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
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.
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
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
Our ZineWest judge is author and lecturer Dr Luke Carman. All the entries selected for publication by the NWG Inc panel are forwarded to Luke who nominates the following prizes: 1st $400; 2nd and 3rd Giramondo titles; Best poem, Best prose, Highly Commendeds. Read Luke’s commentary from last year in pdf format ZW19_Judge’sReview_LukeCarman
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
Corona’s difficult challenge timed with our annual reflection on writing in all circumstances. In our POP UP ZINE we hope to publish a lovely motley of pieces: humour, people’s useful opinions on other people’s writing, timely poems, images from nature … We have started with Mihaela Cristescu’s poem From Upstairs The opening stanza seemed a good place to start.