Category: Grants and prizes

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The Spark Prize for narrative non-fiction returns in 2022

If you love to write narrative non-fiction and have an idea for a publishable book, then get excited because Hardie Grant Publishing has announced that The Spark Prize has returned for 2022. Submissions are open from 27 May 2022 until 27 June 2022. What is The Spark Prize? According to

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Winners announced for 2022 NSW Premier’s Literary Awards

The winners for the State Library of NSW Premier’s Literary Awards for 2022 have been announced, with a total of $295,000 awarded across 12 prizes. Congratulations to all of the category winners! According to the press release: NSW Premier The Hon. Dominic Perrottet MP said: “The NSW Premier’s Literary Awards

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Winner of the 2022 The Australian / Vogel Award Nell Pierce
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The winner of ‘The Australian’/ Vogel Award for 2022 announced

The Australian/Vogel’s Literary Award is one of the most prestigious awards in Australia for an unpublished manuscript. Congratulations to Melbourne-based author Nell Pierce who won The Australian/Vogel Award for 2022 for her novel, A Place Near Eden. From the press release: “Award-winner Nell Pierce was raised in Canberra where she

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Short story competitions to enter in 2022

Is 2022 the year you share your short stories with the world? There are plenty of competitions and writing opportunities for you to challenge your creativity and get your work out there – with the chance to win some great prizes. Don’t know where to find these great opportunities? Well,

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Australian Writers' Centre Team

Manuscript awards to enter in 2022

Congratulations, you’ve completed your manuscript and polished it till it sparkles. Are you ready to set it free out into the world?  There are a few avenues you can take – no, no, don’t put it away in that bottom drawer again! Why not enter your manuscript for an award?

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Congrats to our Aurealis Award 2021 finalists

Excuse us while we stand over here and toot our own horns – BUT we are so proud to announce that two of our creative writing presenters have been named as finalists for the 2021 Aurealis Awards!  J.S. Breukelaar’s novel The Bridge, published by Meerkat Press, is in the running

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The Banjo Prize 2022 is now open for submissions

The Banjo Prize 2022 is currently open for submissions for novel-length manuscripts. Run by major publisher HarperCollins, and now in its fifth year, the prestigious prize is looking for Australia’s next great storyteller. “We had no idea what we were getting ourselves into,” the publisher says on its website about

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Alumni news
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Congratulations to the AWC alumni shortlisted for the CBCA 2022 Book of the Year

Congratulations to all the wonderful authors, illustrators and publishers who have made it onto the Children’s Book Council of Australia’s (CBCA) shortlisted books for 2022. We’re particularly chuffed for the talented graduates from our Writing Picture Books course – children’s authors Vikki Conley, Sandhya Parappukkaran and author/illustrator Freda Chiu –

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Australian Writers' Centre Team

The 2022 Penguin Literary Prize is now open

Want the chance to be published with Penguin Random House and receive a $20,000 advance? Well, the 2022 Penguin Literary Prize is now open and awaiting your submission!  Launched  in 2017, the prize was established to find, nurture and develop new Australian authors of literary fiction. Every year the Penguin

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Congrats to the AWC alumni shortlisted for the 2021 Richell Prize

The shortlist for the 2021 Richell Prize for Emerging Writers has just been announced, and we are proud to congratulate our talented AWC alumni on the list! The winner will receive $10,000 in prize money from Hachette Australia, and a year’s mentoring with one of their publishers. Kay Harrison has

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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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AWC alumni
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AWC alumna Veronica Lando wins the HarperCollins 2021 Banjo Prize

Publishing house HarperCollins launched the Banjo Prize in 2018, as “a quest to find Australia’s next great storyteller” – inviting unpublished commercial fiction manuscripts and awarding each year’s winner with a publishing contract. Now in its fourth year, the Banjo Prize recently announced its 2021 winner. And we were SO

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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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