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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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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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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 grants two fellowships each year for unpublished manuscripts by Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander writers.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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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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Prime Minister’s Literary Awards 2020 shortlist announced

The Prime Minister’s Literary Awards shortlist has been announced for 2020. According to the Office of the Arts website, the awards “recognise and celebrate the exceptional literary talents of esteemed and emerging Australian writers.” Out of a total of 562 entries, 30 books have made the shortlist which is split

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Enter the 2021 Dorothy Hewett Award for an unpublished manuscript

Do you have an unpublished manuscript kicking around that you’re hoping to get published? The 2021 Dorothy Hewett Award for an Unpublished Manuscript is now open.  The winner will be offered a publishing contract with UWA Press PLUS a $10,000 cash prize from the Copyright Agency. What kinds of entries

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Little Hare Prize for Illustration now open

Unpublished and emerging illustrators, this competition is for you. Hardie Grant Children’s Publishing has announced their inaugural Little Hare Prize for Illustration. This will be an annual prize from Hardie Grant with the winner receiving a publishing contract as well as full editorial support to illustrate a new story for

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Win $15,000 for an essay on Australian life

The Horne Prize, a collaboration between The Saturday Paper and Aesop is now open. Do you have a burning idea for an essay on contemporary Australian life? The winner of the 2020 Horne Prize will receive a whopping $15,000. The prize is named after the late Donald Horne AO, a

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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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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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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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New $30,000 Australasian literary prize celebrating historical fiction

There’s a major new literary prize set to award $30,000 to an outstanding historical novelist. The ARA Group is partnering with The Historical Novel Society Australasia (HNSA) to bring you the ARA Historical Novel Prize. According to the media release: “The new ARA Historical Novel Prize gives Australian and New

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$10,000 prize for young adult and children’s writing now open

Australian and New Zealand writers of young adult and children’s fiction – the annual Text Prize is now open. This prize is in its thirteenth year and its goal is to find great books for young adults and children by Australian and New Zealand writers. The winner receives a publishing

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