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Qld Literary Awards 2022 shortlists

4 August 2022
The shortlists for the 2022 Queensland Literary Awards have been announced. The shortlisted titles in each category are: Queensland Premier’s Award for a Work of State Significance ($25,000) Wounded Country...

Weir, Henderson launch Bold Type Agency 

3 August 2022
Former Penguin Random House (PRH) senior rights manager Nerrilee Weir and former Simon & Schuster (S&S) publishing director Fiona Henderson have announced the creation of a new rights agency. Bold...

‘Grimmish’ sells to UK, North America 

2 August 2022
Martin Shaw at Shaw Literary, on behalf of Puncher & Wattmann, has sold UK and US rights at auction to Michael Winkler’s debut novel Grimmish, in a co-publishing deal between...

Mossop appointed SWF artistic director 

1 August 2022
Ann Mossop has been appointed artistic director of the Sydney Writers Festival (SWF) for a three-year term, replacing Michael Williams, who programmed the 2021 and 2022 Festivals. Mossop comes to...

Nib Literary Award 2022 longlist announced

1 August 2022
The longlist for the 2022 Mark and Evette Moran Nib Literary Award, worth $20,000, has been announced. The longlisted titles are: Currowan (Bronwyn Adcock, Black Inc.) Telling Tennant’s Story (Dean...

Age Book of the Year 2022 shortlists announced

1 August 2022
The shortlists for the 2022 Age Book of the Year Award, which this year includes a prize for nonfiction, have been announced. The shortlisted works in each category are: Fiction...

Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize shortlist announced

29 July 2022
The Australian Book Review (ABR) has announced the shortlist for the 2022 Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize. The shortlisted stories and their authors are: 'Dog Park' by Nina Cullen 'Natural Wonder' by...

UQP acquires Wagan Watson short story collection 

29 July 2022
UQP has acquired world rights to poet Samuel Wagan Watson's first short story collection, New and Used Ghosts. The collection of ghost stories interrogates and celebrates myth, legend and secrets...

MWF full program announced

27 July 2022
Melbourne Writers Festival (MWF) has announced its full 2022 program, which runs 8–11 September, and features over 150 events. The festival makes its return to live programming after two years...

APA, ABA children’s publishing conference returns 

27 July 2022
The program for the Australian Publishers Association (APA) Children's Publishing Conference, held in conjunction with the Australian Booksellers Association (ABA), has been announced. ‘Between the Covers, Behind the Counter’, which...

Harper tops libraries index second year running 

26 July 2022
Public sector software provider Civica and the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) have released this year’s Civica Libraries Index, which looked at borrowing data across regional and metropolitan libraries...

Davitt Awards 2022 shortlists announced

26 July 2022
Sisters in Crime Australia has announced the shortlists for the 2022 Davitt Awards for best crime books by Australian women. The shortlisted titles in each category are: Adult crime novel...

Kennedy wins 2022 Furphy Literary Award

25 July 2022
The winners of the 2022 Furphy Literary Award have been announced. Cate Kennedy won first place in the open category for her short story ‘Art and Life’, receiving $15,000 and...

Henderson appointed Hachette senior nonfiction publisher 

22 July 2022
Hachette Australia has appointed Scott Henderson, previously editor and content director of Men’s Health Australia, as senior nonfiction publisher. Group publishing director Fiona Hazard said Henderson 'clearly has the vision...

Ultimo launches UK fiction list 

22 July 2022
Ultimo Press will launch six fiction titles into the UK market in late 2022. Carried by the Hardie Grant UK sales team, Ultimo’s fiction list will be launched in the...

Furphy Literary Award 2022 shortlist announced

21 July 2022
The shortlist for the 2022 Furphy Literary Award has been announced. The winner of the short story competition receives $15,000, making the award one of the richest prizes for a...

A&U acquires Lim middle-grade novel 

20 July 2022
Allen & Unwin (A&U) has acquired ANZ, Oceania and non-exclusive Asia rights to a new middle-grade novel by Rebecca Lim, Two Sparrowhawks in a Lonely Sky, via the Annabel Barker...

Affirm acquires two Robinson novels 

20 July 2022
Affirm Press has acquired world rights to two new novels by Alice Robinson. The first title, Blueshifts, is a literary/speculative fiction novel set both 100 years into the future and...

T S Bookshop urges board to rethink closure 

20 July 2022
Customers and supporters of the T S Bookshop in Melbourne have launched a Change.org petition in response to the planned closure of the store by the board of the Theosophical...

Summers leaves Hardie Grant 

20 July 2022
Hardie Grant Books publisher Arwen Summers has left the role after five years at the company. Summers said in a LinkedIn post she was 'in need of major change' after two...

PANZ Book Design Awards 2022 finalists announced

19 July 2022
The finalists for the 2022 Publishers Association of New Zealand (PANZ) Book Design Awards have been announced. Finalists were announced in 10 categories including: Best illustrated book Bill Hammond: Across...

HarperCollins acquires two crime novels by Lando 

19 July 2022
HarperCollins has acquired ANZ rights to two novels by Veronica Lando, via Benjamin Paz at Curtis Brown. The first book, The Drowning Girls, is a ‘darkly absorbing’ mystery set in...

Batt awarded Reading Australia fellowship

18 July 2022
The Copyright Agency has named Jantiena Batt, a deputy principal working within the ACT Education Directorate, as the 2022 Reading Australia Fellow for Teachers of English Literacy. Batt receives a...

Sidnam wins 2022 Michael Gifkins Prize

15 July 2022
Wellington-based poet and student Emma Sidnam has been awarded the 2022 Michael Gifkins Prize for an unpublished manuscript by an Aotearoa New Zealand writer. Chosen from a shortlist of four,...