Yes it's that time of year again, when we pay tribute to our patron saint.
Join us for our end of year party on
Friday 13 December 2013
@ 6.30 pm
The Atrium, SA Writers Centre
It's an opportunity for our Board, staff, members, partners, supporters and friends to get together to celebrate another wonderful year of achievements for South Australian writers and writing.
SAWC's resident DJ Sean Williams will be getting us all in the mood, so bring a drink and a plate and share in our festive love.
Fed up with crowded shopping malls and too much choice? Why not buy a writer you love a SAWC Gift Voucher for Xmas! With one of our $25, $50, $100 or $200 Vouchers the one you love will be lost for words ... well, temporarily. To purchase a voucher, please click the above link or contact the Centre on 8223 7662.
In 2014, we’ll be offering a varied program with a bigger range of workshops and events that will cater to a variety of writers and is accessible to everyone, for all stages of your writing career. We’ll have streams that offer you a variety of literary opportunities including building blocks, find your genre, develop your craft, know your business, off the page, immersive workshops and our popular bootcamps.
Our January - March 2014 Program will be out mid December.
Come along to the Wakefield Press Christmas Book Fair on Friday 13 - Sunday 15 December. Boatloads of bargains, with books from $2! A book launch, author talks, publishing advice, kid's corner, gift-wrapping by St Vincent de Paul, great prizes to be one and much more. Free entry! You'll find times and the full program here.
The Aurealis Awards, Australia's premier speculative fiction awards, close for entries at midnight on 7 December, 2013. Any Australian produced work of science fiction, fantasy or horror first published in 2013 is eligible to be entered. For more details, go here.
The call for entries to the 2014 black&write! Indigenous Writing Fellowship
competition is now open. Download the PDF here.
Startup Writer Workshop teaches first time and established authors how to apply startup principles to publish a profitable book. Startup Writer Workshop will begin its run in Australia in Adelaide on 21st December 2013, Saturday, showing authors how to apply startup principles to publish a profitable book.
Derived from the lean startup movement, lean publishing focuses on testing a manuscript before publishing it, to validate a market for the book. It introduces crowd-sourcing and crowd-funding techniques to authors.
This workshop will analyse successful lean publishing case studies, examine the elements of bestselling books and offer interactive breakout sessions to test their own book ideas with other authors.
The speaker, Guy Vincent, CEO and Founder of Publishizer, hopes to share his knowledge and expertise on the changing face of the publishing world. 'Our goal is simply to turn publishing a book into a community experience. With lean publishing, you create a market for your book before publishing it, rather than the other way around.'
The first workshop was held in Singapore in October 2013, with first time authors coming from Australia, Canada, Singapore and the United States. Startup Writer Workshop will be held in Melbourne and Sydney in January 2014.
'Guy broke down the process of building a book into startup terms. Very useful for the more entrepreneurial minded like me.' - Ryan Mulvihill
'An informative workshop presented well. Guy is knowledgeable, experienced and funny. Well worth attending for any budding writers out there.' - Eddie Bingham
'Awesome workshop! Take this if you know nothing about writing and want to take the first step.' - Jonathan Oh
Buzzcuts Adelaide Project Coordinators (volunteer, under 25)
Buzzcuts has been training young writers and broadcasters in critical arts reviewing since 1997. They are looking for a passionate project coordinator to work with young writers at both Adelaide Fringe Festival in 2014.
The Emerging Writers' Festival prides itself on being inclusive to everyone in the writing community, of all ages and at all stages of their career. In this spirit, each year they run an open artist call out as an opportunity for writers to put up their hands and let them know they'd like to be involved in the festival. And it's that time already for the 2014 festival!
If you would like to be considered as a festival guest at the Emerging Writers' Festival in 2014, simply email them with a brief indication of the following:
1. What you write
2. Where you're from
3. What you would like to hear and present at the 2014 festival
Applications are open now and close January 31 2014. They look forward to hearing from you and hope to see you at the Emerging Writers' Festival in 2014! The Emerging Writers' Festival runs 27 May – June 6 2014.
Join the throng of market, food and arts enthusiasts at the Carclew Dusk Arts Market, Tuesday 10 December, 6.30-9pm at Carclew, 11 Jeffcott Street, North Adelaide. Just in time to pick up a Christmas gift for that someone special, the Carclew grounds will be transformed into a festive hub for South Australian artists, street food vendors and live entertainment. Free entry. Bring a rug, round up family and friends, kick back and soak up the Christmas atmosphere!
Please forward this opportunity to your networks.
The Scarlett Award is a new initiative for Lorne Sculpture aimed at developing critical writing about contemporary sculpture. The Award will be a nation wide competition for Australian professional and non professional critics, artists and writers. It gives all the opportunity to contribute reviews about sculpture exhibitions or public art installations; whether that is a solo, group, or a major event within Australia. All reviews will be judged over the lead up period to Lorne Sculpture Biennale 2014 and a Cash award of $5,000 will be presented to the best-written review at the opening on the Saturday 8 March. Closes 28 February.
Calling all genre authors and illustrators. The ASA Comics / Graphic Novel portfolio has secured a table in Artists Alley at the upcoming Adelaide Supanova (Saturday 16 - Sunday 17 November). You may have heard of it, or been nearby when it has been on and spotted a lot of people wandering around in costumes. Supanova is first and foremost an expo in the classic sense: a chance for retailers, entertainment companies, fan clubs, writers, artists, film-makers to showcase their wares to the public. Supanova attracts 20,000 - 25,000 patrons per weekend, which is an astounding opportunity for authors to showcase their work. To that end, the ASA is extending an invitation to SA Writers Centre members to join us at our table. This is a chance to come to the show, sell and sign your work for a couple of hours. Now, whilst this is an initiative of the ASA Comics / Graphic Novels portfolio, this opportunity is open to anyone who produces genre novels, be they horror, sci-fi, fantasy, post-apocalyptic, thrillers, mysteries, etc. Supanova is great for those who do YA and children's books in the same area. We're open to any illustrator who produces work in these genres as well. For full details ... click here to download the Invitation to Authors: Supernova
Compose: A Journal of Simply Good Writing is now accepting fiction, poetry, nonfiction and artwork for their Spring 2014 issue (deadline January 31, 2014). Contributors have included William Logan, Ada Limon, Randall Mann, Rebecca Hazelton, Rebecca Rosenblum, Katrina Kenison, Amorak Huey, Hannah Stephenson, and Marion Roach Smith. Read the latest issue here and find submission guidelines here.
Australian Book Review has announced that Michelle Michau-Crawford has won the 2013 ABR Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize for her story 'Leaving Elvis'. David Malouf named Michelle as the overall winner at an event at Gleebooks last night. Michelle receives $5000 for her winning story, which was drawn from a field of 1200 entries. Rebekah Clarkson and Kim Mahood shared second prize with each writer receiving $1500 for her shortlisted story ('The Five Truths of Manhood' and 'The Accident' respectively). The judges were Tony Birch, Maria Takolander and Terri-ann White.
Busybird Publishing have opened their very own message forums, entitled the Busybird Nests. Here, you can discuss writing, editing, illustration and photography, or even our books. Feedback is welcome if there's anything else you'd like to see. Registration is free, easy and immediate.
The Hazel Rowley Fellowship is open to Australian citizens. The focus is on biography, but extends to an aspect of cultural or social history compatible with Hazel's interest areas. Up to $10,000 will be awarded for travel and research to further a writing proposal or work in progress. Preference will be given to projects that are about 'risk-taking' and expanding horizons, promote discussion of ideas, and make a significant contribution to public intellectual life. For more information visit the website. Online applications can be made at www.writersvictoria.org.au
A new grant is available via the Australia Council's Market Development division. The Writers' Travel Fund - Asia supports individual writers to travel to key international industry-facing events in Asia that represent an opportunity to deliver market development outcomes for Australian writers and the Australian literature sector. This grant is available to writers pursuing opportunities in Asia only. Eligible activities include travel for book tours, international writers' festivals, meetings with international publishers and speaking at high profile literary events. For more details, please click here.
Two Adelaide-based writers are calling for great Australian short story submissions for a new e-book anthology, which will be made available in all the major ebook stores next year. There is no theme, however all must feature Australian settings. Stories should be between 1000-5000 words, previously unpublished, and your own original work. If it's won or placed in a comp but not been published, that's okay. Deadline is December 15 2013, with the anthology due for release in all major e-book stores in early 2014.
For more details on the project and where to submit your story, please click here.
David Malouf will name the Australian Book Review Jolley Prize winner at Glee Books on 28 October. Congratulations to the three shortlisted authors: South Australian writer and Centre member Rebekah Clarkson for 'The Five Truths of Manhood'; Michelle Michau-Crawford for 'Leaving Elvis'; and Kim Mahood for 'The Accident'. The overall winner will receive $5,000. For more information please visit the ABR website.
Publishizer is a new crowd-funding platform for authors and is helping authors launch crowd-funding campaigns. After the success of it's first crowd-funding campaign, The Backpacker Chef, which sold US$5,240 in 30 days through Publishizer, the platform is now opening into public beta. Publishizer is currently seeking both nonfiction and fiction book proposals from authors. Click here to view website
The Film & TV Department of Adelaide College of the ARTS is seeking short Film Scripts, 3 to 30mins, or Short Stories up to 3000 wrds, for production in early-2014, by 3rd yr. Screen students. This is a professional development opportunity for writers, as some previous films have been broadcast & nominated for multiple film festival awards. A terrific opportunity to have your script or short story made into a high quality film, for free. Only scripts which have not been made/produced, or published are eligible. Script submission with 1 page synopsis, by email, due February 16. Please follow this link for the full criteria and information.
REP 2014 Call for Applications: What is the REP? It's an intensive, five-day program offering mid-career editors an exceptional opportunity to develop their literary editing skills with highly respected industry practitioners and join an alumni of over eighty editors who have participated to date. For more details click here.
The My Perfect Pitch database isn't just a general publishers list, instead it focusses on imprints that are accepting submissions. Each link leads directly to the submissions page. With over 1,000 publishers worldwide, covering all genres, it's worth a look.
Wikistoryline is a non profit making, collaborative story writing site.
Each story consists of 5 chapters. At the end of each chapter the reader is given a choice of two different following chapters, giving a total of 16 possible 'storylines' for each story. At any point, the reader can return to a previous chapter and follow a different storyline.
The writer has two choices: either he writes the first chapter of a new story, or he follows a particular storyline as far as it goes and submits a possible next chapter. This is then voted on and the two chapters with the most votes get published. The unsuccessful chapters are archived and can still be read in the 'archived' section. You can decide to change the direction of the storyline, or submit more than one chapter in the same storyline. This allows authors to publish their work without having to write a whole book and have a lot of fun doing it! Try it out. It makes writing fun!
The Lifted Brow announced today the launch of two new ventures to add to its thriving print magazine: an iOS app, and a brand new website.
The app, available through iTunes and built in partnership with 29th Street Publishing, the New York City-based mobile magazine developers, will be updated every fortnight with the trademark Brow mixture of fiction, essays, graphic narratives, cultural commentary and more.
The new website offers a slick way to interact with all parts of the magazine, making it easier to buy print and digital issues, easier to navigate the abundance of web-only content, and easier to view the hundreds of contributors that have graced the pages of the magazine since 2007.
An iconic heritage-listed home donated to RMIT University will welcome Australia's top writers, thanks to a new fellowship and writer-in-residence program. McCraith House on Victoria's Mornington Peninsula has been donated to RMIT by the Dixon-Ward family.
The gift from the family also established the McCraith House Fellowship, a prestigious annual award to be given to a high-profile Australian writer as part of RMIT's Writers-in-Residence program. The inaugural winner of the fellowship is Carrie Tiffany, author of the Stella Prize-winning novel Mateship with Birds and a teacher in RMIT's Professional Writing and Editing program.
The McCraith House Fellowship gives writers up to four weeks of uninterrupted time in the McCraith House in which to concentrate on their creative work, which they will later present to students and staff in the School of Media and Communication.
A four-day festival celebrating the best of literature, theatre, film and music from and about Australia and New Zealand (AusNZ) will be staged in London for the first time from the 15th to 18th of May 2014.
With core funding secured from both the Australian and New Zealand Governments through their arts and advisory bodies, the Australia Council for the Arts and Creative New Zealand respectively, there is already strong support and interest for this new festival. In addition, the Australian and New Zealand High Commissions in London will take part by hosting festival events both during the festival itself and as part of the build-up.
With an estimated 500,000 Australian and New Zealand expats living in the UK, the festival aims to reach beyond this historic and thriving community by showcasing the countries' proud roll call of writers and creative talent, and bringing to life the best stories from and about Australia and New Zealand as told by a global cast of participants.
Thomas Keneally lent his support to the festival with this brief missive: 'Dear England. We're going to send you a big present: our Australian and New Zealand writers, film and music makers. It will all be like a series of loveable and brilliant personages emerging from the gift box and invigorating and charming you. It's about time we got round to startling you, and the moment approaches. May we both enjoy it!'
For full details, please visit the website.
Calling all romance writers: become a published author by Christmas! Australian romance e-publisher Steam eReads is seeking Christmas and holiday-themed stories in all categories and sizes. We would love to hear from you whether it be a hot sizzling summer passion down under or a freezing frosty northern winter romance. For submission information, visit steamereads.com.au
Are you going to take the Camp NaNoWriMo challenge this month? Whether you are or not GalleyCat have rounded up three year's worth of writing advice in a single post. National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) takes place every November, but the organizers created the online camp to give writers an alternative time for the writing challenge. Every year, GalleyCat publishes daily links to writing tools and tips during the NaNoWriMo challenge in November.