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Thiel Grant for Online Writing

Exciting news for all budding web writers! Melbourne teacher and blogger Philip Thiel has announced the inaugural $5000 Thiel Grant for Online Writing. This is a grant that’s very close to Thiel’s heart, as it is completely funded by his own salary (find out more about this here).

The brilliant initiative is designed to encourage and support creative online writing and highlight the ocean of talent out there in the world of online writine. Thiel’s passion is obvious when he speaks of the grant:

‘[Online writing] is often highly original and experimental, off-the-cuff or fragmented—and it’s nearly always written for free. The grant will give one writer the chance to have their online writing financially backed. It can be seen as a kind of commission for a series of posts exploring a single concept, and will suit writers who are already producing this kind of material online.’

The lucky grant recipient will, over one year, produce 50 posts on an agreed idea/theme and publish it on their own website. There are no restrictions on length, genre or style, just so long as the work is written for the web.

All submissions will be judged by Thiel, Writers Victoria director Kate Larsen and writer, blogger and The Five Mile Press commissioning editor Angela Meyer. The winner will be the person whose concept is deemed the most exciting and writing a standout.

Entries are open to Australian writers and close on 28 February, 2015, and the winner will announced in early March. To apply, click here.

Check out Philip Thiel’s blog at Teacher in the Rye.

Great titles for Online Writers

Blogging All-In-One for Dummies , Susan Gunelius         Blogging Revolution , Loewenstein

Blogging for Creatives , Robin Houghton          Blogging and Tweeting without Getting Sued; A Global Guide to the Law for Anyone Writing Online , Mark Pearson




WIN! Tickets to Rosewater

Rosewater is a clever, deep movie based on the New York Times best-selling memoir Then They Came for Me by journalist Maziar Bahari.  

A true story, Rosewater is the screenwriting and directorial debut of The Daily Show host and executive producer Jon Stewart. In a time where freedom of the press is a topical issue and  journalists are being detained around the world for doing their job Rosewater showcases the triumph of the human spirit and the fight for freedom of speech.

While covering the 2009 Iranian elections, Bahari, a Canadian Iranian broadcast journalist was wrongfully arrested for treason and detained in Tehran’s Evin prison for 118 days. You can watch the trailer for the film here:

Thanks to Transmission Films we are giving you the chance to win a double pass (valued at $38 each) to Rosewater which is in cinemas nationally February 19.

To enter the giveaway complete the form below answering the question, the film Rosewater is based on the memoir of who? Entries close 15 February 2015.



Do you have a novel inside of you that just has to be told? You’ve got a vivid imagination and a cool character name but not sure if you could set aside ten years to write a novel like Donna Tartt? Fast track your way to being an author with NaNoWriMo! Write a draft of a novel in a month and see where it takes you. NaNoWriMoNational Novel Writing Month, affectionately called NaNoWriMo (for short…) runs over the month of November.

The challenge, should you choose to accept, is to write a 50,000 word draft of a novel! The cool thing is that aside from the word count, you can be as unrestrained and creative as you like! Scripts, books, poems and Fan Fics are totally welcome!! If you think 50,000 words is a staggering amount, it works itself out to being 1,667 words a day. Pretty cool huh, it’s roughly the length of The Great Gatsby and we all know how successful that is!

Entries are open for a November 1st start date, and to help budding authors, there is a team of published writers who deliver pep talks to help guide the way. Check out the talks from Veronica Roth, Tamora Pierce, Jim Butcher and more! And if you’re not aspiring to write in a room of one’s own, you can find a writing group in your area and catch up for a group writing sesh and coffee. The team at NaNoWriMo are totally dedicated to seeing you achieve the 50K goal and have tonnes of awesome resources to help you out with everything from planning to submitting your masterpiece!

And if you’re not convinced this is a good idea and still think writing 50K words in a month is totally crazy, then you’d be happy to know that The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern, Water For Elephants by Sarah Gruen, Wool by Hugh Howry and so many more were all written for NaNoWriMo and published! So good luck, start writing!

Wish I was Here

Wish I Was Here

Wish I was HereWish I Was Here is the new movie directed by and starring Zach Braff. Wish I Was Here is the story of Aidan Bloom, a struggling actor, father and husband, who at 35 is still trying to find his identity; a purpose for his life. He and his wife are barely getting by financially and Aidan passes his time by fantasizing about being the great futuristic Space-Knight he’d always dreamed he’d be as a little kid. When his ailing father can no longer afford to pay for private school for his two kids (ages 5 and 12) and the only available public school is on its last legs, Aidan reluctantly agrees to attempt to home-school them. The result is some funny chaos, until Aidan decides to scrap the traditional academic curriculum and come up with his own. Through teaching them about life his way, Aidan gradually discovers some of the parts of himself he couldn’t find.  

Wish I Was Here opens in cinemas tomorrow (September18) and thanks to Transmission Films we have 10 x double in season passes to give away! To win a double pass simply fill in the form below and answer the question: What is the tag line for this film?

This competition has closed. Congratulations to our winners who received their passes in the post.


WIN: The Co-op & Red Bull Want To See Your Doodle

So, you think your doodle’s got what it takes? Get involved and show the world –  it could see you end up in Cape Town, South Africa! 

Alright, girls and boys – get your mind out of the gutter. We’re talking about doodle art here. You know, the kind that covers your RED-BULLuni books and study notes? Yes, that’s right! Those scribbles that always got you in trouble during school could end up being your golden ticket to success!

If you think you’re a doodle king or queen, head into any Co-op store and enter the Red Bull Doodle Art competition. The winning entrant will be awarded a one-in-a-million design internship at Red Bull headquarters in Cape Town, which has been appointed as World Design Capital for 2014!

So, what exactly do you need to do? Simply head into any Co-op store on campus, pick up one of the specially marked  Red Bull Doodle Cards, grab a pen, doodle away and enter it into the draw! If you can’t kind find the Red Bull submissions area in your store, just ask one of the friendly Co-op staff members. Don’t worry if you’re not able to make it to a Co-op store  just jump on to; there you can download the official doodle card and upload your entry for submission.

Red Bull Doodle Art will put together the best doodles in an exhibition that takes place in Cape Town on October 24-26. The winning artwork at the Global Final in Cape Town will be featured in a Red Bull Doodle Art merchandise line, which will be available exclusively in the Red Bull Collection! OMG – how freaking amazing is that?!

Important Info You Need To Know 

There will be 20 finalists in Australia, each chosen through social media. The national winner (you’re off to Cape Town!) will be the one who gets the most points, based on style (10 points), creativity (10 points), social media voting (10) and the judges’ opinion (10 points). The application and submission phase in Australia ends at 11:59pm on Sunday 21st September. Three days later, on Wednesday 24th September, the public voting will open until Wednesday 1st October at 11.59pm.

To learn more about the project, visit where you can browse and interact with inspirational pieces of art from around the globe.



Share your story to WIN with Comobile


What’s the worst situation you’ve ever been locked into? Was it when you were stuck in that share house contract with the weird dude who made towns out of his toenails? Or maybe it was when you had to work that job involving baboon poo, a broom and a unicycle. It might just have been that horrifically long mobile contract that sucked more out of you than the most famished of vampires. Whatever it is, Comobile want to know about it!

Share your story on Comobile’s Facebook,  Twitter or Instagram (@comobilechat), add the hashtag #notlockedin and you could WIN a heap of sweet-as prizes with their Not Locked In competition. There’s more than $8,000 worth of prizes in total to give away! So, share your awesome (or NOT-LOCKED-IN_290x290awful) tale today and get amongst it! You never know – that crappy situation might just have a very happy ending.


$2,500 of fees and textbooks for a semester for you and a mate


Samsung Galaxy 3G tab
Antler luggage pack
180-day MAXI Comobile plans
Jawbone activity tracker
Plox universal chargers
Dakine backpacks
Audio-technica headphones
iPhone and iPad cases


Check out the competition deets here –

Murakami Very Short Film Festival

Calling all Haruki Murakami fans! The release of the preeminent Japanese author’s new book, Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage, is imminent (the worldwide publication date for the English translation is 12th August – pre-order your copy from the Co-op now!). To celebrate this exciting release, Random House are giving fans the chance to win an adventure of their own worth a massive $3000! Woo hoo!

It’s as simple as 1, 2, 3 to enter:9781846558337-_290x290

1. Follow @murakami_film on Instagram
2. Create your very own Instagram film inspired by the works of Haruki Murakami. Videos must be no longer than seven seconds
3. Post with the inspiring title, theme or motif. Make sure to tag #murakamifilmau with your entry.

The winning entry will receive a $3000 travel voucher to put towards their very own pilgrimage around the world, while two runners-up will score a Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage limited edition print. Winners will be announced on the 12th August 2014.

You can find out all the deets on the Random House website here. Good luck!

Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage tells the story of Tsukuru Tazaki (the name’s a bit of a giveaway, I know!). During his school years, Tsukuru had four best friends. Coincidently, all of these friends had colours in their names. Tsukuru was the only one who did not. One day Tsukuru Tazaki’s friends declare that they never want to see or talk to him again. From that very moment, Tsukuru floats through life, unable to form intimate connections with anyone. But then he meets Sara. And she tells him that the time has come to find out what happened all those years ago …

Murakami is like a magician who explains what he’s doing as he performs the trick and still makes you believe he has supernatural powers … But while anyone can tell a story that resembles a dream, it’s the rare artist, like this one, who can make us feel that we are dreaming it ourselves. – New York Times Book Review


Enactus Australia Championships

A huge congratulations to the University of Sydney Enactus team who took out the Enactus Australia final in Brisbane last Thursday! They’re now off to the Enactus World Cup 2014 in Beijing, China. Well done to you all! 🙂 A big round of applause to the University of Western Australia team, who were awarded runners up.

The Co-op’s COO, Thorsten Wichtendahl, was lucky enough to be on the judging panel at the two-day event. “It was so inspiring to hear the innovative ideas of these young students and see the efforts they put in to help people less fortunate than themselves,” Wichtendahl said. “The winning team –  University of Sydney – had some really fantastic ideas; their project was all about helping newly-arrived refugees gain practical work experience by running community cooking classes.”


More information on USYD’s Enactus project, Culinary Tales, can be found here.

The Enactus World Cup Event will take place on October 22-24 2014.

What is Enactus?

Enactus is an international not-for-profit organisation made up of a network of university students, academics and business leaders. Guided by these academics and business leaders, the student teams create and run projects and, through the power of entrepreneurial action, work to improve the quality of life for the world’s disadvantaged. The Enactus experience not only transforms lives, it helps students develop invaluable leadership and project management skills.



Win Back the Cost of Your Textbooks!

At the start of every semester the Co-op runs an epic competition, one in which students have the chance to show off their brute strength, mental aptitude and ability to eat 17 hotdogs in one minute …  oh, wait a minute – sorry, we’re not running that one anymore. But we are running an awesome competition for uni students, one that’s sure to get you excited!130800Money-on-Trees29

So, if it isn’t hotdog eating, what is it? Well, quite simply, we’re giving students the chance to win back the cost of their textbooks. That’s right – any dosh you spend on textbooks between 1 June and 31 Aug 2014 you could win back in the form of a Co-op voucher (up to the amount of $500)!

There will be five winners in total, which will be announced at the end of the Back to Uni period. But you must be a Member – so join now if you haven’t already, grab the textbooks you need for Semester 2 in-store or online and you’ll be in the draw to win!

If you’re already a Member and you wanna try your luck (why wouldn’t you?), head into one of our stores today or buy your textbooks online now and you will automatically go into the draw.


T&Cs: Purchase your textbooks from 1 June to 31 Aug 2014 and you will go into the draw to be 1 of 5 to win back the cost of them up to the value of $500 in the form of a Co-op gift voucher. Valid for Members only. Click here for full terms and conditions