NWG Inc March 2024

Join us on Saturday, 9th March at West Words, 41 Hunter St (Corner Marsden St ) 3-5pm for a reader-feedback workshop plus Open Mic (open theme.) At NWG Inc we aim to help writers share their work and prepare pieces for publication. Above are three anthologies  from 2023: Expression 3 (Digital); ZineWest 2023 (print); and our first anthology for longer works, Amiguous Loss (title from a poem by Arna Radovich. The cover images from left are by Jean Rhodes, Sandra Borri, and Mihaela Cristescu.  

Reader Feedback workshops can be useful whether you are the writer of the short piece/excerpt being responded to, or one of the readers. And in this session you can be both! Send us a page of writing by 3rd March and we’ll book you in. Or just participate as a helpful reader.  Also, bring an original short piece to read at the mic.  $5 entry; Free for financial members and carers.

More on Reader Feedback workshops: ‘The aim is to assist a writer edit their own work. We review one work at a time in a small friendly group. The writer listens nearby. Because writers are rarely present to help someone read their work ‘correctly’ they are not allowed explain or defend their work – they listen in – a fly on the wall experience which can show where a tweak or two will keep the writer engaged …’

ZineWest 2023 Launch

Dr. Luke Carman will launch ZineWest 2023 on Saturday, 14 October, 11:00 am – 1:30 pm at UNE Sydney, Level 4, 100 George Street, Parramatta.
Also attending is art judge, Maria Constantinescu.

All welcome. $10 entry includes door prize ticket and morning tea. Carers and children under 13, free entry. Please note: Ground floor entry will be accessible from 10:45 – 11:30 am. If you expect to be late please advise before the day.

Zines $15, Contributors’ first copy $5

Morning Tea 11:00 am
Launch 11:30 am – 1:30 pm 
Commentary by Luke Carman 
Art PPT with Maria Constantinescu
Readings, prizes and awards
Giant Raffle & Door Prizes

Prizes announced at the launch
Writing: 1st $400, 2nd $300, 3rd $200; Highly Commended awards; Editors Award
Art: Best Image $100; Runners-up book awards

Writing co-sponsor for 1st place – Writing & Research Society Centre
Other prizes – Private donors

 

 

 

 

ZineWest 2022 Book Awards

The cash prizes are great but here are some of the terrific Australian titles to be won too as awards – or by luck in the door prizes and giant raffle. All three of these authors once won ZineWest. Joins us on Sunday 16 October for the launch of ZineWest 2022.

 

ZineWest 2021 Awards

Thanks to all the contributors who created the 15th edition of ZineWest. Copies available at our shop. If you have a piece published in ZW21, select a product that includes your free copy.

Awards announced at the Zoom launch, 16th October: 

ART – Judge Elizabeth Chang, Curator and Artist Development, Parramatta Artists Studios

BEST IMAGE AWARD: SANDRA BORRI for Galah
RUNNER-UP: ERIN MACNAUGHT for Hands #1

WRITING – Judge Luke Carman, author and lecturer, Writing and Society Research Centre WSU

FIRST Place and Best Prose: CHRISTOPHER SAMMUT for Breathe
SECOND place and Best Poem: PETER CARTWRIGHT for The Time
THIRD place GENEVA VALEK for The Rat (prose)

HIGHLY COMMENDED –
MYRA KOCH for Piano for Sale (prose)
NORM FAIRBAIRN for On the Lake (poem)
JO MULARCZYK for Lies of Love (prose)

EDITORS’ AWARD
PETE SHMIGEL for Geronimo’s Daybreak

Image: Christopher Sammut



ZineWest 2021 Launch

SATURDAY 16TH OCTOBER 2021 
3-4:30 ZOOM – Readings, Awards with Elizabeth Chang and Luke Carman

In 2022 we hope to add back in – food and giant book raffle!

Our cover features Galah, by one of our contributing artists, Sandra Borri.  Poems, stories, images and a little reminiscence re 15 years of finding interesting and diverse creativity in Western Sydney. More info @

ZineWest 2021 Launch

Elizabeth Chang, Art Judge, and Luke Carman, Writing Judge: Fifteenth edition of ZineWest

Zoom: Saturday, 16th October, 2021, 3-5pm – details below.

AWARDS – winners are not notified prior to the launch.
 
Writing:
A generous supporter has donated cash prizes for 2nd & 3rd place.
 
  • First Place = $400  (Co-sponsor Writing & Society Research Centre WSU)
  • Second Place = $300 (Private donor)
  • Third Place = $200 (Private donor)
  • Highly commended writers will receive book awards (Giramondo, Sweatshop, private donors)
  • Editor’s Award: Book prize (Giramondo)
Images
  • Best Image = $100 (private donor)
  • Runners up = Book prizes

NB Award winners are not notified prior to the launch.

LAUNCH DETAILS – Zoom link available early October.
 
  • Opening: Carol Amos, President NWG Inc 
  • Artwork – Comments and awards: Liz Chang 
  • Writing – Comments and awards: Luke Carman
  • Readings
  • Editors’ writing award

Free entry. Copies: $15. Sales online due to Covid.
Contributors’ first copies are free, but we will need to recoup postage.

ZineWest 2021 is part of the Writing Parramatta 2021 project which has been supported by a City of Parramatta Creative Economy Grant.

Felicity Castagna

Publishing Workshop with Felicity Castagna
 
Zoom
7th August, 2021, 3-5 pm
More info contact
 
 
 
“Felicity Castagna is a Lecturer in Creative Writing at the Writing and Society Research Centre, Western Sydney University. She publishes essays on home, suburbia, site-responsive art making and Australian literature and has a particular interest in collaborative and community- based art practice as well as the methodology of teaching creative practice. Her creative non-fiction and critical responses to literature and art are published both here and internationally on platforms such as The Sydney Review of Books, Electric Literature, LitHub, The Griffith Review and ABC radio and television.

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ZineWest 2021 Publication List

Thank you to all the writers who sent work. Some entries needed a little more editing than our rules allow, but they matched the competition standard of energy, ideas and desire to communicate. If you entered this competition and have not received an email, please let us know. The launch will be in October, details to be finalised. Prizes are announced at the launch. Judge is Luke Carman.

ZineWest 2021 has been supported by a City of Parramatta Council Creative Economy Grant.

Don’t forget we are looking for Art Entries! Due 11th July.

ZW21 Publication List

Raqiya AHMED “Let Go and Give”

C.A. BROADRIBB “Three Good Whiffs”

Katelyn BRUNNER “Creative Writing Class: A Guide…”

Peter CARTWRIGHT “The Time”

Victoria CARTWRIGHT “Landing Station”

Neil COLLIS “Villanella”

Marie DUSTMANN “Mystery Birds”

Norm FAIRBAIRN “On the Lake”

Nix HAMILTON “Obviously Dead”

Alicia JONES “Covid Haiku”

Matilda HART “Meat Market/Modern Love”

Lisel HERRMANN “Associations with Parramatta”

Myra KOCH “Piano for Sale”

Ilona KRUEGER “Beyond the Grim Mash”

Harold LEGASPI “Kabayo”

Artelle LENTHALL “The Making of Bella Pappas”

Louise LOOMES “Mrs Kin Goes to Church”

Jo MULARCZYK “Lies of Love”

Amanda NASSIF “A Crack in the Parramatta Sky”

Denise NEWTON “Justice”

Katharine POLLOCK “Girl Talk”

Arna RADOVICH “Meeting Magda”

Christopher SAMMUT “Breathe”

Pete SHMIGEL “Geronimo’s Day Break”

Akshaya SIVAKUMAR “Kolam”

Geneva VALEK “The Rat”

Dannielle VIERA “Stockings, Stings and Sympathy”

Second City

Second CitySECOND CITY
is a collection of essays by Western Sydney writers published by the Sydney Review of Books, from the Writing and Society Research Centre at Western Sydney University, and edited by Luke Carman and Catriona Menzies-Pike.

In the introductory essay, On Agon in The Area, Luke Carman speaks of the tides of critical interest in literature from the Western suburbs of Sydney, what we judge as cliche, what is received as memorable, and the people who help fund the future riches of talent. Among the new and diverse voices of Western Sydney,

…other unexpected outbreaks in the literary landscape occur on a regular basis; the postmodern poet Mihaela Cristescu, for instance, continues to publish her never-ending Romanian-Australian series of anthologies, marrying the English works of writers from Western Sydney, to Romanian writers in a truly unexpected poly-lingual bond, celebrated every year at the State Library, with all the fanfare and passionate solemnity of an offer to Apollo.”  

Mihaela Cristescu (Secretary NWG Inc) is at Code-Mixing Poetry. Her latest Rom/Aus anthology is 9000 Miles Away co-edited by S.E Crawford and supported by NEW Writers Group Inc and the State Library of NSW. Her latest poetry collection is The Way You Dare – See Luke Carman’s Review

 

 

ZineWest – Our Judge

Our ZineWest judge is author and lecturer Dr Luke Carman. All the entries selected for publication by the NWG Inc panel are forwarded to Luke who nominates the following prizes: 1st $400; 2nd and 3rd Giramondo titles; Best poem, Best prose, Highly Commendeds. Read Luke’s commentary from last year in pdf format ZW19_Judge’sReview_LukeCarman

ENTRY FORM ZW2020

Co-Sponsor of writing prizes is the Writing and Society Research Centre, WSU.

Luke Carman ZW19