Writers Update - October 2017

Moreton Bay Regional Council October 2017
Writers Update


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BOOK LAUNCH : Lively Tales from Papua New Guinea - Bev Floyd

Redcliffe Library, Friday 13 October, 1.00pm

Lively Tales from Papua New Guinea is narrated by a young Australian teacher who went to Papua New Guinea in 1964 and stayed as the country began its journey to Independence in the 1970s. It records the experiences many Australian expats were privileged to have during their time in Papua New Guinea. As the author says: 'We expats gave our best for the country we grew to love. We left a part of our hearts there'.

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READ LOCAL : Karenlee Thompson

Strathpine Library, Saturday 14 October, 10.30am

What do panel vans, the Great Wall of China and whistling kites have in common? They all make an appearance in Flame Tip, a collection of fire-themed short fictions. Local author Karenlee Thompson shares how she secured a Foreword by the high-profile and controversial owner of Tasmania's Museum of New and Old Art, through some humorous correspondences. Karenlee also chats about her bushfire experiences, interesting research titbits and anecdotes for the writer's world.

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BOOK LAUNCH : To Kill an Emperor - Jodie Lane

North Lakes Library, Saturday 4 November, 2.00pm

Jodie Lane launches her latest exciting time-travel adventure novel. Once again, Gwyn must save history. To do so, she must kill a man. Not just any man - Emperor Domitian of the Roman Empire is a feared tyrant, paranoid about plots and assassins. Can Gwyn find the plotters and help them succeed? Or will she be betrayed herself? With new friends and old, Gwyn negotiates the intricacies of Ancient Roman politics and society. A rich tale based on real events, To Kill An Emperor examines the extent to which a time-traveller must go to make history turn true.

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Meet Judy Nunn

North Lakes Community Centre Hall, Thursday 9 November, 1.30pm

Best-selling author and actor Judy Nunn talks about her new novel Sanctuary, a stunning portrait of love, hope and survival on an isolated island off Western Australia.

    Bookings open 9am Monday 9 October    
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BOOK LAUNCH : Stories Short and Spicy - Martin Kari

Caboolture Library, Saturday 18 November, 10.30am

Caboolture author Martin Kari's 52 varied stories, with their diverse themes and interesting topics, will take you on a journey through life with all its highs and lows, twists and turns. In Stories Short and Spicy, readers will find a collection of 52 stories, one story for each week of the year. It is especially written for people who find time is in short supply. This book collection encourages readers to compare personal experience and knowledge with that of the characters depicted. It will take them on a journey through life in all its wonder.

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New Writers' Groups

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North Lakes Library, 1st Saturday of each month, 10.30am-12.30pm
Strathpine Library, 2nd Tuesday of each month, 6.00pm-8.00pm

New Writers' Groups will be starting at North Lakes and Strathpine Libraries in August. Writers' Groups are an opportunity to meet with other aspiring and experienced writers to discuss ideas, share your writing and learn from one another. Anyone who is interested in writing is invited to attend.

Workshops and Events for Writers

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Perfect Your Book with Belinda Pollard

Albany Creek Library, Saturday 7 October, 10.30am-12.00noon

Whether you're trying to catch the eye of a literary agent or planning to self-publish, you want to write the best book you possibly can. Brilliant results emerge when we train our brains to see our work with new eyes. This will be a lively and empowering seminar, full of practical tips you can begin using immediately. You'll learn techniques for self-editing, including when to edit, and how to make the most of tools you already have. You'll also learn when to call on a professional editor, and how to find the one who is right for you and your project.

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Selling and Marketing Your Novel

Queensland Writers Centre, State Library of Queensland, Saturday 7 October, 2.00-5.00pm

Award-winning, internationally published historical romance author (and all-round superstar) Anna Campbell will guide you through the labyrinth of bringing your writing to the attention of readers. She'll discuss different publishing platforms, agents, manuscript submission and more, with hands-on exercises. Cost: $85

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Music and Biography Writing

State Library of Queensland, Saturday 14 October, 10.30am - 1.30pm

Love music, love writing? Then this is the event for you! Learn how to mix these two passions and what it takes to make a great music biography from one of the best in the business. Jeff Apter (author of over 20 successful biographies, regular contributor to Australian Rolling Stone where he used to be a staff writer, and more) will offer professional advice from selecting a subject to researching, pitching and editing. Cost: $65

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Public Speaking with Toni Risson

State Library of Queensland, Saturday 14 October, 2.00pm-5.00pm

Being a successful writer will plunge you into the hot waters of public speaking. This workshop examines the range of speaking opportunities writers encounter today and unpacks the widespread fear of public speaking. It equips participants to deal with nerves in spontaneous situations and prepared speaking engagements, and offers techniques for facing any audience with confidence and, eventually, enthusiasm. It includes the importance of body language and the value of adding humour. Cost: $85

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Copyright, Contracts and You

State Library of Queensland, Sunday 15 October, 10.30am - 1.30pm

This interactive seminar will provide an excellent overview of the underlying legals that the Australian publishing industry is based on. We look at basic copyright law for Authors, standard publishing terms, the ins and outs of a standard publishing contract, how and what to negotiate when dealing with a publisher, some of the sneaky traps to watch out for, and different approaches when dealing with print vs digital contracts vs US or Australian publishers. Cost: $65

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Thriller Writing with James Phelan

Queensland Writers Centre, State Library of Queensland, Sunday 15 October, 10.30am-4.30pm

Thrilling stories. What are they? Where do you find them? How do you write them? A good thrilling story is one that the reader cannot put down - and bestselling author James Phelan is an expert at writing them. Stories are the creative conversion of life itself into a more powerful, clearer, more meaningful experience, and the writer's goal is to create a good story well told. This workshop will cover what makes these good stories thrilling. Cost:$180

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Finance for Creatives

State Library of Queensland, Sunday 15 October, 2.00pm - 4.00pm

Managing finances is an essential skill for creatives. This seminar covers registering an ABN, financial tracking, tax and more. Be creative with your writing, not your accounting! Cost: $65

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Playwriting : Building Worlds with Words

Queensland Writers Centre, State Library of Queensland, Monday 16 October, 6.00pm - 9.00pm

In this workshop you'll learn how to fashion landscapes and invent populations, with participants working together to imagine rich and engaging worlds that will captivate audiences. This is a unique opportunity to learn from one of Australia's most successful playwrights. Cost: $85

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Moreton Bay Region Local Writer Meet and Greet

Pine Rivers Art Gallery, Saturday 28 October, 10.30am - 12.30pm

Calling all local writers for a second meet and greet. The first meet and greet was an overwhelming success. Tina Cavanough, the Community and Reader Services Librarian for Moreton bay Region Libraries will be our guest speaker and will be letting us know about all the happenings in libraries around the region.

* Sign in and mingle/morning tea
* Tina Cavanough Talk
* Introductions/special news from our writers (keep to 3 minutes each)
* Networking/more morning tea

Contact Jenny Woolsey on 0419 704 803 to RSVP

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Travel Writing

Travel Memoir Writing

State Library of Queensland, Tuesday 31 October, 6.00pm-9.00pm

With more than 80 countries under his belt, John Ahern has been shot at, poisoned, robbed at gunpoint and is (unsurprisingly) never short of travel stories. In this interactive workshop, he'll share insights into the art of travel writing. If you're ready for take-off with your own travel memoir, this workshop is for you. Cost: $85

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Margaret River Short Story Competition

Short stories (open theme) up to 3000 words can be entered. Entry fee $15.First Prize: $500 cash, $500 contribution towards an airfare to attend the Margaret River Readers and Writers Festival and 3 nights accommodation (provided by Margaret River Press) and a two-week residency in Margaret River. Second Prize: $250 in cash and two week residency in Margaret River.

    Closes 10 October    
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NUHA Foundation Blogging Prize

This competition has been established as an international platform to debate issues of education and to provide an opportunity for authors to be published and to develop their self-confidence. Absolutely anyone can participate. First prize: Adult Prize of up to US$2500 for those born before 1999. It doesn't matter whether English is your first, second or even third language: articles will be judged first and foremost on the quality of argument and the originality of ideas. To participate, authors must respond to one of the set topics within 600 to 1500 words.

    Closes 15 October    
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Dorset Fiction Award

The Dorset Fiction Prize is for short stories, fewer than one thousand words in any genre and topic. The winner will receive a £500 cash prize, and will be featured in their yearly anthology and on their website along with the next nine runner ups. Entry fee:£7

    Closes 15 October    
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Deborah Cass Prize for Writing

The Deborah Cass Prize is for writers with a migrant background who are relatively early in their careers. Three of Australia's leading writers, Christos Tsolkias, Alice Pung and Tony Ayres, are the judges of the prize again in 2017. The winner will receive a cash prize of $3,000 plus a three-month mentorship with an established writer. The winning manuscript will be presented to Black Inc. There is also the opportunity for publication of the wining excerpt in Mascara Literary Review.

    Closes 16 October    

Penguin Random House Australia Literary Prize

Penguin Random House Australia has announced a new literary prize for an unpublished manuscript, worth $20,000, to mark the formation of the publisher's new literary division. The Penguin Random House Australia Literary Prize is open to all Australian residents aged 18 and above, with entrants asked to provide a synopsis, pitch document and full manuscript.

    Closes 20 October    
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ARKfest Short Play Competition

Ark Theatre is holding an exciting new festival that brings together writers from all over Australia with Victorian theatre groups & ensembles to perform plays of 10 minutes' duration. All play submissions are accepted for judging regardless of the writer's experience or age and will be assessed anonymously by a selection panel. Plays should be no longer than 10 minutes in length, no more than 8 in the cast, with minimal props/set needed. Entry fee: $10 per 3 scripts.

    Closes 27 October    

XO Romance Prize

Xoum Publishing is excited to launch the 2017 XO Romance Prize, to be awarded to a previously unpublished work of contemporary romance fiction. The winner will receive a $5000 prize with the winning work published under Xoum's romance imprint, XO. The manuscript should be a work of adult contemporary romance (excluding YA, paranormal/fantasy) between 70,000 and 120,000 words in length.

    Closes 31 October    
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Kore Press Memoir Award

This competition is an annual award from Kore Press, open each year to a woman writer writing a memoir in English. The winner will receive a prize of US$1000 and publication by Kore Press for a full-length memoir, or memoir-in-essays. Submission process includes a US$27.50 reading and processing fee.

    Closes 31 October    
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2018 Commonwealth Short Story Prize

Awarded for the best piece of unpublished short fiction (2,000-5,000 words) in English. Regional winners receive £2,500 and the overall winner receives £5,000. Translated entries are also eligible, as are stories written in the original Bengali, Chinese, Kiswahili, Malay, Portuguese, Samoan and Tamil. The competition is free to enter.

    Closes 1 November    
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Elle Magazine Writing Competition

Write a 4,000-word short story on the topic of your choice. Where you choose to take it is up to you. Fall in love, rule the country or walk a day in Beyoncé's shoes. The aim is to move the judges, whether they laugh, cry (or cringe). The winning fiction will be published in the January issue of ELLE Australia, and the author awarded a $5,000 prize. Two runners-up will receive a prize pack of recent releases from Hachette Australia worth $200.

    Closes 3 November    
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The Stringybark Malicious Mysteries Short Story Award

Any tale with a mysterious element and perhaps a sting-in-the-tail is wanted for this intriguing short story competition. The prize value for this competition is over $1000 in cash and books. The story must:
1. Address the theme;
2. Be written for an adult audience (that is, it can't be a children's story); and
3. Be 1500 words or fewer in length.
Feedback on your entry is available. Entry fee is $12.00.

    Closes 5 November    
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QWC Flash Fiction Prize

The QWC Flash Fiction Prize is open to anyone aged 15 or over. Entry fee is $15 per submission. Entries must be between 50 and 500 words. Prizes of $500 go to the winner and $250 to the runner up, along with publication in the March edition of WQ magazine.

    Closes 30 November    


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Finch Publishing accepts manuscript proposals on Thursdays. They consider manuscript proposals on the following subjects: parenting, social issues, child health, memoir, family relationships and mental health. They will also consider biographies. They have extended their publishing list to include the category of health and fitness, and will consider all topics that fall within this category, such as sporting memoirs, books on diet and fitness training, weight loss, strength training, sports performance, sports psychology, new research into exercise, body-mind connection and the psychology of health. They won't consider cookbooks. They are primarily interested in publishing and promoting local authors. They do not publish fiction, poetry or children's books. Their books are aimed at the general mass market audience and not solely directed at academics or professionals.

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Submissions to The Big Issue

The Big Issue is currently accepting unsolicited material for publication. Submissions should fit the tone and style of the magazine and target a particular section. You can also pitch story ideas by email first.

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Walker Wednesday

Walker Wednesday allows budding authors to submit their manuscripts to Walker Books' award-winning editorial team on the first Wednesday of each month. Walker Books is currently accepting submissions of middle-grade and young adult fiction from Australian and New Zealand authors.

Walker Books Australia are seeking manuscripts with strong writing, engaging characters and well-developed world-building. They are open to young adult and middle-grade of all genres, but are particularly interested in submissions with diverse characters and/or written by diverse authors.

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Submit to Major Publishers

Most of Australia's major publishers now accept manuscript submissions all year round, including:

  • Allen & Unwin - adult fiction and non-fiction, children's, YA and academic submission accepted
  • Bloomsbury Spark - fiction eBooks across multiple genres including: romance, contemporary, dystopian, paranormal, sci-fi, mystery, thriller, and more
  • Hachette - adult fiction and non-fiction only
  • Pan Macmillan - first Monday of the month between 10.00am and 4.00pm only - adult commercial and literary fiction, commercial non-fiction, children's and YA
  • Penguin - adult fiction and non-fiction only
  • Random House - adult fiction and non-fiction
  • Penguin Random House - children's and YA literature submissions accepted form February to November annually
  • Text Publishing - adult fiction and non-fiction and YA
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