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CBCA Awards 2020 shortlists announced

31 March 2020
The shortlists for this year’s Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) Book of the Year Awards have been announced. The shortlisted titles are: Older readers The Boy Who Steals Houses...

Bothroyd wins ASA/HQ Commercial Fiction Prize

30 March 2020
Sally Bothroyd has won the inaugural ASA/HQ Commercial Fiction Prize for her manuscript ‘Brunswick Street Blues’. Bothroyd, who is a director of the Northern Territory Writers Centre and former journalist,...

Aurealis Awards 2019 finalists announced

27 March 2020
The finalists for the 2019 Aurealis Awards, presented for science fiction, fantasy and horror writing in Australia, have been announced. The finalists are:  Best science fiction novel The Subjects (Sarah...

Van Neerven wins inaugural UQP Quentin Bryce Award

27 March 2020
Ellen van Neerven has been named the winner of The University of Queensland Press' (UQP) inaugural Quentin Bryce Award, for their poetry collection Throat. The Quentin Bryce Award recognises a...

Tan shortlisted for 2020 Kate Greenaway Medal

19 March 2020
Shaun Tan has been shortlisted for the 2020 Kate Greenaway Medal for distinguished illustration in a book for children and young people for his book Tales from the Inner City...

Richardson wins Hazel Rowley Fellowship 2020

19 March 2020
Writers Victoria has announced that Lance Richardson has been awarded the $15,000 Hazel Rowley Literary Fellowship for his proposed biography of writer, naturalist and Zen Buddhist, Peter Matthiessen. ‘Lance’s subject...

Morrissey awarded Boundless Indigenous Writer’s Mentorship

18 March 2020
John Morrissey, a Melbourne writer of Kalkadoon descent, has been awarded the 2020 Boundless Indigenous Writer’s Mentorship. Morrissey’s winning submission, ‘The Dig’, is described as ‘a riotous, page-turning short story...

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...

National Book Critics Circle Awards winners announced

16 March 2020
In the US, the winners of the 2019 National Book Critics Circle (NBCC) Awards have been announced. The winners include: Fiction Everything Inside: Stories (Edwidge Danticat, Knopf) Nonfiction Say Nothing:...

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...

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...

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)...

Ockham New Zealand Book Awards 2020 shortlists announced

4 March 2020
The shortlists for the 2020 Ockham New Zealand Book Awards have been announced. The shortlisted titles in each category are: Fiction Auē (Becky Manawatu, Mākaro Press) Pearly Gates (Owen Marshall, Vintage) A...

New $30,000 historical fiction prize

3 March 2020
The Historical Novel Society Australasia (HNSA) and infrastructure and facilities service provider ARA Group have announced a new $30,000 award for an outstanding historical novelist. The award is open to...

ABIA 2020 longlists announced

2 March 2020
The longlists for the 2020 Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIAs) have been announced. The titles in each category are: General fiction book of the year Bruny (Heather Rose, A&U) Call...

Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature winners announced

2 March 2020
The winners of the 2020 Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature, presented biennially by the South Australian government, have been announced. The winning titles are: Premier’s Award for best overall published...