Australian Writers' Centre blog

SHORTLIST PART 1: Your 99-word stories featured

Recently in our weekly newsletter, we asked readers to write us a story of no more than 99 words (not including optional title). Each story had to begin with the words "It hasn't always been blue" and contain three other words: "clock", "crisp" and "cuff". Beyond this brief, it... read more

Q&A: Skimp vs scrimp

Each week here at the Australian Writers’ Centre, we dissect and discuss, contort and retort, ask and gasp at the English language and all its rules, regulations and ridiculousness. It’s a celebration of language, masquerading as a passive-aggressive whinge about words and weirdness. This week we’re going... read more

Word of the week: Ekphrastic

Ekphrastic (adjective) [eck-frass-tick] I came across this word because Karen Andrews has a new book of poetry called On the Many Shapes Bodies Will Take and she describes her poetry as "ekphrastic". This is the adjective that comes from the word "ekphrasis" which, according to the Macquarie Dictionary... read more

Historical Novel Society Conference and Short Story Competition

The Historical Novel Society Australasia (HNSA) 2017 conference will be held in Melbourne from 8-10 September 2017. Plus, they’re hosting a short story competition this year (more details below). We’re super excited about this conference. Three Australian Writers’ Centre presenters – Kate Forsyth, Pamela Hart and Natasha Lester... read more

Q&A: Elder vs older

Each week here at the Australian Writers’ Centre, we dissect and discuss, contort and retort, ask and gasp at the English language and all its rules, regulations and ridiculousness. It’s a celebration of language, masquerading as a passive-aggressive whinge about words and weirdness. This week we’re respecting... read more

Word of the week: Bombilate

Bombilate (verb) [bom-bi-layt] This means "to buzz or hum". So you might say "The alarm kept on bombilating." Well, we can't imagine anyone actually saying that, but if they did now you'd know what it means! To hear Valerie and Allison chat more about this and... read more

“I got published!”: “Delicious”, “Wellbeing” and more!

The sky is the limit when you’re a freelance writer and our AWC grads are definitely soaring high! We are back with another set of their fabulous pieces spread throughout various publications. Check out the results of their hard work and dedication: Above: Laura McGeoch featured in HRMonthly with... read more

Lisa Fleetwood on self-publishing and dachshunds

When writer, blogger and traveller Lisa Fleetwood’s family lost their dog, it led to her to self-publishing her first book – Destination Dachshund: Three Months, Three Generations & Sixty Dachshunds – a travel memoir that reached ‘bestseller’ status on Amazon. So today we’ve sat Lisa in an ornate wooden... read more

Q&A: Bias vs biased

Each week here at the Australian Writers’ Centre, we dissect and discuss, contort and retort, ask and gasp at the English language and all its rules, regulations and ridiculousness. It’s a celebration of language, masquerading as a passive-aggressive whinge about words and weirdness. This week we’re biased... read more

WIN 10x double film passes to “Colossal”

Thanks to Transmission Films, we have a bonus competition this week – 10 double passes to the new film out 13 April 2017 – Colossal starring Anne Hathaway and Jason Sudeikis. Hathaway plays a woman who discovers that severe catastrophic events are somehow connected to the mental breakdown from which she's... read more

WIN 7 books in our Mother’s Day pack!

Hey – want to win SEVEN books for yourself or the special mum in your life? (Maybe YOU are the special mum…) Well, until 1 May, you have the chance to do precisely that, with our Mother’s Day pack giveaway! Now of course, mums come in all shapes, sizes and... read more

Word of the week: Gongoozler

Gongoozler (noun) [Gon-goo-z-lerr] This means someone who is an idle spectator. Specifically, it used to refer to someone who enjoyed watching the boats go by on canals but now has a more generic meaning. To hear Valerie and Allison chat more about this and more on the... read more

Q&A: Silence of the Bs

Each week here at the Australian Writers’ Centre, we dissect and discuss, contort and retort, ask and gasp at the English language and all its rules, regulations and ridiculousness. It’s a celebration of language, masquerading as a passive-aggressive whinge about words and weirdness. This week we’re going... read more

Little Bird Writing Contest for emerging short fiction writers

The Little Bird Writing Contest, a competition for emerging short fiction writers, is now open! First prize is $1,000 (Canadian dollars) and there are runner up prizes, a publication opportunity and more. Now in its seventh year, the Little Bird Writing Contest is hosted by The Story is a... read more