Category: Competitions

The Shortest Day Short Short Short Story Challenge

To celebrate the shortest day of the year today, 21 June, we’ve decided to celebrate short short short stories – and challenge you to write something short for us! Your story must be no more than 21 words long. Your story must include the words “short” and “day”. Your story... read more

Give us your best headline and win this new memoir

This week we are giving away three copies of The Bootle Boy: An Untidy Life in News. It’s a brilliantly evocative memoir from the golden age of newspaper publishing, from a man who helped define our modern media, Les Hinton. The book recounts Hinton’s early years, born amid... read more

COMP CLOSED: Caption this – WIN new picture book!

This week, we have the delightful new picture book by Katie Poli and Giuseppe Poli to give away. It’s called Marvellous Mummy and it’s not afraid to address the elephant in the room that is just how marvellous mums really are. (Well, that, and the characters happen to... read more

COMP CLOSED – invent a new Nobel Prize category!

This week we’re giving away three copies of How to Win a Nobel Prize by actual 2005 Nobel Prize winner, physician Barry Marshall. It’s a funny, fascinating adventure story for ages 9 to 12, and includes experiments that young scientists can do themselves at school or at home... read more

COMP CLOSED – WIN Kitty’s new book

Heeeere Kitty, Kitty, Kitty. That’s right – Kitty Flanagan has released a new book, and we have THREE copies of Bridge Burning and Other Hobbies to give away this week. One of Australia's favourite and most multi-talented entertainers, Kitty Flanagan provides hilarious and honest life advice in this... read more

COMP CLOSED: What would YOU call your own bookshop?

This week, thanks to our besties over at Transmission Films, we have 10 double passes to The Bookshop to give away. It opens in cinemas nationwide on 24 May 2018. Starring Bill Nighy, Emily Mortimer and Patricia Clarkson, The Bookshop is based on Penelope Fitzgerald's novel of the same... read more

COMP CLOSED – WIN ‘Sounds Appealing’

It's not what you say, it's the way that you say it... This week, we’re giving away three copies of Sounds Appealing: The passionate story of English pronunciation by David Crystal. There have long been debates about 'correct' pronunciation in the English language, and Britain's most... read more

COMP CLOSED – WIN film double passes

This week, we’re excited to be offering up FIFTEEN double passes to Simon Baker’s film adaptation of Tim Winton’s award-winning novel of the same name, Breath. Filmed on Western Australia’s stunning Denmark coastline and also starring Simon Baker in his directorial debut, Breath follow two... read more

Two competitions for emerging writers

Breaking into the world of publication can be tough for emerging writers. One excellent way to get a foot in the door is to enter competitions. The Australasian Association of Writing Programs has two great competitions now open to emerging writers. Who is an “emerging writer?”  For these competitions, according... read more

COMP CLOSED – WIN a five-book Mother’s Day pack

This week and next we’ll be giving you the opportunity to win FIVE BOOKS that you can keep for yourself or give to your mum in time for Mother’s Day on 13 May 2018. Either way, they’re going to be the welcome addition to someone’s bookshelf... read more

COMP CLOSED – WIN film double passes

This week, thanks to StudioCanal we have 10 double passes to new film The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society, opening nationwide on 19 April 2018. Based on Mary Ann Shaffer’s internationally bestselling novel of the same name, the film stars Lily James (Downton Abbey, Cinderella) as Juliet... read more

2018 Literary Taxidermy Short Story Competition

Here's a novel idea for a writing competition— you're given the opening and closing lines from one of three classic works and you write the rest! Hence the name the Literary Taxidermy Short Story Competition. From the Literary Taxidermy Website: The Literary Taxidermy Short Story Competition is open... read more

2018 Grieve Writing Competition is OPEN

Grief and loss are powerful emotions, be it the loss of a job, a loved one, a pet. The Grieve Writing Competition, organised by the Hunter Writers Centre, is open to all explorations of grief and accepts stories and poems on any topic related to loss. From the Hunter Writers... read more

COMP CLOSED: Write a caption and WIN a copy of “The Lebs”

This week, we’re giving away three copies of  The Lebs  – a confronting new novel from The Sydney Morning Herald’s Best Young Novelist winner, Michael Mohammed Ahmad. Leb is of course short for ‘Lebanese’ and this story follows Bani Adam – who thinks his school, Punchbowl Boys, is the arse... read more

COMP CLOSED: WIN ‘Scandal in Bohemia’

This week, we’re giving away a copy of fascinating new true crime biography A Scandal in Bohemia – The Life and Death of Mollie Bean by Gideon Haigh. Creatively ambitious and sexually precocious, Mollie Bean was a poet, aspiring novelist and muse within Melbourne’s bohemian salons in the early... read more

COMP CLOSED – WIN 10 x Dendy Direct $20 vouchers

This week, 10 lucky winners of our caption competition will each win a $20 voucher to use on Dendy Direct – where you can stream new release films like Loving Vincent, Murder on the Orient Express and The Killing of a Sacred Deer all from the comfort of your own lounge... read more