Each year, the Queensland-based literary publisher Interactive Press (poet David Reiter's press) holds a contest (the IP Picks Award is mentioned elsewhere on this blog) for an unpublished manuscript -- there are both prose and poetry categories -- which if selected as a winner gets to be published by IP.
"Another" written by Joel Deane, who happens to be Victorian premier Steve Bracks' speechwriter, won the 2004 IP Picks Award for Best Fiction. Cate Kennedy’s second poetry collection, Joyflight was winner in the poetry category.
"Another" is being launched at 6 p.m. on Monday, 22 November by Victoria's Attorney-General, Rob Hulls, at the Aura Lounge,12 Bourke St, Melbourne. Advance copies of the novel are available from http://www.ipoz.biz and the Paperback Bookstore, 60 Bourke St, Melbourne. (David Reiter speculates: if Joel Deane's book should win the Victorian Premiers prize, would Joel have to write the launch speech for the premier for his own book ...? See the IP site's newsletter, IP eNews)