Greatest Reading Superhero – nominate now

Marvel & Scholastic – their powers combined for the National Year of Reading!

Check this link

The competition closes on 3 August 2012. The winners will be judged on 24 August 2012 and published on this website.

The National Prize: The ultimate Apple home system including a Mac Book Air, iPad2, the latest iPod — worth over $2000 in total! —and a super Scholastic kids’ library valued at over $500.

PLUSthe school of the National Prize winner receives $5000 worth of supplies from Scholastic! The school library also wins an iPad2.

State Prize: A winner will also be selected from each State and will receive an iPad2 and a super kids’ library valued at over $250!

So what’s your book pitch?

So what’s your book pitch?

Competition Open!

Got a favourite book? Think everyone should read it? Here’s your chance to convince them – and win! You might not only have them reading it but you could also share in $40,000 worth of prizes.

From The National Year of Reading : submit entries on-line.

So want to pitch a book to a friend to encourage them to read it? How?

Submit in ANY FORMAT YOU CHOOSE…short stories, poem, song, illustration, costume, a model, an art piece – anything you can imagine.

Prizes including Kobo e-readers, Manga graphic novels and DC Marvel posters

 Entries close on 31 May, 2012


A conversational life

2011 Aurealis Awards finalists announced

 SpecFaction NSW, organisers of the 2010 and 2011 Aurealis Awards, are delighted to announce the finalists for the 2011 Aurealis Awards.

Judging Co-ordinator, Tehani Wessely, said that with over 700 entries across the thirteen categories, the judges had a difficult job.

“Overall, the judges agreed that entries were of a high standard. In a number of the categories the judges informed us they had trouble coming down to a shortlist of five, with many worthy entries just missing out on being included.”

“The Horror Novel category was a disappointment, with a small number of entries for 2011, but we had record entries in almost all other categories.”

“I’d like to thank all the judges for their time and effort judging of these awards.”

Winners of the 2011 Aurealis Awards and the Peter McNamara Convenors’ Award for Excellence will be announced at the Aurealis Awards…

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Book Illustrator

Brain Pickings Facebook posts throw up some great stories. This is about children’s book illustator Sophie Blackall. Australian born Blackall is now situated in New York. Her blog is excellent writing & reading.  You can connect or view at Missed connections talking about her life in New York.

With author Annie Barrrows, she illustrates the Ivy + Bean childrens books.



THE 2012 SHORT LIST – More to Come.

Judges Annotations

Older Readers & Picture Books (birth to 18)

Bauer,   Michael Gerard

Ishmael and the   Hoops of Steel

Condon,   Bill A Straight Line to   my Heart
Ursula   Dubosarsky The Golden Day
Gardner,   Scot The Dead I Know
McGahan, Andrew Ship Kings: The   Coming of the Whirlpool
Newton, Robert When We Were Two
Blackwood,   FreyaText   Libby Gleeson Look, a Book!
Brooks,   RonText   Margaret Wild The Dream of the Thylacine
Cool,   RebeccaText   Glenda Millard For All Creatures
Graham, Bob A Bus Called Heaven
Rudge, LeilaText Meg McKinlay No Bears
Whatley,   BruceText   Jackie French Flood

National Young Writers Festival

TINA – sub festival  – National Young Writers Festival

27th Oct. – 1st Sept. 2012

Submissions for the 2012 Festival are now Open!

Subscribe for e-mail updates Links for Festival Workshops – Building Fictional Worlds, Crosswords, Drawing Jam, Voice Workshop, Poetry, Editing, Journo stuff plus more, more, more…
For 18 plus, but if you are under 21 years of age, you may be interested in the Younger Young Writers Mentorship Program. The Festival is part of TINA (This Is Not Art) and is comprised of five subfestivals: Electrofringe, Sound summit, Crack Theatre Festival, Critical Animals and the National Young Writers’ Festival. TINA is held in Newcastle NSW. 
You can be a voluteer in many interesting ways at TINA