Burial Rites by Hannah Kent has been shortlisted for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award!

Nominated by public libraries around the world, the IMPAC Award 2015 shortlist includes writers from Africa, America, Australia, Brazil, France, Ireland and the UK. Margaret Hayes, Dublin City Librarian, said that “while many of the stories reflect contemporary themes, they bring us characters facing timeless challenges of love and loss, of innocence and isolation.” We’re looking […]
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Emily Bitto’s The Strays wins the 2015 Stella Prize!

We’re thrilled that The Strays has won the third Stella Prize. Emily said she was “particularly honoured to have won a prize that has grown from a motive so dear to my own heart: the desire to redress gender inequality in the literary world.” One of the prize’s judges, Kerryn Goldsworthy, said that “The Strays is like […]
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Maxine Beneba Clarke is the Indie Book of the Year Debut Fiction winner!

‘In Melbourne’s western suburbs, in a dilapidated block of flats overhanging the rattling Footscray train lines, a young black mother is working on a collection of stories.’ We’re very excited that Maxine’s Foreign Soil, a collection of short stories that gives voice to the disenfranchised, the lost, the downtrodden, and the mistreated, has won the Indie Book of the Year […]
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The 2015 Elyne Mitchell Writing Award is open for submissions

‘An invitation to women and men who appreciate the country and country life… The Elyne Mitchell Writing Award commemorates Elyne’s life and work, and has been established to encourage all writers to focus their stories on the Australian rural landscape.’ Fiction or non-fiction, entries close 5.00pm 31st July, 2015.

Helene Young triumphs at the Australian Romance Reader Association awards!

Congratulations to Helene Young, whose novel ‘Safe Harbour’ won the 2014 Favourite Romantic Suspense at the Australian Romance Reader Association awards, presented at the Association’s convention in Canberra.
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Thomas Keneally wins the Australia Council Award for Lifetime Achievement in Literature!

We’re thrilled that Tom Keneally has won the Australia Council Award for Lifetime Achievement in Literature. This year he celebrates 50 years as a professional writer, and is still going strong. We’re very much looking forward to the awards ceremony on March 19, where Tom will be honoured alongside 9 other outstanding contributors to Australian culture.
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Kate Forsyth’s “Bitter Greens” has won the ALA prize for best Historical Fiction

The American Library Association has selected Kate Forsyth’s “Bitter Greens” (St. Martin’s Press) as the Historical Fiction winner in its 2015 Reading List. Congratulations, Kate, and happy reading, America!

Phillippa’s Home Baking wins in Gourmand World Cookbook Awards!

We’re very pleased to announce that Phillippa’s Home Baking by Phillippa Grogan & Richard Cornish has won the Australian division for Best Pastry Book in the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards. It will compete in this category for the Best in the World in June. Congratulations and good luck, Phillippa, Richard, and Lantern Books!