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New $30,000 Australasian literary prize celebrating historical fiction genre

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Australia’s leading infrastructure and facilities service provider ARA Group has partnered with The Historical Novel Society Australasia (HNSA) to announce a new major literary prize, set to award $30,000 to an outstanding historical novelist. The new ARA Historical Novel Prize gives Australian and New Zealand historical novelists the chance to be recognised in a class of their own, with the most significant prize money for any genre-based prize in Australasia. Entries will be judged on excellence in writing, depth of research, and reader appeal. ARA Group Founder, Executive Chair and Managing Director Ed Federman said as a patron of historical …

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Competition Finalists 2020 | Sweet Treats

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Congratulations to our Sweet Treats finalists for 2020! 1st place — Carolyn Wren — Cupcake Memories 2nd place — Elouise Tynan — One Sweet Night 3rd place — Libby M Iriks — Add a Little Spice The short stories (all 3,000 words or less), by these talented authors, will feature in the Sweet Treats Cupcake 2020 anthology along with the following stories that have won a place as the top 15 ranked stories out of a total of 65 entries: Georgia Moore — Sweet as Cupcakes Hollee Mands — Sweetness in Sorrow Caylee Tierney — Anywhere Dianna Wilson — Her …

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Competition Finalists 2020 | Spicy Bites

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Firstly, congratulations to all who entered. It’s not easy putting creative work out for review, bravo! We received a total of 35 high quality entries which were each reviewed by three different judges. Thank you to our wonderful 36, mix of reader and writer judges, who volunteered their time, energy and expertise to review these entries. Based on the ranking and word count, this year’s Anthology will contain 12 short stories. Now for the moment you’ve been waiting for…Drumroll… Congratulations to our Spicy Bites 2020 finalists! 1st place – Kristine Charles – Cuffed Equal 2nd place – Karen Lieversz – …

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Three things I learned while writing… One Summer Between Friends

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Valentine’s Day had been and gone for 2020, but remember your romance with books and reading can be every day of the year! Welcome to blog contributor Trish Morey! Trish is a USA Today Bestselling Author who loves to travel and loves being a writer! Trish joins us here today to tell us about three things she learned while writing ‘One Summer Between Friends’.

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The RuBY Monologues | Maddison Michaels

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Welcome to our 2019 RuBY winners spotlight – this month I’m pleased to introduce – Maddison Michaels! Maddison won the RuBy in the historical category. The story follows Devlin Markham, the notorious ‘Devil Duke’ of Hungtington, who who’s looking to secure his fortune with a marriage to Lady Sophie Wolcott. However, Sophie is a blue stocking heroine unimpressed with the Duke’s rakish and rougish ways. When Devlin’s dark past threatens to place not only him, but Sophie in danger too, they’ll find that not just their lives are in jeopardy, but their hearts too.

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Three things I learned while writing… The Lawson Sisters

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Now 2020 is upon us – holidays are over, kids are back in school and we’re ready for a head down bottoms up back start to the year. But it’s still summer and the living is easy! Welcome to blog contributor Janet Gover! Janet is an award winning novelist who loves writing books about the Australian outback and joins us here today to tell us about three things she learned while writing ‘The Lawson Sisters’.

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Kiss and Tell | Megan Mayfair

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Victorian author Megan Mayfair is making a fabulous splash in the romance world, with her work receiving accolades galore from both readers and writers. Megan was shortlisted for an impressive five nominations in this year’s Australian Romance Readers Awards and last year scooped the pool with the Romance Writers Association’s Romantic Book of the Year award for her novel Tangled Vines. What a way to kick off a career in romance writing!