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. You need to be 16 years or over and your entries not previously published in hard copy or online.
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.
Thanks to everyone who has used ourNEW 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
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
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
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
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.