Tax – more interesting than you think

When it comes to Australian literary prizes – did you know that the prize money is taxable? Yes, you read that right. Next time you win the Miles Franklin, after you’ve sobered up from the after party and cashed your cheque for $60,000, the taxman will insist that you include your literary windfall as ‘income’ on your next tax return. But don’t despair. Big win at the horse races? All that cash is yours to keep. Take home the grand prize on a TV quiz show? All yours. Place a [...]

2020-01-13T22:26:42+11:00January 13th, 2020|Life, Writing|6 Comments


Surprised - and ludicrously happy - to find that Elizabeth Macarthur  has been shortlisted for the Ashurst Business Literature Prize. Some info about the prize, according to the website: Launched in 2004 by Blake Dawson and the State Library of NSW, the $30,000 Ashurst Business Literature Prize is acknowledged as Australia’s most important award for business writing. The prestigious prize was originally established by law firm Ashurst (formerly Blake Dawson) and the State Library of NSW to encourage the highest possible standards of literary commentary on Australian business and financial [...]

2019-04-12T17:45:23+10:00April 12th, 2019|Elizabeth Macarthur, Life, Writing|7 Comments

Stella Sparks – putting your money where your mouth is

I just donated $100 to the Stella Prize and it feels g-o-o-o-d.  And if as if that wasn't enough, the nice people at the Stella have thrown in some sweeteners.  Thanks, Stellas! They're going to send me two literary journals, in hard copy.  That should up the IQ at my place. Apparently the journals will come with a groovy Stella tote.  I shall leave it lying around in a casual yet stylish way that indicates how much of a literary insider I am.  To whom this will be indicated I'm [...]

2018-03-27T20:53:21+11:00January 14th, 2016|Writing|0 Comments
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