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.
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.
We hope your are enduring this tough period and that you have time to send us your wonderful short works – poetry prose cartoon/comic. Due date: 10th May See ENTRY FORM for eligibility, word limits and prize details! If you click on ZineWest in the menu you can find pdfs of earlier editions. Co-sponsored by Writing and Society Research Centre WSU
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.
Entries are open for our 2019 anthology. Financial members of NWG Inc and regular gatherers are welcome to contribute. The anthology is a self-funding group project. Entries due 31st August NWGAnthoForm_2019
THEME: “LIGHT” Your interpretation… We accept Prose (max 800 words) Poetry (max 60 lines) and cartoons (max 3 A5 pages) We also like to publish your original artwork.
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.
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
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.
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
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