Month: November 2017

Q&A: “Touch wood” and “Knock on wood”

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 getting... read more

The curious business of naming colours

Being regular word nerds, we here at the AWC are fascinated by the huge range of imaginative names that companies come up with, particularly around colours. Take these interesting examples – Fiddlesticks, Alpha Centauri, Monastic and Cowardly Custard. They sound like the cast of a children's fantasy novel, not wall... read more

COMP CLOSED: “Uncommon Type” – signed by Tom Hanks!

This week, we’re giving you the opportunity to win Uncommon Type – a collection of seventeen wonderful short stories by none other than two-time Oscar winner Tom Hanks – and signed by the author himself! Here’s what the media release had to say: “A hectic, funny sexual affair between... read more

2018 Calibre Essay Prize now open

Do you write non-fiction essays? Then this competition is for you! The Calibre Essay Prize is open for its 12th year. This prize is hosted by the Australian Book Review (ABR) and according to the website: “is one of the world's leading prizes for an original non-fiction... read more

Q&A: Amuck or amok?

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 running... read more

Richell Prize 2017 Winner Announced!

From 579 entries, the judges of the 2017 Richell Prize for emerging writers managed to not only whittle it down to a short list, but they have announced the winner! Sam Coley has won for his work in progress titled State Highway One. According to the press release, this is... read more

COMP CLOSED: Double passes to “Tulip Fever”

This week, thanks to our platonic friends at Roadshow Films, we’ve secured 10 double passes to new film Tulip Fever, in cinemas from 23 November 2017 and based on the bestselling novel by Deborah Moggach. This one really has quite a stellar cast – including the incredibly versatile Alicia Vikander... read more

Q&A: Yes?

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 nodding... read more

COMP CLOSED: What is 2018’s most important date?

This week, a giveaway for the organised (or hoping to be organised!) writer. It’s Pilot 2018 – A Diary for Writers! Stuffed to the gills with writerly wisdom, Pilot 2018 is the essential writer’s resource. It not only features industry advice from Island, Griffith Review, Brief, Rabbit, Poetry New... read more

Jenna Guillaume: Journalist turned YA fiction author

Success: After putting off the idea of creative writing for many years, Jenna Guillaume signed a two-book deal with Pan Macmillan for her YA fiction. AWC courses completed: Creative Writing Stage 1 Become a Children’s Author Background: Sometimes it takes a ‘sign’ for things to fall into place... read more

Q&A: Pant or pants?

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've got... read more

COMP CLOSED: It’s upside-down dogs!

We have a book with a difference this week – and one that will make a gorgeous gift for yourself or the dog lover in your life. Featuring snaps by international award-winning photographer Serena Hodson, it’s Upside-down Dogs, a delightfully cute photo book of – you guessed it – dogs... read more

Entries open for 2018 The Peter Porter Poetry Prize

The Peter Porter Poetry Prize (how’s that for alliteration?) is now taking submissions. A poetry prize that’s open to anyone around the world, with a prize pool of over AU$8,000. And this year, the judges are Bill Manhire, John Hawke, and Jen Webb. According to the... read more