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

MJT Meijer has secured a seven-year book deal with Crimson Cloak Publishing for both the Ben Smit series and Sam Jansen series with worldwide eBook, print and audio distribution. Titles will include Disbelief, Disregard, Disorder, Misguided and Misjudged. 

Joanna Barrett‘s article ‘A Magic Carpet Ride Along the Silk Roads of Central Asia’ will be published by The Senior newspaper.

Darryn Fry, writing as D.F. Wade, has published his crime thriller Kelly’s Divide with Austin Macauley UK. The novel is set in Brisbane, and more information is available at www.dfwade.com.

Harvey Cheetham‘s Inlet of Little Fishes, a work of fiction based on the unsolved 1952 murder of Betty Shanks, was published by Sid Harta Publishers in November 2017.

Anne Andrew has been accepted for a June 2018 writing residency at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre in Annaghmakerrig, Ireland to work on a creative biography of her great-great grandfather.

Keith McDermott, writing as James Raven, has received a Gold Award from the 2017 International Independent Film Awards for a screenplay co-authored with Danielle Kaheaku. The screenplay was adapted from Zarkwin’s Revenge, the second book in Raven’s Sentinels of Tzurac trilogy.

Raven and Kaheaku are currently drafting a screenplay for Retaliation, the third book in the trilogy.

Mocco Wollert‘s poem ‘War Horse’ won first prize in the Society of Women Writers Qld competition.

Her poems ‘Migrant Christmas Dream’ and ‘A Bottle of Booze’ were published in the December/January edition of Scope, as was the ‘First Christmas in Darwin’ chapter from her memoir Bloody Bastard Beautiful.

Lisa Walker‘s debut young adult novel Paris Syndrome, set in Brisbane, will be published by HarperCollins in April 2018. Her novel Melt, a romantic comedy about climate change, will be published by Lacuna in May 2018.

Anni Webster‘s essay ‘An Appetite for Awe’, adapted from her historical memoir Imagining Isabella, won first prize in the Society of Women Writers NSW 2017 National Non-Fiction Award.

Verity Croker‘s young adult novel Jilda’s Ark will be published by Harmony Ink Press in the US in 2019.

Lesley Synge‘s poem ‘Our Countries’, an epitaph for Brisbane bus driver Manmeet Sharma, was published in Indian News Queensland in December 2017.

Damen O’Brien‘s poem ‘Catching the Last Wave’ was published in fourW twenty-eight.  His poem ‘The Uses of a Shark’ received Highly Commended in the June Shenfield Poetry Award.

Damen O’Brien‘s poem ‘The Cole Porter Effect’ was published in Issue 22: The Jazz Issue of Rabbit, a journal for nonfiction poetry.

Edwina Shaw‘s screenplay ‘Dear Madman’, based on her novel project of the same name, has been awarded support through the Screen Queensland Talent Development Fund.

Neville Mills has released his fifth book Fifty Funnies from Mervyn Mudal, a collection of short stories illustrated by cartoonist Roy Bisson. More information is available at Neville’s website.

Kendall Talbot, member of the Yon Beyond writers group, has signed a three-book deal with Kensington Publishing (USA) for her Maximum Exposure series. She has also secured an agent with The Knight Agency.

Lindsay Boyd‘s short story The Scent of Acacia was published in the Winter 2017 issue of Gold Dust Literary Magazine. The issue also features a review of his forthcoming novel Marginal.

Tara East‘s short story The Bell was commended in the 2017 New England Thunderbolt Prize for Crime Writing.

Damen O’Brien‘s poem ‘The Prayer of Small Men’ was commended in the 2017 Glen Phillips Poetry Prize.

Renee Hill‘s children’s picture book Turtle Love, illustrated by Anna Jacobson, will be launched at the Cubberla Witton Catchment Network Space, Chapel Hill on Saturday 9th December at 3pm and at the Gordon White Library Community Room, Mount Pleasant on Saturday 16th December at 10:30am. More information can be found here.

Angela Gardner‘s poetry collection Some Sketchy Notes on Matter has been shortlisted for the 2018 Dorothy Hewett Award for an Unpublished Manuscript.

Karletta Abianac‘s second memoir and fifth self published e-book Elusive Identity will be released on Kindle in December, 2017.

Pat Ritter‘s newest e-book The Year That Never Was has been published on Smashwords and Amazon.

Sarah Fallon‘s Roots won the 2017 New England Thunderbolt Prize for Crime Writing in the Fiction category.

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