Category: Competitions

Giveaway: What would you call YOUR biography?

Why has no one heard of Edna Cranmer? When a young woman is hired to write the life of unknown artist Edna Cranmer from Geelong, she thinks it will be just another quick commission paid for by a rich, grieving family obsessed with their own history. She is wrong... This... read more

COMP CLOSED: Do YOU prefer SILVER or GOLD?

This week, we have three copies of new book Spinning Silver to give away. The book is a new take on the classic fairytale Rumpelstiltskin, from Naomi Novik, the author of the award-winning Uprooted. We meet Miryem, the daughter and granddaughter of moneylenders. However, her father is not a... read more

COMP CLOSED: Happily Never After

This week we have three copies of the just-released memoir Happily Never After to give away – by award-winning Australian journalist Jill Stark. Following the release of her first book, High Sobriety, in 2013, Jill was living the dream. She had a coveted job as a senior journalist and... read more

COMP CLOSED: Caption this desert scene and WIN

This week, we’re giving away THREE copies of Pamela Hart’s brand new historical novel, The Desert Nurse. Pamela Hart’s previous book was The War Bride, and she is none other than AWC’s very own presenter, Pamela Freeman – a prolific award-winning Australian author with almost 40... read more

COMP CLOSED: Describe this image in ONE word

This week we’re showcasing THREE BOOKS – all featuring writing from three of our world-class AWC presenters, Natasha Lester, Kate Forsyth and Patti Miller. You can win all three.             The Paris Seamstress by Natasha Lester crosses two timelines to tell the story of Parisian seamstress Estella Bissette, who is... read more

The 2018 Venie Holmgren Environmental Poetry Prize is OPEN

Do you love writing poetry with environmental themes? Then The 2018 Venie Holmgren Environmental Poetry Prize is a must for you! This prize is in honour of environmentalist and poet Venie Holmgren. Venie began writing poetry in her late 50’s and published her first anthology, The Sun Collection for... read more

COMP CLOSED: Caption this scene and WIN

This week, we’re giving away THREE copies of Penelope Janu’s brand new rural romance, On the Right Track from HarperCollins Publishers. Penelope is an award-winning AWC alumnus, and you can find out more about her path to getting published right here on our blog. Here’s a... read more

The short long list of YOUR 21-word stories

To celebrate the recent Shortest Day of the Year (21 June 2018), we asked you to write us a story in 21 words or fewer. It simply had to contain the words “short” and “day” in it. On the day, we received nearly one thousand stories! What follows is a... read more

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

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