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Give it up for the Brisbane Comedy Festival!

BRISBANE COMEDY FESTIVAL: RHYS NICHOLSON. Nice People, Nice Things, Nice Situations. ‘Hello there. It’s me, Rhys, from comedy. Would you like to come to my comedy concert? Why not, you know? It will be nice. Please come.’ ‘Nicholson is one of the most remarkable talents on the stand-up circuit,’ said the Sydney Morning Herald – 4 stars. Tuesday, 5 March to Sunday, 10 March, at the Visy Theatre, Brisbane Powerhouse. Suitable for ages 15+ Visit the Festival website at www.brisbanecomedyfestival.com for the full program and to get your tickets. (Photo by L.J. May S/S)

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On these pages you will find competitions and other opportunities for authors, performance writers for stage and screen, illustrators and filmmakers. See entries below the quick list for more detailed information.  

In this section we list competitions open to writers of prose and poetry. Detailed information poetry is listed below. Entries are in date order and those with deadlines looming are highlighted in red.   

  • The Moorabool Shire Council is proud to announce that THE 2019 PETER CAREY SHORT STORY AWARD is now open for entries. The award is for short stories between 2,000–3,000 words, and is open to all Australian residents aged 18 or over. Entries close at 6.00 p.m. AEDT on Thursday, 21 March 2019.
  • Applications and nominations are now open for five research fellowships and projects totalling $60,000 as part of State Library's QUEENSLAND MEMORY AWARDS. All applications must be received by 5.00 p.m. on Thursday, 28 March 2019.

 

Who: Moorabool Shire Council and Moorabool Writers Craft.

What: THE 2019 PETER CAREY SHORT STORY AWARD

Entries close: 6.00 p.m. AEDT on Thursday, 21 March 2019.

Contact: For guidelines and the application form visit the websites at https://www.moorabool.vic.gov.au/events/2019-peter-carey-award, and https://www.moorabool.vic.gov.au/forms/peter-carey-short-story-award-2019. Entries will be accepted via online application only and will be judged blind, so please, no names on your work. The long-list will be posted on their website in early May, and the winner and runner-up announced at an awards ceremony to be held at the Bacchus Marsh library on Saturday, 1 June 2019.

Cost: The entry fee is $10 per story and you may enter as many times as you like. Simultaneous submissions are fine, but please let them know immediately if your piece has been accepted elsewhere. See their Terms & Conditions above for further details.

What’s happening: The Rules. Moorabool Shire Council and Moorabool Writers Craft are proud to announce the 2019 PETER CAREY SHORT STORY AWARD. Born and raised in Bacchus Marsh, PETER CAREY is arguably Australia’s greatest living writer. The author of fourteen critically acclaimed novels and four works of non-fiction, Carey has won the Miles Franklin three times, and the Man Booker twice.

Early in his career Carey published two short story collections of rare and startling power – The Fat Man in History and War Crimes – both of which remain, forty years on, unrivalled in their mastery of the short story form. It seems only natural to name this award after one of Moorabool’s (and Australia’s) most gifted and imaginative storytellers.

The award is for short stories between 2,000–3,000 words, and is open to all Australian residents aged 18 or over. Long-listed entries will be judged by award-winning author NIC LOW, a Ngāi Tahu Māori and European New Zealand writer of wilderness, technology and politics. Nic’s short fiction, essays and criticism have been published widely in Australia and New Zealand.

The Prize: The winning entry receives $1,000, while the runner-up wins $500. First and second prized stories will also be published in the spring 2019 issue of Meanjin. Both stories will receive Meanjin’s standard contributor fee for their work.

 

Who: The State Library of Queensland.

What: FIVE RESEARCH FELLOWSHIPS AND PROJECTS AS PART OF THE STATE LIBRARY’S QUEENSLAND MEMORY AWARDS – SEE BELOW.

Entries close: Applications are open until 5.00 p.m. on Thursday, 28 March 2019.

Contact: For guidelines and the application forms visit the links below.

Cost: NIL to enter or apply.

What’s happening: The Rules. Applications and nominations are now open for five research fellowships and projects totalling $60,000 as part of State Library’s QUEENSLAND MEMORY AWARDS. The Awards recognise the valuable contribution of individuals and organisations from across Queensland make to the investigation, preservation and celebration of Queensland’s rich history.

The State Library invites applicants to respond to their unique collections and resources including manuscripts, maps, music, newspapers, oral histories and rare printed material. Researchers and creatives from all backgrounds and disciplines are encouraged to apply.

For information about each of the fellowships, awards and residencies, including past recipients or to apply for a fellowship, please select from the list below.

LINKS: QUEENSLAND MEMORY AWARDS – SLQ – Queensland Memory Awards

  • JOHN OXLEY LIBRARY FELLOWSHIP: As one of Queensland’s most prestigious research awards for over 10 years, the John Oxley Library Fellowship offers researchers, writers, historians and content creators the opportunity to discover Queensland’s rich history utilising the resources of the John Oxley Library and State Library of Queensland. The fellowship recipient will receive a stipend of $20,000. Find out more.
  • PLACE MAKING FELLOWSHIP: The Place Making Fellowship is an opportunity to discover the legends, stories and histories behind beloved Queensland sites. In partnership with Sekisui House Australia and West Village, this year's focus is Queensland’s ice cream history, exploring the iconic original Peters Ice Cream Factory in West End. Go to The Place Making Fellowshiphttps://queenslandlibraryfoundation.cmail19.com/t/r-l-jtihcuy-irltkjktdl-ty/
  • QUEENSLAND BUSINESS LEADERS HALL OF FAME FELLOWSHIP: The Queensland Business Leaders Hall of Fame Fellowship is awarded annually to support a research project that uses the rich resources of the John Oxley Library and contributes to the creation of new knowledge about Queensland's business or economic history.
  • MITTELHEUSER SCHOLAR IN RESIDENCE: The Mittelheuser Scholar in Residence is generously supported by Dr Cathryn Mittelheuser AM through the Queensland Library Foundation. Valued at $15,000, the residency is awarded annually to a leading thinker in the cultural sector, whose work gives rise to innovative new services or strategies.
  • JOHN OXLEY LIBRARY AWARD AND JOHN OXLEY LIBRARY COMMUNITY HISTORY AWARD: Nominations are open for both the John Oxley Library Award and the John Oxley Library Community History Award. These awards are gifted by the Library Board of Queensland and the Queensland Library Foundation, and given annually to individuals and local community organisations for distinction and innovation in the documenting and sharing of Queensland’s history.

 

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BRISBANE COMEDY FESTIVAL: AFTER HOURS. Don’t miss the Brisbane Comedy Festival’s late-night variety show with a mix of Festival acts and Brisbane’s best local comedians. Hosted by Dusty Rich, the After Hours lineup changes every night. This is where your favourite comedians go to get loose, try out new material and bring back some old favourites. Anything can happen! The line-up is announced each week on the Brisbane Comedy Festival website. It’s ON NOW and runs until Thursday, 21 March, 2019 at the Turbine Studio, Brisbane Powerhouse (Thursday nights) and the Brisbane City Hall on Friday, 15 March 2019. Tickets are $18 and a $6.60 transaction fee applies. Suitable for ages 18+ Visit the Festival website at www.brisbanecomedyfestival.com for the full program and to get your tickets. (Photo by L.J. May S/S)