One of the many runners-up: C.A. Broadribb
The judges failed to pick a “second”. All too good.
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: Runner-up: fayroze – Self Portrait composed of the artist’s original texts.
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 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.
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)
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
NEW Writers’ Group inc is once again seeking artwork for our annual Western Sydney publication, ZineWest. There is a $100 award for Best Image.Our judge, Sophia Kouyoumdjian,sees all entries and advises on which images will reproduce best in the A5 zine.
Hear author/lecturer Dr. Luke Carman comment on creative writing pieces by new writers. If you’d like a short sample of your work to be in the draw – prose (one page) poetry (up to two pages) – please bring three copies by 2:45 pm.
Date: Saturday, April 8, 2017
Venue: UNE FutureCampus, 211 Church Street, Parramatta
Time: 3-5 pm – includes open mic if time
Entry: $5 (free for financial members of NWG Inc.)
NB Are you thinking of entering ZineWest this year? Luke is the judge, so please don’t bring a potential entry for him to hear!
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.
NEW DUE DATE: 10TH JULY.
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.
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.
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