Pen & Pixel - 27 September 2022

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

Brisbane Children's Writers Festival

Do you have a budding young writer at home? On Saturday 8 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.

There are just a few spots remaining for the Festival and our special satellite events - don't wait to secure yours.

What's on at Queensland Writers Centre

Face-to-face youth writing workshop

Turning Everyday Life Into Creative Writing with Ellen Wengert

When: 2:00pm, Saturday 1 October

For young writers (Grades 7-12): turn your true (and possibly mundane) stories into entertaining fiction and non-fiction.

Online development course

Short Fiction Feedback Clinic
with Debra Adelaide

When: 10:30am, Saturday 12 November

Receive personal and insightful feedback on your short fiction in an intimate, supportive class environment. Bookings by application - one place remaining.

Check out our website for bookings and more details. 

Community events

Australian Muslim Writers Festival 2022

When: 30 September - 8 October
Where: La Trobe University & Lalor Library, Victoria + online events

Celebrate the work of Australian Muslim writers at the 2nd Australian Muslim Writers Festival, hosted by the Right Pen Collective. The festival will take place across a mix of online events - including The Children's Table with Queensland authors Inda Ahmad Zahri and Razeena Omar Gutta - and in-person sessions in Melbourne, Victoria.

Lord Mayor's Writers In Residence Series - Meet Fiona McIntosh

When: 6:00pm, Friday 7 October
Where: Brisbane Square Library, George Street, Brisbane

Join internationally bestselling author Fiona McIntosh at Brisbane Square Library as she shares her new novel, The Orphans, "an unforgettable story about a unique bond between two children that will echo down the years". Presented as part of the Lord Mayor's Writers in Residence series.

Somerset Storyfest - Business Lunch with Murong Xuecun

When: 11:30am, Friday 21 October
Where: Mercure Resort, Palm Meadows Drive, Carrara

Join Somerset Storyfest at Mercure Gold Coast Resort for the Storyfest Business Lunch with Murong Xuecun, one of China's most celebrated and silenced literary authors. Murong Xuecun's latest book is Deadly Quiet City, "an unforgettable collection of true stories from the early months of the COVID-19 outbreak in Wuhan".

Blue Mountains Writers' Festival

When: 21 October - 23 October
Where: Carrington Hotel, Katoomba, New South Wales

Presented by Varuna the National Writers’ House, the Festival will take place in Katoomba amid the surrounds of the Blue Mountains, bringing together many of Australia’s most distinguished and emerging writers to create a program of thoughtful, inspiring events and workshops.

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 30 September - submit your entry now.

Community news & Member Milestones

Dani Ringrose's microfiction story Animal Parade was the winner of the Australasian Horror Writers Association's Robert N Stephenson Flash Fiction & Short Story Competition, and was published in the magazine Midnight Echo. It has also been acquired by international speculative fiction collection Mondi Incantati and will be translated into Italian.

Adaptable shortlisted writer and established YA author Kate McCaffrey's first adult fiction novel Double Lives will be released in October by Echo Publishing.

That is ALL Wrong!, the last instalment of the horror anthology trilogy edited by Jan-Andrew Henderson was released by Black Hart Press in August.

Hazel Barker's short story The Hand of God has been selected for publication in the 2022 Stories of Life anthology.

Adaptable shortlisted author J.M. Donellan has just optioned his first screenplay, the film adaptation of his forthcoming novel Rumors of Her Death, to Continuance Pictures.

Share your achievements! Submit your Member Milestone using the submissions form here.

Competitions & opportunities

Kill Your Darlings (KYD) - Submissions

Closes: 16 October

Submissions are open for online publication of work across genres including essay/commentary (1000–2000 words), memoir or personal essay (1000–1500 words), and cultural criticism (1000–1500 words). Submissions are also open for non-fiction pitches and submissions from Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander writers, to work with KYD‘s First Nations Editors-in-Residence in 2022.

Deakin University/Copyright Agency Children’s Writer-in-Residence

Closes: 29 October

Three-month residency program to support an established author of works for young people to develop a major new work, based at Deakin's campus or from home. Recipient will also present public talks, and engage with creative writing students and other emerging authors. Stipend of $20,000 included.

Commonwealth Short Story Prize

Closes: 1 November

Short story prize open to any citizen of a Commonwealth country (18+), awarded for the best piece of unpublished short fiction (2,000–5,000 words). Regional winners each receive £2,500 and publication opportunity with Granta magazine, and the overall winner receives £5,000. 

Neilma Sidney Short Story Prize

Closes: 14 November

Supported by the Malcolm Robertson Foundation and organised by Overland magazine, the prize seeks short fiction of up to 3,000 words on the theme of travel. Winning story receives $5,000 and publication in Overland’s autumn 2023 issue. Two runners-up each receive $750 and publication in Overland online in 2023.

Queensland Writers Centre - Printable 2022

Registrations close: 11 October

Queensland Writers Centre (QWC) is proud to announce our 3rd annual Printable program, returning in 2022 with a sharp focus on preparing you and your author brand, giving you an edge in the literary market.

Applicants will participate in a complete program including one-on-one consults with the QWC team and a comprehensive full day course (29 October 2022) including workshops with industry experts, with add-on opportunities for follow-up consultation and professional author headshots. 

This week's giveaway

Thanks to Allen & Unwin, we have a Remy Lai book pack to giveaway including one copy each of Rainbow the Koala, Star the Elephant and Sunny the Shark from the Surviving the Wild series. 

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

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Queensland Writers Centre

Level 2, State Library of Queensland, Stanley Pl, South Brisbane QLD 4101

Contact us:

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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