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16th October, 2020

2020 Independent Publishing Conference: 26 & 27 November

INDEPENDENT PUBLISHING CONFERENCE, 26–27 NOVEMBER 2020 The 2020 Independent Publishing Conference will be held entirely online on Thursday 26 and Friday 27 November 2020. This will be the ninth consecutive year for the conference, the only annual industry-wide event for the book publishing sector in Australia. Ticket sales are now live at https://www.trybooking.com/BMBCB. There are deep […]

12th December, 2019

MUBA 2019: and the winner is …

  The winner of this year’s MUBA was announced as part of the 2019 Independent Publishing Conference. We are very pleased to say that the winner is … Songwoman by Ilka Tampke, published by Text Publishing. Find out more about Songwoman here.    

5th August, 2019

Most Underrated Book Award 2019: Shortlist Announcement

The Small Press Network is pleased to announce the shortlist for the 2019 Most Underrated Book Award. The Most Underrated Book Award is sponsored by the Australian Booksellers Association and aims to uncover and celebrate the hidden gems of Australian publishing. The 2019 shortlisted titles are: Brontide by Sue McPherson (Magabala Books) Antidote to a Curse by James Cristina […]

27th March, 2019

Meet the new MUBA judges

We’re very pleased to introduce you to the new judging panel for the Most Underrated Book Award (MUBA). Melissa Cranenburgh is a writer, broadcaster, editor and educator. She spent more than a decade in senior editing roles, including associate editor and acting editor of The Big Issue, and co-editor of the magazine’s annual fiction edition. She now […]

6th November, 2018

MUBA18 Spotlight: ‘Living in Hope’ by Frank Byrne with Frances Coughlan and Gerard Waterford

Warning for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders Peoples, this content contains images and voices of deceased persons. Living in Hope, by the late Frank Byrne with Frances Coughlan and Gerard Waterford, is the next book in our MUBA18 shortlist spotlights.  Living in Hope by Frank Byrne is ‘more than just a story of surviving’. A child of the […]

28th October, 2018

MUBA18 Spotlight: ‘Plane Tree Drive’ by Lynette Washington

Plane Tree Drive by Lynette Washington is the next book to feature in our 2018 Most Underrated Book Award shortlist spotlights. Lynette Washington’s Plane Tree Drive is a collection of short stories, each providing a glimpse into the lives of the residents of Plane Tree Drive. Themes of isolation and connection colour the interwoven stories of […]

23rd October, 2018

MUBA18 spotlight: ‘Gwen’ by Goldie Goldbloom

The Small Press Network is pleased to name Gwen by Goldie Goldbloom as one of the shortlisted books for the 2018 Most Underrated Book Award. Gwen tells the story of Gwendolen Mary John, the lesser known sister of artist Augustus John. After an encounter with famed artist Auguste Rodin, Gwen makes a pilgrimage from London to […]

18th October, 2018

Most Underrated Book Award 2018: shortlist announcement

The Small Press Network is pleased to announce the shortlist for the 2018 Most Underrated Book Award. The Most Underrated Book Award is sponsored by the Australian Booksellers Association and aims to uncover and celebrate the hidden gems of Australian publishing. The 2018 shortlisted titles are: Gwen by Goldie Goldbloom (Fremantle Press) Living in Hope […]

4th October, 2018

2018 SPN Christmas catalogue out now!

The 2018 Small Press Network Christmas Catalogue is out now! SPN Christmas Catalogue 2018 features over 70 fresh titles from 30 SPN member publishers across all genres. Copies have been distributed to bookshops and libraries around the country, thanks to our partners the Australian Booksellers Association, Leading Edge Books and ALS Library Services. Ask your […]

3rd October, 2018

2018 Independent Publishing Conference: program announced

The program for the seventh annual Independent Publishing Conference, to be held at the Wheeler Centre in Melbourne from Thursday 22 to Saturday 24 November, is now live. As in previous years, the conference will feature a Research Day on Thursday 22 November, at which presenters will share their research in various aspects of publishing; […]

21st September, 2018

Six writers secure a place on the Hungerford Award shortlist in bumper year of great Western Australian writing

Yuot Alaak, Zoe Deleuil, Alan Fyfe, Holden Sheppard, Julie Sprigg and Trish Versteegen are in the running for $12,000 in prize money from the City of Fremantle and a publishing contract with Fremantle Press. The six new Western Australian writers are shortlisted for the 2018 City of Fremantle T.A.G. Hungerford Award.

12th September, 2018

Introducing: Associate Producer Ellen Stephens

In the lead up to the 2018 Independent Publishing Conference, I am excited to be assisting the network that advocates for diverse and independent publishing. The books published by members of the Small Press Network have fuelled my imagination and inspired me to pursue a career in publishing.  Before coming to the conclusion that publishing […]

6th July, 2018

Indie Publishing Forums: Melbourne, Brisbane and Sydney

SPN is very happy to announce the Indie Publishing Forums, a new initiative created in partnership with Ingram Spark, Books+Publishing and the Australian Society of Authors, supported by the Australian Booksellers Association, the Queensland Writers Centre, Writers Victoria and Writing NSW. The inaugural forums will be held in the evenings, in Melbourne on 31 July […]

4th April, 2018

Independent Publishing Conference 2018: Call for papers

The Laws of Publishing Deadline: Friday 29 June 2018 The complex systems of rules, conventions and traditions that underpin publishing practice are inextricably linked to the production, reception and consumption of texts. They range from formally consecrated legislation and official industry and organisational codes of conduct, through to unofficial traditions ‘learned on the job’: passed on […]

8th November, 2017

Free childcare at the 2017 Independent Publishing Conference

As part of our ongoing efforts to make the Independent Publishing Conference accessible and welcoming to everyone, the Small Press Network is providing free childcare. If you would like to use this service, please let us know when you book your tickets. There is an option to do so when booking online, or you can […]

14th June, 2017

Opportunity: Associate Producer Internship Program

After its success last year, we are again running our Associate Producer internship program to support the delivery of this November’s Independent Publishing Conference. Our Associate Producers work closely with Conference Manager Sarah Jansen and SPN General Manager Matthia Dempsey to deliver the 2017 conference and MUBAs. There are three positions available; all are voluntary. The program is designed […]

5th June, 2017

Announcement: Industry Research Day Keynote Speaker

The Independent Publishing Conference team is thrilled to announce our keynote speaker for the Industry Research Day.  Associate professor Katherine Bode will explore the intersection of two forms of publishing: one endemic to the nineteenth century, the other to the twenty-first. She will take us through how Australian fiction publishing has from its origins been […]

22nd March, 2017

Independent Publishing Conference 2017: Call for Papers

Legacies of Publishing Deadline: Thursday 29 June 2017 Extended: 14 July 2017 All accepted presenters will be invited to submit papers for possible publication by Monash University Publishing in a book of essays resulting from the conference. Click here to download a PDF of this Call for Papers. Every book leaves a legacy; every publisher inherits one. […]

3rd November, 2016

Most Underrated Book Award 2016 shortlist announced!

The Small Press Network (SPN) is delighted to announce the four titles shortlisted for the fifth annual Most Underrated Book Award (MUBA), sponsored by Booktopia. The shortlisted titles are: A Man Made Entirely of Bats by Patrick Lenton (Spineless Wonders) Clancy of the Undertow by Christopher Currie (Text Publishing) Creating Cities by Marcus Westbury (Niche […]

16th May, 2016

Job opportunity at SPN

The Small Press Network (SPN) seeks to appoint an experienced event organiser, ideally with knowledge of the publishing industry, to prepare the 2016 Independent Publishing Conference, to be held 9 to 12 November at the Wheeler Centre.   The role will be one day a week commencing early June and will report to SPN’s general […]

19th April, 2016

Small publishers produce twice as much ‘Australian literature’ as the major publishers

A new paper, ‘Small Publishers and the Emerging Network of Australian Literary Prosumption’, in the Australian Humanities Review, by former Small Press Network president Emmett Stinson, has found that ‘large publishers are no longer the primary mediators of Australian literature’. Stinson’s survey of 2012 titles demonstrates that small publishers UQP, Puncher & Wattman, Giramondo, UWA […]

19th February, 2016

Author and publisher, almost strangers, embark on a month-long odyssey to the exotic South Atlantic island of Lanzarote

After a twenty-six year absence, author Isobel Blackthorn returns to the
volcanic desert island of Lanzarote to promote her novel, The Drago
Tree, accompanied by her publisher, Michelle Lovi at Odyssey Books.
The island used to be Isobel’s home, and after two decades working and
rearing her children, she’s created her own way of going back. Although
she admits the adventure wouldn’t be happening without her publisher.

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 […]

27th August, 2015

A New Appointment at Margaret River Press

We are delighted to announce that Laurie Steed has been employed as Project Manager at Margaret River Press…

14th August, 2015

Fremantle Press launches new website

Fremantle Press launched a new e-commerce website in August. The website has been revamped to include specific sections for teachers and book clubs, while making it easier for customers to engage with authors.


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