The Beach House by Janelle Nucifora has been longlisted in the 2016 Richell Prize for Emerging Writers.Mocco Wollert has published In Love with Gauguin and Growing in The Australia Times and Positive Words.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.Wendy Dartnall has published A Wind from the East through Balboa Press, launching the book at Avid Reader in June.Bette Guy has launched her latest independently published book Riding the Fate Train, available from Amazon.Ariella van Luyn has published her first novel, Treading Water, with Affirm Press.Growth by Mirandi Riwoe has been shortlisted for the 2016 Josephine Ulrick Prize.iGrief by Lech Blaine has been included in the 2016 Scribe Nonfiction Prize shortlist.Anita Heiss has published Barbed Wire and Cherry Blossoms, with Simon and Schuster Australia.Anna Jacobson has been shortlisted for the 2016 Scribe Nonfiction Prize for her entry entitled How to Knit a Human.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.Sandra Watkins has published her fourth Queensland history book for children called The History of the Ekka.Lea Davey has self-published her first novel, The Shack by the Bay, available through Book Depository, Amazon and other online retailers.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.Lauren Daniels' manuscript The Serpent's Wake: A Fairy Tale for the Bitten has been shortlisted for the Half the World Global Literati Award.Elizabeth Smyth has been longlisted in the 2016 ABR Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize.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.Karen Lee Roberts has written the cabaret It's Not Easy Being Green, and will star in the production this October at Room To Play Independent Theatre.Anna Daniels will publish her debut romantic comedy novel, Girl in Between, with Allen & Unwin in 2017.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.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.Mocco Wollert has had poem Heatwave published in Positive Words magazine and two haikus published in Fellowship of Australian Writers' Scope magazine.Julie Kearney’s short stories have been published and commended. Killing Him Softly was shortlisted and highly commended in the Alan Marshall Short Story Award; The Forgiveness of Trees was also shortlisted and highly commended in Books Ireland IMRAM Short Story Competition; her memoir Stepping in the River will appear in Transnational Literature; and Are you Ready has been published in the Stringybark Anthology. Margaret River Press is publishing her story Fork in the Path. She was also selected for HARDCOPY, the ACT Writers Centre manuscript development program.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.Mocco Wollert's poems, By the Shore and Girl at Sixteen have been published in Australia Times. She has also received a second place prize in the Positive Words poetry competition.Adele Jones' young adult novel Activate, the final book in the Blaine Colton trilogy, will be released Tuesday 1 November 2016 by Rhiza Press.Nathan Shepherdson's poem Whitely visits Morandi has been shortlisted for the 2016 Josephine Ulrick Prize.Lindsay Boyd's literary fiction mystery novel Inevitable has been published by Black Rose Writing.Ann Harth received a highly commended prize in the 2016 Children's and Young Adult Writers and Illustrators Competition for the picture book You're Doing It Wrong!Lesley Synge’s play The Nature of my Illness Being will be performed at a benefit for coal miners with Black Lung disease at Magda Community Arts in September. Her essay about Australian earth artist Siegi Karl-Spence was published on online journal Communion.Cheryl Fagan has published Murder & Misconduct, the historical true crime prequel to Murder & Misconduct – The Complete Files.Zoe Harland's short story Money Shot won the Lane Cove Market Square Youth Prize.Ron Ramsay's memoir An Eternal World, Messages from the Other Side, published with  Boolarong Press, is available on Amazon, Apple iBooks and Kobo.Clippity Clippity's Exciting Discovery by Paula White, and illustrated by Marvin Paracuelles, has been published by Ex Libris.Karen Tyrrell's children's book Song Bird Superhero published by Digital Future Press received a Kirkus Review 'Imaginative tale that flies high'.Tania Joyce has released her third romance novel, Distractions. It is available in ebook and paperback formats online at all major e-retailers.Andrea Baldwin has been selected to participate in the Affirm Mentorship Program 2015, a partnership between Affirm Press and Varuna the Writers' House, to develop her contemporary adult novel The Child Pose for publication.Mocco Wollert's poem Home was awarded third prize in the Society of Women Writers Queensland poetry competition.Hazel Barker will publish The Story of a Conchie with Rhiza Press. Her other publications this year include a debut novel entitled Chocolate Soldier and memoir entitled Heaven Tempers the Wind.The Other Girl by Robyn Osborne has been shortlisted for the 2016 Rachel Funari Prize for Fiction.Barry Rosenberg's story, And A Cup of Tea For James has been accepted for the anthology Displacement to be published by Horrified Press.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.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.Mark Lingane's books, Fusion and Sucker have both been listed in the top ten self-published books (worldwide) of 2015 by the Bookbag. Sucker was also listed in the Favourite Indie Books of 2015 by SPR.  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.Kelly Lyonns has signed with Atlas Productions to publish her regency paranormal romance The Soldier's Woman, due for release in January 2017.Karen Tyrrell has received a RADF Grant from Arts Queensland to assist in the publishing costs of her fourth book Harry Helps Grandpa Remember.Lindsay Boyd's novel Inevitable is to be published by Black Rose Writing in June.The Illusion of Islands by Andrea Baldwin has been longlisted for the 2016 Richell Prize for Emerging Writers.

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