Category: Writing news

9 Manuscript Awards to enter in 2020

We hope you’ve stocked up on paper – printing paper that is – because it is time to get those manuscripts ready for submission. We’ve collated a list of 2020 manuscript awards for writers like yourself to enter and share your stories.  Is your manuscript still a work-in-progress... read more

10 online courses you can complete in two weeks

Craving a creative outlet right now? We hear you. The good news is it’s easier than ever to engage your mind and fast-track your learning from the comfort of your own home. If you’re feeling inspired to focus on your writing right now – or just seeking a... read more

Ask Me Anything with Valerie Khoo

Each month, members of the Freelance Writing Masterclass Program can join an “Ask Me Anything” session with Valerie Khoo, journalist, editor, and CEO of the Australian Writers' Centre. Participants have access to Valerie's amazing wealth of knowledge, as they can literally ask her anything to do with the art... read more

Fast-track your editing career with the 2020 Residential Editorial Program

Calling all editors!  Applications for the 2020 Residential Editorial Program hosted by the Australian Publishers Association is now open. According to the media release, the Residential Editorial Program is “an intensive 5-day program for talented mid-career editors in the Australian book industry to work with experienced mentors and... read more

Berbay Publishing accepting chapter book and junior fiction submissions

An exciting opportunity for children’s book authors – Berbay Publishing has opened its doors to submissions.  They’re accepting chapter book and junior fiction manuscripts for consideration. According to their media release: We'd like to see contemporary narratives, with or without a touch of whimsy, and stories that inspire... read more

5 tips for learning online

So you've taken the plunge and signed up for an online course. Congratulations! This is the first step in an amazing online learning journey. If you haven't studied online before, you might be feeling a bit wary. What's the technology like? Who can you turn to for... read more

Picture book writing competition now open

Attention picture book writers. If you have an original picture book manuscript burning a hole in your proverbial drafts’ drawer, now’s the time to pick it up and dust it off.  The 2020 Writers Unleashed Picture Book Writing Competition is now open and is offering some sweet prizes. First... read more

Need inspiration? Allison Tait has some getaway ideas for you

Blue beach cottage
Above: Currarong Beach Cottage – South Coast Escapes This blog post was written by author and AWC presenter, Allison Tait Summer might be over, and the bushfires and floods behind us, but for some communities, the rebuilding is just beginning – and is going to take some time. How can we, as... read more

So You Want to Be a Writer fundraiser with A.L. Tait

Do you want to be a writer? Don't know where to start? Or whether you should quit your day job? Join internationally published bestselling children’s author Allison Tait, co-host of our top-rating So You Want To Be A Writer podcast, for this exciting fundraising seminar for... read more

Pamela Freeman has a whopping 9 books under contract

We already knew that AWC presenter Pamela Freeman was amazing but now we think she's stratospheric! She currently has not one, not two, not five, but NINE books under contract! Incredible. We were so impressed by this feat that we had to ask Pamela just what it means to... 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

AWC Newsletter: Thursday 30 January 2020

Want our newsletter emailed to you every Thursday? Sign up here! 30 January 2020   Last week, I promised you the big reveal of the 5-metre public art installation I’ve designed that’s going to be exhibited at Circular Quay in Sydney. Well, like many things that have... 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

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

5 ways to improve your writing MOJO

We’re only a few weeks in but this year has already been a rough ride, with so many other things to distract and deter you from your wordsmithery. So as the entrance gates to Twenty Twenty start to fade in the rear-view mirror, it’s a great time... 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

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