Pen & Pixel - 23 August 2022

Queensland Writers Centre's weekly newsletter filled with news, events, competitions and opportunities for writers.
2022 Flinthart recipient announcement
We are delighted to announce Claire Alcock as the 2022 Flinthart resident.

Claire is a writer and performer with experience across a range of different storytelling forms, from short stories to interactive theatre and slam poetry. She will be using her space here at Queensland Writers Centre's offices to work on a gothic slipstream novella.

GenreCon Murder Mystery Dinner 

Thank you to everyone who attended the GenreCon Murder Mystery Dinner over the weekend, including special guest and GenreCon 2023 keynote speaker Garth Nix. It was a great night of fun, good food, and an amazing opportunity to finally connect in-person with the GenreCon community once again. Bookings for the 2023 conference are open now. 

What's on at Queensland Writers Centre

Hybrid workshop

Using Inspiration As A Tool
with Megan Jacobson

When: 10:30am, Saturday 10 September

Inspiration is everywhere, you just need to know how to look. With Megan Jacobson, learn how to view the world through a creative filter, practice techniques to feed your right-brain and encourage abstract thinking, and learn how to develop a writer's mindset.

Live stream course

Short Fiction Feedback Clinic
 Debra Adelaide

When: 10:30am, Saturday 12 November

Receive personal and insightful feedback on up to 2,500 words of short fiction in an intimate, supportive class environment, hosted by Dr Debra Adelaide. Bookings now available at Early Bird price for members - highly limited places by application.

2022 Brisbane Children's Writers Festival

When: Saturday 8 October
Where: State Library of Queensland

Brisbane Children’s Writers Festival is a one-day event jam-packed with workshops, competitions with prizes, and fun activities for young writers in Grades 7-12. This year’s theme is Dreams - explore your creative potential! Bookings free for all Queensland Writers Centre Youth Members.

Plus, gear up for Brisbane Children's Writers Festival with these 'satellite' youth writing events on Saturday 1 October - discounted bookings available for Festival ticketholders.

Face-to-face event

Museum of Brisbane - World of Wonder Young Explorers tour and creative writing workshop

When: 10:30am, Saturday 1 October
Where: Museum of Brisbane, Level 3, City Hall

Face-to-face workshop

Turning Everyday Life Into Creative Writing with Ellen Wengert (youth writing event)

When: 2:00pm, Saturday 1 October
Where: Queensland Writers Centre

Check out our website for the full program and more details. 


Alan "Fox" Rogers - Wanderer launch event

When: 10:30am, Saturday 27 August
Where: Noosa Library, Wallace Dr, Noosaville

Author, wildlife photographer and former Noosaville mayor Tony Wellington will launch Queensland Writers Centre member Alan ''Fox" Rogers' debut novel Wanderer at a morning tea, where Tony and Fox will hold a wide-ranging conversation on themes from the book via video link.

2022 Queensland Poetry Awards Presentation

When: 7:00pm, Wednesday 31 August
Where: Online live stream

Join Queensland Poetry for the announcement of the 2022 Queensland Poetry Awards, streaming via Facebook & YouTube. Awards announced will include the Thomas Shapcott Poetry Prize, Oodgeroo Noonuccal Indigenous Poetry Prize, Val Vallis Award, and XYZ Prize for Excellence in Spoken Word.

Right Left Write

Right Left Write's August genre prompt is Mystery.

Submissions of short fiction (max. 500 words) close 31 August - submit your entry now.

Community news

Erwin Cabucos' short story Give Us This Day was published in Mindanao Harvest 4 - a 21st Century Literary Anthology by Far Eastern University Press, in Manila, Philippines. Last month, the collection won the National Book Award for Best Anthology in English in the Philippines in 2022 with National Book Critic Circle Awards.

Pamela Jeffs has had two works nominated on the 2022 Ditmar Awards Preliminary Ballot: the science fiction short story Legacy of the Species in the Best Short Story category and her collection The Terralight Collection for Best Collection.

Jeanette McInnes published her fifth book The Harder They Fall in late July. The book is now available on Amazon and was included in a presentation at Cairns City Library over Library Week.
Brisbane based poet and writer Patty Beecham will launch her second poetry collection, These Days I Live in Brissy, at the Storyteller’s Festival, Beerwah Library, on 30 August. Her memoir Growing Up, Rocky: A Rockhampton Childhood, will be launched in Rockhampton in early November.

Linda Stewart has had the short piece Ukraine: an Acrostic published in a collection of writing called For Ukraine by Women of the World by the Australian Centre for Leadership for Women.

Tanya Bird was named as the winner of the Ruby Award for her novel Defender of Hearts at the recent 2022 Romance Writers of Australia Conference.
Share your achievements! To submit your Member Milestone, email or use the form here.

Competitions & opportunities

C.R.U.S.H scholarships

Closes: 26 August

Crossroad Arts presents a fantastic opportunity for regional Australian artists with disability to apply for scholarships of up to $2,000 to assist with travel and accommodation to attend their annual C.R.U.S.H theatre making intensive (Mackay). For ages 15+ and for beginners to accomplished performers. Scholarship applications close 26 August, all other registrations close 30 September.

Woollahra Digital Literary Awards

Closes: 29 August

A national literary award supporting innovation in Australian literature and publishing, encouraging writers producing work in a digital medium. Cash prizes offered across categories of Fiction, Non-fiction, Poetry, and Digital Innovation. Maximum word count of 30,000.

Aniko Press submissions

Closes: 15 September

Aniko Magazine Issue 4 is now open for submissions. For Issue 4, Aniko Press are accepting poetry, short stories and creative nonfiction on the theme of Double. Offers $125 per published piece. Enter up to 50 lines of poetry and up to 1,500 words for fiction/nonfiction.

ABR Peter Porter Poetry Prize

Closes: 3 October

One of Australia’s most prestigious prizes for an unpublished poem, open to all poets writing in English. Five shortlisted poems will be published in the January–February 2023 issue of Australian Book Review with the winner announced at an awards ceremony. 2022 judges are Sarah Holland-Batt, Des Cowley, and James Jiang.

Odyssey House Victoria Short Story Competition

Closes: 28 October

Open to writers of all ages and experience. Submissions of up to 1,500 words should follow the theme Family Secrets and make a reference to alcohol and/or drugs. First prize $1,000 plus one year membership to Writers Victoria; 2nd prize $100, 3rd prize $50.

Printable - Queensland Writers Centre

Expressions of interest now open.

Applicants will participate in a complete program including one-on-one consults with the QWC team, a comprehensive full day course including workshops with industry experts, with add-on opportunities for professional author headshots. Register your interest now.

Express Media - Toolkits Connect

Applications close: 28 August (applications extended)

Young writers can now apply for #EMToolkits Connect– a series of intensive, craft and industry-specific writing programs for young poets, digital writers & artists with facilitators Maddie Godfrey, Eloise Grills & Rory Green. In season 2 2022, Toolkits Connect is a 12-week program for writers aged 30 and under to develop their skills, workshop their work and connect with other writers.

This week's giveaway

Thanks to Allen & Unwin we have copies to giveaway of A Little Spark by Barry Jonsberg.

From the bestselling multi-award-winning author of My Life as an Alphabet and A Song Only I Can Hear comes another wonderful middle fiction novel that is warm, upbeat, intriguing and wholly absorbing.

Fill in the entry form this week for your chance to win.

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