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10/07/2015 - 12:26pm

The Aesthetica Creative Writing Award is open for submissions. Now in its eighth year, the award is an internationally renowned prize presented by Aesthetica Magazine and judged by industry experts including Arifa Akbar, literary editor of The Independent. Prizes include £500 and publication in an anthology of new writing, giving you the chance to showcase your work to a wider, international audience.

Prizes include:

  • £500 Poetry winner
  • £500 Short Fiction winner
  • Publication in the Aesthetica Creative Writing Annual
  • One year subscription to Granta
  • Selection of books courtesy of Bloodaxe and Vintage
  • Complimentary copy of the Aesthetica Creative Writing Annual

There are two categories for entry: Short Fiction (maximum length 2,000 words each) and Poetry (maximum length 40 lines each).

Deadline for submissions is 31 August 2015.

To enter, visit www.aestheticamagazine.com/creativewriting

10/07/2015 - 12:13pm



The St Albans Writers Festival is bringing a whole world of writing to a little village. Their 2015 program includes Jane Caro, Hugh Mackay, Michael Robotham, Nikki Gemmell, PM Newton and many other established and emerging writers. They come together to create an exciting programme encompassing fiction, crime, historical, speculative, and historical fiction, true crime, fables, social commentary, comedy and travel writing. Both new and established Australian writers will be there and there will be talks, ‘in conversation’ sessions, as well as topic panels to cater to all interests. Of course, you’ll be able to buy books and have them signed by the authors at each session, as well as in our Festival Centre bookshop. There will also be the unique opportunity to share a table with your favourite writer and chat over a coffee in the Festival Centre. Rubbing shoulders with writers is just one of the advantages of being part of this intimate festival.


A few quirks of St Albans
Coming from Sydney, you will have to cross the Hawkesbury by car ferry.
There is no wi-fi or mobile phone service in St Albans village (it stops once you cross the Hawkesbury).

There are no ATMs in the village (the nearest is Wisemans Ferry), so cash up before you arrive! With no internet service we can’t link to credit card services so cash is the way to go.


Click here for more info. 

10/07/2015 - 11:55am

This competition is open to writers of all ages and experience.

Each submission must be no more than 1,500 words and follow the theme “The Choices We Make”. It will need to make a reference to alcohol and/or drugs. There is a limit of three entries per person, and the entry fee is $10 per story.

First prizeis $1,000 and a one year membership to Writers Victoria; 2nd prize is $100 and 3rd prize is $50.

The competition closes on Friday 6 November, 2015.

For more information or to download an entry form, go to www.odyssey.org.au.

01/07/2015 - 3:44pm

Hooray! Sisters in Crime Australia has finally moved to online memberships courtesy of Eventbrite.

No need to download or locate a membership form and go to the bother of posting it. Now joining Sisters in Crime is just a few clicks away.

Click here and follow the prompts.

Some of the advantages of joining Sisters in Crime Australia membership include:

  • Becoming a member of an organisation that promotes and celebrates women crime writers, offers a forum for debate and is seriously committed to fun
  • A membership card that offers 10% discount at selected bookshops
  • Discounted prices for Scarlet Stiletto winning short story collections, Scarlet Stiletto: The First Cut & Scarlet Stiletto: The Second Cut
  • A vote in the Davitt Awards for the best crime book of the year
  • Emailed updates of forthcoming events, competitions, news and much more
  • The opportunity to become involved by volunteering with Sisters in Crime Australia

Membership fees are modest.

Victorian membership:A$40/$30 (conc) pa

Non-Victorian membership:A$30/$20 (conc) pa

Overseas subscribers & libraries:A$35 pa

If you have any queries regarding this new process or about becoming a member, please contact Michaela Lobb

14/05/2015 - 6:20pm

Hooray! London women crime writers are finally getting organised – 24 years after their Australian counterparts and nearly 30 after Sara Paretsky formed Sisters in Crime at the Bouchercon in the US in 1986 (not “Sara Paratsky in 1987” , as reported in The Independent  on 13 May 2015).

Click here to catch up with the report, “Killer Women festival: The female crime novelists transforming how the publishing industry works”.

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