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Competitions and Opportunities
Australian Writers' Centre Team

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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Competitions and Opportunities
Australian Writers' Centre Team

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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Competitions and Opportunities
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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Competitions and Opportunities
Australian Writers' Centre Team

Furious Fiction March 2022 winner and shortlist

The first Furious Fiction challenge for the year landed in March, and it was the talk of the town – to miss it would surely be a crime. Here were the criteria: Each story had to include a character that commits a crime. Each story had to include some kind

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Competitions and Opportunities
Australian Writers' Centre Team

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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Competitions and Opportunities
Australian Writers' Centre Team

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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AWC alumni
Australian Writers' Centre Team

Rebecca Marshallsay on ‘Facing the Wave’ and becoming a published children’s author

Courses taken at AWC: 
Writing Picture Books
Reinvent Yourself

Having completed a picture book manuscript, Rebecca turned to the Australian Writers’ Centre.

“I knew it was worth taking the time to workshop it a bit and, serendipitously, an AWC Writing Picture Books course was starting the following week. I took the leap and signed up straight away,” Rebecca says.

That manuscript became Facing the Wave and it has now been published by Larrikin House.

“I was very excited to be published from my first pitch and I know that the things I learned through the AWC helped me be as prepared as possible.”

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Jeanette Stampone, author of picture book Shadow and the Girl
AWC alumni
Australian Writers' Centre Team

Jeanette Stampone becomes a published author with debut picture book, ‘Shadow and the Girl’

Courses taken at AWC: 
Writing Picture Books
Presenting to Kids

When Janette Stampone came across AWC’s Writing Picture Books course, she was intrigued. She was on maternity leave and felt like the right time to take her writing seriously.

“Enrolling on the course meant I had actually invested in myself and my dream,” Jeanette says. “While I was taking the course, I felt a strong sense of ‘this is what I should be doing’.”

Jeanette’s decision to invest in herself paid off and she can now call herself a published author. Her debut picture book Shadow and the Girl has been released by Red Paper Kite with illustrations by Demelsa Haughton.

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Alumni news
Australian Writers' Centre Team

AWC alumna Freda Chiu on the Ena Noël Award Shortlist 2022

Huge congratulations to Freda Chiu on being shortlisted for the Ena Noël Award Shortlist 2022! This is an incredible achievement for Freda who wrote and illustrated her picture book A Trip to the Hospital (Allen & Unwin), published last year.  Although she was a successful freelance artist and educator when

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Furious Fiction December 2021 stories had to include a tree
Competitions and Opportunities
Australian Writers' Centre Team

Furious Fiction December 2021 winner and shortlist

It’s a new year and a new format for your beloved Furious Fiction – with competition weekends now taking place each quarter. But first, we still need to crown the final winner of 2021. Here were the challenge criteria: Each story had to include a tree. Each story had to

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Relax with these good books
Word of the week
Australian Writers' Centre Team

22 recommended reads for 2022

Word of mouth – it remains one of the most powerful ways to find out about something new. And so, with our AWC community being filled with avid readers, we decided to ask “what were some of your favourite books that you read this year?”. The books didn’t have to

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What words defined 2021 according to dictionaries?
World of words
Australian Writers' Centre Team

2021 Words of the Year

Every year, the world’s major dictionaries look at their data and announce their “word of the year” based on search trends. Traditionally it was a varied mix of duck milkshakes, metrosexuals and even emojis. But last year saw a common theme – with the likes of “pandemic”, “COVID”, “lockdown” and

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Competitions and Opportunities
Australian Writers' Centre Team

Furious Fiction November 2021 winner and shortlist

In this edition of Furious Fiction, we’ve been packing our bags. But no, we aren’t disappearing for good. These were November’s criteria: Your story must include someone PACKING A SUITCASE. Your story must include the phrase “ACROSS A CROWDED ROOM” (as dialogue or narrative). Your story must include the words

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