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Puncher & Wattmann is an Australian independent publisher of quality writing. Since 2005, we have published anthologies and many award-winning books of poetry, novels, biography and critical non-fiction.

The P&W website

Welcome to the P&W website. Make sure you spend some time checking out our book pages - we have samples available from most books, as well as links to reviews. 

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The Puncher & Wattmann Prize for a First Book of Poetry

We are delighted to announce an annual prize of $2,500 and print publication of a first book of poetry, by Puncher & Wattmann.

The prize will open on August 15 and close on November 30 each year.

Manuscripts should be submitted as a pdf or Word doc to: firstbookprize@puncherandwattmann.com

An entry fee of $25 must be paid through Eventbrite

Judges: MTC Cronin, David Musgrave and Ann Vickery


Blindside by Mark Reid launched in Sydney

Blindside by Mark Reid was launched at the Friend in Hand Hotel, Sydney by Philip Salom, poet and novelist.

Mark Reid and David Musgrave

Blindside, Mark Reid's fifth collection, exhibits his accustomed minimalist rigour, a spare & allusive lyric, contemporary, colloquial, committed, seeking the sublime in the everyday.

Mark Reid's poetry has always delighted & challenged me. His distinctive voice & finely tuned ear for just the right music has given his work a potency that's been hard-won. Reid is a craftsman.—Anthony


Awards for P&W books

Our books have been shortlisted or won most of the major literary prizes in the country. Recently, Philip Salom's novel Waiting was shortlisted for the the 2017 Victorian Premier's prize for fiction. The Judges' report said "At times cerebral, at times hilarious, and at times devastating, Waiting is peopled with misfit characters who have often been maligned by society. Salom takes great risks