Category: Competitions and Opportunities

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WIN ‘Space Hopper’ by Helen Fisher

This week, we’re excited to be giving away Space Hopper – the debut novel from UK author Helen Fisher and a book that legendary author Marian Keyes describes as “an unusual intriguing novel… the first in ages that actually *interested* me”. So, what’s got Marian all excited? Why has it

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The Australian Book Industry Awards 2021 longlist announced

The Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIA) longlist for 2021 has been released, ahead of the shortlist announcement in April. Regular listeners of the So you want to be a writer podcast will recognise many of the names on the list, as the authors have featured as our Writers in Residence,

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Competitions and Opportunities
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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 February 2021 winner and shortlist

It was a happy third birthday to Furious Fiction this month (be sure to check out our “stories behind the stories” collection) and to celebrate turning three, every story had to begin with the word THREE. That wasn’t all though: Each story had to be set in a SCHOOL. Each

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COMP CLOSED ‘Rebel Without a Clause’ by Susan Butler

Do you like books that explore the absurdity of the English language? If so, then you’ll want to get your hands on one of our copies of this week’s giveaway book – Rebel Without a Clause by Susan Butler. The English language is changing constantly. We invent new words and

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COMP CLOSED: WIN ‘The Speechwriter’ by Martin McKenzie-Murray

“The ‘Black Mirror’ Australian politics has been waiting for.” – Zan Rowe This week’s giveaway book is the fiction debut of erstwhile speechwriter and Saturday Paper journalist Martin McKenzie-Murray. In The Speechwriter, he takes us on a frantic, funny, and surreal journey through the corridors of power. Here’s a quick

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COMP CLOSED: WIN ‘The Four Winds’ by Kristin Hannah

She will discover the best of herself in the worst of times… This week’s giveaway book is The Four Winds – a deeply moving, powerful story about the strength and resilience of women and the bond between mother and daughter, by the multi-million copy number one bestselling author Kristin Hannah.

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COMP CLOSED: WIN ‘The Paris Affair’ with your superpower

This week’s giveaway is The Paris Affair by bestselling author of The Sunday Girl and The Strangers We Know, Pip Drysdale. It’s hot off the press this month, so if you love psychological thrillers, you might want to add this to your collection. Here’s a summary: Meet Harper Brown …

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2021 West Australian Young Readers’ Book Award shortlist announced

The West Australian Young Readers’ Book Award (WAYRBA) shortlist has been released and we’re delighted to see some familiar names on the list. Book of Chance by AWC presenter Sue Whiting and Four Dead Queens by graduate Astrid Scholte have both been shortlisted in the Older Readers category. According to

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Furious Fiction January 2021 winner and shortlist

It’s a new year and we were so eager that we hit the ground running with our first Furious Fiction challenge for 2021 on the first day of January. (Ahem, it may have also had something to do with the calendar.) A new year was dawning, so here’s what we

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Australian Writers' Centre Team

2021 Questions Writing Prize is now open for young writers

Calling out all young Australian writers (18 to 30 years) – the 2021 Questions Writing Prize is now open! This prize awards $2000 to the best writing submitted and is a great chance to flex your creative muscles. According to the website, the piece can be either fiction or non-fiction,

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Australian Writers' Centre Team

Enter a competition with just the first 5 pages of your manuscript

Want the chance to win money for the first five pages of a fiction or creative non-fiction manuscript? The First Pages Prize is all about supporting emerging writers who are currently unagented. According to the press release, “Five winners will receive $5000 total in cash awards, a developmental edit to

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Writing fellowship program for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander writers now open

If you are an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander writer, this fellowship is for you!  black&write! grants two fellowships each year for unpublished manuscripts by Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander writers. black&write! is supported by the Arts Council of Australia, and are working with publishing partner, Hachette Australia.  According to

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COMP CLOSED: WIN the ‘30 Day Kick Start Plan’

Lacking motivation? Know what you should do, but don’t know where to start? Want to cook better, healthier food? If any of that sounds familiar, you’ll want to get your hands on one of this week’s three giveaway copies of 30 Day Kick Start Plan by lusciously long-locked UK health

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Australian Writers' Centre Team

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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COMP CLOSED ‘The Werewolves Who Weren’t’

This week’s giveaway is one for the young readers – three copies of The Werewolves Who Weren’t by T.C. Shelley. This magical book is the follow up to The Monster Who Wasn’t – the second book in a brilliantly rich and strange fantasy series that will make you believe in

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Humour writing prize now open

If you’ve published a humorous book intended for readers aged 5-12 years, this is your chance to win a $5000 prize. The NSW State Library has announced that it has added a younger readers category to its Russell Prize for Humour Writing. Entries for the 2021 Russell Prize for Humour

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