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WRITER WATCH: NICK EARLS. It’s always a pleasure to meet up with Nick, one of Australia’s favourite writers (and a Queenslander to boot). In case you get into a conversation with him and you’re wondering what is ‘smallish but perfectly formed’, Nick is not talking about himself, but about novellas. The novella has been around for over 650 years and in Nick’s opinion it’s making a comeback – often a read more satisfying than a short story, but without the time commitment necessary to plough through a lengthy novel. Stories come in different sizes, and the five novellas that comprise Wisdom Tree by Nick Earls prove that sometimes 20,000 words is just the right size. According to one critic, Nick has written ‘the most perfect novella in the history of the format.’ Wow! That critic must have read a lot of novellas to make that claim. Good read though. (Photo courtesy of Nick Earls)

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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.   

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  • 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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WRITER WATCH: JANET LEE. ‘The Killing of Louisa’. Gympie's Janet Lee has won a Queensland Literary Award for the historical fiction draft novel she wrote in five months. The freelance writer, who this year graduated from the University of the Sunshine Coast with a Doctor of Creative Arts, last week won the Emerging Queensland Writer Manuscript Award for her work ‘The Killing of Louisa’, which judges likened to the hugely successful books ‘Burial Rites’ and ‘Alias Grace’. Dr Lee's manuscript told the story of a woman sentenced to death for murder in 19th century Sydney. The judges said: ‘This high quality work of historical fiction offers a superior blending of narrative tension and strong research. It also offers a clear and convincing voice in the character of Louisa Collins who has been sentenced to hang for the murder of her two husbands in late 19th century Sydney. This novel provides a creative re-imagining of colonial Australia, rich with historical detail and high drama.’ (Photo by Renee Albrecht, courtesy of the ‘Gympie Times’: modified by L.J. May)