Event Announcements

Do you have an event or workshop you’d like to share? RWA Members, email your event news to cruisin(at)romanceaustralia.com.

Keeping Up Appearances

Being Jade Melbourne Launch events

Author Kathryn Ledson chats with Kate Belle about her newly released love story, Being Jade, which is already receiving rave reviews.
When: Thursday 19th JuneBeing-Jade-author-final
Where: Readings Bookshop Hawthorn
When: 6.30 – 8.00pm
Cost: Free
Light refreshments will be served.
No bookings required.

Award winning author Toni Jordan in conversation with Kate Belle about her provocative new novel, Being Jade.
When: Tuesday 24th Junebeing_jade_COVER_HI_res small
Where: Eltham Bookshop
When: 6.30 – 8.00pm
Cost: $35 includes copy of Being Jade (or $30 book voucher), wine and light refreshments.
Bookings and more information contact: elthambookshop@bigpond.com or call 9439 8700

For full details of both events visit http://www.ecstasyfiles.com/pillow-talk

KSP Writers Centre Awards

  • The Katharine Susannah Prichard Short Fiction Award 2014

This competition is open to short fiction pieces from authors Australia-wide.

Words: 1000 minimum – 3000 maximum

Entry fee: $7.00

Closes: 5pm, Friday 19 September, 2014

Click here for entry form.

  • The Katharine Susannah Prichard Speculative Fiction Awards 2014

This competition is open to every form of Speculative Fiction (science fiction, fantasy, horror, mystery and supernatural/superhero fiction) from authors Australia-wide.

Words: 1,500 minimum – 3,500 maximum

Entry Fee: $7.00

Closes: 5pm, Friday 5 September, 2014

Click here for entry form.

  • Write a Book in a Day

The ultimate writing challenge: Write, edit, illustrate and bind a children’s book in 12 hours in a team of 5-10, and make a difference by raising funds to help sick children in your State’s children’s hospital.
For Primary Schools, Secondary Schools, and Open Teams
April 1 2014 to August 31 2014
At school, home, book club, writing centre or office.
A booklet containing rules, hints and judging criteria can be downloaded here.

Australian Writers’ Resource Competitions

This website contains a list of writers competitions Australia-wide. The information has been extracted from other websites and no assurance can be given by the website publisher as to its correctness.

The Stringybark Short Story Award

Writing from all genres is acceptable but there are two main conditions:  Firstly, that the story has a nifty twist at the end (or the middle, or beginning) that surprises the reader and secondly, that the story has some link, no matter how tenuous, to Australia. You have 1500 words to produce a short story that will delight the judges. International entries welcome. There is a total value of over $860 worth of prizes in cash and books available.  Stories must be sent via email.   Closing date for entries is 29 June 2014.  Winners will be notified by 26 August 2014.  For more information click here.

SLQ Young Writers AwardYWA-GotAStory

The Young Writers Award is a short story competition (of 2,500 words or less), open to Queensland residents aged 18 to 25. The judging panel will select the winner and runner up of the Young Writers Award 2013 and four highly commended entries.

The judging panel comprises of Simon Groth, writer, editor and Manager of if:book Australia; Ellen van Neervan, writer and winner of the 2013 QLA David Unaipon Award; Frances Whiting, journalist, author and Sunday Mail columnist; Jarryd Luke, Queensland Literary Award nominee and Director of Townsville Writers & Publishers Centre Inc.


The Young Writers Award winner, first runner-up and four highly commended entries each received a prize pack.

Prizes included:

  • $2,000 to the Young Writers Award winner
  • $500 to the first runner-up recipient
  • 12 month youth membership to Queensland Writers Centre
  • 12 month membership to Australian Writers Marketplace online
  • Admission to a Queensland Writers Centre industry seminar
  • Admission to a Brisbane Writers Festival seminar

For more information on how to enter, visit the State Library of Queensland’s website.

Death in July: A Festival of Women’s Crime Writing

When:  July 4-5

Where: Museum of Australian Democracy Eureka, Ballarat

Sisters in Crime is delighted to present Death in July with Ballarat Writers Inc – a celebration of Australian women’s crime writing which is sure to get your blood pumping! A stellar line-up of authors will appear at the festival to speak on a fascinating range of topics including “the CSI effect” and YA crime writing.

Guest writers include Leigh Redhead, Angela Savage, Honey Brown, Ellie Marney, Simmone Howell and many more.

Cost and Tickets:
Full day $55 ($50 concession)
Gum Shoes or High Heels? 9.30am session only $20 ($17 concession)
Get ‘Em While They’re Young 11.30am session only $20 ($17 concession)
Bones, Ballistics and Boffiins 2pm session only $20 ($17 concession)
The Great Crime Writing Debate 4pm session only $20 ($17 concession)

FMI and Bookings: http://ballaratwriters.com/death-in-july-festival/


Are inviting submissions in the genres of poetry, short fiction (including flash fiction) non-fiction and football chants relating to the themes of ‘football memories and experiences’.

Competition entries will be judged by a panel of professionals, including, celebrated poet Ian McMillan, writer, editor and publisher Alex Davis and Derby County’s club captain Shaun Barker. The top twenty entries will be published in an anthology with the top entry from each category receiving a cash prize.

To find out more go to http://theprideandthepassion.co.uk/offside-stories

Writer’s Classes, Groups, Workshops

Writing workshops to be taught by award wining authors Kate Forsyth and Amy Espeseth on July 26 and 27. Discount price on offer for full course bookings. This year’s topic is “So you want to write a novel?”

In Kate Forsyth’s only Melbourne appearance, participants will be introduced to key aspects of writing the first draft of their novel – from finding and developing their idea (plotting and planning) to making the right choice when considering point of view and narrative voice, plus the complexities and wonder of structure in Kate’s highly-anticipated Story structure masterclass.
Amy Espeseth’s writing workshops will build on Kate’s teachings about writing your first draft such as – learn how to create complex, believable characters, gain insights into the role of dialogue, and understand the intricate interplay between character motivation, and the arc of your story. Amy will also discuss what it means to be a writer, and offer ways to stay motivated while writing your first draft.

10 to 1 Manuscript Feedback Program

Improve Your Acceptance Chances – Have your first ten pages assessed twice by a professional.
You only get one chance to make an impression on an agent or publisher and get their interest. If you haven’t done this by the first ten pages they won’t read further. Don’t waste your first chance. Our professional agents or editors can help you improve your acceptance chances by working with you on the first ten pages of your manuscript. Work with a professional to give you specific feedback on what keeps someone reading your work and what common mistakes turn them off. Our professional literary agent, Alex Adsett, has extensive publishing experience and is willing to help you attain your goals.

Novel Writing Group
This group meets monthly and is for those who are writing or have written a novel and would like to meet like-minded people for critiquing and support.

Writing Critique Group
This group critiques everything from novels and memoir to poetry, articles and short stories. It meets once a month on the third Thursday of each month and has a number of very experienced writers in it.

Follow us on Twitter: @gcwritersfestiv
Like us on Facebook: Gold Coast Writers Workshops
Join us on Meetup: http://www.meetup.com/Gold-Coast-Writers-Workshops-Workshops-for-Writers/

RWA Conference 2014

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The core conference is now fully booked!

5DI: 5 Day Intensive Manuscript Workshop

All information plus the entry forms for 5DI (5 day manuscript development workshop) are now available on the website. This is a fabulous opportunity for aspiring and emerging authors.

5DI is a five-day, live-in workshop where aspiring and emerging writers get to work closely with and be mentored by an established author. A small group of 6 writers share a mentor for five days, and rework their manuscripts based on their mentor’s advice.

When: Saturday November 22 to Friday November 28

Where: University College, Melbourne.

Applications Close: Applications will close 15 June.

All completed applications are to be sent to: 5di@romanceaustralia.com

So if you think 5DI is for you, get to work on polishing those manuscripts!

Online Events

RWA is looking to offer our members a series of online writers’ workshops in the second half of 2014 through its new Online Workshop List (OWL). OWL events will be hosted, facilitated and promoted by RWA on a 75:25 profit-share arrangement with the presenter (the greater amount being the presenter’s). We would like to invite interested RWA members and non-RWA members to apply to conduct a workshop online through RWA in the inaugural OWL calendar. Please download the proposal form http://www.romanceaustralia.com/p/89/OWLs, complete by May 1 2014 and email to owl@romanceaustralia.com

Classes are run from Margie Lawson’s website using on-line teaching software used by universities. Take a cyber tour before you start your class and introduce yourself.

Affordable forum-style writing classes

A double Golden Heart finalist in 2006, Julie Rowe has been writing for over ten years. Julie  teaches a variety of workshops and is the moderator of the Announce Online Classes email loop, which promotes online classes for writers. To subscribe to the Announce online Classes email loop, send an email to: Announceonlinewritingclasses-subscribe@yahoogroups.com

Claytons Conference 2014

We’re looking for a team to run the 2014 Claytons Conference (the digital conference that runs on the same weekend as the face-to-face conference for those who can’t attend Sydney). There are various positions to be filled but the primary one is the Claytons Coordinator who will lead a small team of committee volunteers to do specific tasks each. Organisation begins around May/June and the event happens August 9/10. Therefore this role is steady for about 10 weeks of the year only. Claytons is a valuable and enjoyable annual RWA event but we need people to make it happen. It’s a great way to make some new friends and industry contacts while having lots of fun. If you would like to find out more about any of the roles, please email volunteers@romanceaustralia.com or contact me (Events Liaison) at alli_sinclair@yahoo.com

Writers Festivals 2014

The Mildura Writers’ Festival brings together some of Australia’s best writers in an intimate, winter program of workshops, lectures and discussion forums.

When: July 17–20

Early Bird Tickets for Byron Bay Writers Festival are on sale. Workshops commencing on 28 July. The Early Bird tickets are only on sale until the full program is announced on 6 June, so now is the time to pick up a discounted Festival pass. For more Festival information or to purchase Early Bird tickets visit byronbaywritersfestival.com.au or call 1300 368 552.

When: August 1–3

Melbourne Writers Festival (MWF) is Melbourne’s annual, two-week celebration for writers, readers and thinkers. Each year in August, the Festival celebrates the talent and ideas of hundreds of writers from Australia and around the world, through a vibrant program of storytelling, conversation and discussion, intellectual debate, educational programs, live performance, music and art events. The Festival includes events for people of all ages and more than a quarter of the program is free. Their highly regarded Schools’ Program attracts more than 15,000 students.

When: August 21–31

Details to be provided as soon as they become available.

When: September 3–7

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