Catch up on the latest news from Writers Victoria and the literary sector

The Australian Literary Agents’ Association (ALAA) represents more than one thousand established and emerging authors and illustrators across all sectors of the publishing industry.

Along with many others in the publishing community, our members were shocked to hear that the federal government is considering the repeal of existing parallel importation restrictions (PIRs) on books. These restrictions prohibit booksellers from importing books from overseas when a local edition is available.

Illustration of the owl and the pussycat in a small boat. The cat is using a telescope to look under the surface of the water.

New year, new look.

You’ll notice a few changes in the Feb/Mar edition of The Victorian Writer magazine (due to hit letterboxes next week).

You will now receive more of your favourite content every second month, as we move to six editions each year. (With many thanks to all of the WV members who provided feedback on the magazine in our annual members’ survey.)

We kick off in February with ‘Writing your life’, featuring Benjamin Law, Spiri Tsintziras, Rebecca Starford, Sian Prior and Maria Katsonis.

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Hello, 2016. As another writing year begins, we share our vision for the year to come with this extract from our 2016 Business Plan.

Writers Victoria is all about writing. With more than 3,200 members, we are the state’s largest organisation supporting Victorian writers.

For more than two decades Writers Victoria has been a leading provider of information, resources and skills development for our members and the broader writing community.

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The Deborah Cass Writing Prize was established to support unpublished authors whose work reflects on the migrant experience.

Writers Victoria received 56 submissions, which included  poetry, plays, memoir, fiction, and non-fiction. Members of the organising committee for the Deborah Cass prize agreed on this shortlist (countries in brackets feature in their submission):

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Get a head-start on your new year resolutions with a Summer School writing workshop at Writers Victoria.

Between the 11th and 24th of January, 14 authors, publishers and industry experts will take early, emerging and established writers through a range of literary adventures in Melbourne.

A figure from the 2014 Stella Count

In 2016, the Stella Prize will release its inaugural Diversity Count. Modelled after the annual Stella Count, which tallies the publication and review of women’s fiction and non-fiction books, the Diversity Count will look to statistically collect ‘data about race, disability, non-binary gender identification, and sexual orientation’. Inspired by the VIDA Women of Color Count, which documents the number of...

Photo of Jax Jacki Brown looking at the ground. Her wheelchair casts a shadow behind her

There is a quote from Rosemarie Garland-Thomson, a Professor of English and Bioethics, and a scholar of disability studies, which I think about quite a lot: ‘Disability is a culturally fabricated narrative of the body’.

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The Prime Minister and Minister for the Arts have announced the 2015 Prime Minister's Literary Awards shortlists. In the lead-up to the announcement on December 14 we will be sharing some top writing tips from some of the shortlisted authors. The Prime Minister's Literary Awards recognise and reward excellence in Australian literature and history. Award Categories are fiction, poetry, non-fiction, Australian history, young adult fiction and children's fiction.


Welcome to our monthly brag about our Writers Victoria community members who have won awards, been shortlisted or longlisted for writing prizes or received industry recognition.

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Writers Vic members get a first look at our 2016 program this week and an opportunity to win a weekend away at The Schaller Studio art series hotel in Bendigo.

“As writers, we are often much better at finding the big ideas than at finishing them,” said Writers Victoria Director Kate Larsen., “So our 2016 program is all about finding (and keeping) the motivation to write.”