We are delighted to advise that after the usual tussle the ZW team selected 29 works for ZW2020. We are always short on space and hope to hear more entries read at ZW WORD following the print zine launch. All the pieces below are seen by the judge, Dr. Luke Carman. His award decisions are announced at the launch. (Due to Covid we are waiting on a date.)
Congratulations to the writers listed: Raqiya Ahmed – Colour the Crescent Shobna Arumugam – King of Kings C.A. Broadribb – Whoever’s Counting Has to be Loud Katelyn Brunner – Eighteen Peter Cartwright – Bi@19 Dianne Cikusa – An Ending and a Beginning Neil Collis – Sanctuary Danny Draper – Open Road Marie Dustmann – Shape-shifting Norm Fairbairn – To My Father’s House They Came Matilda Hart – Magic Deck Lisel Herrmann – A Day that Sparkled and Shone Smaranda Kafka – The Perfect Candidate Myra Koch – Bench on the Beach Nicole Lenoir-Jourdan – Witch Sliver Louise Loomes – The Still Point Ana Rose – Two-Way Window Erin Middleton – My Body Stands in the Mirror Alison Miller – Drooping Rose Jo Mularczyk – Behind the Veil Denise Newton – In the Pool May Ngo – Edouard Louis Anastasia Pavlovic – In Search of Sanctuary Arna Radovich – Last Breath Christopher Sammut – Rats Michaela Simoni – A New Canvas Nathan Smith – The New Frontier of Literature Dorian Stoilescu – The Insomnias of Summer Dannielle Viera – The Ring
ZineWest 2020 Selection Team: S.E. Crawford, Mihaela Cristescu, Rob Dunn, Lyn Leerson (FAW), Jacqui de Staic, Ruth Wyer . Comp Secretary: Carol Amos
Next NWG Inc Zoom Gatherings are Saturdays 13 and 27 June. We will schedule one at 3pm and one at 4pm. (Free zoom meetings last 40 minutes) Financial members will be emailed but any Sydney writer 16 years or over is welcome to ask for an invitation. Short readings from your original works plus a discussion on authenticity. We usually believe we’re genuine, but how do we convince the reader/listener … Chaired by Carol Amos
ArtEntryForm_ZW2020 ZineWest loves to include art from creatives (with a Western Sydney connection) in the print zine. Unlike the writing entries, art can be previously published or exhibited (but not won a prize). Created in the last 18 months and suitable for an A5 (Portrait) digitally printed zine. Free entry, offer up to 3 works, first prize: $100 Judge sees all entries.
Due Date: 5 July Our printer asks for 300 dpi please. See below the winning image by Marina Robins in ZineWest 2019. Go to ZineWest Page for pdf of full zine
Our ZineWest judge is author and lecturer Dr Luke Carman. All the entries selected for publication by the NWG Inc panel are forwarded to Luke who nominates the following prizes: 1st $400; 2nd and 3rd Giramondo titles; Best poem, Best prose, Highly Commendeds. Read Luke’s commentary from last year in pdf format ZW19_Judge’sReview_LukeCarman
We hope your are enduring this tough period and that you have time to send us your wonderful short works – poetry prose cartoon/comic. Due date: 10th May See ENTRY FORM for eligibility, word limits and prize details! If you click on ZineWest in the menu you can find pdfs of earlier editions. Co-sponsored by Writing and Society Research Centre WSU
Corona’s difficult challenge timed with our annual reflection on writing in all circumstances. In our POP UP ZINE we hope to publish a lovely motley of pieces: humour, people’s useful opinions on other people’s writing, timely poems, images from nature … We have started with Mihaela Cristescu’s poem From Upstairs The opening stanza seemed a good place to start.
New Writers Group Inc will carry on – on-line! If you attend the Parramatta gatherings please note we are not meeting again in March or April. We will review May and later dates in accordance with subsequent advice. We plan to publish some work in a pop-up online zine. Details soon.
ZineWest 2020 is OPEN! ZineWest is an annual competition and journal for new writers, 16 years and over, with a strong Western Sydney connection. We welcome any word-based creative work we can reproduce. (NB but this year we are declining work written for the under 16’s.) Free entry, up to three pieces. Deadline is 10 May, 2020. WritingEntryForm_ZW2020
This is our fourteenth year. A good number of our past entrants have graduated to trade publication and we hope the same for all writers who entrust their work to us. We print publish around 30 writers and ten visual artists, plus a further ten writers are invited to present their work at an Open Mic comp. We welcome a range of styles and subjects. ZW is a good place for those shorter works not necessarily suited to a bigger competition. All works selected for print publication are forwarded to the judge, Luke Carman (An Elegant Young Man, Intimate Antipathies). Prizes include $400 (first place) and Giramondo Titles. We look forward to reading your work! NB The art entry form will be available in May.
February: How to please the reader was our first topic this year. Do our reactions as readers help us write better for our imagined fans? What techniques/topics/style do we admire? We agreed that personal opinion isn’t easy to corral.
Mihaela Cristescu and Norm Fairbairn received book awards: This Little Red Thing and Bent not Broken for reading their poetry in tribute to Valentine. Titles courtesy of SWEATSHOP See photo below.
Our second gathering for 2020, was a mock editing panel where each group had to decide between three good, but rather different pieces, for the one remaining space in an earnest new journal. It proved what we all know, that given a different editing/selection team, you will get different answers!
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!