Category: Competitions

7 short story competitions with huge prizes

There are lots of reasons why you might enter short story competitions. They’re a great incentive to help you finish and hone your story. They’re also an excellent opportunity to get your story in front of famous judges – who could be agents, publishers or writers. And of course... read more

Furious Fiction August 2019 winner and shortlist

This month’s Furious Fiction continued to break records, with almost 1400 entries received across the weekend! The theme was a little different too, as we got all descriptive. The August criteria were: Each story had to include, word for word, ALL of the following SIX descriptions: SHINY, SILVER COLD... read more

WIN ‘Where the Dead Go’ by Sarah Bailey

This week we have three copies to give away of Where the Dead Go – the new book from bestselling, award-winning author and AWC alumna, Sarah Bailey. This is Sarah’s third book, following on from the success of The Dark Lake (2017) and Into the Night (2018). You can... read more

Enter The Deakin University Non-fiction Prize 2019

Write non-fiction? The Deakin University Non-Fiction Prize is now open and there’s $3,000 AUD up for grabs! Entries for this competition close on 1 September 2019. It’s open to writers aged 30 and under, writing long-form non-fiction who are also Australian residents. From... read more

COMP CLOSED ‘Fake’ by Stephanie Wood

“Women the world over are brought up to hope, even expect, to find the man of their dreams, marry and live happily ever after…” But this week, our giveaway book presents a very different view. The book is Fake by Stephanie Wood, an award-winning features writer who has created... read more

How high do your stakes have to be?

By Nat Newman  How high do your stakes have to be when writing a story? Is death, destruction and violence necessary to push your story forward? Short answer: No way. I started thinking about this after a discussion on the So you want to be a writer Facebook community. A... read more

COMP CLOSED ‘The Blue Rose’ by Kate Forsyth

This week we have three copies to give away of The Blue Rose – the new book from award-winning author and AWC presenter Kate Forsyth. It moves between Imperial China and France during the ‘Terror’ of the French Revolution and is inspired by the true story of the quest for... read more

Furious Fiction July 2019 winner and shortlist

This month we rode the story train and received a record number of entries for Furious Fiction yet again (we keep breaking those records) – as nearly 1200 writers climbed aboard. It’s official – writers love trains! Here were the JULY requirements each story had to meet: The story had to... read more

COMP CLOSED: Double passes to ‘Who You Think I Am’

This week, thanks to Palace Films, we’re giving away 10 double passes to Who You Think I Am – in cinemas around Australia from 1 August. Based on the novel by French author Camille Laurens, this is a gripping and teasing new film about female desire and identity. Academy-award... read more

TELL US: What fuels your writing?

This week, we invite you to take part in a small writing task. What is it that drives you to write? Why do you do it? Writing can bring you incredible joy – but it can sometimes feel like a chore. It depends on your mood, what’s gone on that... read more

COMP CLOSED:“One small step…” WIN ‘Apollo 11’ tickets

Image credit: Copyright 2019 Moon Collectors LLC Next week will mark 50 years since the first moon landing – and thanks to Madman Entertainment, we have TEN double passes to give away for the new documentary Apollo 11 – featuring never before seen 65mm footage of this historic event. It will be... read more

2019 Andy Griffiths Kids’ Writing Competition now open

Do you have a young writer in your life? A budding storyteller? Or maybe just an avid young reader? If so, we’ve found the perfect competition for them! Dymocks and Pan Macmillan are inviting kids to get creative and enter a writing competition judged by the wonderful Andy Griffiths... read more

COMP CLOSED: ‘Six Minutes’ by Petronella McGovern

This week we have three copies to give away of Six Minutes – the debut novel by AWC alumna Petronella McGovern. Petronella completed a number of AWC courses while writing this book, including the Write Your Novel program and Anatomy of a Crime: How to Write About Murder. Described as an... read more

Furious Fiction June 2019 winner and shortlist

Near-record entries came flooding in for June’s Furious Fiction this month (more than 1000 stories across the weekend!) – which means our fans well and truly came to the PARTY. We put that word in caps just then for a reason – because that played a big part(y) in... read more

COMP CLOSED: ‘Four Dead Queens’ by Astrid Scholte

This week we’re giving away an enthralling fast-paced murder mystery Four Dead Queens from exciting new YA talent Astrid Scholte. (Astrid is actually an AWC alumna, and you can check out her journey here.) Four dead queens huh? Sounds intriguing… Here’s a little synopsis of the book... read more