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Why Write for Radio?

You'll notice in our program that we have a practical workshop on writing for radio coming up. You may be thinking, why write for radio? Well, there are a number of opportunities to get your writing out there, that you may not have yet considered. One of them being narrative drama for radio. Here, we've listed some reasons (taken from the BBC's blog) why writing for radio is a great idea:

Young Writers Award - SA Students

The SAETA Young Writers’ Award is open to all South Australian students.

Dubnium is Back and Seeking Submissions

Dubnium is back and on the prowl for submissions from talented
South Australian writers.

We're very excited to announce that we are running the young editors project, Dubnium, again in 2014.


Quick and Dirty Reading Clips

If you missed our March Quick and Dirty readings, you can check out some snippets here:
The next Q&D will be held in May at The Howling Owl.

Program for Writers with Disability

Writers with Disability Program 2014
SAWC’s program for writers with disability continues in 2014. Writers are encouraged to apply now.
Writers on the program will receive:

Writer in Residence (emerging writers) Callout

Due to the success of our Writers in Residence program (emerging writers) we are seeking our next writer in residence! If you are in the early stages of your career and could benefit from this opportunity check out the critera and application details below. The application deadline is 5pm, 18 April 2014.

Adelaide Writers Week Podcasts

If you missed Adelaide Writers' Week or wish you could revisit it, never fear - podcasts are now available.
Check out the Adelaide Festival Website to hear them.

Jonathan Cape Open for Fiction Submissions

From 1–30 June, 2014, Jonathan Cape will be open for fiction submissions from new writers of high calibre and imagination.

Seizure Deal for Writers

For the month of April all Writers' Centre members can subscribe to Seizure for just $10. That's $10 to access great new writing, cutting edge narrative experiments and the inside scoop on opportunities to contribute to this vibrant literary community.
Just visit their website to redeem this offer and start reading exciting new content each week.

Miles Franklin Longlist

The Miles Frankling longlist has been announced.
You can find it on the Miles Franklin Literary Award website.

Ray Koppe Young Writers' Residency

The Australian Society of Authors (ASA) will accept applications for the annual Ray Koppe Young Writers’ Residency in April. The program is open to writers and book illustrators who have not yet had a full-length work published and have a limited publication history of short works. Judges will accept submissions across a range of genres, and will select the winner based on literary merit. The winner will be offered a week’s stay at Varuna, The Writers’ House in Katoomba NSW, to support the development of a work-in-progress.

Stella Prize Shortlist Announced

The Stella Prize shortlist has been announced:
  • Burial Rites by Hannah Kent

  • Night Games by Anna Krien

  • The Night Guest by Fiona McFarlane

  • Boy, Lost by Kristina Olsson

  • The Swan Book by Alexis Wright

  • The Forgotten Rebels of Eureka by Clare Wright

Congratulations to all the authors shortlisted, especially South Australian author, Hannah Kent.
More information can be found here.

Contagion Event

Access2Arts are pleased to announce a new quarterly networking event Contagion, an occasion for Deaf and disabled artist, arts workers and allies to gather for a drink, conversation and exchange of ideas.
For the first Contagion event, experience the short-form poetry of the #140 Character writers, share your experiences from the recent festival season and importantly tell Access2Arts what you want Contagion to be and become!

ABR Seeks Editorial Intern

Australian Book Review has announced its Editorial Internship. ABR seeks a highly motivated university graduate (ideally with a degree in Publishing & Editing) to become the next ABR Editorial Intern. This is a paid full-time position over twelve months – a rare opportunity in the industry.

Barbara Jefferis Award 2014

Coinciding with International Women’s Day, the Australian Society of Authors (ASA) announced the program for the Barbara Jefferis Award 2014 on Saturday 8 March 2014. This year, the prize pool for the award will significantly increase from $35,000 to $55,000, with the winner receiving $50,000.

JM Coetzee Colloquium Call for Papers

JM Coetzee’s works are attracting increasing attention and commentary across disciplines and art forms, including literary studies, philosophy, and other fields of humanistic inquiry including animal rights advocacy. His work has been widely translated, archived and adapted, including for opera and film. This colloquium aims to bring together a distinguished group of participants in this field to discuss questions and responses prompted by Coetzee’s work in a 3-day public colloquium in November 2014. It will include an exhibition of archival material, a film program, readings by Coetzee and other distinguished authors, and musical performances as well as scholarly papers related to Coetzee’s work.

Recap of Writers Forum

With a huge number of attendees, magnificient weather and a stellar line up, Adelaide Writers' Week was a true success. We hosted a series of writers forums alongside Writers' Week and received some terrific feedback and learnt so much.
Some of our bloggers were busy at work capturing snippets of Writers' Week for your enjoyment. Don't forget to check them out here:

SAWC at the New City Library

The new City Library is officially open and SAWC will be holding regular fun sessions in one of their multifunctional studios. Here's the February and March events. Keep an eye on our website for more details and events.

Quick and Dirty Readings

Last week's Quick and Dirty readings, held at The Howling Owl, was themed Apocalyptic Moralities - New Dystopian Visions.

If you missed out on seeing these titillating readings, you can have a preview here:

Quick & Dirty Readings


ABR Dahl Trust Fellowship 2014

Worth $5000, the theme of the 2014 Dahl Trust Fellowship is eucalypts. ABR seeks proposals for a cogent piece of journalism on any aspect of eucalypts.

Any Australian writer with a significant publication record (books, creative writing, essays, or journalism) is eligible to apply. The Fellow’s article will appear in the print magazine and ABR Online. This Fellowship is generously supported by the Bjarne K. Dahl Trust.


Readings New Australian Writing Award

The Readings New Australian Writing Award, established in 2014, supports published Australian authors working in fiction, and recognises exciting and exceptional new contributions to local literature.

The Award aims to increase the promotion and commercial success of books by Australian authors, earning them greater recognition from the wider community.

About the Readings NAW Award

The Readings New Australian Writing Award shortlist will be announced in October 2014, and will be published in the Readings Monthly. The winner of the Award will be announced in November 2014, and will be published in the Readings Monthly and Summer Reading Guide.

Prize money for the winner of the Award in 2014 will be $4000.


Creative Futures Report

AICSA and Service Skills SA are very pleased to be releasing the Creative Futures Report. The report was produced by the Arts Industry Council of South Australia in conjunction with Service Skills SA, the Department of Further Education Employment Science and Technology, and Innovation Business Skills Australia.

The Creative Futures Report draws on the Your Creative Future survey undertaken by 772 individuals and 164 businesses, to capture the workforce needs of the arts, creative and cultural sectors in South Australia and provides an overview of workforce development needs and outlines recommendations to begin addressing them, including close government collaboration, funding for a facilitator to maximise training and professional development opportunities for the creative industries, and to repeat the successful Skills For Creative Events program to support the production needs of state’s festivals. The report also highlights calls among the creative industry for an arts policy, additional investment in arts infrastructure and long-term funding commitments.

To read the report click here.


Hazel Rowley Fellowship Shortlist Announced

The shortlist for the Hazel Rowley Fellowship has been announced. Congratulations to South Australian, Dr Ruth Starke, who made the list for a biography of Don Dunstan called 'Between the Lines'. 

More details can be found here.


Writers Sought for Feature Articles

NicoleRussin.com is starting a new section called "The Workshop." Articles will feature advice about all things discussed at a real life writing workshop: blogging, books, children's books, plays and screenplays. If you are interested in being featured in an article, please send an e-mail to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it with several original paragraphs (never used anywhere else) about your best tip! Don't forget to attach your website link to promote your book(s).


Words for Birds: Adelaide Writers Radio Project

You may have heard on the news that Bimblebox nature refuge in Queensland's Galilee Basin is under imminent threat of destruction by a giant coal mine. A whole ecosystem is in danger of being wiped out, and more than one rare bird species may face extinction.


Self-Publishing Comparison Service

Bloomsbury have a useful website at Artists & Writers, which contains a Self-Publishing Comparison service, plus a FAQ page and a number of articles on self-publishing.


Database of Publishers Currently Accepting Submissions

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.


New Collaborative Story Writing Site

Wikistoryline is a non profit making, collaborative story writing site.


Wednesday Post: HarperCollins

HarperCollins Publishers has launched its new online unsolicited submission program, The Wednesday Post. Submissions are accepted every week on Wednesday only. Aspiring authors will be asked to present synopses of their work and the first 50 pages of a manuscript.


The Lifted Brow Launches Two New Ventures

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.


Fellowship Offers New Home for Creativity

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.


Australian and New Zealand Festival of Literature to Launch in 2014

Australian and New Zealand Festival of Literature & Arts to Launch in London, Spring 2014.

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.