What we're reading, and resources for writers

Australian Society of Authors – an advocate for the rights of writers, the ASA sets suggested minimum rates of pay and conditions, advises on contracts, runs courses and seminars and provides news about the industry. They also have a mentorship program. 

NSW Writers Centre - a government funded organisation that caters for professional and aspiring writers, the NSWWC runs courses, seminars, festivals, as well as a program of mentorships and manuscript assessment service. They publish a magazine with information about competitions and opportunities for publication. 

Varuna the Writer's House in Katoomba was the house of novelist Eleanor Dark and her husband Dr Eric Dark, also a writer. Varuna offers residencies and guided programs, some with literary mentors or publishers. A room of your own and a writing space, and conversations with other writers at night. See the Varuna fellowships.

Australia Council Writing Grants - the Australia Council is the government arts funding body and offers grants to support the work of emerging, developing and established writers.

Kim's Craft Blog - thoughtful, practical, stimulating, it's the best of the writing craft blogs, in my opinion. Kimberly Davis is an American poet, writer and teacher of writing and her blog has lots of links as well as advice for writers.  

Book reviews: 'Sparked by the dwindling space for literary criticism in Australian media, the Sydney Review of Books is an online site focusing on Australian writers and writing.'

Mslexia – an online magazine from the UK 'for women who write'. Look for the Mslexia interviews and '100  ways to write a book'.

Meanjin describes itself a literary magazine that aims to reflect the breadth of contemporary thinking. Meanjin publishes fiction, essays, book reviews and poetry.  

Griffith Review is a quarterly magazine of writing and ideas from Griffith University in Qld. Griffith Review publish some fiction, but the emphasis is on nonfiction: essays, articles and memoir. The free online issue  accepts short contributions.

The Finch Memoir Prize is awarded each year and offers $10,000 plus publication. They're interested in memoir focused on issues. 

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