Text Publishing

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Text Publishing
Founder Diana Gribble and Eric Beecher
Country of originAustralia
Headquarters location Melbourne
Distribution Penguin Random House (Australia)
Consortium Book Sales & Distribution (North America)
Turnaround Publisher Services (Europe, Middle East) [1]
Key peopleMichael Heyward, Penny Heuston
Publication typesBooks, journals
Official website www.textpublishing.com.au

Text Publishing is an independent Australian publisher of fiction and non-fiction, based in Melbourne, Victoria.


Company background

Text Media was founded in Melbourne in 1990 by Diana Gribble and Eric Beecher, along with designer Chong Weng Ho and others, with a small book publishing division known as Text Publishing. [2] Michael Heyward joined in 1992, and the small publishing house became independent in 1994. [3]

When Text Media was taken over by Fairfax Media in 2004, [4] Michael Heyward and his wife Penny Hueston entered into a joint venture with Scottish publisher Canongate. [5] [6] [3]

Maureen and Tony Wheeler, founders of Lonely Planet, bought Canongate's share in Text in 2011, [7] making it a wholly Australian-owned company. [3]

In 2012, Text launched a series of Australian classics, [8] republishing out-of-print works. [9]


As of August 2022, Heyward was the publisher. [10]


Text awards

The Text Prize for Young Adult and Children’s Writing was inaugurated in 2008 and is awarded annually. As of 2021 it was valued at AU$10,000. [11]

In 2021 Text announced the Steph Bowe Mentorship for Young Writers. It is open to writers under 25 years of age and provides 20 hours of manuscript development assistance and writers' centre membership to the winner. [12]

Awards won by Text

Text has won the ABIA Small Publisher of the Year award three times, and in both 2018 and 2019 was awarded the Leading Edge Books Small Publisher of the Year award. [10]

Significant publications

Notable publications by Text include: [3]

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  2. "Twenty Years of Text". Text Publishing. 22 August 2022. Retrieved 22 August 2022.
  3. 1 2 3 4 Steger, Jason (14 August 2014). "Text Publishing celebrates 20-year milestone". The Age . Retrieved 22 August 2022.
  4. "A very passionate Text life", Age , 7 August 2004.
  5. "Text Publishing starts its next chapter with new owner, but still independent", Australasian Business Intelligence, COMTEX News Network, Inc, 27 June 2004, ISSN   1320-6680
  6. "Text Publishing Leaves Fairfax Stable", Australian Bookseller & Publisher, 84 (2): 4, August 2004, ISSN   0004-8763
  7. "Wheelers, dealers and Melburnians". The Age. 4 October 2011. Retrieved 16 March 2017.
  8. "Text Classics". Text Publishing. Retrieved 22 August 2022.
  9. "Classics going to waste", The Age , 22 January 2012.
  10. 1 2 "About Text". Text Publishing. 22 August 2022. Retrieved 22 August 2022.
  11. "Text Prize 2021 shortlist announced". Books+Publishing. 12 July 2021. Retrieved 25 July 2021.
  12. "Text announces Steph Bowe Mentorship for Young Writers". Books+Publishing. 23 February 2021. Retrieved 25 July 2021.