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‘Choose Your Story’ GIVEAWAY

Want to win your own copy of Intermissions? Head to our Instagram @grattanstpress to join our Giveaway!

On Instagram, just follow these steps:
1. Swipe and follow the arrows to find the perfect story for you.
2. Comment which story you land on and tag a friend to go in the running to win.

The winner will be announced at the Intermissions Webinar Launch (see below) on Saturday 6th November 11am AEDT.

Though the competition is open to Australian residents only, we encourage our friends across the pond to play on and learn more about the unique stories in our anthology! See the full Terms and Conditions here.

GSP is thrilled to announce its collection of short stories Intermissions, available to purchase Monday November 1st through the GSP website.

With writing from both Australian and international writers, these stories explore the human experience in all its shifting intensity – from intimacy, loss and love, to war, conflict and healing.

Join us for an official launch on Saturday November 6th on Zoom! Stay tuned on our social media for further details about the event.

Pitch Our Tent

Have you ever dreamt of having your work published? Grattan Street Press invites you to attend ‘Pitch our Tent’, an online event where writers can pitch their work to the GSP Editorial team!

The event will be held online on Friday, 17 September 2021 at 7:30 p.m. AEST.

You will have 5 minutes to present your pitch to our commissioning editors in a private breakout room, while in the main room there will be a chance to network, participate in a fun quiz, word bingo and speak with GSP author Seth Robinson (Welcome to Bellevue).

We welcome experimental, emerging and diverse writers!

Head to our Eventbrite page for full details.

You can check out our current prompt lists here to see the kind of manuscripts we’re seeking.

We look forward to seeing you there!


The lockdown blues are certainly creeping up on us, but we want to make it a little sweeter for you all with an Instagram giveaway competition! What better way to pass the time than to sink into @JacintaDietrich‘s novella, This is Us Now? Have we mentioned the block of choccy that’ll accompany the book?

The rules for this giveaway competition are simple and applicable to all who adore reading: We want to know which spot you go to when you’ve got a book you can’t put down!

Post a photo to your Instagram stories or main feed making sure to mention @GrattanStPress and use the hashtags #ThisisUsNowBook and #UncoveringAustralianVoices.

Check out the insta post here!

Entries close on 25 August and our 3 winners will be announced at our live Q&A with Jacinta Dietrich and Lee Kofman, see below for more info!

Click here for full Terms & Conditions. Best of luck to our entrants, we can’t wait to see what you share.

Instagram Live Event with Jacinta Dietrich and Lee Kofman

We’re excited to announce the details for our upcoming Instagram Live event – an evening of conversation with two brilliant authors, @JacintaDietrich and @LeeKofman.

Join our Instagram Live event on Friday 27 August at 8pm AEST and wind down from the work week with an invigorating chat led by Lee. The Live event will be an opportunity for our authors to explore This is Us Now and the novella’s foundation in Jacinta’s experience of new love, illness and the challenges it presents.

Winners of our This is Us Now giveaway will also be announced on the night. So, mark your calendars and get excited. We look forward to seeing you all on the livestream!


Watch our introductory video below to learn a little bit about the current team at Grattan Street Press!


Hello readers! I (Lily, she/her) am this season’s website editor and co-editor of our Publishing and MZ blogs. I am a Publishing Communications student at the University of Melbourne and I love crocheting and Greta Gerwig. I am also a member of Lehenda Ukrainian Dance Company!

Katherine (she/her) is this semester’s Publishing blog editor. She works as a freelance editor and is currently in the final semester of her Masters of Publishing and Communications as well. She’s passionate about historical fiction, overpriced coffee and her cat, who doubles as a personal assistant.

Claryss (she/her) is our MZ blog editor who has recently completed an editorial internship with Urban List Melbourne and she is also currently focused on completing her Masters of Publishing and Communications (fingers crossed). She is a little bit obsessed with tattoos, thrifting and uncovering hidden gems around the city, be it food, bars or anything interesting.

Between the three of us, we hope to bring you relevant and interesting blog posts this semester as we endeavour to keep uncovering unique perspectives!

Lily, Katherine and Claryss

About the blogs

The GSP Publishing Blog is the home of all things related to the publishing industry. The blog covers a wide range of issues and opinions in the publishing sphere and whether you’re an industry professional, writer or student, we’d love to hear about your thoughts and experiences.

MZ is the home for writing by and for Millennials and Gen Z. It is a space for us to discuss, explore and celebrate our experiences, the diversity and the uniqueness of what makes us stand out from everybody else.

Our blogs are here to help uncover and showcase new voices. We’re here to listen and give you a voice so that you’re able to speak up about the problems we know the world is facing right now. If you’re eager to talk about social activism, cultural differences, or just simply about a niche topic you’ve become weirdly obsessed about, please reach out to us!

Not sure what to write? You can click here to see our prompt lists and here once you are ready to submit your work!

Continuing issues in publishing

Undeniably, COVID-19 took a huge toll on creative industries and the ability to publicise and share art. With the inability to host any in-person events or meetings, collaborative work suffered (not to mention our mental health while we were all stuck at home). But as they say, art (and that includes writing!) is healing, so we anticipate a boom in publishing news this coming year.

Luckily, the internet was blissfully safe from the pandemic. As GSP itself begins its transition back to face-to-face work, we hope that the rest of our readers will also be a little bit less screen fatigued and a little bit more prepared for our upcoming blog posts!

Mer – book 2 in the Grattan Street Shorts series: OUT NOW!

Grattan Street Press is pleased to announce the release of Mer, the newest Grattan Street Short. This innovative collection of short stories by Samantha Amy Mansell unsettles traditional mermaid mythology – beyond gender, beyond beauty, beyond romance.

Mer is set in an ominous underwater world marred by environmental destruction. The merfolk have ruled their watery domain for untold years, but humans threaten it with deadly danger. Stranded and alone, Odel haunts an abandoned lake. Ondine drags her prey to a graveyard of their own making. Unzel pursues a threatening boat. Nothing left to lose, the merfolk will do whatever it takes to defend their home – no matter who gets in their way.

Seth Robinson’s action adventure novel Welcome to Bellevue now available in print

Grattan Street Press is proud to announce that the gripping fantasy novel Welcome to Bellevue, previously available only as an eBook, has been released in paperback.

Written by first-time author Seth Robinson, the novel tells the story of Harry as he wakes on a ferry with no memory of how he arrived there. The boat is bound for Bellevue, a place he has never heard of. When he goes ashore with plans to catch the next boat out, his attempts to leave are thwarted.

This compelling fantasy action and adventure novel is a perfect escapist read and is suitable for both YA and adult readers. Listen to the first chapter here.

Discover: Melbourne and Mars

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to live on Mars? 

Grattan Street Press’s new sci-fi release Melbourne and Mars: My Mysterious Life on Two Planets tells the story of an unassuming colonial merchant who finds himself living a parallel life on Mars. The Red Planet has a lot in common with colonial Melbourne, it turns out. Except that ‘Martials’ are smaller and more beautiful than ‘Earthborns’, and they thrive in an altruistic socialist utopia of abundance and technological marvels. 

Originally published in 1889, Melbourne and Mars is Book 5 in GSP’s Colonial Australian Popular Fiction series. The creation of a Melbourne phrenologist and amateur philosopher, Joseph Fraser, it is a fascinating early example of Australian science fiction that is a novel of ideas as well as action. It imagines a world without money, social disadvantage or crime, where free education, electricity and everyday comforts are provided to all. 

Here is a philosophical and spiritual adventure which poses many fascinating parallels to questions faced by society today – including the meaning of gender equality, humanity’s relationship with nature, and the role of scientific achievement.

Melbourne and Mars, released on June 17, 2020, is available from the GSP online shop and independent bookstores. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram for updates about author events.

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