Literary Speed Dating

Australian Society of Authors
16 June 2018 - 12:00 to 3:00 PM
Australian Society of Authors
A roomful of publishers and agents and three minutes to pitch your work, ask a question or exchange email addresses.

Bring your solid story idea, business cards and pitching skills. Presented in collaboration with the Australian Society of Authors. This event is now sold out. Add your name to the waitlist at the ASA website.

ASA and WV members: $50

Please note that this event was previously listed at a different price. The information on this page is correct.

** Writers Victoria members, please note to use the option 'register another person' via the ASA website link and then enter your own details.


Publishers attending

Affirm Press, Ruby Ashby-Orr: Senior Editor

I’m interested in a wide range of non-fiction, but particularly in women’s memoir. I’m also looking out for engaging literary fiction, crime fiction and comedy writing (fiction and non-fiction).

Hardie Grant Books (attending from 12-1pm), Arwen Summers: Publisher

Narrative nonfiction [non illustrated]

Melanie Ostell Literary, Melanie Ostell

Fiction: quality women’s, literary fiction, crime, select YA; narrative non-fiction inc. memoir, biography, history, current affairs, and for YA.

Pantera Press, Submissions Editor: James Read

I am seeking authors who write books with wide appeal. For both fiction and non-fiction, I'm looking for manuscripts with bestseller potential and with strong quality writing and style. For fiction, my focus is on mass-market and popular books, that is, great stories that are riveting and well-written. For non-fiction, my focus is on books that foster ideas and debate. Welcomed genres include Science Fiction, Fantasy, Young Adult, Thriller, Crime, Mystery, Horror, Women's Fiction, Romance, Erotica, Historical Fiction, Drama, Comedy and Literary Fiction.

Penguin Random House Australia, Katrina Lehman: Senior Editor       

Children’s fiction all ages: picture books, middle readers, Young Adult

Text Publishing

Shalini Kunahlan: Marketing Manager

Diverse voices: Indigenous and poc writers, crime fiction, literary fiction, YA or middle grade.


No longer attending:

Jacinta di Mase Management - Literary Agency, Danielle Binks: Agent

Middle Grade (for 8-12 year-olds) and Young Adult fiction and non-fiction works. Possibly graphic novel folio, if for older readers.

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