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Leigh Hay is a professional writer, editor and proof reader.

Leigh offers a full range of writing, editing and copy proofing services – including publishing assistance - for corporations, non-government organisations (NGOs), and individuals.

Leigh is also a published author and poet, and an experienced interviewer, broadcaster and book reviewer.

News items updated 16 August 2017.

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Leigh Hay has launched a new publishing venture. 

Tales from the Treehouse
is a boutique writers’ cooperative offering insightful books with messages of humour, whimsy, truth, respect, hope and imagination.

Leigh created the publishing name Tales from the Treehouse as a way of publishing and marketing books with small print runs for target audiences.

Tales from the Treehouse offers books that retell old stories or provide insights into new ones. Books with the logo Tales from the Treehouse are designed to appeal to discerning adults and imaginative kids who want to read inspiring stories or have inspiring stories read to them. Tales from the Treehouse sets out to create books that appeal to all ages, but also stories that are so loved they are remembered, handed down to the next generation, and never given away. Titles published by Tales from the Treehouse are packed full of quirky characters, engrossing stories, extravagant colour and sensitive pencil illustrations.

Tales from the Treehouse is all Australian and proud to be so.

Check out authors and titles now available






2017 Neilma Sidney Literary Travel Fund

Applications are now open for the inaugural Neilma Sidney Literary Travel Fund. Applicants can apply for grants between $2,000 to $10,000.

Closes 21 August 10am


Tales from the Treehouse

A boutique writer's co operative website. Offering insightful books with messages of humour, truth, whimsy, respect, hope, and imagination.



The Mozzie Poetry Prizes

The Mozzie is an independent poetry magazine that publishes over 400 poems a year. 2017 will be its twenty-fifth year of publication. To celebrate, a supporter who wishes to remain anonymous has donated funds to allow the magazine to award three prizes of $100 each. No need for entry forms. All poems received by post during the year 2017 are eligible.

Closes 31 December


Newcastle Writers Festival Joanne burns Microlit Award

Theme: TIME
Length: 200 words max
First prize in each category: $300
Entry fee: $10 per entry for national category. Free for Hunter Region category.

Closes 31 August




RABBIT is accepting submissions of nonfiction poems for Issue 23: The YOUTH Issue, to be guest edited by postgraduate students of the Bowen Street Press. For this issue, RABBIT is only open to submissions by poets aged 25 and under.

Send 1 to 3 poems (short or long) through Rabbit’s submittable site (link below). Please include in the cover letter of your submission:
• full contact details (postal address, email)
• 50-word max. bio
• a short (50-word max.) response to the following question: ‘How can poetry empower a young voice?’ (Note: this can be answered however you see fit, straightforward or wild!).

Closes 3 September



National conference for editors

The Institute of Professional Editors (IPEd) will host the 8th National Editors Conference, ‘Advancing our Profession’ in Brisbane 13–15 Sep. More information on the conference website:

September 2017


Invitation to self-published writers.

Invitation to discuss marketing, distribution, support group.

Poetica Christi Press is seeking submissions from Koori poets.


Writers Wanted

‘I'm setting up a writers group at the Mt Eliza Community Centre 90 Canadian Bay Road Mt Eliza to meet every second Wednesdays starting 26th June 2017 All writers welcome cost $4.00 per meeting. Contact Bob Scott-Howarth 0412 735 240




2018 Finch Memoir Prize

The prize is publication and $5000 payable on publication. Download entry form to ensure your entry complies as required.

Closes 25 August


Guest poets sought.
3CR Spoken Word radio programs.