Pen & Pixel - 18 October 2022

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

What is a Short Story? - Dr Debra Adelaide

The short story’s enduring appeal is partly due to its flexibility. But is it so flexible that finding a definition of the short story is impossible? Or establishing a few clear rules futile? Taking some examples, almost at random from my bookshelf, shows the immense diversity of the short story, and the first thing that is apparent is that if there are any rules, these have nothing to do with length... Read more...

Receive personal and insightful feedback on up to 2,500 words of short fiction from Debra Adelaide in an intimate, supportive class environment with our upcoming online Short Fiction Feedback Clinic. Bookings are highly limited and will close 27 October - register now ($195).
Do you know someone who goes above and beyond for the writing community? Queensland Writers Centre's annual Johnno Award recognises outstanding services to writers and writing in Queensland, and is now calling for nominations from current members.

Nominations close: 25 October

What's on at Queensland Writers Centre

Hybrid workshop

Fundamentals of Creative Writing
with Taryn Bashford

When: 10:30am, Thursday 17 November
Price: $55 online / $130 in-person

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.

Members-only event

Queensland Writers Centre
Christmas Party 2022

When: 5:30pm, Friday 9 December
Price: $20 in-person

Join the festivities and mingle with special guests at Queensland Writers Centre's member Christmas Party at State Library. The evening will include addresses from CEO Lori-Jay Ellis and Chair Dr June Perkins, as well as the presentation of the 2022 Johnno award.

Longform online course

The Next Draft 2023
with Laurel Cohn
 (just announced!)

When: From 5:30pm, Tuesday 17 January 2023
Price: $415 (Early Bird rate)

Over six evening workshops across four months, join established editor, Laurel Cohn, as she guides you through a structural edit of your work-in-progress. 

Highly limited places - book now.

Check out our website for bookings and more details. 

Community events

Logan Libraries - Self-publishing tips to get you started

When: 10:00am - 11:30am, Saturday 29 October
Where: Logan Central Library, Logan Central

Find out the tips and tricks for getting your first book self-published in this Queensland Writers Centre workshop with Kylie Chan. Learn about print and digital options so you can make the best choices for your own self-publishing journey.

Emerging Writers Festival (EWF) & Hachette Australia - Inside the Publishing House

When: 10:00am - 4:00pm, Friday 4 November
Where: online

EWF is teaming up with Hachette Australia for a unique virtual event that takes you behind the scenes at one of Australia’s biggest publishing houses. 5-minute manuscript pitch sessions available as part of the event.

When: 10:00am - 12:00pm, Saturday 5 November
Where: Brisbane Square Library, George St, Brisbane

Join Queensland Writers Centre CEO, Lori-Jay Ellis and learn to make it easy for decision-makers – from editors to publishers to booksellers and more – to find a place and an audience for your writing.

Gold Coast Libraries - Writing Memoir with Kristina Olsson

When: 10:00am - 12:15pm, Saturday 5 November
Where: Nerang Library, corner White & Price St, Nerang

Writer and journalist Kristina Olsson takes you through this thorough workshop examining the fundamentals of memoir writing and how you can get started. She'll lead in exercises to evoke places, people and events from your memory and show you how to bring it all together in a compelling fashion.

Right Left Write

Our October genre prompt is Horror and will be guest judged by two-time Bram Stoker Award®- and Shirley Jackson Award-winning editor, author, and poet Geneve Flynn. 

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

Community news & Member Milestones

Nadia Cowperthwaite's poem No Master will be published in the next issue of the Australian Poetry Journal.

Darryl Dymock has edited the second anthology of memoirs from Oxley Men's Shed Writers Group. Offcuts 2: Sketches and Stories from the Shed (Armour Books) will be launched at the Shed's Expo on 29 October.

Jenny Woolsey's junior fiction novel Amy and Phoenix: Time to Shine (book two in the Amy and Phoenix series), was released in paperback in September.

Herlinde Cayzer will take her debut novel sepia. If only he hadn’t. If only she had. to the Frankfurt Bookfair 2022. She has a stand and will do a reading during the three days when the fair is open to the public.

Share your achievements! Submit your Member Milestone using the submissions form.
Creative Partnerships Australia - Giving Attitude survey

Creative Partnerships Australia have recently launched their next Giving Attitude survey and are seeking insights from Australian arts organisations. Click here to register for this important survey and help them increase support for the arts.

Competitions & opportunities

Queensland Writers Centre -
Adaptable 2022/23
Applications open: 14 November - 17 January 2023

Queensland Writers Centre’s Adaptable: Turning the Page to Screen returns in 2022/23 for a fifth year of forging creative connections between the literary and screen communities. 

Successful applicants to the Program (up to 25 shortlisted writers) are given the opportunity to pitch published and/or publication-ready novels, short stories, biographies, and non-fiction works with potential for screen adaptation to producers, showrunners, and screenwriters at Gold Coast Film Festival in 2023.

The Best of Times Short Story Competition

Closes: 31 October

Biannual competition for humorous short stories on any theme, up to 2500 words. Winning stories receive cash prizes and are published online. Entry fee of $10.

KYD Creative Non-Fiction Essay Prize

Closes: 26 November

Seeking works of creative non-fiction (2500-3500 words) on any subject and in any style (inc. memoir, commentary, cultural criticism, reportage etc). Judged by award-winning essayist Fiona Wright in collaboration with Kill Your Darlings (KYD) staff. First prize $3,000, two runner-up prizes of $1,000. Winners published online by KYD in 2023.

Voiceworks - submissions open

Closes: 27 November (non-fiction pitches), 4 December (fiction & poetry)

Voiceworks is a national literary journal, featuring new writing and visual art by Australians under 25. Currently accepting non-fiction pitches, completed fiction (up to 3000 words) and poetry (up to 100 lines) for upcoming edition Static.

Hawkeye Manuscript Development Prize

Closes: 16 December

Accepting submissions of unpublished manuscripts up to 80,000 words. Winner receives author coaching, structural edit and line edit, and may be considered for publication by Hawkeye Publishing.

This week's giveaway

Thanks to Allen & Unwin, we have copies to giveaway of The Sun Walks Down by Fiona McFarlane.

‘Gorgeous storytelling and superb characters are among the glories of The Sun Walks Down. Fiona McFarlane is an extraordinary writer, one of the best working today.’ Michelle de Kretser, twice winner of the Miles Franklin Award for Questions of Travel and The Life to Come

Fill in the entry form for your chance to win.

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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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