ZW15 Winners

Julie Owens MP

Julie Owens MP Launches ZW15

We congratulate all our contributors – as the writing judge Luke Carman said, he was presented with a strong field of thirty-four pieces selected for publication in ZW15 by the guest editors.

WRITING:  First – and Best Prose: Meg Brayshaw for Elegy; Second: Yumna Kassab for Cigarettes and Smoke; Third and Best Poem: J. Anne DeStaic for Bones. Highly Commended were: L.E. Armbruster for Sunday, Dennis J. Pale for Tappucino; Arna Radovich for Snap and Kerryn Coombes-Valeontis for Saving the World  JUDGE’S COMMENTS

Best Image: First: Naomi Oliver for Coat of Arms; Highly Commended: Robert Frost for Goodbye. This is our third year of awarding a prize for artwork. We thank everyone who sent us images. All the entries were relevant to theme – inclusion has a great deal to do with how well an image might turn out in an A5 digitally printed zine. We’re discussing having an open theme next year.

Editor’s Award: Jason Gray for Flashes This award is for an entry that at least two guest editors scored strongly and which did not win a major prize from the judge. Since that describes most of the pieces in the zine it is hard to pick.Flashes was the story which knocked loudest on the editor’s door.

ZW WORD:First:  Lauren Gibson; Second: Pamela Gray

ZW WORD OPEN MIC: First: Brian Bell; Second: Juliann Wrightson

We thank the Writing and Society Research Centre and Giramondo Publishing for their very generous co-sponsorship of these prizes. We also thank our kind anonymous donor of the Best Image Award. We are indebted to Julie Owens our supporter from the very first ZineWest and our excellent judges, Luke Carman (Writing) and Sophia Kouyoumdjian (Art).

See Gallery for more photos

Prizes at ZineWest 2015

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First: $400
Second: Titles from Giramondo
Small Acts of Disappearance – Fiona Wright
An Elegant Young Man – Luke Carman
The Burning Elephant – Christopher Raja
Almost Sincerely – Zoe Norton Lodge

 

Almost Sincerely Zoe Norton Lodge cover frontThird: Titles from Giramondo
Small Acts of Disappearance – Fiona Wright
Unclaimed Terrain – Ajay Navaria
Commendations:
Free zine and Certificate
Editor’s Award:
Heart Starter – John Tranter (signed copy)
Best Image ZW15: $100

The Writing and Society Research Centre, Western Sydney University, is NWG Inc’s co-sponsor in ZineWest

ZineWest 15 Launch – Getting there

Merrylands Community Centre has excellent parking on weekends at the rear of the building.Entry is from Newman street into an undercover park beside the Merrylands Library. Drive through to the open area of car park and the rear of the Centre is on your right. There’s a path around to the front entrance on 17 Miller Street. Then buzz for the Miller St Room! Handy also to bus and train. MAP Saturday, 10th October, Launch 11:30 for noon; ZW WORD 3:00 pm.For details of event click here

ZineWest 2015 Launch/ZW Word

Ms Julie Owens Federal MP for Parramatta

Ms Julie Owens MP

PRINT ZINE LAUNCH
To be opened by Julie Owens MP
Date: Saturday, 10th October, 2015
Venue: Merrylands Community Centre (Miller Street Room)
17 Miller Street, Merrylands.
Time:11:30 am for light lunch
Noon – 2:00 pm Readings; Prizes and awards: Writing Judge – Luke Carman, Editor’s Award – Sue Crawford, Best Image Award – Sophia Kouyoumdjian
Door Prize: Title from Giramondo; Raffle prizes (lots of books!)

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Luke Carman Writing Judge ZW15

ZW15 Art Judge Sophia Kouyoumdjian

ZW15 Art Judge Sophia Kouyoumdjian

ZINEWEST WORD
Date and Venue as above
Time: 3:00 – 5:00 pm
Two Spoken Word competitions: one for invited ZW15 entrants and one Open Mic. Sign on before 3 pm please!

 

 

Award Details: Writing – 1st $400, 2nd and 3rd – Titles from Giramondo; Best Image – $100; Editor’s Award – Book Prize; ZW WORD Comps – Book Prizes. Please note that all awards are announced on the day of the launch, winners are not notified beforehand.

Mars Hill Cafe on Anzac Day 2015

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Image: Linda Marsden

We hope this was not our last gathering at our wonderful home, Mars Hill cafe. Despite our anxiety it was a good day with 20 or more attending. There were nine entrants in our little in-house competition for the best short piece on Anzac – open interpretation. Winners were Brett Campbell and Linda Marsden. Brett wrote about the swiftly changing emotions and escalating danger in a beach attack from a soldier’s pov. Linda wrote about the unbearable waiting at home for news. Danny Draper won a runner’s up award for a sustained denunciation of the powers that turn war and remembrance into profit. All the poems and stories were heartfelt and insightful. Congratulations everyone and thanks to Robyne Young for organising this project. Judges were NWG inc President Carol Amos and ZW editor, Sue Crawford. Book prizes were donated poetry anthologies by Paul O’Loughlin and Mihaela Cristescu.

There is a group photo on our Face Book page taken by Sue Chamoun. The photos below were taken by Mihaela Cristescu. The top image is by Linda Marsden.

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Linda Marsden, left, Brett Campbell, centre, and Danny Draper

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Steps to remember

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Judges Carol Amos, Sue Crawford

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Juliann Wrightson read for Belinda Curby who is on the sick list

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Robyne Young

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Life member Helen Dalrymple

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Susan read about precious young lives

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Leonie Le’ Vano at the open mic

Luke Carman Creative Writing Workshop 9th May

Meet writer  LUKE CARMAN judge of  ZineWest, 2015
Author of An Elegant Young Man

Saturday, 9th May, 3-5 pm
MARS HILL CAFÉ UPSTAIRS – confirmed, we’re at MHC!!! 331 Church St Parramatta
ENTRY: free

Luke will talk about his writing experience and comment on pieces read by attendees.

If you’d like a chance to hear Luke’s feedback on your work here’s the drill!
Participants: Bring 3 copies of your piece (one for yourself, two for us) and mark an amount that takes no more than 2 minutes to read aloud.
Choose unpublished work you’re happy to revisit.
Don’t share a piece that you plan to submit to this year’s ZineWest competition. (Luke is the writing judge. It would make the entry ineligible.)

 Please submit your name and two of the entry copies by 2:45 pm

We may have more entries than can all be heard, but the discussion should be fun and thought provoking. There may be time for an Open Mic where you can have another 2 minutes!

 

Alice Grundy visits NWG

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Alice Grundy

MEET Alice Grundy, managing editor of Giramondo Publishing and co-founder of the on-line mag SEIZURE.
AT: Mars Hill Cafe, 331 Church St Parramatta, upstairs, 3-5 pm,
Saturday 28th February.
$5 entry unless you’re a current fin mem of NWG.

Giramondo publishes established literary writers and the best up and coming authors, many from Western Sydney.
Staffed by volunteers, the ever inventive team at SEIZURE runs multiple projects, introducing new writing weekly on-line and engaging in many collaborations and creative events.
(Giramondo provides book prizes for the annual ZineWest competition run by NWG)

February ’15 News

PARRAMATTA WRITING EVENTS in Feb 2015:

Saturday 14th Feb Mars Hill Cafe (upstairs) 331 Church Street, Parramatta

First gathering of NWGinc for 2015 coincides with Valentine’s Day. We’ll pass round the calendar,line up some in-house workshops, hear your news and run two open mics:
1) Open Mic/Open theme (3 mins max) Rosesmall
2)Valentine’s Day Open Mic Competition– your POV (3 mins max.) Judges Sue Chamoun and Peter Masonwells will award a box of chocolates:)

 

 

Saturday 28th Feb TWO EVENTS 
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1) Felicity Castagna invites you to “a little reading party in The Prospector Store in The Connection Arcade, Parramatta on Saturday, February 28th, 1-3 pm. Come along for some readings, drinks and food after you check out the Market. Be sure to bring something to read if you want to join in.

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2) NEW Writers Group inc invites you to meet Alice Grundy, managing editor of prestigious Giramondo Publishing and co-founder of the literary on-line sensation SEIZURE. $5 entry, Financial Members free. Time 3-5 pm upstairs at Mars Hill Cafe, 331 Church St Parramatta.

Parramatta Artists Studios

The Lord Mayor of Parramatta, Cr Scott Lloyd addressed the launch of the Studio Artists for 2015. Congratulations to all the artists:

Lord Mayor of Parramatta, Cr. Scott Lloyd

Lord Mayor of Parramatta, Cr. Scott Lloyd

Marian Abboud, Tarik Ahlip, Linda Brescia, Felicity Castagna, Ella Condon Hayley Megan French, Hossein Ghaemi, Mason Kimber, Colin Kinchela,  Carla Liesch, Catherine O’Donnell, Elena Papanikolakis, Juliette Pastorok, Abdullah M.I. Syed, Paul Williams, James Nguyen and Gavin Walters.

Mihaela Cristescu attended on behalf of New Writers Group. Parramatta writer Felicity Castagna read from her book set in Parramatta The Incredible Here and Now which won the Prime Minsters’ Award for YA fiction. Read more about the studios HERE

Mihaela Cristescu (NWG);Sophia Kouyoumdjian, Co-ordinator Parramatta Artists Studios.

Mihaela Cristescu (NWG);Sophia Kouyoumdjian, Co-ordinator Parramatta Artists Studios.

ZineWest 2014 Prize Winners

Julie Owens MP launching ZW14

Julie Owens MP launching ZW14

Congratulations to all the writers who contributed to this year’s ZineWest print zine and spoken word competitions.

PHOTOS BY FELICITY AMOS   and there are more on FaceBook by Sue Chamoun

WRITING AWARDS: Judge – Michael Mohammed Ahmad, Director of Sweatshop

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Jason Gray, L.E. Armbruster, Shirley Le, Michael Mohammed Ahmad (judge)

1st Place and Best Prose: Shirley Le for Failed Gangas
2nd Place: Stephen Pham for Home
3rd Place and Best Poem: Louise Carter for The IKEA Squids of the Apocalypse
Highly commended: Jason Gray for Boys and L.E. Armbruster for Trying to Describe You

EDITORS’ AWARD:
C.A. Broadribb for Email from Azbekhistan and J. Anne deStaic for Treasure

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C.A. Broadribb and J. Anne deStaic

BEST IMAGE Judge – Sophia Kouyoumdjian, Co-ordinator of the Parramatta Artists Studios
Winner: Robert Frost for Edie at the Window
Highly Commended: Laurie Garcia for Parramatta Atmospherics

Laurie Garcia and Robert Frost

Laurie Garcia and Robert Frost

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ZineWest WORD Cr Andrew Wilson launched ZineWest at Mars Hill Cafe; guest musicians from SSA were Loretta D’Urso and Collin Gosper; judges were Carol Amos (NWG Pres) and Collin Gosper. MC was Adam Marsden.

Danny Draper, Cr. Andrew Wilson, Julieann Wrightson, Dylan Quirke

Danny Draper, Cr. Andrew Wilson, Julieann Wrightson, Dylan Quirke

 

ZineWest Writers Spoken Word:
First Place: Julieann Wrightson for 213 Cornelia Road
Highly Commended: Danny Draper for War Museum and Dylan Quirke for Poem for my Nanna

 

 

Carol Amos and Collin Gosper (judges) Peter Cartwright, Belinda Curby and Helen McNab

Carol Amos and Collin Gosper (judges) Peter Cartwright, Belinda Curby and Helen McNab

OPEN MIC:
First Place: Peter Cartwright for Hard Times Come Again No More
Highly Commended: Helen McNab  ( memoir) and Belinda Curby