Category Archives: Awards


SMH Best Young Australian Novelists Awards

The results are in! A huge congrats and big round of applause for the four talented winners of this year’s Sydney Morning Herald (SMH) Best Young Australian Novelists Awards.
Hannah Kent – Burial Rites 


Luke Carman – An Elegant Young Man


Fiona McFarlane – The Night Guest


Ballikaur Jaswal – Inheritance

The awards, which have been running since 1996, are designed to showcase Australia’s best young writers, praising their originality, creativity and ability to craft a story. These awards are open to any writer who is aged 35 years or younger when their book is first published. Previous winners include Matthew Reilly, Christos Tsiolkas, Nam Le and Sonya Hartnett.

This year’s awards were judged by SMH features editor Linda Morris, critic Peter Pierce and former Best Young Australian Novelist Jennifer Mills.











CBCA Book of the Year Awards Shortlist 2014

A huge shout out to the talented authors and illustrators shortlisted for the 2014 Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) Book of the Year Awards. Announced on Monday, these awards recognise and honour the exceptional talent showcased by Australians creating literature for littlies CBCA-Logo_290 and young adults.

It is the brilliance of these people and their peers that has allowed readers to experience the magic and wonder of books from a very young age.

Since first setting up shop in 1945, the CBCA, a volunteer run, not-for-profit organisation, has tirelessly worked to promote children’s and young adult literature throughout Australia.

The winners of this year’s awards will be announced in Canberra on Friday, August 15 2014.

The shortlisted titles are:

 Book of the Year – Older Readers:

Book of the Year – Younger Readers:

Book of the Year – Early Childhood:

Book of the Year – Picture Book of the Year: 

Eve Pownall Award for Information Books:


AFFIRM Press and Melbourne Uni Writing Prize

If you’re a budding author with a novel in any genre (except poetry and playwriting), and you’re a recent graduate or postgrad student in Creative Writing at the University of Melbourne, then you can enter a new writing competition to get your unpublished manuscript in front of Affirm Press! The amazing prize includes 20 hours of manuscript development, editorial meetings and 4-6 weeks of desk space in which to work on your novel. The prize aims to help students develop their manuscript to a professional standard and gain some valuable insights into the market.

Affirm Press are a Melbourne based publishing house who have teamed up with the University of Melbourne to design a competition “to encourage students with a focus in creative writing to prepare a manuscript to a professional standard and gives them access to professional development with a publisher/editor and offers the potential for publication.” The competition closes on 31 Mar 2014, so get scribbling!

So if you’re a creative writing postgrad looking to get some invaluable help on your manuscript, check out the competition details and good luck! You can see the application and terms and conditions of the competition here.


Carnegie, Greenaway 2014 nominations announced

The CILIP Carnegie and Greenaway medals are two of the UK’s most prestigious awards for distinguished writing and illustration in children’s books. The nominations for both awards have been released on their website, and over the next few months these awesome children’s books will be judged, long listed, short listed and finally, the winning books will be selected in June 2014.

You can check out the nominees for the Carnegie and Greenaway medals on the official award website. The long list will be announced in February.

The Carnegie and Greenaway medals are often referred to as the ‘one you want to win’! The Carnegie Award was established in 1936, in honour of Andrew Carnegie, a renowned Scottish philanthropist who established more than 2800 libraries across the world in his lifetime. The Kate Greenaway medal was established in 1955 and honours outstanding illustrations in children’s literature. Both prizes include a donation of $500 worth of books to a library of the winning author’s choice.



Serious games winning team

130000-Intersective-WinnerWe are excited to announce the winning team of the Co-op Innovation Program’s serious games course. The 12-week intensive course brought together 25 Macquarie University students with professional Co-op mentors to strategically prepare a solution to a business problem in the form of a serious game. Lost? Read up on the program first here.

So who came out top dog? The big congrats goes out to Team Five, made up of students Stella Hiraman, Michael Bauer, Aaron Butnaru, Maria Makedonas and their Co-op mentor, Dion Beetson. The team’s idea was Virtual Stores and an i-Spy app to increase the Co-op’s brand awareness and consumer engagement.

Honourable mentions also go to Team Two for their idea Co-op Uni Wars that motivated online and offline consumer engagement, and  also to Team Three for their idea Co-op Tycoon.

Well done to all involved for coming up with some stellar concepts, and we look forward to more exciting outcomes in next year’s program.

If you would like to share any ideas or be part of an innovation group such as this in the future, please send your enquiry to


KOALAs 2013 Winners Announced

This year’s KOALA awards (Kids Own Australian Literature Awards) were announced on Wednesday 30th October at Newington College, Stanmore and was attended by 14 primary schools from around NSW. Many admirable children’s authors were present at the event, including Felice Arena, Duncan Ball, Morris Gleitzman, Chris Morphew, Belinda Murrell, Oliver Phommavanh, and Emily Rodda. Felice Arena was selected as the KOALA Legend 2013. Arena’s action packed and hilarious books, including the Andy Roid, Boyz Rule series, are incredibly popular with younger audiences.

This year’s winning and honour books were chosen by NSW students from the 2013 Reading & Enjoying Australian Literature (REAL) Awards shortlist.

Picture books

The Very Cranky Bear | Nick Bland (Winner) Ella Kazoo Will Not Brush Her Hair | Lee Fox & Cathy Wilcox (Honour) The Little Refugee | Anh Do & Suzanne Do, illus by Bruce Whatley (Honour)

Fiction for younger readers

The Golden Door | Emily Rodda (Winner)  Alice-Miranda Shows the Way | Jacqueline Harvey (Honour) Pizza Cake | Morris Gleitzman (Honour)

Fiction for older readers

The 26-Storey Treehouse | Andy Griffiths, illus by Terry Denton (Winner) The Forgotten Pearl | Belinda Murrell (Honour)  Thai-Riffic! | Oliver Phommavanh (Honour)

Fiction for years 7 to 9

 Contact: The Phoenix Files | Chris Morphew (Winner) The Book Thief | Marcus Zusak (Honour) After | Morris Gleitzman (Honour)



Eleanor Catton wins 2013 Man Booker Prize

The LuminariesKiwi author Eleanor Catton has won the prestigious 2013 Man Booker Prize for her novel, The Luminaries. 28-year-old Catton is the youngest ever winner of the literature industry’s most sought-after award, and was presented her prize in London earlier today by none other than Camilla, The Duchess of Cornwall.

The Luminaries is Catton’s second novel, a 19th century West Coast gold rush murder mystery. It is available for purchase here.

Catton walks away with a sweet £50,000 (AUD$84,000) prize, plus, of course, a world-wide audience and recognition as this year’s Man Booker prize winner.





Co-op Campus Ambassador Wins Chancellor’s Medal

We are proud to announce that our very own Co-op Campus Ambassador (CCA) from semester one, Iori Forsyth, has taken out the prestigious Chancellor’s Medal for The University of the Sunshine Coast. Recognising high academic achievement and notable contributions to the community and university life, the medal is the USC’s highest award for a graduating student.

Commencing the programme in February this year, Iori joined four other CCAs from around Australia to blog, Tweet, Facebook, create video content for the Co-op YouTube Channel and much more.  The CCA’s role is to help new students ease smoothly into university life by shedding some light on important topics, providing tips, tricks and insight on issues and essentially acting as the ‘eyes and ears’ on everything to do with university and campus life. You can follow the current CCA’s on the Co-op Blog.

Iori is graduating from SCU with a Bachelor of Business, and will receive her award today at the University’s graduation ceremony, along with fellow Chancellor’s Medal winner David Fleischman.

From everyone here at the Co-op – congratulations Iori!


Co-op Fitbit Challenge – Final Results

After two weeks of hardcore walking, our Fitbitters crossed the finish line to glory in our Co-op Fitbit Challenge. When the email with the results was sent out yesterday afternoon, a murmur swept across the office followed by a cry of victory and tears of defeat.*

There could only be one winner…

Coming in first place is Nikita with a whopping 198,811 steps – congratulations Nikita! Second and third places go to Ben and Dion respectively – well done guys! Although Ben actually covered the most ground in kilometres, his long strides were ultimately his demise – short and sharp really does win the race in this instance.

So what was the first prize? Ironically, lots and LOTS of chocolate…

See the leader board below for the rest of the champions’ places and remember to grab your Fitbit from the Co-op and join in the fun today!

Name Steps @ 13th Sept Distance @ 13th Sept Rank













































*Dramatisation. Tears may not have been shed.


2013 John Button Prize

David Marr, journalist and author, has won the 2013 John Button Prize for Quarterly Essay 47, Political Animal: The Making of Tony Abbott. The John Button Prize was made in honour of late industry minister, senator and writer, John Button. The prize and cash reward of $20,000 was announced Saturday 24 August at the Melbourne Writers Festival, and presented by former federal Labor leader, Mark Latham.

Marr’s novel was chosen from a shortlist of three, including Tony Kevin’s self-published book Reluctant Rescuers: An Exploration of the Australian Border Protection System’s Safety Record in Detecting and Intercepting Asylum Seeker Boards 1998-2011 and Tim Soutphommasane’s Don’t Go Back to Where You Came From: Why Multiculturalism Works.

Judges commended Marr’s essay as  “a powerful, nuanced and beautifully written account of the man who may be prime minister after September 7”

Marr’s essay has recently been updated and expanded into a short book, Political Animal.

Last year’s prize was awarded to Andrew Charlton, for Quarterly Essay 44, Man-Made World: Choosing Between Progress and Planet.