Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards 2017 Winners

The Victorian Premier's Literary Awards recognise and reward literary achievement by Australian writers.

Novelist, short-story writer and memoirist, Georgia Blain, who died in December 2015, has posthumously won the 2017 Victorian Premier’s Award for fiction for her final novel, Between a Wolf and a Dog. The $25,000 prize was accepted by her partner, Andrew Taylor. The book is about a woman dying from brain cancer. Shortly after Blain

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Political Correctness May Stop Authors Writing

Many writers are being accused of cultural appropriation.

Being accused of cultural appropriation could be stopping authors from publishing books that reflect black, Asian, ethnic minority (BAME) audiences according to the Westminster Media Forum. The issue was raised by the chief executive for the Society of Authors, Nicola Soloman, who pleaded with publishers please don’t troll our authors for cultural appropriation. “We need

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Kindle Storyteller Award Winner

David Leadbeater is the author of twenty one Kindle International Bestsellers. He has sold over half a million e-books on the Amazon Kindle.

Kindle Storyteller Award Announces Winner The winner of Kindle Storyteller Award is The Relic Hunters by David Leadbeater. The Relic Hunters, a novel packed with camaraderie, action, archaeological mysteries and a brand-new team of hard-hitting, entertaining and highly engaging characters. Guy Bodie is a relic smuggler, a tough man in a tough world, with self-taught

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Indie Book Awards 2017 Shortlist

Indie Book Awards 2017

Australian independent booksellers have announced the Shortlist for The Indie Book Awards 2017. The Indie Book Awards, as chosen by independent booksellers, members of Leading Edge Books, reward and promote excellence in Australian writing. Their love of books, knowledge and passion for Australian stories play indispensable role in keeping Australian publishing and culture alive. The

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Hazel Rowley Fellowship 2017 Finalists

Writers Victoria has announced the seven finalists for the 2017 Hazel Rowley Literary Fellowship.

Writers Victoria has announced the seven finalists for the 2017 Hazel Rowley Literary Fellowship, awarded annually to an Australian writer for a proposed biographical work. The annual award commemorates the work of Hazel Rowley (1951-2011), one of the world’s leading biographers, who left behind a legacy of great writing, a passion for words and for

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British Book Awards Call For Entries

The British Book Awards, or Nibbies, is the definitive event for honouring the commercial successes of publishers, authors and bookshops.

The British Book Awards or Nibbies is the definitive event for honouring the commercial successes of publishers, authors and bookshops. It succeeds 2016’s British Book Industry Awards. The Nibbies brings together books of the year with trade accolades such as publisher of the year and book retailer of the year. There are six individual books

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Sebastian Barry Wins Costa Award

Sebastian Barry is an Irish writer and author of Days Without End.

Irish author Sebastian Barry has won the Costa Novel Award for the second time for his book Days Without End. The story is set during the US civil war, which has been described as ‘a miracle of a book’. Barry is noted for his dense literary writing style and is considered one of Ireland’s finest

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Indie Book Awards 2017 Longlist

Indie Book Awards 2017

The longlists for the 2017 Indie Book Awards have recently been announced. Established in 2008, the Indie Book Awards offer independent booksellers to take their rightful place in the spotlight as key supporters of Australian authors. The Indie Book Awards are regarded as forerunners of all major Australian book awards. Independent booksellers of Australia, known

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Australian Writer Georgia Blain Passes Away

Australian novelist Georgia Blain.

Writerful Books is saddened to be informed of the death of Australian novelist Georgia Blain who was diagnosed with a brain tumour last year. The author of Closed for Winter, Candelo and Between a Wolf and a Dog which was recently shortlisted for the Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards, and also winning the $10,000 Queensland Literary

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Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards Shortlist

The Victorian Premier's Literary Awards recognise and reward literary achievement by Australian writers.

The Minister for Creative Industries Martin Foley has recently announced the shortlist for the 2017 Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards. The awards recognise and reward literary achievement by Australian writers. The winners of the five award categories – fiction, non-fiction, drama, poetry and writing for young adults – each receive a prize of $25,000, and go

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Looking for Australian Beta Readers?

Writerful Books is an author services and editing company based in Australia that provides beta reading, book editing services and manuscript assessments for Australian authors.

Writerful Books is an author services company based in Melbourne, Australia that provides beta readers as well as editing services for Australian authors. Our professional beta readers will analyse your manuscript carefully before it is edited (new writers should have their book edited first) and provide you with constructive criticism focusing on the flow, characterisation,

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Bookshops Host ‘Civilized Saturday’

Independent bookshops across the UK have had a ‘Civilized Saturday’, which was launched last year as an antidote to the consumer madness of Black Friday that occurs every year in the United States. The Bookseller reported that “Great British Bake Off-inspired events, wine, chocolate and the coziness Danish lifestyle philosophy of hygge feature heavily in

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Costa Book Awards 2016 Shortlist

The Costa Book Awards honour some of the most outstanding books of the year written by authors based in the UK and Ireland.

The 2016 Costa Book Awards shortlists have been announced with three former winners making the shortlist again for this year’s prize. Maggie O’Farrell for This Must Be the Place, Rose Tremain for The Gustav Sonata and Sebastian Barry for Days Without End. This year sees women dominating the Costa book award shortlists, with Rose Tremain,

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International Dublin Literary Award Longlist

International Dublin Literary Award announced its longlisted books for 2017.

The International Dublin Literary Award has announced its 2017 longlist of 147 authors. The prestigious book award is the world’s most valuable annual literary fiction prize for books published in English. There are seven Irish writers on the longlist for the 2017 International Dublin Literary Award. The Irish authors include previous winner Kevin Barry, and

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Ideas to Overcome Writer’s Block

Seven ways to generate ideas for writers.

First comes thought; then organization of that thought, into ideas and plans; then transformation of those plans into reality. The beginning, as you will observe, is in your imagination ~ Napoleon Hill The word ‘idea’ often conjures up the image of a sudden flash of inspiration that comes like a bolt out of nowhere. We

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Irish Book Awards Winners Announced

Irish book awards.

Mike McCormack has won the Novel of the Year prize at the 2016 Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards for a novel constructed from a single sentence. Solar Bones is set in rural Co Mayo and is the story of a dead man returning home on All Souls Day to look back over his life.

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Do You Need to Hire an Editor?

Where to hire a professional editor?

Jane Friedman is a contributor to Author in Progress: A No-Holds-Barred Guide to What It Really Takes to Get Published, which features essays from the Writer Unboxed community. The following is a selection from her chapter on whether writers should invest in a professional editor before submitting their work to agents or publishers. Writing and

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‘Single Sentence’ Novel Wins Book Award

Mike McCormack is an Irish writer and author of award winning book, Solar Bones.

Mike McCormack has become the fourth winner of the Goldsmiths Prize at an award ceremony in London. He is the third Irish writer to win since the prize began. Solar Bones was published by independent Irish publisher, Tramp Press, after the writer was released by Jonathan Cape just under a decade ago. The winning book

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Two Female Authors Share Literary Award

The Prime Minister’s Literary Awards shortlist for 2016 has been announced.

The award for fiction writing at this year’s Prime Minister’s Literary award has been awarded jointly to two women writers, Lisa Gorton for her novel, The Life of Houses and Charlotte Wood, for her novel The Natural Way of Things. Lisa Gorton’s book looks at the relationships between three generations of an Australian establishment family,

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Irish Book Awards 2016 Shortlist

Irish book awards.

The Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards 2016 has announced its shortlist which features some outstanding writing from new and established writers across fourteen categories. The awards, now in its 11th year, features 14 categories, including children’s literature, cookery, crime fiction, popular fiction, nonfiction, sports, short story and poetry. The winners of the awards will

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