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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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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New Kindle Storyteller Award

Amazon Direct Publishing is a platform for self-published authors.

Update: BookCon has announced Margaret Atwood, Dan Brown for June 3 and 4 as panellists. Judges are to be announced soon, and will comprise industry specialists both inside and outside Amazon. The shortlist is to be announced in early June, with an announcement of the winner at an event in central London in July. Amazon

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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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