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Competitions and Opportunities
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Short story competitions to enter in 2021

A deadline and a prize – what better writing motivation is there? If your 2021 goal is to get your writing momentum fired up, flex those writing muscles or to test your writing techniques – and possibly earn some cash on the side – then short story competitions are the

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WIN ‘The Cat Who Saved Books’

If ever there were a guaranteed winner from the description alone, it might just be this week’s book giveaway – The Cat Who Saved Books by bestselling Japanese author Sosuke Natsukawa. Lovingly translated by Louise Heal Kawai, this is a heartwarming celebration of books, cats, and the people who love

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COMP CLOSED: WIN Liane Moriarty’s new book ‘Apples Never Fall’

It’s a giveaway treat this week, with the hot-off-the-press latest book from the bestselling blockbusting Big Little Lies and Nine Perfect Strangers author Liane Moriarty. This latest one’s called Apples Never Fall and we have three juicy copies to help you keep the doctor away. Here’s a quick synopsis: From

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COMP CLOSED: WIN ‘The Housemate’ by Sarah Bailey

Three housemates. One dead, one missing and one accused of murder… This week’s giveaway book is the new standalone thriller from the award-winning writer of the bestselling Gemma Woodstock trilogy: The Dark Lake, Into the Night and Where the Dead Go. That’s right, Sarah Bailey is back – with her

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Manuscript awards to enter in 2021

Was 2020 going to be the year you showcased your manuscript with the world but just didn’t get around to it? Given the year that was, we’ll let you off. But now it is 2021. There are some exciting opportunities for you this year, so we’ve created a list of

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Furious Fiction August 2021 winner and shortlist

With many writers having some extra at-home time on their hands, August’s Furious Fiction competition welcomed a bumper crop of entries – more than 1600 and the second highest ever! They came from all parts of the world, hoping their words would shine brightest. These were the challenge criteria: Your

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Nearly $12k up for grabs in The Scarlet Stiletto Awards

The 28th Scarlet Stiletto Awards are back and are bigger than ever. This award is for best crime and mystery short stories by Australian women and this year, there’s a prize pool of $11,910 up for grabs. There are a staggering total of 15 awards, including two new awards, the

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COMP CLOSED: WIN ‘Dinosaur Dads’ by Lesley Gibbes

This week, we have a groundbreaking picture book to be won. Oh wait, not groundbreaking – we meant earth shaking, and it is called Dinosaur Dads by award-winning author and AWC presenter Lesley Gibbes and illustrated by Marjorie Crosby-Fairall. Want a quick preview? Here you go: The dinosaur kids fight

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60 haikus inspired by the Tokyo Olympics

The 2020 Tokyo Olympics may have arrived a year late, but for many of us, they provided a welcome distraction. In fact, for many Australians in lockdown during the Games, it was a timely salve.  And so, with the Olympics over, we asked our community to sum up their experience

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COMP CLOSED: WIN ‘The Disappearing Act’ by Catherine Steadman

A woman has gone missing. But did she ever really exist? This week’s book giveaway is the new gripping psychological thriller from the New York Times bestselling author of Mr Nobody and Something in the Water. That’s right, Catherine Steadman is back, with her latest book The Disappearing Act. Here’s

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SBS Emerging Writers’ Competition returns for 2021

This year’s SBS Emerging Writers’ Competition is looking for entries that reflect the diversity of contemporary Australia. The theme for the 2021 competition is ‘Between Two Worlds: stories from a diverse Australia’ and it is open to writers aged 18 and over. The piece needs to be a memoir in

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Creative HAIKU challenge

In its simplest form, the Japanese ‘haiku’ is a short poem that comprises three lines. The first line contains FIVE syllables (not words). The second line, SEVEN syllables. And finally, FIVE syllables again. YOUR CHALLENGE: Create and SEND us your own haiku(s) based on your experience watching the Olympics. Perhaps inspired by

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COMP CLOSED: WIN ‘The Wolf’s Howl’ by A.L. Tait

Bestselling author A. L. Tait is back with the next Maven and Reeve Mystery… Yes indeed – it’s an exciting giveaway this week, as we celebrate the launch of AWC presenter, So you want to be a writer podcast co-host and bestselling author Allison Tait’s new book (writing as A.L.

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COMP CLOSED: WIN ‘The Echo Chamber’ by John Boyne

“What a thing of wonder a mobile phone is…” This week’s book giveaway is from John Boyne – the author of The Heart’s Invisible Furies and The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas. Boyne’s latest novel – The Echo Chamber – is filled with his characteristic humour and razor-sharp observation. It

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Furious Fiction July 2021 winner and shortlist

Amid the flurry of competition and gold medals being given out at the moment, today is the day that we roll out the podium for the 500-word sprint, our version of the modern “pen”tathlon. As a quick recap, these were the criteria for JULY’s Furious Fiction: Each story had to

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COMP CLOSED: WIN ‘Still’ by Matt Nable

For this week’s book giveaway, we have a home-grown treat for you, with footballer turned actor turned author Matt Nable’s latest novel, Still. Described as an “evocative, page-turning thriller” from this brilliant Australian writer, if you loved The Dry or Scrublands, then you will love Still. Here’s an overview of

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COMP CLOSED: WIN ‘A Woman of Intelligence’ by Karin Tanabe

“An exhilarating tale of one remarkable woman’s journey to find her purpose, and herself, in post-war America.” This week’s book giveaway is A Woman of Intelligence – the brand new novel by Karin Tanabe, author of A Hundred Suns and The Gilded Years. Here is a quick synopsis of the

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Enter now: The 2021 Woollahra Digital Literary Awards

Do you produce written works in a digital format, e.g. ebooks, online essays, or more? This opportunity is for you! The 2021 Woollahra Digital Literary Awards are now open and the prize pool is $7,500. There are prizes in the following categories: Fiction, Non-fiction, Poetry, and, according to the press

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