Category: Writing news

Competitions and Opportunities
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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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Competitions and Opportunities
Australian Writers' Centre Team

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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Australian Writers' Centre Team

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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Alumni news
Australian Writers' Centre Team

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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Writing news
Australian Writers' Centre Team

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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Fiction writing
Australian Writers' Centre Team

Breaking the rules: A picture book collaboration

Some rules are meant to be broken. When author Deborah Abela and illustrator Marjorie Crosby-Fairall came up with an idea for a picture book, they were also acutely aware of the unspoken rule that publishers DO NOT like authors and illustrators to work or pitch together. But, flying in the

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Competitions and Opportunities
Australian Writers' Centre Team

Share your personal story with the SBS Emerging Writers’ Competition

Aspiring writers from diverse backgrounds are invited to take part in the SBS Emerging Writers’ Competition and enter a memoir piece of 1000-2000 words on the topic of ‘Growing up in diverse Australia’.  What is the SBS Emerging Writers’ Competition? The aim of the competition is to search “for the

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Fiction writing
Australian Writers' Centre Team

7 trends in children’s and YA publishing

For authors looking to write for children and young adults, it’s important to understand that what they want to read is evolving. Young readers now have screens and devices constantly competing for their attention, but they are still interested in reading engaging, well-written books. While you don’t need to follow

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Fiction writing
Australian Writers' Centre Team

Children’s book manuscript submissions with Walker Wednesday

Have you been working on a manuscript for a children’s book?  Walker Books Australia are looking for new diverse Australian stories for kids. They’ve launched an initiative called Walker Wednesday – a biannual event where they will be reviewing unpublished manuscripts from new and established writers.  Linsay Knight from Walker

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Writing news
Australian Writers' Centre Team

Congratulations to the winner of the 2020 Penguin Literary Prize

Penguin Random House Australia has announced the winner for the 2020 Penguin Literary Prize.  Congratulations to Sophie Overett who won the 2020 prize with her novel The Rabbits. There were over 400 submissions and this is a huge achievement. (We recently chatted to Imbi Neeme, the winner of the 2019

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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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