Nearly ten years ago, UNESCO named Melbourne a City of Literature – one of only three in the Southern Hemisphere – and ever since, writers in cities around the country have asked themselves if where they are living is writerly enough. For writers and storytellers outside the major metropolitan centres, this disconnect can feel even…

The winners of the 2017 Tasmanian Premier’s Literary Prizes have been announced. The winning titles in each category are: Tasmania Book Prize for best book with Tasmanian content in any genre ($25,000) Into the Heart of Tasmania: A Search for Human Antiquity (Rebe Taylor, MUP) Margaret Scott Prize for best book by a Tasmanian writer…

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  The NSW Writers’ Centre is delighted to announce that their Kids & YA Festival on Saturday 30 June 2018, will be directed by best-selling, internationally published children’s author Belinda Murrell. To ensure the Festival will cover the emerging trends and diversity of voices in the field, Belinda is calling for submissions from people involved in…

Thirty finalists have been selected as part of the 2017 Newcastle Writers Festival/joanne burns Microlit Award. Jointly hosted by the Newcastle Writers Festival and Sydney-based publisher, Spineless Wonders, and named in honour of award-winning poet, joanne burns, the microlit award calls for submissions of up to 200 words in the form of very short fiction…

In response to their Creative Sector Survey, Brisbane City Council and Brisbane Powerhouse have launched a new fundraising initiative called The Bridge which offers $300K over four-years towards giving local performers and producers the targeted project support they need to grow the presenting capacity of Brisbane’s performing arts sector. Each year will have a “focus…

Literary journal Overland has announced the winners for this year’s Fair Australia Prize. The winners are: Poetry: Andrew Sutherland for East Perth [imagined nation], a ‘response to citizenship, love, distance and intercultural yearning’. Fiction: Bryant Apolonio for Collision, about a young man whose work is interrupted by ‘a marching crowd who’ve had enough’. Graphic/artwork: Nicky…

The winners of Queensland’s most prestigious award for young writers have been announced as part of the inaugural Young Writers Conference at State Library of Queensland (SLQ). Jonathan O’Brien, a writer and creative producer from Graceville, and Eight Mile Plains teenager, Gina Song, were presented with their prizes by State Librarian and CEO Vicki McDonald…

The Australia Council for the Arts is pleased to announce Melbourne-based author and editor Sophie Splatt as the recipient of the 2017 Seagull School of Publishing residency. This pilot project aims to broaden the scope of emerging Australian editors through introducing them to the creative approach of Kolkata’s Seagull School of Publishing, while strengthening connections…

Expressions of Interest are now open for participants in an Australian literature delegation to travel to New York from 4-8 June 2018. The delegation will undertake a five day program of industry meetings, market briefings and networking opportunities. The program will provide Australian rights sellers, literary agents and publishers with the opportunity to gain experience…

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