Over the last twelve years, ZineWest has published around 360 short works by Western Sydney writers. You are most welcome to enter this year’s competition if you live, work, study or attend a local cultural org in Western Sydney; are 16 years or over; and haven’t yet been professionally published except in multi-author journals. Entry is free, you can offer up to three pieces, and since this is a niche comp you have an excellent chance of either being print published in the zine, or applauded at ZW Word which follows the zine launch. Entries must be your original work, not previously published in print or on-line, and not previously received an award. (ZW18 Cover Image : L. Marsden)
We are interested in all word-based work – anything we can reproduce in an A5 zine.You can discover what we’ve previously picked by looking at the ZineWest Page (includes ZW18 Judge’s commentary, YouTube link and launch photos) and the Ezine Page (Page numbers for ZW18 winning works in zine PDF).
All pieces selected by the editors for publication (notification in early June) are sent to our judge, Dr Luke Carman, who decides on the prizes: 1st = $400, 2nd and 3rd = Giramondo Titles, plus commendations. There is $100 cash prize for ZW WORD too.
Are you also a visual artist? We will post the Art Entry form in May.
Our first gathering will be held at our marvellous venue, UNE Sydney, 211 Church Street, Parramatta, on Saturday, 9th February, 3-5 pm.
Tutorial on CHARACTERISATION plus our annual Valentine’s Spoken Word Competition (book prizes). This year we want to smile, chuckle or roll in the aisles. So bonus points for humour. You have three minutes. Must be your original work! All welcome. $2 entry Fin Members free.
The next gathering is 23rd February same time and venue as above. There will be an Open Mic but first up the Editors’ Workshop – where you take the role of an editor working in a small team. The team has to make tough decisions about good pieces because space in your literary magazine is running out. Which pieces will you pick, and why? Discuss your findings. For more dates, see “About” – and keep up with latest news on our FB Group.
NEW Writers Group Inc’s annual anthology zine was launched at UNE Sydney, 211 Church Street Parramatta, on Saturday 24 November. This 14th edition brought together the traditional and the contemporary, poetry, short prose and photography. The anthology is a self-funded project for our regular attendees. The contributors included three members of the Parramatta branch of FAW – NSW. Printing was by Bullprint. Editor was SE Crawford. Photos in Gallery below were taken by our official snappers: Siham Chamoun and Mihaela Cristescu.
Group (S. Chamoun)
NWG Inc’s leader Carol Amos at the AGM
FAW Parramatta Pres. Lyn Leerson
Sue showed photos of past NWG Inc projects
Poet Peter Cartwright
Sue Crawford (editor)
Norm Fairbairn read his own poem and also one by J. Anne DeStaic
Left cover (M.Cristescu) Right cover (S. Chamoun)
Loredana Tudor-Tomescu, Mihaela Cristescu
Gavin Hawke read his poetry
Dorian Stoielescu and Belinda Curby won the door prizes – Tanka Poems – Eucalypt Magazine
Norm Fairbairn won the chocolates!
Helen Stevenson read an extract of a story by Lisel Herrmann
Gallery ZW18 Writing – Judge: Luke Carman
First place and Best Prose: Annie XY Zhang for A Bush, Barely Burning
Second Place: Wafa Kulsoom Khan for The Plan
Third place and Best Poem: Danny Draper for Was That You?
Highly Commended: Michele Freeman for I Guess You Call Us Westies (Comic) and Kate Brown for Share If You Agree (poem)
Editors’ Award: Peter Cartwright for The Twenty Year Affair (poem)
Art – Judge: Sophia Kouyoumdjian
Best Image Award: Micha Salloum for SkyLight (photo)
Runner-up: Dona Samson Zappone for Sunprint Landscape
ZineWest WORD – Open Mic Judges: Jason Gray and Kate Brown
First Place: Loredana Tudor-Tomescu
Runner-up: Dorian Stoilescu
Writing first place award of $400 was co-sponsored by the Writing and Society Research Centre, WSU. Book prizes were from Giramondo Publishing. Door prize titles Giramondo and Sweatshop.
Cash prizes for Art and ZW Word – private donors plus book for runner-up from Sweatshop
What has changed in 2018?
We hope we’ve found a way to continue this lovely little journal which has included some great writing and images over the years:
• We have reduced the financial membership fee to $35 which means there will be no automatic inclusion of a free Anthology.
• Regular gatherers as well as financial members are invited to enter.
• We ask all entrants to pay $10 in advance for their first copy and indicate they are happy to purchase at least one further copy to share everyone’s talent.
It is a wonderful challenge to select a publication list for ZineWest. Some pieces that did not go on the list had verve and relevance, so as always we hope those writers will present their entries at ZineWest WORD which follows the print zine launch – details below. But first the list:
ZINEWEST PUBLICATION LIST 2018
Frances Gia Phung An – Using The Toilet
C.A. Broadribb – Moon, Peace, Between
Kate Brown – Share If You Agree
Peter Cartwright – The Twenty Year Affair
Victoria Cartwright – Fresh
Danielle Catherine – Murder in a Westfield Parramatta Cinema
Lindy Courtney – The Masterpiece
Terry Dingwall – Photos
Danny Draper – Was That You
Alexander Donoghue – Shoal Craft
Robert Dunn – Sunkissed
Eric Esber – Yesterday
Norm Fairbairn – Just One Time
Fayroze – Let’s Start Again
Damian Fedele – Western Arguments
Michele Freeman – I Guess You Call Us Westies
Sian Furniss – Him
Jason Gray – Bad, Boy + Honor
Nix Hamilton – Unbearable Tunes
Lisel Herrmann – Snowflakes
Wafa Kulsoom Khan – The Plan
Sime Knezevic – Airflow
Morgana Ladrina – Haunted Ontologies of Desire
Peter Lewis – The Reassignment
Zena Maghchouch – The War Within
Jo Mularczyk – The Day the Technology Stopped
Kathryn Neto – Extrude
Paul O’Loughlin – Focus
Michaela Simoni – The Closing Ceremony
Dannielle Viera – The Tree
Dona Samson Zappone – Grandma’s Lament
Annie XY Zhang – A Bush Barely Burning
ZINEWEST LAUNCH SATURDAY, 13th OCTOBER
UNE Sydney, 232 Church Street, Parramatta
(opposite campus reception at 211)
11:30 am Finger food, drinks
Noon-1:30 pm Readings Prizes Giant Raffle
Chat, more food, photos…
Entry: $10; Zine: $10. Copies can be mailed – small postage fee applies.
We hope to offer first copy free to all writers and artists included in the zine.
ZW WORD follows at 2:15 pm with some great pieces!
Invite your friends to go in the Open mic or try it yourself…
$2 entry unless you’ve already paid for launch entry
LE Armbruster won ZW17 – who will win $400 in 2018? We want to read your best short works of prose, poetry, drama, cartoon. You need to be at least 16 years old and not yet had a sole author trade publication. ZineWest gives you a great chance of being print published or invited to ZW Word – a spoken word comp with prizes. If you are an artist, we’d love to hear from you too – we publish art by around 10 visual artists in the zine.
Writing due 27 May, 2018
Art due June, 23 June, 2018
English works for the bi-lingual anthology Between Dusk and Dawn: We have received a good quota of entries in English from our talented colleagues in Western Sydney. We now invite writers from NSW or elsewhere in Australia to contribute short poems (up to approx 60 lines) and stories (up to approx 800 words). Due date is 10th January, 2018. Diverse responses to the theme Between Dusk and Dawn are welcome. If the writer holds copyright, recently published works are eligible. This is the third in a series produced by Mihaela Cristescu. The second in this series (On the Wallaby Track) will be launched on 24th March at the NSW State Library. PermissionForm_BetweenD&D
Mihaela Cristescu (centre) Carol Amos (left) and Sue Crawford
UNE FutureCampus students are invited to offer short short prose (max approx 800 words or poetry (max approx 60 lines including spaces) to NEW Writers Group Inc for Mihaela Cristescu’s third Romanian/Australian anthology. Western Sydney writers are also eligible to enter – use the contact form below.