Flannery O’Connor was born in 1925 and died in 1964. Whenever I read those dates, I wonder what she might have written if she’d had a few more years. YouTube has a video of her reading ‘A Good Man is Hard to Find’ in her sardonic, Southern drawl. It’s a serious story, but in the […]
We have been inundated with some incredible cover designs as of late, making it especially difficult to make the final decision for our upcoming covers. The latest cover reveal is Fabulous Lives by local author Bindy Pritchard, whose short stories have been shortlisted in several of our anthologies. Thanks...
For readers, I always recommend Elena Ferrante’s superb Neapolitan novels. For writers needing motivation, I like to recommend practical 'how to' writing books. My current obsession is the screenwriting classic Save the Cat! I have become quite evangelical, giving copies away like Gideons Bibles to wannabe writers...
We've had some fantastic covers for the annual Margaret River Short Story Competition collections, and now we can add another one to the mix. We are excited to reveal the cover for the upcoming 2019 Margaret River Short Story Competition anthology, We'll Stand in That...
What is your fail-safe book recommendation? Put me on the spot, why don’t you, I only do this for a living…have to go with Jasper Jones by Craig Silvey. What was your reaction when you found out your short story collection was going to be published? Well, I didn’t twig immediately that it was happening. […]
Thank you to everyone who submitted their short stories to the 2019 Margaret River Short Story Competition. This year, nineteen short stories were selected out of over 240 entries. We extend our thanks to the judges, Donna Mazza, Luke Johnson and Camha Pham, and editor, Michelle Cahill, for taking the time to be part of […]
1. Space is required to judge a competition To start the process of sorting through a pile of competition entries, I generally start with a ‘yes’ pile and a ‘no’ pile, alongside the unread pile of course. Pretty soon, the ‘yes’ pile is bigger than the ‘no’ pile and I need to lay out a […]
I've been writing for a long time. I remember writing my first 'real' story when I was about ten years old. I wrote it on an old typewriter that had a bung 'E' key, so I remember banging on it, sometimes ending up with surplus E's in my words. I've always been happy creating stories and editing myself.
By February next year, I will hopefully have my first book, After the Party, out in the world. I still find it hard to believe and, occasionally, I look at my signed contract with Harlequin to confirm that it’s true. When friends ask what it’s about, I give them my elevator pitch. ‘It’s about a […]
In my last blog post, I wrote about the phenomenon of children ‘birthing’ writers and how the ups and downs of motherhood prompted me to once again ‘pick up a pen’ after decades of not writing creatively at all. In this post, I want to talk about births of a different kind – the birth […]