Monthly Archives: November 2015

Valerie Parv Awarded AM

In the 2015 Queen’s Birthday Honours List, Valerie Parv was made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM). The citation reads, “For significant service to the arts, as a prolific author and as a role model and mentor to young emerging writers.”

This photograph of Valerie Parv was taken at Government House,

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Making Them Real

Pam Garfoot and Elizabeth Conway

After their father’s death, two sisters find a diary written at Gallipoli by their grandfather, Percy Gooch. It captivates them, compelling them to bring alive not only Percy’s story but also that of their family’s beginnings in Australia.

The authors record their findings and describe how they feel about significant events in their voyage of discovery.

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Posted in Bookshelf


Boree Log Award for Bush Verse 2016

Closing Date: Tuesday 31st May, 2016 (entries post marked on or before this date).

Eastwood/Hills Fellowship of Australian Writers.
First Prize: $100 plus a trophy and certificate.
Ballads to be in perfect rhyme and metre, with max 80 lines and an Australian bush theme.

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Eastwood/Hills Fellowship of Australian Writers Literary Competition 2016

Closing Date 31 May, 2016 (entries post marked on or before this date).

Category 1: Short Story
Max 3,000 words. First Prize $200, Second Prize $100

Category 2: Poetry – Includes all forms of poetry except Bush Poetry*.

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Forest Fellowship of Australian Writers Short Story Competition

Deadline is April 30th 2016 and must be post marked prior to this date.

The Short Story Competition was established as a Tribute to the Bentleys.

Entries should be original, unpublished and not under consideration elsewhere.
Maximum 2,000 words Theme: Open
First Prize $200.00,

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Judge’s Report for Mona Brand Award 2015

I (Wayne – WebMaster) thought this was excellent commentary from Jacqueline Winn and deserved its own separate post. Looking for feedback on writing for a competition? Have a read of this:

Whenever I judge a short story competition, I’m taken through a whirl of characters and circumstances, as well as a wealth of genres and styles.

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Posted in Past Events, Competition Results


Trevar Langlands – Bio

16 years as State President 

Macarthur Branch being closest, attends when duties permit.

Trevar is a poet and has been published in various forms, books and literary magazines – in English, Arabic and Russian.

Most of his career has been in Commercial radio commencing in Brisbane,

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Posted in News and Events


Maureen Kelly OAM – Bio

Maureen Kelly, OAM is the current secretary of the Fellowship of Australian Writers NSW Inc (FAW). She co-founded her branch – North Arm Cove situated on the northern foreshore of Port Stephens – in 1997 together with a former member, Bronwyn Cozens.

The branch consists of twenty vibrant members, many of whom have enjoyed success publishing novels and books of poetry.

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Colleen Parker – Bio

Colleen joined the FAW in 1995, and was admitted as a Writing Fellow in 2000. She has been:

President of the Sutherland Shire FAW,
Treasurer of Macarthur FAW, and
Secretary of the Port Macquarie FAW.

Colleen is currently President of the Port Macquarie FAW.

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Reminder – FAW Awards Luncheon Saturday 14 Nov

Saturday 14 November 2015 at ’99 on York’, Sydney

The FAW NSW Awards Luncheon is the Fellowship’s flagship event each year. State President Trevar Langlands is the emcee for what promises to be an entertaining and productive networking afternoon for writers. Our special guest this year is Australian author,

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