Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award Shortlist

The Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award is the world’s richest prize for a single short story in the English language.

Irish author Sally Rooney, whose debut novel Conversations with Friends which will be published by Faber in June, has made the shortlist for the 2017 Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award. The Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award aims to promote and celebrate the excellence of the modern short story and has attracted entries from

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Editing Software For Writers

SmartEdit is a smart editing tool for editors and writers.

As an editor and writer, I’m always on the lookout for apps, hacks and plugins that will make my life easier, streamline a particular process or help improve my work. SmartEdit popped up on my radar recently and I decided to give it a whirl to see if it could add value to the beta

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Man Booker 2017 Longlist

The Man Booker Prize has announced the longlist for its specific International award for 2017. The 13 longlisted titles were all translated to English and published in the UK, and are picked out of a total of 126 that were previously considered. Both novels and short-story collections are eligible to win the £50,000 final prize

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New $10,000 Digital Literature Award

Queensland Literary Award have announced their shortlists for 2016.

The Queensland Literary Awards has introduced a new digital literature award. The prize which is worth $10,0000 is sponsored by the Queensland University of Technology. This Award is open to all original works of digital literature (e.g. fiction, non-fiction, poetry, graphic narrative) which are created for digital consumption. Queensland’s minister for innovation, science and the

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Book Review: A Line Made by Walking

A Line Made by Walking is a novel by Anglo-Irish author Sara Baume.

Title: A Line Made by Walking Author: Sara Baume Publisher: Random House Release Date: February 16, 2017 Pages: 320 Struggling to cope with urban life-and life in general-Frankie, a twenty-something artist, retreats to her family’s rural house on “turbine hill,” vacant since her grandmother’s death three years earlier. It is in this space, surrounded by

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Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction 2017 Longlist

The 2016 Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction is a book award for female writers.

The Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction has announced its longlist for 2017. The prize previously known as the Orange Prize was established in 1996 and has a £30,000 ($48,233 AUD) prize. It is presented annually to the best novel of the year written in English by a woman. Longlisted Authors & Books: Stay With Me

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The Stella Prize Shortlist 2017

The Stella Prize is presented for the best work of fiction or nonfiction by an Australian women.

The Stella Prize has revealed its six shortlisted books by Australian women on International Women’s Day. The shortlisted prize money has been increased from $2000 to $3000 for each author who made the shortlist. Each of the authors will also receive a writing retreat supported by the Trawalla Foundation alongside the prize money. The Stella

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Kate Grenville Wins Award for Literature

Kate Grenville is an Australian author and winner of the Australia Council Award for Lifetime Achievement in Literature.

Australian author, Kate Grenville is the winner of the Australia Council Award for Lifetime Achievement in Literature. Grenville is one of Australia’s most celebrated writers. The award, formerly known as the Writers’ Emeritus Award, recognises ‘the achievements of eminent literary writers over the age of 60 who have made an outstanding and lifelong contribution to

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Leading Edge Books Conference 2017

The Leading Edge Books Conference will include the announcement of the Indie Book Awards 2017 Category Winners and Book of the Year winner and a number of author presentations.

Leading Edge Books has announced its program for the 2017 conference which will be held over two and a half days from 19-21 March at the Surfers Paradise Marriott Resort & Spa. The opening address will be delivered by crime writer Jock Serong, whose new book On the Java Ridge is due out from Text

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Hennessy Literary Awards 2017 Shortlists

The Hennessy Literary Awards recognises new Irish writing and rewards excellence in writing short fiction and poetry.

The Hennessy Literary Awards have announced their shortlists for 2017. The award recognises new Irish writing and rewards excellence in writing short fiction and poetry and has been running since 1971. There are 18 nominees for this year’s Emerging Poetry, First Fiction and Emerging Fiction prizes. Emerging poetry Deirdre Daly The Art of Making Macaroons,

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Why Are Our Beta Readers So Picky?

Are you looking to find a beta reader?

Trying to find a good beta reader is harder than you think.. Each month we receive a large number of requests from authors looking to hire beta readers for their novel or non-fiction book. In an ideal world we would read each and every manuscript and give it a five star rating. But since our

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Viva la Novella 2017 Winners Announced

The 2017 Seizure Viva La Novella competition shortlist has been announced.

Seizure have announced the two winners of Viva la Novella V. The competition is now in its fifth year – and in its fourth year of offering an editorial professional development stream. Seizure started in 2010 as a magazine collaboration between Alice Grundy and David Henley and has since grown into a community for writers,

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ALS Gold Medal Longlist Announced

Literary awards and literary prizes.

The longlist for the 2017 Australian Literature Society (ALS) Gold Medal has been announced. The Australian Literature Society Gold Medal (ALS Gold Medal) is awarded annually by the Association for the Study of Australian Literature for “an outstanding literary work in the preceding calendar year.” From 1928 to 1974 it was awarded by the Australian

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Where to Find a Professional Editor in Australia?

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.

Writing a novel isn’t easy. You’ve devoted a substantial part of your life to creating an incredible story, then nurtured your creation through the endless rounds of revisions and even obsessed for days whether to leave a comma in or out, that your family and friends have started to think you’ve lost the plot. We

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Voss Literary Award Open for Nominations

nominations for the second annual 2017 Voss Literary Prize.

The Australian University Heads of English and the estate of Vivian Robert de Vaux Voss have announced that they are open for nominations for the second annual 2017 Voss Literary Prize. The prize, for the best novel published in Australia in 2016, carries a significant cash prize and will be presented at the AUHE AGM

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2017 Viva la Novella Shortlist

The 2017 Seizure Viva La Novella competition shortlist has been announced.

The 2017 Seizure Viva La Novella competition shortlist has been announced. The competition is now in its fifth year – and in its fourth year of offering an editorial professional development stream. Seizure started in 2010 as a magazine collaboration between Alice Grundy and David Henley and has since grown into a community for writers,

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Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award Longlist

The Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award is the world’s richest prize for a single short story in the English language.

Fourteen authors have made it onto the longlist for the 2017 Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award which has a winning prize of £30,000. The Award is the world’s richest prize for a single short story in the English language. It aims to promote and celebrate the excellence of the modern short story and has

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2017 Stella Prize Longlist

The Stella Prize is presented for the best work of fiction or nonfiction by an Australian women.

The 2017 Stella Prize longlist has been announced at a Gala event held in Sydney. The Stella Prize is presented for the best work of fiction or nonfiction by an Australian women published in the previous year. The prize is named after Miles Franklin, whose first name was Stella. The 2017 longlisted titles are: Victoria:

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Irish Author Wins Costa Award

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

Irish author Sebastian Barry has won the Costa Book of the Year with his novel Days Without End (Faber). Barry said the book was ‘dedicated eternally to [my son] Toby’. It has been described by Prof Kate Williams, who chaired the judging panel, as “a searing, magnificent and incredibly moving description of how the West

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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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