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Wakefield launches dedicated YA list 

5 February 2019
Adelaide-based small publisher Wakefield Press will launch a dedicated YA list this year, under the direction of newly appointed publisher Margot Lloyd. Wakefield aims to publish three to four YA...

Moriarty’s ‘Bronte Mettlestone’ sold to UK 

5 February 2019
Jill Grinberg of Jill Grinberg Literary Management has sold UK and Commonwealth rights (ex ANZ) to The Extremely Inconvenient Adventures of Bronte Mettlestone (Jaclyn Moriarty, A&U) to Guppy Books, a...

‘KYD’ announces Varuna fellowships

4 February 2019
Kill Your Darlings (KYD) will partner with Varuna to offer a week-long fellowship for the writers shortlisted for KYD’s 2019 unpublished manuscript award. The fellowship will take place at Varuna, the National...

New Zealand Book Awards 2019 longlists announced

31 January 2019
The longlists for the 2019 New Zealand Book Awards have been announced. The longlisted titles in each category are: Fiction The Man Who Would Not See (Rajorshi Chakraborti, Penguin) The Life...

‘Kindred’ anthology to tour, thanks to OzCo funding

30 January 2019
A number of organisations and individuals were among the recipients of the Australia Council’s latest grants round, which awarded $6.6 million to almost 200 projects. Michael Earp, editor of short...

Dymocks launches Wiggles shop

25 January 2019
Chain retailer Dymocks has become the new retail partner for children’s entertainment group the Wiggles, offering a range of books and merchandise via a dedicated online store. Dymocks negotiated a...

Scriven wins Margaret River Short Story Competition

25 January 2019
Writer Kit Scriven has won the 2019 Margaret River Short Story Competition for his story ‘We’ll Stand in That Place’. Catherine Noske came in second place with her story ‘Thylacine’,...

Writer and blogger Yang detained in China

24 January 2019
Chinese-Australian writer Yang Hengjun has been detained by Chinese authorities, reports SBS News. A critic of the Chinese government and an advocate for democracy, Yang previously worked in the Chinese...

UQP signs Kurmelovs in two-book deal 

24 January 2019
UQP has acquired ANZ rights to two books by Royce Kurmelovs via Melanie Ostell Literary. The first book, Just Money: A Story of Debt and the Bankers and Crooks Who Created It,...

Tumarkin’s ‘Axiomatic’ sold to US

23 January 2019
Brow Books has sold North American and Spanish-language rights to Axiomatic (Maria Tumarkin). North American rights were sold to California-based nonprofit publisher Transit Books, with publisher Adam Levy describing Tumarkin’s...

Berbay sells board book series to US, UK 

22 January 2019
Berbay Publishing has sold North American and UK rights to a series of three board books by Tokyo-based illustrator Chihiro Takeuchi. Catherine Drayton from InkWell Management sold North American and...

Marinov moves to ABA 

22 January 2019
Galina Marinov will take up the newly created role of member services development manager at the Australian Booksellers Association (ABA), where she will work on creating new ABA services. Marinov...

Jon Faine to retire at the end of 2019

21 January 2019
ABC Radio Melbourne broadcaster Jon Faine has announced he will retire at the end of 2019, reports ABC News. Faine has hosted the weekday Mornings program for 23 years, in which...

Tan wins ‘KYD’ New Critic Award 2019

21 January 2019
Critic and narrative nonfiction writer Cher Tan has been named the winner of the 2019 Kill Your Darlings (KYD) New Critic Award. Tan receives a $1000 cash prize, plus payment for a...

Faber Writing Academy Scholarships announced

18 January 2019
Allen & Unwin has announced the recipients of the 2019 Faber Writing Academy Scholarships. The recipients are: Chandu Bickford (True Stories Scholarship) has travelled extensively in India and Tibet, and...

Children’s authors honoured on postage stamps

18 January 2019
Australia Post is honouring five children’s authors on its ‘Australian legends of children’s literature’ postage stamp series, as part of its 2019 Legends Awards. Authors and their books featured in...

Western Sydney Emerging Writers’ Fellowships announced

18 January 2019
Western Sydney literature organisation WestWords has announced three recipients of the 2019 Western Sydney Emerging Writers’ Fellowships. The three writers awarded fellowships are: Fiona Murphy for hybrid memoir ‘The Shape of Sound’,...

Hazel Rowley Fellowship 2019 shortlist announced

18 January 2019
Writers Victoria has announced the shortlist for the 2019 Hazel Rowley Literary Fellowship, awarded annually to an Australian writer for a proposed biographical work. The shortlisted writers and their projects...