Category: Competitions

Lane Cove 2017 Literary Awards are now OPEN!

The 2017 Lane Cove Literary Awards are now open. There’s a possible prize pool of over $7,000. Entries are open to Australian writers aged 16 and up. There are several prize categories and opportunities for a range of aspiring writers. So, don’t be shy! From the media... read more

WIN: 2x Harry Potter book packs!

Monday 26 June 2017 marks the 20th anniversary of the release of the first Harry Potter book: Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. So, we feel it’s only right to share the Potter love this week. You’ve probably read (and re-read) the original seven books published... read more

Short story challenge: June 2017

Wednesday 21 June 2017 marked the shortest day of the year here in the Southern Hemisphere – the winter solstice. We’re currently having four and half fewer hours of daylight than we’ll get on 22 December (the longest day). Four and a half hours! But it’s okay, because... read more

WIN: Caroline Baum’s “Only: A Singular Memoir”

This week’s giveaway is Only: A Singular Memoir by Caroline Baum. Caroline is an incredibly experienced journalist and was the founding editor of Good Reading magazine. She has interviewed many of the world’s top authors and now it’s her turn. Only is a painfully honest and entertaining... read more

WIN: Beautiful and clever Book Maps!

We have something a little different this week for our giveaway which we just know you’re going to love. It’s from the clever UK-based design studio Dorothy and it’s a street map made up from the titles of over 600 books from the history of English... read more

WIN: All SIX books in Lauren Child’s Ruby Redfort’s series!

A colourful treat for you this week, on the back of British author Lauren Child’s visit to Australia (Valerie interviewed her for episode 176 of the podcast – you can hear that here). As an author and illustrator, Lauren is the creator of many famous characters including Charlie and Lola... read more

Poetry and Short Story Competitions Closing In June

The Hunter Writers Centre are running two writing competitions closing in June 2017. 2017 Grieve Writing Competition First up is the 2017 Grieve Writing Competition. The Grieve Writing Competition is in honour of Grief Awareness Month (August) with a prize pool of $7,000. Applicants are encouraged to submit a... read more

WIN: 10 double passes to fugitive story “Neruda”!

This week, thanks to our buddies over at Palace Films, we have 10 double passes to new film Neruda to give away. It opens in selected cinemas 25 May 2017. The film is directed by Pablo Larrain and follows real life 20th century Chilean poet Pablo Neruda, who is outlawed... read more

WIN: 4x Sarah Pinborough’s thriller “Behind Her Eyes”

Released earlier this year, this bestselling thriller is in a similar vein to 2015’s runaway smash The Girl on the Train. Penned by prolific UK author Sarah Pinborough, Behind Her Eyes has been shocking people around the world since its release because of THAT twist ending. No more spoilers... read more

WIN: “Julie Goodwin’s Essential Cookbook”

Just in time for Mother’s Day, we’re giving you a chance to have your cake and eat it too by winning Julie Goodwin’s gorgeous Essential Cookbook! Julie of course was the first-ever winner of MasterChef and has since become Australia’s best-loved home cook. In... read more

SHORTLIST PART 2: Your 99-word stories featured!

Last month in our weekly newsletter, we asked our readers to write us a story of no more than 99 words (not including optional title). Each story had to begin with the words “It hadn’t always been blue” and contain three other words: “clock”, “crisp” and “cuff”. Beyond this... read more

WIN 10x double film passes to “Whiteley”

Thanks to Transmission Films, this week we’re giving away 10 double passes to new Australian film, Whiteley  – about the life of Australia’s most iconic artist, Brett Whiteley. Whiteley is a visual journey into the private life and creative legacy of its namesake, told “in his own words” using... read more

SHORTLIST PART 1: Your 99-word stories featured

Recently in our weekly newsletter, we asked readers to write us a story of no more than 99 words (not including optional title). Each story had to begin with the words "It hasn't always been blue" and contain three other words: "clock", "crisp" and "cuff". Beyond this brief, it... read more

WIN 10x double film passes to “Colossal”

Thanks to Transmission Films, we have a bonus competition this week – 10 double passes to the new film out 13 April 2017 – Colossal starring Anne Hathaway and Jason Sudeikis. Hathaway plays a woman who discovers that severe catastrophic events are somehow connected to the mental breakdown from which she's... read more

WIN 7 books in our Mother’s Day pack!

Hey – want to win SEVEN books for yourself or the special mum in your life? (Maybe YOU are the special mum…) Well, until 1 May, you have the chance to do precisely that, with our Mother’s Day pack giveaway! Now of course, mums come in all shapes, sizes and... read more

Little Bird Writing Contest for emerging short fiction writers

The Little Bird Writing Contest, a competition for emerging short fiction writers, is now open! First prize is $1,000 (Canadian dollars) and there are runner up prizes, a publication opportunity and more. Now in its seventh year, the Little Bird Writing Contest is hosted by The Story is a... read more

WIN A.L. Tait’s 4th Mapmaker Chronicles book!

Exciting news for our presenters lately, with book releases galore. And yet another that hit the shelves last week is book four in A.L. Tait’s popular middle-grade (ages 9-12) fantasy adventure and cartographer’s dream – The Mapmaker Chronicles: Beyond the Edge of the Map. A.L... read more

International Novel Award Open for 2017

The Bath Novel Award is open to unpublished writers from across the world. First prize is £2,000. The winner and shortlisted writers will get introductions to literary agents. Opportunities like that don’t happen every day. It’s open to novels of every genre, for adult or young adult... read more

WIN Pamela Hart’s “A Letter from Italy”

“1917, Italy. Australian journalist Rebecca Quinn is an unconventional woman. At the height of World War I, she has given up the safety of her Sydney home for the bloody battlefields of Europe, following her journalist husband to the frontline as a war correspondent in Italy.” And so reads the... read more