Ian Laver, Sunshine Coast Writer, won second prize for his hard hitting story, ‘Up Ahead’ in the 2015 Henry Lawson Society’s Gulgong Literary Awards Open Short Story.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.Ariella van Luyn has published her first novel, Treading Water, with Affirm Press.Julie Chilver’s short story ‘Tea in the Caddy’ has received a highly commended in the Eaglehawk Dahlia Short Story Competition.'Premium Brand' by Susi Fox has been shortlisted for the 2016 Rachel Funari Prize for Fiction.'Growth' by Mirandi Riwoe has been shortlisted for the 2016 Josephine Ulrick Prize.John Heussler has published To Catch a Min Min: The life and times of Jack Heussler through Zeus Pubishling.Karen Tyrrell won an RADF grant to publish picture book Harry Helps Grandpa Remember in May 2015 to raise awareness of Alzheimer’s and dementia.Random House’s Random Romance digital list is to print Aquila, by Sue-Ellen Pashley, in March.Mocco Wollert has had children’s story ‘Miss Applebee Turns Red’ published in The Australia Times Children’s Magazine and a haiku published in Scope (FAWQ) Magazine. Her poem ‘Gallipoli No More’  was published in an anthology of Anzac poems called When Anzac Day Comes Around.Zoe Harland's short story "Money Shot" won the Lane Cove Market Square Youth PrizeHazel 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.Mocco Wollert has had three children's stories from her eight-part series about Miss Applebee the Cat published in The Australia Times Children's Magazine: ‘Miss Applebee Receives her White Heart’, ‘Miss Applebee Turns Yellow’ and ‘Miss Applebee Goes to the Beach'.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.'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.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.Robin Storey came third in the Stringybark Erotic Short Fiction competition and her story ‘Make Believe’ appears in the anthology Cocktails, published by Stringybark .  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.  ▪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. 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. ▪Julie Hyndman will be presenting with the Fellowship of Australian Writers Queensland at Brisbane Writers Festival in 2015. Gold Coast author, Dimity Powell's short story, 'Park Ride', will be featured in this year's Short and Twisted 2015 anthology, due out July via Celapene Press. 'Park Ride' was shortlisted for the Charlotte Duncan Award 2014. ▪  Barry Roseberg's story, 'A Close Shave', has been accepted for the anthology  Growing Pains.  ▪ Children’s Author Dimity Powell, has been awarded a Highly Commended placing for her short story, Getting to Know You in the Charlotte Duncan Award 2015. Her previous entry, Park Ride was shortlisted in the 2014 Awards and appears in the Short and Twisted 2015 Anthology, released this month by Celapene Press. ▪Morgana MacLeod's flash fiction piece, 'Psychobilly Five & Dime', has been published in Thumbnail 6.  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.  ▪  Allison Rushby's middle grade historical fantasy, The Turnkey, will be published by Walker Books Australia in early 2017.  ▪Lalith Kayshal has published her romance novel The Lost Crown through Seventh Wave Publishing.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.  ▪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.Nathan Shepherdson's poem 'Whitely visits Morandi' has been shortlisted for the 2016 Josephine Ulrick Prize.  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.  ▪Tamara Pratt has had her YA novel The Story Makers published by Jaffa Books.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.Jeanette Grant-Thomson has released her fourth book, Lantern Light, published by Ark House Press.Laura Elvery was joint winner of the QUT Postgraduate Creative Writing Prize, with her story published online with Kill Your Darlings, and was also short-listed for the 2014 Overland Victoria University Short Story Prize for New and Emerging Writers.Lalith Kayshal has published her romance novel The Lost Crown through Seventh Wave Publishing.Kerry Lown Whalen was highly commended in the Morrison Mentoring Short Story Competition 2014 for 'A Small Town'. It will be published with other prize-winning stories in Glint. Her poem ‘A Creative Journey’ was the title poem in the Scars Publishing anthology of September/October 2014.Kendall Talbot has released her action adventure romance Treasured Secrets with Escape Publishing, the first of her Treasured series. Treasured Lies is due for release in October and the third book, Treasured Love, is due out in April 2016.Gisella McIntyre's first novel 'Fleeting Moments' has been launched as ebook with Amazon by Xlibris.Laura Elvery was shortlisted for the Overland NUW Fair Australia Prize in June and had a story published in The Big Issue Fiction Edition 2015.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.  Barry Rosenberg's story, 'And A Cup of Tea For James' has been accepted for the anthology Displacement to be published by Horrified Press.  ▪Julie Chilver’s short story 'Tea in the Caddy’ has received a highly commended in the Eaglehawk Dahlia Short Story Competition.Jackee Ashwin has publishing her memoir 'Relinquished, Returned, Rejected' through Balboa Press.Julie Schomberg launched her second non-fiction book, Visions in February. Published by  The University of Sunshine Coast, and available at The Co-op bookshop, it tells the story of the university's history since 1996 .  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.  ▪Lindsay Boyd's literary fiction mystery novel Inevitable has been published by Black Rose Writing.Lindsay Boyd has published his book of stories The Disadvantages of Being Tall with Smashwords and his short story ‘Waiting’ on literaryyard.com.Mocco Wollert has had her poems ‘A-B-C Poem’, ‘Party Girl’ and ‘Elgar’s Violin Concerto’ published in The Australia Times.

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