ZineWest ’17

ZineWest 2017 was launched on 8th October and is now available. We can post you copies at $10 each plus postage. Fill in the details of the contact form below and include your preferred postal address and number of copies you require. Zines will usually be available also at NWG Inc gatherings – see calendar.



ZW17 Editor and Co-ordinator: SE Crawford (VP NWG)
Guest Editors: R. Wyer, J. Anne DeStaic,  Mihaela Cristescu, FAW – L. Leerson. Comp Secretary: Carol Amos (Pres NWG)

Writing co-sponsor: Writing and Society Research Centre WSU

Writing Judge: Author and lecturer (WSU)  Luke Carman. All entries selected by the editors for publication were eligible for prizes. The pieces being published were forwarded without editing to the judge. Art Judge: Sophia Kouyoumdjian, Co-ordinator of the Parramatta Artists Studios. The judge assists editors select images from all the entries for the zine and she names Best Image – $100

Launch: FutureCampus, Sunday, 8th October 2017 11:30 am followed by ZW WORD


From L: Carol Amos (NWG Pres) Anne Benjamin (2nd Place, best poem) Sue Chamoun, (commended) Julie Owens congratulating Writing winner Yumna Kassab and writing judge, Luke Carman


BASICS: ZineWest publishes a diverse range of short works by new/emerging writers sixteen years and older who live, work, study or attend a cultural group in Western Sydney. We welcome prose, poetry, lyrics, cartoon, drama – any word-based works we can print. Prizes and awards (including First Place: $400 and Giramondo titles for 2nd and 3rd) are announced at the print zine launch. Around thirty to thirty four entrants have an entry published in ZW and another ten present at ZW WORD, a spoken word/music event following the print launch.

Artwork: We also publish visual art (1st Prize = $100).  See Form above for details.

Julie Owens congratulates Geoff Sellman on Best Image Award ZW16

FUNDING: ZineWest is an annual not-for-profit project run by NEW Writers Group Inc created to offer a publication opportunity for aspiring writers in Western Sydney. The first edition in 2007 was a true zine – photocopied and stapled.

ZineWest moved to the recipe book style of spiral binding, then finally graduated to digital printing and perfect binding or saddle-stitch.

Both the printing of the zine and launch costs are covered through book sales and a launch entrance fee. We don’t have funding for paying writers and artists, however we offer free entry to the competition. The editors, judges, co-ordinator and NWG committee all volunteer their contribution to ZineWest.

WHAT ARE WE LOOKING FOR (REALLY) ZineWest reflects the writers in our neighbourhoods – philosophical scribblers, wannabe Booker prize winners, flighty poets, Goth story-tellers, dropdead funny cartoonists…And the editors don’t care whether you write along traditional paths or forge new styles. We do like an individual voice from a writer who remembers the reader. Pick your own topic, but please note the word limits: ZineWest is a showcase for short works! There are some detailed comments from the editor on what makes a good entry HERE.


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  6. WestWords would like to contact Sue Crawford and Carol Amos to join us for a literary industry sector seminar. Would you kindly supply emails so we can send invitations?

  7. Hi,
    I enjoyed the free copy I received and thought the quality of the stories were high. It was a very well presented publication.
    The only thing was, because I could not attend your presentation due to family issues, I never found out who the prize winners were. Those details never appeared on your website. Good luck to them, whoever they were.

    PS: One of my stories was recently shortlisted in a major literary competition, and I have had another story published by a respected literary publisher. So things have been travelling well since you published my short piece.

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