ZineWest 2019 Comp results

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

For full pdf see ZineWest Page plus two winning artworks

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

Winners of ZW Word 19

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!
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ZineWest 2019 launch

SATURDAY 12 OCTOBER AT UNE SYDNEY
232 CHURCH STREET PARRAMATTA

ZW18Writing winner Annie XY Zhang

PRINT ZINE LAUNCH:
$10 Entry includes door prize and entry to ZW WORD
Zines @12
(contributors get first copy free)

11:30 am: Light lunch featuring Sahtein Lebanese Feasts

12 Noon – 1:30 ish …

  • Address by Rob Field, Director of UNE Sydney
  • Readings
  • 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)
  • More Readings
  • Editors’ Award
  • Music with Fernando Andres and Victor Valdes
  • GIANT RAFFLE
    followed by

ZW WORD!
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
  • GUEST WRITERS
  • 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!

Luke Carman at UNE Sydney

Group photo: Luke Carman creative writing workshop at UNE Sydney, 6th July, 2019

Luke Carman talked about his latest book Intimate Antipathies, Giramondo Publishing. He used samples of writing from five local writers to give individual feedback and to motivate the group to “see again” what more they can bring to their work. Luke is writing judge of ZineWest and every year helps launch the Romanian/Australian Anthologies of our NWG Inc Secretary Mihaela Cristescu – who we can thank for the photos. Below are some random pics… And thanks to our venue UNE Sydney !

Valentine’s Spoken Word Comp 10th Feb, 2018

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.

 

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.

 

 

ZineWest 2017 Launch

Image:fayroze

ZineWest 2017 Launch Sunday 8th October 
Food, Prizes, Judges’ Comments, Readings
Entry $10; Zines: $10 – first copy free for writers and artists included in zine.
Please join us at 11:30 am for a light lunch. Event begins at 12 Noon and runs to 2:00 pm or earlier, followed by ZW Word…..
….if you’re not published in the zine this year, why not bring an original 2 minute spell-binder for the Open Mic cash prize of $50! (sign on at 2:45 pm). Published entrants might find a spot as well…

ZineWest is a project of NWG Inc for new/emerging writers and local visual artists in Western Sydney.

Luke Carman – Creative Writing Workshop Sat 8 April ’17

FutureCampus Parramatta

Hear author/lecturer Dr. Luke Carman comment on creative writing pieces by new writers. If you’d like a short sample of your work to be in the draw – prose (one page) poetry (up to two pages) – please bring three copies by 2:45 pm.

Date: Saturday, April 8, 2017
Venue: UNE FutureCampus, 211 Church Street, Parramatta
Time: 3-5 pm – includes open mic if time
Entry: $5 (free for financial members of NWG Inc.)

NB Are you thinking of entering ZineWest this year? Luke is the judge, so please don’t bring a potential entry for him to hear!

Pounding The Pavement – Romanian/Australian Anthology

NEW Writers’ Group Inc was honoured to hear some of our writers read their work at this Romanian event, part of the NSW State Library’s Multicultural March, on Saturday 25th March, 2017. Mihaela Cristescu presented her latest anthology, Pounding The Pavement which includes works by 22 guest writers from Romania and Australia.

The event was opened by the Ambassador for Romania and New Zealand, Her Excellency Mrs Nineta Barbulescu. A pro-active supporter of the arts, the Ambassador gave the project’s writers and artists strong encouragement. Mr. Dan Barbulescu and family also attended. We were delighted to meet the newly arrived Romanian Consul General – Sydney, Mr. Iulian Nitu, and Mrs.Florentina Nitu.

Author and film-maker Anamaria Beligan launched the anthology together with author and lecturer Luke Carman who made reference to the English works. The anthology was illustrated by Canadian Romanian artist Luminita Serbanescu. A short movie by Andrei Pora was shown and soprano Felicity Amos sang in English and Romanian. Carol and Felicity Amos mused upon connections between the published works, and Mihaela Cristescu introduced the writing of Alex Plescan. Preparations for the second such anthology, OnThe Wallaby Track, are well underway.

NWG Inc is very pleased to collaborate in these annual projects. Romanian and Australian writers alike, find a new readership. The anthology was introduced by Mihaela Cristescu in Romania in 2016 and some of the works will later appear in the on-line journal Confluente Literare .

As always, the assistance of Mrs Oriana Acevedo, Multicultural Consultant Public Libraries and Engagement Division, and other Library staff was wonderful.

Photos and videos can be found at Code-Mixing Poetry, here are a few:

 

Her Excellency, Mrs Nineta Barbulescu, Romanian Ambassador for Australia and New Zealand

Loredana Tudor-Tomescu with Anamaria Beligan

Luke Carman and Mihaela Cristescu

Soprano, Felicity Amos

Sime Knezevic reads “Recognition”

Charlotte Woods in Thirroul

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Charlotte Woods Award-winning novel

Thanks to a kind offer from Wollongong Writers Festival you can win two free tickets to hear the highly praised novelist Charlotte Wood in conversation with Caroline Baum on her Stella Award winning, ‘The Natural Way of Things’ at Thirroul Saturday 18th June.The book will be on sale and Charlotte will sign copies.
For a chance to win you need to
a)share our FB post with some of your friends and
b)post to NEW Writers Group Inc FB your two line thought bubble on why we create with words.
Be quick! You have til noon on Friday 10th June.

DATE: Saturday, June 18
TIME: 3-4:30 pm
VENUE: Excelsior Hall, Thirroul Community Centre
Tickets: $20, Bookings required.