Eileen O’Hely will launch her new YA novel PEP Squad: Freshman Year at Where the Wild Things Are Bookshop on Saturday 9 September at 2pm.

Amanda Niehaus‘ ‘Breeding Season’ won first-place in the 2017 Victoria University Short Story Prize for New and Emerging Writers.

Megan Norris won the Davitt (Nonfiction) for Look What You Made Me Do: Fathers who kill at Sisters in Crime’s 17th Davitt Awards for best crime books.

Kerry White‘s feature article ‘Veteran recalls: “Vietnam is still fresh in my mind”‘ was published by Sunshine Coast Daily.

Contributors to the #LoveOzYA anthology Begin, End, Begin (HarperCollins) will be running a book club discussion on a Melbourne train on 14 September as part of Australian Reading Hour. Authors including Danielle Binks, Ellie Marney, Lili Wilkinson, Melissa Keil and Amie Kaufman will meet at 6.45pm at Flinders Street railway station and will travel to the end…

The winners of this year’s literary awards were announced at the Melbourne Writers Festival. Prizes were awarded in the fields of life writing, poetry and best stage play by an Indigenous artist: The Wesley Michel Wright Prize in Poetry was presented to Susan Fealy for her first full-length poetry collection Flute of Milk (UWA Publishing)….

It is very much a ‘chicken and egg’ debate: what did I play with first; words or music? It must have been music because I recall sitting in a garden some 40 years ago, singing songs but not understanding or even correctly pronouncing the lyrics that well. With a little bit of melody, I phonetically…

This week’s issue of our FREE weekly e-newsletter, Pen & Pixel, featuring all the latest news and events as well as writing competitions and other professional opportunities plus a special give-away or two! Read it here. If you don’t already subscribe, you can sign up here.

More than 330 libraries and bookshops have registered to participate in Australian Reading Hour on 14 September 2017, with over 100 Australian authors to take part in events in their local communities. The campaign promotes the idea of ‘picking up a book and reading for an hour’, and is supported by the Australian Library and Information Association…

Winner: Amanda Niehaus, ‘Breeding Season’. The story explores a young scientist’s grief over a miscarriage as she works on a ‘devastating experiment on pregnant marsupial mice’. It is also the basis for Niehaus’ novel-in-progress of the same name. Runners-up: Allan Drew, ‘Wharekaho Beach, 1944’, about a Coromandel farm manager who encounters a US Destroyer during World…

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