The Australian food blogsphere is a wonderful place full of an amazing array of talented and emerging food writers. As such, Food Bloggers Australia along with the SA Writers Centre is thrilled to announce a new, national food blogging writing competition to uncover the great food blog food writers this country has to offer. This is a fantastic opportunity for food bloggers to show off their writing skills and possibly win a great prize in the process. We're pleased to welcome Kitchenware Direct on board as our 2013 competition sponsor.
Competition Categories and Judging
Entrants can submit one blog post under one only of the following categories:
- Food or Food/Travel Narrative
- Restaurant Review
- Original Recipe
The Food or Food/Travel and Restaurant Review categories will be judged by food historian, author and Professor of the Graduate Program in Food Studies at the University of Adelaide, Barbara Santich and Michelle 'Prakky' Prak, Board Member of the SA Writers Centre and social media consultant. The Original Recipe category will be decided by popular vote. Voting will commence on Wednesday June 5 and a voting link will be published here, on the Food Bloggers Australia website.
One winner from each category will be awarded a $150 voucher sponsored by Kitcheware Direct.
Competition Terms and Conditions
IMPORTANT – please make sure you read and note all of the terms and conditions of entry. The competition Terms and Conditions can be found here. Failure to comply with the terms and conditions will deem your entry ineligible.
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The SA Writers Centre blog is now up and running with articles from Alan Baxter on the fallacy of writing only what you know and Jane Turner Goldsmith on how writing can keep you healthy if not wealthy. We'll be posting a couple of times a week so whizz across and take a look when you've got a minute ... the articles are fairly concise and you never know what little gems you'll come across. Click here for the SA Writers Centre Blog.
Submissions for the Kids Book Review Unpublished Picture Book Award close Monday 17 June. Have you got your entry in yet?
The winner will receive $300, a manuscript appraisal and the chance to have their work viewed by Sue Whiting, Publishing Manager at Walker Books! Two runners-up will win $100 each, and a short manuscript appraisal. We also reserve the right to nominate highly commended authors (no prize). A feedback sheet is provided to every entrant, upon completion of the competition.
Manuscript submissions are for picture books of 500 words or less, no illustrations required.
For submissions details and to get your entry in, head here.
Submissions must be sent by email by Monday 17 June 2013 at 11.59pm.
The QWC/Hachette Manuscript Development Program offers places for up to 10 emerging fiction and non-fiction writers to work with editors from Hachette Australia to develop high-quality manuscripts. The program will run for four days in Brisbane, Queensland. In the first two days, participants will each have an individual consultation with editors from Hachette Australia to receive feedback on their manuscript. The program will run 15 - 19 November, 2013. This program has been created for emerging Australian authors of commercial adult and young adult fiction and non-fiction. Manuscripts for adult fiction and non-fiction must be between 55,000 and 120,000 words in length. Manuscripts for young adult fiction and non-fiction must be between 50,000 and 80,000 words in length. Applications close July 1.
After 18 years the Aurealis Awards, Australia's premier awards for speculative fiction, finally make it to the nation's capital. The owner of the Aurealis Awards, Chimaera Publications – the publishers of the Aurealis magazine and book imprint – have reached agreement for Conflux Inc to administer the Awards for the next two years.
Conflux Inc President Nicole Murphy said Canberra and the Aurealis Awards would be a great match. 'Conflux has always had the support and promotion of Australian writing as an important part of our charter, and we're delighted to be hosting Australia's premier speculative fiction awards,' she said. 'Canberra has a long history of involvement with science fiction and we're going to do everything we can to make the coming ceremonies match up to that history.'
Currently the awards are calling for expressions of interest from potential judges. Information can be found at the Aurealis Awards website. Judging is open to any Australian with a love for speculative fiction and a willingness to read and judge the best works published this year.
Join us for the SA Writers Centre Annual General Meeting, Monday 13 May 2013 at 6pm on Level 2, 187 Rundle St, Adelaide. The AGM will be followed by networking drinks. The SAWC Board consists of 8 members. The term of office is two years. Continuing members for 2013 are Sandy Verschoor, Susan Errington and Michelle Prak. The Centre is particularly looking for people with skills in the area of marketing and communications, business skills, philanthropy and fundraising. All Board members must have a strong commitment to SA writers and writing. Individuals nominating must be financial members. Nominations must be addressed to the Director and received in writing by 5pm Monday 15 April 2013, either via email or post.
This grant is designed to assist in the creation of new work by published Australian writers. New Work grants are available to emerging, developing and established writers for living allowances (including childcare) and/or assistance with travel and research costs associated with the preparation and writing of nominated projects. Writers may apply for assistance toward a specific phase of work, such as research or a final draft; or a combination of activities to occur over a period of up to 12 months. Writers can apply for $10,000 or $40,000 to one of three streams for this category (emerging, developing or established writers) depending on their publication history. Closing date: 15 May. More details here.
This grant is designed to support excellence in Australian literature by providing highly accomplished, critically recognised literary writers and picture book illustrators with financial support for two years to enable them to create new work. Grant amount is $100,000. Applications close May 15. More details here.
Carclew Youth Arts scholarships provide an amazing once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for young artists who demonstrate outstanding talent and potential as future leaders in their artform or practice. Each scholarship has a one-off allocation of $12,500 to be used for professional development as determined entirely by the recipient.
Dame Ruby Litchfield Scholarship for Performing Arts
Acting, dance, direction, choreography, circus, performance, music
Ruth Tuck Scholarship for Visual Arts
Sculpture, drawing, painting, digital, photography, design, ceramics, glass, craft
Colin Thiele Scholarship for Creative Writing $12,500
Original creative writing: novels, scripts, poetry, prose, rhyme, stories, plays, film scripts
BHP Billiton Scholarship for Film and New Media $12,500
Film-producing/directing, script writing and develoment, documentaries, cinematography, animation, trans-media production, biotechnology and arts, virtual world and gaming, video art, research into new technologies for screen and media
Applications close July 15. Further details via the above link.
The event for May will be held on Thursday, 16 May (normally last Thursday of the month) because we're having a very special visiting interstate guest. Join popular author, Kylie Ladd, for an informal Q&A session about what it takes to be an author. This is a FREE event but you MUST be a current individual financial member of SA Writers Centre.
Thursday 16th May
12.30pm – 1.30pm
SA Writers Centre, Level 2, 187 Rundle Street
Tea/coffee will be provided
Kylie Ladd is a novelist and freelance writer. Her essays and articles have appeared in The Age, Griffith Review and O magazine, among others, and she is a regular contributor to the popular MamaMia website. She holds a PhD in neuropsychology and has written two non-fiction titles, Naked: Confessions of Adultery and Infidelity and Living with Alzheimer's and Other Dementias. Her first novel, After the Fall, was published in Australia, the US and Turkey, and her second critically acclaimed novel Last Summer was Highly Commended in the FAW Books of the Year and has just released her latest novel Into My Arms. Kylie lives in Melbourne with her husband and two children and is visiting us thanks to the Get Reading Program..
Expressions of Interest are invited from artists wishing to participate in a new Artist in Residence program based at the Arts Centre Port Noarlunga. The City of Onkaparinga is seeking artists who would like to use the month long residency to make art that is challenging, radical and/or experimental. Applications are welcome from artists working in any genre, including writers. Applications from writers will need to show how they intend to interact with community members in terms of finished work and work in progress. Residency dates are 2-29 September 2013. Details are in the attached information. The closing date for receipt of Expressions of Interest is 28 May 2013. Enquiries should be directed to Lucy at
or phone (08) 8326 5577.
New England Writers Centre has announced a new national literary award, the New England Thunderbolt Prize for Crime Writing. The prize is for unpublished short-form crime writing in three categories: fiction, nonfiction and poetry. It has been inspired not only by New England's traditional association with the legendary bushranger Captain Thunderbolt, but also because of the region's many associations with crime writing. For instance, Rolf Bolderwood, author of the classic 19th century novel Robbery Under Arms was a magistrate in Armidale for some years; Tom Keneally's The Chant of Jimmy Blacksmith was partly filmed at Saumarez Homestead; and best-selling crime novelist Gabrielle Lord is a graduate of the University of New England.
The prizes and categories are as follows: the New England Thunderbolt Prize for Crime Fiction – 1st prize $500 for a story of up to 2,500 words; the New England Thunderbolt Prize for Crime Non-Fiction – 1st prize $500 for an article of up to 2,500 words; and the New England Thunderbolt Prize for Crime Poetry – 1st prize $500 for a poem of up to 60 lines. All winning entries will be published in the Armidale Express. The Award is open to writers all over Australia, whether published or unpublished.
Australian Book Review (ABR) is seeking an energetic and highly literate part-time (.8) Editorial Intern to help edit and digitise Australia's premier literary magazine. The Internship is worth $20,000 over eight months (plus superannuation and annual leave). This is a perfect opportunity for recent graduates intent on a career in publishing. Applicants must have an editing/publishing degree or equivalent, and must be very proficient in digital technology. Full details at their website. Applications close Monday 20 May 2013.
UNSW Canberra at the Australian Defence Force Academy invites applications for two UNSW Canberra Creative Fellowship Residencies in 2013. The Creative Fellowship Residency, valued at $10,000, will support an Australian writer to undertake a residency at UNSW Canberra for up to 12 weeks. The Fellowships will be awarded to writers on the merit of their project proposal, the achievements of applicants in their chosen field and their potential to enrich and contribute to the activities of UNSW Canberra and the Canberra community. Applications close, 9am Monday 29 April 2013.
An initiative of the Adelaide Film Festival, in partnership with the Australia Council for the Arts, Screen Australia and ABC Arts, the HIVE Production Fund supports screen-based projects from Australian artists and filmmakers in a true convergence of arts and film practise. The $800,000 HIVE Production Fund assists original and ambitious arts films with bold and imaginative cross-platform ideas and strategies. Successful projects will premiere at the 2015 Adelaide Film Festival, and will also screen on ABC Television. This funding initiative asks for artists to explore their work on screen and is designed to support one-off, stand-alone films for production and post-production – be they fiction or documentary, half hour, one hour or feature length projects. Deadline for applications is Monday, May 13, 2013.
Applications for the 2014-15 M Writer's Residencies are now open. The Program funds three-month residencies in Bangalore, India and Shanghai, China for writers of fiction, nonfiction, poetry or dramatic prose. (The residency in India is at Sangam House, which can also be applied to separately www.sangamhouse.org Applications close on June 1, 2013.
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.
A landmark project to reconnect Australians with their home-grown literature is a step closer to fruition thanks to new funding. Copyright Agency's Board of Directors today announced a further $266,300 in Cultural Funding for Reading Australia. This is in addition to initial funding of $100,000. Chair of the Copyright Agency Board Sandy Grant said Reading Australia aims to address the absence of Australian literature in both school and university curriculums. 'Australia has a proud and rich literary history, but the current generation is missing out on experiencing these great works as they just aren't part of the classroom,' Mr Grant said. 'Reading Australia will create a hub for Australian literature through a dedicated website providing links to the primary works in hard copy or digital format as well as education resources to help teachers and students make Australian stories part of their study. In this way, Australian works of significant cultural value will remain available and educators are provided with quality materials to enable them to teach from a wide range of Australian literature.' A group of senior Australian authors has selected an initial list of 200 novels, plays, biographies, books of poetry and children's fiction for the launch of Reading Australia later in 2013, including Tom Keneally's The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith, Marcus Clarke's For the Term of his Natural Life, Miles Franklin's My Brilliant Career, Ruth Park's Harp in the South and Patrick White's Voss. More details here.
National Opportunity for Young & Emerging Playwright: PlayWriting Australia's latest RE-GEN project offers a young and emerging playwright a $5,000 seed commission to develop a new full-length play from idea to first draft. To be eligible, applicants may be from anywhere in Australia, must be aged between 18 – 30 and have not had their work professionally produced. Applications close 29 April 2013
With limited places remaining, this is the final call to secure a place for your aspiring artist to explore their artistic passion during the school holidays! Explore Balinese culture through traditional stone sculpture. Create a flora inspired masterpiece using charcoal, pencil, graphite, ink and watercolour techniques. With such a wide range of creative journeys to embark on, there is something for every young artist at Carclew these school holidays! Professional artists will guide your child on a creative learning experience and bring out their artistic spark. It could be the beginning of something great! Explore Arts workshops are offered 16-24 April at Carclew Youth Arts, North Adelaide. Visit them online to discover the full program of workshops and to book and pay online.
Australian Book Review seeks applications for the ABR Voiceless Fellowship. We welcome proposals for a new article of 7000–8000 words on any aspect of animal protection. This article will be published in the print magazine and online. All published Australian writers are eligible to apply. This Fellowship – the ninth to be offered by ABR – is worth $5000. Applications close 31 May 2013. ABR gratefully acknowledges the support of Voiceless, the animal protection institute.
The Australian Society of Authors has announced the launch of their new website, Authors Unlimited. This dedicated site is the latest achievement of the Authors Unlimited project: a showcase of the publications and achievements of ASA members, an eBook conversion service and eBook sales platform. With a 2010 an ASA survey finding that over 1000 members had backlist titles that were no longer available for sale, and that these members were interested in further commercialisation of those titles, Authors Unlimited was developed in response to this need to breathe new life into old works. The service offers a cost-effective avenue for digitisation of backlist titles (and new titles!) and an author-friendly sales platform for Australian eBooks.
It seems Amazon are in the news a fair bit of late. Authors Guild president Scott Turow has objected to ICANN's plan to sell [dot]book, [dot]author and other generic top-level domains to private companies. ICANN are the US body that controls the coordination of the global internet's systems of unique identifiers. With Amazon bidding to be the exclusive custodian of the [dot]book and [dot]author domains and Google aiming to control the [dot]blog domain, placing 'placing such generic domains in private hands is plainly anticompetitive,' Turow announced in his letter. 'The potential for abuse seems limitless,' he said, in that it allows 'already dominant, well-capitalized companies to expand and entrench their market power.' Turow's letter can be read here.
In a David and Goliath scenario several independent bookstores in the US have taken on Amazon and the 'big six' publishing houses. Three book sellers are filing a class action against the world's largest online retailer and the following publishers: Hachette, HarperCollins, Macmillan, Penguin, Random House and Simon & Schuster. News of the legal action broke on the Huffington Post, pointing out that the giant retailer is seeking to enter into confidential agreements aimed at destroying independent bricks-and-mortar book sellers by fixing prices. 'The complaint centers on digital rights management, or DRM,' reports the Huffington Post. 'The technological lock that prevents consumers from transferring any eBook they buy on an Amazon Kindle onto, say, a Nook or Kobo eReader.' A similar article has appeared in The Guardian.
The Australian Society of Authors announces residency for unpublished writers. Submissions for the Ray Koppe Young Writers’ Residency 2013 will be accepted by the Australian Society of Authors (ASA) from Tuesday 2 April. This annual residency offers one unpublished writer under 30 a week’s stay at Varuna, The Writers’ House in Katoomba NSW to. The recipient is provided with a private working space to further develop a work-in-progress, as well as accommodation and meals. Travel expenses are not covered. This residency was established in 2011 by the Koppe family as a tribute to their mother, Ray Koppe. Ray, who for many years managed the business affairs of the ASA, was always passionately interested in and supportive of young writers. Last year’s residency was awarded to Dimitra Harvey for her verse novel ‘Poems from Saru’. The inaugural winner was Renae Gibson for her children’s fantasy novel ‘Enter the Dusk’.
Applicants must be Associate members of the Australian Society of Authors, working on a specific writing project. They must also have no more than eight short pieces in total published in journals, collections and/or anthologies, including commissioned creative blog-posts and digital publications. Writers do not need to have any pieces published to be eligible to apply.
Continuing to support the promotion of Australian literature, The Trust Company, as trustee of the Miles Franklin Literary Award has today launched the 2013 Miles of Reading Challenge. The challenge encourages Australians to read one of the 2013 Miles Franklin long-listed novels, promoting debate and discussion of Australia’s most prestigious literary prize, the Miles Franklin. As part of the program to expand and engage Australians, The Trust Company has launched Miles Franklin on twitter (@_milesfranklin) and will be exclusively revealing the longlist via the social networking site on 26 March from 9am by tweeting a picture of the longlisted finalists. The Miles of Reading Challenge is supported by an interactive online discussion forum for participants to share their feedback and thoughts around the long listed books. Copyright Agency’s Cultural Fund and Griffith REVIEW have also thrown their support behind the challenge. Visit http://www.milesfranklin.com.au/ for more information.
Domremy Catholic College in Five Dock are looking for a Writer in Residence for Monday 19 August - Friday 30 August, to work with students and members of the English faculty. Payment to be negotiated based on qualifications and experience. Follow the link above for more information and to download an application form.
Nominations for the 2014 Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature are open, with a prize pool of $165,000 on offer in one of the nation's richest and most competitive literary prizes.
Held every two years, the 2014 Literature Awards feature a $15,000 increase in the prestigious Premier's Award to $25,000. That makes it one of the most valuable prizes for this category in Australia.
For details of the six National and three State Awards, plus the two State Fellowships, please go here.
Lucy Treloar has been announced the winner of the 2012 Writing Australia Unpublished Manuscript Award. Treloar won $10,000 to further development her manuscript, 'The Things We Tell Ourselves', on the pathway to publication plus an additional $2,000 for mentorship. The name of her mentor is yet to be released.
The evocative and accomplished novel, set in Cambodia, examines recent Cambodian history and its legacies in particular the role of expatriates and aid agencies in that country. While telling an engaging story of one young woman's experiences, the novel explores cultural differences and raises questions about belonging and responsibility and what drives us to help others and the extent to which we can.
You'll find the full media release here.
Published authors and illustrators of at least one book for children or young adults are invited to apply for a 2014 May Gibbs Children's Literature Trust Creative Time Residential Fellowship. Applications open March 1 and close on April 30, 2013.
Last year we were so happy with the success of our Writer in Residence (emerging writers) program that we decided to run it again and extend each residency by a month. The caliber of applicants we received for this year's first round were outstanding enough that we decided to offer the residency to two outstanding candidates.
We're delighted to introduce you to our two Writers in Residence for February – April; Ben Brooker and Edoardo Crismani.
Ben has a Bachelor of Arts with a major in drama from Flinders University and completed his honours in 2010. The following year, he graduated from the Adelaide Centre for the Arts' Advanced Diploma of Professional Writing. He has both written and performed for much of his life.
As well as being an actor, he is the author of many published short stories, poems and reviews, was a facilitator of the SA Writers Centre's inaugural 'Write Club' event for young writers and has appeared at numerous spoken word events including the SA Writers Centre's 'live literary journal' Animate Quarterly. Ben has contributed theatre reviews to dB Magazine and RealTime.
Ben's monologue, Wolves, was performed in Adelaide by Acorn Productions last year. In 2012, his short play Small Government featured as part of the Short + Sweet ten minute play festival in Sydney. In September, Ben's first full-length play, the black comedy 'The Lake', was given a rehearsed reading by a new Adelaide-based theatre company.
Ben will be working on the first draft of another play, a follow up to 'The Lake'.
Edoardo graduated with a Bachelor of Media Arts degree from the University of South Australia (UniSA) in August 2012. He majored in Film and TV production and minored in Creative Writing. He achieved a High Distinction average in his degree. Edoardo's academic achievements include: being chosen as the recipient of the 2012 Tappa Tangka Manninendi Medal (awarded to the final year undergraduate UniSA Indigenous student with the highest GPA); being awarded the 2011 Gavin Wanganeen Scholarship, sponsored by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources; receiving a Chancellor's Letter of Commendation in 2011; and being chosen as a recipient of the University Merit Awards in 2010. He wrote and directed a short film titled Just Be Yourself that is being broadcast nationwide on National Indigenous TV, and his creative writings (short stories and poetry) have been published in Piping Shrike Phoenix (2012) and Southerly Journal (December 2012).
Edoardo will be developing his short story into a novella. His story is inspired by his grandfather, who was a South Australian boxing champion, known as the Black Panther.
Feel free to say hello if you see them floating around the Centre.
Aug 23-25: 2013 Queensland Poetry Festival [QPF] Open to Expressions of Interest
Queensland Poetry Festival is Australia's largest celebration of poetry, with a reputation of being one of the most important poetry festivals worldwide. The festival is now inviting expressions of interest from poets and spoken word artist interested in performing at the 17th annual festival in August 2013. Download the EoI PDF here.