Category: Writing news

Competitions and Opportunities
Australian Writers' Centre Team

Enter the 2020 Richell Prize for Emerging Writers

Calling all unpublished writers: the $10,000 Richell Prize for Emerging Writers, which can be awarded to both fiction and creative non-fiction writers, is open for 2020. The winner will also get a year’s mentorship from a Hachette Australia publisher. Entries close on July 10, 2020.  From the Emerging Writers’ Festival

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Competitions and Opportunities
Australian Writers' Centre Team

ARA Historical Novel Prize now open

Have you written a historical novel?  The ARA Historical Novel Prize is now open and the winner is set to receive $30,000 AUD!  Who’s eligible? From the Historical Novel Society Australasia website: “The ARA Historical Novel Prize is open to authors who are citizens or residents of Australia or New

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Writing news
Australian Writers' Centre Team

The 2020 ABIA winners are…

The announcement of the 2020 Australian Book Industry Awards saw both familiar faces and rising stars rewarded for their hard work. Streamed live on YouTube, the top gong for the ABIA Book of the Year was given to a picture book for the first time: Bluey: The Beach, based on

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Writing news
Australian Writers' Centre Team

Shortlist announced for the 2020 Australian Book Industry Awards

The Australian Publishers Association has announced the shortlist for the 2020 Australian Book Industry Awards.  This year, the ABIAs category winners and overall ‘Book of the Year’ winner of the 2020 Australian Book Industry Awards will be announced via a special Virtual Awards Event that will stream LIVE on YouTube

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Writing news
Australian Writers' Centre Team

Vale author Julian Leatherdale

We were sad to hear about the passing (on 22 April 2020) of author Julian Leatherdale, a true gentleman. It was only a few weeks ago that we spoke to Julian about his latest book Death in the Ladies’ Goddess Club, set in 1930s Kings Cross in episode 321 of So

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Competitions and Opportunities
Australian Writers' Centre Team

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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Writing news
Guest Writer

Writing through homeschooling

This is a guest post by Cassie Hamer Until two weeks ago, I’d never ever contemplated the idea of homeschooling my three daughters. Not once. Not ever. Never ever ever. Can I make that any clearer?  Never.  As an author and mum of three, school has been a life-saver. For

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Fiction writing
Australian Writers' Centre Team

Q&A with Sue Whiting

Sue Whiting is one of the most prolific and best-loved Australian writers for children and young adults. She’s also one of our popular presenters at the Australian Writers’ Centre. Sue’s 2018 novel for kids, Missing, was a smash hit and she has followed it up with her latest novel, The

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Crime and thriller
Australian Writers' Centre Team

Creative Conversations Live with Candice Fox and Tara Moss

We’ve been providing amazing online resources and courses for writers on our website for many years now. Each week, we produce our popular podcast So you want to be a writer, our weekly newsletter is packed full of inspiration and information, our grammar Q&As answer all your niggly questions, and

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Writing news
Australian Writers' Centre Team

Write here, write now – YOUR writing spaces

With so much of the world being forced to work from home, Valerie recently reminded us that as writers, we’re already lucky to be able to do this from anywhere. And to illustrate this point, she asked for you to share pictures of YOUR writing set ups at home. Thanks

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Competitions and Opportunities
Australian Writers' Centre Team

12 Manuscript Awards to enter in 2020

We hope you’ve stocked up on paper – printing paper that is – because it is time to get those manuscripts ready for submission. We’ve collated a list of 2020 manuscript awards for writers like yourself to enter and share your stories.  Is your manuscript still a work-in-progress and you

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Freelance writing
Australian Writers' Centre Team

Ask Me Anything with Valerie Khoo

Each month, members of the Freelance Writing Masterclass Program can join an “Ask Me Anything” session with Valerie Khoo, journalist, editor, and CEO of the Australian Writers’ Centre. Participants have access to Valerie’s amazing wealth of knowledge, as they can literally ask her anything to do with the art and

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Business writing
Australian Writers' Centre Team

10 online courses you can complete in two weeks

Craving a creative outlet right now? We hear you. The good news is it’s easier than ever to engage your mind and fast-track your learning from the comfort of your own home. If you’re feeling inspired to focus on your writing right now – or just seeking a more productive

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Fiction writing
Australian Writers' Centre Team

Fast-track your editing career with the 2020 Residential Editorial Program

Calling all editors!  Applications for the 2020 Residential Editorial Program hosted by the Australian Publishers Association is now open. According to the media release, the Residential Editorial Program is “an intensive 5-day program for talented mid-career editors in the Australian book industry to work with experienced mentors and speakers.” So

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Fiction writing
Australian Writers' Centre Team

Berbay Publishing accepting chapter book and junior fiction submissions

An exciting opportunity for children’s book authors – Berbay Publishing has opened its doors to submissions.  They’re accepting chapter book and junior fiction manuscripts for consideration. According to their media release: We’d like to see contemporary narratives, with or without a touch of whimsy, and stories that inspire the imagination.

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Writing news
Australian Writers' Centre Team

5 tips for learning online

So you’ve taken the plunge and signed up for an online course. Congratulations! This is the first step in an amazing online learning journey. If you haven’t studied online before, you might be feeling a bit wary. What’s the technology like? Who can you turn to for support? Can you

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