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Record book sales at Adelaide Writers’ Week 

17 March 2020
Record book and catering sales at Adelaide Writers’ Week, which ran from 29 February to 5 March, indicate the highest recorded attendance numbers at the festival, according to director Jo...

SRB announces recipients of Emerging Critics fellowships

17 March 2020
The Sydney Review of Books has announced the recipients of this year’s Copyright Agency–SRB Emerging Critics fellowships. The recipients are: Bryan Andy (NSW) Cher Tan (VIC) Keyvan Allahyari (VIC) Prithvi Varatharajan...

Penguin Literary Prize shortlist 2020 announced

17 March 2020
Penguin Random House (PRH) has announced the shortlist for the 2020 Penguin Literary Prize, worth $20,000. The prize, now in its third year, aims to find and develop new Australian...

LEB conference postponed

16 March 2020
Leading Edge Books (LEB) has postponed the upcoming LEB conference, scheduled for 22–24 March, in response to the coronavirus pandemic. LEB said in a statement this morning that it has...

Clunes Booktown Festival cancelled

13 March 2020
Clunes Booktown Festival 2020 has been cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic. The festival was scheduled for the weekend of 2–3 May, with the program featuring over 30 authors including...

Evaristo, Taddeo, Jamison among 2020 SWF lineup

13 March 2020
The program has been announced for the 2020 Sydney Writers’ Festival (SWF), which runs from 27 April to 3 May. Over 400 local and international writers, journalists and public figures...

Zimet joins Edinburgh International Book Festival

13 March 2020
Former Sydney Writers’ Festival associate director and Broadside festival founding director Tamara Zimet has been appointed deputy program director of the Edinburgh International Book Festival (EIBF). ‘We were overwhelmed by...

Claire Christian’s debut adult novel sold to US 

13 March 2020
Text Publishing has sold rights in multiple territories to Claire Christian’s forthcoming debut adult novel It’s Been a Pleasure, Noni Blake, which the publisher describes as ‘a quirky, feel-good novel...

PANZ International Conference postponed until September

12 March 2020
The Publishers Association of New Zealand (PANZ) has postponed the PANZ International Conference, initially scheduled for 30 April–1 May, until 17–18 September. ‘PANZ Council and the organising committee … have...

S&S, Nielsen withdraw from LEB conference 

12 March 2020
Simon & Schuster Australia (S&S) and Nielsen Book Australia will not attend this year’s Leading Edge Books (LEB) Conference, which is due to run from 22–24 March in Brisbane. In...

ALIA cancels national conference due to coronavirus

12 March 2020
Due to concerns over coronavirus, the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) has cancelled the ALIA National 2020 Conference, which was scheduled to run 4–8 May at Sydney’s International Convention...

ASA/HQ Commercial Fiction Prize shortlist announced

12 March 2020
The Australian Society of Authors (ASA) and HarperCollins imprint HQ Fiction have announced the inaugural shortlist for the ASA/HQ Commercial Fiction Prize for an unpublished manuscript. HQ Fiction publishers and...

WestWords to host day-long writing festival

11 March 2020
Western Sydney literature organisation WestWords will host a day-long event in celebration of the ways in which Western Sydney has ‘shaped many diverse and cultural stories’. A Celebration of Writing...

Rawson shortlisted for UK’s Kitschies awards for spec fic

11 March 2020
Jane Rawson's novel From the Wreck (Transit Lounge) has been shortlisted in the UK’s Kitschies awards, presented to ‘progressive, intelligent, and entertaining literature with a speculative element’. From the Wreck...

Wild honoured for Lifetime Achievement in Literature

10 March 2020
Australian children's author Margaret Wild has won the Australia Council Award for Lifetime Achievement in Literature. The award ‘acknowledges the achievements of eminent literary writers over the age of 60...

Bell appointed publisher at A&U 

10 March 2020
Davina Bell has been appointed publisher at Allen & Unwin (A&U), where she will work in the children and young adult division. ‘Davina’s passion, energy and enthusiasm will make her...

Shaw wins Neilma Sidney Prize

10 March 2020
Wellington-based writer Jenah Shaw has won Overland's Neilma Sidney Short Story Prize for travel-themed short fiction, worth $4000, for her story ‘The Houseguest’—about a woman, ‘new to the city and...

Hogan wins Judith Wright Poetry Prize

10 March 2020
Writer and primary school teacher Dan Hogan has won Overland’s Judith Wright Poetry Prize for new and emerging poets, worth $6000, for their poem ‘No Alarms’. Lou Garcia-Dolnik placed second...

Stella Prize 2020 shortlist announced

6 March 2020
The shortlist for the 2020 Stella Prize, worth $50,000, has been announced. The shortlisted titles are: See What You Made Me Do (Jess Hill, Black Inc.) Diving into Glass (Caro Llewellyn, Hamish Hamilton)...

Pivet-Marsh appointed EWF artistic director

6 March 2020
The Emerging Writers Festival (EWF) has announced Ruby-Rose Pivet-Marsh as its new artistic director. Pivet-Marsh is a writer, producer and community organiser from Melbourne’s inner west, and has been a...

Blythe to leave Black Inc. 

6 March 2020
Black Inc. publicity and marketing manager Marian Blythe is leaving the company to head to the UK. Blythe, who has been in the position since January 2018, said, ‘I've been...

Bottomley to give keynote at ABA conference

5 March 2020
The Australian Booksellers Association (ABA) has announced the full program for its 2020 conference, to be held at the Sofitel Wentworth in Sydney from 21–22 June. International guest Nic Bottomley,...