The shortlist for the 2018 International Dylan Thomas Prize has been announced. The shortlisted titles are: Kumukanda (Kayo Chingonyi, Chatto & Windus) Her Body & Other Parties (Carmen Maria Machado, Bloomsbury) First Love (Gwendoline Riley, Granta) Conversations with Friends (Sally Rooney, Faber) Idaho (Emily Ruskovich, Vintage) My Absolute Darling (Gabriel Tallent, Fourth Estate) Four debut authors make up the female dominant…

Overland journal has announced the shortlist for the fifth Nakata Brophy Short Fiction and Poetry Prize for Young Indigenous Writers. The shortlisted writers and their works are: Jazz Money, for ‘as we attack’ Kirli Saunders, for ‘A dance of hands’ Laniyuk Garcon, for ‘Remember’ Ralee Lancaster, for ‘haunted house’ Susie Anderson, for ‘revolve’. The winner will…

The finalists for the 2018 Hugo Awards, Award for Best Young Adult Book, and John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer and for the 1943 Retrospective Hugo Awards were announced at simultaneous events across the US and the UK. QWC member Kathleen Jennings has been nominated for Best Professional Artist! The Hugo Awards are science fiction’s…

  The Winners of the 2018 Aurealis Awards (Australia’s premier speculative fiction awards) have been announced. The winners are: BEST CHILDREN’S FICTION Nevermoor, Jessica Townsend (Hachette Australia) BEST GRAPHIC NOVEL / ILLUSTRATED WORK Changing Ways book 3, Justin Randall (Gestalt) BEST YOUNG ADULT SHORT STORY Girl Reporter, Tansy Rayner Roberts (Book Smugglers) BEST HORROR SHORT STORY “Old Growth”,…

Sunshine Coast author Jessica Townsend has taken out Book of the Year at the 2018 Indie Book Awards for her book Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow, the first children’s book to win the overall prize in the ten-year history of the awards. The winning titles in each category are: Fiction The Choke (Sofie Laguna, A&U) Nonfiction Saga…

  The shortlists for this year’s Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) Book of the Year Awards have been announced. The shortlisted titles are: Older Readers Mallee Boys (Charlie Archbold, Wakefield Press) In the Dark Spaces (Cally Black, Hardie Grant Egmont) Take Three Girls (Cath Crowley, Fiona Wood & Simmone Howell, Pan) Because of You (Pip Harry, UQP) The…

 The Australian Book Designers Association have announced the Longlist for the 66th Australian Book Design Awards 2018. The Australian Book Design Awards celebrate the bravest and brightest, the most original and beautiful books published in Australia each year. The Shortlist will be announced on Monday 9 April and the winners of the Australian Book Design…

The Australian Publishers Association (APA), the Australian Booksellers Association (ABA), the Australian Society of Authors (ASA) and the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) have released a joint statement promoting ‘safe workplaces’. The statement, published by the each of the peak bodies on 14 March, states that the organisations “endorse safe workplaces, embrace diversity, accept no…

The Management Committee of Queensland Writers Centre is today excited to announce the appointment of Lori-Jay Ellis as Chief Executive Officer. Lori-Jay brings to the role a personal passion for the written word, along with a firm belief in nurturing, mentoring and developing creative talent, and proven leadership success in both the arts and corporate sector….

In the first season of the television series Girls, the famously self-absorbed central character, Hannah Horvath, infamously announced ‘I think that I may be the voice of my generation’, before back-peddling to ‘or at least a voice. Of a generation’. Think that’s obnoxious? Try wrangling the courage to be the voice of several generations. I…

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