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 form of harassment, and encourage respectful behaviours”.

“We have a shared policy to ensure that people in positions of authority do not abuse their powers; managers listen to and support their staff; staff behave appropriately to one another and to their customers and there is a fair and independent channel for reported issues,” the statement reads. “We encourage all our members to adopt strong policies to ensure a fair workplace for everyone.”

To accompany the joint statement, the APA has compiled a list of resources on its website for both employers and employees.

The statement comes after Books+Publishing‘s 2017 survey on sexual harassment in the Australian book industry, where 54% of respondents said they had experienced sexual harassment in the workplace.

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.

QWC Chair Leanne Dodd said an extensive national search had been conducted to identify the right candidate to lead the organisation through what is expected to be a growth phase, and to deliver a sustainable future for QWC and its members.

“Lori-Jay has a demonstrated track record of delivering sustainable financial performance and strong brand awareness,” Dodd said. “We are delighted to have the benefit of her varied experience in arts, government and corporate environments both here and internationally, and are confident that her strong values and experience will assist us to engage with our expanding markets and ensure QWC’s continued success in serving the needs of writers now and into the future.”

Born in Bundaberg, Lori-Jay has a Bachelor of Arts from Brisbane’s Queensland University of Technology (QUT) and is an active member of the Australian Society of Authors, Romance Writers of Australia, Romance Writers of New Zealand (and of course QWC!). As a published speculative fiction writer, Lori-Jay has a solid understanding of international digital platforms and new writing models.

Lori-Jay commenced her career as an entrepreneurial film producer and writer in Brisbane. Following a role as CEO of a community arts studio in Sydney, she took on the challenge of managing a New York art gallery, before moving into a range of executive corporate roles, including work with the Dairy Farmers co-operative and SocialAble Ltd, an Auckland-based social media agency with a focus on creative contribution for non-profit clients. She has recently made a permanent return to Brisbane.

From winning first prize at the Bundaberg Art Show at age ten through to her present focus on storytelling and speculative fiction, Lori-Jay says her world has always revolved around the creative process: “I look forward to using my professional and creative experience in meaningful ways to engender a substantial contribution and a lasting, desired impact on Queensland’s writing ecology.”

Lori-Jay replaces outgoing CEO, Katie Woods, who leaves the organisation well-positioned for the future after the recent success of the award-winning 8 Word Story billboard campaign.

“The Management Committee would like to gratefully thank Katie for her time at the helm of QWC and wish her all the best for the future.” Dodd said.

Lori-Jay will commence as CEO from 16 April 2018.

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 Secker)
• Javier Cercas (Spain), Frank Wynne, The Impostor (MacLehose Press)
• Virginie Despentes (France), Frank Wynne, Vernon Subutex 1 (MacLehose Press)
• Jenny Erpenbeck (Germany), Susan Bernofsky, Go, Went, Gone (Portobello Books)
• Han Kang (South Korea), Deborah Smith, The White Book (Portobello Books)
• Ariana Harwicz (Argentina), Sarah Moses & Carolina Orloff, Die, My Love (Charco Press)
• László Krasznahorkai (Hungary), John Batki, Ottilie Mulzet & George Szirtes, The World Goes On(Tuskar Rock Press)
• Antonio Muñoz Molina (Spain), Camilo A. Ramirez, Like a Fading Shadow (Tuskar Rock Press)
• Christoph Ransmayr (Austria), Simon Pare, The Flying Mountain (Seagull Books)
• Ahmed Saadawi (Iraq), Jonathan Wright, Frankenstein in Baghdad (Oneworld)
• Olga Tokarczuk (Poland), Jennifer Croft, Flights (Fitzcarraldo Editions)
• Wu Ming-Yi (Taiwan), Darryl Sterk, The Stolen Bicycle (Text Publishing)
• Gabriela Ybarra (Spain), Natasha Wimmer, The Dinner Guest (Harvill Secker)
Find out more here.

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, Begin: A #LoveOzYA Anthology (ed Danielle Binks, HarperCollins)
  • In the Dark Places (Cally Black, Hardie Grant Egmont)
  • Beautiful Mess (Claire Christian, Text)
  • Take Three Girls (Cath Crowley, Simmone Howell & Fiona Wood, Pan Macmillan)
  • Ida (Alison Evans, Echo)
  • Wreck (Fleur Ferris, Random House)
  • A Shadow’s Breath (Nicole Hayes, Random House)
  • Remind Me How This Ends (Gabrielle Tozer, HarperCollins)
  • Paper Cranes Don’t Fly (Peter Vu, Ford Street)
  • Ballad for a Mad Girl (Vikki Wakefield, Text)

The titles longlisted for the Silver Inky Award (for an international book) are:

  • The Upside of Unrequited (Becky Albertalli, Puffin)
  • Turtles All the Way Down (John Green, Puffin)
  • The Loneliest Girl in the Universe (Lauren James, Walker Books)
  • Still Life with Tornado (A S King, Text)
  • The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue (Mackenzi Lee, HarperCollins)
  • Genuine Fraud (E Lockhart, A&U)
  • Warcross (Marie Lu, Puffin)
  • One of Us Is Lying (Karen McManus, (Puffin)
  • Release (Patrick Ness, Walker Books)
  • The Hate U Give (Angie Thomas, Walker Books)

Shortlists of five books in each category will be decided on by a panel of teenage judges and announced in August, after which members of the public aged 12-18 are eligible to cast their votes. The winners will be announced in October. Find out more here.

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 academy is the largest and broadest in ABIA history, comprising over 250 members.

A shortlist will be released on Thursday April 19, with the winners announced at the publishing industry’s night of nights on Thursday 3 May. The red carpet event will be held at Sydney’s International Convention Centre and hosted by ABC TV’s Zoe Norton-Lodge and Ben Jenkins (The Checkout).

See the entire longlist here.

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 story and judges’ notes will be published in Overland’s first 2018 edition (available late March), with the two runners-up published as part of the edition online. Find out more about the prize here.

The latest issue of our FREE weekly email newsletter, Pen & Pixel, featuring all the latest news and events, writing competitions, professional opportunities and a special give-away or two!

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The Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) has released the list of Notable Books (also known as the Long List) for the 2018 CBCA Book of the Year Awards, and are very proud to say the list includes many QWC members! We’d love to include them all, but as the longlist comprises 125, you’ll just have to look for yourself!

The categories judged are:

  • CBCA Book of the Year: Older Readers
  • CBCA Book of the Year: Younger Readers
  • CBCA Book of the Year: Early Childhood
  • CBCA Picture Book of the Year
  • The Eve Pownall Award

The CBCA Short List will be announced in Brisbane on Tuesday March 27, 2018.

The CBCA Book of the Year Awards will be announced and presented on Friday August 17, 2018.

See the full list of longlisted books here.

The shortlist for this year’s Readings Children’s Book Prize has been announced. Kim Gruschow, Chair of the judging panel, said: ‘This year’s shortlist is exceptionally strong and brimming with adventure. It exemplifies the wonders of reading, introducing and transporting readers to unfamiliar places – from the high seas to the Stone Age, and deep into fantasy worlds filled with magic and mystery.’

The six shortlisted titles for 2018 are:

Tarin of the Mammoths: The Exile by Jo Sandhu
Nevermoor: The Trial of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend
Lintang and the Pirate Queen by Tamara Moss
The Boy, the Bird and the Coffin Maker by Matilda Woods
The Extremely Inconvenient Adventures of Bronte Mettlestone by Jaclyn Moriarty
Home Time by Campbell Whyte

The winner will be announced online in late April, with the winner will receiving prize money of $3,000.

Read more about the prize and shortlisted books here.

The shortlist for the 2018 Australian Book Review (ABR) Peter Porter Poetry Prize has been announced.

The shortlisted poets are:

  • Eileen Chong (Sydney)
  • Katherine Healy (Adelaide)
  • L K Holt (Melbourne)
  • Tracey Slaughter (New Zealand)
  • Nicholas Wong (Hong Kong).

The overall winner of the $5000 prize will be announced on 19 March, with the runner-up to receive $2000. All the shortlisted poems will be published in the March issue of ABR.

For more information about the prize, visit the ABR website.

The Overland Neilma Sidney Short Story Prize 2017 Shortlist has just been announced (including QWC member Laura Elvery!). Named after the late Neilma Gantner, the Neilma Sidney Short Story Prize seeks original short fiction of up to 3000 words themed around the notion of ‘travel’. The shortlisted authors are:

  • Claire Aman
  • Joey Bui
  • Bill Collopy
  • Brooke Dunnell
  • Laura Elvery
  • Judyth Emanuel
  • Kathryn Hummel
  • Emily O’Grady
  • Sonali Patel
  • Allee Richards
  • Ursula Robinson-Shaw
  • Jenny Sinclair
  • Tanya Vavilova

With support from the Malcolm Robertson Foundation, the competition awards a first place of $4000 and two runner-up prizes of $500. The winning story will be published in Overland’s first edition of the year (available late March), with the two runners-up published as part of the edition online. Find out more here.

The Booker Prize Foundation has launched the Golden Man Booker Prize to mark the 50th anniversary. This special one-off award will crown the best work of fiction from the last five decades of the prize, as chosen by five judges and then voted for by the public.  The Golden Man Booker will put all 51 winners – which are all still in print – back under the spotlight, to discover which of them has stood the test of time, remaining relevant to readers today.

Five judges have been appointed to read the winning novels from each decade of the prize: writer and editor Robert McCrum (1970s); poet Lemn Sissay MBE (1980s); novelist Kamila Shamsie (1990s); broadcaster and novelist Simon Mayo (2000s); and poet Hollie McNish (2010s). Each judge will choose what, in his or her opinion, is the best winner from that particular decade, and will champion that book against the other judges’ selections. The judges’ ‘Golden Five’ shortlist will be announced at the Hay Festival on 26 May 2018. The five books will then be put to a month-long public vote from 26 May to 25 June on the Man Booker Prize website to decide the overall winner, announced at the Man Booker 50 Festival on 8 July 2018. Find out more here.

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