‘Net News: 13th August 2012

1. Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards

Congratulations to the authors shortlisted for this year’s Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards. The Writing for Young Adults shortlist is:

  • All I Ever Wanted by Vikki Wakefield
  • The Shadow Girl by John Larkin
  • Shiny Guys by Doug MacLeod

We are honoured to have Vikki Wakefield in conversation with Fiona Wood (author of Six Impossible Things) here at the State Library of Victoria on Tuesday, 28th August. The event is free, but bookings are required: click here for more information.

2. Calling all entries

The John Marsden Prize for creative writing by those aged 24 years and younger is open once again. It’s one of the biggest prize pools for writing specifically by young people. Entries close 3rd September, so get writing now!

3. Young Adult Championship

Have you been keeping up with the Kill Your Darlings championship? So far 7 of the 11 championed titles are up (here), and don’t forget to vote for your chance to win an amazing pack of YA titles.

4. Gamifying classical literature

Oxford University Press is digitising and gamifying classical children’s literature (including Alice in Wonderland and Arabian Nights) to entice and engage young readers. Do you think the development is really a “strawberry” or just more chocolate-covered broccoli?

5. What grown-ups can learn from kids’ books

This utterly delightful article expresses perfectly how good books have no age limit on them. One of my personal favourites to re-read is Sonya Hartnett”s The Ghost’s Child. What are yours?

6. Resources for the writers

Got some older teens struggling to tie-up their creative writing? This piece tells you what not to do.

Kelly Gardiner defends adverbs. (Hey, if JK Rowling can work with them…)

And Hazel Edwards (yes, that Hazel Edwards) shares some worthy advice on how you might actually be able to make some money from it all.

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