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Melbourne Writers Festival 2012 Program Launch – Win Passes!

18 July 2012 Leave a comment

Melbourne Writers Festival 2012 is a destination for the curiously minded. Running from 23 August to 2 September, British actor, writer and director, Simon Callow, will kick off this year’s festival with a celebration of the bicentenary of Charles Dickens in his Opening Night Keynote address. The festival will also deliver a literary coup, bringing an all-star team from the internationally iconic magazine The New Yorker to Melbourne.

To celebrate this year’s festival, we’re giving away two double passes to any regular event of your choice (subject to availability). Simply email your name and details to, with the subject ‘Melbourne Writers Festival’ by 25 July 2012 for your chance to win!

The official program will be launched this Friday, 20 July 2012, but e-bulletin subscribers will have access a day early for those of you who are keen to get a sneak peek.  Subscribe to their e-bulletin today!


Society of Women Writers of Tasmania Short Story Competition 2012

26 February 2012 Leave a comment

The Society of Women Writers of Tasmania (SWWT) has launched its 2012 short story competition.

They are looking for 1500-2000 word short stories on any topic. Entries must include the word ‘Tasmania’ somewhere in the story. Submissions are open to all writers within Australia.

Winners will be presented with cash prizes:

  • First Prize: $250 plus trophy
  • Second Prize: $100
  • Third Prize: $50
  • High Commended Entries: Certificates

The entry fee is $5.00 per entry.

The submission deadline is 1 May 2012. Winners will be announced on the SWWT web page on 3 July 2012.

Visit their website for more details and submission guidelines at You can also contact the President/Secretary on 03 6362 2850.

The Commons Food Festival and the Cafe Poet Program

17 February 2012 Leave a comment

The South Melbourne Commons and the Australian Poetry Centre have teamed up to feature the Café Poet Program at The Commons Food Festival on Sunday, March 4.

In addition to food poetry read by Australian poets, the festival will also offer heirloom tomato tastings, music, kid activities, a sourdough bread workshop, and more!

For more information about The Commons Food Festival, visit the South Melbourne’s Commons website at

To learn more about the Cafe Poet Program, visit the Australian Poetry Centre’s website at

Writers at the Convent Festival

27 October 2011 1 comment

Save the date! The Readers Feast Bookstore is holding its 5th annual Writers at the Convent festival on 10-12 February 2012 at the Abbotsford Convent. This event is considered Melbourne’s “premier summer celebration of reading, writing, books and ideas.

From the website:

Patrons, authors, publishers, and booksellers appreciate the natural beauty, the historical setting, the vibrant convent community and the facilities and food providers. The Abbotsford Convent has that rare quality of being able to accommodate an enormous number of people whilst at the same time giving the feeling of being an intimate setting where readers and writers can interact.

There are volunteer opportunities for those who want to get more involved with the festival, meet fellow writers and readers, and contribute.

To view the 2011 programme and learn more about volunteering, visit their website for more details at

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