Welcome to 2017 – New Year Heralds Change

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As mentioned in a previous post there will be changes to the Mordialloc Writers’ Group this year.

Unfortunately, no one stepped forward to organise Readings by The Bay on a monthly basis so there have been no dates booked for 2017.

If the readings are revived, regular attendees will be the first to know.

Breda Hertaeg is coordinating the Tuesday night workshops and the following dates have been booked this year. All bookings are for ROOM 1, 7:30 – 10:00 pm.

FEBRUARY 7, 21

MARCH 7, 21

APRIL 11, 25 (ANZAC day)

MAY 9, 23

JUNE 6, 20

JULY 4, 18

AUGUST 1, 15,  29

SEPTEMBER 12, 26

OCTOBER 10, 24

NOVEMBER 7, (Melb Cup) & 21

DECEMBER 5

 I guess the changes can be described as ‘an end of an era’ – I founded the group with Noelle Franklyn. I’m the only one remaining who has seen every writer come through the group (over 200 local and not so local writers) – some achieving publishing success with novels and poetry collections. Many published in our nine anthologies, the last one for our 20th Anniversary.

I’m thrilled Breda is running Tuesday nights and although it is sad Readings By The Bay will no longer be a regular fixture there are many other venues for writers to read their work that didn’t exist when I first started our event in Mordialloc.

Good luck to everyone for a great writing year  – I’ll still be teaching at three local community houses but I’m taking the second term off to go travelling.

On March 31, I fly to Beijing, then to Mongolia to start my journey on the Trans-Siberian Railway and then fly to London from Helsinki.

In the UK I’ll be catching up with friends and family in England, Scotland and Ireland,  plus visiting the Orkney and Shetland Isles, new destinations for me. I’m hoping to catch up with writer friends I only know through the Internet.

I’ll be blogging my trip, so for anyone interested please follow me at Up The Creek With A Pen, https://mairineil.com

And for anyone living near any of my intended destinations and who may want to have a cuppa with me – please get in touch.  

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Next weekend will be a busy one for  Mordialloc Writers Group.

On Saturday, some of us will be at the Mentone Public Library reading from our latest anthology, Kingston My City and sharing the billing with writer Amanda Apthorpe who will be showcasing her latest novel. The details can be found at Mentone Library’s blog:

http://mentonepubliclibrary.blogspot.com.au/2016/10/mentonepublic-library-proudly-presents.html

Kingston Seniors Festival Literary Showcase

with Amanda Apthorpe + The Mordialloc Writers Group

When: 11am, Saturday, 29th October 2016

Email: mentonepubliclibrary@gmail.com

Address: Rear Entrance to the C.A.B.

36 Florence Street, Mentone. VIC. 3194

RSVP: Thursday, 27th October 2016

(Bookings Essential due to the Cosy Nature of Our Space)

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On Sunday, the group will be hosting our regular public monthly readings at Mordialloc Neighbourhood House, welcoming all those who want to read or listen to poetry and prose.

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Author Event – Maria Katsonis

READINGS BY THE BAY sept 2016.jpgThe inter-generational transition of Mordialloc Writers powers ahead and Kristina Rowell has arranged another author event to invigorate our regular Readings By The Bay.

Kristina sent around a reminder email to regulars (and not so regulars) to explain that this is a unique opportunity for an intimate discussion with an author, senior public servant and mental health advocate.

Maria and Kristina worked in the same government agency years ago before Maria became “famous and extremely busy!”

She will speak about writing and publishing her memoir “The Good Greek Girl” (Ventura Press, 2015) which is ‘about her experience of depression and rebellion against a traditional Greek upbringing’, as well as share her insights into the world of publishing and where the journey has taken her.

An engaging, confident, and inspiring speaker who has done similar talks at public sector forums, as well as the Newcastle Writers Festival earlier this year, she is sure to give you an honest and meaningful answer to any question you may ask.

Her most recent achievement is co-editing a book Rebellious Daughters (just published last month), described as ‘an anthology of true stories of rebellion and defiance from Australia’s finest female writers’.

For more detail see Maria’s blog http://mariakatsonis.com.au/ and the Readings review http://www.readings.com.au/review/rebellious-daughters-edited-by-maria-katsonis-and-lee-kofman.

Both books are available from the Readings bookshops and Maria will bring some copies on the day.

Hope to see many familiar and new faces on SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 25TH at 2.00pm.

Mairi Neil

The Southern Cross Literary Competition

Ballarat Writers are holding their bi-annual short story competition, The Southern Cross Literary Competition.

They are a small regional Victorian writers’ group and want to spread the word about the competition to all writing networks.

The competition closes on October 16, admissions accepted from July onwards.

The judge is Tony Birch, and first prize is $1500. All details, including submission guidelines can be found at: www.ballaratwriters.com/competitions/

The competition coordinator is Bronwyn Blaiklock of Ballarat Writers Inc details can be found here: short-story_comp2015

Prize: The winning entry will receive $1,500 (AUD)

Entry fee: $20 per story for Short stories to 3000 words, open theme.

To enter, go to: www.ballaratwriters.com/competitions for full guidelines and entry instructions

Results: Announced online in November

How’s your Sense of Humour?

Can you write a humorous story?

Chris Broadribb organises The Best of Times short story competition #20.
For humorous short stories (any theme) up to 2500 words.
First prize: $300-$500 (depending on number of entries),

Second prize: $100.

Closes 31 Oct 2015.

No entry form is required.

Include a cover sheet with your name and address, story title and word count, and where you heard about the competition.

Entry fee is $10 per story. Send a cheque or money order made out to Chris Broadribb or use Paypal to pay cabbook-20@yahoo.com.au
Post your entry to PO Box 55, Blaxcell NSW 2142 (including a large SSAE if you want the story returned and a results sheet, or a small SSAE for results only)

or email it to cabbook-20@yahoo.com.au

Competition website: www.bestoftimes.com.au

Check out the website and read previous winners to give yourself an idea of what is wanted.

GOOD LUCK!

New Writing Competition – notJack Writer’s Prize

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Today I received an email about a new writing prize – the notJack Writers’ Prize – with the theme of ‘writing from place’. It is a deliberately broad theme designed to encourage entrants from all genres, whose writing demonstrates creative engagement with place and/or shapes the significance of place for Australian writers and their readership.

Entries may be up to 3000 words or 40 lines of poetry. There are three cateogries – youth, open and Baringhup. Entry fees are either $10 or $20 according to category. The prize closes November 1st.  Please click on links below to go to the website and read the guidelines and obtain an entry form.

The notJack Writers’ Prize supports Australian writers in their creative engagement with place. Bush, country, coast, the countryside, land, property, suburbia – all these and more figure prominently in Australian writing, in shaping the significance of place for individual writers and in turn, forming iconic literary landscapes that sustain the cultural and national identities of readers.

Prize open July 13th – November 1st 2015

The prize welcomes submissions from all genres – including prose, essay, flash fiction, short story, poetry, biography, memoir, plays, screenplay – in which place, and writing from place, figures prominently. Submissions are not limited by the specific examples provided here.

notJack was established to support and protect iconic Australian literary landscapes, by fostering creative engagement with place and promoting the significance of place for Australian writers, their work and readership.

notJack currently supports the protection of the Moolort Plains, from and in which the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award Winner Romulus, My Father was written. The film of the same name was shot on site. In honour of this book, and the manner in which it crosses several genres to engage with place, the notJack writers’ prize accepts submissions from a wide variety of genres and writing styles.

Guidelines:  https://notjackwritersprize.wordpress.com/guidelines/

Entry form: https://notjackwritersprize.files.wordpress.com/2015/06/notjack-writers_-prize-entry-form.pdf

I had a lovely chat with the organiser/Manager Yana Canteloupe and she is keen for writers to contact her if there are any obstacles to their participation.

e: notjackwritersprize@gmail.com

m: 044 88 55 832

Prizes are substantial and desirable for any writer – masterclasses with respected and much lauded Australian writers: https://notjackwritersprize.wordpress.com/entry-details/

What can I say?   GO FOR IT  and Good luck!!

Catch-Up What’s On and Competitions For Writers

Sincere apologies for taking so long to update this blog, but shortage of time and wearing multi-hats is the price paid by volunteers who still have all the demands of “life” while they try to be creative.

This is a timely intro into the new state government’s request that all those involved in what they refer to as the Creative Industries,  anyone with a connection to ‘the arts’, submit ideas, opinions, and comments on a discussion paper, Let’s Get Creative About Victoria’s Future. Your contribution will help form Victoria’s first Creative Industries Strategy.

I went to a workshop last week and here is my blog on what we discussed. The Victorian Writers’ Centre has a lot to suggest too and this can be read here. The most important take away is the closing date for submissions is soon – please connect and contribute, it’s important. We don’t often get asked and this is an inclusive process – you can even remain anonymous and just click on suggestions you agree with on an interactive page online!

Aesthetica Creative Writing Award 2015: Call for Entries

The Aesthetica Creative Writing Award is open for entries. Now in its eighth year, the Prize is an internationally renowned award presented by Aesthetica Magazine that enables emerging and established writers to showcase their work to new, international audiences.

Judged by industry experts including Arifa Akbar, literary editor of The Independent and inewspapers, the prize awards £500 to each winner in Short Fiction and Poetry as well as publication in the Aesthetica Creative Writing Annual, a compelling anthology of new writing.

Prizes include:

£500 Poetry winner
£500 Short Fiction winner
Publication in the Aesthetica Creative Writing Annual
One year subscription to Granta
Selection of books courtesy of Bloodaxe and Vintage
Complimentary copy of the Aesthetica Creative Writing Annual
There are two categories for entry: Short Fiction (maximum length 2,000 words each) and Poetry (maximum length 40 lines each).

Deadline for submissions is 31 August 2015.  Here is the link.

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CONTACT for further information:

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The Geoff Dean Short Story Competition

The Geoff Dean Short Story Competition is open to all Australian writers for short fiction between 3000-10,000 words. The competition is presented by the Tasmanian Writers’ Centre and Island Magazine, in conjunction with the Geoff and Elizabeth Dean Foundation. Entry fee is $20. First prize is $2,000.

Closes 31st July

2015 Poetic Christi Press Poetry Competition

The theme for Poetic Christi Press’s poetry competition is ‘imagination’. Poems must be previously unpublished. Maximum length is 50 lines. First prize is $300; second is $100. Twenty five poems will be selected to be included in an anthology to be published by the press. Entry fee is $6 per submission.

Closes 31st August

Melaleuca Blue Life Writing Competition

This year we are going to collect flash-memoir, short stories and prose about your schooling life, and in particular a funny or useful lesson learned at school. The title of the book will be “Do nuns wear knickers? True stories of school life and what we really learned.”

Kari O’Gorman is seeking a wide range of experiences and especially types and generations of schooling. If yours is not successful, it is not likely due to your quality of writing, it is simply for variety sake.

In addition, we are also seeking photos or images of school as fillers in the book. We also would like some filler stories to be collected verbally and written down in less than 300 words. So if you know of anyone with an interesting school story who perhaps doesn’t like to write, please find out if you can record them with their permission and ask if they want to be included in the book.

Closes 14th August