Welcome to the Small Press Network, the peak Australian organisation for small and independent publishers.


31 January

Freerange Vol.5 Launch: Dangerous & Wrong

Dangerous & Wrong is a phrase lifted from the angry rants of passionate moralists, concerned parents, confused bureaucrats, environmentalists, anti-drugs campaigners, presidents and other generally authoritative and, in some instances, well intentioned souls.

Freerange Vol.5 was launched in Vietnam last month, to spectacular fanfare and much confusion. Check it out here

Buy your issue here for $10!

31 January

submit to CORDITE

Less than a month left to get your submission into Gig Ryan’s NO THEME II issue. Please consider submitting.

Cordite 41: TRANSPACIFIC is on track to go down / go off as planned on 1 February.


24 January

Small Press Network: Top Ten writers’ resources in Melbourne

When it comes to loving literature, Melbourne is spoiled for choice. Under UNESCO’s Creative Cities Network, Melbourne joined Edinburgh as one of the world’s only designated City of Literature.'

The Small Press Network takes it’s place among a thriving and dynamic community offering support to believers in the word, no matter what denomination they belong to. From festivals and book clubs to writers studios and independent magazines, we’ve got word worms covered.

check out the timeout article here: www.timeout.com

17 January

Seeking poetry about Oxford St.

Thirty-five years ago, the first Sydney Mardi Gras sauntered proudly down Oxford Street. To celebrate, we’re searching for poems remembering the faces, places and moments that make up the heart of Mardi Gras.

Whether you’re a seasoned poet, an emerging writer – or if it’s the first time you’ve put pen to paper – we’d like you to submit a poem about a specific place, a person or an event that occurred somewhere on Sydney’s iconic Oxford Street.

Your poem will be published on The Disappearing, The Red Room Company’s innovative new app that maps the entire country with poetry, matched to the very place that inspired it.

Throughout Mardi Gras, revelers and readers can access The Disappearing on their smartphone or tablet and explore the secret history of Oxford Street.

To be a part of The Disappearing, send us:

  • a Word document with your poem
  • a 50-100 word description of the place that inspired it
  • a GPS location, address or the name of that place
  • a short bio and your contact details

Email your submissions to disappearing@redroomcompany.org by Wednesday, February 6, 2013

13 December

Congratulations Illura Press! International Award

The Lentil as Anything: Food, Culture, Community Book has won the Australia Pacific region for ‘Best Fundraising, Charity, and Community Book’ as chosen by The Gourmand World Cookbook Awards. It will now go on to compete for ‘Best in the World’ in that category. Winners to be announced in Paris at the Louvre in February next year.

What a wonderful achievement by everyone who has been involved in some way over the years, and a great way to continue to promote the work and philosophy of Lentil as Anything both here and overseas!

For more information on any of the Illura titles check out the website

13 December

Call for application for the Singapore Creative Writing Residency 2013!

Co-organised by the National University of Singapore University Scholars Programme (NUS USP) and The Arts House, the Singapore Creative Writing Residency aims to provide time and space for the writer to complete, or make substantial progress with a written work in English and mentorship for students.

More information (including the application form and FAQ) can be found here

13 December

Fontaine Press announcement!

‘Horrible Man’ by Leonie Wallace, published by Fontaine Press earlier this year, has just been selected as one of only a handful of titles Australia-wide as a ‘Summer Read 2013’ by the State Library of Victoria. The Age will also be running a 1,200 word extract in their ‘Summer Read List’ over the Christmas break.

For more information visit the [website] (http://www.fontainepress.com/horribleman/)

06 December

Seeking General Manager

In a rare opportunity, Australia’s peak organisation for small and independent publishers, The Small Press Network, is seeking a General Manager.

The ideal candidate will be passionate about independent publishing and its future directions, and have direct experience working in the industry, or with independent associations in a closely related industry. You will enjoy working to promote and support a large and diverse group of publishers, building strong relationships with other members of the industry, and developing the organisation’s services, which include the Independent Publishing Conference.

The successful candidate will have superior leadership skills, the ability to shape the strategic direction of a member-based association, and the capacity to work in an independent and self-directed fashion.

This position is an exciting opportunity to become involved in an increasingly significant publishing organization, one that is devoted to new practices in publishing and the independent sector.

Essential Skills and Experience:

  • Strategic thinking and planning
  • Strong organisational and communication skills
  • Business management
  • Client management
  • Working knowledge of the Australian and international publishing climate
  • Desirable Experience:

  • Team leadership
  • Event management
  • Basic financial management
  • Digital publishing developments
  • Bookselling
  • Business development
  • Grant writing
  • Experience in Arts Management or Industry Associations
  • The position is part time, 2 days per week, and operates from the organisation’s offices at the Wheeler Centre in Melbourne.

    For a full position description, and to apply, email: info@spunc.com.au

    Applications close January 6th 2013.

    21 November

    Project Freerange - OUT NOW!


    First print sold out in 9 days! Back-orders available.

    Get your hands on the latest and greatest from Freerange Press, a book collecting 149 temporary and transitional projects that have occurred in Christchurch since September 2010, including: acts of protest, improvised community constructions, artworks both legal and improvised, bars, cafes, temporary stadiums and shopping centres, and much much more. It’s the first book to compile these important projects, and is an historically important document. It is also something of a how-to manual that will contribute to the intelligent and creative rediscovery of Christchurch City.

    Back-order your copy of the second print-run here!


    14 November

    Whisky Charlie Foxtrot – Melbourne book launch


    Join author Annabel Smith at the launch of her book Whisky Charlie Foxtrot, a family drama with depth, humour and a big heart. Launched by Lisa Hill, this is an evening not to be missed by literature lovers.

    Thursday 15 November 2012, 6.30pm Readings St Kilda, 112 Acland Street, St Kilda VIC 3182 RSVP: write.to.annabelsmith@gmail.com