Authors published by small presses are increasingly dominating literary prizes, yet independent publishers are finding it difficult to survive. The Lifted Brow and Brow Books Publisher Sam Cooney chats with Editor-in-Chief at Seizure and Associate Publisher at Brio Alice Grundy, American Short Fiction Editor and A Strange Object Founder Callie Collins, and Giramondo Commissioning Editor Nick Tapper to examine the vital role of literary magazines, journals and indie presses in giving voice to provocative and alternative viewpoints, and acting as training grounds for tomorrow’s star authors.

Callie Collins (International)

Callie Collins

Callie Collins is a writer and editor from Texas. She cofounded A Strange Object, a small fiction-focused press based in Austin, and worked for several years as the Associate Editor of American Short Fiction. She has an MFA from the University of Michigan and is currently a Zell Postgraduate Fellow in the Helen Zell Writers’ Program. She lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Nick Tapper (Australian)

Nick Tapper

Nick Tapper is the commissioning editor at Giramondo Publishing, where he works on titles in fiction and non-fiction, and the spaces in and around those genres.

Alice Grundy (Australian)

Alice Grundy

Alice Grundy is Associate Publisher at Brio and co-founder of Seizure, a launchpad for Australian writing. For the past decade she has worked in trade publishing and has presented at festivals and conferences in Australia, India and China.

Sam Cooney (Australian)

Sam Cooney

Sam Cooney is publisher at independent book press Brow Books and quarterly literary magazine The Lifted Brow and is publisher-in-residence at RMIT University. In 2017 he took part in the Australia Council’s Future Leaders professional development program, and last year he took part in the Australia Council publishing delegation tour of India, and travelled to the USA and the UK on Australia Council-funded research trips about not-for-profit trade publishing. He is a current AMP Foundation ‘Tomorrow Maker’.