Month: April 2019

Competitions and Opportunities
Australian Writers' Centre Team

Furious Fiction April 2019 winner and shortlist

Writing short fiction is a beautiful and terrible thing, and should therefore be treated with great caution. If you’ve never done anything like this before, it could have you spending most of the Furious Fiction weekend asking yourself “what’s it going to be then, eh?” And so it was, to

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PUNCTUATION
Dean Koorey

Q&A: ANZAC vs Anzac

Every week in our free Australian Writers’ Centre newsletter, our Q&A desk handles the important lexical issues of the day. This week, a reader wanted to know about the ANZAC vs Anzac…<.p>

Q: Hi there, my TV guide lists the show “ANZAC Girls” as “Anzac Girls”. But surely, it has to be capitals, because it’s an acronym, right?
A: Okay, hang on, just need to put this batch of delicious Anzac biscuits in the oven first. Right, now, where were we? Ah yes. ANZAC vs Anzac.

Q: It stands for “Australia and New Zealand Army Corps” and therefore should be capitalised, should it not?

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WORDS
Dean Koorey

Q&A: Draught vs draft

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 feeling a draft…

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Writing news
Dean Koorey

9 sweet courses to binge over Easter

As we approach the Easter long weekend and the chance to take stock one-third of the way into 2019, it’s a great opportunity to add to your writing skills with our suite of self-paced online courses. The following NINE have been created by experts and designed to provide you with

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Competitions and Opportunities
Australian Writers' Centre Team

Australian Book Industry Awards 2019 Shortlist

The Australian Publishers Association is delighted to announce the shortlist for the 2019 Australia Book Industry Awards. From this shortlist, The Category Winners and the Overall ‘Book of the Year’ Winner will be announced at the premier event on the Australian book industry calendar – The ABIA Awards night – to be

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PHRASES
Dean Koorey

Q&A: Just desserts or just deserts?

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 have deserted our dessert…

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Competitions and Opportunities
Australian Writers' Centre Team

Vicki Laveau-Harvie’s memoir wins the $50,000 Stella Prize

First-time author Vicki Laveau-Harvie is the winner of 2019 The Stella Prize for her memoir The Erratics. This is the first time in its seven-year history that a memoir has won the Stella Prize and the second time it’s been awarded to a debut author. The Erratics from The Stella

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Competitions and Opportunities
Australian Writers' Centre Team

2019 ACU Prize for Poetry now open

Entries are now open for one of Australia’s richest poetry competitions offering $18,000 in prizes. The 2019 ACU Prize for Poetry will be awarded for outstanding poetry with the theme Solace, reflecting on Anne Frank’s supposition: “The best remedy for those who are afraid, lonely or unhappy is to go

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WORDS
Dean Koorey

Q&A: Raise vs raze

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 the word ‘raze’ raises a

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AWC weekly giveaways
Australian Writers' Centre Team

COMP CLOSED: WIN Alexander McCall Smith’s latest book

This week we have THREE copies of The Department of Sensitive Crimes by Alexander McCall Smith, author of over 80 books including the award-winning The No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series. In this latest novel, there is nothing noir about the world of Ulf Varg, a detective in the Sensitive Crimes

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