Black Inc. is thrilled to announce that we have Charlotte Wood (Stories), Geordie Williamson (Essays) and Sarah Holland-Batt (Poems) on board as our editors for the 2016 editions of Best Australian Writing.

Who's made a splash this year? Are there any unpublished gems lurking in that submissions pile? The Best Australian Writing collections continue to bring you the best of the year's featured work while providing a platform for the unexpected.

Charlotte Wood, editor of The Best Australian Stories 2016

The Australian newspaper has described Charlotte Wood as "one of our most original and provocative writers.” She is the author of five novels and one book of non-fiction, editor of the short story anthology Brothers and Sisters, and for three years edited The Writer's Room Interviews magazine. Her latest novel, The Natural Way of Things, has been shortlisted for the Indie Book Award and the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award, and longlisted for the Stella Prize. It will be published in the UK and North America in 2016. Two of her novels, The Children and The Natural Way of Things, have been optioned for feature films. 

Geordie Williamson, editor of The Best Australian Essays 2016

Geordie Williamson is chief literary critic of the Australian newspaper, a position he has held since 2008, though his essays and reviews have been appearing in newspapers and magazines here and in the UK for over a decade. In 2011, he won the Pascall Prize for criticism, Australia’s only major national prize awarded for critical writing. He published The Burning Library, a collection of essays on neglected Australian writers, in 2012. He lives in the Blue Mountains with his family.

Sarah Holland-Batt, editor of The Best Australian Poems 2016

Sarah Holland-Batt is the author of The Hazards (UQP, 2015) and Aria (UQP, 2008), which won the Thomas Shapcott Poetry Prize, the Arts ACT Judith Wright Award, and the FAW Anne Elder Award and was shortlisted in both the New South Wales and Queensland Premiers' Literary Awards. She holds an MFA from New York University, where she was the 2010 W.G. Walker Memorial Fulbright Scholar, and is the recipient of fellowships from MacDowell and Yaddo colonies, among other honours. She is presently a Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing at the Queensland University of Technology and the poetry editor of Island


The Best Australian Writing 2015