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.
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)
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.”
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.
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
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.
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:
|ZINE Items available||PRICE|
|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
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.
For more details
Due date is 30 September, 2020
Editors: C. A. Broadribb; S.E. Crawford
Image – Last year’s cover
Image by Dannielle Viera
Next NWG Inc Zoom Gatherings are Saturdays 13 and 27 June. We will schedule one at 3pm and one at 4pm. (Free zoom meetings last 40 minutes) Financial members will be emailed but any Sydney writer 16 years or over is welcome to ask for an invitation. Short readings from your original works plus a discussion on authenticity. We usually believe we’re genuine, but how do we convince the reader/listener … Chaired by Carol Amos
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