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ABIA 2021 longlists announced

22 February 2021
The longlists for the 2021 Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIAs) have been announced. The titles in each category are: General fiction book of the year The Bluffs (Kyle Perry, Michael...

WAYRBA 2021 shortlists announced

18 February 2021
The shortlists for the 2021 West Australian Young Readers’ Book Awards (WAYRBA) have been announced. The shortlisted titles in each category are: Picture books Pig the Blob (Aaron Blabey, Scholastic) Twelve...

Inaugural Little Hare Illustration Prize winner announced

17 February 2021
Hardie Grant Children’s Publishing (HGCP) has announced Meg Rennie as the winner of the inaugural 2020 Little Hare Illustration Prize. ‘Meg’s artwork enchanted the judging panel with her vivacious character...

Au wins inaugural Novel Prize

11 February 2021
Melbourne-based writer Jessica Au has won the inaugural Novel Prize for her work Cold Enough for Snow. Au, whose novel was selected from an international field of almost 1500 submissions and...

Giggs wins ALA Andrew Carnegie Medal

9 February 2021
In the US, Australian writer Rebecca Giggs has won the American Library Association’s (ALA) 2021 Andrew Carnegie Medal for nonfiction for Fathoms: The world in the whale (Scribe). The Andrew Carnegie...

Ultimo announces poetry, short fiction prize

9 February 2021
Ultimo Press has announced a new annual prize for poetry and short fiction, the Ultimo Prize. Open to writers under the age of the 30, the prize will be awarded...

Nat’s What I Reckon wins 2020 Booktopia FAB Award

3 February 2021
Un-cook Yourself: A ratbag's rules for life by YouTube cooking star Nat’s What I Reckon (Ebury) has won the $5000 Booktopia Favourite Australian Book (FAB) Award for 2020. The author...

McKay wins $100k Victorian Prize for Literature

2 February 2021
Laura Jean McKay has won Australia’s richest literary prize, the $100,000 Victorian Prize for Literature, for her debut novel The Animals in That Country (Scribe), at this year’s Victorian Premier’s...

Saleh wins 2021 Peter Porter Poetry Prize

28 January 2021
The Australian Book Review (ABR) has announced Sara M Saleh as the winner of the 2021 Peter Porter Poetry Prize, for her poem ‘A Poetics of Fo(u)rgetting’. The judges said of...

McDougall wins NZ Sunday Star-Times short story prize

27 January 2021
Wellington author Kirsten McDougall has won the NZ$5000 (A$4672) New Zealand Sunday Star-Times short story competition open category for her story ‘Walking Day’. McDougall, a publicist and literary manager whose...

Indie Book Awards 2021 shortlists announced

20 January 2021
Leading Edge Books has announced the shortlists for the 2021 Indie Book Awards. The shortlisted titles in each category are: Fiction All Our Shimmering Skies (Trent Dalton, HarperCollins) The Living Sea...

Griffith Review launches new writing competition

18 January 2021
Griffith Review has announced a new award for new and emerging writers. The Long and Short of It competition is open to submissions of fiction and nonfiction from 3500 to...

Hazel Rowley Literary Fellowship 2021 shortlist announced

15 January 2021
Writers Victoria has announced the shortlist for the 2021 Hazel Rowley Literary Fellowship, awarded annually to an Australian writer for a proposed biographical work. The shortlisted writers and their projects...

KYD partners with Desperate Literature Short Fiction Prize

15 January 2021
Kill Your Darlings has signed on as a partner journal for the Desperate Literature Short Fiction Prize. The international experimental fiction award, launched by the Madrid-based bookshop Desperate Literature in...

Overland creates new prize in honour of Reed-Gilbert

14 January 2021
Overland literary journal has created a new prize in honour of the late Wiradjuri elder, poet, writer, activist and artist Kerry Reed-Gilbert. The Kuracca Prize for Australian Literature is intended...

Magabala announces winner of inaugural fellowship

12 January 2021
Magabala Books has announced Tristan Michael Savage as the recipient of the inaugural Magabala Fellowship for a mid-career author. Savage, a Brisbane-based, Kalkadoon man who grew up in Townsville, is...

Limprecht awarded 2020 Blake-Beckett Trust Scholarship

11 January 2021
Eleanor Limprecht has been awarded the Australian Society of Authors' (ASA) 2020 Blake-Beckett Trust Scholarship, worth $20,000. The scholarship is offered annually to an Australian author to provide them with...

Scribe & Varuna Residency 2020 fellows announced

15 December 2020
The recipients of the 2020 Scribe & Varuna Residency have been announced. The writers and their projects are: Lauren Fuge for 'Voyagers' Jessica White for 'From the Miniature to the...

Prime Minister’s Literary Awards 2020 winners announced

10 December 2020
The winners of the 2020 Prime Minister’s Literary Awards have been announced. The winning titles in each category are: Fiction The Yield (Tara June Winch, Hamish Hamilton) Nonfiction (joint winners) Songspirals:...

Indie Book Awards 2021 longlists announced

9 December 2020
Leading Edge Books has announced the longlists for the 2021 Indie Book Awards. The longlisted titles in each category are: Fiction The Tolstoy Estate (Steven Conte, Fourth Estate) All Our...