Writer resources

Recommended short courses for creative writing

Masterclass online short courses

Pay $140 for a series of 12 minute lessons from well-known writers like Margaret Atwood Joyce Carol Oates and James Patterson. Watch them in your own time, whenever you need inspiration.

Australian Writers’ Centre creative writing courses

Various short courses to choose from. Sometimes they are a one day seminar (on a weekend) sometimes they are a series of two or three weeknights: very manageable in terms of time commitment. They are always run by really accomplished Australian writers.

Sydney University Continuing Education short courses in creative writing

If you’re just feeling stuck in a rut, these can be a great kick-starter. (All of these Aussie places listed are where all our great writers are hanging out, supplementing their incomes.  It’s always worth being around great writers.)

Short story competitions

Zoetrope annual short story competition (US)

Commonwealth Short Story Prize

Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize

Southern Cross Short Story Competition

Australian publications and journals that accept short story submissions



Australian Book Review

The Big Issue

Recommended reading and articles

Writing competitions and opportunities, The Writer’s Bloc

Where to submit short stories, The Write LIfe

Industry insider: how to get published  by Allisontait.com

Follow Allison Tait on Facebook for more great writing resources and tips, including her regular #writeabookwithal word count hashtag

Stephen King’s Top 20 Rules For Writers

11 tips on getting your book published by HuffPost

Consider this: Helen Garner’s Cosmo Cosmolino by Tegan Bennett Daylight

How to write better, The Write Life

8 books on writing recommended by successful writers,  Australian Writers’ Centre