14 October 2007

Opportunities for writers, from Liz Winfield's October newsletter

Competitions & Opportunities

Writing for the box: industry placement

The Southern Star Entertainment Writing for Television Drama Initiative is a fantastic opportunity which aims to give a writer exposure to the specialised requirements of writing for adult drama and help develop an awareness of all aspects of this genre. The successful candidate will receive an industry placement with Southern Star Entertainment in 2008 allowing them to participate in script development meetings of an adult drama production. The writer will also receive $5,000 for expenses. Applications are invited from both new writers and those who have experience in other areas of performance writing, such as children’s television. Applicants must be members of the Australian Writers' Guild and in their application should state why they want to write television drama; what visions or goals they have in this genre; and list any relevant writing credits. Applications (2 pages max) should be sent to admin@awg.com.au with "Southern Star Placement" in the subject header.
Closing 19 October

Hear hear! Get your audio work online

Audiophile is a new Australian not-for-profit website devoted to publishing radio docos, audio stories, field recordings, and more. Become a member of the Audiophile community and start publishing your original material now. Hear Hear is offering a small cash prize as part of it initial call for works. All works uploaded before 20th October will be go into the draw to receive the prize. Audiophile is devoted to publishing the works of emerging audio producers with an interesting story that they want the world to hear. Duration - 30 seconds or more. Email eardrum@audiophile.org.au Website www.audiophile.org.au
Closing 20 October

The Marten Bequest Travelling Scholarships 2008

Two travelling scholarships of $18,000 offered in each of the following categories: acting, instrumental music, painting, poetry, prose, singing. Full terms and conditions outlined on application forms available for download on the website. Contact the Cauz Group Pty Ltd Tel 02 9326 5507 Email trustawards@cauzgroup.com.au Website www.trust.com.au (to Philanthropy).
Closing 26 October

CAL | Cultural Fund

The Copyright Agency Limited's Cultural Fund offers grants to support research, education and cultural development projects that enhance the economic and creative climate in which CAL's members and CAL operate and to provide practical assistance to these creators to the benefit of the Australian cultural community generally. The priority area for funding for the fund in 2007 and 2008 is 'The Development and Dissemination of Australian Content'. The Cultural Fund also comprises the Professional Development Fund, offering support for individual Australian creators seeking to improve their skills and expertise through participation in a course, festival or conference; and the Publishers' Career Development Fund, supporting career development opportunities for publishers' staff. Contact Susan Hayes Tel 02 9394 7600 Email research@copyright.com.au Website www.copyright.com.au/cultural_fund.htm
Closing 26 October

Rodney Seaborn Playwright's Award

Offering a $10,000 prize for a script or theatre proposal which, in dealing with individual, family, social or environmental issue(s), conveys an awareness or message of faith, hope and love. Attention will focus on product from artists requiring financial assistance to support some further development in the form of workshopping, production, restaging, publishing or touring. The Rodney Seaborn Playwright's Award began when NIDA entered into a partnership with the Seaborn Broughton and Walford Foundation, and welcomed Dr Seaborn as a Board Member and Life Governor. Entry must include a synopsis of the play plus two copies of the script and a statement on the intended use of the funds. There is an entry fee of $15. Contact Carol Martin Tel 02 9697 7654 Website www.sbwfoundation.com
Closing 29 October

The Science Fiction Writers of Earth 27th annual Science Fiction/Fantasy short story contest

closes on 30th October. Head to http://home.flash.net/~sfwoe/ for full details.
Closing date: 31 October 2007

FAW-Tasmania Christmas Competitions 2007

Open to FAW-Tasmania members only. Free entry, limit of 2 entries/award/member
  • Terri & Hal Moore Memorial Poetry Award: for a poem on any theme and in any style, limit 40 lines.
  • Betty Nicholson Memorial Short Story Award: for a story on any theme, no longer than 2500 words.
  • Margaret Giordano Memorial Non-fiction Award: for an article or essay on any subject, limit 2000 words.
Send entries to:- FAW-Tasmania, PO BOX 234 NORTH HOBART TAS 7002

St Petroc's Society First International Poetry Competition

NIDA Playwrights Studio

The NIDA Playwrights Studio is a year-long part-time course designed to develop skills in writing professionally for performance. Studio participants have access to NIDA’s facilities, resources and expertise, including attendance at over 20 NIDA play productions during the year. A major component of the course requires participants to develop a short play over the year, culminating in a rehearsed reading to an invited audience. Entry is by application and interview. Website www.nida.edu.au
Closing 2 November

Black Inc | Growing up Asian in Australia: a new anthology

If you're an Asian-Australian with a story to tell, share your thoughts and experiences with Black Inc for their upcoming anthology, to be edited by Alice Pung. Closes 1 December.
Asian-Australians are known to each other and the outside world by many labels: Quiet Achiever. FOB. Gangster Chigger. Mainlander. Banana. Are these labels based on some degree of truth, or only fiction? What is it like to grow up Asian in Australia? Black Inc. invites Asian-Australians to share their personal experiences of growing up in Australia that are unique, honest and reflective, for inclusion in an anthology. The pieces can take any form, tone or style, but should steer clear of abstract or sociological treatments. Submissions should be between 800 and 3,000 words in length. Email deniseo@blackincbooks.com Website www.blackincbooks.com
Closing 1 December.

Australian Book Review Poetry Prize 2008

Entries are invited for the Australian Book Review Poetry Prize 2008. Now in its fourth year the competition has established itself as one of the country’s most prestigious and is now also one of the most lucrative with a first prize pot of $3000. Entries need to be a single poem of not more than 100 lines in length and the closing date is 15 December. For more information go to www.australianbookreview.com.au.

Tom Howard/John H. Reid Short Story Contest

Postmark Deadline: March 31, 2008
Now in its 16th year. Prizes of $2,000, $1,000, $500 and $250 will be awarded, plus five High Distinction awards of $200 each and five Most Highly Commended Awards of $100 each. Submit any type of short story, essay or other work of prose, up to 5,000 words. You may submit work that has been published or won prizes elsewhere, as long as you own the online publication rights. $12 entry fee. Submit online or by mail. Early submission encouraged. Winning Writers is assisting with entry handling for this contest. Judges: John H. Reid and Dee C. Konrad. See the complete guidelines and past winners. http://www.winningwriters.com/contests/tomstory/ts_guidelines.php

Screenwriting mentorships

Acclaimed screenwriting teacher, Linda Aronson, is offering a small number of one-to-one mentorships for screenwriters from November 2007 to early March 2008. Mentorships will suit writers considering a tertiary screenwriting diploma, and are open to all levels, from beginners to experienced writers wishing to experiment in non-linear/multi-story structures. Linda has won awards for scripts, plays and fiction. Her book Screenwriting Updated is required reading at NYU and many other film schools around the world, and she guest lectures widely/ Linda offers mentorships only in Australia and numbers are strictly limited. Email newsandcomment@bigpond.com with ‘2007-2008 Mentorships’ in the subject line.

Australian Songwriters Conference

6 – 9 June 2008
Songwriters from across the country will converge on Sydney in June 2008 for the first annual Australian Songwriters Conference, and with a limit of 500 attendees, organisers expect the event to sell out quickly. The Australian Songwriters Conference is a four day event, taking advantage of the Queen's Birthday long weekend. Although week-long songwriting camps and conferences are regularly held overseas, particularly in the USA, there has never been a conference of this scope, especially for songwriters, held in Australia. Website www.australiansongwritersconference.com.au

Opportunities for writers from Vignette Press

ph. 03 9381 2123 fax. 03 8610 2058 www.vignettepress.com.au If you have received this email as a forward and would like to hear more from us, please email newsletter@vignettepress.com.au with 'subscribe' in the subject line.

More opportunities:

  • Awesome prizes and kudos galore up for grabs in the 2007 GC O'Donnell Essay Prize. The topic is copyright and the protection of author interests. Closes 19 October 2007.
  • Positive Words is holding an end-of-year short story and poetry competition. Cash prize and publication to the winner, and you can enter with stamps, which I love. Closes 31 October, entry details from 466 Old Melbourne Road, Traralgon 3844, Victoria.
  • Short and Twisted seeks submissions of stories to 2000 words, super-short stories to 500 words and poems to 30 lines for a 2008 issue. Stories must have a twist! Closing date 30 November.
  • Signature is seeking new voices and new impressions for an ongoing, online publishing project. In particular they want ideas, stories and voices that aren't usually covered by mainstream media. Check their site for the low-down.
  • The gorgeous Kat is collecting accounts of depression in written or visual art form for a compilation book called Head Noises. They are seeking any truthful and raw accounts that you would like to share to help bridge the gap of loneliness experienced by sufferers of depression. Details on Social Experiment.

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