Many writers would probably jump backwards through flaming hoops to be picked up by a big publisher and showered with admiration (or, preferably, money). Regrettably, this is quite unlikely – the publisher, that is. Your book could be a masterpiece, but major publishers are finding it harder to make said money, so they rarely risk…

Laura Elvery‘s debut collection of short stories Trick of the Light was recently published by University of Queensland Press (UQP), with a sold-out launch event at Avid Reader.

Angela Murphy has received a Queensland Arts Showcase Program (QASP) grant for the pre-production creative development of her play Prospect Terrace. Angela will deliver a week-long creative development program in Cairns from March 5-9, with a rehearsed reading at the Cairns Botanical Gardens Visitor Centre from 6-8pm, March 9.

A UK screenwriter has launched an award for the best thriller novel in which no woman is beaten, stalked, sexually exploited, raped or murdered. Bridget Lawless, who has written for TV programmes such as “The Bill” as well as feature film “Almost Heaven”, founded the Staunch Book Prize, worth ÂŁ2,000, because she had grown “so…

South Australian writer, Andrew Roff, has taken out the Margaret River Short Story Competition 2018 with ‘Pigface.’ Further congratulations go out to New South Wales based writer, Cassie Hamer for winning second place with her short story, ‘Habitat.’Also to Southwest Prize Winner, Tiffany Hastie for her short story, ‘The Chopping Block.’ The winning stories will…

Mystery Writers of America has announced its shortlist for the 2018 Edgar Allan Poe Awards, honouring the best in mystery fiction, non-fiction and television published or produced in 2017. The shortlist includes Australian author Jock Serong in the category of Best Paperback Original, for his book,  The Rules of Backyard Cricket (Text). To see the full…

Tania Joyce, member of Yon Beyond writers group, has released the romance series Boardroom Seductions through Amazon.

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

The full program has been announced for the 2018 Perth Festival Writers Week, running from 19-25 February. Events at the festival include Kim Scott and Helen Garner in a discussion on ‘why literature matters’; a preview of Tim Winton’s forthcoming novel The Shepherd’s Hut (Hamish Hamilton); breakfast with Miles Franklin-winners Josephine Wilson, Michelle de Kretser…

Lenka Wagner has published her second children’s picture book Tommy and Friends to the Rescue with Jabiru Publishing.

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