The new Catchfire Press anthology Home is the Hunter will be launched on Saturday 8th October 2016 at the New Lambton Community Centre, Alma Rd, New Lambton commencing at 6pm.

All are welcome to attend.


The Prize-winners in the Home is the Hunter writing competition are as follows:


  • 1st Prize: Holly Bruce (Navigating)
  • 2nd Prize: Brenda Proudfoot (Making a Home at Hunter’s Hill 1823-1863)
  • Commended: Barbara Ascoli (Honora From the Hunter)
  • Commended: Bev Henwood (Slow Learner)
  • Commended: Dee Taylor (Two Hats)
  • Commended: James Turvey (The Street Thing)


  • 1st Prize: Kathryn Fry (Holding Firm)
  • 2nd Prize: Magdalena Ball (Nature’s Observatory)
  • Commended: Steve Armstrong (Welcome)
  • Commended: Steve Armstrong (Morning Walk To Aldi and back)
  • Commended: Kathryn Fry (On the Putty Road)
  • Commended: Deborah Lewis (I Remember)
  • Commended: Robin Loftus (Love Poems For Our 65th Anniversary)
  • Commended: Leonie Wellard (Sandgate Cemetery)


Congratulations to all of the above, and to all who will appear in the book.

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Catchfire Press is pleased to announce a new competition for prose and poetry:

Home is the Hunter

With $1200 in prizes to be won!

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How many ways are there to celebrate what the Hunter Valley means to you? Every family has a story about coming to the Hunter. From the earliest of times, people have been moving into the valley and making it their home. They have been attracted by the beauty and bounty of the place, sought refuge from war and adversity, followed job opportunities, gathered together with their families or come just to enjoy the lifestyle.


Judges for the Home is the Hunter writing competition are:

  • Karen Crofts – Director, Hunter Writers Centre, B.A. Dip. Ed. M.C.A. (prose judge); and
  • Jean Talbot (Poetry judge).


Send us stories (fiction or non-fiction), poems and essays and share your love, laughter, pain and tears with our readers.

  • Prose (200 – 2000 word limit)
  • Poetry (up to 100 lines)

In each category:

  • First place – $350
  • Second place – $250
  • Commendations will be awarded

Click here to download the entry form as a PDF.

Send your entries by 31st of October 2015 with entry fee ($10.00 per entry) and completed entry form to:
HOME IS THE HUNTER, Catchfire Press, PO Box 72, WALLSEND, NSW, 2287.


Catchfire Press is also inviting cover designs for the next book, ‘Home is the Hunter’.

  • There will be a $200 prize for the winning entry.
  • No entry fee.
  • Please attach your name and address to your entry, but not written on it.
  • Dimensions: Height 225mm x Width 170mm, 5mm bleed.

Catchfire Press is a voluntary, not-for-profit, community based publisher.



Terms and Conditions:

1. Two hard copies and the electronic copy of each submission are required.
Send the two hard copies to:
Home is the Hunter
Catchfire Press
PO Box 72
and the electronic copy to:
2. Each work must be accompanied by a separate title page with the author’s name and contact details.
3. The entrant’s name must not appear anywhere on the work submitted except the title page.
4. Each work must be typed and double-spaced. Each page must bear the title and page number. For prose entries please add word count if possible.
5. Please keep a copy of your entries: no entries will be returned.
6. Entries can be fiction or non-fiction.
7. A limit of three (3) entries per category will be accepted per author, but please pay the $10.00 fee for each entry.
8. Each entry must be the original, unpublished work of the entrant. No discussion as to the copyright or authenticity of material will be entered into.
9. Payment by cheque, money order or direct deposit. (Newcastle Permanent, Catchfire Press Inc,
BSB 650000, Acct No 814813908.) Please remember to provide your name if using direct deposit.
Cheques or money orders are payable to Catchfire Press.
10. Entry Fees: Prose: $10 each entry, 200 – 2000 word limit.
Poetry: $10 each entry, up to 100 line limit.
11. The closing date for the competition is 31st October 2015: only entries postmarked by that date are eligible for the monetary awards.
12. Entries will be submitted anonymously to the judging panel.
13. Privacy & copyright: Catchfire Press and its judges will not make available your identity, address or entry to any other organisation. Copyright remains with the author.
14. For more entry forms and information about the competition and Catchfire Press visit our website: or phone (02) 4955 8924, (02) 4957 1466, or (02) 4957 1836.
15. Winners and commended entrants will receive a free copy of the book. Other successful entrants may purchase one copy at a special price.



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Catchfire Press at the 2015 Newcastle Writers Festival

March 5, 2015

Come to the Newcastle Writers Festival session, ‘Home Grown’, being given by Catchfire Press on Friday, 20th March, 12.30pm to 1.30pm in the Mulubinba Room of the City Hall. Catchfire is launching its latest competition for ‘Home is the Hunter’. Come and listen to readings from last year’s ‘Watermark’ and find out about Koel Koel, […]

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Our relationship to water is never ending. Here are stories, poems and memoirs about fishing, surfing, floods, rock stars, bath tubs, battles and the sea from outstanding Hunter Valley writers. Contributors include Scott Bevan, Paddy Lightfoot, Jan Dean, Gail Hennessy and Roland Bannister. Cover design by local illustrator Fiona Tsang. Layout and text design by Ben Pickles.   Watermark was launched at […]

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New Book Launch in September

June 26, 2014

 Our much-anticipated book, ‘Watermark’ will be launched at the New Lambton Community Centre in Newcastle on Saturday, 13th September at 2.00pm. Scott Bevan, a well known ABC journalist and author, will launch the book and there will be light refreshments. Come and join us! The New Lambton Community Centre is on the corner of Cromwell […]

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Selections for Watermark

March 19, 2014

All contributors whose work has been accepted for publication in Watermark have been notified.

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Newcastle Writers Festival

February 7, 2014

Catchfire Press will participate in the Newcastle Writers Festival this year on Saturday 5th April, 2014, from 10.00 am to 11.15pm. Members will talk about the history and philosophy of Catchfire Press, publishing and Koel Koel. In addition there will be readings by contributing authors such as Scott Bevan which will include pieces from the […]

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Recent Publications

March 12, 2013

Recent Publications by CatchFire Press Animal Encounters Wood Brick & Stone People of the Valley From the Earth to the Table Through the Valley Beneath the Valley Caught in the Light

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Past Publications Re-Listed

March 12, 2013

Other books published by Catchfire Press: ‘IS THAT LOVE?’ (1999) by MARGARET SUTHERLAND (Short Stories) ‘THE GOBLIN CHILD’ (1999) by LISBET DE CASTRO LOPO (Novel) ‘BACKYARD COSMOS: Robin Loftus 2000 (Poetry) Visions from the Valley: Donald Moore ed 2001 (Poetry) Heaven’s Gate: Trevor Fing 2001 (Novel) Stories for a Long Summer: Various Contributions (Stores, Memoirs, Poems)

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Through the Valley

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Through the Valley (2007) Experienced authors and new contributors highlight the unique and universal, from the female artists of colonial Newcastle to a Lake Macquarie childhood between world wars, from the modern cityscape and busy working harbour to ballooning and sky watching in the upper Hunter. ‘Through the Valley‘ explores this key Australian region with a multiplicity […]

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