Month: January 2019

Q&A: Super excited?

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 super... read more

Exciting new $20,000 short film competition

The State Library of NSW has announced the launch of its inaugural short film prize Shortstacks, which is open to established, emerging and first-time filmmakers of all ages. But there’s a catch ... each short film entered must reference one or more items pre-selected from the State Library... read more

Q&A: Is it an esky?

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 filling... read more

Furious Fiction January 2019 winner and shortlist

A new year and a NEW Furious Fiction challenge – with January seeing a record number of almost 1000 entrants (something about those New Year’s goals) battling it out for story supremacy. A reminder of the criteria that we asked for this month: Each story’s first word had to... read more

Candice Fox’s fertile, grizzly world of crime fiction writing

Australia’s bestselling crime author Candice Fox has a massively busy and successful 2019 ahead of her. Described by her collaborator, the world's bestselling author James Patterson, as “A bright new star of crime fiction”, she is New York Times #1 bestselling author and presenter of the Australian Writers... read more

COMP CLOSED: Win ‘Death on the Derwent’ by Robin Bowles

This week we're giving away FIVE copies of  Death on the Derwent by bestselling true crime author, Robin Bowles. When Bob Chappell disappeared from his yacht on the night of 26 January 2009, he left behind his pipe and tobacco – something that his partner Sue Neill-Fraser knew he... read more

2019 Indie Book Awards Shortlist announced

Australian independent booksellers are thrilled to announce their Shortlist for the Indie Book Awards 2019, for the best Australian books published in 2018! Direct from their website, here is the Shortlist for the 2019 Indie Book Awards: FICTION SHORTLIST The Lost Man by Jane Harper (Macmillan Australia) Shell by Kristina... read more

Q&A: Linchpin vs lynchpin

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, as always, Dean... read more

2018 Australian Romance Readers Awards finalists announced

Voting has opened for the 2018 Australian Romance Readers Awards and we are delighted to announce that Pamela Hart (aka Pamela Freeman, AWC’s Director of Creativity) and AWC creative writing alumni Penelope Janu and Joanna Nell are amongst the finalists.   Pamela is a finalist in the Favourite Historical Romance... read more

COMP CLOSED: Win ‘Three Little Lies’ from Laura Marshall

Our giveaway book this week is sensational psychological thriller Three Little Lies by Laura Marshall – the author of 2017’s bestselling Friend Request. When Sasha North comes into Ellen's life, Ellen falls under her spell. But she doesn't see the darkness that lies beneath their bohemian lifestyle. Not... read more

Q&A: Award name origins

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 Oscar, Grammy and... read more

19 inspirational words to define 2019

At the beginning of this year, we asked you to think of just ONE word to define or sum up your year ahead. No wrong answers – simply one word that captured what you wanted to achieve or tapped into something that spoke to you. Well, turns out it was a... read more

COMP CLOSED: Win David Astle’s ‘Rewording the Brain’

Our giveaway book this week is Rewording the Brain – by master wordsmith and crossword guru David Astle. In it, he shows how cryptic crosswords can boost your brain power and improve your memory and cognitive capacity. Recent studies have shown that puzzle-solving and wordplay are among the most effective... read more

Can you solve our holiday Cryptic Clues Quiz?

If you’re familiar with cryptic crosswords, you’re in for a treat. Even if you’re not familiar, see if you can guess the following 20 writing-related clues. Each clue typically has a ‘straight’ clue and a ‘cryptic clue’ – with the latter using things like anagrams, hidden words... read more