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.

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

Art for ZineWest 17 due 25 June

Geoff Sellman’s ZW16 winning image

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.

The zine features around ten artists (and thirty writers – writing entries now closed). We are open to theme and style. Entry is free and all contributors retain copyright of their work. You need a connection to Western Sydney – work, study, residence, engagement with local cultural org …
You are invited to offer up to three images produced in the last 18 months. We need colour for the cover and centre pages, plus grayscale images for other inside pages. We don’t choose work that has already won an award, but previous publication is fine.
 If you would like to join us in the ZineWest project, please download and complete the form and email to us as an attachment (address is on the form) together with your attached jpeg entries (1-3) by 25th June 2017.
The zine is launched on Sunday, 8th October, at UNE FutureCampus, Parramatta.
FutureCampus Parramatta

FutureCampus Parramatta

Luke Carman – Creative Writing Workshop Sat 8 April ’17

FutureCampus Parramatta

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!

Art Award ZineWest ’16

ZW15 Image N.Oliver

ZW15 Image N.Oliver

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.

ZW15 Art Judge Sophia Kouyoumdjian

ZW16 Art Judge Sophia Kouyoumdjian

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.

April May ’16 News

Bill

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