Welcome to NWG Inc 2019

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.

NWG Inc Anthology 2018

Photo: Siham Chamoun

 

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.

ZineWest 2018 Awards

Writing First Place ZW18 – Annie XY Zhang

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

New Writers’ Group Inc Anthology

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.

For details of submitting your work : NWGIncAnth2018_EntryFormandGuidelines

ZineWest 2018 Publication List

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
(32 writers)
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

ZineWest 2018 Open for entries

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

WritingEntryForm_ZW18
ArtEntryForm_ZW18

English works for Romanian/Australian Anthology

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.
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Mihaela Cristescu (centre) Carol Amos (left) and Sue Crawford

Between Dusk and Dawn

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.

 

ZineWestWord 2017

After the ZW17 launch, we enjoy some spoken word. Here’s our Open Mic winner looking a bit concerned about her “bleeps” Kathryn Yuen!

 

 

 

One of the many runners-up:    C.A. Broadribb

 

 

 

Sue Crawford and Carol Amos outmatched by the competitors

The judges failed to pick a “second”. All too good.

ZineWest 2017 Launch

Director of UNE FutureCampus, Rob Field, launched ZineWest 17 on 8th October. Rob shared a glimpse into his history as a member of a very large family. It seems that being surrounded by individuals with diverse gifts and challenges, was like attending a school for empathy and communication. Rob sees openness to the ideas and experience of others as commonsense, however it is a commitment to his own ideas and strengths that has shaped his career. He urged us to have the same confidence to develop our personal talents and insights when creating our writing and art.

Luke Carman, our writing judge, commented on  every writing piece in this year’s ZineWest – a rarity in the world of competitions. We hope to post a copy of his notes for the benefit of those writers who couldn’t attend. Luke (as expected) also officiated at the crazy raffle finale.

Writing awards were co-sponsored by The Writing and Society Research Centre, WSU, including book titles from Giramondo Publishing  (see writing award list below  images). Art and Spoken Word awards were supported by private donors. The Editor’s award (The Big Black Thing) was donated by SWEATSHOP. Our venue was provided free of hire charge by UNE FutureCampus. Sahtein Lebanese Feasts was the keynote of lunch. List of writing winners is below the images.

Best Image: Zena Maghchouch: They, I, Us – Dissociative Identity Disorder “…a raw illustration of its sufferers and their suffering…” 

 

 

 

 

Best Image: Runner-up: fayroze – Self Portrait composed of the artist’s original texts.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our art judge who selected all the included images was Sophia Kouyoumdjian, co-ordinator of the Parramatta Artists Studios.

WRITING AWARDS: First Place and Best Prose: LE Armbruster; Second Place and Best Poem: Norm Fairbairn; Third Place: Loredana Tudor-Tomescu; Commendations: Kirsten Oakley, Morgana Ladrina, fayroze, CA Broadribb. Editor’s Award: Kate Brown. Note: All pieces included in the zine were selected by editor SE Crawford and the guest editors: Lyn Leerson, Ruth Wyer, J. Anne deStaic and Mihaela Cristescu. The works to be published are sent to the writing judge to determine the prizes. The winning works will be posted to the ezine by January, 2018.