About

We’re an Australian publisher with BIG differences

 

Some great businesses have started in home garages: think Disney, Amazon and Google. Pantera Press sprung to life around the story-loving Green family’s kitchen table from a passion to publish great Australian stories that readers across the world would rave about. Founded in 2008, we continue to grow rapidly.

A social purpose business created to champion writing culture, Pantera Press invests in the next generation of both readers and writers by finding and nurturing new writers, fostering ideas and debate, and using a percentage of our revenue to invest in literacy charities and not-for-profit programs. Our good books doing good thingsTM approach encapsulates everything we do and has led to the formation of the Pantera Press Foundation. Most recently, we’ve partnered with the Sydney Story Factory to expand the reach of their free creative writing and storytelling workshops for young people from marginalised backgrounds.

Our new imprint, Lost the Plot, is designed to push the envelope and serve the new millennial generation with beautiful and entertaining content and concepts to inspire and help them save the world.

We have a unique approach to the so-called ‘slush pile’ of Australian unsolicited manuscripts. To us, this is a valuable resource – an underexplored diamond mine – and we actively encourage submissions.

Pantera Press was shortlisted in 2013 and 2014 for the Australian Book Industry’s Small Publisher of the Year Award and shortlisted for the ABIA Innovation Award and Small Publisher Adult Book of the Year Award in 2015 and 2016.

 

Our team

Alison – CEO & Co-Founder
Martin – Co-Founder of Lost the Plot
John – Co-Founder and Author
Jenny – Accounts Manager
Lucy – Editor
James – Submissions Editor
Katy – Rights Manager
Ella
– Head of Marketing
Elysia – Digital Marketing Manager
Madeleine – Publicist
Anna – Publishing Assistant

Ali

Ali - CEO & Co-founder

Social entrepreneur Alison is the visionary and the force behind Pantera Press. Ali is a director of the Pantera Press Foundation and the New South Wales Writers’ Centre. She also sits on the Australian Publishers Associations’s Trade Committee, the Australian Publishers Association’s Independent Publishers Committee and is a past member of the SJWF Writers Festival Committee. Ali is very active in Philanthropy Australia’s New Gen program and was chosen as one of the top 20 young leaders in philanthropy in 2013 and 2015. She is as unrelenting in the pursuit of our philanthropic aims as our business goals. In 2017, Ali was named one of The Australian Financial Review and Westpac’s 100 Women of Influence.


Martin

Martin - Director

Martin is behind Lost the Plot, an imprint of Pantera Press that makes books for the next generation of readers to help ease their fears and feed their appetites for knowledge about life, the world around us and our uncertain future. Martin is passionate about climate change and is increasingly concerned by the state of our oceans. He hopes to make a difference by publishing the most radical books the world has seen yet.

Pantera Press is a social purpose business championing Australian writing culture. Not only do we nurture great Australian storytellers, but we use a percentage of our revenue to invest in charities and not for profits that encourage reading and help to close the literacy gap.

Additionally we spend a lot of time supporting and promoting writing development programs such as major and regional writers festivals, including:

The Scarlet Stiletto Awards,
The Walkley Awards,
Sydney Writers’ Festival,
Brisbane Writers’ Festival,
Byron Bay Writers’ Festival,
Bellingen Readers & Writers Festival,
Batlow Murder in the Mountains,
Canberra Writers’ Festival,
Emerging Writers’ Festival,
Historical Novel Society of Australasia,
Margaret River Writers' Festival,
SupaNova,
Sydney Jewish Writers’ Festival,
St Albans Writers’ Festival,
NSW Writers' Centre,
WestWords,
National Young Writers’ Festival,
Readers and Writers’ Down Under,
Noted Festival,
Crime and Justice Festival,
Writers Unleashed,
Romance Writers of Australia,
Pitch Perfect,
Southern Highlands Writers' Festival.

Below is a little about the organisations we support, and how you can help:

Sydney Story Factory


Sydney Story Factory (SSF) has announced it will open a brand new creative writing centre for young people in Parramatta in May 2018, with the support of Pantera Press as a foundational partner.

SSF specialises in building the writing skills and confidence of marginalised young people aged 7 to 17, particularly those who are Indigenous or from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. Since 2012, SSF has worked with more than 9,000 children and teenagers all over NSW. In 2016, 25% of students were from Western Sydney.


Let's Read


A wonderful initiative of the Centre for Community Child Health, Let’s Read is being implemented across Australia, including in Indigenous communities, in partnership with The Smith Family. Click here to read The Smith Family’s announcement of its partnership with Pantera Press. Together we have built 14 new Let’s Read communities around Australia, with at least 1 in every state.


The Footpath Library


In December 2016, Pantera Press partnered with several incredible Australia organisations to donate a Christmas gift, a book, to 11,000 Australians. Australians who might be without family, without a home, or have found themselves in a situation of disadvantage.

The Footpath Library gives away free (mostly new) books to homeless people through libraries they have installed in shelters and refuges in Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne and Perth. They also operate several mobile services, taking food for the mind directly to the streets. CEO Sarah Garnett comments “For our clients, books are an opportunity to escape into a great story, learn something new, or simply escape from an often miserable day to day reality”.


Mission Australia


In December 2016, Pantera Press partnered with several incredible Australia organisations to donate a Christmas gift, a book, to 11,000 Australians. Australians who might be without family, without a home, or have found themselves in a situation of disadvantage.

A book is a wondrous gift. It is a present filled with friendship, new worlds, hope, and escape… not to mention great storytelling from well-loved Australian authors!

Mission Australia is a non-denominational Christian community service organisation that has been helping people to regain their independence for over 155 years. Pantera Press has donated books for gifts, as well as to build libraries, at 25 Mission Australia centres around Australia.


Misfit Aid


In 2013, we partnered with a unique charity run by surfers, Misfit Aid. Our campaign set out to raise awareness for their volunteer work, for beach safety and to encourage surfers and beach lovers to ‘take a book to the beach’. We teamed up with Sydney’s No.1 FM radio station, Triple M, and sponsored Misfit Aid’s Tommy Herschell’s twice-daily Surf Reports plus a host of community service spots promoting Misfit Aid.


Chris O'Brien Lifehouse


In December 2016, Pantera Press partnered with several incredible Australia organisations to donate a Christmas gift, a book, to 11,000 Australians in need.

Arterie is an innovative inter-disciplinary model of art in healthcare practice, specifically designed to improve outcomes for Chris O’Brien Lifehouse patients, families, carers and staff by easing the side effects of cancer and its treatment such as stress, pain, fatigue, isolation and depression.


NSWWC Boundless Festival


Pantera Press was proud to partner with the NSW Writers’ Centre and Bankstown Arts Centre to present Boundless, the first-ever festival focused on Indigenous and culturally diverse Australian writers and writing.