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2021 Questions Writing Prize is now open for young writers

Calling out all young Australian writers (18 to 30 years) – the 2021 Questions Writing Prize is now open! This prize awards $2000 to the best writing submitted and is a great chance to flex your creative muscles. According to the website, the piece can be either fiction or non-fiction,

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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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Writing fellowship program for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander writers now open

If you are an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander writer, this fellowship is for you!  black&write! grants two fellowships each year for unpublished manuscripts by Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander writers. black&write! is supported by the Arts Council of Australia, and are working with publishing partner, Hachette Australia.  According to

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COMP CLOSED: WIN the ‘30 Day Kick Start Plan’

Lacking motivation? Know what you should do, but don’t know where to start? Want to cook better, healthier food? If any of that sounds familiar, you’ll want to get your hands on one of this week’s three giveaway copies of 30 Day Kick Start Plan by lusciously long-locked UK health

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Australian Writers' Centre Team

Short story competitions to enter in 2021

A deadline and a prize – what better writing motivation is there? If your 2021 goal is to get your writing momentum fired up, flex those writing muscles or to test your writing techniques – and possibly earn some cash on the side – then short story competitions are the

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COMP CLOSED ‘The Werewolves Who Weren’t’

This week’s giveaway is one for the young readers – three copies of The Werewolves Who Weren’t by T.C. Shelley. This magical book is the follow up to The Monster Who Wasn’t – the second book in a brilliantly rich and strange fantasy series that will make you believe in

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Australian Writers' Centre Team

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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Australian Writers' Centre Team

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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COMP CLOSED ‘My Salinger Year’ double passes

A new year is upon us (goodbye and good riddance 2020!) and to kick us off, we have five double passes to be won thanks to Palace Films. It’s for the new movie, My Salinger Year and it’s in cinemas 14 January 2021. This much-anticipated new film, by Academy Award-nominated

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World of words
Australian Writers' Centre Team

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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COMP CLOSED ‘The Dry’ double passes

As we close out the year, we have TEN double passes to be won this festive week thanks to Roadshow Films. It’s for the new movie, The Dry – an adaptation of Jane Harper’s award-winning crime novel and in cinemas nationwide from 1 January 2021. The Dry stars Eric Bana,

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Australian Writers' Centre Team

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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COMP CLOSED: Our 10-book December pack

It’s that time of year again. ‘What time?’ you ask? The time when Santa takes a look around his COVID-safe workshop and collects up 10 books to give away to ONE lucky holiday reader! That’s right – ONE winner will score themselves this beautiful bounty of bookish delights, filled with

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Competitions and Opportunities
Australian Writers' Centre Team

Prime Minister’s Literary Awards 2020 shortlist announced

The Prime Minister’s Literary Awards shortlist has been announced for 2020. According to the Office of the Arts website, the awards “recognise and celebrate the exceptional literary talents of esteemed and emerging Australian writers.” Out of a total of 562 entries, 30 books have made the shortlist which is split

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COMP CLOSED ‘The 2020 Dictionary’ by Dom Knight

From Dom Knight, the bestselling author of 2019’s Strayapedia, comes the definitive dictionary of the year the world went to sh*t. Yes, it’s The 2020 Dictionary and this week, giving away three copies! You might know Dom Knight as one of the founders of The Chaser. As a writer on

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COMP ClOSED ‘The Charleston Scandal’ by Pamela Hart

If you loved Netflix’s The Crown (including the just-released new season), then you’ll love Pamela Hart’s latest historical novel – The Charleston Scandal – an exuberant story of a young Australian actress caught up in the excesses, royal intrigues and class divide of Jazz Age London; losing her way but

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