melbourne’s inner west. Located on a corner of the main street in West Footscray, The Chestnut...

‘Ghost Bird’ sells to UK 

2 September 2021
UK independent publisher Old Barn Books has bought UK and Commonwealth (ex Canada and ANZ) rights to Lisa Fuller's YA novel Ghost Bird from University of Queensland Press (UQP). The...

Writers SA, Liminal announce new partnership

2 September 2021
Writers SA has partnered with literary platform Liminal magazine to launch two new initiatives that will provide writing and mentorship opportunities for Asian-Australian writers and editors based in South Australia....

Stella Prize rebrands, expands eligibility

2 September 2021
The Stella Prize has revealed a new identity and website in a rebranding announcement to mark 10 years of the prize. Under its new identity the organisation has announced changes...

Hachette acquires Albany debut in two-book deal 

1 September 2021
Hachette Australia has acquired world rights to two novels by Northern Rivers journalist and songwriter Megan Albany. The deal was brokered between Hachette Australia head of fiction Rebecca Saunders and...

Booktopia revenue up 35%, profit up 125% 

31 August 2021
Booktopia has posted revenue growth of 35% for the 2021 financial year—its first full year results since listing on the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) in December last year. Revenue grew...

BWF engages curators to build 2022 program

31 August 2021
Brisbane Writers Festival (BWF), which will celebrate its 60th year in 2022, has engaged five curators to build its festival program for the event. They are Ellen van Neerven, Anne-Marie...

Hachette acquires two Jordan novels 

31 August 2021
Hachette has acquired world rights for two novels by Toni Jordan, in a deal struck between head of fiction Rebecca Saunders and Jane Novak of Jane Novak Literary Agency. The...

Drewe, Krien awarded Copyright Agency fellowships

30 August 2021
Robert Drewe and Anna Krien have received writers fellowships, worth $80,000 each, from the Copyright Agency's Cultural Fund. Drewe was awarded the Author Fellowship to write his novel Nimblefoot, which...

Davitt Awards winners announced

30 August 2021
Sisters in Crime Australia has announced the winners of the 2021 Davitt Awards for the best crime books by Australian women. The winners in each category are:  Adult crime novel...

Hardie Grant Travel renamed Hardie Grant Explore 

30 August 2021
Hardie Grant is rebranding its Hardie Grant Travel division as Hardie Grant Explore. According to the publisher, the rebrand 'better reflects the publishing strategy going forward, whilst giving a nod...

Nib Literary Award 2021 longlist announced

30 August 2021
The longlist for the $20,000 Mark and Evette Moran Nib Literary Award, known as ‘the Nib’, has been announced. The longlisted titles are: The Truth about China: Propaganda, patriotism and...

Ned Kelly Awards 2021 winners announced

26 August 2021
The Australian Crime Writers Association (ACWA) has announced the winners of the 2021 Ned Kelly Awards. Crime novels released by Text Publishing swept the fiction categories, with the winning titles...