Writers' Hub Weekly Update

25th July 2017

The days are slowly getting longer, the end of winter is a faint light at the end of the (still quite long) tunnel and we can all feel ourselves becoming a little more hopeful. What better time of year to start cranking out some inspiring writing?

There is a lot happening in the world of writing of the moment, so there’s no excuse for idle imaginations or sluggish fingers. Check out some of the writing festivals happening across the country or use the looming deadlines of one of the many writing competitions open now as motivation.

Writing Festivals

The Apollo Bay Writing Festival is coming up this weekend, 28–30 July, so if you were planning on going you need to book your tickets now! The Festival theme is ‘Use Your Words’ and focuses on providing inspiration and support for writers to fight inequity and join the battle for social justice.

Byron Writers’ Festival is fast approaching as well, running over the weekend from 4–6 August. Tickets are still available and the festival this year promises to be one of the biggest events yet. If you’re a young writer, then you might also consider submitting for the Susie Warrick Young Writers Award. The short story competition is open to local young writers aged 13–21 years. Check out their website for more information.

Writing Competitions

Southern Cross Short Story Competition

Entries for the Southern Cross Short Story Competition have now opened, so get writing. The competition is run biennially by the Ballarat Writers and is open to anyone over 18 years of age. Short stories can be up to 3000 words on any theme and up to three entries are allowed per person. All work submitted must be unpublished and not have previously won any award.

Eligibility: Anyone over 18 years.

Entry: $20 per submission, or $17 per submission for Ballarat Writers’ members.

Prize: $1000 first prize, $400 second prize and $100 third prize.

Closing: 16 October 2017

Submit: https://ballaratwriters.com/2017/07/17/southern-cross-short-story-competition-2017/

There are heaps of other competitions open now or closing soon, check out our last monthly competition update for more details.