ZineWest 2015 open for entries

Judge: Luke Carman

ZineWest 2015 Writers Entry Form

ZineWest is open again for all you wonderful Western Sydney scribblers who haven’t yet scored a trade publication. Genre and theme open. Free Entry.Lots more info and our guidelines on the entry form. Due 25th May   First Prize $400. Western Sydney author Luke Carman who wrote the acclaimed An Elegant Young Mais our writing judge this year. For some info on Luke see his bio in SEIZURE and SWEATSHOP

Art entries We love art entries to ZineWest and invite artists to enter up to three images referencing Western Sydney – current theme is At Home in Western Sydney which you can interpret your own way! Art entries due a month later than writing on 25th June. First prize is $100. Art entry form. 


Alice Grundy visits NWG

Alice Grundy

Alice Grundy

MEET Alice Grundy, managing editor of Giramondo Publishing and co-founder of the on-line mag SEIZURE.
AT: Mars Hill Cafe, 331 Church St Parramatta, upstairs, 3-5 pm,
Saturday 28th February.
$5 entry unless you’re a current fin mem of NWG.

Giramondo publishes established literary writers and the best up and coming authors, many from Western Sydney.
Staffed by volunteers, the ever inventive team at SEIZURE runs multiple projects, introducing new writing weekly on-line and engaging in many collaborations and creative events.
(Giramondo provides book prizes for the annual ZineWest competition run by NWG)

February ’15 News


Saturday 14th Feb Mars Hill Cafe (upstairs) 331 Church Street, Parramatta

First gathering of NWGinc for 2015 coincides with Valentine’s Day. We’ll pass round the calendar,line up some in-house workshops, hear your news and run two open mics:
1) Open Mic/Open theme (3 mins max) Rosesmall
2)Valentine’s Day Open Mic Competition- your POV (3 mins max.) Judges Sue Chamoun and Peter Masonwells will award a box of chocolates:)



Saturday 28th Feb TWO EVENTS 
Connected Stories
1) Felicity Castagna invites you to “a little reading party in The Prospector Store in The Connection Arcade, Parramatta on Saturday, February 28th, 1-3 pm. Come along for some readings, drinks and food after you check out the Market. Be sure to bring something to read if you want to join in.

2) NEW Writers Group inc invites you to meet Alice Grundy, managing editor of prestigious Giramondo Publishing and co-founder of the literary on-line sensation SEIZURE. $5 entry, Financial Members free. Time 3-5 pm upstairs at Mars Hill Cafe, 331 Church St Parramatta.

Parramatta Artists Studios

The Lord Mayor of Parramatta, Cr Scott Lloyd addressed the launch of the Studio Artists for 2015. Congratulations to all the artists:

Lord Mayor of Parramatta, Cr. Scott Lloyd

Lord Mayor of Parramatta, Cr. Scott Lloyd

Marian Abboud, Tarik Ahlip, Linda Brescia, Felicity Castagna, Ella Condon Hayley Megan French, Hossein Ghaemi, Mason Kimber, Colin Kinchela,  Carla Liesch, Catherine O’Donnell, Elena Papanikolakis, Juliette Pastorok, Abdullah M.I. Syed, Paul Williams, James Nguyen and Gavin Walters.

Mihaela Cristescu attended on behalf of New Writers Group. Parramatta writer Felicity Castagna read from her book set in Parramatta The Incredible Here and Now which won the Prime Minsters’ Award for YA fiction. Read more about the studios HERE

Mihaela Cristescu (NWG);Sophia Kouyoumdjian, Co-ordinator Parramatta Artists Studios.

Mihaela Cristescu (NWG);Sophia Kouyoumdjian, Co-ordinator Parramatta Artists Studios.

Felicity Castagna wins Prime Minister’s Literary Award for YA


Congratulations to Parramatta writer Felicity Castagna on her deserved win of the Prime Minister’s Literary Award for Young Adult: The Incredible Here and Now.

Felicity has long been a supporter of other local writers and New Writers’ Group is delighted to see her work so well recognised.

More on the awards at SMH today.


NWG’s 2014 Anthology

Antho2014NWG’s anthology for 2014 has just landed on the editor’s desk. Always a relief when received before the launch: Saturday, 22nd November, Mars Hill Cafe, 3-5 pm, upstairs. AGM is included. Followed with buy-your-own early dinner. All welcome. (Cover uses photo by Sue Chamoun – illustrates her FaceBook piece inside the covers… This is not a good photo of it!)

ZineWest 2014 Prize Winners

Julie Owens MP launching ZW14

Julie Owens MP launching ZW14

Congratulations to all the writers who contributed to this year’s ZineWest print zine and spoken word competitions.

PHOTOS BY FELICITY AMOS   and there are more on FaceBook by Sue Chamoun

WRITING AWARDS: Judge – Michael Mohammed Ahmad, Director of Sweatshop


Jason Gray, L.E. Armbruster, Shirley Le, Michael Mohammed Ahmad (judge)

1st Place and Best Prose: Shirley Le for Failed Gangas
2nd Place: Stephen Pham for Home
3rd Place and Best Poem: Louise Carter for The IKEA Squids of the Apocalypse
Highly commended: Jason Gray for Boys and L.E. Armbruster for Trying to Describe You

C.A. Broadribb for Email from Azbekhistan and J. Anne deStaic for Treasure

C.A. Broadribb and J. Anne deStaic

C.A. Broadribb and J. Anne deStaic

BEST IMAGE Judge – Sophia Kouyoumdjian, Co-ordinator of the Parramatta Artists Studios
Winner: Robert Frost for Edie at the Window
Highly Commended: Laurie Garcia for Parramatta Atmospherics

Laurie Garcia and Robert Frost

Laurie Garcia and Robert Frost








ZineWest WORD Cr Andrew Wilson launched ZineWest at Mars Hill Cafe; guest musicians from SSA were Loretta D’Urso and Collin Gosper; judges were Carol Amos (NWG Pres) and Collin Gosper. MC was Adam Marsden.

Danny Draper, Cr. Andrew Wilson, Julieann Wrightson, Dylan Quirke

Danny Draper, Cr. Andrew Wilson, Julieann Wrightson, Dylan Quirke


ZineWest Writers Spoken Word:
First Place: Julieann Wrightson for 213 Cornelia Road
Highly Commended: Danny Draper for War Museum and Dylan Quirke for Poem for my Nanna



Carol Amos and Collin Gosper (judges) Peter Cartwright, Belinda Curby and Helen McNab

Carol Amos and Collin Gosper (judges) Peter Cartwright, Belinda Curby and Helen McNab

First Place: Peter Cartwright for Hard Times Come Again No More
Highly Commended: Helen McNab  ( memoir) and Belinda Curby

ZineWest 2014 Launch 11th October


Image: Linda Brescia

Parramatta Heritage Centre, 350 Church St Parramatta
Join us for lunch, readings, awards and more at:
12 Noon for 12:30-2:30 pm
$5 Entry; Zines $10 All Welcome
ZW14 includes the works of 34 Western Sydney writers and 13 visual artists.
Attending the launch will be Julie Owens MP, Michael Mohammed Ahmad (writing judge) and Sophia Kouyoumdjian (art judge).

Music and more Western Sydney words follow:
ZineWest WORD – with Loretta D’Urso and Collin Gosper from Songwriting Society of Austrtalia
Mars Hill Cafe, 331 Church St. Parramatta (upstairs)
3:30 – 5:30 pm
Entry: gold coin; Want to compete in the Open Mic? sign on from 3pm

ZineWest Guest editor – Adam Marsden


Adam Marsden

Adam Marsden

This is Adam’s second year as a guest editor for ZW. Like other guest editors he’s been published in ZineWest: a tanka collection in 2011 and a short story in 2012. Born and raised in Western Sydney, from a young age he enjoyed all forms of art – from music, to drawing, and writing, He is now enjoying the company of other writers, musicians, and artists during New Writers’ Group gatherings. He serves as a Vice President on the NWG committee.

Adam has a degree in Policing Investigations, and is currently studying a Masters of Fraud and Financial Crime. Naturally, Adam enjoys the crime genre and is composing novels in this area of interest.

Adam has been  MC at the last three ZineWest WORD events which are held after the launch of the print zine, and we hope to see him back at the mic on Saturday 11th October, Mars Hill Café for ZineWest WORD 2014. See earlier post for details on ZW WORD and the preceding launch of ZineWest 2014.

ZineWest WORD 2014 – Spoken Word and Music

Join us at ZineWest WORD our Parramatta Spoken Word and Music gig
Venue: Mars Hill Café (upstairs) 331 Church Street, Parramatta

Saturday, 11th October, 2014
Gold coin entry; Open Mic – register for free, from 3:00 pm
3:30 pm Opening music bracket from Songwriting Society of Australia
3:45 pm Spoken Word for invited ZW writers
4:15 pm Second Music bracket followed by judges’ award for ZW Spoken Word comp
4:30 pm short break
4:40 pm Open Mic – This is open to any writer sixteen years or over: 3 mins max, no props, English only, solo performers, must be the original work of performer
5:10 pm Third Music bracket and Judges’ award for Open Mic
5:30 pm Close
We’d love to hear you!