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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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The shortlists for the 2019 Reading & Enjoying Australian Literature (REAL) Awards—which act as shortlists for children’s choice book awards in New South Wales (KOALAs), Northern Territory (KROC Awards) and Victoria (YABBAs)—have been announced. Amongst the shortlist are:

Picture story books

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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.

Collective Celebrations

The shortlists for the 2019 Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year Awards have been announced. Amongst the shortlisted authors in each category are:

Birth to three years

Notebook and travel items resting on a map

Round 4 of the Neilma Sidney Literary Travel Fund received 111 applications, requesting a total of $559,410 in grant money.

This round's judges were writer Roanna Gonsalves, Aviva Tuffield from University of Queensland Press, and Jackie Tang from Readings. They were impressed with the overall quality of the applications in what was a competitive round, awarding a total of $49,569 to 12 recipients.

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.

The shortlists for the Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIAs) have been announced. Amongst the shortlist are:

Book of the year for younger children (ages 7-12)

  • Andy Griffiths, tutor, for ‘The 104-Storey Treehouse’

Small publishers’ adult book of the year

The 2018 Annual General Meeting was held on 27 March.

The Chair, Director and Treasurer all presented their reports on 2018 activity, which can be viewed in the annual report. In addition, four members were elected to the Committee of Management: Donata Carrazza and Noe Harsel, both existing Committee members, and we welcome Bryan Keon-Cohen and Amy Maddison, who are joining us for the first time. Thanks to Andrew Bush and Sarah Jensen for also standing for election.

Mary Hoban smiling

Writers Victoria and the Hazel Rowley Literary Fellowship are delighted to announce that Mary Hoban's biography 'An Unconventional Wife: The Life of Julia Sorell Arnold' has just been published by Scribe. The book was launched by Ellen Koshland on 3 April at Avenue Bookstore, Melbourne, and is now available in bookshops.

The weather may be getting colder, but the Melbourne literary scene is heating up. It is with great pleasure that we introduce our True Grit Mid-Year program, designed to complement the many Victorian festivals and events, and help you to meet your writing goals.

As a wonderful member of Writers Victoria, you are invited to attend our Annual General Meeting on Wednesday 27 March, from 6–7PM.

The AGM will be held in the Workshop Space, on Level 4 of the Wheeler Centre, 176 Little Lonsdale Street. This is a great opportunity to meet Writers Victoria staff members and our Board members.

You can also vote on the night to fill vacancies on our Committee of Management.

Eleanor Hogan smiling

On Monday 4 March, in front of a large audience at Adelaide Writers’ Week, author and academic Eleanor Hogan was announced as winner of the 2019 Hazel Rowley Literary Fellowship for her proposed biography of Ernestine Hill and Daisy Bates.

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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.

Penguin Random House Australia is delighted to announce the shortlisted authors for the 2019 Penguin Literary Prize. Among the shortlist are:

  • Imbe Neeme, member, for ‘The Spill’
  • Kirsten Krauth, member, for ‘Almost a Mirror’

The longlist for the 2019 Stella Prize, worth $50,000, has been announced. Among the longlist are: