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.  ▪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...’.Lalith Kayshal has published her romance novel The Lost Crown through Seventh Wave Publishing.  Allison Rushby's middle grade historical fantasy, The Turnkey, will be published by Walker Books Australia in early 2017.  ▪John Heussler has published To Catch a Min Min: The life and times of Jack Heussler through Zeus Pubishling.  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.  ▪Lesley Synge’s novel Cry Ma Ma to the Moon, illustrated Brisbane artist Kathryn Brimblecombe-Fox, is now an e-book on Amazon. 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. ▪Graeme Buckley has published his first e-book, Simon and MacGuffin. It is available now from Amazon.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.Julie Chilver’s short story 'Tea in the Caddy’ has received a highly commended in the Eaglehawk Dahlia Short Story Competition.'The Other Girl' by Robyn Osborne has been shortlisted for the 2016 Rachel Funari Prize for Fiction.'Growth' by Mirandi Riwoe has been shortlisted for the 2016 Josephine Ulrick Prize.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.  ▪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.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.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.Anna Daniels will publish her debut romantic comedy novel, Girl in Between, with Allen & Unwin in 2017.Pamela Rushby is  pleased to announce her historical novel, Sing a Rebel Song, set in Barcaldine during the 1891 Shearers’ Strike, has been published by Omnibus Books.Jeanette Grant-Thomson has released her fourth book, Lantern Light, published by Ark House Press.Random House’s Random Romance digital list is to print Aquila, by Sue-Ellen Pashley, in March.Morgana MacLeod's flash fiction piece, 'Psychobilly Five & Dime', has been published in Thumbnail 6.Inara Strungs has published her first novel, Sunstone, through Palmer Higgs.  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.  ▪Gisella McIntyre's first novel 'Fleeting Moments' has been launched as ebook with Amazon by Xlibris.Under his penname AR Dent, Dennis Randall published his book To Kill a Bunyip through Smashwords.Lalith Kayshal has published her romance novel The Lost Crown through Seventh Wave Publishing.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.'Where the Fence Came Down', by Kevin Smith, was short-listed in the open section of the 2014 Katharine Susannah Prichard Short Fiction Awards.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'.Sandra Watkins has published her fourth Queensland history book for children called The History of the Ekka.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.Verity Croker's short story, 'Grasskiller', will be published in the 40 Degree South competition anthology later this year.Robin Storey came third in the Stringybark Erotic Short Fiction competition and her story ‘Make Believe’ appears in the anthology Cocktails, published by Stringybark .Nicholas and Alison Lochel’s self-published Zarkora series has been acquired by Hachette in a four-book deal.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.Kathy George's Gothic manuscript Sargasso has been short-listed for the 2015 Queensland Literary Awards - Unpublished Manuscript, Emerging Author section.  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'.  ▪  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.  ▪Maree Smith (writing as Maree Reedman) had her poem 'The Washing Basket' published in the Newcastle's Grieve e-anthology 2015. Her poems 'Memorial' won third prize in the 2015 Ipswich Poetry Feast's Open Other section and 'Smoke and Stories' was highly commended. She was also selected for the Edwards Property Mentorship Award with poet Dr Carmen Keates.Neville Mills recently published his fourth book, The Curious Letters of Mervyn Mudal. More details on his website www.nevmills.comClippity Clippity's Exciting Discovery by Paula White, and illustrated by Marvin Paracuelles, has been published by Ex Libris.Deanne Seigle-Buyat got third prize in the Rockingham Short Fiction Awards for 'Castles in the Air'.The Illusion of Islands by Andrea Baldwin has been longlisted for the 2016 Richell Prize for Emerging Writers.  Boyd Craig's second book, the novella Following your knows, has been published through InHouse Publishing.  ▪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.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.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.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  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.

Walking out of your comfort zone and into fear

Sally Piper

When writing about what you don’t know, the best way to learn about it is to experience it firsthand. This might include fear. When I started writing a novel about three women who were to face their worst fears while hiking in a remote area, I realised I’d only ever hiked safely. Walks on my more

On being longlisted for the Richell Prize

Andrea Baldwin

I am honoured and thrilled to have been longlisted for the 2016 Richell Prize. It’s a truism that writing can be a lonely business, full of angst and self-doubt. Hearing now and then that someone else values your story, and believes in your ability to tell it, is tremendously affirming. Along the same lines, it’s more

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Ellen van Neerven

Tell us a bit about your new poetry collection, Comfort Food. Comfort Food is inspired by food, and what it means to us, our families, our relationships with each other. The poems are about identity, sovereignty and love. You’ve had a long and exciting career in fiction already. What got you into writing, and what’s more

Portable Curiosities – an interview with Julie Koh

Julie Koh

QWC spoke with Australian fiction writer, Julie Koh, about short story writing …   Tell us a bit about your new collection, Portable Curiosities. Portable Curiosities is a bunch of surreal, satirical short stories. Many of them are set in an alternate Australia, filled with killer ice-cream trucks, 1,200-storey glass towers and separatist cat cafés. The stories more

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Jay Kristoff

Hello friends. Before we join hands and jump down this particular rabbit hole together, I’m going to post a disclaimer. Imagine, if you will, this caveat standing in 40-foot high letters, set alight with phosphorescent accelerant, surrounded by trumpet-blowing angels. It reads: “This is just my opinion.” There are no golden rules in publishing, except more

Top Five Networking Tips for Authors

Angela Slatter

“Networking” isn’t a dirty word. Unfortunately, sometimes it feels dirty. Some writers will tell you that the entire idea of networking dilutes or sullies your art − that you should get back to starving in your garret, producing a masterpiece that people will magically know about when it’s done. The word has most certainly received more