2016 Publisher Introduction Program

Thank you to the publishers from Pan Macmillan, Random House, Scribe Publishers, Text, UQP and UWA Publishers for making the selection and congratulations to the writers who will receive a fellowship.

The writers who will receive a PIP Fellowship 2016 and the Publishers who will read their work are:



Chris Brophy for her fiction novel Evidence
    A novel about the unreasonable expectations we have of love.
Taryn Hall-Smith for her fiction novel Game Face
    17-year-old tennis pro Harper must let go of her emotional crutches or lose her sister, true love, and the US Open.


Jane Jervis-Read for her fiction novel Blinds of Sleep
    An architect on the verge of international success in present-day Berlin is driven by creative and destructive urges.
Melissa Goode for her fiction novel What we have become
    A woman recovering after the death of her mother and her own divorce is seeking to start a new life.


Natalie Kershaw for her fiction novel Every Atom Belonging to Me
    A child struggles to build a family after finding out that her dead mother was a prostitute who helped make the A-bomb.
Tessa Lunney for her fiction novel I Don't Know What You've Been Told
    An Australian soldier goes missing in Afghanistan and his sister, also a soldier, must go through the family history of war service to find her brother.


Madeline Oliver for her Young Adult fiction novel Lexy and Cho
    Sydney teenagers Lexy and Cho struggle to make their love real in the face of trouble in both their houses.
Christine Kearney for her fiction novel The Book of Eels
    East Timor: a new nation with ancient stories, a young UN volunteer and a conflict which threatens the country.


Jeanette Thompson for her narrative non-fiction novel Bone and Beauty
    The Ribbon Boys Rebellion of 1830.
Diana Jenkins for her young adult fiction novel SPILL
    A YA novel about college kids, comic books and casting off the creeps.


Alec O’Halloran for his narrative non-fiction work The life and Art of Mick Namarari Tjapaltjarri (c1923-1998)
    The life story and art career of a Pintupi man who became an award-winning Papunya Tula artist.
Barry Lee Thompson for his short story collection Broken Rules
    A collection of linked short fiction exploring marginalised sexual identity and expression.

Vera Costello