Subscriberthon 2018: Friends and sponsors

Acorn Media logoAcorn Media

Acorn Media is an entertainment content distribution company in North America, the United Kingdom, and Australia.

ACTACT Writers Centre

For the last twenty years, the ACT Writers Centre has been developing writers and their work, focusing on craft and professional practice over a creative lifetime. As the leading organisation of writing-based culture in the ACT, the Centre continues to build an innovative, vibrant and sustainable sector by providing opportunities for writers and developing beneficial collaborations.

AffirmPressLogoAffirm Press

Affirm Press is an independent Melbourne-based publisher dedicated to publishing great Australian stories, big ideas, and the most engaging local and international authors. We’re interested in building relationships, not one-offs, and we’re driven by finding creative ways of publishing and promoting each of our titles. We’re a close-knit and supportive team, which means each Affirm Press book is lovingly chaperoned through every step of the publishing process.

australian_book_review_logoAustralian Book Review

ABR is one of Australia’s leading cultural magazines. Created in 1961, it publishes reviews, essays, commentaries and new creative writing. The magazine is national in readership, authorship, distribution, partners and influence. ABR’s diverse programs include three prestigious international prizes, writers’ fellowships, special issues, national events, and paid editorial internships.

Australian PoetryAustralian Poetry

Australian Poetry is a publisher and promoter of Australian poetry, with publications including Australian Poetry Journal and Australian Poetry Anthology. They present an extensive national festival program called Australian Poets Festival, and engage with poets of varying experience, in different stages of their career, running professional and creative development with partner literary organisations.

Avid_reader_logoAvid Reader

Avid Reader is Brisbane’s best indie bookstore and cafe, always stocking books, literary journals gifts, CDs and DVDs you won’t find anywhere else! Their jam-packed events series is like a writers festival every week, so you’re always bound to bump into a writer.

Bangarra black copyBangarra Dance Theatre

Bangarra is an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisation and one of Australia’s leading performing arts companies, widely acclaimed nationally and around the world for their powerful dancing, distinctive theatrical voice and utterly unique soundscapes, music and design. Led by Artistic Director Stephen Page, Bangarra are currently in our 29th year but our dance technique is forged from over 65,000 years of culture, embodied with contemporary movement. The company’s dancers are professionally trained, dynamic artists who represent the pinnacle of Australian dance. Each has a proud Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander background, from various locations across the country.

Bee_sustainableBee Sustainable

Bee sustainable provides specialty supplies and knowledge for beekeeping, cheese making, baking and food-preserving enthusiasts. They provide expert support through the trials of getting started on your path to kitchen and garden self-sufficiency. Bee Sustainable is for resourceful people who value health and a deeper relationship with their food.

better read than deadBetter Read Than Dead

For nearly two decades, Better Read Than Dead bookshop has thrived in the heart of Newtown’s King Street, which houses a vibrant community and offers one of the most eclectic shopping experiences in Sydney. Their shop is a literary landmark that nourishes the neighbourhood’s intellectual dynamics with a specially curated collection of books and regular author and community events.

Black Inc.

Black Inc. is an independent Australian publisher of quality nonfiction, fiction and poetry. They love ideas and stories. They are passionate about important new works of history, politics, biography, criticism and current affairs, as well as novels and poems that open up new worlds. In 2007, 2009 and 2015 they were awarded Australian Small Publisher of the Year.


Books+Publishing is Australia’s number-one source of news about the book industry, keeping subscribers up to date with the latest book industry news, events, trends, opinion, staff moves and job advertisements. Books+Publishing is also the only source of pre-publication reviews of Australian books.

Cinema NovaCinema Nova

Cinema Nova is Melbourne’s home of quality arthouse and contemporary film. With 16 screens showing the best in new release films and hosting regular special film events, Meet The Filmmaker Q&As and film festivals, Cinema Nova’s program offers a diverse and finely curated experience.


Cordite Publishing Inc. is an ACNC charity and is listed on the Australian Registry of Cultural Organisations. Its publications are Cordite Poetry Review, an Australian and international journal of poetry review and criticism, and series of print books. Critical writing and reviews are developed to adhere to our Guide for Indigenous Editing and Writing.


Crikey an independent news website that publishes news and analysis on politics, media, business, culture and technology from the best minds in Australian journalism.
A Crikey membership includes full access to the Crikey website, daily newsletters the Crikey Worm and CrikeyInsider, as well as Bernard Keane’s Side View and our weekly round up in the Crikey Weekender every Saturday morning.

Stacked-no-taglineDumbo Feather

Dumbo Feather is a multi-platform publishing house with a mission to tell stories that inspire change. Based in Melbourne, they publish a print magazine, run a popular podcast series and have a growing online presence. Most of all, they are a community that come together around the big ideas of our time.

ferret_logoFerret Bookshop

Established in 1979, the Ferret Bookshop is Wellington’s longest running small antiquarian/secondhand bookshop. The store was established in the pre-digital era of slowness and depth. A book purchased from The Ferret often contains pages and ink and sometimes one word follows another.

Fictional_ObjectsFictional Objects

Fictional Objects was launched at the end of 2012 and grew from a desire to create useful, beautiful, and thoughtfully constructed products, that will be treasured and take on a life of their own.

Fremantle_PressFremantle Press

Fremantle Press is a proudly not-for-profit team of publishers, authors and artists who bring uniquely Australian stories to the world. Established in 1976, Fremantle Press is renowned for producing quality works of fiction, nonfiction, poetry and children’s literature. Their core purpose is to identify talented new and emerging Western Australian writers and artists, and to publish and distribute their work to the widest possible audience.

frog dog studiosFrog Dog Studios

Frog Dog Studios is a dedicated pet photography studio that was born from a personal devotion. Belinda has been working with animals since 2001 and wouldn’t have it any other way! They photograph all pets, if they fit in the studio we will give it a go! The sessions are a fun-filled experience for both you and your best friend resulting in beautiful artwork that you can keep forever. With a long history of working with animals and Tony’s dedicated assistance Frog Dog Studio aims to bring out the spark in your best friend – be they an outgoing ball of energy or a reserved cutie – we capture what makes them who they are.


Gargouille is a petite and provocative journal preferencing artistry over ideology. Established 2014 by Sarah Wreford and Adriane Howell, the journal seeks short fiction, poetry, script and literary works that defy genre.


Giramondo Publishing Company was set up in December 1995 with the aim of publishing quality creative and interpretive writing by Australian authors. It seeks to encourage innovative and adventurous literary work that might not otherwise find publication because of its subtle commercial appeal; to stimulate exchange between Australian writers and readers and their counterparts overseas; and to build a common ground between the academy and the marketplace.

gds_logotype_smallGoing Down Swinging

Going Down Swinging works across platforms to produce high quality publications and events that support writers and artists telling stories worth sharing. Going Down Swinging is one of Australia’s longest-running and most respected literary journals: publishing digital as well as print and audio anthologies since 1979 and producing special, sold-out live events. They believe in fostering a community of writers and artists dedicated to their craft and the ideas behind it. We encourage the creation of new work, and support this by placing great value on editorial feedback and development for those voices still emerging.

GriffithReview_logoGriffith Review

Griffith Review is a high-quality, agenda-setting, quarterly publication, delivering insight into the issues that matter most in a timely, authoritative and engaging fashion. Each themed collection presents fresh insights and analysis of the big issues from pre-eminent Australian and international writers.

Griffin_Logo_H_BlkGriffin Theatre Company

Located in the heart of Kings Cross – in the historic SBW Stables Theatre – Griffin has been dedicated to bringing the best Australian stories to the stage for the better part of four decades. They’re passionate about theatre that’s written by Australians, about Australians, for Australians to enjoy. Iconic plays such as The Boys, Holding the Man and The Heartbreak Kid all had their world premieres at Griffin. And many of our nation’s most celebrated artists started their professional careers with us – Cate Blanchett, David Wenham, Michael Gow and Louis Nowra to name a few. Homegrown inspiration. By you, for you.


Hachette is a team of expert publishers and passionate readers dedicated to discovering and supporting talented writers and working with them to craft exceptional stories. They select the very best, whatever the genre – from high-quality commercial fiction to literary award-winners, children’s picture books and adventure stories to memoirs and history, lifestyle and sport. And then they pour over 100 years of publishing excellence into every page, bringing them to readers in the formats that they love.


Island is one of Australia’s leading literary magazines, a print-only quarterly of ideas, writing and culture. Based in Hobart, Tasmania, Island has been evolving within Australia’s media ecology for the past 39 years. It began life as The Tasmanian Review in 1979, but after only five issues it changed its name to Island Magazine, reflecting its national scope — because Australia is an island, too, you know? Island Magazine Inc. is a nonprofit arts organisation with a volunteer board.


Jacobin is a leading voice of the American left, offering socialist perspectives on politics, economics, and culture.

Judyth-Emanuel-logoJudyth Emanuel

Judyth Emanuel is one of three winners of the Overland Victoria University Short Story Prize in 2017. Her work has appeared in various national and international publications. She lives in Sydney where she also runs Billabong Writer’s Cottage for holidays and creative getaways.

kydlogoKill Your Darlings

Kill Your Darlings was founded in 2010 by Rebecca Starford and Hannah Kent. It is a Melbourne-based, independent publisher of quality Australian fiction, commentary, essays, interviews and reviews. In addition to championing Australian voices in print and online, KYD also produces a regular podcast, provides professional writing services such as workshops and manuscript assessments, and hosts literary events to foster engagement and discussion between writers and readers.

lamaLa Mama Theatre

La Mama is a not-for-profit, independent theatre with a distinct artist focus. Treasured for its continued advocacy of those seeking to explore beyond the mainstream theatre, La Mama champions artistic freedom and individuality. La Mama has operated out of our home at 205 Faraday Street Carlton since 1967. Sadly on 19 May 2018 the building on Faraday Street burned down. They are working towards restoring their precious La Mama. Performances are currently taking place at La Mama Courthouse on Drummond Street and their administrative office is temporary located in the foyer at La Mama Courthouse. La Mama is a home to many and open to all. They hope to see you there.

L.Wills ProfileLaura Wills

Laura Wills is an Adelaide-based multidisciplinary artist. She has an expanded practice exploring social and environmental themes through using found materials, collaborative and participatory processes and community-based projects. She regularly exhibits and has received numerous grants, awards and residencies in Australia and overseas. She is currently working with Marion and Onkaparinga council on several public art projects and was recently awarded the Fleurieu Art Prize and the National Works on paper prize for her collaborative work with James Tylor. Laura is represented by Hill Smith Gallery Adelaide.

LE6Loving Earth

Loving Earth is an ethically driven company that believes Food is Sacred. They make healthy indulgence accessible in a way that is good for the planet. Their vibe is bean-to-bar whole food chocolate from really raw cacao. And because you can’t eat chocolate all day, they’ve got grain and gluten free activated breakfast toppers and snacks, cacao and coconut products and a whole heap more. Their passion is real relationships with grower communities around the world. They are a 360° brand. This means all of it matters. They don’t let anything slide. From the people who grow the crops, their planet friendly packaging, the chocolate making crew, the fact that it’s real food, and it’s delicious, the list goes on and on.

Lunch LadyLunch Lady

Lunch Lady is a magazine where parenting is not taken too seriously but a balanced approach to family life is. Colourful, thoughtful and full-of-cheek, it reminds parents to keep things in perspective and have fun. It’s a beautifully printed kitchen keepsake full of recipes, inspiring family stories, photography, art and kids cooking ideas and funny relatable opinion pieces about the ups and downs of raising children.

Matters_Workmark-Orange_SPOTMatters Journal

Matters Journal is a weekly digital and biannual print publication connecting communities with people, ideas and businesses doing good. We tell interconnected stories from the worlds of arts, design, technology, health, food and the environment. Matters Journal is currently stocked in bookstores and newsagents nationally, and is available online.


Meanjin is one of Australia’s best, and oldest, literary journals. It was founded in Brisbane by Clem Christesen (the name, pronounced Mee-an-jin, is derived from an Aboriginal word for the finger of land on which central Brisbane sits) in 1940. It moved to Melbourne in 1945 and in 2008 became an imprint of Melbourne University Publishing. Meanjin is published four times a year and online.

MIFF logoMelbourne International Film Festival

The Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF) is Australia’s largest and longest running film festival, started in 1952. Presenting a curated global program of innovative screen experiences and the world’s largest showcase of exceptional Australian filmmaking, MIFF is an iconic cultural event that provides bold, entertaining and adventurous programming; a festival full of transformative experiences for audiences and filmmakers alike. Find out more about MIFF at


Moleskine create legendary notebooks with a focus on inspiring personal and creative journeys. Arguably the world’s most famous notebook brand, a Moleskine notebook is made to become a part of your personality, a medium for your expression and a platform for your creativity. These sturdy thread-bound notebooks are well designed, beautifully made and are ready to capture your thoughts and be incorporated into your everyday life.

MISSGlogoMiss Gertrude

Miss Gertrude is an environmentally conscious, community-minded and creative hair salon in the heart of bustling Gertrude Street, Fitzroy. Filled with light and greenery, the salon remains a relaxing oasis of care and attention. We are home to a family of stylists, impeccably trained to an international standard in cutting and colouring alike. We are committed to continually honing our skills and knowledge of new trends and products to bring you your best hair experience.

Mona FomaMona Foma

This January, Launceston will bear witness to its first-ever Mona Foma – with its signature brand of unexpected, unpredictable and curious programming descending on the state’s second-largest city. After ten years of blowing people’s minds in Hobart and three wins as Best Contemporary Music Festival in Australia, the team is taking the show on the road to Launceston. A jam-packed festival of musical anarchy and artistic abandon with national and international guests of art, music, dance and events not to be missed.

mpMonash University Publishing

Monash University Publishing contributes to public knowledge and discussion within Australia, its region and beyond.

mgMountain Goat

Mountain Goat is a pioneer of Australia’s craft beer scene, with their first beer hitting pubs back in 1997. Twenty-one years on, Mountain Goat are still brewing beers unrestrained in flavour, technique and creativity. From their Steam Ale, one of Australia’s first organic beers, through to bold limited releases and complex barrel-aged beers, there is a Mountain Goat beer for everyone.


n+1 is a print and digital magazine of literature, culture, and politics published three times a year. We also post new online-only work several times each week and publish books expanding on the interests of the magazine.

Noisy RitualNoisy Ritual

Noisy Ritual is Melbourne’s first People-Powered Urban Winery, located at 249 Lygon Street Brunswick East. They’re out to demystify the winemaking process by bringing good people together over great wine, food and music to learn about, taste and create wine in an urban environment. They think making and drinking wine should be a celebration: relaxed, loud, inclusive and fun. It’s all about learning through doing – getting your hands (and feet) dirty in the name of making delicious premium wine.

North-Melb-Books-logo-2-copy-300x210North Melbourne Books

Looking for some bedtime reading? Find inspiration at North Melbourne’s independent bookstore, stocked with classics and new releases for children and adults. Located in the heart of North Melbourne.

NT-Logo-and-Text-232x300NT Writers’ Centre

The NTWC offers an annual program of events (including a writers’ festival) and workshops with the aim of helping writers and aspiring writers develop skills and support networks, and showcase their skills to a wider audience. The NTWC is particularly committed to supporting writers from an Indigenous background, and to overcoming the impacts of geographical isolation experienced by people in the NT.

PADRE-LOGO_BLACK_FINAL-copy-1-300x194Padre Coffee

Padre Coffee was born in Brunswick East back in late 2007/early 2008. They started small, roasting, brewing and selling all of their coffee under the one roof in the heart of the community; making friends, having fun and learning as they went. Their Victorian HQ and roastery is still in Brunswick East, and a lot of their first customers are as well – in fact, they’re proud to say that it’s thanks to the support of loyal, coffee-loving locals that they’ve grown up to be the company they are today. They’ve now grown to include two beautiful stores in Melbourne as well as a stunning roasters-cafe sunny in Noosa. At the same time though, not much has changed. Padre is still a small, owner-run business that prides itself on exceptional products and outstanding service. They love making coffee.


Since 1979, community broadcaster PBS 106.7FM has been an integral player in Melbourne’s diverse music community – with more than 80 specialist music programs ranging from soul to garage to country to jazz – PBS is dedicated to nurturing, inspiring and championing Melbourne’s diverse music community. You can also find them on digital radio, web-streamingPBS-on-demand and at events around town like Soul A-Go-GoRock-A-Bye-Baby music sessions and many others.

PanMacPan Macmillan

Pan Macmillan Australia publishes a wide range of bestselling, award-winning and high quality titles, under the imprints Macmillan, Pan, Picador, Plum, Momentum and Macquarie Dictionary Publishers. They are committed to investing in Australian authors and stories, and their local publishing program covers a broad range of commercial and literary fiction, children’s and YA fiction, autobiography and biography, history, true crime, military history, biographies, sport, cooking and lifestyle.

pengionPenguin Random House

Penguin Random House is the international home to nearly 250 editorially and creatively independent publishing imprints. Together, their mission is to foster a universal passion for reading by partnering with authors to help create stories and communicate ideas that inform, entertain, and inspire, and to connect them with readers everywhere.

QWC-logoQueensland Writers Centre

Queensland Writers Centre strives for more Australian writers to have sustainable careers, and to be read and enjoyed throughout the world. Their members are published authors, emerging writers, children’s authors and illustrators, journalists, editors, agents, publishers, poets, storytellers, playwrights, cultural producers, freelancers, teachers, academics and critics. They provide development and support to beginner writers through to established professionals in Australian writing and publishing.


Readings is an independent retailer of books, music and film, with seven shops operating in Melbourne at Carlton, Doncaster, Hawthorn, Malvern, St Kilda and State Library Victoria – as well as a specialty children’s and young adult bookshop, also in Carlton.  Their shops have long been at the centre of the local literary scene, both as meeting places and via their exciting calendar of events, which showcases a range of in-conversations, panels, author signings, special in-store performances and book launches throughout the year.


Triple R (102.7 FM) has shaped and inspired the culture of Melbourne. Since its inception as an educational broadcaster in 1976, Triple R has become Australia’s largest community radio station with over 12,000 subscribers and 329,000 listeners per week.


Scribe is an independent trade-publishing house based in Melbourne and London that has been operating for more than 40 years. Scribe publishes books that matter – narrative and literary nonfiction in important topics, and the best of local, international, and translated fiction.


Tailor-made for long writing projects, Scrivener provides everything need to craft your firstdraft. Used by best-selling novelists, screenwriters, lawyers, students, journalists and more,Scrivener brings together tools familiar to writers everywhere in new and excitng ways.


Southerly is one of Australia’s oldest continuous literary journals. The journal of the English Association, Sydney, it was launched in 1939 with works by authors such as AD Hope and Kylie Tennant. Southerly is published three times a year, both in print and digitally, and is complemented by a free online section, the Long Paddock. Our entire backlist is available online through the Informit Literature and Culture Collection. Their blog provides commentary and bibliophilic musings from a different writer each month. They are open for submissions all year round.

suntSun Theatre

The Sun Theatre originally opened in 1938 and was a single-screen, 1050-seat cinema – the most luxurious in the area. Today it has eight boutique cinemas, ranging in size from 200 seats down to 23 couches and variations in between!

textText Publishing

Text Publishing is an independent, Melbourne-based publisher of literary fiction and nonfiction. Text is a three-time winner of the Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIA) Small Publisher of the Year.

TLBThe Lifted Brow

TLB is a not-for-profit literary publishing organisation based in Melbourne. Its focus is on finding, publishing and championing work from the artistic and/or demographic margins, from both Australia as well as the rest of the world. TLB has been around since 2007, and produces the quarterly print literary magazine The Lifted Brow, publishes books under its new imprint Brow Books, runs a dynamic website with brand new work on it every day or so, stages many events of all shapes and sizes, oversees writing prizes and competitions, and does a whole bunch of other stuff.

monthThe Monthly

The Monthly features the nation’s finest writers and analysis. A who’s who of business, politics and the arts, including prime ministers and senior journalists, consider The Monthly essential reading.

whThe Wheeler Centre

The Wheeler Centre is Melbourne’s home for smart, passionate and entertaining public talks on every topic. Across 230+ events each year, and a unique collection of videos, podcasts and original writing, you’ll find some of our finest local and international writers and thinkers sharing their expertise, their imaginations and their ideas.

TRANSIT LOUNGE logo(hr) copyTransit Lounge

Transit lounge is an independent press dedicated to the publication of exciting new fiction and nonfiction. They have a particular interest in creative literary publishing that explores the relationships between East and West, entertains and promotes insights into diverse cultures and encompasses diverse genres.


Established in 1948, UQP is a dynamic publishing house known for its innovative philosophy and commitment to producing books of high quality and cultural significance. It has launched the careers of many celebrated Australian writers, such as David Malouf, Peter Carey, Kate Grenville, Doris Pilkington and Nick Earls. Originally founded as a traditional university press, UQP has since branched into publishing books for general readers in the areas of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, Indigenous writing and youth literature.

uwaUWA Publishing

UWA Publishing is part of the vibrant small publishing community of Australia with a deep commitment to new writers and dynamic writing. We pride ourselves on being champions of poetry and short stories, and making books that will be noted in the literary culture decades on from release.

venVentura Press

Ventura Press is one of Sydney’s leading independent book publishers. Synonymous with high-quality titles and internationally respected authors, they publish a broad range of engaging fiction and non-fiction books – each with the aim of enhancing the lives of readers. Their mission is to provide boutique, innovative and exciting publishing to Australia and the world, and to bring new and established Australian authors to the world stage.


Voiceworks is a national literary journal that features exciting new fiction, nonfiction, poetry, art and comics by people under the age of 25. An annual subscription valued at $60 includes: digital editions of Voiceworks delivered to your email inbox, four print editions of Voiceworks delivered to your door, a personal invitation to Voiceworks launches and special events throughout the year and access to exclusive digital content to complement each issue of Voiceworks.


Operating since 1956, Westerly is a literary magazine based in Western Australia. The Magazine provides a Western Australian voice, and publishes material from across Australia and internationally. (Content and subject matter has never been geographically exclusive!). It publishes creative writing and essays in literary and cultural studies. With this mix, Westerly offers a diverse range of works in each issue and is especially interested in maintaining a strong presence of Indigenous content with the help of our Editor for Indigenous Writing, Elfie Shiosaki. The print magazine is published twice a year in July and November, while the website publishes content throughout the year, including two Online Special Issues annually available for free digital download.

WideOpenRoadlogoWide Open Road

Wide Open Road has been roasting coffee out of their Brunswick headquarters since 2009. They consider Wide Open Road less of a company and more a collective of creatives, they seek to craft a product using all of their senses and with an eye toward aesthetics. It’s the human element of coffee that continues to drive them towards quality in all aspects of their business.

Writers Victoria

Writers Victoria supports and connects writers. We understand that writing can be an isolated pursuit and our programs are built around a clear need to create a community for writers. These include a range of courses, various publications and the provision of advice through our staff, magazine, weekly enews and website.