Category: Competitions and Opportunities

Furious Fiction February 2020 winner and shortlist

Furious Fiction celebrated its second birthday this month with just a quiet gathering of more than 1200 of its closest friends. That’s right, it was the second largest turnout ever, and these were the criteria on the table: Each story had to include a GUARD of some kind. Each... read more

WIN ‘Mrs Groff’s Mischievous Book of Motherhood Management’

This week’s giveaway book is from multi award-winning Australian novelist, columnist and non-fiction writer Maggie Groff, bestselling author of Mothers Behaving Badly. Her latest book is Mrs Groff’s Mischievous Book of Motherhood Management. You can fool all of the children some of the time, and some... read more

COMP CLOSED ‘Death of a Typographer’ by Nick Gadd

This week’s giveaway book is Death of a Typographer – Australian writer Nick Gadd’s second novel. Here’s a quick synopsis: In the book, we meet Martin Kern, who has a special sensitivity to fonts – a skill that he uses to solve typographical crimes. When a local printer is... read more

COMP CLOSED ‘Platform Seven’ by Louise Doughty

“Two deaths on Platform Seven. Two fatalities in eighteen months - surely they're connected?...” This week’s giveaway is a powerful new thriller from bestselling author of Apple Tree Yard, Louise Doughty. The novel is called Platform Seven and it goes a little something like this… Platform Seven at 4am... read more

12 things we’ve learnt from judging Furious Fiction

Furious Fiction has been going for two years now and that’s a lot of challenges under our proverbial belt! We love dishing up a new set of criteria each month, and as a result, a wide variety of stories have stood on the podium. On closer inspection however, there... read more

COMP CLOSED ‘Cross My Heart’ by Pamela Cook

“When a promise kept means a life is broken …” This week’s giveaway is from Australian fiction author Pamela Cook – writer of Black Wattle Lake, Essie’s Way, Close to Home and The Crossroads. We interviewed her recently in episode 315 of our podcast, and her latest novel is Cross... read more

Furphy short story competition opens 1 February 2020

Furphy might be better known in Australia as a beer.  However, the company is hosting a competition for short stories with a prize of $15,000! According to the Furphy Story website: Everyone can write at least one good story. That was the belief of J. F. Archibald, the editor... read more

Award for digitally published work now open

Do you have digitally published works? Then we have a prize for you!  The Woollahra Digital Literary Award celebrates works originally published in a digital format - e.g. epub, online articles etc. And, it’s in its fourth year and going strong. There are guidelines for eligible work (it can... read more

COMP CLOSED ‘Finding Chika’ by Mitch Albom

This week’s giveaway is number one bestselling author Mitch Albom’s new book, Finding Chika: A Little Girl, an Earthquake, and the Making of a Family. Mitch is most known for the international sensation Tuesdays with Morrie. This is his first work of nonfiction in 10 years and his... read more

Voices of Women Program now open for 2020

The Voices of Women Writing Competition for 2020 is now open!  Are you writing short narrative stories in the first-person voice? Join the adventure in 2020 as Voices of Women presents CLEARWAY: CREATE THE SPACE: The annual writers’ competition. Hear your own short stories performed live by amazingly powerful... read more

Furious Fiction January 2020 winner and shortlist

A new year of Furious Fiction and a new crop of hopeful storytellers (and some veterans!) lining up to showcase their skills. With the devastating bushfires at their peak earlier this month, a lot of writers used the challenge as a chance to express their emotions through their words – some... read more

COMP CLOSED ‘Inner Worlds Outer Spaces’ by Ceridwen Dovey

Intimate portraits of people who love what they do... What does it feel like to be passionate about your daily work? How do people find their way into fascinating, unusually fulfilling careers, even against the odds? This week’s giveaway book is Inner Worlds Outer Spaces: Working Lives of Others... read more

Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature 2020 shortlist announced

Thirty seven writers have been shortlisted in the Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature. This is a highly prestigious award with $167,000 of prize money up for grabs. The prize began in 1986 with previous winners including Tim Winton, Helen Garner, Richard Flanagan and Gail Jones. We’re cheering extra... read more

$10,000 prize for young adult and children’s writing now open

Australian and New Zealand writers of young adult and children’s fiction - the annual Text Prize is now open. This prize is in its thirteenth year and its goal is to find great books for young adults and children by Australian and New Zealand writers. The winner receives a publishing... read more

COMP CLOSED ‘488 Rules for Life’ by Kitty Flannagan

This week’s giveaway book is 488 Rules for Life – Kitty Flanagan's way of making the world a more pleasant place to live. Providing you with the antidote to every annoying little thing, these rules are not made to be broken. 488 Rules for Life is not a self... read more

Cash prize writing competition with a potential trip to France

The First Pages Prize is for emerging writers and winners will receive a cash prize, as well as some developmental editing to complete their projects. The top two winners could even win a trip to France! According to the media release:  Open worldwide, the competition is for writers who are... read more

Furious Fiction December 2019 winner and shortlist

It was the day before Christmas and throughout the world, writers sat waiting and curiosity swirled.  Whose holiday was about to get merrier? Let’s find out – here were the criteria... Each story had to include SOMETHING EITHER BEING SENT OR RECEIVED IN THE MAIL. Each story had to include... read more

COMP CLOSED ‘The Strayan Dictionary’ by Dom Knight

In this holiday week, we’re kicking back and embracing our Aussie-ness, with three copies of Dominic Knight’s new book, The Strayan Dictionary, to give away. This is a true-blue, rinky-dink, the most un-un-Australian dictionary ever created – a hilarious journey through our unique words... read more