What's on in 2016...
February 26 -- New England Illustration Prize opens
April-October — Author and Illustrator LiveLink (formerly Youth Online)
Our popular author/illustrator talk program, offered to schools throughout the region and beyond, via video link and smartboard. This year, presenters will include local author John Heffernan( two workshops) local author-illustrators Kathy Creamer and Fiona McDonald, and Booked In visiting guest authors Jan Latta and Belinda Murrell.
May 6 - July 24 — Shaun Tan Exhibition, NERAM
We are excited to be one of the supporters of this fantastic exhibition by one of Australia’s most famous illustrators, with the opening to be during Booked In! More details soon.
June 17 - 19 — Deadly Secrets Crime Writing Weekend
Held over three days with visiting crime writers P.M. Newton and Sulari Gentill. They will be joined by local crime/mystery writers Bronwyn Parry, Alan Mitchell and Sophie Masson.
The weekend will feature workshops, book signings, panel discussions, a literary morning tea and a mystery-themed dinner! Workshops for upper secondary students will also be offered on the Friday.
The 2016 New England Thunderbolt Prize will also be launched during the weekend, with entries officially open.
2016 New England Thunderbolt Prize for Crime Writing
Entries open: June 19. Entries close: September 24. Winners announced in November.
Six prizes offered: Fiction; Non-Fiction; Poetry, plus the New England Award, Emerging Authors Award, and Youth Award(under 18), in two sections: Primary and Secondary.
Judges for 2016: Bronwyn Parry (Fiction) John Foulcher(Poetry) Helena Pastor(Non-Fiction).
Entry forms will be available from the website.
Fee per entry: Adult: $10, Youth $5.
Sponsored by the School of Arts, UNE; Armidale Express; Friends of Tamworth Libraries; Reader’s Companion; Granny Fi’s Toy Cupboard
15, 22 and 28/29 October
Held in various venues, Armidale
This is a unique and exciting opportunity for aspiring writers and illustrators to pitch to a substantial range of visiting major publishers and a prominent agent, whilst having been carefully prepared to use that opportunity to their very best advantage.
Pitch Perfect is held over three weeks: on the 15th, there will be an all-day workshop featuring sessions on how to edit and present a manuscript; how to write a synopsis and a query letter; do’s and don’ts of pitching; and more. On the 22nd, a panel of established local authors including Ian Irvine, Helena Pastor, Fiona McDonald and Bronwyn Parry will share their experiences of successful pitching, in a session which includes Q and As from the audience. On the 28th and 29th will be the pitch sessions with an agent or publisher.
Every Pitch Perfect package bought guarantees one pitch spot with one publishing professional, whether publisher or agent. A second pitch spot, with a different professional, may be bought for an extra but discounted cost.
Full Package: $250 for members, $295 for non-members
Sponsored by the Regional Arts Fund.
Announcement of winners, Thunderbolt Prize
Flash Fiction Competition
Members only, Entry free, December
This wouldn't be possible without our fantastic sponsors!