ZineWest 2020 is OPEN! ZineWest is an annual competition and journal for new writers, 16 years and over, with a strong Western Sydney connection. We welcome any word-based creative work we can reproduce. (NB but this year we are declining work written for the under 16’s.) Free entry, up to three pieces. Deadline is 10 May, 2020. WritingEntryForm_ZW2020
This is our fourteenth year. A good number of our past entrants have graduated to trade publication and we hope the same for all writers who entrust their work to us. We print publish around 30 writers and ten visual artists, plus a further ten writers are invited to present their work at an Open Mic comp. We welcome a range of styles and subjects. ZW is a good place for those shorter works not necessarily suited to a bigger competition. All works selected for print publication are forwarded to the judge, Luke Carman (An Elegant Young Man, Intimate Antipathies). Prizes include $400 (first place) and Giramondo Titles. We look forward to reading your work! NB The art entry form will be available in May.
February: How to please the reader was our first topic this year. Do our reactions as readers help us write better for our imagined fans? What techniques/topics/style do we admire? We agreed that personal opinion isn’t easy to corral.
Mihaela Cristescu and Norm Fairbairn received book awards: This Little Red Thing and Bent not Broken for reading their poetry in tribute to Valentine. Titles courtesy of SWEATSHOP See photo below.
Our second gathering for 2020, was a mock editing panel where each group had to decide between three good, but rather different pieces, for the one remaining space in an earnest new journal. It proved what we all know, that given a different editing/selection team, you will get different answers!
Writing Awards from Left: Rob Field (Director UNE Sydney, Nic Lesley (HC), Danielle Catherine (HC), Peter Cartwright (Best Poem), Alexander Donoghue (3rd Place), Hamish Spark (2nd Place), Naima Ibrahim (Winner of ZW19), Luke Carman (Judge).
Co-sponsor Writing awards the Writing and Society Research Centre WSU ; Art: private sponsors; ZW Word: private sponsor and SWEATSHOP
Editor’s Award was won by Laila Nawsheen. The prize was Yumna Kassab’s story collection The House of Youssef, (Giramondo) and presented by the author on left.
.ZWWord – Open Mic awards: From Left Carol Amos (NWG Inc Pres), Sue Crawford (ed ZW), Michaela Simoni (joint runner-up) Chris Winspear (joint runner-up) Kathryn Yuen (winner) Judges Annie Zhang and Jason Gray. Private sponsor and SWEATSHOP
ZW19 Art Awards: From left – Art Contributors Erin Macnaught, C.A. Broadribb and Michaela Simoni stood in for winner of Best Image Marina Robins and runner-up Tom Blake both unavoidably absent. On the right is Parramatta author Felicity Castagna and Rob Field UNE Sydney who did the honours!
Prizes with Luke Carman (writing) and Sophia Kouyoumdjian (art)
Co-sponsor for writing awards: the Writing and Society Research Centre WSU $400 1st Prize plus Giramondo Titles. Art prize $100 (private donor)
Music with Fernando Andres and Victor Valdes
GIANT RAFFLE followed by
Entry $2 (unless you paid for the print zine launch)
Loredana Tudor-Tomescu – Winner ZW WORD 2018
2:00 pm Nibbles/drinks – sign on for Open Mic
2:15 – 3:30 pm
MUSIC – Fernando Andres and Victor Valdes
OPEN MIC – Win $100 & SWEATSHOP Titles
Judges: Jason Gray and Annie Zhang
Rules: 2 mins only; solo; your original work; english only; no music, dance or props; preferably no rants/lectures!
The writing entries are in, and it’s time to invite artists with a connection to Western Sydney to send us images for inclusion in our annual print zine. There is a prize of $100 for the Best Image. We aim to publish work by at least 10 visual artists.Our Judge (who sees all entries) is Sophia Kouyoumdjian, Director Parramatta Artists Studios. ArtEntryForm_ZW19
Launch is 12th October, at UNE Sydney 232 Church Street, Parramatta
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
Love in your own words: solemn, comic, despairing, inspiring – the book prizes are there to win with 3 mins max at the mic on Saturday, 10th February at NWG Inc’s first gathering for 2018. Usual rules: no singing, no pairs, no props, English only. Okay if piece previously published but not if it’s already won an award. Free entry. At UNE FutureCampus, 211 Church Street, Parramatta, upstairs, 3-5 pm
Also open mic and a writing challenge that centres on you writing about you.