Monthly Archives: February 2016

2016 Banjo Paterson Writing Awards

Entries close 15 April 2016.

Banjo Paterson Writing Awards:
Short Story: First $1,000
Open Poetry: First $1,000
Bush Poetry: First $500

ABC Central West Radio Children’s Writing Awards:
First $200
(for those under 16 years of age)


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Ray Koppe Young Writers’ Residency

Applications close: Monday 2 May 2016.

The Australian Society of Authors (ASA) will accept applications for the annual Ray Koppe Young Writers’ Residency from Thursday 31 March 2016. The program is open to writers who have not yet had a full-length work published and have a limited publication history of short works.

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The Society of Women Writers NSW – Literary Luncheon March 9, 2016


KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Author & President of the Jane Austen Society: Susannah Fullerton – Living a Literary Life in Sydney
GUEST SPEAKERS: Zoya Nojin, Kristin Prescott & Dr Susan Steggall – Write a Book in a Day? You Bet you Can!

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2016 Peter Cowan 600 Short Story Competition

Entries close on 1 April 2016 (must be postmarked by this date, or submitted via online entry).

The competition has an open theme and is open to all writers currently residing in Australia. Entries must be unpublished works and not have won prior recognition.

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FAWQ Literary Awards 2016

Closing Date: 31st May 2016.

Fellowship of Australian Writers (Queensland) Celebrating 95 Years.

Writers are invited to submit a maximum of up to three entries to any or all of the following categories:

Section A
Poetry to 60 lines.

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Writers Voice Deadline – 15th February

Just a reminder that the Writers Voice Quarterly Copy Deadlines are: 15 February, 15 May, 15 August and 15 November each year.
Copy for submission should be sent to:

The Editor, Writers’ Voice
65 Barbara Boulevard,
Seven Hills NSW 2147

Tel: (02) 9831 6808

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2016 Henry Lawson Festival of Arts Short Story and Verse competitions

Closing date 31st March (no late entries accepted).

  • Judging during April–May
  • Announcement of winners early June
  • Awards ceremony Saturday evening June 11

Entry forms can be downloaded from:

Statuettes will again be presented to the outright winners.

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The Society of Women Writers NSW – Literary Luncheon 10 February 2016


WEDNESDAY 10 February, 2016 at 12.00noon

Lunch is gourmet sandwiches with tea, coffee and juice.
$42.00 Members or $47.00 Non-Members

KEYNOTE SPEAKER is the wonderful: Patti Miller – A Writer In Paris
GUEST TALK: Sophie Masson – Writing Trinity
WORKSHOP PRESENTER: Pippa Kay – Beating The Block

DON’T MISS OUT – BOOK EARLY: Go here for more details:

or send an email and Make Your Booking here: moc.l1511074088iamg@1511074088gniko1511074088obhcn1511074088ulwws1511074088


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Poets 2016 Picnic

Tuesday 23 February, 5pm–8pm

Live Music, Roving Performers, Food Sales, Children’s Chalk Workshop from 5pm–6pm

Poetry Performances from 6pm–8pm

Grab a rug, pack a picnic and celebrate poetry under the stars by Sydney Harbour.

Featuring Australian poets Melinda Smith, Robert Adamson, Geoffrey Lehmann, Pip Smith,

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Dorothy Simmons wins Marjorie Barnard 2015 Short Story Award

As reported in the December issue of the Writers Voice:

Irish-born Dorothy Simmons, from Albury, was the well-deserved winner of the Marjorie Barnard 2015 Short Story Award, her short story being judged the best from 75 entries.

The winning entry, titled ‘Count Down’, was read by the competition judge,

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