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Best Australian Blogs 2011 Competition

We're looking for Australia's best blogs so this is your chance to enter your blog in the Sydney Writers' Centre's Best Australian Blogs 2011 Competition. Finalists and winners will win prizes with a total value of $7500. 

To enter your own blog or nominate a blog, simply fill in the short form here.

Competition closes at 5pm on Friday 15 April 2011.

Win a signed copy of The Five Greatest Warriors by Matthew Reilly

We've got a signed copy of The Five Greatest Warriors to give away. If you’d like to win the signed copy just tell us what your favourite Matthew Reilly book is, and why. (Or tell us about your favourite thriller/adventure book).

Email us your answer by Friday 26 November 2010, and remember to include your postal address.

You could win a copy of this book by answering a simple question.

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Win a copy of Genesis

We've got a copy of Genesis to give away. If you’d like to win a copy of Genesis just tell us what you think would be the best thing about living in the future (25 words or less).

Email us your answer by Friday 12 November 2010, and remember to include your postal address.

You could win a copy of this book by answering a simple question.

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Win a double pass to Let me in

We've got five in-season double passes to give away. If you’d like to win one, just tell us your favourite horror film or book, and why you love it so much (25 words or less).

Email us your answer by Friday 22 October 2010, and remember to include your postal address.

You could win a double pass to this movie by answering a simple question.

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Win a copy of King of the Cross

We've got a copy of King of the Cross by Mark Dapin to give away. If you’d like to win a copy just tell us which famous (or infamous) figure you’d like to write about and why (25 words or less).

Email us your answer by Friday 1 October 2010, and remember to include your postal address.

You could win a copy of this book by answering a simple question.

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Win a double pass to The Disappearance of Alice Creed

We've got a double pass to give away to The Disappearance of Alice Creed. If you’d like to win a double pass just tell us your favourite thriller (film or book) and why (25 words or less).

Email us your answer by Friday 3 September 2010, and remember to include your postal address.

You could win a double pass to this movie by answering a simple question.

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Win a double pass to South Solitary

We've got a double pass to give away to South Solitary. If you’d like to win a double pass just tell us what you would take with you to South Solitary (to fend off the boredom!) and why (25 words or less).

Email us your answer by Friday 30 July 2010, and remember to include your postal address.

You could win a double pass to this movie by answering a simple question.

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Win a double pass to Me and Orson Welles

We've got a 20 double passes to give away to Me and Orson Welles. If you’d like to win a double pass just tell us which play you'd like to act in, and why (25 words or less).

Email us your answer by Friday 23 July 2010, and remember to include your postal address.

You could win a double pass to this movie by answering a simple question.

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Win a copy of Miles Walker by Linda Jaivin

We've got a copy of Miles Walker by Linda Jaivin to give away. If you’d like to win a copy just tell us if you were an artist, what would be your clever career move? (25 words or less).

Email us your answer by Friday 4 June 2010, and remember to include your postal address.

You could win a copy of this book by answering a simple question.

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Win a copy of Let the Dead Lie by Malla Nunn

We've got a copy of Let the Dead Lie by Malla Nunn to give away. If you’d like to win a copy just tell us what kind of crime you’d like to solve if you were a detective (in 25 words or less).

Email us your answer by Friday 28 May 2010, and remember to include your postal address.

You could win a copy of this book by answering a simple question.

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Win a double pass to Harry Brown

We've got 10 double passes to the new film Harry Brown starring Michael Caine. If you’d like to win a double pass simply tell us what is your favourite Michael Caine movie and why (in 25 words or less).

Email us your answer by Friday 21 May 2010, and remember to include your postal address.

You could win by answering a simple question.

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Win a copy of The Wildkin’s Curse by Kate Forsyth

We've got a copy of The Wildkin’s Curse by Kate Forsyth to give away. If you’d like to win a copy just tell us what your favourite fantasy book is and why (in 25 words or less).

Email us your answer by Friday 21 May 2010, and remember to include your postal address.

You could win a copy of this book by answering a simple question.

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Win a copy of The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters

We've got a copy of The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters to give away. If you’d like to win a copy just tell us about your spookiest ghost encounter (you can make one up if you like!) in 25 words or less.

Email us your answer by Friday 7 May 2010, and remember to include your postal address.

You could win a copy of this book by answering a simple question.

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Win a copy of The Long Song by Andrea Levy

We've got a copy of The Long Song by Andrea Levy to give away. If you’d like to win a copy just tell us what is your favourite song and why (in 25 words or less).

Email us your answer by Friday 23 April 2010, and remember to include your postal address.

You could win a copy of this book by answering a simple question.

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Win a copy of Kiss of Death by PD Martin

We've got a copy of Kiss of Death by PD Martin to give away. If you’d like to win a copy just tell us your idea for a great crime novel (in 25 words or less).

Email us your answer by Friday 16 April 2010, and remember to include your postal address.

You could win a copy of this book by answering a simple question.

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Win a copy of Come Back to Me by Sara Foster

We've got a copy of Come Back to Me by Sara Foster to give away. If you’d like to win a copy just tell us what you would ask an angel if he came to visit you (in 25 words or less).

Email us your answer by Friday 5 March 2010, and remember to include your postal address.

You could win a copy of this book by answering a simple question.

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Win a copy of The Vintner’s Luck by Elizabeth Knox

We've got a copy of The Vintner’s Luck by Elizabeth Knox to give away. If you’d like to win a copy just tell us what you would ask an angel if he came to visit you (in 25 words or less).

Email us your answer by Friday 5 March 2010, and remember to include your postal address.

You could win a copy of this book by answering a simple question.

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Win a copy of Girl by the Sea by Penelope Green

We've got a copy of Girl by the Sea by Penelope Green to give away. If you’d like to win a copy just tell us what country you’d like to live in and write about, and why (in 25 words or less).

Email us your answer by Friday 12 February 2010, and remember to include your postal address.

You could win a copy of this book by answering a simple question.

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Win a double pass to Precious

Thanks to Icon Films we've got 10 double passes to the Advanced Screening of Precious. If you’d like to win a double pass just tell us which book you think students should read at school and why (in 25 words or less).

Email us your answer by Tuesday 26 January 2010, and remember to include your postal address.

You could win by answering a simple question.

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Win a double pass to The Road

Thanks to Dendy we've got 10 double passes to The Road. As this is our last competition for the year, we’ll give you an easy question to answer – what’s your favourite road and why? 

Email us your answer by Tuesday 22 December 2009, and remember to include your postal address.

You could win by answering a simple question.

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Win a copy of Australian Tragic by Jack Marx

We've got a copy of Australian Tragic by Jack Marx to give away. If you’d like to win a copy just tell us what Australian story you think deserves to be told (in 25 words or less).

Email us your answer by Friday 4 December 2009, and remember to include your postal address.

You could win a copy of this book by answering a simple question.

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Win a copy of Maralinga by Judy Nunn

We've got a copy of Maralinga by former Home and Away star Judy Nunn to give away. If you’d like to win a copy just tell us: What would you do for a promotion?

Email us your answer by Friday 20 November 2009, and remember to include your postal address.

You could win a copy of this book by answering a simple question.

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Win a copy of Don't look back by Scott Frost

We've got a copy of Don't look back by Scott Frost to give away.

If you’d like to win a copy just watch the video above and answer the question.

Email us your answer by Friday 6 November 2009, and remember to include your postal address.

You could win a copy of this book by answering a simple question.

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Win a copy of The Interrogator by JJ Cooper

We've got a copy of The Interrogator by JJ Cooper to give away. If you’d like to win a copy simply tell us what question have you always wanted answered.

Email us your answer by Friday 23 October 2009, and remember to include your postal address.

You could win a copy of this book by answering a simple question.

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Win a copy of The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest by Stieg Larsson

We've got a copy of The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest by Stieg Larsson to give away. If you’d like to win a copy simply tell us about your ideal villain (in 25 words or less).

Email us your answer by Friday 9 October 2009, and remember to include your postal address.

You could win a copy of this book by answering a simple question.

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Win a copy of Hot Tips for Career Chicks by Karen Adamedes

We've got a copy of Hot Tips for Career Chicks by former Sydney Writers' Centre student Karen Adamedes to give away. If you’d like to win a copy simply tell us one way you’ve achieved your career goals.

Email us your answer by Friday 2 October 2009, and remember to include your postal address.

You could win a copy of this book by answering a simple question.

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Win a copy of Fear the worst by Linwood Barclay

We've got a copy of Fear the Worst by Linwood Barclay to give away. If you’d like to win a copy just watch the video above and answer the question.

Email us your answer by Friday 25 September 2009, and remember to include your postal address.

You could win a copy of this book by answering a simple question.

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Win a copy of The World Beneath by Cate Kennedy

We've got a copy of The World Beneath by Cate Kennedy to give away. If you’d like to win a copy just tell us your favourite wilderness area in Australia.

Email us your answer by Friday 11 September 2009, and remember to include your postal address.

You could win a copy of this book by answering a simple question.

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Win a copy of Brief Encounters by Susannah Fullerton

We've got a copy of Brief Encounters by Susannah Fullerton to give away. If you’d like to win a copy of Brief Encounters just watch the video above and answer the question.

Email us your answer by Friday 28 August 2009, and remember to include your postal address.

You could win a copy of this book by answering a simple question.

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Win a copy of Dark Country by Bronwyn Parry

We've got a copy of Dark Country by Bronwyn Parry to give away. If you’d like to win a copy of Dark Country just tell us what your romance fiction would be about.

Email us your answer by Friday 21 August 2009, and remember to include your postal address.

You could win a copy of this book by answering a simple question.

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Win a copy of We Are All Made of Glue by Marina Lewycka

We've got a copy of We Are All Made of Glue by Marina Lewycka to give away thanks to our friends at Slim Ink Book Rental. To win, simply answer this question: What would you make out of glue?
(You can be as creative as you like) The most creative answer will win a copy of the book.

Email us your answer by 5pm, Friday 14 August 2009.

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Win a copy of Lessons of a Lipstick Queen by Poppy King

We've got a copy of Lessons of a Lipstick Queen by Poppy King to give away. If you’d like to win a copy of Lessons of a Lipstick Queen simply watch the video above, and answer the question. Email your answers to courses@spindriftmedia.com.au by Friday 30 July 2009, and don’t forget to include your postal address.

You could win a copy of this book by answering a simple question.

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Win a copy of Disco Boy by Dominic Knight

If you’d like to win a copy of Disco Boy by Dominic Knight, simply tell us what song always gets you on the dance-floor and why. Email your answers by 5pm Friday 24 July, and don’t forget to include your postal address.

You could win a copy of this book by answering a simple question.


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Win a copy of Book of Rapture by Nikki Gemmell

We have a copy of Book of Rapture by Nikki Gemell to give away thanks to Slim Ink Book Rental. Each chapter in this novel is followed by a quote from sources such as the Bible, the Koran and the Dalai Lama. Gemmell reportedly spent weeks finding the perfect passages!

To win a copy of The Book of Rapture, tell us what your favourite quote (it doesn't have to be from the Bible, Koran or Dalai Lama) is and why. Email us your answers to win the book. 

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Win a copy of Passion by Louise Bagshawe

We have a copy of Passion by Louise Bagshawe to give away. To win simply tell us the name of Louise's sister (Hint: she is also a successful author). Please email your answer along with your full name and postal address by 5pm Friday 26 June. Also, check out our interview with Louise on our podcast page.

You could win a copy of this book by answering a simple question.

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Win a copy of Inside Steve's Brain by Leander Kahney

We've got a copy of Inside Steve’s Brain: Business Lessons from Steve Jobs, the Man Who Saved Apple by Leander Kahney to give away thanks to Slim Ink book offer. It's part biography, part leadership guide and is perfect for all you business-minded readers out there.

You could win a copy of this book by answering a simple question.


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Win a copy of The Hotel Albatross by Debra Adelaide

We have a great book giveaway for you this week thanks to Pan Macmillan. Many of you would be familiar with Debra Adelaide whose most recent book The Household Guide to Dying was a huge hit in 2007, both in Australia and internationally. Well, Pan Macmillan has given us 10 copies of Debra’s first novel, The Hotel Albatross, to giveaway.

You could win a copy of this book by answering a simple question.

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Win a copy of Jasper Jones by Craig Silvey

We have another fabulous book giveaway for readers this week, this time thanks to Allen and Unwin.

Jasper Jones is the second novel from WA author Craig Silvey, who appeared at the recent Sydney Writers’ Festival. His first novel, Rhubarb, was published in 2004 when he was just 19 years old, and was a huge success. He was awarded The Sydney Morning Herald Young Novelist of the Year Award for Rhubarb and his follow up novel.

You could win a copy of this book by answering a simple question.

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Win a copy of Little Stranger by Sarah Waters

We have a copy of Sarah Water's book Little Stranger to give away thanks to Slim Ink Book Rental. The book is set in rural Warwickshire in the 1940s. It tells the story of the Ayres family, living in the crumbling and dilapidated Hundreds Hall. When Dr Faraday is called to tend one of the occupants there, he is drawn into the family's sinister world.

You could win a copy of this book by answering a simple question.

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Win a copy of Someone Knows My Name by Lawrence Hill

We have a copy of Lawrence Hill's book Someone Knows My Name to give away. The book follows African slave Aminata Diallo on her journey from Africa to America. The book is a work of fiction but is also a powerful story about one of the most brutal periods of history.

You could win a copy of this book by answering a simple question.

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Win a copy of 8th Confession by James Patterson

We have a copy of James Patterson's book 8th Confession to give away. This is the next instalment in the incredibly popular 'Women’s Murder Club' detective series and follows Lindsay, Cindy, Claire and
Yuki as they struggle to solve a series of murders in San Fransisco.

You could win a copy of this book by answering a simple question.

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Win a copy of Toyboy by Holly Hill

We have a copy of Holly Hill's book Toyboy to give away. Following on the controversial path blazed by her first book Sugarbabe, Holly holds nothing back in Toyboy. To win a copy simply answer the question on the following page

You could win a copy of this book by answering a simple question.


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Win a copy of Royal Exile by Fiona McIntosh

We have copy of Fiona McIntosh's book Royal Exile to give away. Royal Exile is book one of her newest series, the Valisar Trilogy. To win a copy simply watch the short 1 minute video (above) and answer the question.

You could win a copy of this book by answering a simple question.


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Win a copy of Octavius O’Malley and the mystery of the criminal cats by Alan Sunderland

We have 3 copies of Alan Sunderland’s wonderful children’s book Octavius O’Malley and the mystery of the criminal cats to give away. To win a copy simply watch the short 1 minute video (above) and answer the question.

You could win a copy of this book by answering a simple question.


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Win a copy of Sir Richard Branson's book Business Stripped Bare

We have a copy of Sir Richard Branson's book Business Stripped Bare to giveaway, thanks to the wonderful people at Slim Ink book Rental. When it comes to taking risks in business, Branson is well qualified to talk about this - he also offers great insights into well as brand-building and how he's using business to change the world. It's an inspirational story!

Apart from that, it's a great source of ideas if you run a business yourself - or if you dream of running one.

You could win a copy of this book by answering a simple question.

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Win a copy of Kerry Greenwood's book Murder on a Midsummer Night

We have a copy of Murder on a Midsummer Night to give away, thanks to Slim Ink Book Rental. Murder on a Midsummer Night is the 17th novel of the Phyrne Fisher series. The story is set in Melbourne in the middle of a heat wave and Phryne is on a quest to solve two crimes.

You could win a copy of this book by answering a simple question.

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Win a copy of Hannah Tinti's book The Good Thief

We have three copies of The Good Thief to give away. The Good Thief is a novel about Ren, an orphan who is 12. The story is set in New England and it was inspired by ressurection men - grave robbers in the 1800s

You could win one of three copies of Hannah Tinti's book The Good Thief by answering a simple question.

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Win a copy of Kathy Reichs' new book Devil Bones

We have a copy of Devil Bones to give away, thanks to Slim Ink Book Rental. Devil Bones is Kathy's 11th novel about forensic anthropologist Tempe Brennan. Her novels have been the inspiration behind the hit television series Bones.

You could win a copy of Kathy Reichs' new book Devil Bones by answering a simple question.

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Win this book: High Potential by Ber Carroll

High Potential by Ber Carroll is chick lit at its best. High Potential is Ber’s third novel. Ber is originally from Ireland but lives in Sydney and starting writing her first novel (Executive Affair) when she did her first creative writing course!

You could win a copy of Ber Carroll's book High Potential by answering a simple question.

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Win this book: Hard Rain by David Rollins

Hard Rain is David Rollins fifth book and is a high tech thriller which propels readers through Turkey, Iraq, Egypt and the United States. There are serial killers at large, detectives at play and agents Vin Cooper and Anna Masters in hot pursuit.

A thrilling, edge of your seat read.

You could win a copy of David Rollin's book Hard Rain by answering a simple question. Watch the video above for the answer.

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Movie: Brideshead Revisited

We're giving away ten double passes to the movie Brideshead Revisited, a film based on Evelyn Waugh’s acclaimed novel is adapted for the screen by multiple BAFTA Award-winner Andrew Davies (Bridget Jones Diary) and Jeremy Brock (The Last King of Scotland), and directed by Julian Jarrold (Becoming Jane).

We have ten double passes to give away.
Competition closes: Friday 10 October 2008

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Play: Bumming with Jane

Patrick and Jane are hitting 30, madly in love, madly in lust and occasionally just plain mad. All of their furniture, except the couch, has been sold to the pawnbroker. They live on a diet of cheap wine, baked beans and whatever they can find in the dumpsters behind their local supermarket, and they take it in turns to hold down a part time job. Life is great. But nothing lasts.

We have two double passes to give away.
Competition closes: Monday 25 August 2008

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Movie: The Tender Hook

The Tender Hook is set in the 1920s in Sydney and is the story of Iris who gets involved in a dramatic love triangle. She’s involved with McHeath who is a boxing promoter who begins to suspect her of having feelings for another man Art.

We have 10 double passes to give away.
Competition closes: Thursday 28 August 2008

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Movie: Where in the world is Osama Bin Laden?

Morgan Spurlock - the guy who brought us Super Size Me - is at it again. He’s released: Where in the World is Osama Bin Laden? in cinemas 14 August 2008.

We have 10 double passes to give away thanks to Dendy Films.
Competition closes: Thursday 31 July 2008

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Movie: And When Did You Last See Your Father?

And When Did You Last See Your Father? is a bittersweet story following a son as he looks back on his relationship with his father over the years.

We have 10 double passes to give away thanks to Dendy Films.
Competition closes: Thursday 17 July 2008


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