Alex Adsett Literary is a full service literary agency, representing quality works of fiction and non-fiction for adults, teens and kids. We are a dynamic and growing agency with a focus on building diversity within the publishing landscape, and represent more than 45 authors from debut works of fiction to multi-award winners. We also provide freelance consultancy services for Australian publishers and authors, including commercial review of publishing contracts.
Every two years, the team at Hardie Grant Egmont opens the Ampersand Prize and puts out the call for manuscripts by unpublished writers. The Ampersand Prize aims to find brilliant debut novels by writers of young adult and middle-grade fiction.
Branch of Institute of Professional Editors Limited (IPEd). Association of publishing professionals, including editors, designers, illustrators, typesetters, proofreaders, desktop publishers and publishing consultants dedicated to excellence in publishing in Queensland. Seminars and workshops are held regularly.
The Ampersand Prize aims to find brilliant debut novels by YA and middle-grade writers. Since its launch, the Ampersand Prize has quickly become the premier award for debut novelists in Australia and New Zealand. Manuscripts must be full-length novels. MG novels are usually between 30,000 and 50,000 words long. YA novels are usually between 50,000 and 90,000 words long.
The Bath Children’s Novel invites entries from children’s novelists of any nationality or perspective. All genres of chapter, middle grade and young adult novels are eligible – from funny to dark, fashionable to forever, fantastic to futuristic.The Bath Children’s Novel Award is a prize for unpublished and self-published novelists.
The Bath Novel Award is an annual £2,000 prize for prize for unpublished and self-published or independently published novelists in any genre written for adult or young adult (13+) readers. The award is open to writers of any nationality, genre and perspective and has a strong track record in helping emerging writers to further their writing careers. 2019 dates to be confirmed.
The Bendigo Writers Council helps facilitate the literary talent that exists in central Victoria by bringing together writers, poets and performers to share their work. The Council holds workshops and poetry readings monthly at various venues around Bendigo. It publishes a monthly newsletter, ‘Muse News’, available for members, who also receive discounts to all workshops. New members welcome.
Varuna, the National Writers House invites writers living in New South Wales and the greater Sydney area to apply for a two-week residency at this historic home in the Blue Mountains. Residency dates for 2017 are 11-24 September. For full details of the program and to apply, see the website.
Gollancz is the oldest specialist SF & Fantasy publisher in the UK. Founded in 1927 and with a continuous SF publishing programme dating back to 1961, it is home to a galaxy of award-winning and bestselling authors. Gollancz have one of the largest ranges of SF and Fantasy of any publisher in the world.
The prize was created to discover and publish new writing talent. The winner of the prize is offered a publishing contract with Impress books with the aim of publishing the book in the year following the award. The Impress team also looks at all entries, whether on the shortlist or not, with a view to publication by Impress Books. 2019 dates to be confirmed
Jo Fletcher Books is part of the Quercus family, a small but perfectly formed list publishing the very best in best science fiction, fantasy and horror. JFB authors are writing critically acclaimed, award-winning and unputdownable novels right across the fantastical spectrum, encompassing everything from crime to literary fiction.
Perth International Arts Festival curates and presents an annual arts festival of the highest international quality. PIAF aspires to create new work and stimulate discourse about Western Australia and our place in a complex and political world. As a sub-strand of PIAF, the Perth Writers Festival aims to showcase and celebrate the written and spoken word. Participants include poets, novelists, social commentators, filmmakers, artists and musicians.
The Somerset National Novella Writing Competition is offered by Somerset College and is part of its Celebration of Literature Festival. Competition open to all Australian secondary students. Entrants must be under 19 years of age at close of entries. Required word length is 8,000 to 20,000 words.
The Young Australian Christian Writer Award is given annually for the best unpublished manuscript by an Australian citizen under 30 years of age. With the Young Australian Christian Writer Award Sparklit discovers and nurtures writers of the future.
Talem Press is a new publisher of fantasy books, and is an imprint of Writer’s Edit Press. Talem Press is a completely independent, Sydney-based house. Talem believes in the life-changing potential of stories, and everything they publish seeks to provide inspiration, and escape. The editors are particularly passionate about unlikely heroines, mysterious magic and out-of-this-world story-telling. Submissions will be open for a period of three months (July 12 – October 12).
The Tasmanian Writers & Readers Festival, run biennially by the Tasmanian Writers Centre, unites writers and readers from across the state and Australia through masterclasses, discussion forums, spoken word events, children’s programs and more. The festival occupies various spaces throughout the historic Hadley’s Orient Hotel and encourages all members of the community to engage with their fellow readers and writers through the power of storytelling.
The Text Publishing Company has interests across the spectrum of quality fiction and non-fiction. The company publishes approximately 100 titles a year into a growing list. Specialisation: Trade publisher of general fiction and non-fiction. Fiction includes both literary and quality commercial fiction.