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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In the past few months some of our wonderful speakers have withdrawn due to personal circumstances.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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‘Murder She Wrote’ Terra Australis Conference

What happens after HNSA 2019? You can enjoy more historical fiction laced with mystery and crime at the Terror Australis Readers and Writers Festival (TAF2019), Tasmania’s newest literary festival, set in the gorgeous Huon Valley. The inaugural staging – Murder She Wrote – runs from Thursday 31 October to Tuesday 5 November. There are three

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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

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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

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