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WIN our cosy 5-book winter prize pack

Ahhhh winter – the perfect time to cosy up to a roaring fire (or Kmart heater) with a cuppa and a good book. So this week, to celebrate the shortest day of the year, we’re offering you the opportunity to increase your stack of reading material to help you get

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COMP CLOSED: WIN ‘Hello Baby!’ by Shelly Unwin

This week’s giveaway is one for the little readers – Hello Baby! from children’s author and AWC alumnae Shelly Unwin. This adorable picture book celebrates the arrival of a new baby, with gorgeous illustrations by the bestselling illustrator of It’s Not Scribble to Me. Here you are. Look at you! Tiny,

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Australian Writers' Centre Team

WIN ‘Hello Baby!’ by Shelly Unwin

This week’s giveaway is one for the little readers – Hello Baby! from children’s author and AWC alumnae Shelly Unwin. This adorable picture book celebrates the arrival of a new baby, with gorgeous illustrations by the bestselling illustrator of It’s Not Scribble to Me. Here you are. Look at you! Tiny,

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Australian Writers' Centre Team

COMP CLOSED: The ‘Reading like an Australian writer’ collection

“All writers begin as readers…” This week’s giveaway book has been edited by Belinda Castles. It’s called Reading like an Australian writer and is an inspirational and heartfelt collection of essays that will enrich your reading of Australian stories and guide you in your own writing. We have three copies

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Australian Writers' Centre Team

Furious Fiction May 2021 winner and shortlist

It was a dark and stormy night at Furious Fiction HQ. The judges gathered around the glow of the Apple laptop and rubbed their hands with glee (a brand of hand sanitiser). Yesterday, the identity of the competition winner was unclear – many sitting on the fence in their decision.

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Australian Writers' Centre Team

COMP CLOSED: WIN double passes to see ‘Lapsis’

This week we’re swapping bookmarks for ticket stubs as we offer up 10 double passes to Lapsis – in cinemas from 3 June 2021. Lapsis has been hailed by critics as “a smart, class-conscious sci-fi parable” whose “cult status is assured”. In bringing it to life, writer/director Noah Hutton’s intricate

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Australian Writers' Centre Team

COMP CLOSED: WIN ‘The Code Breaker’ by Walter Isaacson

This week’s giveaway book is from Walter Isaacson – former TIME editor and the bestselling author of many biographies including Leonardo da Vinci and Steve Jobs. In his latest – The Code Breaker – he returns with a gripping account of how the pioneering scientist Jennifer Doudna, along with her

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Australian Writers' Centre Team

COMP CLOSED: WIN ‘Flash Jim’ by Kel Richards

This week’s giveaway is the astonishing story of James Hardy Vaux, writer of Australia’s first dictionary and first true-crime memoir. That’s quite the combo! The book is Flash Jim and it’s by Kel Richards – a veteran Australian author, journalist and broadcaster. Until 2010, Richards famously presented News Radio’s regular

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Australian Writers' Centre Team

Your 29-word “road trip” stories

Flash fiction is big right now, but what about micro-fiction? This tiny format almost borders on poetry at times and seeks to make the biggest impact in the fewest words – something all too familiar to the ‘Twitter’ generation. Last week, we asked our community to create for us a

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Australian Writers' Centre Team

COMP CLOSED: ‘Julia Morris Makes it Easy’

Hilariously half-baked life advice from yet another deluded celebrity… This week’s giveaway book is Julia Morris Makes it Easy from (you guessed it) Julia Morris – one of Australia’s most accomplished and celebrated performers. First appearing on Aussie TV singing on New Faces at age 17, Julia has seamlessly moved

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Australian Writers' Centre Team

Enter the 29-word story challenge

Do you know that feeling when you discover a layer of dust on furniture or items you haven’t used for some time? That thin film of grime that softly, silently settles when you aren’t looking? Well, it can happen to our creativity too – so let’s shake off the dust…

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Australian Writers' Centre Team

Furious Fiction April 2021 winner and shortlist

Every month a long queue of writers from all over the map throw their narrative hats into this three-ringed circus we call Furious Fiction, crossing their fingers, dropping their heads in prayer and hoping to get lucky. These were the April criteria: Your story must begin in some kind of

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Australian Writers' Centre Team

The 2021 Richell Prize for Emerging Writers is now open

Entries have now opened for the 2021 Richell Prize for Emerging Writers. This competition is in its seventh year and invites submissions from unpublished writers in adult narrative non-fiction and adult fiction. The prize is in memory of Hachette Australia’s CEO, Matt Richell, who died suddenly in 2014. 

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Australian Writers' Centre Team

COMP CLOSED: WIN Anthony Bourdain’s ‘World Travel’

This week’s giveaway book is the newly released celebration of the life and legacy of one of the most important food writers of all time – the inimitable Anthony Bourdain. World Travel: An Irreverent Guide is the name of the book – compiled by the late Bourdain and his longtime

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Australian Writers' Centre Team

Entries now open for The Banjo Prize 2021

Is this your chance to be published by HarperCollins Publishers Australia?  The Banjo Prize was launched in 2018 and its mission is to find “Australia’s next great storyteller”. The prize is named after Australia’s first bestselling author Banjo Patterson. According to the press release: “The Banjo Prize is offered annually

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Australian Writers' Centre Team

COMP CLOSED: WIN ‘The Ripping Tree’ by Nikki Gemmell

An illustrious family. A beautiful home. A shipwrecked young woman left on its doorstep. Don’t think they’re going to save her… This week’s giveaway book (with a great cover) is the new novel from bestselling author Nikki Gemmell. The Ripping Tree is described as “an intense, sharp shiver of a

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Australian Writers' Centre Team

COMP CLOSED: WIN ‘The Chase’ by Candice Fox

It’s giveaway time and this week it’s an AWC favourite – Candice Fox with her latest book, The Chase. As well as being a New York Times bestselling thriller writer, Candice is also our favourite because she has her own online course on our shelves, Anatomy of a Crime: How

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Australian Writers' Centre Team

Furious Fiction March 2021 winner and shortlist

They say a picture is worth a thousand words – but this month we were fine with just 500 as we introduced only the fourth picture prompt in Furious Fiction history. These were the complete criteria for March: Each story had to include the pictured setting (above) at some point.

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Australian Writers' Centre Team

COMP CLOSED ‘Dear Mum’ from Samuel Johnson

This week, our giveaway book is Dear Mum – an honest, moving and emotionally memorable collection of letters from the team who brought you the bestselling Dear Santa, Dear Dad and Heroes Next Door. As the title hints at, the book features letters to their mothers from some of Australia’s

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