Pen & Pixel - 13 September 2022

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

Congratulations to the winners of the Queensland Literary Awards

Queensland Writers Centre was delighted to attend the Queensland Literary Awards last week and celebrate with the winners.

We especially look forward to working with and supporting the 2022 Queensland Writers Fellows Geneve Flynn, Mary-Rose MacColl and Melissa Ashley, and the Queensland Premier’s Young Publishers and Writers Award winners Rebecca Cheers and Marilena Hewitt.

Hit And Run - Rita Campbell

August's Right Left Write winning entry - genre prompt: Mystery
Think of it like a hit and run, he’d said. No one will ever know except us. No one really gets hurt.

Glistening beads of sweat on her forehead mobilise, building to a slow-motion descent down her cheeks, dripping onto the keyboard, silently marking time.

How hard can it be? He’d challenged. Persuasion was his superpower.

She exhales - stretching her stiff neck back till she hears the distinctive crack. Wipes her palms on the well-worn white coat hanging on the chair behind her.

All that remains is to trigger the 12-hour time-delay that will sabotage the continuous analysis.

She checks the time. Three minutes till the CCTV cameras are restored. Three minutes. Hit and run, like he said. No one will ever know. Read more...

What's on at Queensland Writers Centre

Full-day hybrid workshop

Writing Place
with Lee Kofman

When: 10:30am, Saturday 22 October

Create a compelling atmosphere and the right mood in your work, and express its emotional truth through setting.

Full day face-to-face workshop

Writing Your New Story After Trauma with David Roland

When: 10:30am, Sunday 23 October

For writers of fiction and non-fiction, examine what happens after trauma or life disruption and how this can lead to new beginnings.

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


Workshop: Making an Infinite Grid Poem with Dusan Bojic

When: 11:00am, Sunday 18 September
Where: Online event

Hosted by QLD Poetry, this workshop will introduce participants to the experimental possibilities inherent in using a grid to produce an infinite poem – of possibilities, permutations, and play. 

Brisbane Festival

When: September
Where: Events and venues across Brisbane

Each September, Brisbane Festival lights up the city in a blaze of colour and arts performances and experiences that celebrate the city.

Queensland Memory Awards

When: 4:00pm, Thursday 6 October
Where: Online event

The Queensland Memory Awards recognise the valuable contribution of individuals and organisations across Queensland in the investigation, preservation and celebration of Queensland’s memory - past and present. Join SLQ for a celebration of Queensland history and research for the official announcement and presentation of eleven fellowships and awards.

Brisbane Children's Writers Festival

When: 9:00am, Saturday 8 October
Where: State Library of Queensland

Do you have a budding young writer at home? This October, Queensland Writers Centre presents a one-day festival jam-packed with workshops with published authors, competitions, and fun activities for writers in Grades 7-12. This free event is exclusively available to Queensland Writers Centre Youth Members.

Right Left Write

Our September genre prompt is Sci-Fi. Immerse yourself in the theme, experiment, play or subvert expectations!

Submissions of short fiction (max. 500 words) close at the end of the month, midnight on 30 September 
submit your entry now.

Community news

Crystal Leonardi, founder of Bowerbird Publishing has been named third place winner of Author of the Year at the 2022 AusMumpreneur Awards, presented by The Women’s Business School.

Sunshine Coast writer Ian Laver received a Commended writing award for the short story Honour Has a Price in the Positive Words Short Story and Poetry Competition 2022.

Jordan Drewitt Smith's short story For Better or Worse has been published on the WOW! Women on Writing website after placing third in the Spring Flash Fiction competition.
Lesley Synge performed the poem She Is (published in Foame) for the Australasian Dance Collective's Mature Dance Ensemble's Her Story is Still Being Written. Devised by the collective, and choregraphed by Brian Lucas, the ADC ensemble performed on 4 June in the Judith Wright Arts Centre. The Dante Alighieri Society of Brisbane invited Lesley to present her biography of Fortunato Stablum, an Italian immigrant to Central Queensland, earlier this year and recently posted the film of the presentation on YouTube. Tasmanian storyteller Bert Spinks and Lesley appeared at the Junk Bar in August for an evening of story and poetry. 
Share your achievements! Submit your Member Milestone using the submissions form here.

WQ Issue 278

On an average week at Queensland Writers Centre, the greatest joy comes from working with writers to elevate their work.

Featuring cover art by guest artist Sona Babajanyan, this issue includes updates on our Varuna Fellowships, GenreCon, the …able programs and more. Become a member to receive your copy this month!

Competitions & opportunities

Heyman Mentorship Award

Closes: 20 September

Author and Australian Writers Mentoring Program founder Kathryn Heyman has partnered with publisher Catherine Milne of HarperCollins to offer the 2022 Kathryn Heyman Mentorship Award. The award is for a writer of fiction or non-fiction over the age of twenty-six with full-length work-in-progress which engages in some way with issues of class and economic disadvantage.  

Job opportunity - editor internship position, black&write

Closes: 26 September

black&write! Editor Internships are paid Indigenous-Identified positions, based at State Library of Queensland, Southbank, Brisbane. The successful applicants will work in the black&write! team part-time over 12 months. For more information contact get in touch by email with  or call (07) 3842 9985.

ABR Peter Porter Poetry Prize

Closes: 3 October

Prize 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.

NSW Premier’s Literary Awards

Closes: 10 October

The annual NSW Premier’s Literary Awards honour distinguished achievement by Australian writers. Entries are sought for awards across fiction, non-fiction, children's literature, scriptwriting, translation and more. All works must have been first published, performed, screened or broadcast and made publicly available between 1 October 2021 and 30 September 2022.

This week's giveaway

Thanks to Queensland Writers Centre member Garth Jones, we have copies to giveaway of his book Home Brewed, Vampire Bullets Vol. One.

HOME BREWED, VAMPIRE BULLETS, VOL ONE is an occult rock ’n roll black comedy - an utterly unique mongrel punk Ozploitation bender!

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

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