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.

The Leading Edge Books program for the 2017 conference was held over two and a half days from 19-21 March at the Surfers Paradise Marriott Resort & Spa. The opening address was delivered by crime writer Jock Serong, whose new book On the Java Ridge which was published by Text last September. Under the theme

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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 Australian Book Editors?

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

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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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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