Month: March 2018

2018 Literary Taxidermy Short Story Competition

Here's a novel idea for a writing competition— you're given the opening and closing lines from one of three classic works and you write the rest! Hence the name the Literary Taxidermy Short Story Competition. From the Literary Taxidermy Website: The Literary Taxidermy Short Story Competition is open... read more

Q&A: Lent vs leant vs leaned

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 leaning... read more

2018 Grieve Writing Competition is OPEN

Grief and loss are powerful emotions, be it the loss of a job, a loved one, a pet. The Grieve Writing Competition, organised by the Hunter Writers Centre, is open to all explorations of grief and accepts stories and poems on any topic related to loss. From the Hunter Writers... read more

COMP CLOSED: Write a caption and WIN a copy of “The Lebs”

This week, we’re giving away three copies of  The Lebs  – a confronting new novel from The Sydney Morning Herald’s Best Young Novelist winner, Michael Mohammed Ahmad. Leb is of course short for ‘Lebanese’ and this story follows Bani Adam – who thinks his school, Punchbowl Boys, is the arse... read more

Q&A: Mantle vs Mantel

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 ask the... read more

Furious Fiction March 2018 winner

For this month’s second Furious Fiction short story competition, we spun our judging chairs around and waited to let the notes you were belting out wash over us – with musically themed stories, 500 words or fewer. For the winner? A recording contrac-- oops, no, we mean FIVE HUNDRED DOLLARS... read more

Q&A: Equality vs equity

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 cogitating... read more

COMP CLOSED: WIN ‘Scandal in Bohemia’

This week, we’re giving away a copy of fascinating new true crime biography A Scandal in Bohemia – The Life and Death of Mollie Bean by Gideon Haigh. Creatively ambitious and sexually precocious, Mollie Bean was a poet, aspiring novelist and muse within Melbourne’s bohemian salons in the early... read more

HarperCollins announces a new fiction prize: The Banjo

Are you Australia’s next great storyteller? Do you have a manuscript sitting collecting dust in a drawer? A sweeping saga of unrequited love set in the Australian outback during the Gold Rush era or perhaps a nail-biting psychological thriller guaranteed to frighten the pants off the toughest of... read more

Announcing the 2018 Australian Book Industry Awards Longlist

A HUGE congratulations to everyone on the ABIA 2018 longlist – especially our alumni Sarah Bailey for The Dark Lake and Tania Blanchard for The Girl from Munich. Great to see our graduates kicking so many goals. Bravo! Also to these fantastic authors who have all featured in the Australian Writers... read more

Q&A: Here’re? There’re?

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 questioning... read more

COMP CLOSED – WIN 10 x Dendy Direct $20 vouchers

This week, 10 lucky winners of our caption competition will each win a $20 voucher to use on Dendy Direct – where you can stream new release films like Loving Vincent, Murder on the Orient Express and The Killing of a Sacred Deer all from the comfort of your own lounge... read more