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16th December, 2020

The Book of the Year Award 2020: Winner Announcement

The Small Press Network is honoured to announce the winner of the 2020 Book of the Year Award is Forgotten Corners: Essays in Search of an Island’s Soul by Pete Hay, published by Walleah Press. The Book of Year Award aims to recognise some of the most ground-breaking books being produced by independent publishers today. […]

26th November, 2020

The Book of the Year Award 2020: Shortlist Announcement

The Small Press Network is honoured to announce the shortlist for the inaugural Book of the Year Award. The Book of Year Award marks a new direction for the Small Press Network and its membership. It aims to recognise and award some of the most significant and ground-breaking books being published by local independent publishers […]

24th November, 2020

On Book Design

Interviews by Katie Fridman, compiled and edited by Gladys Serugga — There are many elements that make up a great book, from the charismatic best friend of the main character, to the descriptive language that creates a setting vivid enough to paint real life on the canvas of our minds. But while the essence of […]

18th November, 2020

The Small Press Network Interviews: Blaise van Hecke, Busybird Publishing

A picture tells a thousand words, but in fewer than that, learn how this photographer started a publishing business. Interview by Gladys Serugga, 2020 Associate Producer — When Blaise van Hecke went back to study in 2006, she thought it would help her to write a novel. Little did she know it would cause the […]

9th November, 2020

The Small Press Network Interviews: Sarah Cannon, Monash University Publishing

While some children might dismiss their parents’ advice, Sarah Cannon from Monash University Publishing could not have agreed with hers more. ‘My grandparents were writers and my parents were writers, and my Dad (writer and historian Michael Cannon) said, “If you want to get into publishing, the best thing to do is get a job […]

27th October, 2020

The Small Press Network Interviews: Rachel Bin Salleh, Magabala Books

Rachel Bin Salleh is a Nimunburr and Yawuru woman from Broome, Western Australia. Now a Publisher at Magabala Books, Rachel began her career journey as an editor at the age of 19. Rachel said her love for reading ‘placed her in good stead’ for the editing and publishing industry. I chatted with Rachel about all […]

21st October, 2020


Hi, my name is Katie Fridman. I am the Associate Producer for design at the 2020 Independent Publishing Conference. I’m excited to be part of the IPC this year, in a role that combines two of my passions: books and graphic design. My contribution is to create the program and promotional materials for the conference. […]

16th October, 2020

2020 SPN Christmas catalogue

We are proud to present the 2020 Small Press Network Christmas catalogue. This year’s catalogue features over 100 titles from more than 30 publishers. The books in the catalogue cover all genres from adult fiction to all manner of nonfiction, and children’s titles from picture books to YA. The catalogue has again been distributed nationally […]

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14th December, 2015

Meet the Publisher: Duncan Felton, Grapple Publishing

When and how were you established? After many years of semi-organised pondering and planning, Grapple Publishing started late in 2013, making itself known to the world with a call-out for submissions to The Grapple Annual No. 1. At that point it was just me sitting at my computer with some ideas, some savings and a […]

17th August, 2015

MEET THE PUBLISHER – Lacuna Publishing

Linda Nix, Publisher and Editor, Lacuna When and how were you established? I have a long-standing fascination with how words and ideas are disseminated and become part of society’s cultural fabric. After years working in the industry, I realised my dream was to run a small press. In 2010 I set up a freelance editing, […]

16th June, 2015

Meet the Publisher – coeur de lion

When and how were you established? As with all good ideas, coeur de lion was born in a pub. The speculative fiction scene goes through boom and bust cycles and at the time there weren’t a lot of local independent presses catering to a sci-fi, horror, fantasy audience. Myself and fellow author Andrew Macrae were […]

5th June, 2013

Meet the publisher: STEPHEN MINCHIN from Steam Press (NZ)

(Editor note: we LOVE this photo!) Steam Press is … a publisher of New Zealand science fiction, fantasy, and horror that is determined to give local authors a viable market for their work, and make that work available to the world. Stephen Minchin is… Drinking far too much coffee. When was the last time you […]

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