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Pen & Pixel - 24 January 2023

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

Welcome to this week's issue of Pen & Pixel! School has just gone back and our Youth Writing Saturday events are returning too, starting this February both here at Queensland Writers Centre and on the Sunshine Coast at Cooroy Library.

If you have a budding young writer (age 10-16) at home, these monthly creative writing workshops facilitated by Queensland Writers Centre tutors are the perfect opportunity for them to explore new worlds, delve into writing genres and techniques, and get chances for feedback in a friendly, playful environment. See our 2023 session dates and book in on our website - it's free for our Youth Members.

New on the Queensland Writers Centre blog...

Writing Life with Mary-Rose MacColl

The Writing Life course is for those who want a life with more creative writing in it, those who aren’t sure how they might do that, those who keep getting stymied from doing that, those who’ve lost their way somewhere, maybe having suffered loss or trauma, or those who simply want to work with likeminded folk on doing more creative writing. It will suit anyone who creates by using words on a page... read more...

What's On at Queensland Writers Centre

Featured events...
Full-day hybrid (in-person and online) craft workshop
Introduction To Creative Writing with Vicki Bennett

When: 10:30am, Saturday 18 March

Whether you're a beginner or simply would like a refresher course in creative writing, this informative, and hands-on writing workshop will re-ignite your inspiration to write.

Hybrid craft and audience engagement workshop
Writing For Podcasts with Jessica Forsayeth

When: 10:30am, Saturday 15 April

Learn what goes into the making of a hit podcast and how to get started on your own, with the researcher and scriptwriter of the award-winning Casefile: True Crime Podcast.

Hybrid (in-person & online) industry workshop
Self-Publishing In Print & Digital with Kylie Chan

When: 10:30am, Saturday 6 May

A full demonstration of how to get from a Word document to a book available online or delivered to your door.

Hybrid seminar and Q&A
The Challenge Of Narrative Non-Fiction with Quentin Beresford

When: 10:30am, Saturday 27 May

Hear from Work of State Significance award recipient, Quentin Beresford, on the writing of Wounded Country.

Community events

Sandgate Library - Plot and Story Structure with Carleton Chinner

When: 1:00pm, Saturday 11 February
Where: Sandgate Library, Seymour St, Sandgate

Learn the fundamentals of writing plot and story structure during this free Queensland Writers Centre workshop. Develop a plot that will keep your readers turning pages!

Brisbane City Council - grant writing information session

When: 10:00am, Saturday 18 February
Where: Coopers Plains Library, Orange Grove Rd, Coopers Plains

Get support to write a grant application, respond to application questions and provide evidence with your submission.

North Lakes Library - Planning with Purpose with Richard Yaxley

When: 10:00am, Saturday 25 February
Where: North Lakes Libary, The Corso, North Lakes

Working on a novel? In this practical and stimulating Queensland Writers Centre workshop, explore voice-creation and novel construction with award-winning author Richard Yaxley.

Writing and Re-imagination with Professor Stephen Torre

When: 9:00am, Saturday 25 February
Where: Pullman Cairns International, Abbott St, Cairns City

In this workshop, Prof Stephen Torre will demonstrate how writers should not feel anxious about absolute originality— as even the greatest writers are ‘re-writing’ in various ways. 

Member Milestones

Christine Jeziorowski's short story The Photograph was longlisted in the Australian Writers Centre's December 2022 Furious Fiction competition.

Nathan Best's novel Battle Born, the first in the Damien Hunter series of military action novels, was released by Big Sky Publishing in December 2022.

Lara Cain Gray’s short story Recidivism was awarded Runner Up in the 2022 Marj Wilke Short Story competition, facilitated by Women Writers Queensland.
Share your writing achievements with our community! Submit your Member Milestone using the submissions form.

Competitions & opportunities

GenreCon 2023
Short Story Competition

Closing tonight! Our annual GenreCon Short Story Competition accepts submissions of genre fiction, up to 1,000 words, on the conference theme Forbidden Doors

The winning story will be announced with a special presentation and reading at the GenreCon Launch Night event. Submit now.

Right Left Write returns next week. 

Aniko Press - Summer Flash Fiction Competition

Closes: 31 January

Accepting submissions up to 100 words on the theme of Fresh. Winners published online and receive a copy of Aniko Magazine.

Positive Words - January Mini-Competition

Closes: 31 January

Submit short stories (up to 100 words) or poetry (up to ten lines) incorporating the word Pool. Prize is a six-month subscription to Positive Words magazine.

Association for the Study of Australian Literature (ASAL) / Copyright Agency Writers' Fellowships

Closes: 31 January

Two fellowships offered, each including $3,000 honorarium; travel to ASAL conference; and publication of a piece of fiction, nonfiction or poetry in JASAL. Applications are accepted from published authors in fiction, nonfiction, poetry, drama, or children’s/YA.

AusCo - Digital Transformation for the Creative Industries

Applications close: 7 February

Digital Transformation for the Creative Industries is an online short course designed specifically for artists and arts and creative workers. Subsidies are available for independent practitioners and small-medium arts organisations.

Speculative Fiction Festival 2023 - call for submissions

Closes: 13 February

Writing NSW is calling for submissions from established and new voices to appear at the Speculative Fiction Festival 2023; opportunities for involvement include panel speakers, chair responsibilities, or interactive sessions.

Words Out West - Short Story Competition

Closes: 19 February

Third annual short story competition coinciding with the Words Out West festival. Fiction stories up to 3,000 words on the theme of Bright Lights accepted; open to non-professional Queensland writers. First prize is $500 plus ticket to the Festival Day & Writers Retreat.

Text Prize for Young Adult and Children’s Writing

Closes: 20 February

Prize for a work of fiction or non-fiction for young readers, open to published and unpublished writers of all ages. Winner receives a publishing contract with Text and a $10,000 advance against royalties.

Poetica Christi Press 2023 Poetry Competition

Closes: 30 April

Accepting poems up to 50 lines on the theme of Journeys. First prize $300, 2nd prize $100, with the top 25 poems to be published in an anthology by Poetica Christi Press.

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 for giveaway of the crime/thriller Headland by John Byrnes. 

A coastal town is evacuated after record floods. Three young police officers are left behind. With a killer.

Fill in the entry form for your chance to win. Only winners will be notified.


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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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