writing competition

Sophie Cunningham

What: Sophie Cunningham will talk: ‘So you want to publish?’ and participants will enjoy a two course meal and Coldstream Hills wine at The Wild Oak

When: 7.00pm on, Wednesday 29th May.

Where: The Wild Oak, 232 Ridge Road, Olinda. Melways Reference 66 G5

How much: $80 Concession $75

The Event

Sophie will talk about how budding authors can get their work published. Sophie is the judge of the Autumn Authors adult writing competition. She will present the prize on this evening to the three top stories. Sophie’s books will be available for sale on the evening.

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Currently Chair of the Literature Board of the Australian Council, Sophie Cunningham has worked in publishing for more than 25 years. She began her working life as an editor at McPhee Gribble Publishers where she had the opportunity to work with Drusilla Modjeska, Dorothy Hewett, Helen Garner, Kerryn Goldsworthy, Kaz Cooke, Kerry Greenwood and Steven Carroll.

From 2008 – 2011 Cunningham was the editor of Australia’s second oldest literary journal, Meanjin Quarterly, 2008 – 2011. While in this position she co-founded (with Jeff Sparrow, Overland editor) the Meanland series of discussions on reading, publishing and writing in the digital age.

She is the author of Melbourne (2011), New South; Bird (2008), Text Publishing and Geography (2004) Text Publishing & Transworld (UK). Geography was shortlisted for the Best First Book category in the SE Asia & South Pacific Region of the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize. Cunningham is the co-founder and chair of the Stella Prize, an organisation that aims to reward excellence in published women writers. Cunningham is also the director of the Faber Academy’s ‘How to Write a Novel’ Program in Melbourne.


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