Month: July 2017

Kimberley Freeman discusses “Stars Across the Ocean”

Today it’s a quick chat with rural romance author and dual-timeline specialist Kimberley Freeman, on her latest book – Stars Across the Ocean. So Kimberley, we know that the main character’s name is Agnes, but perhaps you could tell our readers a smidge more about her and her... read more

10 short story competitions to enter in 2017

We’re well into the year now and your resolution to fulfil your writing dreams may have slowed under the weight of other priorities. But don’t let that goal to write slip away – instead start slow and stretch your creative muscles by entering short story competitions. Short stories are... read more

Word of the week: Lacustrine

Lacustrine (adjective) [luh'kustruyn] Thanks for Matthew Morrison @acutemattiosis for pinging us this word which he, in turn, read in a tweet by Rob Macfarlane. "Lacustrine" usually refers to things like plants or animals that live or occur on or in lakes. So you must say “That’s a lacustrine... read more

Q&A: Impression vs impersonation

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 making... read more

Dorothy Hewett Award 2017 for an unpublished manuscript

Do you have a completed, unpublished manuscript living in your bottom drawer (literally or figuratively)? Does it have a connection to Western Australia? The Dorothy Hewett Award is for unpublished manuscripts and the winner gets a cash prize of $10,000. Plus, the winner will be offered a publishing contract... read more

COMP CLOSED: Win your fave book on a t-shirt with Litographs!

Okay, so you know how it’s great to GET INSIDE your favourite book and hang out there? Well this week we’re giving you the opportunity to literally (litorally?) do that with a very cool prize – thanks to the folks at Litographs! “What’s a litograph?” you ask? Well... read more

Word of the week: Abstruse

Abstruse (adjective) [uhb'stroohs] If you think this word is hard to understand then you would be right! It actually means "difficult to understand or esoteric". So you might say that "He had an abstruse approach to solving the problem." Listen to Valerie and Allison chat more about this and... read more

25-word Short Story Challenge: Winner and top 50!

Back on the shortest day of the year, we put out a simple challenge to you – write us a 25-word story. The only rule was that it contain the words “violin” and “victory”. The rest was up to you. The one we judged our favourite would win free access... read more

Q&A: Loath vs loathe

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 it's all... read more

COMP CLOSED: Win “A Monster Calls” book + film packs x 10!

Thanks to Entertainment One, this week we have 10 prize packs of A Monster Calls book + double film passes to give away. The Carnegie Medal-winning novel by British-American author Patrick Ness was released in 2015 and the film adaptation will be released this month on 27 July 2017... read more

Word of the week: Callipygian

Callipygian (adjective) [kal-uh-pij-ee-uh n] Believe it or not, this means “a well rounded bum”! So you would say “Kim Kardashian has made a business out of trading off her callipygian figure.” Listen to Valerie and Allison chat more about this and more on the world of... read more

Q&A: Throws vs throes

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 catching... read more

Word of the week: Ignoble

Ignoble (adjective) [ig-noh-buhl] When the letters ig are in front of an n, that usually mean "not" so this simply means "not noble". The Macquarie Dictionary goes on to say that it's of "low character" or "low grade". So you might say "He had ignoble motives." To... read more