Find the perfect gift for a bookish mum

Tea and book

If you've got a particularly bookish Mum, you'll know how difficult it can be to find the perfect pick for her. We've found some books which any Mum can love - whether it's crime fiction, epic Australia history, time-travelling romance, or an ode to imperfect parenting. Sometimes the best gift you can give the mother figure in your life is a cup of tea and a quiet day of reading. READ MORE

Books to share with new mums

Mother and child

Mother's Day is a very special day on the calendar. We've selected a few beautiful, uplifting and inspiring stories to help you celebrate the wonder and complexity of motherhood - you might be a new mother yourself, or be helping a friend gain confidence in motherhood, or you might even be a newly minted grandma! However 'new motherhood' applies to you, we hope you find something on this list to guide you or make you smile. READ MORE

Why the first page of a manuscript is so important

Woman writing on paper

Unsurprisingly, first impressions are important when convincing publishers to take a chance on a manuscript. But there's a fine art to a good opening, and even the best story can be let down by a bad first page. Anna Valdinger, our Commercial Fiction Publisher, reads a lot of submission letters. So she knows a thing or two about what makes a manuscript stand out. We asked her to share a few top tips for writers to consider when submitting their work for The Banjo Prize. READ MORE

First Nations Fellowship

March 27, 2019 Uncategorized 0 Comments

  Commercial Fiction Fellowship for First Nations Writers Guidelines   Flinders University of South Australia, Harlequin— a division of HarperCollinsPublishers Australia — and Writers SA invite applications for a Commercial Fiction Fellowship for First Nations Writers. In recognition of the scarcity of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander voices in Australian commercial fiction, this Fellowship offers a unique opportunity for a writer to work closely with a leading industry expert and a major publishing house to bring a commercial manuscript for a novel to publishable standard. Writers SA and Flinders University will offer additional mentorship and support. READ MORE

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