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THE 2018 AACTA AWARDS: PRESENTER, Australian film director, producer and screenwriter FRED SCHEPISI AO, presented the 2018 AACTA AWARD FOR BEST DIRECTION to WARWICK THORNTON for ‘Sweet Country’. The famed director began his career in advertising and directed commercials and documentaries before embarking on his first feature film ‘The Devil’s Playground’ in 1976. The number and range of the films he has directed, most of them in Hollywood, is mind-boggling, but his credits include ‘The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith’, ‘Plenty’, ‘Roxanne’, ‘Six Degrees of Separation’, ‘Mr. Baseball’, ‘Last Orders’, and many more. (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 is listed below. Entries are in date order and those with deadlines looming are highlighted in red.   

  • MYSTERY WRITER ALERT! Entries for the CWA’s MARGERY ALLINGHAM SHORT STORY COMPETITION are now open for unpublished mystery stories. Entries must be submitted in English, but the author does not need to be resident in the United Kingdom. Entries close on 28 February 2019.
  • CRIME WRITER ALERT! The CWA Daggers are the most coveted awards in crime-writing and entries are now open for the CWA DEBUT DAGGER 2019. Crime writers from across the world are welcome to enter. Could you be the next winner? Only unpublished authors are eligible to enter this competition. Self-published authors are welcome to enter as long as they have never had a traditional publishing contract for a full-length novel. Deadline is 28 February 2019.
  • 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: The Crime Writers Association (CWA) UK.

What: THE CWA’S MARGERY ALLINGHAM SHORT STORY COMPETITION

Entries close: 6.00 p.m. (UK time), Thursday, 28 February 2019.

Contact: Visit the website at https://thecwa.co.uk/debuts/short-story-competition. Please read all terms and conditions carefully before submitting your entry at https://thecwa.co.uk/debuts/short-story-competition/terms-and-conditions and click https://thecwa.co.uk/debuts/short-story-competition/submit-your-entry for details on how to submit.

Cost: The entry fee for 2019 is £12 and this should be paid via PayPal. Online entry is a two-stage process. First you must pay the £12 submission fee. Once your payment has gone through you will receive a receipt with a transaction ID from PayPal. You may then return to submit your entry at any point until the submission deadline. You will need to submit your PayPal transaction ID along with your entry so they can confirm that all entries have been paid for.

What’s happening:The Rules. THE MARGERY ALLINGHAM SHORT STORY COMPETITION is now open for submissions of unpublished mystery stories. Margery Allingham was an English Golden Age crime writer best known for her detective stories featuring gentleman sleuth Albert Campion.

The Crime Writers’ Association and the Margery Allingham Society run this competition in partnership to promote mystery writing and the elegant medium of the short story. This competition is not to be missed for lovers of the short story – and, like the Debut Daggers, being shortlisted brings attention and prestige to the writing CV.

This award is for a single, PREVIOUSLY UNPUBLISHED SHORT STORY of up to 3,500 words by an author aged 18 years or over on 1 January of the competition year. The international competition is open to everyone – both published and unpublished authors from all over the world. All that they ask is that the story has not been previously published anywhere, or shortlisted for this competition – so whether you polish off a dusty draft or craft a brand new idea is totally up to you.

You have a fairly open brief – providing your story fits Margery Allingham’s definition of a mystery: ‘The Mystery remains box-shaped, at once a prison and a refuge. Its four walls are, roughly, a Crime, a Mystery, an Enquiry and a Conclusion with an Element of Satisfaction in it.’

The Prize: THE WINNER walks away with £500, two weekend passes for CrimeFest 2020 (UK), and a prestigious entry in your writing CV.

 

Who: The Crime Writers Association (CWA) UK.

What: THE CWA’S DEBUT DAGGER COMPETITION

Entries close: 6.00 p.m. (UK time), Thursday, 28 February 2019.

Contact: Head for the website at https://thecwa.co.uk/debuts/debut-dagger to find out the details. Read the Terms & Conditions and Submission Guidelines at https://thecwa.co.uk/debuts/debut-dagger/debut-dagger-terms-and-conditions.

The Debut Dagger longlist for 2019 will be announced at CrimeFest (UK) in May. The shortlist will be announced in the (UK) summer. The winner will be announced at the CWA Dagger Awards Gala Dinner in October 2019. PLEASE NOTE that they do not allow pseudonymous entries: you must enter the CWA Debut Dagger in your own name.

Cost: Online entry is a two-stage process from the portal accessed on the website. First you must pay the £36 (including VAT) submission fee. Once your payment has gone through you will receive a receipt with a transaction ID from PayPal. You may return to submit your entry (one file, consisting of the novel opening and the synopsis) at any point until the submission deadline.

You will need to submit your PayPal transaction ID along with your entry so they can confirm that all entries have been paid for. If your name differs significantly from the PayPal account holder’s, please use the space PayPal provide to cite your name and the title of your entry.

What’s happening:The Rules. The CWA Daggers are the most coveted awards in crime-writing and entries are now open for the CWA DEBUT DAGGER 2019. For over two decades the CWA has been encouraging new writing with its Debut Dagger competition for unpublished writers.

The submissions are judged by a panel of top crime editors and agents, and the shortlisted entries are presented to publishers and agents, who are happy to receive them. The Debut Dagger is open to anyone who has not yet had a full-length novel published by a traditional publisher and who, at the time of the competition closing, has not got a contract with a publisher or agent.

The international competition is for the opening of a crime novel not exceeding 3,000 words and a synopsis of up to 1,500 words (please note the 2019 increase to the synopsis word count allowance). All shortlisted entrants will receive feedback from the judges about their entries.

Winning the Debut Dagger doesn’t guarantee that you’ll get published. But it does mean your work will be brought to the attention of leading agents and top editors, who have signed up over two dozen winners and shortlisted Debut Dagger competitors. For their stories, see their Debuts web page – and visit the page for crime writing tips as well. Several tips are written by the readers for the Debut Dagger competition so it’s worth checking them out. VIEW PAST WINNERS

Entering the Debut Dagger can be more than just entering a competition. Joining their community via the Facebook Group gives you the opportunity to ask questions, share your experiences, and help out your fellow writers. You can also sign up to their Debuts mailing list to get regular information about events and competitions likely to be of interest, as well as the fabulous ezine Case Files, showcasing the latest crime writing releases.

The Prize: Would-be crime novelists dream about winning this one. There’s no denying that even being shortlisted brings your work to the attention of literary agents and publishers. There is exposure in the national media and publishing industry as well as coverage of the extensive CWA digital network. All shortlisted entrants will receive feedback from the judges about their entries. Do you win money as well as glory? Yes – there’s £500 for the winner.

 

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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THE 2018 AACTA AWARDS: Australian film director, screenwriter and cinematographer WARWICK THORNTON not only won the award for best direction for ‘Sweet Country’, but the movie itself also won the 2018 AACTA AWARD FOR BEST FILM presented by Foxtel. Warwick’s debut feature film ‘Samson and Delilah’ won the Camera d’Or at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival and Best Film at the Asia Pacific Screen Awards and Warwick also won the Asia Pacific Screen Award for Best Film in 2017 for ‘Sweet Country’. Thornton is a Kaytej man born and raised in Alice Springs. His mother Freda Glynn co-founded and was the first director of the Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association (CAAMA), and was also the director of Imparja Television for its first 10 years – a good grounding for Thornton. Warwick later graduated in cinematography from the Australian Film, Television and Radio School. A talent to watch! (Photo by L.J. May S/S)