From the official HarperCollins press release:
HarperCollins Publishers is thrilled to announce the stellar line-up of writers contributing to its inaugural #LoveOzYA anthology.
The anthology of young adult short stories will feature new work from Amie Kaufman, Melissa Keil, Will Kostakis, Ellie Marney, Jaclyn Moriarty, Michael Pryor, Alice Pung, Gabrielle Tozer and Lili Wilkinson. As previously announced, youth literature advocate Danielle Binks is spearheading the project as anthology editor and will also contribute to the collection.
Of the line-up, Binks says, ‘These writers are a reflection of how varied and kaleidoscopic Australian YA is, and has always been. It’s a celebration of every genre – there’s contemporary, space-opera, love stories and redemption stories, time-travel and friendship stories – something for everyone! And I hope that as well as enjoying the short story form in itself, readers will love seeing in one collection how rich and multi-faceted Australia’s youth literature is.’
HarperCollins Children’s Books publisher Chren Byng adds, ‘We couldn’t be happier with the amazingly talented group of writers bringing their storytelling skills to this exciting collection. Between them, they’ve written books that have been recognised in the Inky Awards, CBCA Awards, Prime Minister’s Awards, Aurealis Awards, Indie Book Awards and many more.’
The as-yet-untitled anthology was first announced in December 2015, following the grassroots campaign that arose after figures were released by the Australian Library and Information Association, revealing that only two of the top ten most borrowed YA books were written by Australian authors.
Since then, authors, reviewers, readers, bloggers, booksellers, librarians and publishers have banded together to showcase and support local YA literature, with the #LoveOzYA hashtag now commonly used online to highlight the best of Australian YA.
HarperCollins Publishers will release the anthology in May 2017.