LandmarkslogoShortlist announced!

Five entries have been shortlisted for the  2016 NWF/joanne burns Microlit Award:

Barunga Conversations, Tim Heffernan
The Shape You Make, Marjorie Lewis-Jones
The City was Growing Inside Her, Harriet McInerney
Infinity Loops, Jen Saunders
Perpetual Motion, Samantha See

The winning entry will be announced, along with the winner of the Newcastle category, at the Newcastle Writers Festival, April 7-9, 2017. All finalists will be published, along with invited contributors, in the Landmarks microlit anthology which will be launched at the festival.

Finalists announced!

The inaugural 2016 Newcastle Writers Festival/joanne burns Microlit Award, calling for submissions of up to 200 words on the theme of ‘Landmarks’, has now been judged.

Organisers of the award, Rosemarie Milsom (Director, Newcastle Writers Festival) and Bronwyn Mehan, (Publisher, Spineless Wonders) wish to extend their thanks to the three judges and all of those who submitted entries to the award.

The award consisted of a national category, judged by Cassandra Atherton. Finalists in this category are:

After the Storm, Emma Ashmere (NSW)

My Mother’s Song, Gavin Austin (NSW)

The Turning, Danielle Baldock (NSW)

Before and After, Tenzin Bereny (Qld)

Lost in Translation, Maree Gallop (NSW)

Barunga Conversations, Tim Heffernan (NSW)

Drought, Hilary Hewitt (NSW)

The Shape You Make, Marjorie Lewis-Jones (NSW)

Shot Tower, Karen Manton (NT)

The City was Growing Inside Her, Harriet McInerney (NSW)

Fragment from a Western, Mark O’Flynn (NSW)

Fly in Fly out, Tess Pearson (NSW)

Ochre, Jennifer Porter, (SA)

Mum’s Garden, Lisa Reily (NSW)

Infinity Loops, Jen Saunders (NSW)

Amelie, Pamela Seckin (NSW)

Perpetual Motion, Samantha See (NSW)

Underpass, Janet Thomas (SA)

Paper Lining, Elizabeth Tyson-Doneley (Qld)

The Span, Jodi Vial (NSW)

Finalists in the Newcastle category, judged by Joanna Atherfold-Finn and Karen Whitelaw are ‘Breakwall’ by Dael Allison and ‘As We That Are Left’ by Amanda Berry.

Entries shortlisted for the national category will be announced on November 1 and winners of both categories will be announced at the 2017 Newcastle Writers Festival.

All finalists will be published in the Landmarks anthology along with invited writers from across Australia. Landmarks will be officially launched at the 2017 Newcastle Writers Festival.

 

We are very excited to announce that the 2016 joanne burns Microlit Award will be  jointly-sponsored by the Newcastle Writers Festival and Spineless Wonders.

Theme: LANDMARKS

Length: 200 word max.

Closing date: Aug 31

The 2016 joanne burns Microlit Award will compromise both national and local categories. The national category, open to Australian citizens living anywhere and to any person residing in Australia, will be judged by the award-winning writer, scholar and critic, Cassandra Atherton. The Newcastle category, open to Hunter residents, will be  judged by Joanna Atherfold Finn and winner of the 2016 Newcastle Writers Festival Microlit Competition, Karen Whitelaw.

Winners of both categories will receive cash prizes of $300 and entries by all finalists will be considered for publication in an anthology, alongside invited writers.  Selected entries will be included in Spineless Wonders’ multi-platform #storybombingNWF17 project.

We are looking for  writing which responds imaginatively to the theme of ‘landmarks’. Landmarks may be critical or celebratory, watershed moments or turning points in history and culture or in relationships. There are literal landmarks and marks on the land(scape). Interpret the theme as broadly as you wish, using any tone, from the serious to satirical, from whimsical to witty.

Microlit includes any form of short writing such as flash fiction, prose poem, dramatic monologue etc. Please note that we do not accept poems with line breaks for this competition.

National Category Entry

Submission Guidelines / Conditions of Entry

  1. Submissions will only be accepted via the Submittable link.
  2. Entry fee is $7.00 for each submission. (There is no limit to the number of entries but for your convenience we have provided the choice of 1, 2 or 3 uploads at a time. See below.)
  3. Entrants must be over 18 years of age and  must be either an Australian citizen (living anywhere) or a person residing in Australia.
  4. Entries will be judged anonymously. The author’s name must not appear on the manuscript.
  5. The judge’s decisions will be final. No correspondence will be entered into.
  6. Entries are to be no more than 200 words (exclusive of the title).
  7. Submissions under consideration by another competition or publication or work that has been previously published or awarded will not be accepted.
  8. By entering the competition, writers grant Spineless Wonders and the Newcastle Writers Festival limited, fee-free, licence to publish their work and/or produce and screen it as video. Intellectual Property shall remain with the writer on the understanding that selected works not be published elsewhere until after Dec, 2017.
  9. The closing date is 31 August, 2016. Entries will be accepted up until midnight AEST. Late entries will not be accepted.
  10. Results will be announced by November, 2016.
  11. Spineless Wonders will publish works by the winner and finalists in its annual anthology. All published entries, including the winner, may be edited.

All entries are made via Spineless Wonders Submissions Manager.

To make 1 entry, click here

To make 2 entries, click here

To make 3 entries, click here
Newcastle Category

Submission Guidelines / Conditions of Entry

  1. Submissions will only be accepted via the Submittable link.
  2. Entry is free. (There is no limit to the number of entries.)
  3. Entrants must be over 18 years of age and reside in one of the 11 local government areas in the Hunter Region.
  4. Entries will be judged anonymously. The author’s name must not appear on the manuscript.
  5. The judge’s decisions will be final. No correspondence will be entered into.
  6. Entries are to be no more than 200 words (exclusive of the title).
  7. Submissions under consideration by another competition or publication or work that has been previously published or awarded will not be accepted.
  8. By entering the competition, writers grant Spineless Wonders and the Newcastle Writers Festival limited, fee-free, licence to publish their work and/or produce and screen it as video. Intellectual Property shall remain with the writer on the understanding that selected works not be published elsewhere until after Dec, 2017.
  9. The closing date is 31 August, 2016. Entries will be accepted up until midnight AEST. Late entries will not be accepted.
  10. Results will be announced by November, 2016.
  11. Spineless Wonders will publish works by the winner and finalists in its annual anthology. All published entries, including the winner, may be edited.

All entries are made via Spineless Wonders Submissions Manager, here.

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