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…

Australian independent booksellers have announced their Shortlist for the Indie Book Awards 2018, for the best Australian books published in 2017. Now in its tenth year, the Indie Book Awards recognise and celebrate this country’s incredible talent and the role independent booksellers play in supporting and nurturing Australian writing.     FICTION SHORTLIST: Force of…

Australian writer Ineke Chen-Meyer has been announced as one of two recipients of the 2017 Tiptree Fellowship. An Australian by way of Malaysia and New Zealand, Chen-Meyer is currently finishing her first novel, She Who Became the Sun, which she describes as “a genderbending alt-history that takes male-centered, male-authored Chinese imperial history and makes it…

Nine out of the top 10 bestselling literary fiction authors in 2017 were women writers, reports Books+Publishing. Margaret Atwood topped the list, benefiting from the TV adaptations of The Handmaid’s Tale (Vintage) and Alias, Grace (Virago), which were both released last year. Haruki Murakami was the only male writer to make the top 10 in sixth…

American poet Ocean Vuong has won the 2017 T S Eliot Prize for poetry. Vuong won the prize for his debut collection Night Sky with Exit Wounds (Jonathan Cape), making him only the second debut poet to win the award. The T. S. Eliot Prize, which former Poet Laureate Andrew Motion has described as “the…

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Eight Australian writers have been shortlisted for the 2018 Hazel Rowley Literary Fellowship worth $15,000. The fellowship is open to writers of biography from around Australia. “It’s exciting to see such a wide range of writing proposals coming to us from around Australia, said Della Rowley, sister of biographer Hazel Rowley. “This year we reached…

Queensland Writers Centre (QWC) has announced the winners of its inaugural Flash Fiction Prize, which saw almost 200 entries competing for the first-ever writing competition offered by the state’s leading organisation for writers and writing. Marina Bryne’s Flies that Big took out first prize with second prize going to The Fish by Tony Pritchard. The prize was judged…

The Stella Prize, Australia’s leading literary organisation celebrating Australian women’s writing, has launched its advocacy and fundraising campaign, Stella Sparks, for its third year. To launch the 2018 prize cycle, Stella encourages readers to share their ‘Stella Spark’ – their favourite book by an Australian woman that they read in the past year. A Stella…

Writer and events producer Kylie Maslen has been named the winner of the 2018 Kill Your Darlings New Critic Award. The award includes the publication of five works of original literary criticism, $3000 prize money and a mentorship with senior KYD editorial staff. Based in Adelaide, Kylie is a writer and events producer whose criticism,…

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