2021 marks our fifteenth year of publishing new writers from Western Sydney. Contributors include people who live, work or study in WS and also people who belong to a WS cultural organisation. You need to be 16 years or over and your entries not previously published in hard copy or online.
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.
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 ParramattaCouncil Creative Economy Grant. More details soon. Carol Amos, President NWG Inc.
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.”
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.
Thanks to everyone who has used ourNEW 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
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.