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The final judge and editor for the 2019 collection is Michelle Cahill. The competition is open to authors of any age and nationality and closes 28 September 2018. Please submit short stories to...
1. Tell us a little bit about yourself. Hi, I’m Natalie! I’m currently doing an internship at Margaret River Press as part of my university degree. I’m studying a double major of Professional Writing & Publishing and Japanese—which is a bit of a mouthful, so I usually stick to telling people one or the other.…
My most sustained attempt to quit writing forever was in the mid-nineties. I’d completed a novel that was greeted with indifference by publishers and was courting self-pity. I’d been writing for two decades, experimenting with scripts, comedy skits and short stories for adults and children, but had met with little success. The sensible course of…
Writers love to evoke music when eulogising their work. They talk of the “rhythm of language.” They want their prose to “sing”. They crave musical fluidity. Compiling a comprehensive bibliography of fiction influenced by music would be daunting. It would range from the breathless descriptions of jazz in Kerouac to the turgid treatises on classical…
After deciding my novel, Earworm, would be a tale told by a love song, I set about conceiving the voice of my narrator. I wanted something urgent, funny and non-human. The language needed to be rhythmical and awash with musical allusion and imagery. The vocabulary should reference sounds and musical jargon. My narrator would indulge…

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‘Sheen’ by Else Fitzgerald won second prize in the 2017 Margaret River Short Story Competition.
Joiner Bay by Laura Elvery was the winner of the 2017 Margaret River Short Story Competition.
Harbour Lights by Leslie Thiele won the Southwest Prize in the 2017 Margaret River Short Story Competition.
‘Shibboleth’ by Jo Riccioni in Margaret River Press’ 2016 short story competition collection ‘Shibboleth and other stories’ edited by Laurie Steed.
As a photojournalist, Sue-Lyn’s work has taken her to Hong Kong, Cambodia and throughout Europe. She photographed and co-authored Chefs of the Margaret River Region, which showcases the beauty of the region through exquisite photographs. In Surfing Down South she conveys a characterful account of...
Danielle Costley is an author, journalist and avid foodie. She has worked with many well-known chefs, who have inspired her to learn more about sourcing and buying locally-grown seasonal food. Her passion for exceptional regional food that speaks of its origins has driven her to write a book celebrating not only her ‘food finds’ but the wonderful growers...
Author: Double Madness
Caroline de Costa is a professor at James Cook University School of Medicine. Her publications include, “Hail Caesar”, which was shortlisted for the Queensland Premier’s Literary Awards (Science Writing) in 2008, and two books about abortion history. She has also self-published three novels. Double Madness is her first crime novel.  
Author: The Way It Was
Peter Forrestal has been a wine writer for about 30 years: The Way it Was has been his 34th book, three of which have been about the wine region of Margaret River (and the second with Ray Jordan). He has been a journalist and writer about wine, locally, nationally and internationally. Peter was founding editor of Gourmet Traveller Wine...

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