Between Dusk and Dawn

Western Sydney writers are invited to offer short prose (max approx 800 words or poetry (max approx 60 lines including spaces) to NEW Writers Group Inc for Mihaela Cristescu’s third Romanian/Australian anthology. Download the Information and Permission Form for more details. Due 10th December. We look forward to reading your perspective on the title theme: Between Dusk and Dawn. Previous editions have been launched in Bucharest and later in Sydney at the NSW State Library.

ZineWest 2017 Launch

Director of UNE FutureCampus, Rob Field, launched ZineWest 17 on 8th October. Rob shared a glimpse into his history as a member of a very large family. It seems that being surrounded by individuals with diverse gifts and challenges, was like attending a school for empathy and communication. Rob sees openness to the ideas and experience of others as commonsense, however it is a commitment to his own ideas and strengths that has shaped his career. He urged us to have the same confidence to develop our personal talents and insights when creating our writing and art.

Luke Carman, our writing judge, commented on  every writing piece in this year’s ZineWest – a rarity in the world of competitions. We hope to post a copy of his notes for the benefit of those writers who couldn’t attend. Luke (as expected) also officiated at the crazy raffle finale.

Writing awards were co-sponsored by The Writing and Society Research Centre, WSU, including book titles from Giramondo Publishing  (see writing award list below  images). Art and Spoken Word awards were supported by private donors. The Editor’s award (The Big Black Thing) was donated by SWEATSHOP. Our venue was provided free of hire charge by UNE FutureCampus. Sahtein Lebanese Feasts was the keynote of lunch. List of writing winners is below the images.

Best Image: Zena Maghchouch: They, I, Us – Dissociative Identity Disorder “…a raw illustration of its sufferers and their suffering…” 

 

 

 

 

Best Image: Runner-up: fayroze – Self Portrait composed of the artist’s original texts.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our art judge who selected all the included images was Sophia Kouyoumdjian, co-ordinator of the Parramatta Artists Studios.

WRITING AWARDS: First Place and Best Prose: LE Armbruster; Second Place and Best Poem: Norm Fairbairn; Third Place: Loredana Tudor-Tomescu; Commendations: Kirsten Oakley, Morgana Ladrina, fayroze, CA Broadribb. Editor’s Award: Kate Brown. Note: All pieces included in the zine were selected by editor SE Crawford and the guest editors: Lyn Leerson, Ruth Wyer, J. Anne deStaic and Mihaela Cristescu. The works to be published are sent to the writing judge to determine the prizes. The winning works will be posted to the ezine in November.

 

 

ZineWest 2017 Launch

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ZineWest 2017 Launch Sunday 8th October 
Food, Prizes, Judges’ Comments, Readings
Entry $10; Zines: $10 – first copy free for writers and artists included in zine.
Please join us at 11:30 am for a light lunch. Event begins at 12 Noon and runs to 2:00 pm or earlier, followed by ZW Word…..
….if you’re not published in the zine this year, why not bring an original 2 minute spell-binder for the Open Mic cash prize of $50! (sign on at 2:45 pm). Published entrants might find a spot as well…

ZineWest is a project of NWG Inc for new/emerging writers and local visual artists in Western Sydney.

ZineWest 2017 Publication List

Every year we are grateful to all the writers who offer their work to ZineWest and every year it is a tough job to decide which pieces to publish. This year was the most difficult. There are some interesting pieces not included – we hope the writers will present them at ZW WORD which follows the print zine launch on Sunday, 8th October, 2017 at UNE FutureCampus Parramatta  The launch starts with food and drink at 11:30 am; ZW Word starts at 3:00 pm same day. More details on that soon. Meanwhile, here is our publishing list for 2017 – all works listed are eligible for the prizes, awarded by author/lecturer Luke Carman, and co-sponsored by the Writing and Society Research Centre, WSU.

PUBLICATION LIST for ZW17

F. An – Love Deconstructed
LE Armbruster – Pretending: A Hero’s quest
A. Scobie – Within Dreams
C.A. Broadribb – Danger – Link Box
K. Brown – Once-Fish
A. Chougaonkar – Lesson From Above
P. Cartwright – Crumbling
L. Courtney – The Sign Reads Warning
B. Curby – Mars Hill Café
D. Catherine – Seeing Red
R. Dunn – Glam
N. Fairbairn – First Day Back
fayroze – Friday
G. Funk – Wrinkled Full Moons
C. Haiek –The Rainbow’s Dawn
Y. Kassab – House of Youssef
Kayote – Derrida’s Wave
M. Ladrina – Other Irreversible Combustions
NL Mansell – Untouchable
A. Miller – I Never Knew
J. Mularczyk – Through a Child’s Eyes
S. Anora N – Hook, Line and Sinker
A. Noman – Perspectives
K. Oakley – Second Reading
A. Radovich – Who do you think you are?
S. See – Beaufort House
M. Sutton – How does a nice warm doona sound?
TigerSpirit – Scents of Home
L. Tudor-Tomescu – It’s Spring Back Home
K. Valeontis – (So Said the Particle Physicist)

ZW 17 Editor’s Award:The Big Black Thing Chapter. 1

Stephen Pham, Winnie Dunn, Maryam Azam, Shirley Le

When we have a strong idea for a story, or a promising few lines of poetry, we want to crack open the possibilities. We won’t be satisfied with an easy, clichéd product. More likely we want to be honest. But good writing is a steep hill and being honest makes it steeper. The steady, patient build on inspiration/knowledge can be the answer.

Recently at NEW Writers Group inc we used an example given by director of Sweatshop, Michael Mohammed Ahmad, in his keynote speech at this year’s Sydney Writers’ Festival “Forest for the Trees”. Mohammed began by reading a school student’s piece from Sweatshop’s latest title, The Big Black Thing – Chapter. 1. Mohammed explained that the initial text was very brief. He kept asking the writer to include “more detail” and the result is a fetching story of a house and its people (or of people and their house). When war strikes the house and the people, we the readers know the loss, feel the fear.

The Big Black Thing Chapter. 1 is a vigorous contribution to the growing record of Western Sydney voices. It’s also fun to read. I love this volume because I’m busy at the moment. I can pick it up and take in two or three works, all different, and put it down again knowing that tomorrow I’ll be interested in the next story, the next poem. Contributors come from diverse cultural and language backgrounds. Members of the Western Sydney Writers Group, school students, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, have all been wonderfully featured in this first of a series – a great way of advancing literature and community in Western Sydney, and I trust, beyond.

The Big Black Thing Chapter.1 will be the Editor’s Award for ZineWest 2017. Published by Sweatshop: Western Sydney Literacy Movement. Edited by Michael Mohammed Ahmad and Winnie Dunn. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander writing edited by Ellen van Neerven. Project photographer – Socorro Cifuentes. Available from sweatshop.ws

‘Sweatshop was tired of waiting to see more cultural diversity in mainstream Australian literature and media, so we decided to create The Big Black Thing ‘ Michael Mohammed Ahmad.

SE Crawford, ed ZW

ZineWest editors

ZW17 Judge Luke Carman and ZW guest editor Mihaela Cristescu (at launch of Pounding the Pavement)

Editor Sue Crawford and guest editors independently rank every piece. We have a marvellous, tiring day of comparing our findings and selecting a list of thirty to thirty-four entries to publish in the print zine. Ten more pieces are flagged for ZineWest Word. Of course, in what has always been a tight competition, a different set of editors would make some different choices. If you want a glimpse into how we think, check the editor’s comments.Once we’ve established the publication list, we send those entries to the judge  who decides all the writing prizes except the Editor’s Award.  WritingEntryForm_ZW17 Due 28th May

 

Pounding The Pavement – Romanian/Australian Anthology

NEW Writers’ Group Inc was honoured to hear some of our writers read their work at this Romanian event, part of the NSW State Library’s Multicultural March, on Saturday 25th March, 2017. Mihaela Cristescu presented her latest anthology, Pounding The Pavement which includes works by 22 guest writers from Romania and Australia.

The event was opened by the Ambassador for Romania and New Zealand, Her Excellency Mrs Nineta Barbulescu. A pro-active supporter of the arts, the Ambassador gave the project’s writers and artists strong encouragement. Mr. Dan Barbulescu and family also attended. We were delighted to meet the newly arrived Romanian Consul General – Sydney, Mr. Iulian Nitu, and Mrs.Florentina Nitu.

Author and film-maker Anamaria Beligan launched the anthology together with author and lecturer Luke Carman who made reference to the English works. The anthology was illustrated by Canadian Romanian artist Luminita Serbanescu. A short movie by Andrei Pora was shown and soprano Felicity Amos sang in English and Romanian. Carol and Felicity Amos mused upon connections between the published works, and Mihaela Cristescu introduced the writing of Alex Plescan. Preparations for the second such anthology, OnThe Wallaby Track, are well underway.

NWG Inc is very pleased to collaborate in these annual projects. Romanian and Australian writers alike, find a new readership. The anthology was introduced by Mihaela Cristescu in Romania in 2016 and some of the works will later appear in the on-line journal Confluente Literare .

As always, the assistance of Mrs Oriana Acevedo, Multicultural Consultant Public Libraries and Engagement Division, and other Library staff was wonderful.

Photos and videos can be found at Code-Mixing Poetry, here are a few:

 

Her Excellency, Mrs Nineta Barbulescu, Romanian Ambassador for Australia and New Zealand

Loredana Tudor-Tomescu with Anamaria Beligan

Luke Carman and Mihaela Cristescu

Soprano, Felicity Amos

Sime Knezevic reads “Recognition”

ZineWest 2017 open for entries

We are excited (it happens every March) to open our competition ZineWest for aspiring Western Sydney writers – many of whom write really great pieces we want to publish. You need to have an association with Western Sydney (due to council amalgamations, our sweep has broadened), be 16 years or over, and know how to work with the limits of a max 800 words in prose, or 60 lines (empty lines included) of poetry. We’d like to see comics and cartoons  again – a comic won second place in the first ZineWest. For information about Art entries please scroll down.

To enter, you need  to read and fill in the form below and email back to us with your entries. You can send us up to three works – previously unpublished please.  WritingEntryFormZW17  Entries close 28th May.

More Info: Editors select 30-34 written pieces to publish in the print zine and these are eligible for prizes. First prize is $400; there are also book awards (Giramondo) and commendations.Co-sponsor is the Writing and Society Research Centre, WSU. Judge is author Luke Carman. We also invite ten more writers to present at ZW WORD, a spoken word event following the print zine launch. Winner receives $100 – first year we’ve had a cash prize for ZW WORD. Some of our winning works have been re-published in Award Winning Australian Writing and more recently in a Romanian/ English anthology Pounding the Pavement.  

ART ENTRIES We cannot do without artwork! We’re looking for six images in full colour and six to eight in greyscale that have been created in last 18 months. Like writing entrants, you need to be 16 years or over and have a link to Western Sydney. However unlike with writing entries, we accept previously published images unless they have won a past award. No theme is set, however we ask for several lines about the work’s composition and inspiration. Published images are shortlisted for Best Image Award: $100  with a book prize for runner-up. Our judge, Sophia Kouyoumdjian, co-ordinator of the Parramatta Artists Studios, sees all entries. She assist editors select images for the zine and decides the Best Image award.

Entry is free. Submit up to three artworks. Due Date 25th June (NB writing due 28th May) For details of conditions please read ArtEntryFormZW17 

Want to read/view what has won before? For examples of past works published see our Ezine.

 

On the Wallaby Track… A writing competition

The iconic painting On the Wallaby Track by Frederick McCubbin has inspired the theme for bi-lingual poet Mihaela Cristescu’s second anthology of Romanian and Australian writers. The anthology will be printed and distributed in Romania and launched in Sydney March, 2018. A wide interpretation is expected from writers: journeys of memory, time and place. Most contributors writing in English are linked to Western Sydney and are approached directly for their work. However through this competition we are inviting any Australian citizen or resident, who is a NWG Inc financial member or member of our Facebook group, to submit short prose or poetry related to the theme – On the Wallaby Track – see submission form below. The editors will select a winner to include in the print publication. The winner, like other contributors, will receive a first copy free and retain individual copyright. Prose: up to 800 words; Poetry: up to 60 lines (including empty lines between stanzas). There are no submission fees. This is a not-for-profit project supported by NEW Writers’ Group inc. DEADLINE IS 25th FEBRUARY, 2017.

Charlotte Woods in Thirroul

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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.