Editors’ Workshop 27th Feb, 2021

You are a member of a panel selecting work for a new journal…
This workshop puts a simple question:
Three good pieces. One space left. Which piece will your panel publish?

Click on this download for the WORKSHOP SHEET which includes the three pieces.

We will also recap a few points from Felicity Castagna’s 13th Feb workshop on the form and shape of our writing. Plus Open Mic – 2 mins max of your original work. (NB don’t bring pieces intended for ZW21 – editors might be present.

Saturday, 27th February, 2021, 3-5 pm Zoom.  Email us at to request a Zoom Link. 

Mihaela Cristescu

 

NWG Inc’s Ezine 2021 – Parramatta

We are very happy to announce that our Ezine edition focusing on Parramatta city and suburbs is ready to receive entries. This edition is part of the Writing Parramatta 2021 project supported by a City of Parramatta Creative Economy Grant.

BOOK AWARDS will be announced later in the year for written entries and images.

WritingParramatta2021_EntryForm In brief if you have a strong connection to Parramatta, and are 16 years or older, you are welcome to send us poetry, prose and images that reference the area. Your connection might be as a resident, worker, student or perhaps a frequent visitor. Feel free to contact us (see email on form) if you need clarification.

First round of entries closes 31st May, 2021. The editors look forward to your entries.

Photo: Mihaela Cristescu

Writing Parramatta 2021

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 Parramatta Council Creative Economy Grant.  More details soon. Carol Amos, President NWG Inc.

POP UP Zine book awards

We always said the the POP UP ZINE (PUZ) was not a competition but that we might hand out a book award to one or two writers: Here they are:

PROSE AND POETRY Award: Matilda Hart with special mentions of Laila Nawsheen and C.A. Broadribb.  Selectors were Sue Crawford, editor ZineWest, Rob Dunn, ZW selector and Carol Amos, NWG Inc President. As editor of PUZ I’d like to say how good the entries were and how different from each other, which adds dimension to this small collection and book awards harder to nominate.

HAIKU Award: Robyn Braithwaite (and bravo to the writers new to haiku).
We outsourced this decision to haiku experts, asking for a nomination of best suite of haiku and nomination of an individual poem. Quendryth Young and Nathalie Buckland independently came to the same conclusion. See Nathalie’s comment. It’s a mini lesson in itself.

Nathalie Buckland’s comment on best haiku (by Robyn Braithwaite)

another spring
raindrops on the road
make perfect circles

“The scene is set in line 1 with a seasonal word, as so often in traditional haiku. This forms one important part of the haiku, from which the next two lines juxtapose meaningfully.
Rain is significant in the Australian Spring, aiding new growth and replenishing waterways and dams. The reader can clearly picture the rain falling on puddles. However line 3 adds for me a significant element, the constant rotation of the seasons year after year, echoing the first word ‘another’.  We take for granted the fact that Winter has given way to Spring, it is nothing remarkable, but this made me pause and appreciate our seasonal patterns.
For me this is a gentle but meaningful haiku, and my first choice.”

NWG Inc Members’ Anthology 2020

We are delighted to bring together members of NWG Inc and friends in a 2020 Anthology. Due to a very tight budget this year, C.A. Broadribb has prepared a zine similar to past printed editions that is available as a free pdf. NWG Inc Anthology 2020 will be uploaded to the National Library of Australia as part of our ISSN  2201-2699 series. There will be readings from the anthology at a zoom meeting on Saturday, 12 December. Contact us if you’d like to attend. The pdf will be moved to the ezine shortly.  Cover image by Dannielle Viera.

 

ZineWest 2020 – Award List

Congratulations to all our contributors for putting together another memorable collection of writing and art from Western Sydney. The award winners are:

ART AWARDS – JUDGE, SOPHIA KOUYOUMDJIAN, Director of Parramatta Artists Studios

Best Image: $100 – Erin Macnaught 
Runner-up: Giramondo title – Marina Robins

WRITING AWARDS – JUDGE, LUKE CARMAN, Author and lecturer WSU

1st Prize $400 – Arna Radovich for Last Breath 
2nd Prize $300 – Louise Loomes for The Still Point
3rd Prize $200 – Matilda Hart for Magic Deck

Highly Commended: Awards – Giramondo titles
Peter Cartwright for Bi@19
Erin Middleton for My Body Stands in the Mirror
Dorian Stoilescu for The Insomnias of Summer

Editor’s Award: Giramondo Title – Raqiya Ahmed for Colour the Crescent

ZineWest Shop

 Thanks to everyone who has used our NEW 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.

Getting published …

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)

 

 

 

ZineWest 2020 Launch

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


For five or more copies ask for a postage quote:


Order at our Shop 

ZINE Items availablePRICE
1 Free copy $5 (postage)
1 Free copy + 1 bought $15$20 (includes $5 postage)
Two bought @$15$35 (includes $5 postage)

Cover images: Front: Michaela Simoni  Back: Angela-Ana Pavlovic

What we’re publishing atm

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

Lake Parramatta