Past Announcements

‘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!


Grattan Street Press is excited to announce the launch of our latest book, This is Us Now, by Jacinta Dietrich. Join us on Zoom on Thursday 17 June at 6pm, to help celebrate this wonderful literary debut.

This is Us Now is the story of a young couple coming to terms with a devastating cancer diagnosis. The novel will be launched by Associate Professor Beth Driscoll, well-known publishing and literary scholar and author. Jacinta will read an extract.

Tickets are free, but registration is essential, so jump on to Eventbrite and grab a ticket. Special deal: While you’re there you can also preorder your copy with free postage.


Stand a chance to win a copy of our latest release, Mer by Samantha Amy Mansell & a GSP tote!

Get in quick, the competition closes at 11:59pm on Friday 14th May.

Find the terms and conditions here.


Grattan Street Press is back and in full swing! On Saturday 24th April, we held our first in-person event since the beginning of the pandemic and we couldn’t be happier to have collaborated with Hares and Hyenas to do so. Hares and Hyenas is Melbourne’s queer and intersectional bookshop, community hub, cafe and bar. Founded in 1991, it is one of the world’s leading gender and sexuality bookshops and a great space for our Pitch Our Tent event. 
Pitch Our Tent is a popular event that GSP has proudly offered since its inception. It’s an opportunity for emerging writers to pitch their best ideas to the press and develop relationships within the publishing industry. It’s also a great opportunity for us to uncover some of Australia’s best new talent and inspiring voices. Who knows? Maybe your pitch will become our next book. 
On the day, our commissioning editors were in store to hear your ideas and talk to you about turning your pitch into a publication. There were also copies of Mer, our latest release, available to purchase in store.
*COVID safe guidelines were in place and monitored throughout the day.

2020: GSP unmasked… almost!

Grattan Street Press is back for 2021, with recent releases to promote and new books to publish! After 10 months of remote working (thank you, COVID-19 not!), we’re raring to go on a highly sterilised and socially distanced campus, with masks gradually coming off.

image of Mer by Samantha Mansell, with face mask
Mer, by Samantha Mansell, our latest release

Right now, we’re looking for posts for our two blogs, the GSP publishing blog and MZ, our blog for Millennial and Gen Z writers. Find out more about submitting a pitch here.

2020: Annual Independent Publishing Conference

The annual Independent Publishing Conference kicks off tomorrow (November 26). We’re looking forward to catching up with other small presses in the network — if only online. Meantime, check out this read about Corella Press, a teaching press based at University of Queensland, regular attender at this conference, and guest blogger for GSP.

2020: NEW RELEASE: Mer by Samantha Amy Mansell

Join us at the online launch on Tuesday November 17 at 6pm. Award-winning author Penni Russon (Undine, The Endsister, Only Ever Always) is guest launcher. Sam will read from her stories. You can also pre-order your copy of Mer with free postage, on our Eventbrite registration page.

2020: Mer, the latest book by Grattan Street Press

We are excited to announce the next instalment of our Grattan Street Shorts series, Mer. Written by Melbourne University alum, Samantha Mansell. The book made its debut appearance on our blog as a single story simply titled The Deep. Stay tuned for further announcements on the availability of Mer.

The current grows stronger, the ocean hungry for revenge…

Set in an ominous underwater world marred by human destruction, the stories in Mer unsettle traditional mermaid mythology – beyond gender, beyond beauty, beyond romance. 

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.

In her debut collection, Samantha Mansell weaves a series of evocative tales about vengeance, loss and the right to survive. Mer asks not what, but who, lurks in the deep.

2020: GSP as a Higher Education Award Finalist

Grattan Street Press is proud to announce we are finalists in the Learning Experience category of the Australian Financial Review‘s annual Higher Education awards.

Our entry is entitled ‘Learning book publishing in the hands-on way at the University of Melbourne’. Four university programs have been shortlisted in the category. The winner will be announced in Sydney on 18 November, at a public ceremony (remember those?)

Grattan Street Press is one of only a handful of teaching presses in existence, delivering hands-on learning experience of every aspect of the book publishing process to postgraduate students within timeframes and workflow routines mirroring industry conditions.

This will be the sixth annual AFR Higher Education Awards, which recognise the contributions of remarkable Australian institutions over the previous year.  

Fitzroy Writers Festival 2019