Australian Writers' Centre blog

An exciting new Copyright Agency Fellowship

If you have an unpublished manuscript then you need to read on... Kill Your Darlings is delighted to announce a partnership with Varuna in the inaugural KYD/Varuna Copyright Agency Fellowship, which offers a week-long fellowship for the shortlisted writers in the 2019 Unpublished Manuscript Award. From the Kill... read more

Q&A: Head over heels in love?

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 are head... read more

WIN Candice Fox’s latest thriller, ‘Gone by Midnight’

Thanks to Transworld Publishers (Division of Random House, Australia), we have THREE copies of Gone by Midnight, the latest thriller by New York Times #1 bestselling author (and awesome AWC presenter) Candice Fox to give away this week. Ex-cop Ted Conkaffey is slowly rebuilding his life in Crimson Lake... read more

Q&A: Voracious vs veracious

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 have a... read more

Magic and Mayhem: The free ebook and podcast series

Welcome to Magic and Mayhem – the ebook and podcast series that explores the wonderful and wacky world of writing for kids and teens. Join us as we take a peek behind the picture book pages, discover pirate ships and publishing tips, delve into addictively readable YA novels and find oodles... read more

How do I even listen to a podcast, anyway?

You've probably heard all about podcasts, and maybe everyone you know is listening to them. A friend has told you that you should totally listen to This American Life with Ira Glass. Or a colleague says you absolutely have to listen the true crime podcast phenomenon Serial.  Or your... read more

COMP CLOSED: WIN ‘Baby’ by Annaleese Jochems

This week we have FIVE copies of Baby by New Zealand writer Annaleese Jochems to give away. This sunburnt psychological thriller of obsession and escape by one of the most exciting new voices in New Zealand fiction has been described by Eleanor Catton as, "Heavenly Creatures for a new generation... read more

Q&A: Super excited?

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 are super... read more

Exciting new $20,000 short film competition

The State Library of NSW has announced the launch of its inaugural short film prize Shortstacks, which is open to established, emerging and first-time filmmakers of all ages. But there’s a catch ... each short film entered must reference one or more items pre-selected from the State Library... read more

Q&A: Is it an esky?

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 are filling... read more

Furious Fiction January 2019 winner and shortlist

A new year and a NEW Furious Fiction challenge – with January seeing a record number of almost 1000 entrants (something about those New Year’s goals) battling it out for story supremacy. A reminder of the criteria that we asked for this month: Each story’s first word had to... read more

Candice Fox’s fertile, grizzly world of crime fiction writing

Australia’s bestselling crime author Candice Fox has a massively busy and successful 2019 ahead of her. Described by her collaborator, the world's bestselling author James Patterson, as “A bright new star of crime fiction”, she is New York Times #1 bestselling author and presenter of the Australian Writers... read more

COMP CLOSED: Win ‘Death on the Derwent’ by Robin Bowles

This week we're giving away FIVE copies of  Death on the Derwent by bestselling true crime author, Robin Bowles. When Bob Chappell disappeared from his yacht on the night of 26 January 2009, he left behind his pipe and tobacco – something that his partner Sue Neill-Fraser knew he... read more

2019 Indie Book Awards Shortlist announced

Australian independent booksellers are thrilled to announce their Shortlist for the Indie Book Awards 2019, for the best Australian books published in 2018! Direct from their website, here is the Shortlist for the 2019 Indie Book Awards: FICTION SHORTLIST The Lost Man by Jane Harper (Macmillan Australia) Shell by Kristina... read more