Introducing the HNSA Elizabeth Jane Corbett Mentorship Contest

Before COVID-19 changed our world, the HNSA community suffered its own sadness in January with the sudden and sorrowful death of Elizabeth Jane Corbett. Liz was a joyful, talented writer with a self-deprecating sense of humour and an ability to harness people’s enthusiasm for historical fiction. I first came across her nearly ten years ago … Read moreIntroducing the HNSA Elizabeth Jane Corbett Mentorship Contest

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

Announcement of ARA HNSA Short Story Contest long list deferred

Due to the wonderful response to our ARA HNSA Short Story Contest, more time is required to fully consider all the entries. The long list will now be announced on Monday, 14 October 2019, in our newsletter and on social media. Thanks for your patience, and stay tuned. The short list and winner will be … Read moreAnnouncement of ARA HNSA Short Story Contest long list deferred

News flash: New writing residency announced

Here’s your chance to win an exclusive writing residency on Norfolk Island, and to spend your time writing on the property of best-selling author Colleen McCullough. We are delighted to announce the creation of a new residency for writers of historical fiction, named in honour of one of Australasia’s most beloved authors. The HNSA Colleen … Read moreNews flash: New writing residency announced

Spotlight on the TCW First Pages Pitch Contest

‘Pitch contest entries are now full. All places have been taken.’ I flounce back into my chair, cursing my hesitation about entering this contest. Now I’ve missed out! Too slow, too indecisive, too busy with work to think about it properly. Of course, now I can’t enter it is the very thing I want to … Read moreSpotlight on the TCW First Pages Pitch Contest

Spotlight on the ARA HNSA 2019 Short Story Prize

Ernest Hemingway. Virigina Woolf. Herman Melville. Jean Rhys. Thomas Hardy. DH Lawrence. Olga Masters, Gabriel Garcia Marquez… What do these literary luminaries have in common? At one time or another, each mastered the highly precise art form of the short story. In an age when readers (and writers) have never been so ‘time poor’, the … Read moreSpotlight on the ARA HNSA 2019 Short Story Prize

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