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Competitions and Opportunities
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Furious Fiction September 2020 winner and shortlist

A picture told 500 words this month as we welcomed back the infamous picture prompt to our Furious Fiction criteria club. The picture above was the image in question and the complete challenge for September went something like this: Each story had to be INSPIRED by the picture above. Each story’s

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WIN double passes to ‘The Translators’

As cinemas reopen across Australia, thanks to Palace Films this week we’re offering up FIVE double passes to new film The Translators. It opens in cinemas from 17 September 2020. A big hit at the recent Alliance Française French Film Festival, THE TRANSLATORS is written and directed by Régis Roinsard

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Spark Prize for narrative non-fiction now open

Do you write narrative non-fiction? Do you have an idea for a publishable book, but just need an extra boost?  Hardie Grant has just launched its inaugural Spark Prize for narrative non-fiction.  According to the Hardie Grant website, the winner will receive: $2000 prize money,  a 6-month mentorship with Hardie

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SCBWI Australian Picture Book Illustrator Awards now open

Calling all Australian illustrators – established, emerging and in between. The SCBWI (Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators) Australian Picture Book Illustrator Awards are now open. What are the awards? According to the SCBWI website: The SCBWI Australian Picture Book Illustrator Awards recognise the talent of PAL published Australian

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COMP CLOSED ‘The Golden Maze’ by Richard Fidler

This week’s giveaway book is from beloved ABC broadcaster and bestselling author of Ghost Empire and Saga Land, Richard Fidler. His latest book is The Golden Maze – a personally curated history of the magical city that is Prague. Here’s a blurb about it: In 1989, Richard Fidler was living

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Alumni news
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Congrats to the AWC alumni shortlisted for the 2020 Banjo Prize

HarperCollins Australia has released the shortlist for the 2020 Banjo Prize and we’re so proud that all four are from the Australian Writers’ Centre community. The 2020 Banjo Prize shortlist: The List by Megan Albany The Tuesday Afternoon Murder Club by Karli Florisson Roses of Budapest by Rachael Keene Flood

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Competitions and Opportunities
Australian Writers' Centre Team

Are you the next big thing in crime writing?

Are you a crime writer in Australia or New Zealand?  Whether you’re a debut author or have previously been published, the Allen & Unwin Crime Fiction Prize is looking for new talent in crime writing. The prize itself is a killer! The winner will receive a publishing contract with Allen

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COMP CLOSED: ‘The Fire Star’ by A.L. Tait

‘I was up past midnight finishing this book! The mystery kept me turning the pages, and I felt like I’d known Maven and Reeve forever.’ – Amie Kaufman, New York Times bestselling author of Ice Wolves Great news! Our very own AWC presenter and podcast co-host A.L. Tait is back

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COMP CLOSED: ‘The Good Teacher’ by Petronella McGovern

A good teacher can change lives… This week’s giveaway is from AWC alumna Petronella McGovern – author of 2019’s acclaimed thriller Six Minutes. (For an insight into how she turned her author dreams into reality, check out our case study on her.) Petronella’s latest book is called The Good Teacher

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Competitions and Opportunities
Australian Writers' Centre Team

Furious Fiction August 2020 winner and shortlist

Furious Fiction was this month transformed into a comedy club, as we invited entrants to counter the prevailing 2020 narrative of doom and gloom and bring the funny! To help set up such a tee-hee-friendly scene, were these criteria: Each story had to contain HUMOUR/COMEDY of any kind. Each story

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COMP CLOSED ‘The Thursday Murder Club’ by Richard Osman

Who said old age has to be dull? This week’s giveaway book is The Thursday Murder Club by British author and recognisable man from the TV, Richard Osman. This is his highly anticipated debut novel (reportedly secured through a seven-figure two-book deal); the first in a classic crime series. In

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COMP CLOSED ‘The Girl in the Mirror’ by Rose Carlyle

Identical twins only look the same… It’s giveaway time again and this week we have three copies of Rose Carlyle’s The Girl in the Mirror to be won. This edge-of-your-seat debut thriller explores identical twins, a crazy inheritance and a boat full of secrets. Who can you trust? Absolutely nobody! 

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COMP CLOSED: Tell us your Lord or Lady name and win ‘Enid’

“Did I really kill them all?”… This week’s giveaway book comes from Australian journalist and bestselling author Robert Wainwright. His previous books include Rose: The unauthorised biography of Rose Hancock Porteous, The Lost Boy, The Killing of Caroline Byrne and Sheila. His latest is Enid: The Scandalous Life of a

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Competitions and Opportunities
Australian Writers' Centre Team

Share your personal story with the SBS Emerging Writers’ Competition

Aspiring writers from diverse backgrounds are invited to take part in the SBS Emerging Writers’ Competition and enter a memoir piece of 1000-2000 words on the topic of ‘Growing up in diverse Australia’.  What is the SBS Emerging Writers’ Competition? The aim of the competition is to search “for the

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COMP CLOSED ‘Across the Water’ by Ingrid Alexandra

Secrets can pull you under… Hot off the press is this week’s giveaway book – Across the Water – the second novel from Australian author Ingrid Alexandra. Ingrid is an AWC alumna, and you can learn more about her journey to publication on our blog.  Described as The Woman in

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Short story competitions
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Your 23-word stories

Recently, we thought we’d inject some creativity into our community’s week with a simple tiny fiction challenge. There were only two rules – the first that it had to contain no more than 23 words. And the second, that it must be inspired by the picture above.  We received almost

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