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The Burrow, a cosy mudbrick and cedar cottage, offers elegant, country-style, self-contained Bed & Breakfast accommodation in the heart of the Yarra Valley. Set beside a beautiful billabong, a paradise for its resident abundant bird life, Wombat Bend is a tranquil retreat for writers and artists on an acclaimed Land For Wildlife property. Apart from the frogs and the birdlife, it’s very quiet.

Global Hobo is a fiercely independent publication born in 2013 from empty pockets, open minds and permanently itchy feet. Our ethos is a collage of conscious travel, frugality, liberation, social commentary and cultural relativism. We strive to build an accessible community around storytelling and provide a space for writers to share original views on destinations, experiences and social trends.




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Australian Book Review is one of Australia’s leading literary and cultural magazines. ABR publishes reviews, essays, topical commentaries, and new creative writing. The magazine engages with all the arts, not just literature, and its diverse programs include three prestigious literary prizes, a weekly podcast, and writers’ fellowships. ABR offers a range of flexible subscription options – starting from just $10 a month – which include new issues and access to ABR’s extensive digital archive going back to the start of the second series in 1978. 

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.

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

Archer magazine is the world’s most inclusive publication about sexuality and gender.

Australian Poetry, established to bring together state-based poetry collectives, publishes the country’s national poetry journal, the Australian Poetry Journal.The Journal is guest-edited each issue by different voices, to ensure excellence and inclusivity. It also publishes insightful, curious articles. AP publishes an annual anthology, along with a digital volume showcasing U30s and emerging voices. Based at Melbourne’sTheWheeler Centre, alongside the UNESCO City of Literature Office, AP also partners with the major capital city literary festivals around the country each year, producing our own events. Annually, AP presents, commissions or publishes new works by 350+ Australian poets. We also run local and international residencies and mentorships.​

Avid Reader is Brisbane’s best indie bookstore with a widely curated selection of books, literary journals, stationary, puzzles and games unlike anywhere else! Their jam-packed events series is like a writers festival every week, so you’re always bound to bump into a writer.

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.

Founded in 2000, Black Inc. is an independent Australian publisher of quality non-fiction, fiction and poetry, based in Melbourne. We respectfully acknowledge the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation as the traditional owners of the land on which we work, and pay our respects to their elders, past, present and emerging. Our imprints include the Quarterly Essay journal, Australian Foreign Affairs, and Nero and La Trobe University Press books. We love ideas and stories. We 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. 

Bourke Street is Your Neighbourhood Bakery. We pride ourselves on making real food the old fashioned way: from the best ingredients, by hand with dedication and love.

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.

Craftwork Roasting Company is a group of coffee professionals dedicated to producing exceptional coffee. We strive to source high quality specialty coffee that is traceable back to the farm and producers. We roast in small batch lots to bring out the best flavour characteristics of each coffee, paying respect to the producers and their efforts at origin. Each batch is evaluated by our team to meet the highest possible standard, delivering a consistent and delicious product to you. 

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 CrikeyWorm and CrikeyInsider, and our weekly round up in the Crikey Weekender every Saturday morning. Inq is Crikey’s new Inquiry Journalism Unit. Inq’s mission is investigative reporting that digs, questions, probes, analyses and scrutinises – relentlessly and without fear or favour.

Crucible Tattoo Co. is Narrm/Melbourne’s first queer owned and run tattoo studio. Our hope is to create a safe space where everyone can feel comfortable and welcome regardless of their gender, sexuality, race, disability or any other factor that might see them made to feel uncomfortable or unsafe in some conventional tattoo studios. This allows us to collaborate with clients to produce tattoos that we can both feel excited about.

The Flying Zucchinis is a brother and sister combo bringing Melbourne’s freshest produce to your doorstep. Whether you’re a single pringle or feeding the whole family, the Flying Zucchinis has a box for you, alongside a wide range of scrumptious extras. Think freshly baked sourdough bread, Meredith Dairy feta, and award winning coffee. See why we’ve been featured in Broadsheet and TimeOut Magazine, and order The Flying Zucchinis today!

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, non-fiction, poetry and children’s literature. Our 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.

Funky Duck Vinyl is a Melbourne based Vinyl Record store selling a wide range of new and used Vinyl. We have scoured the world for the best quality used Vinyl and have a number of first pressings from both UK and US artists with records dating back to the 1950s. Not only do we have brand new copies of all your favourite LPs but we’re pairing some of the classics with some of the best Beers, Wines & Premixes from around the world so now you can get everything you need or the perfect night in. We offer cheap and fast delivery Australia wide, including next day delivery to inner Melbourne as well as the ability to get it right now on Uber Eats! 

The Giramondo Publishing Company is an independent, Australian, university-based literary publisher of award-winning poetry, fiction and non-fiction, renowned for the quality of its writing, editing and book design.

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.

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

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. KYD also publishes a yearly print anthology of short fiction titled New Australian Fiction.

Laneway Learning hosts informal, accessible evening classes in a diverse range of topics. They are a not-for-profit community-based organisation with classes probably unlike any others you have been to. They are affordable, informal and are taught by ordinary people from the local community; florists teach about flowers, scientists about science and bookworms about books. Attending them is less about becoming an expert overnight and more about getting some top tips to take home and practice later. Attend a Laneway Learning class and you might go away with enough knitting know-how to make your first scarf, an art historian’s eye for a painting, or a killer recipe for chutney.

 The Little Veggie Patch Co is a business dedicated to helping people grow food and we believe it is something that everyone can do, regardless of your skill-set or space at your disposal. So no matter whether you live in an inner city apartment or a block of land in the sprawling suburbs, LVPC will have you growing your own produce in no time.

Magabala Books is Australia’s leading Indigenous publishing house. Aboriginal owned and led, they celebrate and nurture the talent and diversity of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander voices through the publication of quality literature. Based in Broome, Western Australia, they publish Indigenous authors, storytellers, artists and illustrators from all over Australia.

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 the Turrbal 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.

Publishing books with spine since 1922, Melbourne University Publishing (MUP) is Australia’s first and top university press. MUP is the home of agenda-setting political, history and current affairs titles; landmark illustrated art and lifestyle books and the best in Australian academic research and writing. MUP is dedicated to sharing top Australian nonfiction writing with a worldwide audience publishing books and monographs, ebooks and audiobooks.

Run by Simon Lewis and Mitzi McRae, Melbourne Djembe is a creative company specialising in West African drumming and dance. We provide instruments, performances workshops, and a range of weekly classes.

EVERYTHING YOU EVER WANTED… IN A SALON. Miss Gertrude is subtle, intimate and considered. Miss Gertrude only uses products that are pure, highly effective and, where possible, Australian-made. Miss Gertrude brings together a team of stylists and technicians who are impeccably trained to an international standard. They are all extremely experienced, continually honing their skills and knowledge of new trends and products. Miss Gertrude appreciates her community and the creativity that surrounds her. Miss Gertrude is located right in the heart of Gertrude Street’s creative bustle, with a side entrance ensuring a discreet experience, making the salon one of Melbourne’s best hidden secrets. Miss Gertrude is edgy and elegant, directional and discerning. And with equal commitment to contemporary fashion and sustainability, Miss Gertrude is a very modern hair salon.

The Monthly is one of Australia’s boldest voices, providing enlightening commentary and vigorous, at times controversial, debate on the issues that affect the nation.

Montsalvat, where the life of art is lived, and a fabled past meets a vibrant present. Montsalvat is Australia’s oldest continuously active artists’ community; a place where art in all its forms is made and taught, and art’s transformative power is celebrated in exhibitions, festivals, concerts, workshops and artists’ residencies. Montsalvat is a rare gift to the Australian community. Inspired and built by artists, it retains its capacity to surprise and to delight. Turn a corner of Montsalvat and you may see a peahen perched on a hand-carved gargoyle, terrifying its peacock mate with a splendid, unlikely display. At sunset, with the western light blazing across the buildings that Justus Jörgensen sited so artfully, you can see Melbourne’s distant skyscrapers cutting into the clouds and be grateful for Montsalvat’s pervasive calm and charm. Art is a difficult taskmaster, but this is a place where art and artists can thrive, and all of us can benefit.

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

Noisy Ritual is Melbourne’s 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.

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.

Writing NSW exists to promote writing-based culture and the rights and interests of writers in NSW. Their mission is to make a difference to writers. Writing NSW brings aspirational, emerging, developing and established writers together as a community through the provision of a suite of writing programs and services that support, develop and promote a writing culture.

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.

The Paperback Bookshop is an independent, general bookshop that was established in the early 1960s at the top of Bourke street. The original charter of the shop was to stock paperback editions of books that were not commonly available in Australia. We still stock such books, many of which have become classics but our interest is in good writing, wherever it’s to be found. We have a particular focus on Australian writing and source new as well as established authors. We stock an extensive selection of new release and backlist titles that cover a wide range of genres including; fiction, Australian non fiction, history, poetry, classics, music books, Philosophy, Politics and Current Affairs and Natural History. We are more than happy to source books that we don’t keep in stock.



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.

Penguin Random House, the world’s largest trade book publisher, is dedicated to its mission of nourishing a universal passion for reading by connecting authors and their writing with readers everywhere. Penguin Random House comprises adult and children’s fiction and nonfiction print and digital trade book publishing businesses in more than 20 countries worldwide, including the U.S., U.K., Canada, Australia, New Zealand, China, India, South Africa, Spain, Mexico, Argentina, Colombia, Chile, Peru, Portugal, and Uruguay. With over 15,000 new titles, and close to 800 million print, audio and eBooks sold annually, Penguin Random House’s publishing lists include more than 60 Nobel Prize laureates and hundreds of the world’s most widely read authors.

Print Safari is a printmaking studio based at Abbotsford Convent. Here Holly and Ash design and print all of their fabrics and also teach a variety of print based workshops. Focusing on producing small runs of hand printed, loose fitting garments and lino kits for people to learn the art of printmaking from the comfort of their own home.

 The Queensland Writers Centre is a community that champions writers across Queensland. We help writers at all stages of their writing journey develop skills to improve their craft, engage their readers and build a sustainable career.  QWC is a not-for-profit membership organisation that supports, celebrates and showcases Queensland writers and writing in all its forms. We work with our members and partners to promote a vibrant and diverse writing community across Queensland. Our members are published authors, emerging writers, children’s authors and illustrators, screenwriters, journalists, editors, agents, publishers, poets, storytellers, playwrights, cultural producers, freelance writers, teachers, academics and critics. We strive to support every member and provide them with the opportunities to write, publish and create.

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.

Scrivener is the go-to app for writers of all kinds, used every day by best-selling novelists and emerging writers alike. Containing all the tools you need to craft your first draft, Scrivener won’t tell you how to write — it simply provides everything you need to start writing and keep writing, from nascent notion to final full stop, uniting everything you need to write, research and arrange long documents in a single, powerful app.

Seizure started as a literary journal in 2010 and now publishes books. Their annual novella competition is the only of its kind in Australia and they pride ourselves on incubating new talent.

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.

Subbed In is an independent literarararary organisation and (very) small publisher. Subbed In programs readings and publishes award-winning books. We jam econo.

TasWriters provides support for writers and storytellers at all stages of their careers and works to build a stable, economically viable suite of services to help ensure Tasmanian Writers can develop professionally and perform competetivly in a regional, national and global market. Mission Statement: To encourage, support and promote Tasmanian writers and stories.
Our Vision: A cultural landscape that evokes, supports and celebrates Tasmanian stories. Where storytellers are encouraged and acknowledged as powerful drivers of community.

The Good Copy is a writing school and a shop for word people. Working in Melbourne and Sydney, their proudly nerdy team runs classes and workshops exploring grammar basics and writing tactics in a clear, practical and fun way. For the Overland Subscriberthon, The Good Copy is offering a Stop. Grammar Time. enrolment valued at $350.

The Pottery Shed offers casual pottery classes at affordable rates with convenient class schedules. Set in a beautiful rustic studio located in Surry Hills, we are open to the public seven days a week. We have the perfect venue for those who wish to learn how to create something unique yet functional.

Transit Lounge is an independent Melbourne-based press dedicated to the publication of exciting new fiction and non-fiction. Transit Lounge have a particular interest in creative literary publishing that entertains and promotes insights into diverse cultures and encompasses all genres.

UQP is one of Australia’s leading publishing houses. Established in 1948 as a wholly owned subsidiary of The University of Queensland, UQP has consistently produced culturally significant works across genres such as fiction, non-fiction and poetry, as well as children’s and young adult books.

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.


“VUP is NZ’s leading publisher of fiction, poetry and scholarly non-fiction.

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.

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.

Winnow Chocolates has been creating beautiful chocolates since 2013. Originally based in Sydney, we are now located in the beautiful Blue Mountains in NSW. We are a small family-run business and all our chocolates are handmade with organic Belgian couverture chocolate providing the perfect base for locally-sourced fruits, nuts and spices. Our chocolates are stocked in a range of stores throughout Australia and we also deliver to direct to customers across the country. Our chocolates are also popular for weddings, events and corporate gifts.

Writers SA is a purpose-driven arts organisation that supports and champions South Australian writers. It has a reputation for ambition and excellence, reflected in its work in community engagement and audience development, and their commitment to high calibre programming. Writers SA is unique in the diversity of its members and artists, who come from all ages, backgrounds, locations and cultures. Many face barriers and disabilities to full participation in society. Writers SA are committed to supporting all its writers.

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.