Month: February 2018

Announcing the CBCA Book of the Year Notable Books!

Congratulations to all the wonderful authors who have made it onto the Children’s Book Council of Australia’s list of Notable books for 2018. Huge accolades to these Australian Writers’ Centre presenters: Nicole Hayes for A Shadow’s Breath   Zanni Louise for Archie and the Bear Judith Rossell for... read more

AWC alumnus Penelope Janu has won the 2017 XO Romance Prize

AWC alumnus Penelope Janu has won the 2017 XO Romance Prize for her unpublished manuscript, On the Same Page. Described by guest judge Alexandra Nahlous as “A wonderful, captivating story about a writer desperate to keep her identity hidden, and the man determined to expose her”, Penelope receives a $5000... read more

Q&A: Where did the “early mark” come from?

Each week here at the Australian Writers’ Centre, we dissect and discuss, contort and retort, ask and gasp at the English language and all its rules, regulations and ridiculousness. It’s a celebration of language, masquerading as a passive-aggressive whinge about words and weirdness. This week, we’re taking... read more

Furious Fiction February 2018 winner

This month, the Australian Writers’ Centre kicked off Furious Fiction – our brand new MONTHLY short story competition, challenging anyone on the planet (aged 17 or older) to deliver us a sub-500 word story in just one weekend! And the reward? A very tasty $500 in cash. (Please don’t... read more

COMP CLOSED: Children’s book ‘Quark’s Academy’!

This week, we’re delighted to be giving away a book by one of our very own alumni. It’s called Quark's Academy and it is written by children's author (and AWC graduate!) Catherine Pelosi. We have three copies to give away. (You can find out more about... read more

Q&A: Flaky vs flakey, smoky vs smokey and whisky vs whiskey

Each week here at the Australian Writers’ Centre, we dissect and discuss, contort and retort, ask and gasp at the English language and all its rules, regulations and ridiculousness. It’s a celebration of language, masquerading as a passive-aggressive whinge about words and weirdness. This week, we're looking... read more

COMP CLOSED: ‘Australia’s Greatest Surf Photographers’

We have a gnarly treat for photography (and surfing) lovers this week – a gorgeous book featuring the winners and finalists of the Nikon/Surfing Australia Surf Photo of the Year Award from 2013 to 2017. The book is The Best of the Best: Australia's Greatest Surf Photographers – and we... read more

Q&A: Impostor or imposter?

Each week here at the Australian Writers’ Centre, we dissect and discuss, contort and retort, ask and gasp at the English language and all its rules, regulations and ridiculousness. It’s a celebration of language, masquerading as a passive-aggressive whinge about words and weirdness. This week, there's an... read more

Now open: National digital literary award

The Woollahra Digital Literary Award celebrates works originally published in a digital format. So think epub, online articles and so on. It’s exciting to see an award that recognises digital publishing in its own right. Of course, it can’t be any old thing chucked up on the internet... read more

Win $5000 and an industry mentorship for an unpublished manuscript

Kill Your Darlings, one of Australia’s awesome cultural magazines founded by Rebecca Starford and Hannah Kent, has announced that the 2018 KYD Unpublished Manuscript Award is now open! From the Kill Your Darlings website: “The KYD Unpublished Manuscript Award was established to support the development of an early-career... read more

Brad Kelly: From history teacher to full-time freelance writer

AWC courses completed: Magazine and Newspaper Writing Stage 1 Freelance Writing Masterclass Program Copywriting Essentials Profile Writing The Business of Freelancing Writing Australian History After a 15-year career as a history teacher, Brad Kelly was ready for his next challenge. With a keen interest in the world of writing... read more

COMP CLOSED: ‘The Vanity Fair Diaries’

This week, we’re giving away three copies of Tina Brown’s “tell all” memoir, The Vanity Fair Diaries 1983-1992 – covering her eight years as editor and chief of… you guessed it… Vanity Fair magazine. These “sizzling” diaries paint a riveting portrait of the flash, dash and follies of... read more

Q&A: Where do “fans” come from?

Each week here at the Australian Writers’ Centre, we dissect and discuss, contort and retort, ask and gasp at the English language and all its rules, regulations and ridiculousness. It’s a celebration of language, masquerading as a passive-aggressive whinge about words and weirdness. This week's Q&... read more