The Winners of the 2018 Aurealis Awards (Australia’s premier speculative fiction awards) have been announced. The winners are: BEST CHILDREN’S FICTION Nevermoor, Jessica Townsend (Hachette Australia) BEST GRAPHIC NOVEL / ILLUSTRATED WORK Changing Ways book 3, Justin Randall (Gestalt) BEST YOUNG ADULT SHORT STORY Girl Reporter, Tansy Rayner Roberts (Book Smugglers) BEST HORROR SHORT STORY “Old Growth”,…

Sunshine Coast author Jessica Townsend has taken out Book of the Year at the 2018 Indie Book Awards for her book Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow, the first children’s book to win the overall prize in the ten-year history of the awards. The winning titles in each category are: Fiction The Choke (Sofie Laguna, A&U) Nonfiction Saga…

  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 Mallee Boys (Charlie Archbold, Wakefield Press) In the Dark Spaces (Cally Black, Hardie Grant Egmont) Take Three Girls (Cath Crowley, Fiona Wood & Simmone Howell, Pan) Because of You (Pip Harry, UQP) The…

 The Australian Book Designers Association have announced the Longlist for the 66th Australian Book Design Awards 2018. The Australian Book Design Awards celebrate the bravest and brightest, the most original and beautiful books published in Australia each year. The Shortlist will be announced on Monday 9 April and the winners of the Australian Book Design…

The Australian Publishers Association (APA), the Australian Booksellers Association (ABA), the Australian Society of Authors (ASA) and the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) have released a joint statement promoting ‘safe workplaces’. The statement, published by the each of the peak bodies on 14 March, states that the organisations “endorse safe workplaces, embrace diversity, accept no…

The Management Committee of Queensland Writers Centre is today excited to announce the appointment of Lori-Jay Ellis as Chief Executive Officer. Lori-Jay brings to the role a personal passion for the written word, along with a firm belief in nurturing, mentoring and developing creative talent, and proven leadership success in both the arts and corporate sector….

The Man Booker International Prize has revealed the ‘Man Booker Dozen’ of 13 novels in contention for the 2018 prize, which celebrates the finest works of translated fiction from around the world.   The full 2018 longlist is as follows: Author (nationality), Translator, Title (imprint) • Laurent Binet (France), Sam Taylor, The 7th Function of Language (Harvill…

The longlists for the 2018 Inky Awards have been announced. The awards are presented by the Centre for Youth Literature at the State Library of Victoria for local and international fiction, poetry, anthologies and graphic novels written for young adults. The titles longlisted for the Gold Inky Award (for an Australian book) are: Begin, End,…

The longlist for the 2018 Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIAs) has just been announced. The 2018 longlist celebrates the diversity and exceptional quality of Australian writing, publishing and bookselling. The longlist was voted for by the ABIA Academy, a group of publishers, booksellers, agents, media and industry representatives. After an extensive recruitment campaign, the 2018…

Brisbane writer and QWC member Laura Elvery, only days after launching her debut short story collection Trick of the Light, has just been announced as the winner of the 2017 Overland Neilma Sidney Short Prize for her story Unspooling. Laura has been awarded $4000, with two runner-up prizes of $500 going to Joey Bui and Ursula Robinson-Shaw. The winning…

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