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Writerful Books can assess and edit your manuscript.

Writerful Books provides an affordable manuscript assessment service to unpublished writers within Australia, Britain (UK) and Ireland who require the guidance of an expert editor for a professional manuscript appraisal. A professional manuscript assessment will work on the structure, content and style of your manuscript along with many other elements such as character development, dialogue,

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Indie Book Awards 2018 Longlist

The Indie Book Awards recognise and celebrate the indie booksellers as the number one supporters of Australian authors.

Australian independent booksellers, members of Leading Edge Books have announced their Longlist for the Indie Book Awards 2018. This year marks the 10th year of the Indie Book Awards which recognise and celebrate the indie booksellers as the number one supporters of Australian authors. Since its inception ten years ago, Indies have a well-deserved reputation

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Prime Minster’s Literary Awards Winners

The Prime Minster's Literary Awards celebrate the important contribution Australian writers, poets, illustrators and historians make to the Australian cultural and intellectual landscape.

The winners of the 2017 Prime Minister’s Literary Awards have been announced at a ceremony in Canberra on December 1st. Each winner was chosen from shortlists announced in November. The winners in each category receive $80,000 and the shortlisted writers receive $5000. Winning Titles: Fiction Their Brilliant Careers (Ryan O’Neill, Black Inc.) Poetry Headwaters (Anthony

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Prime Minister’s Literary Awards 2017 Shortlist

The Prime Minister’s Literary Awards shortlist for 2017 has been announced.

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Minister for the Arts Mitch Fifield have announced the shortlist for the 2017 Prime Minister’s Literary Awards. Of over 450 entries submitted, the judges have selected 30 literary pieces across six categories, covering a breadth of topics including; inspiring true stories, lyrical poetry, visual storytelling and undiscovered journeys. This

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Adelaide Writer Wins 2017 Richell Prize

The Emerging Writers’ Festival Richell Prize is writer's competition for emerging writers.

Adelaide-based writer Sam Coley has won the 2017 Richell prize for emerging writers for his novel State Highway One. The novel tells the story about siblings dealing with grief while road-tripping along New Zealand’s main highway. The manuscript was one of among 579 entries to win $10,000 prize money and a year-long mentorship with Hachette

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Voss Literary Prize 2017 Shortlist

2017 Voss Literary Prize.

The 2017 Voss Literary Prize shortlist has been announced. The shortlist includes four debut novels and two novels from established authors. The Voss Literary Prize is awarded to the best novel published in Australia in the previous year, and is dedicated to the memory of historian Vivian Robert Le Vaux Voss and is managed by

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Queensland Literary Awards 2017 Winners

Queensland Literary Award have announced their shortlists for 2016.

The winners of the 2017 Queensland Literary Awards have been announced. The Queensland Literary Awards ceremony was hosted by the State Library of Queensland on 4 October. The Queensland Literary Awards (QLA) was established in 2012 by a group of passionate Queensland volunteers and advocates for literature and is awarded to an outstanding work, by

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Richell Prize 2017 Shortlist

The Emerging Writers’ Festival Richell Prize is writer's competition for emerging writers.

The shortlist for the 2017 Richell Prize for emerging writers has been announced jointly by Hachette Australia, the Emerging Writers’ Festival (EWF) and their media partner Guardian Australia. Hachette launched the Richell Prize in 2015 with EWF and the Guardian Australia. The award is in memory of former CEO Matt Richell, who died in 2014.

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Voss Literary Prize 2017 Longlist

2017 Voss Literary Prize.

The 2017 Voss Literary Prize longlist has been announced. The Voss Literary Prize is awarded to the best novel published in Australia in the previous year, and is dedicated to the memory of historian Vivian Robert Le Vaux Voss and is managed by the Australian University Heads of English, the peak body for the study

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Richell Prize for Emerging Writers 2017 Longlist

The Emerging Writers’ Festival Richell Prize is writer's competition for emerging writers.

The Emerging Writers’ Festival have announced the longlist for the 2017 Richell Prize for emerging writers. The Richelle Prize was created in memory of former Hachette CEO Matt Richell, who died in 2014. The prize is geared towards assisting emerging writers who are looking to further their writing careers. Longlisted writers and their works are:

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Book Review: In Two Minds: A Novel

In Two Minds - A Novel is a work of fiction by Australian Professor Gordon Parker.

Title: In Two Minds: A Novel Author: Gordon Parker Genre: Fiction Publisher: Simon and Schuster Release Date: April 1, 2017 Pages: 320 I can more or less guarantee that you know someone for whom this book will be important and inspiring. There’s a very strong chance that person will be you. ~ Stephen Fry Synopsis:

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The Hero Returns

A writing retreat can support writers at each stage of their journey.

Artists and writers often need to retreat from the world or go on a sabbatical. Sometimes these periods away from the outside world are by our own volition to recharge our creative batteries such as going on artists’ and writers’ retreats but other times life events such as bereavement, illness or mental health challenges force

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Penguin Unpublished Manuscript Prize

PRH announces inaugural Australian Literary Prize.

A new literary prize worth $20,000 for an unpublished manuscript has been announced by Penguin Random House (PRH) Australia to mark the formation of the publisher’s new literary division. The inaugural literary Prize is open to all Australian residents aged 18 and above, with entrants asked to provide a synopsis, pitch document and full manuscript.

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Sebastian Barry Wins IBW Book Award

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

Irish author Sebastian Barry has been announced as the winner of the annual IBW Book Award, Adult Category, for his novel Days Without End. His win kicks off the Independent Bookshop Week (IBW) and is the second consecutive year that the award has gone to an Irish writer – Anne Enright winning in 2016 for

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José Eduardo Agualusa Wins International Dublin Literary Award

José Eduardo Agualusa won the International Dublin Literary Award for his novel A General Theory of Oblivion.

José Eduardo Agualusa has won the 2017 International Dublin Literary Award for his novel A General Theory of Oblivion, translated from Portuguese by Daniel Hahn. The Angolan author scooped the €100,000 (£88,000) prestigious literary award which is the world’s largest prize for a single novel published in English. A General Theory of Oblivion tells the

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Sebastian Barry Wins Walter Scott Prize

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

Sebastian Barry has won the Walter Scott Prize for his Historical Fiction novel, Days Without End. It is the second time the Irish writer has won the prize. His previous novel On Canaan’s Side was a winner in 2012. Sebastian Barry who was born in 1955 and is also a playwright and poet is considered

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Winner of Booksellers Choice Award Announced

The Birdman’s Wife is novel by Australian author, Melissa Ashley.

The Australian Booksellers Association has announced Melissa Ashley’s novel The Birdman’s Wife (Affirm) as the winner of the (ABA) Booksellers Choice Award at the 2017 ABA conference awards in Melbourne. Ashley’s novel was chosen from a shortlist of six. The Booksellers Choice Award recognises Australian new-release titles that booksellers most enjoyed reading, marketing and bookselling

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Miles Franklin Literary Award 2017 Shortlist

Miles Franklin Literary Award is an Australian award which recognises Australian novels.

Photo courtesy of Miles Franklin Literary Award The Miles Franklin Literary Award has revealed its shortlist for 2017. Regarded as Australia’s most prestigious literary prize, the award was established in 1957 by the estate of My Brilliant Career author Stella Maria Sarah Miles Franklin to recognise novels which reflect ‘Australian life in any of its

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Book Review: Floating Upstream

Floating Upstream is a coming-of-age novel by Australian author, Jo Vraca.

Title: Floating Upstream Author: Jo Vraca Genre: Coming-of-Age Publisher: Intangible Publishing Release Date: June 3, 2015 Format: Digital & Paperback Pages: 268 Julia Marconi has a simple dream–to get out of Goldburne, the stinking hot town in rural Australia, where she’s followed the rules her whole life. She dreams of adventures far away from her

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Billy O’Callaghan on Writing His Début Novel

Billy O'Callaghan is an Irish short fiction writer and author.

Billy O’Callaghan was born in Cork, Ireland, in 1974. He is the author of three short story collections: ‘In Exile’ (2008) and ‘In Too Deep’ (2009), both published by Mercier Press, and ‘The Things We Lose, the Things We Leave Behind’ (2013) published by New Island Books. His first novel, The Dead House, was published

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