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Competitions and Opportunities
Australian Writers' Centre Team

Furious Fiction November 2021 winner and shortlist

In this edition of Furious Fiction, we’ve been packing our bags. But no, we aren’t disappearing for good. These were November’s criteria: Your story must include someone PACKING A SUITCASE. Your story must include the phrase “ACROSS A CROWDED ROOM” (as dialogue or narrative). Your story must include the words

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Podcasts
Australian Writers' Centre Team

Ep 454: Meet Nicola Marsh, author of ‘Summer of Serenity’, ‘The Scandal’ and 76 other romance and domestic suspense novels

Meet Nicola Marsh, author of ‘Summer of Serenity’, ‘The Scandal’ and 76 other romance and domestic suspense novels. Ayliffe’s John Bailey series gets optioned for screen. If you’re buying our book ‘So you want to be a writer’ for someone this Christmas, remember the Christmas mailing deadlines from Australia Post. Plus, you could win a book pack of FIVE crime and thriller fiction releases from 2021.

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AWC weekly giveaways
Australian Writers' Centre Team

WIN our 5-book crime and thriller pack

With the holiday season fast approaching, here’s your chance to secure some new reading material with not one, not two, but FIVE crime and thriller novels – all released in 2021. Not only are these five books sure to keep the edge of your seat busy with their gripping narratives,

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Competitions and Opportunities
Australian Writers' Centre Team

Short story competitions to enter in 2021

A deadline and a prize – what better writing motivation is there? If your 2021 goal is to get your writing momentum fired up, flex those writing muscles or to test your writing techniques – and possibly earn some cash on the side – then short story competitions are the

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Competitions and Opportunities
Australian Writers' Centre Team

The 2022 Penguin Literary Prize is now open

Want the chance to be published with Penguin Random House and receive a $20,000 advance? Well, the 2022 Penguin Literary Prize is now open and awaiting your submission!  Launched  in 2017, the prize was established to find, nurture and develop new Australian authors of literary fiction. Every year the Penguin

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AWC weekly giveaways
Australian Writers' Centre Team

COMP CLOSED: WIN double passes to ‘A Boy Called Christmas’

This week, we’re giving you the chance to win one of 10 double passes to the new film, A Boy Called Christmas – based on the international bestseller by Matt Haig. The film is in cinemas nationwide from 25 November. Here’s a quick synopsis: The origin story of Father Christmas

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Podcasts
Australian Writers' Centre Team

Ep 450: Meet Mark Smith, author of ‘If Not Us’.

Meet Mark Smith, author of ‘If Not Us’. Write to Santa and get a reply and learn the difference between a romance and a love story. Discover your chance to get signed copies of A.L. Tait books. Plus, we have 3 copies of ‘Showtime!’ by Judy Nunn to give away.

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Australian Writers' Centre Team

COMP CLOSED: WIN ‘Showtime!’ by Judy Nunn

‘So, Will, are you going to come with me and my team of merry performers to the sunny climes of Australia, where the crowds are already queuing and the streets are paved with gold?’ This week we have three copies of Showtime! – Judy Nunn’s latest bestselling novel to give

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Fiction writing
Australian Writers' Centre Team

Your Shelfies

Recently in our newsletter, we were celebrating the wonderful ways in which we surround ourselves with books in our own homes. From vast walls of bookshelves to small piles next to the bed, it’s always a good sign of a thriving, thinking home! And hey, we were CURIOUS – so

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AWC alumni
Australian Writers' Centre Team

Sarah Jane Lightfoot’s path to author and illustrator success, with debut picture book ‘Down the Road, Little Bee’

Courses taken at AWC:
Writing Picture Books

Textile designer Sarah Jane Lightfoot was determined to be a published children’s author and after creating a calendar based on a story idea, she was delighted to get a contract for a picture book with Affirm Press! But with the contract also came the doubt that she didn’t quite know what she was doing.

“I enrolled in the Writing Picture Books course to learn as much as I could about the industry I was entering and build on my confidence and capabilities as an author. I’m so incredibly grateful that I did.” With her newfound skills, Sarah went on to publish her debut picture book ‘Down the Road, Little Bee’.

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Australian Writers' Centre Team

COMP CLOSED: ‘Bewilderment’ by Richard Powers

THE BRAND NEW NOVEL FROM THE PULITZER PRIZE-WINNING, BOOKER PRIZE-SHORTLISTED AUTHOR OF ‘THE OVERSTORY’… Picked as one of the ‘Best Books of 2021′ in the Sunday Times, this week’s giveaway is the 2021 Booker-Prize-shortlisted Bewilderment by Richard Powers. We have three copies to be won – check out this quick

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Fiction writing
Australian Writers' Centre Team

What is ‘Regency romance’ and how can I write it?

If you’ve been swept up in the spectacle of Netflix’s Bridgerton, you’re not alone. More than 63 million households have tuned in to the pomp and romance, and many people who’d never heard of a ‘Regency romance’ before are now addicted. So what exactly is a Regency romance? And how

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