News & Media

Keep up-to-date on all of Dinuka’s news, appearances and events.

Dinuka McKenzie

From Pitching to Publication

In 2020, I attended an online ACT Writers pitching course with Alex Adsett Literary where I met writers Michael Trant and Shelley Burr! Now, all three of us have books coming out in 2022!! We wrote about our experience & you can read the article on the ACT Writers website here. https://www.actwriters.org/news/from-pitch-to-publication

Congratulations Veronica Lando – 2021 Banjo Prize Winner!

Huge congrats to Veronica Lando on winning the 2021 Banjo Prize with her crime fiction manuscript The Whispering set in Far North Queensland! Can’t wait to read this novel in 2022!! https://www.harpercollins.com.au/thebanjoprize/

2021 Writers Unleashed Digital Festival

So excited and proud to have been part of the team behind the 2021 Writers Unleashed Digital Festival and thrilled to have got the opportunity to interview some of my favourite authors as part of this year’s program. It was a huge effort taking the entire Festival online when Sydney went into lockdown, but so glad we went ahead! A huge thank you to everyone who attended and supported us, especially our brilliant presenters, and our two Festival partners The Best Little Bookshop In Town, and the Words and Nerds Podcast!

2021 Banjo Prize Now Open!

Suffice to say this competition changed my life! For any writer who has completed a commercial fiction manuscript, the Banjo Prize is the perfect opportunity. Read my blog post on the Banjo Prize here. https://www.harpercollins.com.au/blog/2021/03/30/dinuka-mckenzie-the-2020-banjo-prize-winner/

Words & Nerds Summer Series Takeover

Words & Nerds Summer Series Takeover

A huge thank you to Dani Vee and R.W.R. McDonald (author of The Nancys and Nancy Business) for having me on the Words & Nerds Podcast. Had an absolute blast! Listen along here.
https://soundcloud.com/user-703706220/249-summer-series-takeover-2021-1-rwr-mcdonald-and-dinuka-mckenzie?ref=clipboard&p=i&c=1

When All Your Writing Dreams Come True: Winning the 2020 Banjo Prize!

2020 Banjo Prize Media Release
https://www.harpercollins.com.au/press-room/winner-2020-banjo-prize/

Australian Writers’ Centre Blog Banjo Prize https://www.writerscentre.com.au/blog/congrats-to-awc-alumna-dinuka-mckenzie-winner-of-the-2020-banjo-prize/

Books and Publishing Banjo Prize https://www.booksandpublishing.com.au/articles/2020/09/23/157027/police-procedural-flood-debris-wins-2020-banjo-prize/

2020 Richell Prize Longlist!

What a huge honour to be longlisted amongst these incredibly talented writers. Congratulations to everyone on the longlist, especially to Aisling Smith, the 2020 Richell Prize winner!

2020 Richell Prize Longlist Media Release
https://emergingwritersfestival.org.au/2020-richell-prize-for-emerging-writers-longlist/

Australian Writers’ Centre Blog Richell Prize https://www.writerscentre.com.au/blog/almost-half-of-authors-on-2020-richell-prize-longlist-are-from-the-awc-community/

Affirm Press Mentorship

The 2018 Affirm Press Perfect Crime Competition – where it all began! Thank you to the editors of Affirm Press for your incredible generosity. Your feedback at the very early stages of my manuscript development was exactly what I needed to make something of this manuscript! I will always be grateful for your advice and support.
https://affirmpress.com.au/dinuka-mckenzie-hatches-the-perfect-crime/