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Things that go bump in the night!

THE HAUNTED DOLL’S HOUSE. ‘He never asked himself, till the morning hours, how it was that, though there was no light at all in the room, the dolls’ house on the kneehole table stood out with complete clearness. But it was so... There were lights, more than one, in the windows, and he quickly saw that this was no four-roomed house with a movable front, but one of many rooms and staircases – a real house, but seen as if through the wrong end of a telescope. “You mean to show me something,” he muttered to himself, and he gazed earnestly on the lighted windows.’ (From ‘The Haunted Dolls’ House’ by M.R. James (1862–1935). Photo ‘The Mask’ courtesy of Junior Libby)

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On these pages you will find competitions and other opportunities for authors, performance writers for stage and screen, illustrators and filmmakers. See entries below the quick list for more detailed information.  

In this section we list competitions open to writers of prose and poetry. Detailed information poetry is listed below. Entries are in date order and those with deadlines looming are highlighted in red. 

  • The ASA/HQ COMMERCIAL FICTION PRIZE is for an unpublished manuscript and the winner will receive a publishing contract with HQ, a division of HarperCollins Publishers, and a $10,000 advance against royalties. Email the ASA on asa@asauthors.org, or call them on (02) 9211 1004 to be sent the Terms and Conditions and submission form. Entries close at 5.00 p.m. on Friday, 1 November 2019.

 

Who: The Australian Society of Authors and HQ (a Division of HarperCollins Publishers)

What: THE ASA/HQ COMMERCIAL FICTION PRIZE

Entries close: 5.00 p.m. on Friday, 1 November 2019.

Contact: Email the ASA on asa@asauthors.org or call them on (02) 9211 1004 to be sent the Terms and Conditions and submission form.

Cost: ASA Members: first submission free; $30 for any subsequent submissions. Eligible to join the ASAHQ closed Facebook community.

What’s happening: The Rules. The ASA/HQ COMMERCIAL FICTION PRIZE is for AN UNPUBLISHED MANUSCRIPT and the winner will receive a publishing contract with HQ, a division of HarperCollins Publishers, and a $10,000 advance against royalties. This prize honours a tradition that reaches back thousands of years – storytelling. Stories of life, stories of love, stories of adventure and happiness, loss and longing. Stories that bring people together and remind them of what it is to be human and alive.

The Prize celebrates storytelling by championing vibrant writing that entertains, enlightens, and provokes lively water-cooler conversations. They are keen to partner with the next inspiring, talented author (you?). The runner-up will receive a prize worth $3,000 from Leading Hand Design, of 20 hours free consultation towards a comprehensive audit of your online presence and a new website.

The Prize: The winner will receive a publishing contract with HQ, a division of HarperCollins Publishers, and a $10,000 advance against royalties. The runner-up will receive a prize (worth $3,000) from Leading Hand Design, of 20 hours free consultation towards a comprehensive audit of your online presence and a new website.

 

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JUST A QUIET HOUSE IN AMITYVILLE, USA. In 1974, Ronald Defeo Jr. was convicted of killing his mother, father and four of their children in their home in Amityville, New York. There was no sign of a struggle inside the house and the gun Ronald used didn’t have a silencer, which had investigators scratching their heads – but he was convicted anyway. In 1975 the Lutzes were delighted to buy a home at such a heavily discounted price and moved their family into the Amityville house. They only managed to last a month. Voices came out of nowhere, there was unexplained banging on the walls, and their daughter developed an imaginary friendship with a red-eyed pig that she called Jodie. According to the family the furniture moved on its own...and then there were the swarms of flies. Enough was enough! Who you gonna call? Paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren arrived to investigate and encountered a range of paranormal phenomena, with Ed Warren claiming that he was pushed to the floor of the basement by an unknown force. The Amityville house pictured above is still there and is occupied, although the owners say that it’s not haunted. That’s what they think! In 1977, the book ‘The Amityville Horror’, and several subsequent films and docos based on the story, made this the most celebrated haunting in America. (Photo was released into the public domain courtesy of Wikimedia)