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What historical fiction means to me: Deborah Challinor

‘Kids should read and learn more about history. Our past informs our present, and today’s young people are tomorrow’s adults. It will be very useful if they are able to build on the past’s victories rather than repeat its failures.’ Deborah Challinor. Without a doubt we are living through historic and troubling times. Many parallels

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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,

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ARA Historical Novel Prize

Introducing the ARA Historical Novel Prize

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

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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.

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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

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It’s time!

The HNSA 2019 conference is nearly here.  Workshops in the Craft & Publishing Program kick off tomorrow (Friday 25 October) and there are a few tickets still available for some workshops. See the workshop options here. The main conference program begins on Saturday morning at 9am. See the conference program here. Last minute bookings You can

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Imagining the Past – with Alison Goodman

Our final episode for this year features a queen of historical fantasy, Alison Goodman. Kelly Gardiner asks her about Regency research and manners, dancing (and demon-slaying) in floor-length silk, plotting and planning, and walking the ground – experiencing places inhabited by fictional characters. Listen here Alison Goodman is the author of seven novels including her

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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

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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

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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

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