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 Parramatta Council Creative Economy Grant. More details soon. Carol Amos, President NWG Inc.
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)
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.
Congratulations to all our contributors for putting together another memorable collection of writing and art from Western Sydney. The award winners are:
ART AWARDS – JUDGE, SOPHIA KOUYOUMDJIAN, Director of Parramatta Artists Studios
Best Image: $100 – Erin Macnaught
Runner-up: Giramondo title – Marina Robins
WRITING AWARDS – JUDGE, LUKE CARMAN, Author and lecturer WSU
1st Prize $400 – Arna Radovich for Last Breath
2nd Prize $300 – Louise Loomes for The Still Point
3rd Prize $200 – Matilda Hart for Magic Deck
Highly Commended: Awards – Giramondo titles
Peter Cartwright for Bi@19
Erin Middleton for My Body Stands in the Mirror
Dorian Stoilescu for The Insomnias of Summer
Editor’s Award: Giramondo Title – Raqiya Ahmed for Colour the Crescent
Thanks to everyone who has used our NEW SHOP to purchase copies of ZineWest 2020. Please order very soon if you want a copy in time for the launch on Saturday 28th November. Any delivery issues please let us know. ZW2020 sells for $15 plus postage. Contributors’ first copy is free plus $5 for posting.
Planning your writing in 2021? We consulted our ZineWest colleague, Jo Mularczyk, who has been published in a variety of journals, print and online.
The sources Jo uses to find submission calls include Australian Writers’ Centre, Writing NSW, WOW (Women in Writing) and Buzz Words (for children’s writers). “It is worth following publishers and magazines on social media or joining a facebook group for the specific genre you are interested in. Another tip is to follow the social media pages of other emerging authors so you can learn where they are being published. I often enter competitions which offer placement in an anthology or magazine.”
We’ve picked three of Jo’s suggestions for you to explore if you wish. NB These are not recommendations, however – always check for yourself! We will add more on FB.
AUSSIE SPECULATIVE FICTION – Australian/New Zealand “… a community of Australian readers and writers of speculative fiction, particularly aimed at supporting Indie writers.”
FICTION FACTORY – Uk based, open to international writers using English. Current short story up to 3000 words closes 30th November, 2020
BOORANGA Writers Centre fourW Anthology Australian and International
Associated prizes: Best Story, Best Poem. Entries due 30 June. This is a very popular and established anthology and competition. (Charles Sturt University)
Launch date for ZW2020, Saturday 28 November, 11 am on Zoom
Program: Writing and Art awards plus readings and Luke Carman’s report!
Launch will finish around 12:30 pm
Prizes – Writing: Judge Luke Carman
1st Prize is as previously stated $400
Due to a generous donor we now have cash prizes for 2nd: $300 and 3rd: $200
This means we can offer Giramondo titles to the highly commended writers
Best Prose and Best Poem – certificates
Editor’s award – Giramondo title
Prizes – Art: Judge Sophia Kouyoumdjian
Best Image: $100, runner-up: Book
NB We don’t advise awards ahead of the launch.
Obtaining your ZW2020 copies $15
Contributors’ first copy is free plus postage
For five or more copies ask for a postage quote:
|ZINE Items available||PRICE|
|1 Free copy||$5 (postage)|
|1 Free copy + 1 bought $15||$20 (includes $5 postage)|
|Two bought @$15||$35 (includes $5 postage)|
Cover images: Front: Michaela Simoni Back: Angela-Ana Pavlovic
ZineWest 2020 will soon go to the printers, and in September we gather works for our in-house anthology from NWG Inc members and Western Sydney colleagues. Pop Up Zine takes a break with two exceptions:
Haiku: we’d like to see more from Western Sydney writers – but all Australians welcome. Send up to ten and we select up to five. Haiku Entry Form
Reflections on childhood stories: Your brief adult reflection (500 words max) on a story of your childhood that had lasting impact. Artelle Lenthall has started us with a positive comment but we expect a range of responses. Artelle has also supplied an illustration but we usually assign a random, peaceful image.) PUZ Entry Form
Our 2020 Members Anthology is now open! Since 2005 we have published a print anthology, but finances are tighter in this Covid-19 year and we will publish the digital file only. However, it does mean we can have colour images throughout, not just on the cover. NB All our zines are uploaded to National Edeposit.
Free entry for members; $10 admin fee for invited non-members.
We are looking for short prose (up to 800 words) poems (up to 60 lines) Short drama or comic/cartoon are welcome also. Plus we include focused images that reproduce well on an A5 page.
For more details
Due date is 30 September, 2020
Editors: C. A. Broadribb; S.E. Crawford
Image – Last year’s cover
Image by Dannielle Viera
Introducing WARRANT MAGAZINE and its founder, Holly Blackmore
Holly Blackmore is a “weaver of words and experience”. She founded Warrant Magazine as a sustainable and accessible platform for young AUS/NZ creatives over two years ago.
NEW Writers Group Inc and Code-Mixing Poetry shared a table with Holly and Warrant at the 2019 MCA Zine Fair in Sydney. Today, ZineWest editor, Sue Crawford, is catching up with a few leading questions…
As “a community of conscious travelers and creatives” what do you and your contributors most want from WARRANT?
The central purpose of WARRANT is to form a community of young creatives across Australia and New Zealand. There is so much depth, variety and raw talent to be discovered in our own backyard. Collectively, I think we want to explore how to make sense of an evolving world through creative means. Employing artistic mediums to connect with ourselves and one another. READ MORE