Competition results ZineWest 2016


From Left: Carol Amos, Anne Benjamin, Sue Chamoun, Julie Owens MP, Yummna Kassab and judge Luke Carman

Competition results announced 8th October, for ZineWest 2016

Writing Judge, Luke Carman: First place – Yumna Kassab (Unit 101), Second Place – Anne Benjamin (The Morning After), Third Place – Mihaela Cristescu (The Door and the Glasses).  Highly Commended: Sue Chamoun (The Black, Red and White Door), Oliver Jacques (Where do you Live?)  and Majidi Warda (Propane Lullabies)

Editor’s Award – Kerryn Coombs-Valeontis (Pemulwuy’s Plains)


Julie Owens congratulates Geoff Sellman on Best Image Award ZW16

Julie Owens congratulates Geoff Sellman on Best Image Award ZW16

Art Judge,  Sophia Kouyoumdjian: Best Image Award – Geoff Sellman (Abstract in Trees #4)  Runner-up – fayroze (South Parade, Auburn)

More photos are posted on New Writers Group’s FB Group or ZineWest FB Page and later on this site….




ZineWest WORD:

Spoken Word for ZW16 Entrants was won by Kayote and runner-up was Akshay Chougaonkar. Everyone scored well.

Open Mic was won by Robert Dunn, with Peter Cartwright as runner-up. This one was an even closer contest and the judges sought a third opinion from MC Adam Marsden.

Judges were Carol Amos (NWG Pres) and Sue Crawford (Ed. ZW)

Thank you writers and artists and thank you judges, sponsors  and volunteers for making this a memorable tenth edition of ZineWest at the wonderful venue provided by UNE FutureCampus, Parramatta.


ZineWest 2016 Launch 8th October

Saturday, 8th October, 2016
UNE FutureCampus
232 Church Street Parramatta (opposite Campus reception)

Below is a draft program but other things you need to know :

“Perfect” binding costs have greatly increased, doubling our unit price. We have reverted to saddle-stitch, but price of zines remains $10 and readers and artists with a work included in the zine still get their first copy free. (Please buy one or more copies too though, for your favourite auntie, neighbour etc. The more we spread copies of the zine around the more people see everyone’s work.)

Entry to the launch is $10 for adults and all the volunteers, even our Lebanese chef, pay too. Writing Prizes are co-sponsored by the Writing and Society Research Centre WSU


11:30 am: or a bit earlier for food and drink
12 Noon: Rob Fields (campus director) and Julie Owens MP get us started
12:15 pm First Reading Bracket (with long poems and stories we’ll do extracts this year)
12:25 pm Writing Awards with Luke Carman (judge)
12:40 pm Second Reading Bracket
12:55 pm Art Prize with Sophia Kouyoumdjian (judge)
1:05 pm Last two readings
1:10 pm Editor’s award
1:15 pm Door Prize and Raffle (we have a super pile of books for you)
1:30 pm close, photos, last coffees/teas

2:15 pm ZW WORD begins with spoken word  for invited ZW writers plus an Open Mic

ZW WORD is free entry if you’ve already paid for the Launch; otherwise it’s a gold coin donation.

Regarding ZW WORD – please feel free to sign on even if you read at the launch. We give preference to people who haven’t read anything yet, but there’s usually time for everyone. Your friends or family might like to give it a go. A small prize plus lots of applause to be won. You have a max though of TWO MINUTES.

NWG Inc Anthology 2016

After a great day of workshopping for ZineWest, it’s time to start work on our in-house anthology for financial members. The rules are similar, free entry, up to three pieces, 800 words max for prose, 60 lines (including empty lines) for poetry. If you use pieces originally submitted to ZW we still need a new entry form:) Julieann Wrightson is editing this year with help from NWG committee. If you want to workshop your piece please email us. Workshop or no, light editing will be given. Looking forward to an interesting collection!


ZineWest 2016 Publication List

Congratulations to the thirty-two writers listed below. But also many thanks to other entrants who also wrote interesting works we hope they will share at ZW WORD, the spoken word gig that follows the ZW Launch. We’ll post more details on the Launch and ZW WORD (8th October at UNE FutureCampus) but meanwhile, here’s the list: (sorry, the format has wiped out the given name intitials! Will restore later.)

PUBLICATION LIST for ZineWest 2016

  1. Bah – The Roots of my future Daughter
  2. Benjamin – The Morning After
  3. Broadribb – Grandma Violet
  4. Cartwright – Getting On
  5. Chamoun – The Black, Red and White Door
  6. Coombs-Valeontis – Pemulwuy’s Plains
  7. Cristescu – The Door and the Glasses
  8. Crocker – Shooting
  9. Davis – Running
  10. Draper – Hash Tag/The Chat
  11. Dunn – Signs
  12. Fairbairn – When
  13. Garwood – A Journey
  14. Catherine – Tabbouleh for Thought
  15. Haiek – The Great Tinder Escape
  16. Herrmann – A Homecoming
  17. Humbert – Wildfire
  18. Jacques – Where do you Live?
  19. Kassab – Unit 101
  20. Koparan – The Healing
  21. Fayroze – Light it all Up
  22. Miller – Odes to NZ
  23. Mills – Years Ago
  24. Myers – The Waiting
  25. Nguyen – Lacrimosa
  26. Prakash – Diana
  27. Radovich – Lincoln’s Rock
  28. See – Parental Rights
  29. Sutton – Dripping with Honey
  30. Warda – Propane Lullabies
  31. Zhang – The Place Where things
  32. Zuglias – The Grey Man

June ’16 News

DIALOGUE:Saturday, 25th June, Carol Amos will lead us in a discussion and exercise on how we manage dialogue. If you want to read your work to the group, and attended our 11th June sessions, try to put into practice what Narelle Adams taught us!. Our work will differ, so will our style of delivery, but the basics of remembering our audience and reaching the back row, of phrasing and pace, the different tones of a narrator and a character, can all be used in our individual ways.@FutureCampus, 211 Church Street Parramatta, 3-5pm. 

Narelle Adams

Narelle Adams

Charlotte Woods in Thirroul


Charlotte Woods Award-winning novel

Thanks to a kind offer from Wollongong Writers Festival you can win two free tickets to hear the highly praised novelist Charlotte Wood in conversation with Caroline Baum on her Stella Award winning, ‘The Natural Way of Things’ at Thirroul Saturday 18th June.The book will be on sale and Charlotte will sign copies.
For a chance to win you need to
a)share our FB post with some of your friends and
b)post to NEW Writers Group Inc FB your two line thought bubble on why we create with words.
Be quick! You have til noon on Friday 10th June.

DATE: Saturday, June 18
TIME: 3-4:30 pm
VENUE: Excelsior Hall, Thirroul Community Centre
Tickets: $20, Bookings required. 

Art Award ZineWest ’16

ZW15 Image N.Oliver

ZW15 Image N.Oliver


We are calling upon visual artists 16 years and over, with a connection to Western Sydney, to enter their original art for the tenth edition of the A5 annual journal, ZineWest. ZineWest is published by NEW Writers’ Group inc and presents around thirty short works by new Western Sydney Writers.

We love to include images and seek local visual artists who enjoy collaborative projects.

All images selected for the zine will be eligible for the Best Image award of $100. We are interested in traditional and contemporary styles.The judge Sophia Kouyoumdjian (co-ordinator of Parramatta Artists Studios) sees all entries.

ZW15 Art Judge Sophia Kouyoumdjian

ZW16 Art Judge Sophia Kouyoumdjian

Past winners have been Naomi Oliver, Robert Frost and Paul Azize. Contributors receive one free copy of the zine and retain individual copyright.

The ZineWest project is supported by the Writing and Society Research Centre of WSU and the launch will be held at UNE FutureCampus, Parramatta on 8th October 2016.

Entries due 10th July, 2016. ENTRY FORM
We ask for entries to be emailed as jpg files (300 dpi). Up to three entries are welcome. Entries should be the original work of the submitting artist and created in the last 18 months and not previously won an award. There is no theme, however we ask for a few lines about the significance of each image entered. Some colour images selected will appear on the cover or in two centre pages. Other images will be printed in grayscale. There are more details about the zine and competition rules in the entry form.

ZineWest 16 Writing due 14th May

Sahtein Spread ZW15

Sahtein Spread ZW15

As at 1st May, only 13 more days to go to share those great short stories, poems and anything word-based we can reproduce in the zine!  Check WritingEntryFormZW16 for conditions.

Julie Owens, Luke Carman

Julie Owens, Luke Carman ZW15

Also we love art! Entries for images are due 26th June. See ArtEntryFormZW16 for details.


Cash prizes and book awards. Read more about ZineWest.

April May ’16 News


23rd April – in honour of Shakespeare we are having a workshop on sonnets – a bit of information/history plus a writing exercise that anyone, including non-poets, could attempt. And then it’s open mic to perform your sonnets or other short pieces.

Thinking of Anzac Day, you’re most welcome to also bring your work on themes we associate with war: strife and misery, those at the front, those left behind…. so many thoughts and associations to choose from. If you have a piece that runs for more than around 3 minutes, highlight a section you can read to us if we don’t have time for the whole. Excerpts can be intriguing.

We had an enjoyable editors’ workshop on 2nd April, and we thank the writers who allowed us to use their work. The teams made different decisions, which tells us a bit about how editors and judges choose – differently!

ZINEWEST – due 14th May, not many weeks to go. Get those terrific short pieces together and send to our editors’ address. The details you need are on the Writing Entry Form.

Collaborative Space – upstairs
FutureCampus, 211 Church Street Parramatta
3-5 pm and after at Jamie Olivers if you have the inclination

Romanian Rhythm in Sydney

12512699_1664541220470521_3928732469975471150_nFive writers from NEW Writers’ Group Inc  have been invited to read short pieces of their original work at this event. NWG has an ongoing friendship with Romanians in Sydney  through sharing each other’s writing, cheering each other on. We much admire our colleagues who create works in more than one language.  Mihaela Cristescu’s latest Romanian / English poetry volume IT Solander will be launched by author and filmmaker Anamaria Beligan. Other writers and performers offer poetry, music, puppetry.  Details Here

Saturday, 26th March, 2016, 11:00 am in the magnificent Dixson Room at the State Library of New South Wales. Free entry, refreshments included.

Some of us will make it back to FutureCampus in time to join in the gathering at 3pm!