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    Now the richest genre-based literary award in Australasia, the ARA Historical Novel Prize is worth a total of $100,000 in prize monies.

The Historical Novel Society Australasia (HNSA) promotes the writing, reading and publication of historical fiction, especially in Australia and New Zealand, through our biennial conferences.

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2019 conference program
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2019 Guest of Honour: Jackie French
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2019 academic program out now
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See displays of historical weaponry
Kate Forsyth, 2017 conference
Learn from the best at writing workshops
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Join us for dinner

Save the Date:
HNSA 2021 Virtual Conference

After long deliberation, the HNSA Committee has decided to ‘go virtual’ for our HNSA 2021 conference. Stay tuned for news about the program and early bird registration. All sessions and workshops will remain accessible to registrants for 3 months after the event ends. So no more difficult choices! You can attend everything in your own time – and watch sessions as often as you like. We have some ideas up our sleeve to ensure our community of historical fiction fans has fun connecting online from 22 to 24 October 2021.

2021 ARA Historical Novel Prize

The ARA Historical Novel Prize is now the richest genre-based literary award in Australasia. The 2021 Prize will now incorporate a category for outstanding Children and Young Adult (CYA) literature, in addition to the Adult category. As such, in just its second year of operation, the ARA Historical Novel Prize is now worth a total of $100,000 in prize monies. The Prize will award $50,000 to the Adult category winner, with an additional $5,000 to be awarded to each of the remaining two shortlisted authors. In the CYA category, the winner will receive $30,000, while the two short listers will receive $5,000 each.


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