on 06 February, 2014

PIP 2014 – The Shortlist

Varuna is thrilled to announce the shortlist for the Publisher Introduction Program (PIP 2014) of thirty-six original new manuscripts created by emerging Australian writers and poets.

We have now sent our Publishing Partners five manuscripts from the shortlist (six to Picaro) and asked them to select two manuscripts each to receive a PIP 2014 Fellowship.

We thank each of our Publishing parners for taking the time to consider the work of these writers.

We also thank Varuna Consultants Helen Barnes- Bulley, Carol Major, Stephen Measday and Deb Westbury who assessed the 280 unpublished manuscripts that writers submitted to Varuna as part of PIP 2014.

In making their selection for the shortlist the Consultants continued to look for fresh voices, strong ideas, good writing, a clear sense of who the reader for the work was and an original approach to what might be familiar material. Consultants continued to assess the work blind with each of the shortlisted works reviewed by the four consultants.

Of the shortlisted works some manuscripts are very well realised and polished whilst others still require some work. The consultants recognized in each of the manuscripts however an essential integrity and agreed that each of these works showed the potential to be developed for publication.

We will be posting further feedback from the Consultants on their selection next week.

The shortlisted manuscripts and the publishers who will be looking at them are:

ALLEN & UNWIN

GRAFT by Mary-Ellen Mullane

A sting on a Z Brothel's illegal gambling den goes badly wrong. A prostitute informant turns up dead. The Treasurer of Lewisham Bowling Club commits suicide, or did he? The Brotherhood motorcycle gang moves in on the biggest game in town; the new Casino licence. Throwing everything they have at the bid, the collateral damage goes unnoticed until Beck Howell gets involved.

LIKE GODS by Katharine Kemp

Like Gods is a general fiction novel about weakness and love in post-apartheid South Africa.

MOTHER NATION by Inku Kang

Mother Nation is about family obligation, scandals, intrigues, jealousy and the rough-mouthed people of country North Korea who would still sing their love for their Dear Leader even when they are starving to death.

SECRETS, LIES AND BIRD WATCHING (YA) by Amelia Hearn

There are just two things seventeen-year-old school captain Samantha Shaw needs to do to make it through year twelve:

1. Lie to everyone about the real reason she broke up with her golden-boy co-captain.

2. Become a better liar.

THE CARAVAN by Rose Monday

A story about what happens when a perennially unfaithful middle-class woman finds herself homeless. A view of the mean streets of Mebourne from a ten-foot caravan.

PAN MACMILLAN

KX by Daniel Shaw

KX is the story of one women's attempts to carve a life for herself out of one of Australia's toughest neighbourhods. Sydney's golden mile: Kings Cross.

NO PLACE LIKE HOME (short story collection) by Felicity Volk

A collection of short stories that explores the struggle to find, maintain or recover a sense of connection to person, place and self.

SNAKES AND LADDERS: A Memoir by Angela Williams

Snakes and Ladders: a memoir is a story of almost making it from the gutter to the stars and then losing it over one small missed step. This powerfully redemptive story of criminality, addiction, and Australia's history of socially legitimised child abuse, shows that no matter how deep one may fall, there is always a way to climb back out.

STRANGER THINGS by Lucy O'Connell

Stranger Things is a story about women with superpowers living in a cult in shared subordination to the same man.

THE DEEP SHALLOW by Sean Patrick Amor Macgillicuddy

The Deep Shallow is a crime / mystery set in rural New South Wales, present day. Set against a backdrop of murder, gardening, Islamic fundamentalism and the jigsaws of sense and nonsense, The Deep Shallow uses the structural conceits of a crime novel to explore what it is to live against the grain of convention and the cost that stand exacts.

RANDOM HOUSE

AFTER LEVINA by Catherine Padmore

After Levina explores the conflict between Elizabethan miniature painter Nicholas Hilliard and his teacher Levina Teerlinc. The novel is about love and creativity and about what must be destroyed so that something new can arise.

IN BLOOM by Rebecca Howden

In Bloom is a novella about youth, love and female identity in contemporary Melbourne, made up of closely interlinking short stories.

IN TWO MINDS by Alison Quigley

A story of madness, sadness, love and laughter set in Brisbane during the political turmoil of the 1970s.

SWALLOWED IN SHANGHAI by Thomas Ross

Swallowed in Shanghai is a first-person stream-of-consciousness travelogue set in 2011 China. The piece invites you to hitch a ride in the distorted, sarcastic and hilarious crevasses of Keddy Flett's brain as he butts heads and hearts with his long-term girlfriend, her traditionalist parents and his own festering demons. The non-linear piece begins with Keddy on the cusp of the story's climax, and progresses to suck the reader right back to square one.

THOMAS PENNINGTON'S FETICH by Paul Dawson

1890s London. Decadence. The book industry under threat. Thomas Pennington, publisher's assistant, discovers in a trip to a brothel that he has a fetish, and thus, according to the science of the day, is degenerate. The clash between his underworld sexual indulgence and a budding romance with a female typist, along with his failed literary ambitions, fuels his decline into despair.

SCRIBE PUBLISHERS

BRINGING BILLY by Dion Teasdale

After the sudden death of her father Melbourne schoolteacher Jennifer King is sent to Bali to track down her estranged drug‑dealing brother, Billy, and bring him back to country Victoria in time for the funeral.

EXQUISITE CORPSE by Sinead Roarty

An enigmatic musician takes his own life and changes the lives of all those he leaves behind. Exquisite Corpse is a collection of inter-connected stories about suicide, social media and the slippery ethics of the modern world.

*qua/>ranti+ne./ by Lucy Alexander

A hacker, a pair of lovers, an outsider, a girl, a virus, a storm and a lost manuscript are mixed together, here where fiction and virtual life collide.

SASSY JAM (YA) by Taryn Hall Smith
Where would you go if you were forced to run away from home at the age of sixteen? She chooses to cross The Pacific on her family sailboat, but how will she survive and who will she trust?

THE INHERITORS by Daryl Lim

Runaway country boy Francis "Franny" Lin gradually comes to realise that his new beginning with stranger James Whitepalace in the seedy haunts of St Kilda, Melbourne may have more to do with his past than his future.

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FEVER OF ANIMALS by MILES ALLINSON

Fever of Animals is the account of a journey to Europe undertaken by an Australian man on the trail of the Romanian surrealist painter Emil Bafdescu who disappeared in the Hoia Baciu Forest, in 1967.

IF THIS IS THE WORLD by Michael Richardson

If this is the World is a literary novel about two men caught in the violent currents of the war on terror and the terrible price each pays for torture.

IN THE TIME OF FEVER by Bill Collopy

While a colony is overrun by gold-diggers, a killer preys on those of mixed-race. The investigating officer unmasks conspiracy at the highest levels of civil and military command.

THE PREDICTION (YA) by Sally Hall

When Abbie receives a warning from a psychic that she's in danger she instantly dismisses him as a fraud ... that is until his predictions start coming true ...

THE PRETENDER by Clinton Caward

A nameless narrator with a medical condition that causes shaking episodes travels to an unknown island in search of a fifth century monastery to find a man who's wronged him.

UQP

CARA AND CHO by Madeline Oliver

Cara and Cho is a Young Adult fiction that tells the story of two teenagers in love forced apart by trouble in their families.

EASTERLIES by Patricia Gill

Easterlies is a story about Sarah Campbell, her stockman husband, Simon and their son Dylan. It is set in rural Western Australia in the 1970s.

ENIGMA VARIATIONS: A MEMOIR by Barbara McKenzie

A memoir about a family history project that became a quest to resolve unanswered questions about the author's deceased mother.

THE CALL OF SALT by Catherine Noske

When a girl is raped and falls pregnant, her community takes her to be the Virgin Mary reborn. A novel about living with your past, and the desperate realities of growing up in an isolated rural community.

THIS PERSON IS NOT THAT PERSON a collection of short stories by Susan McCreery

Who are we when we are with someone else?

PICARO PRESS

AN INDRAWN BREATH by Gillian Telford

The poems in 'An Indrawn Breath' celebrate the unremarkable and the unexpected, as well as probing the often tenuous connections between inner and outer landscapes.

IN THE SHADOW OF A PALM TREE by Renee Schipp

Poems from Christmas Island and the Cocos (Keeling) Islands.

OPENINGS by Frances Olive

A poetic exploration of the human within nature.

THREE WAYS by Kristen Lang
Inside the human skin – the view looking out, in three collections of poetry: "RockAirWaterSun", "SkinNotes", "The View in Passing". Three themes, three different tones, three melodies.

WE ARE MANY AND WE ARE ONE by Lyn Hatherly

The poems in this collection attempt to break down the divisions between the living objects in our world, to remind us that we are all joined and all dependent.

WITH HER LAST TOOTH by Gita Mammen

A poetic tapestry that weaves a passionate internal world into the political external.