Someone is watching me. I’m on a park bench in central Florida, surrounded by greenery and enclosures. He’s about 50 feet away and I feel like I know him. I recognise his face, but can’t quite place it. This happens. You run into someone at the supermarket or in the street, think: where? Or who?…

Joanna Beresford‘s short story ‘Wild Goose Chase’ won second prize in The Stringybark Dog Eat Dog Short Story Award 2017, out of a pool of 217 entries. Joanna blogs at www.joannaberesford.com .

One comment from a publisher changed my view on becoming a children’s author. At the 2016 KidLitVic conference a publisher said, for every junior fiction submission they receive, there are 30 picture book submissions. What did that mean to me? That competition was fierce and my chances of becoming a traditionally published picture book author…

Nicola Scholes‘ poem ‘Evening Still Life With Red Apples and Proteas’ was published in the Spring 2017 edition of Meanjin.

Tom Kwok self-published his memoir Iron Rice Bowl earlier this year through Rainbow Works Pty Ltd. In August, Tom participated in the 2017 QUT Alumni Authors Showcase.

Jonathan Hadwen‘s vignette collection All That Wasted Heat will be released later this month by Vine Leaves Press. The manuscript was a semi-finalist in the 2017 Vine Leaves Vignette Collection Award.

In the UK, the Publishers Association (PA) has announced a 10-point inclusivity plan, with the aim of increasing the percentage of black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) employees in the publishing industry to at least 15% in five years, and the percentage of women in executive-level and senior leadership positions to at least 50% in…

The longlist for the 2017 Voss Literary Prize has been announced. The longlisted titles are:  All These Perfect Strangers (Aoife Clifford, S&S) Dodge Rose (Jack Cox, Text) Our Magic Hour (Jennifer Down, Text) Our Tiny, Useless Hearts (Toni Jordan, Text) The Healing Party (Micheline Lee, Black Inc.) Skylarking (Kate Mildenhall, Black Inc.) Music and Freedom (Zoe Morrison, Vintage) The Last Days of…

Western Sydney youth literature centre WestWords has announced the recipients of the 2017 Western Sydney Residential Program, run in partnership with Varuna, the Writers House in the Blue Mountains. This year’s writers in residence are Rawah Arjah, Chad Modernel, Omar Sakr and Stephan Pham. The writers receive a six-day residency at Varuna running from 2-8…

The shortlists for the Tasmanian Premier’s Literary Prizes have been announced. The shortlisted works and their authors are: Tasmania Book Prize for the best book with Tasmanian content in any genre ($25,000) Losing Streak: How Tasmania was Gamed by the Gambling Industry (James Boyce, Black Inc.) Archipelago of Souls (Gregory Day, Pan Macmillan) Physick (Pete Hay, Shoestring Press)…

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