Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Gone But Living On

No, this is not about zombies. As anyone who has read my posts here or on my own blog will know I'm a great admirer of the blogHelp! I Need a Publisher, where author Nicola Morgan shares her knowledge of writing and publishing in the UK. It's full of great advice and useful information in a very readable and entertaining format so I was saddened when she announced a few weeks ago that she was giving up blogging there.

But there is a silver lining. The blog is staying up, just not being added to, and, of course, her books on writing and publishing are available as e-books. Well worth a visit by anyone wanting to learn about writing and publishing in the UK and anywhere else for that matter.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

2012 Aurealis Awards Nominations

Tehani Croft Wessely reminds us that, although the closing date for Aurealis Awards entries is in December, the sooner entries are in the better. There is a lot of reading for the judges and early entries take some of the pressure off. Below, shared from her blog, is the latest media release.

Reminder: Aurealis Awards entries free to share!
2012 Aurealis Awards – Enter now
The Aurealis Awards are open for entry, with the end of the entry period starting to loom.
The Aurealis Awards, Australia’s premier awards for speculative fiction, are for works of speculative fiction written by an Australian citizen or permanent resident, published for the first time between 1 January 2012 and 31 December 2012.
Categories include novels, short stories, YA, and illustrated works.
Entering work in the Aurealis Awards is easy and free.
All you need to do is go to our website and fill in the online form. We’ll then send you details of where to send your work for judging.
But hurry! Entries close midnight 23 December 2012. Why are we asking for entries now? All our judges are volunteers, and by encouraging early entry, we ensure that all works are given fair consideration. Works received very late in the reading period may only have a short time to be considered (shortlists are released early in 2013), and some categories have very heavy reading loads. We appreciate your support in ensuring all entries can receive the attention they deserve by entering early!
Nominations for the Peter McNamara Convenors’ Award for Excellence also close on 31 December 2012. This award is for achievement in speculative fiction or related areas. It may take into account a body of work over a number of years; it can also be for a work of non-fiction, artwork, electronic or multimedia work, film or TV released in 2012 that brings credit or attention to the speculative fiction genres.
Finalists will be announced in March 2013 with winners presented at a special awards evening in Sydney in May 2013.