Pen & Pixel - 22 November 2022

Queensland Writers Centre's weekly newsletter filled with news, events, competitions and opportunities for writers.

We may be nearing the end of the calendar year but there's still plenty happening at Queensland Writers Centre, from our booked out Weekend Writing Challenge and members-only Christmas Party, to the Adaptable 2022/23 program which is open now for applications.

In this week's edition of Pen & Pixel there's a wide range of competitions and submission opportunities to start getting your work out there for potential publication in the new year.

Plus, don't forget there's still time for book for longform courses Year Of The Novel with Melissa Ashley (limited places remaining) and The Next Draft with Laurel Cohn, and set yourself up for a great year of writing in 2023.

What's on at Queensland Writers Centre

New workshops for 2023, available now at Early Bird prices for members.

Full-day hybrid workshop

How To Write Your Novel
with Benjamin Hobson

When: 10:30am, Saturday 11 March

From idea, to execution, to finding an agent, with teacher and Snake Island author Ben Hobson.

Half-day hybrid workshop

Writing For Podcasts
with Jessica Forsayeth

When: 10:30am, Saturday 15 April

Learn what goes in to making a hit podcast and how to get started on your own, with Jess Forsayeth, researcher and script writer of the Casefile True Crime podcast.

2023 Pop-Up & Meet-the-Author
with Heather Taylor Johnson

When: 12:30pm, Saturday 21 January

Find out what Queensland Writers Centre has in store for you and your writing journey in 2023, plus meet author Heather Taylor Johnson and hear a reading from her latest poetry collection Alternative Hollywood Ending (Recent Work Press 2022).

Check out our website for more workshops and courses. 

Community events

Adaptable - Online Info Session

When: 5:30pm, Thursday 24 November
Where: online

Learn more about Queensland Writers Centre's innovative, annual screen adaptation program Adaptable, and get ready to submit.

Brisbane Libraries - Speed Writing

When: 10:00am, Wednesday 30 November
Where: Brisbane Square Library

Join Queensland Writers Centre to learn techniques that will have you sprinting towards the finish line as you get ready to wrap-up your writing project!

MoB - Ekphrastic Writing Club

When: 3:00pm, Saturday 3 December
Where: Level 3, City Hall

Explore the generative art of Ekphrastic writing - a craft tool used by writers of all kinds as a springboard for creative imaginings. 

Literary event: Book to screen

When: 10:30am, Friday 9 December
Where: Ashgrove Library

Do you enjoy a screen adaptation of a well-loved book? Join Brisbane City Council Libraries for a robust discussion around famous (and infamous) book to screen adaptations as well as some fun trivia. [Plus perhaps get inspired for Adaptable 2022/23!]

Writing Friday update

Writing Friday is a free, volunteer-led program that connects Queenslanders in their local communities, and provides a space where writers can cultivate their habit of writing.

Active locations:
• Queensland Writers Centre
• Bribie Island (Tues)
• Bundaberg
• Cairns (Wed)
• Chermside
• Cooroy (contact for dates)
• Elanora
• Gympie (monthly, 3rd Fri)
• Helensvale
• Hervey Bay (Mon)
• Logan Central
• Maleny
• Maroochydore
• Mareeba
• Maryborough (2nd & 4th Fri)
• North Lakes (Thurs evening)
• Redcliffe (Tues)
• Toowoomba, The Lighthouse
• Victoria Point
• Wynnum (Mon)
• Yeppoon (Tues)

Coming in 2023:
• Boonah
• Caloundra

Seeking volunteers/EOIs
• Springfield / Ipswich
• Strathpine
Be a part of this great statewide program and get in touch to join your nearest group - or discuss starting your own.

Right Left Write

Our November genre prompt for the Right Left Write flash fiction competition is Memoir. 

Whether you want to tell a life story or craft some fiction on the theme, submissions of short work, max. 500 words, close 5 December (extended deadline!) - submit now

Community news & Member Milestones

Terrie Smith has self-published the memoir A Handful of Pennies, available online ebook and in hardcopy via Bundaberg Dymocks, Bundaberg Library. and The Stockman's Hall of Fame, Longreach.

Publishable-shortlisted poet Kerry Greer has been shortlisted in the Woollahra Digital Literary Award's non-fiction category for A Silhouette in Gray: Life in the Aftermath of Suicide.

Peta Miller's first novel, a work of historical fiction titled The Ship's Midwife, will be published in June 2023 by HQ, Harper Collins.

Lesley Synge has won the Arts Central Queensland Lorna McDonald Essay Prize for the third time with the essay The Earth and Sea Furnishes Them, a personal reflection and historical survey of the Keppel Island Group on the Tropic of Capricorn.

DarkLit Press has signed Zachary Ashford to publish the novel Polyphemus, a 'Faustian death metal tragedy'. Zachary has also signed a Crystal Lake Publishing contract for his upcoming novel release in 2023.

Share your achievements with our community! Submit your Member Milestone using the submissions form.

Competitions & opportunities

Queensland Writers Centre - Adaptable

Closes: 17 January 2023

Ever dreamt of seeing your writing brought to life on-screen? Queensland Writers Centre's annual screen adaptation program #Adaptable offers writers the opportunity to pitch their work to leading screen production companies, producers and screen industry professionals.

Applications are open nationwide and accepting submissions of published and unpublished manuscripts, fiction and non-fiction.

Voiceworks - submissions

Closes: 27 November (non-fiction pitches), 4 December (fiction & poetry)

National literary journal featuring new writing and art by Australians under 25. Accepting non-fiction pitches, completed fiction (up to 3000 words) and poetry (up to 100 lines) for upcoming edition Static.

Kill Your Darlings (KYD) Creative Non-Fiction Essay Prize

Closes: 27 November

Seeking works of creative non-fiction (2500-3500 words) on any subject and in any style (inc. memoir, commentary, cultural criticism, reportage etc). Judged by Fiona Wright and KYD staff. First prize $3,000, two runner-up prizes of $1,000. Winners published online by KYD in 2023.

Meanjin - submissions

Closes: 2 December

Submissions of work and pitches open across writing categories including essays, memoir, culture & criticism, visual art, poetry, 'experiments', and State of the Nation. Successful submissions may be published in print or online.

Cordite Poetry Review - submissions

Closes: 4 December

Submissions open now for Cordite 108: DEDICATION, guest-edited by Luke Patterson and Lou Garcia-Dolnik. This issue asks for "your devotions, your gestures of esteem and affection, your hot takes on the solemn and fanatical". Submit up to three poems.

Penguin Literary Prize

Closes: 12 December

Prize for an unpublished adult fiction manuscript. Winner receives $20,000 and publishing opportunity with Penguin Random House Australia. Submit a synopsis and pitch document alongside a complete manuscript (up to 100,000 words).

KYD First Nations Editors-in-Residence

Closes: 16 December

Now accepting pitches and submissions from Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander writers of essay/commentary, memoir or personal essay, and cultural criticism. Recipients work with KYD's First Nations Editors-in-Residence Nadia Johansen and Bianca Valentino.

This week's giveaway

Thanks to comics author and publisher Darren Koziol, we have copies to giveaway of Retro Sci-Fi Tales #11.

Acclaimed science fiction anthology comic book series - all new stories in an old-school style.

Fill in the entry form for your chance to win.




Queensland Writers Centre

Level 2, State Library of Queensland, Stanley Pl, South Brisbane QLD 4101

Contact us:

Phone: (07) 3842 9922

Acknowledgement of Country

Queensland Writers Centre is based at the State Library of Queensland on Kurilpa Point in South Brisbane. Named after the native water rat (kuril), Kurilpa Point has a significant history as an important meeting place, and we acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we reside. As we operate across the entire state of Queensland, we respectfully acknowledge the Traditional Owners of all the Nations on which we meet and come together from.

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