Every year, the Small Press Network runs the Most Underrated Book Award. This prize aims to uncover and celebrate the hidden gems of Australian publishing.

The Small Press Network is pleased to announce that entries are now open for the 2019 Most Underrated Book Award. Click here for more details (please note, only books published by members of SPN are eligible for entry).

The Most Underrated Book Award is sponsored by the Australian Booksellers Association and aims to uncover and celebrate the hidden gems of Australian publishing.

Last year’s winner was the Indigenous memoir Living in Hope by the late Frank Byrne. Olivia Nigro of publisher Pilotus Press says: “It cannot be overstated how significant winning MUBA18 was for both the title Living In Hope by Frank Byrne as well as our community publishing operation in Mparntwe/Alice Springs, Ptilotus Press. SPN has been an incredible ally in building a bridge from our remote local audience to a national one, recognising the social value of Living In Hope as a memoir from the Stolen Generations and a story of profound resilience. SPN was instrumental to introducing our press to NewSouth Books which led to a national distribution agreement for all of our titles, now stocked in over 40 outlets in Australia and New Zealand. This level of opportunity has drawn energising horizons into view for the literary community of the central desert and reiterates the fundamental importance of amplifying remote voices, particularly from First Nations’ authors, in the national literary landscape. MUBA18 has opened many doors for us and we cannot thank SPN enough for their dedication to independent publishing.”

To find out more about previous winners, check out the information below.

2018Winner

Check out which book won the 2018 Most Underrated Book Award.

2018 winner

2018Shortlist

Click here to see the shortlist for the 2018 Most Underrated Book Award.

2018 Shortlist

2017Winner

Check out which book won the 2017 Most Underrated Book Award.

2017 Winner

2017Shortlist

Click here to see the shortlist for the 2017 Most Underrated Book Award.

2017 Shortlist

2016Winner

Check out which book won the 2016 Most Underrated Book Award.

2016 Winner

2016Shortlist

Click here to see the shortlist for the 2016 Most Underrated Book Award.

2016 Shortlist

Previous Winners

2015: The Grapple Annual, No.1 (Grapple Publishing)

2014: Jane Rawson, A Wrong Turn at the Office of Unmade Lists (Transit Lounge)

2013: Merlinda Bobis Fish-Hair Woman (Spinifex)

2012: Wayne Macauley The Cook (Text)