Category: Competitions

Short story challenge: January 2018

As we roll on through your writing summer (apologies to those reading this in freezing northern hemisphere conditions) we thought we’d give you a helping hand – to help flex your writing muscles and kick off 2018. It’s a short story challenge (because we know how much you love... read more

COMP CLOSED: Double passes to ‘The Post’

This week, thanks to Entertainment One, we have 10 double passes to The Post – in cinemas from 11 January 2018. This one already has some heavy awards buzz about it (it was nominated for six Golden Globes) – but that’s always likely to happen when you have Steven Spielberg directing... read more

Short story competitions to enter in 2018

Do you love writing short stories? Not only can these bite-sized gems help you to develop finer storytelling skills, you can potentially earn big bucks from your work. Check out the range of short story competitions to enter in 2018. And if you're looking to stand out from... read more

COMP CLOSED: The 12 Books of Christmas

It’s that time of year again. "What time?" you ask? The time that Santa takes a look around his workshop and collects up 12 books to give away to ONE lucky holiday reader! And what a mix we have this year – with something for everyone, from picture books to... read more

COMP CLOSED: What were YOU doing in 1983?

This week as a bonus competition, thanks to Sony Films we have five double passes to give away to the new film, Call Me By Your Name – based on the novel by Andre Aciman. Directed by the acclaimed Luca Guadagnino, this provocative, emotional and powerful romantic drama set in the... read more

COMP CLOSED: “Dogs with Jobs”

This week, we have two copies of the feel-good book Dogs with Jobs by Laura Greaves to give away. It contains extraordinary true stories of some of the hardest-working dogs in the world. You’ll meet Molly Polly, the diabetes alert dog whose round-the-clock job is... read more

Newcastle Short Story Award 2018 now open

Time to crack those knuckles and start working on your short story over the holidays! The Newcastle Short Story Award 2018 is now open for entries, with a word limit of 2000 words. Main prize is a handsome $2000, but with several highly commended cash prizes, a wine voucher and... read more

COMP CLOSED: Double passes to “The Secret Scripture”

As a bonus giveaway this week, thanks to Transmission Films we have 10 double passes to The Secret Scripture – in cinemas from 7 December 2017. The film is based on the acclaimed bestselling novel by Sebastian Barry, and features a stellar international cast including Rooney Mara, Vanessa Redgrave and Eric... read more

COMP CLOSED: “Uncommon Type” – signed by Tom Hanks!

This week, we’re giving you the opportunity to win Uncommon Type – a collection of seventeen wonderful short stories by none other than two-time Oscar winner Tom Hanks – and signed by the author himself! Here’s what the media release had to say: “A hectic, funny sexual affair between... read more

COMP CLOSED: Double passes to “Tulip Fever”

This week, thanks to our platonic friends at Roadshow Films, we’ve secured 10 double passes to new film Tulip Fever, in cinemas from 23 November 2017 and based on the bestselling novel by Deborah Moggach. This one really has quite a stellar cast – including the incredibly versatile Alicia Vikander... read more

COMP CLOSED: What is 2018’s most important date?

This week, a giveaway for the organised (or hoping to be organised!) writer. It’s Pilot 2018 – A Diary for Writers! Stuffed to the gills with writerly wisdom, Pilot 2018 is the essential writer’s resource. It not only features industry advice from Island, Griffith Review, Brief, Rabbit, Poetry New... read more

COMP CLOSED: It’s upside-down dogs!

We have a book with a difference this week – and one that will make a gorgeous gift for yourself or the dog lover in your life. Featuring snaps by international award-winning photographer Serena Hodson, it’s Upside-down Dogs, a delightfully cute photo book of – you guessed it – dogs... read more

Entries open for 2018 The Peter Porter Poetry Prize

The Peter Porter Poetry Prize (how’s that for alliteration?) is now taking submissions. A poetry prize that’s open to anyone around the world, with a prize pool of over AU$8,000. And this year, the judges are Bill Manhire, John Hawke, and Jen Webb. According to the... read more

COMP CLOSED: What would YOU chop off?

This week, thanks to our friends at Madman Entertainment, we have 10 double passes up for grabs for a groundbreaking new film Loving Vincent – opening nationwide in select cinemas from 2 November 2017. This is a film with a difference – billed as the world's first fully oil painted feature... read more

COMP CLOSED: Siptastic Literary Tea Co pack!

This week, we’re giving away something dear to many writers’ hearts – tea. And thanks to our friends at the Literary Tea Co, we have a special pack valued at over $100 for one lucky winner! Literary Tea Co claims to be the next best thing to having a cup... read more

COMP CLOSED: Share YOUR perfect couples!

For this week’s giveaway we have four copies of recently published suspense thriller The Perfect Couple by Lexi Landsman to be won by someone just like YOU. This is Lexi’s second novel – her first was The Ties that Bind in 2016. Let’s hear a little about this... read more

National short story competition The Hope Prize returns

The Hope Prize from the Brotherhood of St Laurence is a national short story competition that focuses on narratives of disadvantage in Australia. It’s open to Australian residents and has a total prize pool of $17,500. From the Brotherhood of St Laurence website: Australia is the proverbial ‘lucky... read more

COMP CLOSED: What was the best decision you ever made?

For this week’s giveaway we have three copies of the comprehensively revised and updated edition of the international bestselling The Decision Book by Mikael Krogerus and Roman Tschäppeler. This stylish and compact “little black book” is like your pocket-sized go-to guide to getting things done. Whether... read more