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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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2021 Indie Book Awards shortlist announced

The shortlist for the 2021 Indie Book Awards has been released with 24 incredible books making it through in six categories. According to the press release, the Indie Book Awards celebrate the best Australian writing as chosen by Australia’s independent booksellers. The Indie Book Awards have been supporting and championing

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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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To our wonderful AWC community

From all of us who work at the Australian Writers’ Centre – thank you. Thank you for making time for yourself. Thank you for investing in your creativity. Thank you for believing that you can change your life. Thank you for being an inspiration to us all. And you are

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World of words
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2020 Words of the Year

Every year, the world’s major dictionaries look at their data and announce their “word of the year”. And even though it’s based on search trends, the winning words typically go in all manner of lexical directions. In the past, we’ve had duck milkshakes, metrosexuals and even emojis. But choosing what

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Longlist announced for the Indie Book Awards 2021

The longlist for the 2021 Indie Book Awards has been announced, and it features an incredible array of new and established Aussie authors. Selected by independent booksellers, the Indie Awards celebrate the best Australian writing of the past year. From the media release, independent booksellers are “uniquely placed to judge

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The smart Story Dogs who are helping kids to read!

Spending time reading aloud to a dog sounds like heaven to us here at AWC headquarters. But for kids in the Story Dogs program, it’s more than just puppy cuddles and books – it’s the key to improving literacy. Founded by Janine Sigley and Leah Sheldon in 2009, Story Dogs

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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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Applications now open: Paid internship program with Hachette Australia

Have you wanted to get a break in the publishing industry? Hachette Australia have announced a paid summer internship.  According to the website: “The Hachette Australia Summer Internship Program will run for four months each year, with the first successful candidate commencing in November 2020. The intern role will be

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