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Home is a heritage-listed converted 19th-century grain store that we share with Johnson & Johnson, Screen Australia, architects and an investment bank. Ultimo is what they describe as an 'emerging' inner-city residential and business area. What it lacks in harbour view, it makes up for in edge!

Our Sydney office is on the land of the Gadigal people of the Eora nation. We acknowledge them as the traditional custodians of the land, and pay our respects to their elders, past, present and emerging.


Ultimo Press
Hardie Grant Publishing
Level 7, 45 Jones Street
Ultimo, NSW 2007 Australia

tel: +61 2 9857 3700

Bold. Creative. Different.

Ultimo Press is an independent publisher established in 2020 with the simple ambition to become home to Australia’s best storytellers. We are part of Hardie Grant Publishing.



Distinctive and discerning, we value quality above all else, and aspire to be known for our creativity and our commitment to our authors. We want to excite readers of general and literary fiction (especially the sweet spot in between), and discover non-fiction that inspires and ignites. Our hallmarks will be editorial excellence, arresting design, dynamic marketing and publicity, respect and loyalty to our authors, and publishing compelling new voices and original perspectives that reflect the full spectrum of Australian life.

Our ambition is serious, but with a brief to be vibrant and compelling; we want to be distinctive, a little bit different, to disrupt and to have fun. 


Named for the Sydney suburb that houses Hardie Grant’s Sydney office, Ultimo references our home – an historic and colourful part of Sydney. The Italian translates roughly to ‘the latest’, and that will be our ambition: to provide a platform for the latest trends and newest voices.

We will release our first books in late 2021.


Who we are

James Kellow

James Kellow has 30 years of publishing experience in Australia and the UK. Formerly HarperCollins ANZ CEO, he cut his teeth at Reed International in the early 1990s before landing the most creative role of his career as marketing director at Fourth Estate in London, then one of the UK’s leading independent publishing houses. James is known for his passion for the book industry, his championing of authors, and his focus on Australian stories.


‘I believe in the importance of stories. They inform who we are, where we’ve come from, and where we’re going. They reflect our understanding of the past, and our desires, hopes and fears for the future. Stories connect, ground and inspire us. They fulfil a unique role in our lives and I’m passionate about connecting readers and writers and presenting fresh ideas and new ways of thinking and feeling.’

Sandy Grant

Chief executive and co-founder of Hardie Grant, Sandy has a distinguished career in book publishing and media. He was formerly MD of Heinemann, Octopus and Reed Australia, and CEO of Reed Books UK. In addition to his key strategic role guiding Hardie Grant, Sandy has always been actively involved in the publishing industry, including as a former director of Meanjin and the Australian Republican Movement, chair of the Melbourne Writers Festival and the Copyright Agency, member of the UNESCO City of Literature Bid Committee, and president of the Australian Publishers Association.

‘We believe in books – in print, digital and audio – and we see an opportunity to provide a contemporary, vibrant home for Australian authors here and in global markets. We think success in the next era will look like Australian authors punching above their weight across the English-language world, not just being sold well here. That is our opportunity – over 50 per cent of our sales are now beyond the Australian market – and the growth has been exponential.’


For general enquiries, questions and comments, please contact

For all submissions, please provide a cover letter, synopsis, author bio and a sample chapter of your writing. Please do not send full manuscripts. Send to


Ultimo Press is committed to creating a diverse, inclusive and equitable workplace. We welcome job applications from people with diverse backgrounds and experience.


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