Last 2015 Gathering, NWG


Carol Amos, NWG President

Dear all! Saturday 28th November 3-5 pm will be our last gathering in 2015 and a farewell to Merrylands Community Centre. We meet as usual in the Miller Street room (buzz at main entrance to Centre, 17 Miller Street Merrylands) On the Agenda is our AGM (super quick) and readings from the 2015 Anthology, plus a short Open Mic (bring small pieces). Everyone is welcome to continue on at 5:30 pm for an early (pay your own way) dinner at the Billabong pub which is close by in Merrylands Road. They have all day specials starting from $10.

Next year we will commence gatherings in Parramatta – February to November – at the very central venue of Future Campus (University of New England) in Church Street. We hope to keep closely to our usual 2nd and 4th Saturday afternoons, but will issue a detailed set of dates in January when the university finalises its calendar. This connection to a university campus is very exciting for us all and we look forward to a great year.

ZW15 Winners

Julie Owens MP

Julie Owens MP Launches ZW15

We congratulate all our contributors – as the writing judge Luke Carman said, he was presented with a strong field of thirty-four pieces selected for publication in ZW15 by the guest editors.

WRITING:  First – and Best Prose: Meg Brayshaw for Elegy; Second: Yumna Kassab for Cigarettes and Smoke; Third and Best Poem: J. Anne DeStaic for Bones. Highly Commended were: L.E. Armbruster for Sunday, Dennis J. Pale for Tappucino; Arna Radovich for Snap and Kerryn Coombes-Valeontis for Saving the World  JUDGE’S COMMENTS

Best Image: First: Naomi Oliver for Coat of Arms; Highly Commended: Robert Frost for Goodbye. This is our third year of awarding a prize for artwork. We thank everyone who sent us images. All the entries were relevant to theme – inclusion has a great deal to do with how well an image might turn out in an A5 digitally printed zine. We’re discussing having an open theme next year.

Editor’s Award: Jason Gray for Flashes This award is for an entry that at least two guest editors scored strongly and which did not win a major prize from the judge. Since that describes most of the pieces in the zine it is hard to pick.Flashes was the story which knocked loudest on the editor’s door.

ZW WORD:First:  Lauren Gibson; Second: Pamela Gray

ZW WORD OPEN MIC: First: Brian Bell; Second: Juliann Wrightson

We thank the Writing and Society Research Centre and Giramondo Publishing for their very generous co-sponsorship of these prizes. We also thank our kind anonymous donor of the Best Image Award. We are indebted to Julie Owens our supporter from the very first ZineWest and our excellent judges, Luke Carman (Writing) and Sophia Kouyoumdjian (Art).

See Gallery for more photos

Prizes at ZineWest 2015


First: $400
Second: Titles from Giramondo
Small Acts of Disappearance – Fiona Wright
An Elegant Young Man – Luke Carman
The Burning Elephant – Christopher Raja
Almost Sincerely – Zoe Norton Lodge


Almost Sincerely Zoe Norton Lodge cover frontThird: Titles from Giramondo
Small Acts of Disappearance – Fiona Wright
Unclaimed Terrain – Ajay Navaria
Free zine and Certificate
Editor’s Award:
Heart Starter – John Tranter (signed copy)
Best Image ZW15: $100

The Writing and Society Research Centre, Western Sydney University, is NWG Inc’s co-sponsor in ZineWest

ZineWest 15 Launch – Getting there

Merrylands Community Centre has excellent parking on weekends at the rear of the building.Entry is from Newman street into an undercover park beside the Merrylands Library. Drive through to the open area of car park and the rear of the Centre is on your right. There’s a path around to the front entrance on 17 Miller Street. Then buzz for the Miller St Room! Handy also to bus and train. MAP Saturday, 10th October, Launch 11:30 for noon; ZW WORD 3:00 pm.For details of event click here

ZineWest 2015 Launch/ZW Word

Ms Julie Owens Federal MP for Parramatta

Ms Julie Owens MP

To be opened by Julie Owens MP
Date: Saturday, 10th October, 2015
Venue: Merrylands Community Centre (Miller Street Room)
17 Miller Street, Merrylands.
Time:11:30 am for light lunch
Noon – 2:00 pm Readings; Prizes and awards: Writing Judge – Luke Carman, Editor’s Award – Sue Crawford, Best Image Award – Sophia Kouyoumdjian
Door Prize: Title from Giramondo; Raffle prizes (lots of books!)


Luke Carman Writing Judge ZW15

ZW15 Art Judge Sophia Kouyoumdjian

ZW15 Art Judge Sophia Kouyoumdjian

Date and Venue as above
Time: 3:00 – 5:00 pm
Two Spoken Word competitions: one for invited ZW15 entrants and one Open Mic. Sign on before 3 pm please!



Award Details: Writing – 1st $400, 2nd and 3rd – Titles from Giramondo; Best Image – $100; Editor’s Award – Book Prize; ZW WORD Comps – Book Prizes. Please note that all awards are announced on the day of the launch, winners are not notified beforehand.

NWG Inc Members’ Anthology 2015

New Writers’ Group Inc Anthology – an annual Print zine for financial members – due 24th August

2015 Editor is Robyne Young. We encourage members to workshop their pieces at the Parramatta Gatherings before or immediately after submission. Please read the guidelines and send your entries with a completed form (see form for details)



NWG New Venue Merrylands

What you need to know about Saturday, 25th July NWG gathering at new venue!

Merrylands Community Centre (Miller Street Room, first floor) 17 Miller Street Merrylands 3-5 pm

Google Map

You will need to buzz at the main entrance (Miller Street)and we can let you in. It’s still really helpful if you arrive just before 3 pm so we minimise interruptions, but you won’t be locked out if running late! Just in case, handy to have someone’s phone number. Please note that on 25th Saturday, we’ll be running ZineWest 2015 workshops from 1-3 pm so people will be leaving as you’re arriving.

We had an excellent turnout on our first day at this venue and look forward to seeing many more of you at our new location. Remember we have to charge $2 for your company and offer a very basic tea/coffee/biccie with it. Refills cost another $2 (cheaper than MHC though).

Also, several people who traveled by bus from the Parramatta interchange said it was a quick trip.

Any queries, please email us

ZineWest 2015 Results

As always, we are grateful to every entrant. The editing team this year was Sue Crawford plus four guest editors, Lyn Leerson, Mihaela Cristescu, Robyne Young and Ruth Wyer, all with different opinions. It makes for a diverse list of traditional and more contemporary, reflecting our desire to sample what people are really writing in Western Sydney. Many a time an interesting work is not selected and entrants not on the list shouldn’t assume their work lacked support or appreciation in the team. No one editor gets it all their way; we have to agree enough to form a list, see below. If you’re on the list but no email has reached you, please contact us and we’ll re-send.

Entrants not on the list should have received notification by now. We want to hear as many as possible of you at ZineWest WORD.

Launch details and ZW WORD details will be confirmed shortly, however the Launch date is set for Saturday, 10th October, 2015, 11:30 pm (with food) for a 12 noon start in Merrylands or Parramatta.


L. Armbruster
A. Benjamin
M. Brayshaw
CA Broadribb
B. Campbell
L. Carter
P. Cartwright
S. Chamoun
T. Cheney
D. Cikusa
S. Chiba
K. Coombs-Valeontis
L. Courtney
B. Curby
s. duffy
Dennis J. Pale
J. Gray
N. Fairbairn
L. Herrmann
M. Humbert
O. Jacques
N. Johnson
J. Joy
Y. Kassab
M. Koparan
A. Lenthall
L. Marsden
A. Miller
A. Noman
P. O’Loughlin
A. Radovich
J. deStaic
M. Sutton
Y. Tambiah

NWG Inc Anthology 2015

Dear Financial members

Our anthology is open and your entries are welcome at our editors’ email address. Please read the guidelines and entry form closely before submitting. Looking forward to an excellent edition. This year’s editor is Robyne Young. Due date is Monday 24th August, 2015



NWG – new gathering venues

Due to the closure of Mars Hill Cafe at the 331 Church Street address (we hope this marvelous cultural centre finds fantastic new premises) New Writers Group has to move house after 10 wonderful years of writing in a coffee shop surrounded by art works. Here are our venues for the remainder of our Saturday meetings in 2015:

June 13 and 27,  3-5 pm
KPMG, 91 Phillip Street Parramatta
Please meet outside building at 3 pm to be admitted to ground floor.

July– Nov 2nd & 4th Saturdays, 3-5 pm
MILLER STREET ROOM – Merrylands Community Centre
17 Miller Street, Merrylands