Month: August 2017

Win $5000 with ELLE magazine’s short story competition

ELLE magazine have launched their first ever writing competition (for short stories up to 4000 words). Not only is there $5000 up for grabs for the winner, their story will also be published in the January 2018 edition of ELLE. From the ELLE website: We're on the lookout for... read more

Q&A: Tricks of the trade

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 learning... read more

COMP CLOSED: WIN What’s your favourite “-oke” word?

This week we’re giving away the new book from award-winning Australian author Sofie Laguna. Her previous novel, The Eye of the Sheep, won the prestigious Miles Franklin Literary Award in 2015 – and her latest is The Choke. The Choke is a haunting novel about a child navigating a... read more

$80,000 fellowship for mid-late career authors is back!

Each year, the Copyright Council opens up its rather handsome annual Author Fellowship. This fellowship will give you the financial help you need to finish that project. After all, authors have to eat, pay the bill and all those other things required by mere mortals. From the Copyright Council website... read more

Stella Prize 2018 now open

The Stella Prize returns! The Stella Prize celebrates women’s contribution to literature and has been awarded annually since 2014. The 2018 prize is now open for entries and the winner will receive $50,000. What is the Stella Prize and how did it come about? From the website: “Dreams... read more

Word of the week: Comstockery

Comstockery (noun) [kom'stokuhree] According to the Macquarie Dictionary, this is: "the overzealous censorship of the fine arts and literature, often mistaking outspokenly honest works for salacious ones." And it is named after Anthony Comstock, a US moralist. So you might say "The conservative lobby encouraged comstockery when they were... read more

Q&A: Plane vs plain

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 keeping... read more

COMP CLOSED: Win double passes to “Maudie” starring Ethan Hawke

Thanks to Transmission Films, we have 10 double passes to Maudie starring Sally Hawkins in the title role and Ethan Hawke as her initially reluctant employer. This beautifully shot biopic tells the story of Maud Lewis – a Canadian folk artist living on Nova Scotia in the mid-20th century. Check... read more

COMP CLOSED: Win Father’s Day 2-book pack!

Being the first Sunday in September, Father’s Day often stealthily sneaks up on us. But not this year, because we’re getting this giveaway completed before 3 September to allow our winners to choose to either gift it or keep the books for themselves! We have THREE packs to... read more

Word of the week: Magisterial

Magisterial (adjective) [majuhs'tearreeuh] You might think this sounds like it comes from majesty, but it doesn't. It actually comes from the word that gave us magistrate, which incidentally used to be schoolteacher. So magisterial means when something is done in the manner of a domineering school teacher. So... read more

Q&A: Cue vs queue

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, cue the "queue... read more

The secrets to writing successful short stories

Back in 2002, an author you may have heard of by the name of Stephen King said that “there are few pleasures so excellent as sitting in my favorite chair on a cold night with a hot cup of tea, listening to the wind outside and reading a good story... read more

COMP CLOSED: Win Matt Haig’s “How to Stop Time”

This week’s book is an epic that spans a lifetime. Except that this particular lifetime just happens to include Shakespeare's England, jazz age Paris and surfing in Byron Bay. The book is How to Stop Time – the latest novel by bestselling author Matt Haig, and it has been... read more

Word of the week: Amanuensis

Amanuensis (noun) [uhmanyooh'ensuhs] Did you know this is a fancy word for "secretary"? It comes from Ancient Rome when an amanuensis was employed to take dictation or copy manuscripts. These days it can refer to any kind of secretary or assistant that helps with words. So you might say... read more