Writers' Hub Weekly Update

18th July 2017

There’s plenty happening in the world of writing, so if you’re lacking inspiration or looking for a new project, read on.

Thirsty for news on Award Winning Australian writing? Then make sure you check out their Facebook page for daily extracts from some of the stories and poems that will be featured in this year’s 10th-anniversary edition of AWAW.

Writing Festivals

Calling all writers (and would-be writers) of speculative fiction! The Speculative Fiction Festival is back on for 2017. Directed once more by multi-award winning author, Cat Sparks, attendees will have the opportunity to hear from and speak to the likes of Sean Williams, Margo Lanagan, Garth Nix, Kaaron Warren, John Birmingham, Marlee Jane Ward and Angela Slatter. Tickets are $60 for NSW Writers’ Centre members and $90 for non-members and can be purchased here.

If you’re a writer living anywhere near the Sutherland Shire region then you won’t want to miss out on Writers’ Unleashed, the Sutherland Shire Writers’ Festival. The event is being held on Saturday, 19 August and welcomes both readers and writers from all genres. Tickets range in price from $65 to students, up to $95 for a general admission and are available through the festival website.

Writing Competitions: Reminder

The KSP Writers’ Centre Ghost Story competition is now closed, so hopefully, you all got your submissions in on time. If not, these competitions are still open, but closing soon, so get in quick!

Boroondara Literary Awards

An open theme competition for short stories between 1500 and 3000 words, the only caveat is that the work must not have been previously published in any form.

Eligibility: Australian residents

Prize: First place $1500, second place $1000, third place $500

Closing: 31 August 2017

Submit: https://www.boroondara.vic.gov.au/about-council/awards/boroondara-literary-awards/enter-boroondara-literary-awards​

NUW Fair Australia Prize

Presented by Overland Literary Magazine (which is a great read if you want to check it out), the NUW Fair Australia Prize is looking for fiction, essays, graphics and poetry on the theme of fair Australia. Fiction and essays can be up to 3000 words and 88 lines for poetry. Multiple submissions are accepted, but only unpublished work may be submitted.

Eligibility: Anyone can enter

Entry: Free

Prize: $4000 for first prize in each category and publication in Overland.

Closing: 31 August 2017

Submit: https://overland.org.au/2016/05/the-2016-overland-nuw-fair-australia-prize/