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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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!
The Cancer Council Victoria has announced their Cancer Council Arts Awards 2012.
They are looking for short stories of up to 1,000 words and poetry of up to 300 words. Short stories will be short listed by Antipodes and judged by Arnold Zable. Poetry will be short listed by Australian Poetry and judged by Dr. Jennifer Harrison.
The theme for 2012 is Strength. It takes strength to face a diagnosis of cancer. Whether directly affected or by supporting a loved one, many will draw on their inner strength to help them through such a difficult time.
Outstanding entries are awarded $1,000. Highly commended and commended prizes will also receive awards.
The submission deadline is 5 pm, 27 April 2012.
Visit their website for more details and submission guidelines at artsawards.com.au.
The Common Thread Writing Group has announced their 2012 short story competition.
They are looking for short stories of 3,000 to 5,000 words that are well written and demonstrate a depth of characterisation and attention to story structure. Stories will be judged by author Pippa Kay.
First Prize: $500
Second Prize: $200
The entry fee is $10.00 per entry. There is an optional fee of $15 for those wishing to receive feedback about their story.
The submission deadline is 27 April 2012. Winning stories will be offered publication in The Common Thread Anthology 2012, which will be published in December 2012.
Stringybark Stories has announced their latest short fiction competition and winners of the Stringybark Short Story Award 2011.
The Stringybark Seven Deadly Sins Short Fiction Award 2012
Lust, gluttony, greed, sloth, wrath, envy and pride. Surely all good short stories must contain one of these elements? Here’s your chance to showcase your one or more of your deadly sins in the Stringybark Seven Deadly Sins Short Fiction Award 2012. Stringybark Stories is delighted to invite all writers to enter their best work in this entertaining competition The maximum word length of your story is 1500 words and it must relate to one of the sins. There is over A$600 in prizes available, cash, plus publication for place-getters and highly commended stories. There is an entry fee of $9.95 (discounts for multiple entries)
Closing date 10 June 2012. International entries warmly invited. Details: http://www.stringybarkstories.net
Results of the Stringybark Short Story Award 2011
On 14 February 2012, the judges announced the winning stories in the Stringybark Short Story Award 2011. From floods to dog clipping and from dingo hunting to romantic sailing, the winning entries are now available in a new anthology The Road Home. The book is named after the winning entry, The Road Home, by Victorian writer, Beverley Lello. The story explores the the emotions of the Great Australian road trip and its impact on the travellers.
Second place went to About Time by Kerry Cameron (NSW). What is life and what is death and when does one let go? These big issues are explored in this sensitive story.
The Strong Boy, the third-place getting story, by South Australian writer, John Scholz examines the meaning of courage and compassion in the context of a simple family fishing trip.
A full list of winner and place-getters can be found on our website: http://www.stringybarkstories.net
The Henry Handel Richardson Society has recently launched their Centenary Writing Competition with Helen Garner serving as judge.
From adults (18 and older) they are looking for short stories or non-fiction essays, up to 5,000 words, with some link to Henry Handel Richardson and /or her work. The winner will take home $1000, plus a boxed set of The letters of Henry Handel Richardson, edited by Clive Probyn and Bruce Steele
From students, years 10 – 12, they are looking for an original piece of writing in any genre up to 1,500 words with some link to Henry Handel Richardson and/or her work. The First Prize is $350 cash, plus a set of text classics valued at over $380. Second Prize is 20 text classics. Third Prize is 10 text classics
The submission deadline is 31 August 2012.
Visit their website for more details, including entry forms and submission guidelines, at henryhandelrichardsonsociety.org.au.
Voiceless, the animal protection institute, has announced the “The Voiceless Writing Prize,” sponsored by Australian Ethical Investment. There is “a total prize pool of well over $20,000 to writers who compellingly address the relationship between humans and animals, and animal sentience.”
The contest is looking for fiction and non-fiction pieces of 5-10,000 words with a focus on animals raised for food or those found in the Australian environment.
The best work will be published by Australia’s largest independent publisher, Allen & Unwin, in 2012.
“The winner chosen by the judging panel will receive $15,000, while the public will vote for the People’s Choice to receive $5,000. Voiceless Councillor Deborah Debnam together with Peter Debnam have sponsored the People’s Choice for 2012, 2013, and 2014. All writers published in the collection will receive $500.”
The submission deadline is 16 March 2012.
Visit their website for more details and submission guidelines at voiceless.org.au.