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26th November, 2021

The Book of the Year Award 2021: Winner Announcement

We are excited to announce the winners of the 2021 SPN Book of the Year Award. That’s right, winners, the judges decided to award two BOTY winners this year! They are Echoes (2020) by Shu-Ling Chua and We are Speaking in Code (Brio Books 2020) by Tanya Vavilova.  The judges said ‘both titles exhibit beautiful […]

In conversation with BOTY shortlisted author: Kirsten Krauth

Holly from The Small Press Network recently chatted to Kirsten Krauth, author of the 2021 shortlisted BOTY title Almost a Mirror. Kirsten Krauth is a writer and podcaster based in Castlemaine. Almost a Mirror, published in 2020, was shortlisted for the Penguin Literary Prize and named by The Guardian in ’The Best 20 Australian Books […]

In conversation with BOTY shortlisted author: Poppy Nwosu

We had a chat with Poppy about her book Taking Down Evelyn Tait, one of this year’s shortlisted titles for the Book of the Year Award. Cordelia: Where did you get your inspiration from, and what was the most important thing you wanted to say with this story? Poppy: It really came with the main […]

24th November, 2021

In conversation with BOTY shortlisted contributing author: Elizabeth Flux

In the lead-up to the 2021 Book of The Year winner announcement on Friday 26 November, conference co-ordinator Chloe Hogan-Weihmann sat down with Elizabeth Flux to discuss the shortlisting of Collisions: A Liminal Anthology (Pantera 2020).  Collisions is a collection of stories from the inaugural Liminal Fiction Prize longlist. The book has been described as […]

In Conversation with BOTY shortlisted author: Tanya Vavilova

“I think what I struggle with most is this question of fitting in, of belonging. If you find yourself on the outskirts of society and then on the outskirts of an already marginalized group in that society, what do you to?” Tanya Vavilova, We are Speaking in Code Tanya Vavilova is an award-winning writer, having […]

23rd November, 2021

Judging the Book of the Year Award

In this episode of the Small Press Network’s Podcast, we had a chat to the Book of the Year Judges Penni Russon, Marina Sano and Jing Xuan Teo to discuss their experience of judging the award. The winner of the Book of the Year Award will be announced on Friday 26 November.

19th November, 2021

In conversation with BOTY shortlisted author: Shu-Ling Chua

Shu-Ling Chua is a is Melbourne-based essayist, poet and critic whose work has appeared in Peril Magazine, Lindsay, Meanjin, Triangle House Review, and Asian American Writers’ Workshop, among others. Her debut essay collection, Echoes, was published in 2020. Echoes is a collection of personal essays that reference art and literature, pop culture and nostalgia. The book […]

15th November, 2021

In conversation with BOTY shortlisted author: Sreedhevi Iyer

In the lead up to the 2021 Book of The Year winner announcement on Friday 26 November, Associate Producer Emma Kellaway sat down with Sreedhevi Iyer to discuss the shortlisting of her novel The Tiniest House of Time (Wild Dingo Press 2020).  Critically acclaimed for its brilliantly complex style, research and storytelling, The Tiniest House […]

25th October, 2021

The Book of the Year Award 2021: Shortlist Announcement

The shortlist for the Small Press Network 2021 Book of the Year Award is in! Formerly the Most Underrated Book of the Year Award, the BOTY award was first presented under its new name in 2020, marking a new direction for the Small Press Network and its membership. BOTY aims to recognise and award some […]


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