The longlist for the Stella Prize for Australian women’s writing was announced earlier this month, and it was interesting to see that five of the 12 works on the list were written by debut authors. This prize and others—such as the Readings Prize for New Australian Fiction and the MUD Literary Prize—highlight some of the outstanding books by up-and-coming Australian authors that were published in a year where brand-name authors and backlist bestsellers often prevailed.
But as countries emerge from lockdown and readers return to bookstores, publishers are hoping for a renewed interest in new voices.
In the first issue of Think Australian for 2021, we shine a spotlight on debut and early-career authors, from publishers’ and agents’ top picks to recent acquisitions and award-winners. Books+Publishing has also produced a handy round-up of first-time fiction authors who launched their books in the midst of the pandemic.
As in previous years, we’ve teamed up with Publishers Weekly and BookBrunch to distribute Think Australian to over 55,000 subscribers. Look out for future issues ahead of the Bologna, London and Frankfurt book fairs. For more information on Think Australian and to sign up directly, click here.