The Ampersand Prize is Australia and New Zealand’s premier award for unpublished writers of middle-grade and young adult fiction. Created by Hardie Grant Egmont in 2012, the Ampersand Prize has launched the careers of numerous best-selling and critically acclaimed authors including Melissa Keil (Life in Outer Space), Erin Gough (The Flywheel), Cally Black (In … More The Ampersand Prize Opens Tomorrow.
The 2020 Greenleaf Buds Writing Competition is now open. It is for an unpublished picture book manuscript with the theme: Hope, Joy, Love. Opens 1 June 2020. Closes 31 July 2020. Winners announced 1 September 2020. 1st Prize = $50 2nd Prize = $25 Plus 3 Highly Commended Certificates You can check out all the … More Calling All Picture Book Writers
Hi Everyone, I just realised it has been a year since I last posted on this blog. I don’t even know where the time has gone. So much has happened since May last year. The coronavirus obviously being the biggest. Praise God it has not been as bad here is Australia as it has been … More Life/Blog Update.
With March now over it also means 1/4 of the year is over. My goal for this year is to stop surviving and start thriving in my life and I don’t think I am anywhere near it. Most of the time I just feel like I am keeping my head above water. I am hoping … More Monthly Wrap Up: March 2018.
I cannot believe it is already 2018! That is crazy! Most people use this time of year to set goals and declare resoultions. I usually like to declare resolutions of my own, but this year I am going to do away with resolutions and instead declare my theme for the year. It is something … More Happy New Year!
I can’t believe it has been over a month since I last posted. I am so sorry, but my life has been extremely hectic and blogging has been the last thing on my mind. I suffer from anxiety and my anxiety has been through the roof due to my son, who has ADHD, having trouble … More Life Update.
Has anyone got a rejection that made them feel like this? (Source) I certainly have. Writers face a lot of rejection, it is a painful part of the thing we love, and it can really get you down, especially if you really, really, really wanted that yes. The silver lining, I guess, is that the … More Songs To Get You Through Rejection.
I subscribe to Susan Dennard’s newsletter and it is always full of useful hints for writers. I’m a bit behind on her newsletters though and was just reading the one from October 30. It had great tips on how to keep your writing goals and I thought I would share Susan’s thoughts here. Her suggestion … More Writing Tip Wednesday: How To Keep Your Writing Goals.
This life is full of people who will tell you can’t. That you won’t. That you shouldn’t even try. Doubt it not, my friends, these people are your enemies. They are the death of your hope and creativity. They are walking misery, seeking your company. Don’t spare them a second, or a breath. Leave them … More Writing Quote Wednesday: Encouraging Words From Jay Kristoff.
Hey Everyone, I have had a hectic and a sad week this week. My daughter’s guinea pig, which we had for a year, died. She was a cute little thing. I loved her and was very saddened by her death. I also didn’t make it into Pitch Wars. I thought I was in with a … More A Writerly Update 78.