On the Wallaby Track… A writing competition

The iconic painting On the Wallaby Track by Frederick McCubbin has inspired the theme for bi-lingual poet Mihaela Cristescu’s second anthology of Romanian and Australian writers. The anthology will be printed and distributed in Romania and launched in Sydney March, 2018. A wide interpretation is expected from writers: journeys of memory, time and place. Most contributors writing in English are linked to Western Sydney and are approached directly for their work. However through this competition we are inviting any Australian citizen or resident, who is a NWG Inc financial member or member of our Facebook group, to submit short prose or poetry related to the theme – On the Wallaby Track – see submission form below. The editors will select a winner to include in the print publication. The winner, like other contributors, will receive a first copy free and retain individual copyright. Prose: up to 800 words; Poetry: up to 60 lines (including empty lines between stanzas). There are no submission fees. This is a not-for-profit project supported by NEW Writers’ Group inc. DEADLINE IS 25th FEBRUARY, 2017.

Charlotte Woods in Thirroul

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Charlotte Woods Award-winning novel

Thanks to a kind offer from Wollongong Writers Festival you can win two free tickets to hear the highly praised novelist Charlotte Wood in conversation with Caroline Baum on her Stella Award winning, ‘The Natural Way of Things’ at Thirroul Saturday 18th June.The book will be on sale and Charlotte will sign copies.
For a chance to win you need to
a)share our FB post with some of your friends and
b)post to NEW Writers Group Inc FB your two line thought bubble on why we create with words.
Be quick! You have til noon on Friday 10th June.

DATE: Saturday, June 18
TIME: 3-4:30 pm
VENUE: Excelsior Hall, Thirroul Community Centre
Tickets: $20, Bookings required. 

Art Award ZineWest ’16

ZW15 Image N.Oliver

ZW15 Image N.Oliver

NEW DUE DATE: 10TH JULY.

We are calling upon visual artists 16 years and over, with a connection to Western Sydney, to enter their original art for the tenth edition of the A5 annual journal, ZineWest. ZineWest is published by NEW Writers’ Group inc and presents around thirty short works by new Western Sydney Writers.

We love to include images and seek local visual artists who enjoy collaborative projects.

All images selected for the zine will be eligible for the Best Image award of $100. We are interested in traditional and contemporary styles.The judge Sophia Kouyoumdjian (co-ordinator of Parramatta Artists Studios) sees all entries.

ZW15 Art Judge Sophia Kouyoumdjian

ZW16 Art Judge Sophia Kouyoumdjian

Past winners have been Naomi Oliver, Robert Frost and Paul Azize. Contributors receive one free copy of the zine and retain individual copyright.

The ZineWest project is supported by the Writing and Society Research Centre of WSU and the launch will be held at UNE FutureCampus, Parramatta on 8th October 2016.

Entries due 10th July, 2016. ENTRY FORM
We ask for entries to be emailed as jpg files (300 dpi). Up to three entries are welcome. Entries should be the original work of the submitting artist and created in the last 18 months and not previously won an award. There is no theme, however we ask for a few lines about the significance of each image entered. Some colour images selected will appear on the cover or in two centre pages. Other images will be printed in grayscale. There are more details about the zine and competition rules in the entry form.

ZineWest 16 Writing due 14th May

Sahtein Spread ZW15

Sahtein Spread ZW15

As at 1st May, only 13 more days to go to share those great short stories, poems and anything word-based we can reproduce in the zine!  Check WritingEntryFormZW16 for conditions.

Julie Owens, Luke Carman

Julie Owens, Luke Carman ZW15

Also we love art! Entries for images are due 26th June. See ArtEntryFormZW16 for details.

 

Cash prizes and book awards. Read more about ZineWest.

March and April 2016 News

GATHERING DATES FutureCampus, upstairs, 211 Church Street, Parramatta 3-5 pm

12th March: No meeting will be held – our venue is unavailable.
26th March: Join us for an informal session – open mic, writer’s news,”Author Report”

2nd April instead of 9th due to Campus scheduling
SPECIAL WORKSHOP – The Editor’s Nightmare – an interactive exercise where you work in a small team to decide which pieces will be published in an exciting new journal. No experience necessary – just an open mind to the writings of others.
We will follow the workshop with an Open Mic. Feel free to bring a small piece of your original work, poetry, prose – or an extract of a longer piece. You have around three minutes max!  Or you can sit back and listen!

23rd April – two topics – you can combine them if you wish. Sonnets and how we write them today, plus the themes we think of on Anzac Day. Carol Amos has a prize for best original sonnet – but you can read any short piece you like in the open mic!

 

 

ZW16 – Open for Writing Entries

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Image: Naomi Oliver

ZW15 Front cover Image: Naomi Oliver

ZineWest 2016 is now open for writing entries! Due date 14th May. ZineWest is a great home for your brilliant shorter works. Genre is open. ZW is for writers not yet trade published except in multi-author journals. We publish 30-34 writers and ten visual artists, plus ten more writers can perform at ZW WORD which follows the print zine launch. WritingEntryFormZW16

Art due 26th June ArtEntryFormZW16

First Day at FutureCampus Parramatta

Val16SC1At our first event upstairs in the Collaborative Space at FutureCampus, Parramatta, first time gatherer Malinda Rose (on left) won a prize in our Valentine’s Open Mic. On her right is NWG President, Carol Amos, Sue Crawford (one of the judges) the other winner, J. Anne DeStaic and Peter Masonwells our treasurer and on this occasion also our second judge. The scores were close for all our poets, well read, thoughtful pieces, a mix of traditional and contemporary. We also held a workshop on a fascinating poem by Sue Chamoun, who also took this picture!  For more pics see Gallery

NWG Inc’s Open Mic comp

RosesmallWe start our new year with a lot of LOVE at our new venue, FutureCampus, Parramatta. President Carol Amos will greet our regulars, new friends and campus students before inviting you to perform or just listen at an Open Mic in honour of Valentine’s Day.

You have three minutes max to tell us in prose or poetry about: The Icky, The Precious, The Disastrous, The Frankly Unbelievable or possibly The Real Thing. Check the Rules! NWGVal’sOPENMIC16 If we have time after the Open Mic we’ll hold a Readers’ Feedback Workshop – all welcome to participate.

DATE: Saturday, 13th February
TIME: Welcome: 3:00 pm; Open Mic: 3:15 pm
VENUE: FutureCampus, 211 Church Street Parramatta
Upstairs, Collaborative Space.
PRIZE FOR THE WINNER:  “The Diet Starts On Monday – finding true love will taste so sweet” by Western Sydney writer Tamar Chnorhokian

Please note, no food or drink other than water can be consumed in the Collaborative Space. There are lovely coffee shops nearby.

The next event on 27th February is very exciting. We welcome international best-selling author Kate Forsyth to talk about her writing journey and Story Structure.

New Venue for NWG Inc

FutureCampus Parramatta

FutureCampus Parramatta

In 2016, NEW Writers Group will convene at FutureCampus,
211 Church Street (upstairs).

All our regular gatherings will be held at the usual times:
Feb – Nov, 2nd and 4th Saturdays. 3-5 pm with the exception of March 12 when we will hold no gathering. ZineWest 2016 will be 8th October.

We have planned a busy year, starting in February with an open mic Valentine’s Day competition on Saturday, 13th Feb, and a special guest visit by international author Kate Forsyth on Saturday 27th Feb. We’ll post details soon.

Many thanks to campus director Rob Field and his staff for this opportunity to return to Parramatta, our home base for 14 years.

 

ZW15 Winners

Julie Owens MP

Julie Owens MP Launches ZW15

We congratulate all our contributors – as the writing judge Luke Carman said, he was presented with a strong field of thirty-four pieces selected for publication in ZW15 by the guest editors.

WRITING:  First – and Best Prose: Meg Brayshaw for Elegy; Second: Yumna Kassab for Cigarettes and Smoke; Third and Best Poem: J. Anne DeStaic for Bones. Highly Commended were: L.E. Armbruster for Sunday, Dennis J. Pale for Tappucino; Arna Radovich for Snap and Kerryn Coombes-Valeontis for Saving the World  JUDGE’S COMMENTS

Best Image: First: Naomi Oliver for Coat of Arms; Highly Commended: Robert Frost for Goodbye. This is our third year of awarding a prize for artwork. We thank everyone who sent us images. All the entries were relevant to theme – inclusion has a great deal to do with how well an image might turn out in an A5 digitally printed zine. We’re discussing having an open theme next year.

Editor’s Award: Jason Gray for Flashes This award is for an entry that at least two guest editors scored strongly and which did not win a major prize from the judge. Since that describes most of the pieces in the zine it is hard to pick.Flashes was the story which knocked loudest on the editor’s door.

ZW WORD:First:  Lauren Gibson; Second: Pamela Gray

ZW WORD OPEN MIC: First: Brian Bell; Second: Juliann Wrightson

We thank the Writing and Society Research Centre and Giramondo Publishing for their very generous co-sponsorship of these prizes. We also thank our kind anonymous donor of the Best Image Award. We are indebted to Julie Owens our supporter from the very first ZineWest and our excellent judges, Luke Carman (Writing) and Sophia Kouyoumdjian (Art).

See Gallery for more photos