John Hughes’ novel The Dogs (Upswell) has been removed from the Miles Franklin longlist following instances of plagiarism found by the Guardian, which has since uncovered further examples, while Upswell publisher Terri-ann White said in a statement she was affronted by Hughes’ op-ed in the Guardian on the matter.
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has stated it does not oppose the acquisition of Ovato Book Printing by Opus Group, citing the belief that Ovato would otherwise ‘likely and imminently become insolvent’.
In awards news, the winners of the WA Premier’s Book awards have been announced; Zarin Nuzhat has won the 2022 Rachel Funari Prize for Fiction; and Scribble and the Think+DO Tank Foundation have announced the winners of the inaugural Mirror Mentorship Program.
For the first time, Varuna is offering a two-week First Nations Flagship Fellowship, and a fully funded fellowship for a parent or carer who faces barriers to finding time and space to write.
These fellowships are exciting additions to Varuna’s Residential Fellowship program. Applications are open to writers working in all creative genres and over 27 Fellowships will be awarded for residencies in 2023.
The mentorship was established in memory of Steph Bowe’s longstanding commitment to fostering and mentoring young writers. It’s designed to encourage an exciting new writer in Australian children’s literature under the age of 25. It is awarded to the Text Prize entrant the judging panel believes would receive the most benefit from the mentorship.
Claire will be paired with an established author for a 20-hour mentorshipto develop her manuscript ‘Between the Water and the Sand’, an atmospheric YA coming-of-age story about four teenagers who take on the impossible task of building a train line through regional Queensland.
The mentorship is an initiative from Text Publishing delivered in partnership with LoveOzYA. It is supported by Express Media and the National Writers’ Centre Network. It began in 2021 and will run for three years.
Entries for the 2023 Text Prize and Steph Bowe Mentorship for Young Writers will open in early 2023.
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