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Enter now: The 2021 Woollahra Digital Literary Awards

Do you produce written works in a digital format, e.g. ebooks, online essays, or more? This opportunity is for you! The 2021 Woollahra Digital Literary Awards are now open and the prize pool is $7,500. There are prizes in the following categories: Fiction, Non-fiction, Poetry, and, according to the press

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Alumni news
Australian Writers' Centre Team

Congrats to the AWC alumni shortlisted for the 2021 $10,000 Text Prize

This week, Text Publishing announced the seven shortlisted manuscripts in the running for the $10,000 Text Prize for young adult and children’s writing – and we were thrilled to spot some familiar names on the list!  Australian Writers’ Centre alumna Jacqueline Mohr has been shortlisted for her children’s story The

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Alumni news
Australian Writers' Centre Team

AWC alumna Deborah Mackie wins the Wild Atlantic Writing Award

We were beyond excited to hear that Australian Writers’ Centre alumna Deborah Mackie has won the Wild Atlantic Writing Award for her short story “A Letter to Her Husband’s Girlfriend”. As an active member of the AWC, Deborah shared details about the competition in our So you want to be

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Competitions and Opportunities
Australian Writers' Centre Team

Furious Fiction June 2021 winner and shortlist

It was a descriptive June this month at Furious Fiction. These were the story criteria: Each story had to include (word for word) the following SEVEN descriptions at any point in the story body: THICK AS HONEY SILENT AND STILL GOLDEN GLOW HEART-SHAPED DELICATE PERFUME SOFT AND DOUGHY RAZOR-SHARP And

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Fiction writing
Australian Writers' Centre Team

Pamela Freeman’s latest novel “Digging Up Dirt”

Pamela Freeman (also known as Pamela Hart) never ceases to amaze me. I’ve known her for the past 16 years, first as a brilliant author, then she became a presenter of our creative writing courses at the Australian Writers Centre. And then she took on the role of Director of

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Competitions and Opportunities
Australian Writers' Centre Team

Furious Fiction May 2021 winner and shortlist

It was a dark and stormy night at Furious Fiction HQ. The judges gathered around the glow of the Apple laptop and rubbed their hands with glee (a brand of hand sanitiser). Yesterday, the identity of the competition winner was unclear – many sitting on the fence in their decision.

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Australian Writers' Centre Team

Furious Fiction April 2021 winner and shortlist

Every month a long queue of writers from all over the map throw their narrative hats into this three-ringed circus we call Furious Fiction, crossing their fingers, dropping their heads in prayer and hoping to get lucky. These were the April criteria: Your story must begin in some kind of

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Competitions and Opportunities
Australian Writers' Centre Team

The 2021 Richell Prize for Emerging Writers is now open

Entries have now opened for the 2021 Richell Prize for Emerging Writers. This competition is in its seventh year and invites submissions from unpublished writers in adult narrative non-fiction and adult fiction. The prize is in memory of Hachette Australia’s CEO, Matt Richell, who died suddenly in 2014. 

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Competitions and Opportunities
Australian Writers' Centre Team

Entries now open for The Banjo Prize 2021

Is this your chance to be published by HarperCollins Publishers Australia?  The Banjo Prize was launched in 2018 and its mission is to find “Australia’s next great storyteller”. The prize is named after Australia’s first bestselling author Banjo Patterson. According to the press release: “The Banjo Prize is offered annually

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Competitions and Opportunities
Australian Writers' Centre Team

Furious Fiction March 2021 winner and shortlist

They say a picture is worth a thousand words – but this month we were fine with just 500 as we introduced only the fourth picture prompt in Furious Fiction history. These were the complete criteria for March: Each story had to include the pictured setting (above) at some point.

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Alumni news
Australian Writers' Centre Team

Shankari Chandran’s newest manuscript acquired by Ultimo Press

We’re thrilled to hear that Shankari Chandran has had her latest novel Chai Time at Cinnamon Gardens snapped up by Ultimo Press. Shankari is one of our superstar alumnae who found publishing success with her debut novel The Barrier after the Crime and Thriller Writing course at the Australian Writers’

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Competitions and Opportunities
Australian Writers' Centre Team

2021 NSW Premier’s History Awards now open

Do you write history? Good news. The NSW Premier’s History Awards for 2021 are now open!  According to the media release, there is a total of $75,000 in prize money in the following five categories: Australian History Prize ($15,000) General History Prize ($15,000) New South Wales Community and Regional History

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Writing news
Australian Writers' Centre Team

A calendar of Australian Writers’ Festivals for 2021

Let’s face it – 2020 was a gut punch for in-person events across Australia (and the world!). But as we slowly start to go back to whatever “normal” now means, the great news is that literary events are once more becoming places to gather in person and celebrate writers and

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Grants and prizes
Australian Writers' Centre Team

The Australian Book Industry Awards 2021 longlist announced

The Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIA) longlist for 2021 has been released, ahead of the shortlist announcement in April. Regular listeners of the So you want to be a writer podcast will recognise many of the names on the list, as the authors have featured as our Writers in Residence,

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Fiction writing
Australian Writers' Centre Team

Larrikin House publishes Aussie picture books with humour and heart

In the world of publishing, new houses occasionally pop up to fill a niche. One such new publisher is Larrikin House, created by James Layton after he identified a need for more Aussie picture books.  Like any traditional publishing house, Larrikin’s focus is on high-quality stories that resonate with readers.

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Competitions and Opportunities
Australian Writers' Centre Team

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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Competitions and Opportunities
Australian Writers' Centre Team

Furious Fiction February 2021 winner and shortlist

It was a happy third birthday to Furious Fiction this month (be sure to check out our “stories behind the stories” collection) and to celebrate turning three, every story had to begin with the word THREE. That wasn’t all though: Each story had to be set in a SCHOOL. Each

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Writing news
Australian Writers' Centre Team

New writers’ festival launches on the Central Coast

Do you want to escape to the Central Coast, NSW for a writers’ festival? Maybe you already call the Central Coast home and are looking for something to do in June. The Words on the Waves Writers’ Festival is a brand new writers’ festival taking place over the June long

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