Pen & Pixel - 30 August 2022

Queensland Writers Centre's weekly newsletter filled with news, events, competitions and opportunities for writers.
Once again, Queensland Writers Centre's Publishable has seen an extraordinarily diverse range of talent come through the program in 2022, and once again it has been a difficult task narrowing down the entries to our longlist - and now, the shortlist.

In this week's edition of Pen & Pixel, we are delighted to publish the 10 shortlisted writers for the Publishable 2022 manuscript development program.

Each writer will now embark on 5-hours mentorship with a professional writer specially matched to them and their project to elevate it to the next level, before they're given the opportunity to pitch to agents and publishers. Now one step closer to publication, we wish all our shortlisted writers the best as they continue in the program.

If you're an emerging writer, don't forget to register your interest in the 2023 Publishable program and receive the latest news and updates.

Publishable 2022 shortlisted writers

•  AJ Collins
•  Catherine Deery
•  David Shield
•  Ekaterina Elliott
•  Fernanda Dahlstrom
•  Julia Wakefield
•  Kerry Greer
•  Laura Morris
•  Nadia Mahjouri
•  Nicole McPherson

What's on at Queensland Writers Centre

Live stream seminar

Overcoming Obstacles In Your Writing with Kathryn Heyman

When: 2:00pm, Saturday 24 September

Join celebrated writer and creative writing mentor Kathryn Heyman as she shares her experiences and the strategies, exercises and solutions she’s used in her own work, and to help hundreds of writers overcome their own obstacles in order to flourish and publish.

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.

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


Australian Fairy Tale Society conference 2022: Flesh or Fossil?

When: 1-2 October
Where: Venues in South Bank precinct, South Brisbane

Flesh or Fossil? is the 2022 theme of the Australian Fairy Tale Society's annual conference, with two full days of panels and events (and featuring a number of Queensland Writers Centre members including Lauren Daniels, Roselle Tenefrancia, Chair Dr June Perkins, and more). 

Registrations close 18 September. This event is supported by Queensland Writers Centre.

Australian Poetry Slam QLD Finals

When: 6:30pm, Wednesday 5 October

The Australian Poetry Slam QLD Finals are here! Australian Poetry Slam have hosted slams all across the state, and will bring you the top two from each region to compete in this year’s state finals.

Competitors get 2 minutes on the microphone to throw down their best poem, and 5 random audience judges will decide who goes on to compete for the national title.

Right Left Write

Right Left Write's August genre prompt is Mystery.

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

Community news

Across July and August 2022, Mocco Wollert has had columns and poetry published in Seniors’ Digest USA, Your Time Magazine, Writers Grapevine, and Keperra Sanctuary News. Her poem Just a piece of paper won first prize in the July Positive Words competition.

Jan Mosler has received a Highly Commended award for her short story No Christmas in the Short Stories Unlimited Winter Competition.
Janelle Robin Schloss' has published her first book, Hard Gains and Harder Losses: A Story About a Queensland Pioneering Family: The Hardgrave Family.

Member and Writing Friday participant Dona Samson Zappone's prose piece for a memoir, Tiger behind those rubber trees, has been accepted for publication in Ginninderra Press' Presence anthology, due for release in late August 2022.
Share your achievements! To submit your Member Milestone, email or use the form here.

Competitions & opportunities

Maria Pallotta-Chiarolli Fellowship for Writers

Closes: 5 September

$12,000 fellowship including a workspace at Centre for Stories in Northbridge, WA. Awarded 'in recognition of literary achievements and commitment to humanity demonstrated through active participation and engagement in social justice issues'. Applicants should be mid-carreer, under 40, and identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander, LGBTQIA+, living with a disability, or culturally and linguistically diverse.

KSP Writers Centre Short Fiction Competition

Closes: 8 September

Hosted by the Katherine Susannah Pritchard Writers Centre, open to submissions of 'good quality original, unpublished writing with engaging characters and a compelling narrative' in any style on an open theme. First place $300 prize plus weekend residency at the KSP Writers' Centre.

Ian Wilson Memorial Fellowship

Closes: 30 September

Emerging children’s authors and illustrators invited to apply for this fellowship providing travel to Adelaide, accommodation, a living allowance, as well as supported networking opportunities, visits and professional development.

Affirm Press Mentorship Award

Closes: 3 October

The Affirm Press Mentorship Award provides the opportunity for three or four writers to develop new work through editorial feedback during a week in residence at Varuna, The National Writer's House. Submit a sample of 7,000-10,000 words.


Bookings close: 11 October

Applicants will participate in a complete program including one-on-one Consults with QWC, a comprehensive full day course with industry experts + more.

This week's giveaway

Thanks to Queensland Writers Centre member Alan 'Fox' Rogers, we have copies to giveaway of his debut novel Wanderer.

"An intriguing, often witty, sometimes harrowing account of what life was like for a young man finding his way in this pivotal period of our history." - Robyn Sheahan-Bright

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

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