NWG Inc in 2022

Photo: Mihaela Cristescu

NEW Writers’ Group Inc will soon be back at work!  In January the committee will draw up a calendar for 2022. No onsite venue yet, but the following events and projects are decided:

  • Our first gathering will be on Zoom in February, date to be confirmed.
  • ZineWest will open for entries from 1st March and be launched in October.
  • Romanian/Australian Anthology (Stay a While) launch is 12 March at the State Library of NSW. 
  • Writing projects for our regular anthologists and other Western Sydney creatives are being discussed.
  • The FB page Writing Parramatta will continue. We have a backlog of Q&A’s to post and will seek more from local artists and writers.
  • Gatherings – whether on zoom or onsite – will be held at least once a month for open mic, workshops and tutorials.
  • In the monthly sessions we plan to include short Q&A’s with individual writers.
  • We will run additional sessions with a specific focus – details to come. 

Writing Parramatta Spotlight

NEW Writers Group Inc secretary, Mihaela Cristescu chatted on 17 November, to Jim Taggart and Darryn Cape-Davis, on Spotlight, Alive 90.5 about our Writing Parramatta project. Jim and Darryn read poems by Marina Robins, The Tropics888 and Peter Cartwright.  Mihaela brought to the studio a Covid-delayed birthday cake to celebrate the first year of the show!
Listen to the podcast here 

 

Image: Reflections by Marina Robins won Best Image Award in WP21.

ZineWest 2021 Awards

Thanks to all the contributors who created the 15th edition of ZineWest. Copies available at our shop. If you have a piece published in ZW21, select a product that includes your free copy.

Awards announced at the Zoom launch, 16th October: 

ART – Judge Elizabeth Chang, Curator and Artist Development, Parramatta Artists Studios

BEST IMAGE AWARD: SANDRA BORRI for Galah
RUNNER-UP: ERIN MACNAUGHT for Hands #1

WRITING – Judge Luke Carman, author and lecturer, Writing and Society Research Centre WSU

FIRST Place and Best Prose: CHRISTOPHER SAMMUT for Breathe
SECOND place and Best Poem: PETER CARTWRIGHT for The Time
THIRD place GENEVA VALEK for The Rat (prose)

HIGHLY COMMENDED –
MYRA KOCH for Piano for Sale (prose)
NORM FAIRBAIRN for On the Lake (poem)
JO MULARCZYK for Lies of Love (prose)

EDITORS’ AWARD
PETE SHMIGEL for Geronimo’s Daybreak

Image: Christopher Sammut



ZineWest 2021 Launch

SATURDAY 16TH OCTOBER 2021 
3-4:30 ZOOM – Readings, Awards with Elizabeth Chang and Luke Carman

In 2022 we hope to add back in – food and giant book raffle!

Our cover features Galah, by one of our contributing artists, Sandra Borri.  Poems, stories, images and a little reminiscence re 15 years of finding interesting and diverse creativity in Western Sydney. More info @

ZineWest 2021 Launch

Elizabeth Chang, Art Judge, and Luke Carman, Writing Judge: Fifteenth edition of ZineWest

Zoom: Saturday, 16th October, 2021, 3-5pm – details below.

AWARDS – winners are not notified prior to the launch.
 
Writing:
A generous supporter has donated cash prizes for 2nd & 3rd place.
 
  • First Place = $400  (Co-sponsor Writing & Society Research Centre WSU)
  • Second Place = $300 (Private donor)
  • Third Place = $200 (Private donor)
  • Highly commended writers will receive book awards (Giramondo, Sweatshop, private donors)
  • Editor’s Award: Book prize (Giramondo)
Images
  • Best Image = $100 (private donor)
  • Runners up = Book prizes

NB Award winners are not notified prior to the launch.

LAUNCH DETAILS – Zoom link available early October.
 
  • Opening: Carol Amos, President NWG Inc 
  • Artwork – Comments and awards: Liz Chang 
  • Writing – Comments and awards: Luke Carman
  • Readings
  • Editors’ writing award

Free entry. Copies: $15. Sales online due to Covid.
Contributors’ first copies are free, but we will need to recoup postage.

ZineWest 2021 is part of the Writing Parramatta 2021 project which has been supported by a City of Parramatta Creative Economy Grant.

Felicity Castagna

Publishing Workshop with Felicity Castagna
 
Zoom
7th August, 2021, 3-5 pm
More info contact
 
 
 
“Felicity Castagna is a Lecturer in Creative Writing at the Writing and Society Research Centre, Western Sydney University. She publishes essays on home, suburbia, site-responsive art making and Australian literature and has a particular interest in collaborative and community- based art practice as well as the methodology of teaching creative practice. Her creative non-fiction and critical responses to literature and art are published both here and internationally on platforms such as The Sydney Review of Books, Electric Literature, LitHub, The Griffith Review and ABC radio and television.

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Writing Parramatta 2021

We are looking for your stories, memories and images of Parramatta, CBD and LGA, for online publication. You need to be 16 years or over and have a strong connection to Parramatta. Due 31st August. ENTRY FORM

 

 

ZineWest 2021 Publication List

Thank you to all the writers who sent work. Some entries needed a little more editing than our rules allow, but they matched the competition standard of energy, ideas and desire to communicate. If you entered this competition and have not received an email, please let us know. The launch will be in October, details to be finalised. Prizes are announced at the launch. Judge is Luke Carman.

ZineWest 2021 has been supported by a City of Parramatta Council Creative Economy Grant.

Don’t forget we are looking for Art Entries! Due 11th July.

ZW21 Publication List

Raqiya AHMED “Let Go and Give”

C.A. BROADRIBB “Three Good Whiffs”

Katelyn BRUNNER “Creative Writing Class: A Guide…”

Peter CARTWRIGHT “The Time”

Victoria CARTWRIGHT “Landing Station”

Neil COLLIS “Villanella”

Marie DUSTMANN “Mystery Birds”

Norm FAIRBAIRN “On the Lake”

Nix HAMILTON “Obviously Dead”

Alicia JONES “Covid Haiku”

Matilda HART “Meat Market/Modern Love”

Lisel HERRMANN “Associations with Parramatta”

Myra KOCH “Piano for Sale”

Ilona KRUEGER “Beyond the Grim Mash”

Harold LEGASPI “Kabayo”

Artelle LENTHALL “The Making of Bella Pappas”

Louise LOOMES “Mrs Kin Goes to Church”

Jo MULARCZYK “Lies of Love”

Amanda NASSIF “A Crack in the Parramatta Sky”

Denise NEWTON “Justice”

Katharine POLLOCK “Girl Talk”

Arna RADOVICH “Meeting Magda”

Christopher SAMMUT “Breathe”

Pete SHMIGEL “Geronimo’s Day Break”

Akshaya SIVAKUMAR “Kolam”

Geneva VALEK “The Rat”

Dannielle VIERA “Stockings, Stings and Sympathy”

ZineWest 21 Art

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.