Hawkeye… an eye on detail since 2002. We’re sticklers for quality, wanting to be involved in producing books – across all formats – that leave a footprint with readers. We treat with reverence, superior, original story-telling. We sign talented wordsmiths and artists.

Hawkeye is a small traditional publishing house based in Brisbane, staffed by three and supported by a passionate group of volunteers who love words. We are singularly focussed on seeing publishing thrive in Australia.

Where You Can Find Our Books

In all good bookstores and libraries, and online at Hawkeye Books to have your books delivered direct to your door.

Our Authors

Since March 2020 we have signed:

  1. Khaiah Thomson (winner of the Hawkeye Publishing Manuscript Development Prize 2020).
  2. Nicole Kelly
  3. K. M. Steele
  4. L. E. Daniels
  5. Cate Sawyer
  6. C. T. Mitchell
  7. Natalie Kile
  8. Camille Booker
  9. Gabriella Kelly-Davies
  10. Bryn Smith
  11. Jack Roney
  12. Michel Vimal du Monteil
  13. Lawrey Goodrick
  14. J. E. Miller
  15. Anne Freeman
  16. Sally Lynch
  17. Eila Jameson-Avey
  18. Kyle Tweed (Illustrator)

For the Writing Community

Hawkeye Publishing hosts the non-profit, annual Sydney Hammond Memorial Short Story Competition and the Hawkeye Publishing Manuscript Development Prize. Any profit is used as prize money the following year.

News Features

Peruse the News page at Hawkeye Books for features on books, authors, competitions, and the writing and publishing industry.

Our People:

Photo of Carolyn Martinez, Director of Hawkeye Publishing and Hawkeye Books.

Carolyn Martinez, Director is an Editor, Literary Competition Judge, Author, and owner of Hawkeye Publishing and Hawkeye Books. The former newspaper editor has a MA (Writing) through Swinburne University, Australia, and a published portfolio spanning 30 years. Carolyn teaches The Art of Self-Editing, Developing Non-Fiction Ideas Through to Publication, Show Not Tell, and Winning Short Story Competitions. She appears as a panellist for Pathways to Publication. She is author of 3 non-fiction books, and 5 children’s books.

Silvana Nagl, Author Publicist is a skilled communications practitioner with over 20 years experience. She has worked in broadcast media, in the music industry and for a variety of businesses in publicity, community relations and marketing. She is a qualified Counsellor & Pastoral Carer, and a passionate advocate for the arts and creativity, particularly writing.  She holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Public Relations. 

David Reiter, Literary & Publishing Advisor is a multi-award-winning author, and Director of IP (Interactive Publications Pty Ltd), an innovative Brisbane publisher. David is internationally known for his award-winning poetry, prose and digital media, and IP is at the forefront of digital technologies in Australia. IP has been in business since 1994 and now publishes 20+ titles per year globally. They are the second largest publisher of literary titles in Queensland. David has a BA English Language & Literature University of Oregon, BA Publishing, Book & Magazine Promotion Harvard University, MA American Literature University of Alberta, and a PhD Writing Literature University of Denver.

Kyle Tweed, Illustrator has a Bachelor of 3D Animation and is passionate about concept art, music and bringing a sense of humour into work and art. You can follow Kyle Tweed and his art at Hawkeye Books, where you can purchase books he’s illustrated, including Pelican’t Do It.

Daniel Brown is a Freelance Editor and occasional reviewer with a passion for bringing writers together. He arrived at Hawkeye for his final year Qld University of Technology Creative Industries internship. That passed long ago and we’re delighted Daniel is still with us, our upcoming titles benefiting from his structural nous. He is lead editor of The InkBlot Magazine, and a short story competition judge.

C. T. Mitchell, Guest Writing Competition Judge. C T Mitchell is an Amazon bestselling author of mystery short reads and novels with a thriller edge. He is multiple 5 star recipient in the 2017 Readers Choice Awards for his novel Murder Secret. Street educated, Australian-born C T Mitchell has traveled the world in his business dealings encountering many interesting characters; some outright crooks. He brings these experiences as well as a love for mystery thrillers to his writing. His fast-paced Detective Jack Creek Mysteries weave together traditional police procedural practice, global locations, and a hint of thrillers. Described by readers as “Rebus in a Valentino suit” Jack Creed is the ‘hard copper’ you want on your case.

Kylie Kaden, Guest Writing Competition Judge. Since being plucked from the Random House slush pile, Brisbane writer Kylie Kaden is now an internationally published author of women’s fiction. Kylie followed her breakthrough debut Losing Kate, with another critically acclaimed suspenseful read, Missing You, in 2015. And her third book, The Day the Lies Began published by Pantera Press in 2019 flew off the shelves at K-Mart and made the list of Top 50 Australian Reads in the Australian Women’s Weekly.

Hawkeye Publishing’s History

Hawkeye debuted in 2002 publishing a community newspaper – The Westerner. 

We sold The Westerner in 2006, becoming a Communications Consultancy including equipping self-published authors to produce quality books. The passion for producing memorable books grew from there.

In March 2020, under the mentorship of David Reiter from Interactive Publications, Hawkeye Publishing debuted as a traditional publishing house.

We are thrilled to have already published Lament, Welcome to Blackwood, Pelican’t Do It, and Winning Short Story Competitions. In 2021, we’re releasing Just Nat (Natalie Lowndes’ Memoir) by Natalie Kile, Hunt for the Virgin Rainbow by K. M. Steele, The Barber by C. T. Mitchell, and more!

Working with our authors through their Structural and Line Edits to distil their manuscripts to their fullest potential has been rewarding for our authors and staff alike. And we know all that effort will be most appreciated by readers.

Hawkeye’s Mentor into Traditional Publishing

Interactive Publications Pty Ltd (IP) has been in business since 1994 and is the second largest publisher of literary titles in Queensland. Under its Publisher / CEO Dr David Reiter, IP is at the forefront of digital technologies in Australia. IP publishes under four award-winning imprints: Interactive PressGlass House BooksIP Kidz and the Digital Publishing Centre. Hawkeye Publishing is proud of our association with IP in the quest to bolster independent traditional publishing options for authors.

Proudly Supporting Local

We support local businesses where possible, including Australian printers, bookstores, libraries, editors, information technology services and de


“Thank you Carolyn. You have impressed me with your service level and helpfulness. I have opened a writing club at work and I will be encouraging my students to add your firm to our resource base. I will also buy some books…that is what it’s about!”

Kind regards, Jack 9/8/21.