Damen O’Brien‘s poem ‘Rare Birds’ was published in ear to earth, an anthology of entries from the Henry Kendall Poetry Award 2017.

His poem ‘A Collective of Nouns’ won second prize in the Gwen Harwood Poetry Prize, ‘The Shore That Shelters My Children’ won second prize in the Robyn Mathison Annual Poetry Prize and ‘Gibbous’ was highly commended in the Lane Cove Literary Awards.

Lindsay Boyd has published his travel essay ‘Love in the Midst of Distractions’ in issue 29 of Anak Sastra Literary Journal.

Bruce Iliff recently published his second novel The Lost Dutch Claim to Australia with Australian eBook Publisher.

Kerry Collison’s article ‘The Question of West Papuan Independence’ was published in Defense & Foreign Affairs Strategic Policy, the journal of the International Strategic Studies Association. His book Rockefeller & The Demise of Ibu Pertiwi was also reviewed by the journal.

Peter Mitchell‘s poem ‘The Book of Night’ was Highly Commended in the Adrien Abbott Prize 2017, judged by Mark Tredinnick.

Hazel Barker, member of Carindale Writers’ Group, will release her memoir The Sides of Heaven through Armour Books in early 2018. This is a sequel to Heaven Tempers the Wind: Story of a War Child, which was shortlisted in the 2017 Omega Writers Competition.

James Norris‘ short story ‘The Wind Forest (kaze-no-mori)’ was shortlisted for Overland‘s 2017 VU Short Story Prize.

Warren Ward‘s essay ‘The Philosophy of Anorexia’ was runner-up in the New Philosopher Writer’s Award and was published in issue #18 of New Philosopher magazine.

Damen O’Brien‘s poem ‘Dinners with Dead People’ was shortlisted in the Oxford-Brookes International Poetry Competition.

His poem ‘The War on the War on the War’ was published in Issue 5.2 of Meniscus Journal.

Kathy Hoopmann‘s book All Birds Have Anxiety won a silver medal in the Living Now Book Awards (USA) in the children’s picture book category for works that “enhance the quality of our lives.”

Hoopmann recently signed with Wombat Books to co-write a children’s novel with Josie Santomauro. She is also a finalist for the 2017 Autism Queensland Creative Futures Recognition Awards.

Jo Sandhu‘s novel Clan of Wolves, the second book in the Tarin of Mammoths series, was recently released by Penguin Random House.

Jenn J McLeod‘s fifth contemporary fiction novel A Place to Remember will be released worldwide in April 2018 by Head of Zeus, the UK’s Independent Publisher of the Year. It will be released in Australia and New Zealand by Harper Collins.

Virginia Miranda‘s story ‘The Wandering Jew’ was included in the latest anthology Redemption: 2017 by the Writer’s Anthology Group.

Ian Bates recently launched Champion of the Quarterdeck: Admiral Sir Erasmus Gower (1742-1814), a biography with more than 25 years of research and work.

Mocco Wollert‘s poems ‘The Hat’ and ‘Coca Cola Ad’ were published in the anthology Redemption: 2017 by Bent Banana Books in association with the Writer’s Anthology Group.

Renee Hills‘ ‘Proof’ was published in Short and Twisted 2017 by Celapene Press.

Kathy George was runner-up in the Field of Words Memoir Competition for her piece ‘Isolation’, which can be read here.

Amanda O’Callaghan‘s shortlisted story ‘Things’ was published in the latest Bristol Short Story Prize Anthology (vol. 10).

Melissa Fagan‘s memoir What Will Be Worn, which tells the story of Brisbane’s McWhirter family, will be published by Transit Lounge in mid-2018.

Damen O’Brien‘s poems ‘New Born’ and ‘Alternative Energy’ were recently shortlisted for the 2017 Australian Catholic University (ACU) Prize for Poetry.

His poem ‘Xeno’s Paradox’ was longlisted in University of Canberra Vice Chancellor’s International Poetry Prize, and ‘Drone’ was longlisted in the 2017 Vallum Award for Poetry. ‘Company Men’ was shortlisted in the Newcastle Poetry Prize.

Damen also had success at the Ipswich Poetry Feast 2017, with ‘Appraisal’ receiving Highly Commended and ‘Endurance’ placing Third in the Ipswich Poetry Feast Open Section.

The poem ‘The Price’ was published in vol. 77 of the Southerly Literary Journal.

Edwina Shaw has been selected as an Emerging Writer-in-Residence in the Katharine Susannah Prichard Writers Centre 2018 residency program. Her short memoir ‘Thirty Years Gone’ recently won the Lifeline Prize and was published in the Hunter Writers Centre’s 2017 Grieve Anthology.

Mocco Wollert‘s article ‘The Joys (and Guilt) of Grandparents’ was published in the October issue of Your Time magazine.

Belinda Raposo was selected to participate in Australian Film Television and Radio School (AFTRS)/ Screen Queensland’s Talent Camp. Talent Camp provides a platform for storytellers and emerging voices of diverse backgrounds.

Roy Stevenson won the Mondeto 2024 Better Futures Writing Competition for his short story ‘The Party Guest’.

Grace Howell recently self-published her second book, When Life is a Fairytale. It is a Young Adult Romance/Family Drama set in Brisbane.

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