Archive for February, 2022

The world’s richest short story prize open to published and unpublished writers will be presented by The West Australian, with support from Minderoo Foundation. West Australian Newspapers editor-in-chief Anthony De Ceglie, right, is pictured with Minderoo co-founder Nicola Forrest, centre, and Gillian O’Shaughnessy, left, who is curating this year’s Perth Festival Writers Weekend. Credit: Michael Wilson/The West Australian

Best Australian Yarn: The world’s richest short story competition now open

Katherine FlemingThe West Australian

February 26, 2022 2:00AM

WA is now home to the world’s richest prize for amateur short story writers, as The West Australian launches an ambitious new competition with a prize pool of $50,000 thanks to help from the Minderoo Foundation.

The Best Australian Yarn gives writers, both professional and aspiring, the opportunity to win a $30,000 major prize and $20,000 in other awards — a financial incentive rarely seen in short story competitions.

The contest, being launched today at Perth Festival’s Writers Weekend, is designed to showcase the value of storytelling and participating in the arts.


#MinderooFoundation #TheWestAustralian #PerthNow #BestAustralianYarnComp #AttentionAustWriters #ShortStories #$50,000SSComp #CallingAustSSWriters #WritingShortStories #AustShortStories

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Rachael talks about her latest novel “Outback Secrets” facilitated by Better Reading on Facebook. Her interview appears a little down the page on this link:


I discovered Rachael about 10 years ago when she was selling her novels at Dowerin Field Day. Loved her novels “Man Drought” and “Jilted” because she wrote as she spoke… immediately relatable. I mentioned at the time they would both make good Netflix movies for their Romance channel. That goes for all her novels – she now has more than 20 and 8 digital novellas available on her website. So prolific in 11 years – I am in awe!

#RachaelJohns #RuralRomance #OutbackSecrets #BetterReadingAU #FavouriteWriters #RomanceWriter

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Convoy to Canberra

Convoy To Canberra

Thousands gather in Canberra
With signs; “Where is the PM”.
No maskers target policemen,
asking for hugs to spread the bugs.

‘Trump’ flag waves in EPIC park
amongst Aussie and Aboriginal?
US demonstrators, importing 
‘freedom’ to kill by infection!
Who is supporting these aliens 
purporting to save our nation? 
What right have they to harass 
those who follow our rules? 

Super-spreaders happy to 
infect mates, reject community, 
stand-up for ignorance. Selfish, 
bored. Terrorists looking for a war. 

Frances Macaulay Forde © 2022

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