2022 Publishing Rising Star shortlist

31 May 2022

The shortlist for the 2022 Publishing Rising Star, proudly supported by MediaSuper, has been announced.

These six industry professionals commenced their careers in publishing over the past ten years and are being recognised as emerging talents to watch in the Australian publishing arena.

Kate Lloyd

Kate Lloyd is the sales and marketing manager at Text Publishing. She has worked in the Australian publishing industry for six years. Kate developed her marketing and publishing experience at Major Street Publishing under Lesley Williams, while studying and interning at the Stella Prize and Melbourne Writers’ Festival. Her next role was at Text as marketing coordinator, where she worked on promotional campaigns across the list, including for books by Graeme Simsion, Nina Kenwood and Garry Disher. Kate became the marketing manager in 2020 and helped foster the connection between the company and its authors during the lockdown periods. Kate has experience in building community through books and reading on social media and has been part of Australia’s #bookstagram community for almost a decade. She co-created the online bookish marketplace Nook and Burrow, boosting the profile of Australian authors on her Instagram account. As marketing manager, Kate has developed dynamic campaigns for Amanda Lohrey, Jennifer Down and Helen Garner.

2022 Rising Star Shortlist Emily Cook

Emily Cook

Emily Cook is the Community and Media Manager at Ultimo Press, which has been operating since September 2020. Emily was Senior Publicist at Penguin Random House, where she produced well-rounded publicity campaigns for a cross-section of authors and books while working on special campaigns to increase awareness of the company’s brand and titles. She has managed communications and events at the Irish Writers Centre, assisted with business development, training and marketing at the Independent Publishers Guild, a trade organisation for independent publishers in the United Kingdom, and worked as Marketing and Recruitment Coordinator at Imperial College Business School and as a sales, marketing and publicity intern at Melbourne University Press.

2022 Rising Star Shortlist Mika Tabata

Mika Tabata

Mika Tabata initially studied sculpture at university then transferred to design. The day she saw a documentary about book design things finally clicked for Mika. With a fresh new focus, she gained an internship at Allen & Unwin in 2013 as a marketing designer, producing material for upcoming releases. This led to a similar role at Walker Books Australia in 2014, and when a role for a junior book designer came up in 2017, she jumped at it. Working closely with the publishers and project editors, Mika designed covers and interiors for picture books, junior fiction and young adult titles from the initial concept to finished art. In 2019 she took on part-time work as Production Designer at Allen & Unwin and she continues in that role to the present day, enjoying a satisfying mix of technical and creative work. She also does freelance design work. In 2020 Mika was shortlisted for the Best Designed Children’s Series at the Australian Book Design Awards and in 2021 she won the Deb Brash Emerging Designer Award.

2022 Rising Star Shortlist Crystal Corocher

Crystal Corocher

Crystal Corocher is a children’s book editor and literacy educator with a passion for reading engagement. Prior to working with the Larrikin House team, Crystal’s experience as a freelance journalist spanned radio, television, newsprint and online. She supports reading engagement at a school of more than 1800 students and uses this to help inform decisions about what to produce from a publishing perspective. Over the past two years at Larrikin House, Crystal’s role has been diverse. Initially joining as Publicist in 2020, she has helped the burgeoning publishing house find a voice and has segued into her role as editor, working with the small in-house team on everything from picture books to the upcoming release of a new junior fiction range, reading engagement programs and an array of projects in between.

2022 Rising Star Shortlist Sam van der Plank

Sam van der Plank

Sam van der Plank has become Monash University Publishing’s all-around data guru. Over his 2.5 years at the press, Sam’s can-do attitude and initiative has seen him undertake a series of projects that have improved the company’s publishing capacities significantly. These include single-handedly implementing, and training staff to use, the BooksoniX database; establishing and refining metadata feeds; streamlining the royalties process; working with the university’s complex finance system to ensure authors get paid quickly and with minimum fuss; and establishing clear profit/loss sales data. Sam has done this largely by upskilling himself through the Australian Publishers’ Association training program and gathering information on other company practices. While those with a talent for operations often remain behind the scenes, Sam is the very definition of a team player, and his intelligence, ingenuity and commitment to improve Monash Publishing is truly exceptional. He has a bright career ahead.

2022 Rising Star Shortlist Emily Hart

Emily Hart

Emily Hart first encountered the publishing industry as a reader, as a childhood maker of folded-paper books, and then as a Year 10 work-experience student at Wakefield Press in Adelaide. While studying at the University of Adelaide, Emily ghost-wrote a political memoir for Melbourne University Press, which led her to MUP as an editorial intern. From there she went to Dillons Bookshop in South Australia as a bookseller, and back to Wakefield Press as an events manager. At Wakefield, she trained and worked as an editor across history, art, food and literary fiction (while also selling rights, writing newsletters and answering the phones, among other things). In 2017, Emily moved to Melbourne, becoming an editor at Hardie Grant Books and working across both narrative and illustrated non-fiction. She convened the inaugural Hardie Grant Books x RMIT Spark Prize for narrative non-fiction, worked on Hardie Grant’s inaugural Reconciliation Action Plan, volunteers for the Stella Count and is a 2022 REP alumnus.


Congratulations to the Rising Star shortlist!

The judges said:

“The variety of professions on the Rising Star shortlist this year is testament of the amazing talent base the Australian publishing industry has on offer. Each one has displayed unique skills, ideas, and career trajectories and all are very worthy of recognition. The future of publishing is in good hands.”

The winner will be announced at the awards ceremony on 9 June.

Follow Books and Publishing to read interviews with each of the Rising Star shortlist between now and the event.

Get your tickets here to be in the room when the winner of the Rising Star award is announced.

2022 Book industry Hall of Fame inductees and Business Awards shortlist

31 May 2022

The ABIAs celebrate the professionals in the book business – the dedicated individuals and teams who bring stories to life, authors’ dreams to reality, and books to the right readers.

Congratulations to the new Hall of Fame recipients, the shortlist for the 2022 Rising Star Award and the shortlist for the 2022 Business Awards, all recognising outstanding contributions to the industry.

Lloyd O’Neil Hall of Fame Award

The Lloyd O’Neil Hall of Fame Award recognises outstanding service to the Australian book industry by an individual from within its ranks.

The 2022 Hall of Fame inductee is publisher Sandy Grant.

Sandy Grant - 2022 Lloyd O'Neill

Sandy has spent his working lifetime in books and publishing. He has worked in educational and trade publishing, in Australia and in the United Kingdom, starting at Pitman Publishing in 1977 and rising to become Chief Executive of Reed Books in his thirties. Sandy and his partner, Fiona Hardie (and a young Julie Pinkham), launched Hardie Grant 24 years ago. Since then, the business has grown to a turnover of $120 million, 280 staff with offices in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, London and San Francisco.

In addition to his own career and business, Sandy has contributed to the broader publishing community as a Director of Meanjin, Chair of the Melbourne Writers’ Festival, a member of the Book Industry Study Group, a member of Melbourne’s UNESCO City of Literature Bid Committee, President of the APA, and Chair of the Copyright Agency.

Pixie O’Harris Award

The Pixie O’Harris Award recognises publishers, editors, creators, booksellers, publicists and other industry representatives who have worked consistently in the field of children’s literature, demonstrated commitment beyond the call of duty, and who have developed a reputation for their contribution to the children’s book sector.

The 2022 Award goes to author Libby Hathorn.

Libby Hathorn - 2022 Pixie O'Harris

For more than fifty years, Libby Hathorn, writer and former teacher-librarian, has been one of Australia’s most acclaimed authors of books for children and young people, as well as a tireless advocate for the importance of children’s literature. Through her writing and mentoring, Libby has helped to shape Australia’s reading culture across generations, raising the profile and standard of Australian children’s books and sparking a love of language and words in countless children.

Libby has published over eighty books across many genres, including poetry, textbooks on writing, picture books and novels. Translated into several languages and adapted for stage and screen, Libby’s books are often concerned with the rights of children and the importance of nurturing them in every way. Her work has won honours in Australia and around the world.

2022 Business Awards Shortlist 2022

Bookshops and booksellers are key to the success of the industry. Congratulations to each of the businesses shortlisted for National Retailer of the Year and Bookshop of the Year for 2022. Congratulations also to the contenders for the Small Publisher and Publisher of the Year Awards.

National Retailer of the Year shortlist

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2022 Book Retailer of the Year Shortlist

  • Readings
  • Harry Hartog Bookseller
  • Booktopia
  • Dymocks
  • Big W

The judging panel was impressed by the reach of retailers that tap into non-traditional book-buying markets, that seek new customers and support their local communities. Across the shortlist, judges saw a great commitment from book retailers to children’s bookselling, First Nations voices, staff care and building dedicated customer relationships. These qualities are key to the success of the Australian book industry.

Bookshop of the Year shortlist

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2022 Bookshop of the Year Shortlist

  • Open Book (Mosman Park, WA)
  • Matilda Bookshop (Adelaide, SA)
  • Potts Point Bookshop (Sydney, NSW)
  • Avenue Bookstore Albert Park (Victoria, VIC)
  • Avid Reader Bookshop (Brisbane, QLD)
  • Paper Bird Children’s Books & Arts (Fremantle, WA)

The judging panel noted that “all the entries were impressive, and the shortlisted stores are shining examples of how small businesses can innovate and overcome adversity. From sales trend analytics, shifts to online retailing, staff care and cultivation of a sense of community, settling on a shortlist was a difficult task for the panel, never mind picking a winner.”

Publishers large and small are also celebrated for their professionalism, efforts and successes in bringing books to life. This year the shortlists for the Publisher of the Year and the Small Publisher of the Year are:

Small Publisher of the Year

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2022 Small Publisher of the Year Shortlist

  • Pantera Press
  • Scribe Publications
  • Black Inc.
  • University of Queensland Press (UQP)
  • Monash University Publishing
  • Melbourne University Publishing

The judges have said, ”Every small publisher offers something unique to the cultural landscape of Australia. Their strength in the market is growing and they are undeniably creative in their publishing.”

The Judging panel were impressed by the commitment to diversity, environmental issues, and promotion of Australian storytelling along with their innovative approaches to reaching
new audiences and finding new voices.

Publisher of the Year

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2022 Publisher of the Year Shortlist

  • Hachette
  • Penguin Random House Australia
  • Pan Macmillan Australia
  • Hardie Grant Publishing
  • Allen & Unwin
  • Thames & Hudson Australia

The judges said, “It has been another difficult year for anyone in the business of manufacturing and distribution. Publishers in Australia have faced that head on and had magnificent results in the past 12 months. The shortlisted publishers have grown sales, sought out new routes to market, focused on staff care and improving the diversity and inclusion of the industry.”

Meet the Rising Stars who have made the 2022 Awards shortlist.

The winners will be announced at the awards ceremony on 9 June.

Get your tickets here to be in the room when the winners of the Business Awards are announced.

Save the date for 2019

7 Jan 2019

When is it? When is it for 2019?

And where is it for that matter?

Well, read on, dear book lover.


Rub shoulders with the biggest national and international names in publishing at the industry night of nights – The Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIA) – on Thursday 2 May 2019.

This year, the awards remain at the International Convention Centre Sydney but in a new room with city views, that at night with the lights will set the scene for this flagship event.

Celebrating the best and brightest stars of the publishing scene alongside guests from the arts, entertainment, business and government, the awards coincide with the Sydney Writers’ Festival which runs from the 29 April – 5 May 2019.
The ABIA showcase the collaborative efforts of author, publisher, editor, illustrator, PR manager and many more in the book creation space, of what is the 14th largest publishing industry in the world, generating $2 billion in annual revenue with more than 7,000 new titles published each year. 
Nominations for the 2019 awards will open 15 January. Look out for ‘how to nominate’ announcements coming soon. 

Photo: Olivia Tran

Aussie authors’ favourite books

8 Oct 2018
In 2018, we asked some of Australia’s best known and loved authors and personalities to tell us what their favourite book titles are. Can you guess what they’d pick? Find out using the links below.