Liz Chang is our art judge for ZineWest! Your entries are due 11th July, 2021. ZW21ArtEntryForm We love artworks in our annual ZineWest publication and look forward to your entries.
You are eligible if 16 years and over with a strong connection to Western Sydney. Best Image $100 plus book awards More details see ZineWest page
Liz Chang is Curator and Artist Development at Parramatta Artists’ Studios (PAS) and has years of experience working in Western Sydney. She specialises in commissioning new works for unconventional exhibition spaces and developing meaningful engagement programs for artists and communities. Notable projects include the inaugural Movers and Makers and permanent public art projects in Shanghai, Shenzhen and Chengdu, China.
She was previously Curator at Urban Art Projects, Shanghai; Programs Officer at PAS and worked at the Art Gallery of New South Wales and Lindy Lee Studio.
SECOND CITY is a collection of essays by Western Sydney writers published by the Sydney Review of Books, from the Writing and Society Research Centre at Western Sydney University, and edited by Luke Carman and Catriona Menzies-Pike.
In the introductory essay, On Agon in The Area, Luke Carman speaks of the tides of critical interest in literature from the Western suburbs of Sydney, what we judge as cliche, what is received as memorable, and the people who help fund the future riches of talent. Among the new and diverse voices of Western Sydney,
“…other unexpected outbreaks in the literary landscape occur on a regular basis; the postmodern poet Mihaela Cristescu, for instance, continues to publish her never-ending Romanian-Australian series of anthologies, marrying the English works of writers from Western Sydney, to Romanian writers in a truly unexpected poly-lingual bond, celebrated every year at the State Library, with all the fanfare and passionate solemnity of an offer to Apollo.”
Mihaela Cristescu (Secretary NWG Inc) is at Code-Mixing Poetry. Her latest Rom/Aus anthology is 9000 Miles Away co-edited by S.E Crawford and supported by NEW Writers Group Inc and the State Library of NSW. Her latest poetry collection is The Way You Dare – See Luke Carman’s Review
Saturday, 1st May 3:00-5:00 pm Creative Writing with author and academic Luke Carman. Email for a Zoom link. This is a Writing Parramatta 2021 event supported by a City of Parramatta Creative Economy Grant.
Luke will comment on a few pieces by attendees as part of the workshop. You are welcome to send a short work or excerpt of your original writing (max 800 words prose or one poem) to our email address, see above, by 24th April. (Don’t send work you intend to submit to ZineWest 2021 – Luke is the judge!).
2021 marks our fifteenth year of publishing new writers from Western Sydney. Contributors include people who live, work or study in WS and also people who belong to a WS cultural organisation. We include around 30 writers in the print zine. You need to be 16 years or over and your entries not previously published in hard copy or online. WRITING ENTRY FORMEntries due 16th May, 2021 1st = $400 plus book awards
ART ENTRY FORM Entries due 11th July, 1st = $100 plus book award We also publish around ten visual artists with a connection to Western Sydney. Work is still eligible if previously published but not if won an award.)
ZineWest 2021 is supported by a City of Parramatta Creative Economy Grant.
You are a member of a panel selecting work for a new journal… This workshop puts a simple question: Three good pieces. One space left. Which piece will your panel publish?
Click on this download for the WORKSHOP SHEET which includes the three pieces.
We will also recap a few points from Felicity Castagna’s 13th Feb workshop on the form and shape of our writing. Plus Open Mic – 2 mins max of your original work. (NB don’t bring pieces intended for ZW21 – editors might be present.
Saturday, 27th February, 2021, 3-5 pm Zoom. Email us at to request a Zoom Link.
We are very happy to announce that our Ezine edition focusing on Parramatta city and suburbs is ready to receive entries. This edition is part of the Writing Parramatta 2021 project supported by a City of Parramatta Creative Economy Grant.
BOOK AWARDS will be announced later in the year for written entries and images.
WritingParramatta2021_EntryForm In brief if you have a strong connection to Parramatta, and are 16 years or older, you are welcome to send us poetry, prose and images that reference the area. Your connection might be as a resident, worker, student or perhaps a frequent visitor. Feel free to contact us (see email on form) if you need clarification.
First round of entries closes 31st May, 2021. The editors look forward to your entries.
NEW Writers Group Inc is grateful for the interest and encouragement shown to Parramatta writers, and to our colleagues in Western Sydney, through the support of our project, Writing Parramatta 2021, by a City of ParramattaCouncil Creative Economy Grant. More details soon. Carol Amos, President NWG Inc.
We always said the the POP UP ZINE (PUZ) was not a competition but that we might hand out a book award to one or two writers: Here they are:
PROSE AND POETRY Award: Matilda Hart with special mentions of Laila Nawsheen and C.A. Broadribb. Selectors were Sue Crawford, editor ZineWest, Rob Dunn, ZW selector and Carol Amos, NWG Inc President. As editor of PUZ I’d like to say how good the entries were and how different from each other, which adds dimension to this small collection and book awards harder to nominate.
HAIKU Award: Robyn Braithwaite (and bravo to the writers new to haiku). We outsourced this decision to haiku experts, asking for a nomination of best suite of haiku and nomination of an individual poem. Quendryth Young and Nathalie Buckland independently came to the same conclusion. See Nathalie’s comment. It’s a mini lesson in itself.
Nathalie Buckland’s comment on best haiku (by Robyn Braithwaite)
another spring raindrops on the road make perfect circles
“The scene is set in line 1 with a seasonal word, as so often in traditional haiku. This forms one important part of the haiku, from which the next two lines juxtapose meaningfully. Rain is significant in the Australian Spring, aiding new growth and replenishing waterways and dams. The reader can clearly picture the rain falling on puddles. However line 3 adds for me a significant element, the constant rotation of the seasons year after year, echoing the first word ‘another’. We take for granted the fact that Winter has given way to Spring, it is nothing remarkable, but this made me pause and appreciate our seasonal patterns. For me this is a gentle but meaningful haiku, and my first choice.”
We are delighted to bring together members of NWG Inc and friends in a 2020 Anthology. Due to a very tight budget this year, C.A. Broadribb has prepared a zine similar to past printed editions that is available as a free pdf.NWG Inc Anthology 2020 will be uploaded to the National Library of Australia as part of our ISSN 2201-2699 series. There will be readings from the anthology at a zoom meeting on Saturday, 12 December. Contact us if you’d like to attend. The pdf will be moved to the ezine shortly. Cover image by Dannielle Viera.