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Writing

The following resources may be useful for writers and publishers.

Tasmanian membership organisations and peak bodies

The Tasmanian Writers’ Centre
A not-for-profit organisation that supports literature and writing in all forms and provides up-to-date news about events and opportunities in Tasmania.

National membership organisations and peak bodies

Australian Script Centre
A key organisation providing essential infrastructure services to the theatre sector.

Express Media
A peak organisation for the creation, development and promotion of young Australian writers and text-based artists.

Playwriting Australia
A national peak body for playwriting, with a mission to support the development and promotion of great new Australian writing for performance.

The Australian Literary Agents Association
Provides a public presence and a point of contact for Australian literary agencies.

The Australian Society of Authors
A peak professional association for Australia’s literary creators.

The Australian Writers Guild
Provides professional development and support for performance writers and acts as an advocate on their behalf, to ensure work is properly valued, protected and remunerated.

The Fellowship of Australian Writers
An Australia-wide body with branches in each state, it caters for both established writers and those interested in writing.

Tasmanian awards and prizes

Premiers Literary Prizes
Prizes that celebrate the richness of the Tasmanian literary sector and acknowledge the particular influence that Tasmania has on written work, the value of the 2013 Tasmanian Literary Prizes is $35 000.

National awards and prizes

Australian Book Review Calibre Award
Non-fiction subjects are eligible including life writing, literary studies, history, politics, biography, philosophy, natural history, popular science, travel writing and environmental studies.

New South Wales Premier’s Literary Awards
Includes the Christina Stead Prize for fiction, the Kenneth Slessor Prize for poetry and the Douglas Stewart Prize for non-fiction.

Nita Kibble Literary Award
Recognises the works of women writers who have published fiction or non-fiction classified as ‘life writing’. This includes novels, autobiographies, biographies, literature and any writing with a strong personal element. The 2012 prize pool was valued at $35 000.

The Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature
Celebrates Australia’s writing culture by offering national and state-based literary awards. Awards are on offer in children’s literature, fiction, innovation, non-fiction and poetry.

The Australian Prime Minister’s Literary Awards
Recognises literary excellence in Australian fiction, poetry, non-fiction, Australian history, young adult fiction and children’s fiction.

The Australian/Vogel Literary Award
An award for an unpublished manuscript by a writer under the age of 35 years. The award offers publication by Allen and Unwin and prize money totalling $20 000.

The Children’s Book Council of Australia Awards
The awards have five categories in the Book of the Year Awards and numerous other awards presented annually by the National Office and CBCA branches in each state and territory.

The Miles Franklin Literary Award
Celebrates Australian character and creativity and nurtures the continuing life of literature about Australia. It is awarded for the novel of the year of the highest literary merit which presents Australian life in any of its phases.

The Patrick White Playwrights’ Fellowship
A position for an established Australian playwright whose work has been produced professionally in Australia within the last four years. The winning playwright receives $25 000 for a year-long fellowship in recognition of their contribution to the theatre and their artform.

The Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards
Aims to promote and raise the profile of contemporary creative writing and Australia’s publishing industry.

Trade fairs

Bologna Children’s Book Fair
The premier meeting place for children’s book publishers from around the world, the fair is the ideal platform to buy and sell rights to children’s titles, establish new contacts and business opportunities and see the latest trends in children’s publishing.

Bookexpo America
North America’s largest gathering of booksellers, book distributors, marketing and publicity professionals, editors, agents, scouts and includes educational conference sessions.

Frankfurt Book Fair
The largest book fair in the world, it is held annually and hosts more than 7 300 exhibitors. This is an important international marketplace  for books, media, rights and licenses.

London Book Fair
Encompassing a broad spectrum of the publishing industry, this is the global market place and leading business exhibition for rights negotiation, sales and distribution across print, audio, TV, film and digital channels.

Opportunities

ABC’s Poetica
Dedicated to the performance of poetry, live readings, studio-based poetry features and on-location recordings.

Antipodes
A North American journal of Australian literature that welcomes critical essays on any aspect of Australian and New Zealand literature, culture and comparative studies.

Artlink
Provides evaluation and analyses of contemporary art in Australia, produces special issues and undertakes major theme-based features.

Art Monthly Australia
A dynamic visual arts magazine containing lively commentary, news and reviews on the visual arts, and is committed to representing all Australian states and territories.

Australian Book Review
Australia’s oldest and premier literary review, it publishes reviews, essays, commentaries and creative writing, and is committed to highlighting the full range of critical and creative writing from around Australia.

Australia Council Literature Board
Supports excellence, diversity and vitality of Australian stories through both print publication and digital media. It provides grants to writers, supports the publishing industry and supports the promotion of Australian writers nationally and overseas.

Australian Literary Review
A monthly literary supplement published by The Australian newspaper.

Cordite Poetry Review
Showcases the work of emerging and established Australian poets, while fostering links with a growing international audience. Cordite Poetry Review solicits poetry through calls for submissions on various themes.

Etchings
A tri-annual quality publication with an international focus, dedicated to showcasing new work by emerging and established writers and artists.

Melbourne Poets Union
Dedicated to the development of the art of poetry and its promotion. It offers a free bi-monthly publication to all Melbourne Poets Union members, contains details of forthcoming events, competitions, writing tips and other miscellany of interest to poets.

Going Down Swinging
A literary anthology of short fiction, poetry, comic art and spoken word, in a book/CD package, publishing since 1980 to widespread acclaim.

Island Magazine
Publishes quality short stories, poetry, extracts from forthcoming novels, and articles and essays on topics of social, environmental and cultural significance.

Meanjin
An Australian literary magazine committed to publishing the best of new writing.

Next Wave Festival
A biennial festival and artist development organisation presenting genre-busting new works by the next wave of Australian artists.

Overland
A literary journal that features fiction, poetry, reviews, comment, artwork and opinion pieces. It has a tradition of publishing articles with a political and cultural focus.

Quadrant
An independent review of literature and ideas published 10 times a year.

RealTime
A critical guide to contemporary arts with a focus on innovation in performance, photomedia, film, video, interactive media and hybrid arts.

Southerly
Publishes a wide range of poetry and fiction, critical essays and commentaries from writers and scholars all over Australia and New Zealand.

The Australian Writer’s Marketplace
A subscription service that provides submission and contact details for the print media and publishing industry.

The Red Room Company
A not-for-profit company based in Sydney that aims to create, promote and publish a spectrum of poetry by Australian writers.

Voiceworks Magazine
A national quarterly magazine that features new writing by Australian young writers.

The Wheeler Centre
A Victorian Government initiative that offers an extensive program of guest speakers, forums and current debates on books, writing and ideas in venues around Melbourne and regional Victoria.

Information and resources

Arts Tasmania's arts-e newsbyte
A fortnightly e-newsletter highlighting the latest Tasmanian, national and international arts opportunities as well as industry news.

ArtsHub
A subscription-based online resource for Australian arts workers including news, opportunities and job listings.

Australia Council for the Arts - indigenous protocols
The Australia Council has produced five guides that cover protocols for producing Indigenous Australian media arts, music, performing arts, visual arts and writing.

Australian Poetry
A national peak industry body for poetry. It promotes excellence in Australian poetry and offers programs and opportunities for all Australians to engage with Australian poets and poetry.

Jacket Magazine
Links to over 70 literary websites and has a focus on international journals. Jacket Magazine also showcases lively contemporary poetry and prose.

Legal deposit in Australia
Provides information on the requirements for the legal deposit of publications in Australian libraries.

National Library of Australia
Provides a lists of general literature websites and a diverse range of information on Australian literature resources, as well as links to other useful websites.

The Australian Writer’s Marketplace
A database directory containing information on writing markets, publishers, agents, industry organisations, awards and courses.

The Children’s Book Council of Australia
A volunteer-run, not-for-profit, organisation supporting children’s and young adult literature.

The Society of Editors (Tasmania)
Aims to help establish and maintain high standards of editing, promote the exchange of ideas and information on professional matters, provide opportunities for professional development and raise government, industry and commercial awareness of the benefits of professional writing and editing.

The Society of Women Writers Tasmania
Provides support and encouragement for women interested in writing in any genre.