Frances Goodey's story Obeying Mad Melphi has been included in the Imaginary Worlds anthology published by Urchin Press.S.J. Cameron is proud to announce the publication of his 195,000 word eco-thriller XYLO: A Novel In Three Branches, about a strange girl and an even stranger tree and their fight to save a stand of pristine rainforest from the hands of rapacious developers. Available on Amazon Kindle.Adele Jones' young adult novel Activate, the final book in the Blaine Colton trilogy, will be released Tuesday 1 November 2016 by Rhiza Press.Barry Rosenberg's story, And A Cup of Tea For James has been accepted for the anthology Displacement to be published by Horrified Press.Growth by Mirandi Riwoe has been shortlisted for the 2016 Josephine Ulrick Prize.Janet Lee has won The Australian Funeral Directors Association Award in the Grieve Project competition for My Mourning.Pamela Jeffs' short story This Wild Stretch of Ocean was shortlisted for the 2015 Toowoomba Writer's Festival Literary Prize. It has now been included in the 2015 anthology Brio published by the Toowoomba Writer's Festival and the Fellowship of Australia Writers Queensland.Cheryl Fagan has published Murder & Misconduct, the historical true crime prequel to Murder & Misconduct – The Complete Files.Lindsay Boyd's literary fiction mystery novel Inevitable has been published by Black Rose Writing.Anita Heiss has published Barbed Wire and Cherry Blossoms, with Simon and Schuster Australia.Mocco Wollert has had poem Heatwave published in Positive Words magazine and two haikus published in Fellowship of Australian Writers' Scope magazine.Kerry Lown Whalen's  short story, The Cool Group won first prize in the 2016 Gold Coast Writers' Short Story Competition and will be published in eWriteabout.Kerry Lown Whalen was highly commended for her short story, His Father's Son in the 2015 Morrison Mentoring Short Story Competition. It is published in the anthology, Flourish. Her short story, Decisions, entered in the Toowoomba Literary Awards 2015, was published in the anthology, Brio.Allison Rusbhy has sold her young adult, medical psychologist thriller The Fifth Room to Omnibus Books (Scholastic). It will be published in October 2017.The feature film screenplay adaptation of James Raven's Terra Major Under Threat in the Sentinels of Tzurac trilogy has now received an Award of Merit as one of the ten finalists in The New Renaissance Film Festival London 2016 and the Silver Award from the International Independent Film awards.Félix Calvino's collection of short stories So Much Smoke will be launched at Avid Reader Bookstore on Friday 16 December 2016.Ron Ramsay's memoir An Eternal World, Messages from the Other Side, published with  Boolarong Press, is available on Amazon, Apple iBooks and Kobo.Bette Guy has launched her latest independently published book Riding the Fate Train, available from Amazon.Nicole Crowe has been awarded an ASA Emerging Writers' Mentorship (Non-Fiction).Mocco Wollert's poem Home was awarded third prize in the Society of Women Writers Queensland poetry competition.iGrief by Lech Blaine has been included in the 2016 Scribe Nonfiction Prize shortlist.In October, the Queensland Governor, the Honourable Paul de Jersey AC, presented Darryl R Dymock with the 2016 Roly Sussex Short Story Award for Darryl's story, The space between.Scholastic will publish two books by Pamela Rushby in 2016. Princess Parsley will be released in July and Lizzie and Margaret Rose will be published and released in October.Karen Tyrrell has received a RADF Grant from Arts Queensland to assist in the publishing costs of her fourth book Harry Helps Grandpa Remember.Tania Joyce has released her third romance novel, Distractions. It is available in ebook and paperback formats online at all major e-retailers.Anne Griffin published Saidor Story, her mother's memoir of New Guinea, through Pukpuk Publications.Anna Jacobson has been shortlisted for the 2016 Scribe Nonfiction Prize for her entry entitled How to Knit a Human.Melanie Myers' short story Recess was shortlisted for the Lane Cove Literary Awards and was published in the Summer 2016 edition of Kill Your Darlings.Partners In Crime by Pauline Yates was the editor's choice to feature on Short Fiction Break in October.Nathan Shepherdson's poem Whitely visits Morandi has been shortlisted for the 2016 Josephine Ulrick Prize.Edwina Shaw's In the Dark of Night, a book for children aged 9 - 14 has been published by Raven Publishing UK and selected for the nationwide library promotion Summer Reading Club.Rose Allan has been selected to attend the Reading & Writing Short Story focus week at Varuna Writers’ House.Elizabeth Smyth has been longlisted in the 2016 ABR Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize.The Head of the Royal Australian Army Educational Corps, Colonel Katrina Schildberger, launched Darryl R Dymock's latest non-fiction book, The Chalkies: Educating an army for independence, published by Australian Scholarly Publishing, at Avid Reader Bookshop in early October.Lindsay Boyd's novel Inevitable is to be published by Black Rose Writing in June.Sandi Gamble's memoir Broken: The Remarkable Tale of One Forgotten Australian will be launched at Avid Reader Bookstore on Monday 12 December 2016.Karen Tyrrell's children's book Song Bird Superhero published by Digital Future Press received a Kirkus Review 'Imaginative tale that flies high'.John Holliday's book Mission to China: How an Englishman Brought the West to China was published by Amberley Publishing in the UK, and will be launched in Australia in December. He was invited to speak at Sherborne Literary Festival and was interviewed on radio stations in England and Spain.Geoff Barlow’s series of articles on famous Queensland Governor Sir Walter Campbell, published in the Owen Dickson Society E-Journal, were recognised recently by an invitation to Government House. Co-written by Professor James Corkery, the articles have now been cited in the Canadian Parliamentary Review, several Australian legal journals and a number of academic texts.Shelley Russell Nolan has signed a two-book deal with Atlas Productions for Lost Reaper and Winged Reaper, the first two books of her Reaper Series, due for release in September and October.Simon Kennedy has had a poem published in an anthology by Breath of Fresh Air Press.Jeanette Grant-Thomson has been awarded third prize in the Stories of Life short story competition for her story When I Think I’m Going Under. Her prize-winning story will be published in an anthology produced by the competition organisers called A Chicken Can Make a Difference.Trent Jamieson’s novel Day Boy has been longlisted for the 2017 International Dublin Literary Award.Wendy Dartnall has published A Wind from the East through Balboa Press, launching the book at Avid Reader in June.Grace Howell has published her book The Venetastrum Legacy, available in print and digitally through Amazon.Tang the Burmese, a poem by Mocco Wollert was published in Scope in May. War Child was published in the Lane Cove Literary Awards Anthology 2015 and Jacaranda Dawn, Corners and Ode to a Lost Moment were published in Australia Times.The Illusion of Islands by Andrea Baldwin has been longlisted for the 2016 Richell Prize for Emerging Writers.John Algate has published a new biography, Jessie’s House of Needles, about the remarkable life of missionary nurse Jessie Williamson who spent 35 years in the remote highlands of West Papua.Anna Daniels will publish her debut romantic comedy novel, Girl in Between, with Allen & Unwin in 2017.Lea Davey has self-published her first novel, The Shack by the Bay, available through Book Depository, Amazon and other online retailers.

An interview with Gillian Wills

Can you tell us a little bit about Elvis? Had you had any other animal companions previously? I’ve had many pets – tortoises, guinea pigs, budgies, stick insects, hens, cats, ducks, fish, dogs and a goat. But never a horse until I encountered Elvis, in a terrible condition, on a hillbilly farm in Green Pidgeon more

Dec-Feb WQ print magazine available now for QWC members

Contents: Like plumbing – Kristina Olsson Australian short story trends – Craig Bolland Making a living from writing – Jackie French Writing games – Brooke Maggs New tools, timeless tales – Simon Groth Trends in young adult writing – Amie Kaufman Conjuring stories – Melaina Faranda Writing on the road – Claire Coleman Coming home – 25 more

Poetry changes. Nothing is certain. But write.

Nathan Shepherdson

Florence. Italy. Two nouns. Two places. One location. Two concepts for what they evoke within traveller mythology. If I’m allowed the sports arena-like satellite digital drill-down: we find two poets in the mesmeric and genteel surrounds of the NYU Campus in Florence.  I can put my hand up to being one of those poets, with more

Three Things You Should be Doing with your Rights

Peter M Ball

The most useful advice I’ve been given as a writer had nothing to do with craft. It came from an established writer years into their career, and it came down to a simple task: track the rights in an excel document. Do one for every story, every novel. I’m not sure why this stuck with more

Trends in Young Adult Writing (Excerpt)

Amie Kaufman

“I see now that dismissing YA books because you’re not a young adult is a little bit like refusing to watch thrillers on the grounds that you’re not a policeman or a dangerous criminal, and as a consequence, I’ve discovered a previously ignored room at the back of the bookstore that’s filled with masterpieces I’ve more

Designing drunken text

George Saad

George Saad explores how new kinds of partnerships between authors and designers can help enrich the story-telling experience for readers …   With the growing popularity and quality of cinema, television and video games, storytelling has expanded from the static pages of books. We are absorbing stories constantly, while seeing bookstores diminish and being led more