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Pen & Pixel - 10 January 2023

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

Happy New Year from all the team at Queensland Writers Centre! We're excited to be back and hitting the ground running on our many projects and programs supporting and celebrating Queensland writers.

Not least of which is Adaptable 2022/23. Applications close midnight next Tuesday 17 January - have you entered your book or manuscript yet? It's your last chance to be in with a shot of getting you and your work in front of leading Australian producers and screen industry professionals at Gold Coast Film Festival this April. 

Our first event back at the Centre is our New Year's pop-up event on Saturday 21 January - your chance to say hello to the team, hear about our upcoming competitions and opportunities, as well as meet author and poet Heather Taylor Johnson. We hope to see you there.

What's On at Queensland Writers Centre

Featured events...
New Year's in-person pop-up
2023 Pop-Up Event And Meet-The-Author

When: 12:30pm, Saturday 21 January

Say hello to the team and find out what Queensland Writers Centre has in store for you and your writing journey in 2023, plus meet author Heather Taylor Johnson. 

Hybrid craft workshop (in-person and online)
Autism And The Writer with Jason Fischer

When: 10:30am, Friday 10 February

Learn how to navigate the world of being a writer with autism, and how to harness the positive aspects of this condition.

6-week in-person writing course
Writing Life with Mary-Rose MacColl

When: Six Wednesday evenings, 5:30pm - 7:30pm, beginning 1 March

Discover writing as a way of exploring your experience of the world, especially the natural world, with 2022 Queensland Writers Fellow Mary-Rose MacColl.

5-part in-person writing course
Writing From Experience with Kári Gíslason (new!)

When: Monthly, Sundays beginning 18 June

Learn how to use your experiences to enhance your creative writing, in both fiction and non-fiction genres, with The Sorrow Stone author Kári Gíslason.

Check out our website for bookings and more workshops and courses. 

Queensland Writers Centre now publishes our events on Humanitix - follow us there for instant updates every time we announce something new!

Community events

Lifeline Bookfest Brisbane

When: 14 - 22 January
Where: Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, Glenelg St, South Brisbane

Lifeline Bookfest is in Brisbane with a million pre-loved books on sale over nine days. Genres will include all kinds of fiction, non-fiction, biographies, textbooks, sci-fi, comics, magazines, games, puzzles, CDs, DVDs and special rare finds. Free entry.

Queensland Poetry - VOLTA February

When: 6:00pm, Friday 3 February
Where: Tiered Theatrette, Brisbane Square Library,
George St, Brisbane

VOLTA is co-presented monthly by Queensland Poetry and Brisbane Square Library, bringing you electric poetry, spoken word, and the unexpected. February's event features Olivia de Zilva, Bethany Stapleton, and former Queensland Writers Centre Chair Philip Neilsen.

Pre-GenreCon: Pop-Up Event and collect your box - Redcliffe Library

When: 2:00pm, Sunday 12 February
Where: Redcliffe Library, Oxley Ave, Redcliffe

In this special pop-up event, the GenreCon team will give a preview for the big events coming up this February - and why you can't miss this opportunity to network, hear from professional writers, and get inspired. Plus collect your Mystery Box conference pack.

High Tea with Natasha Lester and Nalini Singh

When: 11:30am, Sunday 19 February
Where: Queensland Terrace, State Library of Queensland, South Brisbane

Join us at GenreCon 2023 for a decadently delicious high tea in the company of historical fiction author Natasha Lester and paranormal romance author Nalini Singh.

Bookings now open to the general public - no need to hold a GenreCon 2023 General Admission.

WQ unlocked ・ Dr Jane Frank & Dr Kelli McGraw

Poetry Power: It might be time
to open your life to poetry

Are you someone who only reads novels, biographies or short stories, perhaps? As a society, it seems we can’t shake off a curious resistance to poetry, refusing to acknowledge or to want to see that poetic language has a power that can free us to live our “best lives”. Many of us save poetry’s power for weddings, funerals and other celebratory rituals. In the Digital Age we are bombarded with waves of digital language, much of it misdirected and without nuance. Poetry, in contrast, has a uniquely personal power... read more...
This article first appeared in Issue 279 of WQ magazine, developed in collaboration with Queensland PoetryBecome a member of Queensland Writers Centre to receive WQ 279 now in your new member pack, and get upcoming inspiration-filled issues delivered quarterly to your door or inbox.

Member Milestones

Mark Lingane's science-fiction novel Galaxy has been listed in The Bookbag's Top Ten Self-Published Books of 2022.

Kenneth Furphy's short stories The Telegram Man and The Legacy of Lah and Te have been named as Highly Commended entries in the Letter Review Prize for Short Stories.

Ian Laver has published his second novel, Uneasy, a crime/mystery set in south-east Queensland.

Alastair Wallace's debut novel Festival Of The Oppressed, a historical romance set in 13th century Champagne and Flanders, has been published by Ocean Reeve Publishing.

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

GenreCon 2023
Short Story Competition

Taking over Queensland Writers Centre's regular Right Left Write competitions for December and January - our annual GenreCon Short Story Competition accepts submissions of genre fiction, up to 1,000 words, on the theme Forbidden Doors. 

The winning story will be published online, and announced with a special presentation and reading at the GenreCon Launch Night event. Entries close 24 January - submit now.

Competitions & opportunities

Queensland Writers Centre - Adaptable 2022/23

Closes: 17 January (next Tuesday)

Ever dreamt of seeing your writing brought to life on-screen? Queensland Writers Centre’s annual national Adaptable program is here to make it happen - our fifth year of forging creative connections between the literary and screen communities. 

The competition accepts submissions of unpublished and published manuscripts across a broad range of genres and formats, including fiction and non-fiction, poetry, short stories, and more. 25 shortlisted writers from the Program receive the opportunity to pitch work for screen adaptation at a unique networking event and market day at Gold Coast Film Festival.

black&write! Writing Fellowships

Closes: 31 January

black&write! offers two Fellowships annually for unpublished manuscripts by Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander writers. Successful applicants receive $10,000 and a publishing opportunity. Submissions of short stories, novels or series of poems accepted. 

Gold Coast Film Festival - submissions

Closes: 1 February

Gold Coast Film Festival accepts feature films and short films from Australia and internationally as well as feature film scripts from Queensland-based writers. Prizes for category winners offered, including networking and professional development opportunities. 

FortySouth Publishing Tasmanian Writers' Prize 2023

Closes: 14 February

Prize for short stories up to 3,000 words having an island, or island-resonant, theme. Winning entry receives a cash prize of $500, with a selection of entries published in the Forty South Short Story Anthology 2023. Open to all Australian writers.

Queensland Poetry Awards

Closes: 26 February

Categories include the Val Vallis Award for an Unpublished PoemThomas Shapcott Poetry Prize for an Unpublished Manuscript, Oodgeroo Noonuccal Indigenous Poetry Prize, and XYZ Prize for Excellence in Spoken Word. In addition to cash prizes, industry support and professional development, recipients receive opportunities to present works at future festivals and events.

South Coast Writers Centre Poetry Award

Closes: 5 March

The SCWC Poetry Award 2023 seeks poems responding to the theme ‘in colour’, in association with Wollongong Art Gallery’s exhibition Thinking Through Pink. Winning entries will be published in the South Coast Writers Centre’s 2023 Anthology.

Australia Council - Arts Projects for Individuals and Groups

Closes: 7 March for projects beginning after 1 June 2023

Grants from $10,000 to $50,000 are available for artists (including writers) undertaking activities including professional skills development, creation of new work, practice based research, publishing and more. 

Fishbowl Residencies - Queensland Writers Centre

Applications: year-round

The Fishbowl Residency provides writing space, mentorship and assistance for writers to complete a draft of their work. Over a ten-week residency, writers work from our offices and share their progress with our members. Now seeking applications for early-mid 2023.

Looking for support developing your work or submissions package for these competitions and opportunities? Check out Queensland Writers Centre's various Writer's Services on our website. Bookings are now open for Services to take place in early 2023.

This week's giveaway

Thanks to Allen & Unwin, we have copies to giveaway of Back on Country: Welcome to Our Country.

A joyful story about the power of reconnecting to family, culture and Country. From Australian of the Year Adam Goodes, co-writer Ellie Laing, and Barkindji illustrator David Hardy.

Fill in the entry form for your chance to win. 

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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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