Writing Awards from Left: Rob Field (Director UNE Sydney, Nic Lesley (HC), Danielle Catherine (HC), Peter Cartwright (Best Poem), Alexander Donoghue (3rd Place), Hamish Spark (2nd Place), Naima Ibrahim (Winner of ZW19), Luke Carman (Judge).
Co-sponsor Writing awards the Writing and Society Research Centre WSU ; Art: private sponsors; ZW Word: private sponsor and SWEATSHOP
Editor’s Award was won by Laila Nawsheen. The prize was Yumna Kassab’s story collection The House of Youssef, (Giramondo) and presented by the author on left.
.ZWWord – Open Mic awards: From Left Carol Amos (NWG Inc Pres), Sue Crawford (ed ZW), Michaela Simoni (joint runner-up) Chris Winspear (joint runner-up) Kathryn Yuen (winner) Judges Annie Zhang and Jason Gray. Private sponsor and SWEATSHOP
ZW19 Art Awards: From left – Art Contributors Erin Macnaught, C.A. Broadribb and Michaela Simoni stood in for winner of Best Image Marina Robins and runner-up Tom Blake both unavoidably absent. On the right is Parramatta author Felicity Castagna and Rob Field UNE Sydney who did the honours!
Prizes with Luke Carman (writing) and Sophia Kouyoumdjian (art)
Co-sponsor for writing awards: the Writing and Society Research Centre WSU $400 1st Prize plus Giramondo Titles. Art prize $100 (private donor)
Music with Fernando Andres and Victor Valdes
GIANT RAFFLE followed by
Entry $2 (unless you paid for the print zine launch)
Loredana Tudor-Tomescu – Winner ZW WORD 2018
2:00 pm Nibbles/drinks – sign on for Open Mic
2:15 – 3:30 pm
MUSIC – Fernando Andres and Victor Valdes
OPEN MIC – Win $100 & SWEATSHOP Titles
Judges: Jason Gray and Annie Zhang
Rules: 2 mins only; solo; your original work; english only; no music, dance or props; preferably no rants/lectures!
Entries are open for our 2019 anthology. Financial members of NWG Inc and regular gatherers are welcome to contribute. The anthology is a self-funding group project. Entries due 31st August NWGAnthoForm_2019
THEME: “LIGHT” Your interpretation… We accept Prose (max 800 words) Poetry (max 60 lines) and cartoons (max 3 A5 pages) We also like to publish your original artwork.
Luke Carman talked about his latest book Intimate Antipathies, Giramondo Publishing. He used samples of writing from five local writers to give individual feedback and to motivate the group to “see again” what more they can bring to their work. Luke is writing judge of ZineWest and every year helps launch the Romanian/Australian Anthologies of our NWG Inc Secretary Mihaela Cristescu – who we can thank for the photos. Below are some random pics… And thanks to our venue UNE Sydney !
The writing entries are in, and it’s time to invite artists with a connection to Western Sydney to send us images for inclusion in our annual print zine. There is a prize of $100 for the Best Image. We aim to publish work by at least 10 visual artists.Our Judge (who sees all entries) is Sophia Kouyoumdjian, Director Parramatta Artists Studios. ArtEntryForm_ZW19
Launch is 12th October, at UNE Sydney 232 Church Street, Parramatta
Over the last twelve years, ZineWest has published around 360 short works by Western Sydney writers. You are most welcome to enter this year’s competition if you live, work, study or attend a local cultural org in Western Sydney; are 16 years or over; and haven’t yet been professionally published except in multi-author journals. Entry is free, you can offer up to three pieces, and since this is a niche comp you have an excellent chance of either being print published in the zine, or applauded at ZW Word which follows the zine launch. Entries must be your original work, not previously published in print or on-line, and not previously received an award. (ZW18 Cover Image : L. Marsden)
We are interested in all word-based work – anything we can reproduce in an A5 zine.You can discover what we’ve previously picked by looking at the ZineWest Page (includes ZW18 Judge’s commentary, YouTube link and launch photos) and the Ezine Page (Page numbers for ZW18 winning works in zine PDF).
All pieces selected by the editors for publication (notification in early June) are sent to our judge, Dr Luke Carman, who decides on the prizes: 1st = $400, 2nd and 3rd = Giramondo Titles, plus commendations. There is $100 cash prize for ZW WORD too.
Are you also a visual artist? We will post the Art Entry form in May.
Our first gathering will be held at our marvellous venue, UNE Sydney, 211 Church Street, Parramatta, on Saturday, 9th February, 3-5 pm.
Tutorial on CHARACTERISATION plus our annual Valentine’s Spoken Word Competition (book prizes). This year we want to smile, chuckle or roll in the aisles. So bonus points for humour. You have three minutes. Must be your original work! All welcome. $2 entry Fin Members free.
The next gathering is 23rd February same time and venue as above. There will be an Open Mic but first up the Editors’ Workshop – where you take the role of an editor working in a small team. The team has to make tough decisions about good pieces because space in your literary magazine is running out. Which pieces will you pick, and why? Discuss your findings. For more dates, see “About” – and keep up with latest news on our FB Group.
NEW Writers Group Inc’s annual anthology zine was launched at UNE Sydney, 211 Church Street Parramatta, on Saturday 24 November. This 14th edition brought together the traditional and the contemporary, poetry, short prose and photography. The anthology is a self-funded project for our regular attendees. The contributors included three members of the Parramatta branch of FAW – NSW. Printing was by Bullprint. Editor was SE Crawford. Photos in Gallery below were taken by our official snappers: Siham Chamoun and Mihaela Cristescu.
Group (S. Chamoun)
NWG Inc’s leader Carol Amos at the AGM
FAW Parramatta Pres. Lyn Leerson
Sue showed photos of past NWG Inc projects
Poet Peter Cartwright
Sue Crawford (editor)
Norm Fairbairn read his own poem and also one by J. Anne DeStaic
Left cover (M.Cristescu) Right cover (S. Chamoun)
Loredana Tudor-Tomescu, Mihaela Cristescu
Gavin Hawke read his poetry
Dorian Stoielescu and Belinda Curby won the door prizes – Tanka Poems – Eucalypt Magazine
Norm Fairbairn won the chocolates!
Helen Stevenson read an extract of a story by Lisel Herrmann
Gallery ZW18 Writing – Judge: Luke Carman
First place and Best Prose: Annie XY Zhang for A Bush, Barely Burning
Second Place: Wafa Kulsoom Khan for The Plan
Third place and Best Poem: Danny Draper for Was That You?
Highly Commended: Michele Freeman for I Guess You Call Us Westies (Comic) and Kate Brown for Share If You Agree (poem)
Editors’ Award: Peter Cartwright for The Twenty Year Affair (poem)
Art – Judge: Sophia Kouyoumdjian
Best Image Award: Micha Salloum for SkyLight (photo)
Runner-up: Dona Samson Zappone for Sunprint Landscape
ZineWest WORD – Open Mic Judges: Jason Gray and Kate Brown
First Place: Loredana Tudor-Tomescu
Runner-up: Dorian Stoilescu
Writing first place award of $400 was co-sponsored by the Writing and Society Research Centre, WSU. Book prizes were from Giramondo Publishing. Door prize titles Giramondo and Sweatshop.
Cash prizes for Art and ZW Word – private donors plus book for runner-up from Sweatshop
All welcome Bring your friends and family! ZW18 Print zine launch and after, ZW Word… Saturday 13th October
UNE Sydney, 232 Church Street, Parramatta. Launch: 11:30 am finger food and group photo
Noon – 1:30 pm: Readings, prizes, giant raffle
Entry: $10. Zines: $10 (Contributors get one free)
Prizes announced at the launch – no warning!
Writing: 1st = $400, 2nd and 3rd = Giramondo titles (NWG Inc’s co-sponsor is the Writing and Society Research Centre, WSU.
Art: 1st = $100; plus Runner-up (private donors) ZW Word 2:00 pm Win $100 for three minutes work! – Details below
Launch speaker: Rob Field, director UNE Sydney; Hosts: Carol Amos, Pres of NWG Inc, and her committee; Co-ord: Sue Crawford (ed. ZW); Judges: Luke Carman (writing), Sophia Kouyoumdjian (images); ZW WORD MC: Adam Marsden; ZW Word judges: Jason Gray, Kate Brown; Guest musician: Fernando Andres.
ZW Word’s Open Mic is a friendly hour of spoken word which follows the launch at 2:15. If you have time (or know someone else who likes a turn at the mic) sign up at 2:00 pm
1st=$100 (private donor) Runner-up awards = Titles from SWEATSHOP ZW Word rules: English only, solo only, no props/singing/dancing, no lectures, all your own work, 16 years and over,THREE minutes only…
GUEST MUSICIAN: FERNANDO ANDRES
$2 entry if you haven’t already paid $10 to attend the launch.
NOTE: at both events primary school children are free entry but content is suited to 16 years and over.