Elizabeth Lhuede is a writer and creative writing tutor who founded the Australian Women Writers Challenge, now in its third year. She writes romance and romantic suspense under the pen-name Lizzy Chandler.

As Dux of her Honours year at Macquarie University, Elizabeth won the HW Piper Prize for Excellence in English and received an Australian Postgraduate Research Award to write her PhD (on modernism and postmodernism in 20th-century Australian poetry). Elizabeth taught English and Cultural Studies, as well as Creative, Genre and Professional Writing at Macquarie for a number of years. She left to train as a Counsellor with the Australian College of Psychology, where she was awarded Dux of her year (2007), and earned a certificate of “Outstanding Achievement” for “professional and personal integration of theory and practice”. Elizabeth has used both her academic background and her professional training as a counsellor in her writing.

Elizabeth has published poems in Imago and Southerly literary journals and has written a number of novels in a variety of genres, including romance, romantic suspense, Fantasy and psychological suspense. Her unpublished manuscripts have earned recognition in a number of competitions, including:

One of her romance novels has recently been accepted for publication by the Australian digital publisher, Escape (April 2014).

Elizabeth is a member of NSW Writers Centre, Sisters in Crime and is a founding member of the RWA Turramurra group in Sydney. She spends her time between Sydney’s northern beaches and her partner’s home in the Blue Mountains. She teaches creative writing and HSC English by distance through TAFE (NSW) Oten. Her psychological suspense novel is represented by agent, author and former editor, Virginia Lloyd.

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  1. Hello Elizabeth: I’m writing to you re Australian Women Writers Challenge (no contact details on that blog?). My computer had a wonky moment when I tried to list my name and my first AWW review, so you might want to delete the two incorrect “writereaderly”s from the review list. I’ll update the AWW blog with my other reviews soon. Sorry about kerfuffle. WR

    • That’s an oversight! I’m just fixing it now. Thanks for taking the trouble.

      We’ll be changing across to WordPress for 2013, so hopefully it’ll be a lot easier for people to post and find reviews.

      • Cool, thanks.

        It seems that when you’re in the first Mr Linky box-set trying to put your name in, and you tab down to put your URL in, it actually tabs you to the next Mr Linky box-set.

        I’m glad the challenge has been set up, I know it’s encouraging me to read more Australian women generally. Great work!

        Cheers, WR

        • That is so frustrating! Can’t wait to swap to Google forms for next year’s challenge. Glad you’ve found the challenge inspiring. I look forward to reading more of your reviews.

  2. Wasn’t sure where to post this, but I’ve nominated you for the Sunshine Award! Check out my post here for more info: http://emilystealeaves.wordpress.com/2012/09/03/the-sunshine-award/ Congratulations! :)

  3. Hi Elizabeth,
    I am preparing an article for Le petit journal Melbourne (French online newspaper), and I’m planning to write about the famous Australian authors. I was wondering if you could give me some tips for the women writers. Would you be able to give me about 8-10 names of the most significant women writers (preferably 20th and 21st century)?. Please contact me on my email montane.angelique@gmail.com. I’ll also post the bit on my blog Le koala lit.
    Thanks in advance for your help.

  4. Hi Elizabeth, I can’t find an email address for you, hence my posting here. Just wondering if you would be interested in reviewing a Margaret River Press’ new novel Finding Jasper? If you email me at info@margaretriverpress.com I can give you more details. Thank you Rachel

  5. Hi Elizabeth,
    I would like to invite you to speak at the inaugural Rose Scott Women Writers’ Festival in Sydney in July 2013. I would be so grateful if you could please email me at: michaela@creativeandco.com so I can explain it in more detail.
    Kindest regards,

  6. Thank you for the follow, I think the Australian Women Writers challenge is a great Idea. I look forward to reading your blog.


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