Entries open for the $30,000 ARA Historical Novel Prize

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The starting gun has sounded for the ARA Historical Novel Prize contest to begin! The submission period opens today and will close on 30 June 2020. Authors, agents and publishers can download the rules and nomination form from our ARA Historical Novel Prize page. Why enter? Major sponsor, ARA Group, is joining with HNSA, in … Read moreEntries open for the $30,000 ARA Historical Novel Prize

Our judges for the ARA Historical Novel Prize

There’s only a few more weeks until entries open for the 2020 ARA Historical Novel Prize on 1 May. HNSA is delighted to announce the judges for this $30,000 literary award. Our panel consists of our Chair, Linda Funnell, co-editor of the Newtown Review of Books, freelance editor and publishing consultant; Paula Morris historical novelist, … Read moreOur judges for the ARA Historical Novel Prize

Introducing the ARA Historical Novel Prize

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A new $30,000 literary prize celebrating historical fiction Historical Novel Society Australasia is delighted to announce the inauguration of the ARA Historical Novel Prize which will celebrate the historical fiction genre with prize money of $30,000. Major sponsor, ARA Group, is joining with HNSA, in association with the New England Writers Centre, to reward and … Read moreIntroducing the ARA Historical Novel Prize

HNSA 2019 Conference Winners

Attendees of HNSA Sydney 2019 had the opportunity to enter three competitions. The ARA Short Story Contest TCW First Pages Pitch Contest The inaugural Colleen McCullough Residency Prize ARA Short Story Prize ARA’s generous sponsorship enabled us to establish the First Nations Participation Fund to cover the travel and accommodation expenses of our Indigenous speakers. … Read moreHNSA 2019 Conference Winners

HNSA Sydney 2019 Conference Wrap Up

It’s just over month since HNSA Sydney 2019 and the committee are starting to emerge from their fog of post conference fatigue. We will meet on Monday evening to de-brief and then <insert deep fortifying breath> set the train in motion for 2021.  Before we start chugging forward however, I’ve been asked to give you … Read moreHNSA Sydney 2019 Conference Wrap Up

Panel Spotlight – Personal Histories versus History and Mystery

I have to admit that I’m leaning toward one of the Sunday 9am panels over the other. I am worried I’ll be missing out on something interesting though and I’m dithering just a little on which panel to attend. My current work in progress is a three-book series (book one already published) dealing with “narratives … Read morePanel Spotlight – Personal Histories versus History and Mystery

A few last minute changes

In the past few months some of our wonderful speakers have withdrawn due to personal circumstances. I’m pleased to say that their replacements are just as talented. Take a look: Bookseller, Scott Whitmont, and author, Catherine T Wilson, will step into the shoes of Melanie Prosser and Lucinda Brant in Connecting with Readers; the post … Read moreA few last minute changes

ARA HNSA Short Story Contest Long list

We are delighted to announce the long list of entries in our ARA HNSA Short Story Contest. Congratulations to the authors who are in the running to win our $500 prize generously donated by ARA. Dear Anna by Nicola WardleyFare Thee Well by Lou GreeneThe Driver by Dell BrandThe Ink Stain by Christina KingTo Liberty by … Read moreARA HNSA Short Story Contest Long list

Giveaway of The Girl in the Mirror

This month, our sponsor, Eagle Books, is offering a  giveaway of The Girl in the Mirror by Jenny Blackford. Subscribe to our HNSA newsletter then comment on this post to enter the draw. Contest ends at 5 pm on 21 October 2019. Winning entries will be determined via random.org. ‘A wonderful story, with creepiness lurking … Read moreGiveaway of The Girl in the Mirror

Author spotlight – and interview with Robyn Cadwallader

Prior to publishing her debut novel, The Anchoress, Robyn Cadwallader had published a poetry collection, I Painted Unafraid, and a non-fiction book about virginity and female agency in the Middle Ages. Her second novel, Book of Colours, was published in 2018. Robyn is the reviews editor for the online literary journal, Verity La. Robyn, thank … Read moreAuthor spotlight – and interview with Robyn Cadwallader

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