Australian publishers who attended the 2022 Bologna Children’s Book Fair, which wrapped up on 24 March, reported a ‘phenomenal’ fair; The Lifted Brow has announced a new board with plans to resume publishing; and Meredith Jaffé is stepping down as president and festival director of NSW South Coast festival StoryFest.
The Centre for Stories announced a new international writing fellowship for writers living outside Australia, valued at $30,000; Vikki Petraitis won the inaugural Allen & Unwin Crime Fiction Prize for her debut crime fiction novel TheUnbelieved; and the finalists for the 2021 Aurealis Awards were announced.
In the UK, the Society of Authors is calling on Amazon to cut its ebook returns window, and the shortlist for the 2022 International Booker Prize was announced. Meanwhile in the US, print book sales were down 8.9% in the first quarter of 2022.
Allen & Unwin (A&U) are thrilled to announce that the winner of our inaugural Crime Fiction Prize is Vikki Petraitis. Her debut crime fiction novel, The Unbelieved, will be published on the 2 August 2022. Along with being awarded a publishing contract, our winner receives an advance against royalties of $AUD 25,000.
We received over 340 manuscripts. The prize was open to all unpublished full-length manuscripts in the crime or thriller genres between 70,000 and 100,000 words in length, written by residents of Australia and New Zealand. Both debut writers and already-published writers were eligible to enter.
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