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Varuna Open House day – 13 September

The much-loved Blue Mountains (NSW) writers’ centre Varuna will have an Open House day on Saturday September 13, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Visitors can take a tour of the house and garden, and enjoy live entertainment for kids and adults, readings and author talks, plus book, plant and cake stalls. It’s a rare opportunity to see the original home of authors Eleanor and Eric Dark, later gifted to the nation’s writers by the Dark family. Some of the featured Open House events this year include:

• a series of heritage kitchen conversations with Anne Elliott from Slow Food Blue Mountains, who will be cooking recipes from Eleanor Dark’s own cookbook!
• Eleanor Dark’s biographer Barbara Brooks, talking with local author Sylvia Martin in Eleanor’s own writing studio – answering questions about Eleanor’s life, and reading from her work and letters.
• wonderful Children’s writers to entertain younger visitors – stay tuned for news of the featured authors.
• Varuna Alumni author Jessie Cole talking about her acclaimed new novel Deeper Water – in conversation with Peter Bishop; and
• the opportunity to chat with local writers, Varuna Alumni, consultants and Board members about their work at Varuna, and the ongoing legacy of the Eleanor Dark Foundation.

For more information visit

Entries now open for the 2014 Queensland Literary Awards

As has been announced recently, State Library of Queensland is taking a leadership role managing the awards, collaborating with the QLA community to continue the program.

Ten award categories provide opportunities for both published and emerging writers, as well as four fellowships supporting new works by Queensland writers.

Categories for the 2014 program are:

  • The University of Queensland Fiction Book Award
  • The University of Queensland Non-fiction Book Award
  • Griffith University Young Adult Book Award
  • Griffith University Children’s Book Award
  • University of Southern Queensland History Book Award
  • University of Southern Queensland Australian Short Story Collection – Steele Rudd Award
  • State Library of Queensland Poetry Collection – Judith Wright Calanthe Award
  • Unpublished Indigenous Writer – David Unaipon Award (supported by the Copyright Agency Cultural Fund and University of Queensland Press)
  • Emerging Queensland Writer – Manuscript Award (supported by the University of Queensland Press)
  • The Courier-Mail People’s Choice Queensland Book for the Year

Plus, three Queensland Writers Fellowships of $15,000, and the inaugural Queensland Premier’s Young Writers Fellowship of $10,000.

Entries close 19 September 2014

For more information and entry details visit


NT Writers’ Centre – Alice Springs program

The Northern Territory Writers’ Centre looks after a vibrant and diverse writing community. Although the centre is in Darwin, there are activities in other parts of the Territory, including Alice Springs. For the program of what Alice Springs writers can look forward to over the next few months, please visit the NT Writers Centre website.

NSW Writers’ Centre – Open Access: Selling Your Book in the Digital Age

The full line-up has been announced for New South Wales Writers’ Centre’s Open Access, the symposium on selling your book in the digital age, taking place on Saturday 6 September.
The list of speakers includes publisher Robert Watkins from Hachette, digital expert Anna Maguire,Cate Blake from Penguin Books, Alice Grundy from Giramondo and authors Anita Heiss, Darrell Pitt, Summer Land and Bruce McCabe.
For the full program, please visit the NSWWC website

Submit your posts to ProximityWA

If you live in regional Western Australia, ProximityWA, an initiative of WritingWA, asks you to help spread the word about the extraordinary range of literary activities and opportunities available across regional WA. Regionally based writers, libraries, festivals and others engaged in reading and writing activities throughout the state are invited to post information about forthcoming events and opportunities on the ProximityWA website.

For details on how to submit, visit


QWC expressions of interest for 2015 program

The deadline for expressions of interest for the 2015 Queensland Writers Centre Program is fast approaching.

For 2015, QWC invites proposals from innovative and engaging writers, editors, and publishing industry professionals to present original writing workshops and seminars in our program of events.

They are interested in tutors capable of professional, well-prepared and instructional presentations, who are serious about delivering creative and professional learning opportunities to participants and members.

It is strongly advised that you refer to QWC’s 2014 program, and website resources and content, prior to applying to ensure your project or content aligns with QWC’s ethos.


Closing date

Applications will be accepted until 5 p.m. on Wednesday 20 August.


For more information and submission details, please visit the QWC website.

QWC Express Year of the Edit

Queensland Writers Centre’s Year of the Novel and Year of the Edit courses are always popular. Now they are offering Express Year of the Edit – a four-month course presented by Kári Gislason, commencing 14 September and finishing on 11 January 2015. For details please visit the QWC website.

The London Magazine – short story competition

The London Magazine’s short story competition is returning for its third year in September. The magazine is home to some of the very best names in short story writing, including Raymond Carver, Alison MacLeod, Hilary Mantel and William Boyd.

To continue its literary history, The London Magazine is always looking for new voices from across the world. Its competitions provide emerging literary talent with an opportunity for publication and distinguished recognition.


Opening date: 1 September 2014

Deadline: 31 October 2014


  • 1st Prize: £500 (and published in a future issue of The London Magazine)
    2nd Prize: £300 (and published on The London Magazine’s website)
    3rd Prize: £200 (and published on The London Magazine’s website)
The winners will also be announced at a champagne reception at the House of Commons in early 2015.

Entry fee: £10 per short story.

Judges: Polly Samson and Harriet Kline.

Please visit The London Magazine website for more details:

Varuna Residency Fellowships 2015 – for writers and illustrators

Applications close 28 August 2014

Varuna, the National Writers House invites writers and illustrators from across Australia to apply for a Varuna Residency Fellowship. A Varuna Residency Fellowship offers writers and illustrators, working across a wide range of literary genres and forms, focused work time, an inspiring environment and a collegial atmosphere in which to develop a new work.

The Fellowship includes full board and accommodation including private writing studio at Varuna, the National Writers House in the world heritage Blue Mountains region of NSW.

Varuna assesses applications on merit and encourages writers from diverse backgrounds and at all stages of their career development to apply. Varuna is offering thirty Residency Fellowships in 2014 with residencies available between January and the end of June 2015.

For full information about the Fellowships, please visit the Varuna website.

New website listing Australian book releases each month

A new website has been launched listing the books released each month that are written by Australians. Australian Book Releases is ‘A listing of book releases – and nothing more’. The listings start in June 2014 and are organised under Fiction, Non-fiction and Children’s releases, with Poetry when appropriate. Authors – and other interested parties – are able to contact the website’s organisers if they feel their release has been missed.

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