Caroline Glen was runner-up in the Earth Vision competition with her poem 'To Sue', and won the Jean Stone Poetry Award with 'West for Wonder'.  ▪Kimberley Wilson has launched her book Brisbane Art Deco: Stories of our Built Heritage, supported by the Brisbane City Council through the Lord Mayor’s Helen Taylor Research Award for Local History, and the Art Deco & Modernism Society.Elizabeth Smyth has been longlisted in the 2016 ABR Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize.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.  The Beach House by Janelle Nucifora has been longlisted in the 2016 Richell Prize for Emerging Writers.John Heussler has published To Catch a Min Min: The life and times of Jack Heussler through Zeus Pubishling.JM Peace, who attended the QWC/Hachette Manuscript Development Program in 2013, has since signed with Pan Macmillan. Crime novel A Time to Run is due out in June this year, with sequel, A Mother’s Work also contracted.Julie Hyndman will be presenting with the Fellowship of Australian Writers Queensland at Brisbane Writers Festival in 2015.Jane Smith's narrative non-fiction book, 'Captain Starlight: the strange but true story of a bushranger, impostor and murderer' has been published by Big Sky Publishing  Neville Mills recently published his fourth book, The Curious Letters of Mervyn Mudal. More details on his website www.nevmills.com  Duncan Richardson's second children's novel Who's the Enemy? set in Brisbane during World War Two, will be published by Interactive Press in June.  ▪'Where the Fence Came Down', by Kevin Smith, was short-listed in the open section of the 2014 Katharine Susannah Prichard Short Fiction Awards. Dimity Powell’s short story ‘Park Ride’ will be published in this year’s Short and Twisted 2015 anthology, due out in July via Celapene Press. ‘Park Ride’ was short-listed for the Charlotte Duncan Award 2014. ▪Lesley J Mooney, who has published novels Broken Threads and The Link of Destiny using FeedARead, had her poem ‘Only Just A Name’ published in Mackay newspaper The Daily Mercury.  My Big Bear Story, written by Cherie Curtis (also known as Cheryse Durrant) and illustrated by Jacqui Read, was launched by Creative Regions in November as a useful tool for discussing the issue of family violence with children.  ▪Geraldine Borella has had her short story ‘Achilles and the Maple Leaf’ published in Busybird Publishing’s magazine Page Seventeen and won second place in The Scribe Writers competition with short story ‘One potato, two potato...’.Gisella McIntyre's first novel 'Fleeting Moments' has been launched as ebook with Amazon by Xlibris.Jennifer Crane has published The Marble Horses, the second book in The Opal Dreaming series for middle-grade children, through Morris Publishing Australia.Linda Douglas has had over 60 articles and projects published in art and craft magazines since 2005.  In September, 2015, she launched the first issue of  her second, independently published magazine titled, Wild About Yarn,  Spring Issue,  a quarterly mini-magazine.  Cass Moriarty's debut novel The Promise Seed, published by University of Queensland Press, will be released in September, 2015. The manuscript was previously shortlisted in the Queensland Literary Awards, Emerging Author category.  ▪Verity Croker's short story, 'Grasskiller', will be published in the 40 Degree South competition anthology later this year.Lisa Southgate's short memoir about having a baby in a 'fallen woman's shelter' in Brisbane in the 1980s was published in the US this week (Oct 5) . The story, called Boothville, is in a new anthology by In Fact Books, publisher of Creative Nonfiction Magazine. It's called Oh Baby! True Stories About Conception, Adoption, Surrogacy, Pregnancy, Labor and Love.  Boyd Craig's second book, the novella Following your knows, has been published through InHouse Publishing.  ▪  Tommy Bell, Bushranger Boy, the first book in Jane Smith's children's fiction series, will be published by Big Sky and released in September 2016.  ▪Jennifer St George’s sixth book, The Billionaire’s Passionate Revenge, has been published by Destiny Romance, a Penguin Books Australia imprintJeanette Grant-Thomson has released her fourth book, Lantern Light, published by Ark House Press.Lindsay Boyd has published his book of stories The Disadvantages of Being Tall with Smashwords and his short story ‘Waiting’ on literaryyard.com.Hazel Barker’s short story, 'Love at First Sight', was long-listed in the Lane Cove Literary Award competition and her manuscript, See No Evil: story of a war child was short-listed in the Barnardos Great Aussie Prize Competition 2014.The MacGregor, the second novel in the Nightshifters series by Jenny Brigalow, is out this month through Harlequin Escape. Jenny has sold her teen novel The Overlander to Bloomsbury Spark (USA) for publication mid this year.Picador has published novel Last Day in the Dynamite Factory, by Annah Faulkner. Annah also had an article, ‘Friends Like These’, published in the July issue of Elle Magazine.  ▪Jackee Ashwin has publishing her memoir 'Relinquished, Returned, Rejected' through Balboa Press.Fiona Robertson has celebrated her debut publication with her short story 'The Drive-In' published in The Suburban Review.Linda Brucesmith's The Ink Spot is one of seven short stories to be included in stage two of The Lane of Unusual Traders, to be published by Brisbane's Tiny Owl Workshop.  David Hardy launched his non-fiction anthology Bold:  Stories from older lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people (The Rag & Bone Man Press) in Brisbane on 4 December at Queensland AIDS Council and 7 December at Avid Reader, and in Townsville at Mary Who? bookstore on 10 December.  ▪Peter Wyborn has published his novel Leaving Houses, under his penname Peter Jyams, through Balboa Press.Random House’s Random Romance digital list is to print Aquila, by Sue-Ellen Pashley, in March.  Allison Rushby's middle grade historical fantasy, The Turnkey, will be published by Walker Books Australia in early 2017.  ▪Anna Jacobson has been shortlisted for the 2016 Scribe Nonfiction Prize for her entry entitled 'How to Knit a Human'.  Integrate, a YA novel by Adele Jones  that won the 2013 CALEB Prize for unpublished manuscript, was released in September by Rhiza Press.  ▪Rita Lee Chapman has published her third book, the crime mystery Dangerous Associations, through Amazon’s Createspace.Kathy George's Gothic manuscript Sargasso has been short-listed for the 2015 Queensland Literary Awards - Unpublished Manuscript, Emerging Author section.Jarryd Luke has received an ArtStart grant and will be undertaking a residency at Gulkistan in Iceland.Sandy Curtis has had three contemporary romances, No Cure For Love, The Marriage Merger and A Tender Deception, e-published by Ormiston Press. Her thriller Grievous Harm has been nominated in the Australian Crime Writers Association’s Ned Kelly Awards.'iGrief' by Lech Blaine has been included in the 2016 Scribe Nonfiction Prize shortlist.Zoe Harland's short story "Money Shot" won the Lane Cove Market Square Youth Prize  Avril Sabine has published her novel, Dragon Blood 1: Pliethin, which was developed in QWC’s Year of the Novel, with more in the fantasy series to follow.  ▪Sandra Watkins has published her fourth Queensland history book for children called The History of the Ekka.JM Peace, who attended the QWC Hachette Manuscript Development program in 2013, has since signed with Pan Macmillan. A Time to Run is due out in June this year, with sequel A Mother’s Work also contracted.Shelley Russell Nolan's YA paranormal novella ‘Angel Fire’ has been e-published in the collection ‘Sisters of the Shadows’ by Ormiston Press. In Oct, Ormiston Press will also be e-publishing Shelley's NA urban fantasy ‘Lost Reaper’.Anna Daniels will publish her debut romantic comedy novel, Girl in Between, with Allen & Unwin in 2017.

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Ellen van Neerven

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Julie Koh

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