Frequently Asked Questions

Who runs the High Country Writers Festival?
The High Country Writers Festival is an initiative of The Makers Shed, Glen Innes, which is the creative hub of author and journalist Michael Burge and silversmith Richard Moon. We work with local businesses and organisations in the delivery of the annual festival. We are an independent, unfunded event run by a very small but dedicated team, and we’re likely to stay that way… this impacts our ability to respond to every query!

Can I get my book into your festival?
We accept unsolicited submissions from independent publishing presses only. Indie authors who self-publish their work are approached by recommendation from within the High Country Writers Festival partners (readers of our book club, our participating authors and moderators, and our networks)… if you want to be part of what we do, please come along to one of our literary events and groups!

Really? You celebrate self-published books?
Yes, we do, but here’s the bit self-published authors need to read very carefully… the High Country Writers Festival platforms only the very highest standard of self publishing. We would be extremely unlikely to platform the work of a self-published author unless they have a track record in journalism or a related writing field, or their work is of an outstanding quality in the eyes of someone in the publishing/journalism industry.

How do you select your titles?
The majority of books featured in the High Country Writers Festival are those selected and read by the High Country Book Club, a range of around eight full-length fiction/non-fiction titles annually, published by independent presses and indie authors. We also feature a few titles annually that are published by major publishing houses, as long as the authors are willing and able to attend our festival… it’s all about creating the right mix for our book club, our festival, and our bookshop!

What kinds of books do you NOT feature or stock?
We don’t read poetry, plays, Young Adult, Genre Fiction series, Academic… at our core we are a book club for adult readers, so we enjoy full-length works (or collections of short works). Take a look at our bookshop to get an idea of the type of titles we platform.

Does the High Country Writers Festival give advice on writing or publishing?
Some of our sessions are writing workshops, and The Makers Shed runs a monthly drop-in writers’ group. We also collaborate on the High Country Writers Retreat; and Michael Burge offers publishing services (including manuscript appraisals), but outside of these we do not give advice on writing or publishing. For writing guidance, contact your regional or state peak body for writers. In our region, that’s New England Writer’s Centre or Writing NSW.

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