Pen & Pixel - 5 October 2022

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

Announcing the 2022 Scriptable shortlist

In this week's edition of Pen & Pixel, we are delighted to publish the 4 shortlisted writers for the 2022 Scriptable program for emerging screenwriters.

It was a record-breaking year for entries to the program and it was fantastic especially to see many applicants to our inaugural Youth Category - the next generation of Australian screenwriters and industry talent.

The shortlisted writers will now be matched with experienced screen professionals for 5 hours of mentorship, during which they'll receive professional feedback on their work and guidance on the development of their career. We hope to see longstanding connections and creative partnerships form, and wish these writers all the best in their next stages of development.

If you're a screenwriter, don't forget to register your interest in the 2023 Scriptable program and receive the latest news and updates.
Scriptable 2022 shortlisted writers:
• Bruno Starrs
• Kirsty Zane
• Rosina Floriani (Youth Category)
• Samantha Hill

What's on at Queensland Writers Centre

Full-day hybrid workshop

Writing Place
with Lee Kofman

When: 10:30am, Saturday 22 October

Learn to create a compelling atmosphere and the right mood in your work, and express its emotional truth through setting, with award-winning author of writing guide The Writer Laid Bare Lee Kofman.

Hybrid development program

Printable 2022 - 
The Brand Behind The Author

When: 9:00am, Saturday 29 October

Develop your author brand, nail down your online presence, and learn critical marketing know-how to back up your writing career.

Registrations close next Tuesday, 11 October.

Check out our website for bookings and more details. 

Community events

When: 11:00am, Wednesday 5 October
Where: slq gallery, Level 2, State Library of Queensland, South Brisbane

Join the curator of State Library's Queensland to a T for a tour of the exhibition and discover the stories behind the humble tea towel. Hear insights into Queensland's culture and identity, and get a glimpse into the Glenn R. Cooke Souvenir Textiles collection (holding over 1500 items). 

Love Your Bookshop Day

When: Saturday 8 October
Where: Local bookshops around Australia

An initiative of the Australian Booksellers Association, Love Your Bookshop Day (#LYBD2022) is an annual celebration of everything local bookshops do.

When: 21 - 30 October 
Where: Various venues, Byron Bay, NSW

Byron Bay Film Festival (BBFF) is a platform for independent film talent, showcasing a rich, diverse program of entertaining, inspiring and thought provoking films. The largest regional film festival in Australia, BBFF includes screenings, red carpet and networking events.

Queerstories - Brisbane Powerhouse

When: 4:00pm, Sunday 27 November
Where: Brisbane Powerhouse Theatre, New Farm

Queerstories is a national LGBTQIA+ storytelling project hosted and programmed by Maeve Marsden, and joins Brisbane Powerhouse's MELT Festival in November with a line-up of writers and storytellers including Benjamin Law.

Right Left Write

Our October genre prompt is Horror and will be guest judged by Geneve Flynn. Immerse yourself in the theme, experiment, play or subvert expectations...

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

Guest judge Geneve Flynn is a two-time Bram Stoker Award®- and Shirley Jackson Award-winning fiction editor, author, and poet. Her works have been nominated and shortlisted for the British Fantasy, Ditmar, Aurealis, Australian Shadows, Elgin, and Rhysling Awards, and the Pushcart Prize. Most recently, Geneve received a Queensland Writers Fellowship.

Community news & Member Milestones

Leigh Greig's book Human Resources Relationships: Lets talk about the business of humans was released to eBook and Audio in September.

Amber Zhao has been named by Express Media as a shortlisted writer in The 2022 Hachette Australia Prize for Young Writers for Fiction, with the piece The Night Garden.

Carly-Jay Metcalfe has been awarded a 2023 fellowship at the Katharine Susannah Prichard Writers Centre in Perth.

Adaptable 2020/21 shortlisted author Shivaun Plozza's new middle-grade novel Meet Me at the Moon Tree has been acquired by University of Queensland Press. The book is set to be published in 2023.

Share your achievements! Submit your Member Milestone using the submissions form.
Johnno Award - nominations open

Nominations close: 25 October

Do you know someone who goes above and beyond for the writing community? Queensland Writers Centre's Johnno Award recognises outstanding services to writers and writing in Queensland, and is now calling for nominations from current members.

Competitions & opportunities

IPEd - The Rosanne Fitzgibbon Editorial Award

Closes: 21 October

The Institute of Professional Editors' biennial Rosanne Fitzgibbon Editorial Award (the Rosie) recognises excellence in editing in a published work. Nominations for the award can come from the author, publisher or editor. 

The work in the nomination must have been published between 1 January 2021 - 21 October 2022. Winner receives a cash prize of $4,000.

Judith Wright Poetry Prize for New and Emerging Poets

Closes: 14 November

The Overland Judith Wright Poetry Prize for New and Emerging Poets seeks poetry from emerging writers with no more than one published collection of poems. The prize is open internationally; first prize $6,000, second prize $2,000 and third prize $1,000. All three winners will be published in Overland’s autumn 2023 issue.

Mansfield Readers and Writers festival short story competition

Closes: 20 November

Competition held in conjunction with the inaugural Mansfield (Victoria) Readers and Writers festival (to be held March 2023). Submissions up to 5,000 words on the theme of Heart.

Winner receives $1,000 prize, with a local writer’s prize of $500 for a Mansfield Shire local. Winning stories and longlisted entries will be published in a short story collection to be launched at the festival.

Mascara Varuna Residency for Writers and Editors

Closes: 5 December

Residency opportunity for emerging and established writers who identify as First Nations and/or CaLD with a manuscript in development. Four successful applicants receive one-week residency in early 2023 at Varuna, plus manuscript reading from a senior editor and mentorship with an emerging editor. Includes travel costs for interstate writers.

This week's giveaway

Thanks to Allen & Unwin, we have copies to giveaway of A Girl Called Corpse: An Elston-Fright Tale by Reece Carter.

A dazzling debut about a lonely kid ghost who goes searching for answers about her past in a forgotten coastal town that fizzes with secret magic. 'I loved it!' said Jessica Townsend, New York Times bestselling author of Nevermoor.

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

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Queensland Writers Centre

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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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