The Small Press Network is thrilled to announce that editor Duncan Felton has won the fourth annual Most Underrated Book Award (MUBA) for the anthology The Grapple Annual No. 1.
The Grapple Annual is the flagship publication from Grapple Publishing, an independent Canberra-based publisher, founded by Felton in 2013.
For more information, see the official media release.
About the award
This annual award aims to shine a light on some of the outstanding titles produced by small and independent Australian publishers that, for whatever reason, did not receive their fair dues when first released.
If you would like to get in touch about sponsoring the award, please do so any time of year.
2015 Most Underrated Book Award Shortlist!
On 7 September 2015 the shortlist for the 2015 MUBA was announced. The shortlists titles were:
- Isabelle of the Moon and Stars by S.A. Jones (UWA Publishing)
- The Grapple Annual No. 1 edited by Duncan Felton (Grapple Publishing)
- Funemployed: Life as an Artist in Australia by Justin Heazlewood (Affirm Press)
For more information on the shortlisted titles, download the media release.
Here’s what last year’s winning publisher had to say about the award:
I was in a hot, dusty and very polluted town in Orissa, India, when I received the news that Jane Rawson’s debut novel A Wrong Turn at the Office of Unmade Lists had won the Small Press Network’s Most Underrated Book Award 2014. It seemed a fitting place to get the good news about a novel that paints such a wonderful portrait of a future Melbourne on the environmental brink. It was a positive turn in the story of a novel that seemed to have silently slipped by readers and had been misunderstood by some reviewers.
Transit Lounge has had titles that have been shortlisted for or won Premiers’ Awards and have only sold a handful more copies. This hasn’t been the case with the MUBA. Print sales have more than tripled for A Wrong Turn at the Office of Unmade Lists since it won the award, it has developed a growing e-book readership, and its author is a forthcoming guest at Melbourne and other writers’ festivals. There is also overseas rights interest.
But most importantly Jane Rawson finally has the readership she and her imaginative debut novel deserve.
Barry Scott, publisher at Transit Lounge
Enter the 2016 MUBA!
Download the entry form for the 2016 Most Underrated Book Award