Queensland Writers Centre has announced its July-December 2018 Program of Events, and it’s safe to say it has something for everyone! From major award-winners to critically-acclaimed essayists, from bestselling genre writers to internationally experienced publishers and editors, writers of all levels and interests are bound to find inspiration and education. Highlights include an essay writing workshop…

Queensland Poetry Festival have announced their two 2018 poets in residence! The two poets will play key roles in the festival program, including spending time getting to know local poets and audiences in Brisbane and regional Queensland. They will each host workshops, deliver readings and contribute to panel discussions as well as taking some time to write…

We’re so thrilled to announce that QWC member and tutor (and award-winning journalist, author and editor) Dr Ashley Hay has been announced as the new editor of Griffith Review. Ashley takes over from previous editor Professor Julianne Schultz, who will take up the position of Publisher. Read more here.

The winners of the 2017 Australian Romance Readers Awards, presented by the Australian Romance Readers Association (ARRA), have been announced, with Anne Gracie named Favourite Australian Romance Author for the third year in a row. Our heartiest congratulations to QWC member Kylie Scott for taking out Favourite Contemporary Romance for her book Twist! Gracie also…

The Wheeler Centre has announced it will launch a new $150,000 initiative for developing writers called The Next Chapter. Established by the Wheeler Centre in conjunction with the Aesop Foundation, the nationwide scheme aims to support ‘a new generation of writers, from all sorts of backgrounds’ by offering 10 Australian writers a grant of $15,000…

Jennifer Down, Marija Peričić, Shaun Prescott and Pip Smith have been named the Sydney Morning Herald (SMH) Best Young Australian Novelists for 2018. The awards, which recognise emerging writing talent, are open to writers aged 35 years or younger when their books are first published. This year’s awards were judged by Age/SMH literary editor Jason Steger, essayist and…

Emily Maguire has been awarded the 2018 Charles Perkins Centre Writer in Residence Fellowship, receiving $100,000 and other benefits to support her work on a novel addressing the complex relationship between social identity and health. Find out more here.

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…

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