Omega Writers

CALEB Award Update

By Iola Goulton, 2020 CALEB Coordinator

We are almost on the home straight for the 2020 CALEB Awards. The final-round judges are working their way through the entries. Scores are due back on 30 September, so it’s not long to go now before we have winners in our three categories:

  • Unpublished Adult Fiction
  • Unpublished Young Adult Fiction
  • Unpublished Nonfiction

CALEB Awards Night: 17 October

The winners will be announced via a Zoom meeting on Saturday 17 October 2020 at the following times:

  • 8:00 pm New Zealand
  • 6:00 pm AEDT
  • 5:30 pm South Australia
  • 5:00 pm Queensland
  • 4:30 pm Northern Territory
  • 3:00 pm Western Australia

The awards are scheduled to take an hour.

Members and finalists will be emailed with the meeting details and Zoom access codes. If you’re not a member of Omega Writers but would like to watch the Awards ceremony, either:

Note that we may have to limit the number of people on the call. If so, we will give priority to members and finalists.

Zoom is an online webinar and videoconferencing platform that can be used on a computer or smartphone (search your app store for Zoom, or download at There is no charge to use the platform as a participant.

Omega Writers Annual General Meeting: 17 October

The Awards ceremony will be followed by the Omega Writers AGM. Members, you will receive an email with the starting time and Zoom access codes closer to the date.

Monthly Zoom Meetings

Omega Writers are also organising monthly member catchups via Zoom, including genre-specific rooms for members to connect with others writing in their genre. I haven’t attended any of these meetings (because of timezones), but it’s a great way to keep in touch between conferences.

Omega Writers Conference

As you will know, the 2020 Omega Writers Conference has been deferred until October 2021, and our guest speaker will be Susan May Warren, writing coach and owner of My Book Therapy, and award-winning author of over 80 novels.

Over the weekend, I was able to attend the American Christian Fiction Writers online conference. No, it didn’t have the networking opportunities of a face-to-face conference and the time zone difference was a challenge for us Down Under, but there were some excellent speakers (and I saw some familiar names in the Zoom chat).

The final speaker was Susan May Warren, giving a presentation called Write Better. It was excellent, and shows what a great writing teacher Susie is. I’m looking forward to hearing her in person in October 2021!

Click here to find out more about the 2021 conference.

Remember, the CALEB Award winners will be announced on Saturday 17 October 2020.