Watchwords

Things that go bump in the night!

UPON THE STAIR. ‘Yesterday upon the stair, I met a man who wasn’t there, He wasn’t there again today, I wish, I wish he’d go away. When I came home last night at three, The man was waiting there for me, But when I looked around the hall, I couldn’t see him there at all! Go away, go away, don’t you come back any more! Go away, go away, and please don’t slam the door. Last night I saw upon the stair, A little man who wasn’t there, He wasn’t there again today, Oh, how I wish he’d go away!’ (From a song for the play ‘The Psyco-ed’ 1899, and published as the poem ‘Antigonish’ 1922, by William Hughes Mearns, better known as Hughes Mearns. (Photo of stained glass window and staircase in Moorlands House, Auchenflower, Brisbane in 1984 [home of the mysterious Mayne Family] courtesy of the Brisbane City Council: BCC-L11-9566)

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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 is listed below. Entries are in date order and those with deadlines looming are highlighted in red.  

  • The CREATIVE SPACES WEBSITE is a FREE TOOL that makes it easy to find space for creative purposes. It includes a searchable database, case studies, resources and a regular newsletter that allows users to source and promote venues and spaces nationwide.
  • The Australian Writers’ Guild sponsors events, festivals, awards and programs that recognise, promote, reward and celebrate the work of screen and stage writers. See who’s eligible.
  • The Brisbane City Council is seeking public event visionaries for its CREATIVE EVENTS REGISTER. If you’ve got a bright idea, register now. 

For THEATRE/FILM/TV etc. Click here: THEATRE, FILM & TV 

 

Who: An initiative of the City of Melbourne supported by the Brisbane City Council.

What: CREATIVE SPACES WEBSITE

Entries close: Ongoing resource.

Contact: Visit the website at http://www.creativespaces.net.au.

Cost: FREE TO USE.

What’s happening: The CREATIVE SPACES WEBSITE is a FREE TOOL that makes it easy to find space for creative purposes and helps venue managers and owners to promote their spaces. It includes a searchable database, case studies, resources and a regular newsletter that allows users to source and promote venues and spaces nationwide.

Free Use: A FREE tool for users to find creative spaces and venue managers to promote their spaces.

 

Who: The Australian Writers Guild (AWG)

What: AUSTRALIAN WRITERS' GUILD SPONSORSHIP

Entries close: Ongoing opportunity.

Contact: Go go to the AWG sponsorship page for more information and email admin@awg.com.au if you have any further queries.

Cost: Talk to AWG about your idea.

What’s happening: The Rules. The Australian Writers’ Guild is proud to sponsor events, festivals, awards and programs that recognise, promote, reward and celebrate the work of screen and stage writers. They are also the proud sponsor of Best Screenplay Awards for a number of festivals and competitions. 

If your organisation would like to get in touch with the Guild regarding sponsorship, head to their AWG sponsorship page to find out what types of events and awards they sponsor, how they show their support, and what they expect from the events they sponsor. You can then download and fill out the AWG sponsorship form before sending it to admin@awg.com.au

 

Who: The Brisbane City Council

What: CREATIVE EVENTS REGISTER

Entries close: Ongoing opportunity.

Contact: For more information, email creative.communities@brisbane.qld.gov.au or call (07) 3403 8888.

Cost: NIL.

What’s happening: The Rules. The Brisbane City Council is seeking public event visionaries. Help imagine events, learn more about creative development opportunities and hear about ways to work with Council on the Creative Events Register. Receive email updates about expression of interest opportunities through the year. To register, visit http://www.brisbane.qld.gov.au/creativeeventsregister

 

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DORIAN GRAY PROWLS LONDON BY NIGHT. ‘The Picture of Dorian Gray’, Oscar Wilde’s only novel published in 1891, is a dark, Faustian fable of the destruction of innocence and an inescapable day of reckoning. Artist Basil Hallward is enthralled by the Adonis-like Dorian Gray, the subject of his latest painting, as is the decadent Lord Henry Wotton, who dangles before Dorian the tantalising prospect of eternal youth and beauty while living a life of unbridled hedonistic pleasure. As the years pass, Dorian’s sins are indelibly etched upon the painting, changing the face from that of angelic youth to hideous gargoyle. ‘Suddenly his eye fell on the screen that he had placed in front of the portrait, and he started... Surely a painted canvas could not alter?... First in the dim twilight, and then in the bright dawn, he had seen the touch of cruelty round the warped lips.’ (From ‘The Picture of Dorian Gray’ by Oscar Wilde. There have been many film and television adaptations of this novel. Probably the best of them was the 1945 Warner Bros film, which starred Hurd Hatfield as Dorian Gray, Donna Reed, George Sanders and Angela Lansbury. Photo by L.J. May S/S)