ACU Prize for Poetry
Entries are now open for the Australian Catholic University Prize for Poetry. The 2020 prize will be awarded for outstanding unpublished poetry with the theme Generosity, reflecting on Katerina Stoykova Klemer's supposition, "If truth doesn't set you free, generosity of spirit will". Entries close on July 6 and winners will be announced on September 22. Professor Chris Wallace-Crabbe will be the judge. First prize is $10,000; second prize is $5000; third prize is $3000. Australian residents are eligible to enter. The shortlisted, commended and winning poems will be announced on Tuesday, September 22. Enquiries can be made to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Further information: artsandculture.acu.edu.au.
The winner of The Australian/Vogel's Literary Award 2020 is K.M. Kruimink from Tasmania for A Treacherous Country, a novel set in 19th century Tasmania. Awarded to an author under the age of 35, the longstanding prize has launched the careers of more than100 Australian authors, including Tim Winton.
Poetry at Beyond Q
Geoff Page writes that because of the coronavirus he will suspend Poetry at Beyond Q until at least Wednesday, July 8 when American poet David Mason is scheduled to read - along with Michael Thorley and Sandra Renew. It's possible this and later readings may have to be cancelled too. He hopes to run the cancelled readings next year at approximately the same time. Queries: email@example.com.
Online literary events
Penguin Random House Australia has launched an online book club called The Huddle to connect readers with authors on Facebook. On Fridays from 3 to 4pm a Facebook post will go up featuring the book of the week. Readers will be encouraged to comment on the post and discuss the book. The author will be ready and waiting to answer readers' comments and talk about their research.This week's book club will be Khaki Town with Judy Nunn on Friday, April 24. More information: penguin.com.au/book-clubs/2604-the-huddle.
Sydney Writers' Festival
The Sydney Writers' Festival will be showcasing writers and thinkers who would have come to the festival. swf.org.auswf.org.au.
April 24: Join author Sue Whiting for a Zoom creative writing workshop. She has 68 published books to her name, the latest of which is Book of Chance, about a Year 7 girl who thinks she has it all...until a reality TV show takes over her home. Recommended for ages 10 to 14. Entry: $17.99 (Book of Chance) + postage. eventbrite.com.au.