Month: April 2017

World of words
Australian Writers' Centre Team

Word of the week: Peregrination

Peregrination (noun) [perra-grin-AY-shin] This means “travelling from one place to another”. So you might say “She took photos of all the big tourist attractions on her peregrination from Cairns to Coffs Harbour.” To hear Valerie and Allison chat more about this and more on the world of writing, blogging and

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Competitions and Opportunities
Australian Writers' Centre Team

$10,000 to be won: ACU Prize for Poetry 2017

$10,000 is up for grabs in the 2017 Australian Catholic University (ACU) Prize for Poetry. Now that we’ve got your attention, you’ll want to know more. It’s open to unpublished works (including not published on a website or blog) and must not exceed 80 lines. First prize is $10,000, second

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Writing news
Australian Writers' Centre Team

Winner of “The Australian” / Vogel’s Literary Award 2017 announced

The Australian/Vogel’s Literary Award is one of the most prestigious awards in Australia for an unpublished manuscript. Congratulations to Marija Peričić, who was just announced tonight as the 2017 winner – and must be feeling on top of the world! From the press release: Marija Peričić has won the 2017 Australian/Vogel’s

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Competitions and Opportunities
Australian Writers' Centre Team

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 was

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WORDS
Dean Koorey

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 to skimp on the

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World of words
Australian Writers' Centre Team

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, means “the

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Writing news
Australian Writers' Centre Team

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 are speaking

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WORDS
Dean Koorey

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 our elders… Q: Hi

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World of words
Australian Writers' Centre Team

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 more on the world

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Memoir writing
Australian Writers' Centre Team

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 chair

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WORDS
Australian Writers' Centre Team

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 towards cakes… Q: Hi

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AWC weekly giveaways
Australian Writers' Centre Team

COMP CLOSED: 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

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AWC weekly giveaways
Australian Writers' Centre Team

COMP CLOSED: 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

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