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‘Outside of a dog, a book is a man's best friend. Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read.’ – Groucho Marx


We’re almost out of the cold, spring is just around the corner!

Anyone else frantically trying to finish their winter TBR pile? Discovered any new gems? Books that you couldn’t put down or stop thinking about? Books that gave you ALL THE FEELS? We want to hear all about it! Write a review or response and post it on your blog. Fanfiction, listicles, poetry — we want to read it all!

We’re still in a flurry of excitement about the Inky Shortlist. Our Inky Shadow Judges have been posting great reviews of the shortlisted books on their blog. If you need something new to read, definitely check out their recommendations.

And don’t forget to VOTE! The Inky Awards are voted on by young readers (that’s YOU) and every vote counts.

Did you see the How-to post this week? It’s all about how to submit your writing to Voiceworks, a magazine that publishes fiction, nonfiction, poetry and comics from writers under the age of 25. The submission deadline for their next issue (‘Flare’) is next Sunday 2 September! Even if your work isn’t selected for publication, you will receive feedback from a Voiceworks editor, so it’s win-win!

You folks have really delivered the goods this week! There’s heaps of amazing writing and art being posted all over the site, and I’m super chuffed that I get to read it. Well done! Spacesoda has posted some of their amazing art, including this guide to Lodai, an alien species from planet Lodaiya. dottiq has some great advice for budding poets. And sylvs has posted not one but TWO new reviews! You must be tearing through your TBR pile, sylvs!

Phew. So much to read, so much to write about.

Hope you all have a wonderful, book-filled weekend, and don’t forget to check out some of our Inky Judges at Melbourne Writers Festival next week, if you’re in town.

Happy reading, happy writing!