on 17 September, 2013

Samantha Tidy's Varuna story

My novel The Happiness Jar was shortlisted for both a Penguin Varuna Scholarship and the HarperCollins Varuna Awards for Manuscript Development in 2011.

Whilst I wasn't successful in winning either of the awards, being nominated for two Varuna awards was so beneficial to me, as it confirmed for me that my novel was one that showed promise and was worthy of the attention of publishers. I was able to polish the manuscript myself and the result is a very refined narrative, being published in September. The inspiration for the novel and my writing journey, will be the cover story of Good Reading Magazine in September.

The Happiness Jar will be available in bookstores nationally in September, or via online orders at storytorch.com.au