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Emerging Writers' Festival #EWF22 - discover new stories, new voices and new worlds. 15-25 June 2022 “Our festival aims to support grassroots writing by providing a place to showcase the amazing diversity of work that new Australian writers are creating.

At the Emerging Writers' Festival, authors outside the mainstream can present their writing without the normal boundaries of literary fashion or favour. It's a great opportunity for readers too, to hear fresh work from the best writers they haven't heard of – yet." Richard Watts
Inaugural festival director, Emerging Writers Festival 2004

Since its creation in 2004 the festival has grown from a s

At the Emerging Writers' Festival, authors outside the mainstream can present their writing without the normal boundaries of literary fashion or favour. It's a great opportunity for readers too, to hear fresh work from the best writers they haven't heard of – yet." Richard Watts
Inaugural festival director, Emerging Writers Festival 2004

Since its creation in 2004 the festival has grown from a s

Operating as usual

This year, the Emerging Writers' Festival is teaming up with three artist-run collectives to produce EWF X performance e...
27/05/2022
Meet Schizy Inc - Emerging Writers' Festival

This year, the Emerging Writers' Festival is teaming up with three artist-run collectives to produce EWF X performance events. Coming up on our blog over the next few days, we introduce you to these collectives!

First up, we chat to Schizy Inc. #EWF22

https://emergingwritersfestival.org.au/blog/2022/meet-schizy-inc/

Learn all about EWF X collective Schizy Inc, an arts collective of creatives with living experience of diverse mental health.

We're looking forward to our events presented in partnership with Arts Access Victoria: - Learn how to make an accessibl...
24/05/2022
Enter The Colour Zone: Creating a Colouring In Book - Emerging Writers' Festival

We're looking forward to our events presented in partnership with Arts Access Victoria:

- Learn how to make an accessible zine! Join us in person at the Nebula portable arts space, or online for a discussion followed by a zine workshop.

- Come along to the launch of Marc Sorbello's book Enter the Colour Zone: Creating a Colouring In Book! Discover different means of storytelling and narration, then get involved with some colouring in!

Book now: https://emergingwritersfestival.org.au/event/zine-scene-how-access-and-ai-can-enhance-your-zine/ https://emergingwritersfestival.org.au/event/enter-the-colour-zone-creating-a-colouring-in-book/

The assemblage of handmade drawings comes alive with Marc's stream of consciousness narration, which puts a stamp on his unique interpretation of literacy.

Thanks to the Victorian Government's Entertainment Program, you can claim back 25% of the cost of your tickets to any pa...
17/05/2022

Thanks to the Victorian Government's Entertainment Program, you can claim back 25% of the cost of your tickets to any paid in-person events at #EWF22! That includes:

- Amazing Babes
- Writers' Night School
- EWF X Thin Red Lines: Left on Red and EWF X Schizy Inc: Gnarly Writers
- Writing the Stars*
- First Stage*
- Closing Night: Lie to Me

Spend over $40 on tickets to the above events in one transaction to claim your rebate, with each individual able to claim back up to a total of $125 under the program.

Learn more: https://mailchi.mp/emergingwritersfestival/get-25-off-your-ewf22-tickets

* Please note: Writing the Stars and First Stage are ticketed through our event partners, and cannot be purchased in the same transaction as other EWF ticketed events. You can still claim the rebate if you spend more than $40 through our event partners.

Image Credit: Hashem McAdam

The Emerging Writers’ Festival program is now live!From Wednesday 15 - Saturday 25 June, EWF invites you to discover new...
10/05/2022

The Emerging Writers’ Festival program is now live!

From Wednesday 15 - Saturday 25 June, EWF invites you to discover new stories, new voices, and new worlds. Over eleven days, dive into performances, panels, professional development opportunities, and online projects. With more than 50 in-person and digital events, and featuring over 150 artists, EWF has something for everyone.

Discover the full program now: https://emergingwritersfestival.org.au/

Festival illustration by Lily Nie @ Paperlily Studio

The Richell Prize for Emerging Writers is now open for entries for 2022! 🥳 The winner will receive $10,000 and a year-lo...
21/04/2022
The Richell Prize for Emerging Writers - Emerging Writers' Festival

The Richell Prize for Emerging Writers is now open for entries for 2022! 🥳

The winner will receive $10,000 and a year-long mentorship with Hachette Australia Books.

Have you been working on a manuscript? Or have a brilliant story waiting to be told? Well it's time to get writing! Entries are open to unpublished writers of adult fiction and adult narrative non-fiction. ✍️

To learn more about the #RichellPrize2022: https://emergingwritersfestival.org.au/the-richell-prize-for-emerging-writers/

This is the eighth year of the prestigious Richell Prize and once again entries are open to unpublished writers of adult fiction and adult narrative non-fiction. The winner will receive $10,000 in prize money, to be donated by Hachette Australia, and a year’s mentoring with one of Hachette Austral...

Just announced!Please join us on Tuesday May 10 for the Emerging Writers' Festival 2022 Program Launch: Good at Being Ba...
07/04/2022
Program Launch: Good at Being Bad - Emerging Writers' Festival

Just announced!

Please join us on Tuesday May 10 for the Emerging Writers' Festival 2022 Program Launch: Good at Being Bad. 😈

Featuring Greer Clemens, Ana Maria Gomides, Ruby-Rose Pivet-Marsh, Mykaela Saunders, Cher Tan and Thabani Tshuma.

Presented in partnership with The Wheeler Centre for Books, Writing and Ideas.

Book your tickets now! https://emergingwritersfestival.org.au/event/program-launch-good-at-being-bad/

EWF is unveiling the 2022 hybrid festival program to help prepare you for a winter of words.

It's the last day of our March Donation Drive!If you haven't donated yet but have been thinking about supporting the Eme...
30/03/2022
Support the future of Australian storytelling

It's the last day of our March Donation Drive!

If you haven't donated yet but have been thinking about supporting the Emerging Writers' Festival, this is your time to shine!

Every dollar makes a difference! 💸💸💸
https://emergingwritersfestival.org.au/donate/

As a not-for-profit organisation, EWF relies on donations to continue to provide a platform, training and support for Australia’s emerging writers and storytellers.

Entries are now open for The Rachel Funari Prize for Fiction! This year, lipmag are seeking entries of creative, insight...
29/03/2022
The Rachel Funari Prize For Fiction 2022

Entries are now open for The Rachel Funari Prize for Fiction! This year, lipmag are seeking entries of creative, insightful fiction up to 2000 words that engage with the theme AFTERMATH.

Entries close 8pm Friday 15 April 2022.

Learn more: https://lipmag.com/about/the-rachel-funari-prize-for-fiction/

Entries for the 2022 Rachel Funari Prize for Fiction are now open! * The 2022 Rachel Funari Prize for Fiction is accepting entries of creative, insightful fiction up to 2000 words that engage with …

It's the second week of EWF's March Donation Drive! After two years of digital programming, we're excited to be returnin...
08/03/2022
GiveNow - EWF March Donation Drive

It's the second week of EWF's March Donation Drive!

After two years of digital programming, we're excited to be returning to IRL events and see you all in person! We would love your support in raising the money needed to cover our venue hire. 🏟️

Of course, we'll still have plenty of digital events and projects as part of our hybrid program for #EWF22! 🖥️

DONATE NOW: https://www.givenow.com.au/ewf-march-donation-drive

Support EWF's March Donation Drive! Help us reach our target goal of $6,000 and support us in covering venue hire costs for #EWF2022.

This March, we’re asking you to support the Emerging Writers’ Festival’s Donation Drive! Throughout the month, we’ll be ...
28/02/2022

This March, we’re asking you to support the Emerging Writers’ Festival’s Donation Drive! Throughout the month, we’ll be asking for donations to reach our target goal of $6,000. This amount will help us cover the costs of our venue hire for #EWF22. After two years of delivering our festival program online, we’re super excited to be able to return to in-person events and see you IRL! Your donation will make that possible.

Donations of any size are appreciated, and as EWF is a not-for-profit organisation and registered charity with deductible gift recipient (DGR) status – all donations over $2 are tax deductible!

DONATE NOW: https://www.givenow.com.au/ewf-march-donation-drive

This week on the EWF blog, a personal essay from our virtual resident Rebecca Ferrier, as part of a UNESCO City of Liter...
14/12/2021
Mrs de Winter or Mrs de Winter: A Personal Essay by Rebecca Ferrier - Emerging Writers' Festival

This week on the EWF blog, a personal essay from our virtual resident Rebecca Ferrier, as part of a UNESCO City of Literature exchange.

The Virtual Writers in Residence program was an initiative connecting global City of Literature writers with ten Melbourne-based organisations, supported by Melbourne UNESCO City of Literature Office during the month of November 2021.

Melbourne City of Literature
Edinburgh City of Literature
#VirtualWritersinResidence

https://emergingwritersfestival.org.au/mrs-de-winter-or-mrs-de-winter-a-personal-essay-by-rebecca-ferrier/

Mrs de Winter or Mrs de Winter: A Personal Essay by Rebecca Ferrier Emerging Writers' Festival  14/12/2021 In partnership with the Melbourne UNESCO City of Literature Office, EWF is proud to host Rebecca Ferrier for a virtual residency for the month of November. In this personal essay, Rebecca expl...

Episode 5 ‘Sovereign Food’ of Vignettes, the EWF Podcast is out now.Our final episode of Season 3: Spring featured readi...
10/12/2021

Episode 5 ‘Sovereign Food’ of Vignettes, the EWF Podcast is out now.

Our final episode of Season 3: Spring featured readings from Hasib Hourani, Tarneen Onus Williams and Muhib Nabulsi. Thank you for sharing ❤️‍🔥

Listen now here: https://emergingwritersfestival.org.au/vignettes-the-ewf-podcast/, or wherever you stream your podcasts. We hope you’ve enjoyed this season of Vignettes.

Rebecca Ferrier was our virtual writer-in-residence at Emerging Writers’ Festival during November 2021 as part of a UNES...
08/12/2021
Mulch by Rebecca Ferrier

Rebecca Ferrier was our virtual writer-in-residence at Emerging Writers’ Festival during November 2021 as part of a UNESCO City of Literature exchange.

As part of her residency, Rebecca has produced a video work. In this video, she is sharing a short story called "Mulch".

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PDi7yv6uMdg

Learn more about Rebecca: https://emergingwritersfestival.org.au/virtual-writer-in-residence-rebecca-ferrier/

Rebecca Ferrier is the virtual writer-in-residence at Emerging Writers’ Festival during November 2021 as part of a UNESCO City of Literature exchange. She is...

Sovereign Food, our final episode for Season 3 of Vignettes, the EWF Podcast is out today.Tarneen Onus Williams, Hasib H...
06/12/2021

Sovereign Food, our final episode for Season 3 of Vignettes, the EWF Podcast is out today.

Tarneen Onus Williams, Hasib Hourani and Muhib Nabulsi join us on the podcast to tell their personal food stories.

We hope you have enjoyed this season of Vignettes, and if you’ve missed any of the episodes, they’re all available to listen to now wherever you listen to podcasts – just search Emerging Writers’ Festival. Alternatively, learn more about Season 3 of Vignettes here: https://emergingwritersfestival.org.au/vignettes-the-ewf-podcast/

Season 3: Spring was produced by Millie Baylis and audio produced by Joe Buchan. Our theme music was designed by Thu Care, and our episode artwork by Molly Hunt.

Vignettes will return in 2022. Thank you for listening. 🎧

CLOSING SOON: Apply now to join the Emerging Writers' Festival Programming Team! We're looking for an Program Coordinato...
03/12/2021
Work With Us

CLOSING SOON: Apply now to join the Emerging Writers' Festival Programming Team! We're looking for an Program Coordinator and Associate Producer to help assist in the curation and execution of #EWF22!

Applications close 5pm AEDT Sunday 5 Dec.

Learn more and apply: https://emergingwritersfestival.org.au/work-with-us/

Want to work in literature? EWF is the place to get your foot in the door, making invaluable connections within Melbourne’s thriving emerging literary scene

Episode 4 'Bloom' of Vignettes, the EWF Podcast is available to stream now. Find Vignettes wherever you listen to podcas...
03/12/2021

Episode 4 'Bloom' of Vignettes, the EWF Podcast is available to stream now. Find Vignettes wherever you listen to podcasts.

Thank you to Léa Antigny, Paige Clark and Laura Stortenbeker for joining us on our latest episode.

Next week, we release our final episode 'Sovereign Food', featuring Hasib Hourani, Tarneen Onus Williams and Muhib Nabulsi. Be sure to subscribe to be the first to hear.

Listen and subscribe: https://emergingwritersfestival.org.au/vignettes-the-ewf-podcast/

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We're already almost half way through the year! Be sure to check out the below round up of opportunities. Submit, apply and book your tickets! 👉 Grab your tickets for the Queensland Poetry EMERGE festival! https://www.qldpoetry.org/qpf-program/p/opening-night 👉 Write for Kill Your Darlings! (29 May) https://www.killyourdarlings.com.au/write-for-kyd/ 👉 The Emerging Writers' Festival is now live! Grab your tickets! https://emergingwritersfestival.org.au/ 👉 Entries to The Novel Prize are open Giramondo Publishing (1 June) https://giramondopublishing.com/novelprize/ 👉 The Best Australian Yarn Short Story Competition (May 31) https://bestaustralianyarn.com.au/ 👉 Subbed In is is open for poetry manuscript submissions 👉 Peter Carey Short Story Competition (4 Jun ) https://www.moorabool.vic.gov.au/.../Peter-Carey-Short... 👉 Submit your work to @Archer Magazine! (ongoing) http://archermagazine.com.au/write-for-archer/ 👉 Submit to Enbylife! (ongoing) https://enbylife.net/ 👉 Submit your short fiction to @Overland Literary Journal (ongoing) https://overland.org.au/submit/fiction-submissions/ 👉 Submit your work to the Griffith Review! https://www.griffithreview.com/submit-to-griffith-review/ 👉 Submit your writing and art to Baby Teeth Journal https://www.babyteethjournal.com/submission-guidelines 👉 Submit your work to Pulch Mag http://pulchmag.com/submit-your-work/ 👉 Tracey Trinder Playwrights's Award (Applications are now open) (30 June) https://www.ensemble.com.au/2022-tracey-trinder-award/... 👉 Kill Your Darlings School Writing Prize is now open! (22 July) https://www.killyourdarlings.com.au/.../kyd-school.../ 👉 The Scribblers Festival Conversation Caravan extended deadline for short podcasts (1 June) https://www.scribblersfestival.com.au/conversation... 👉 Verandah Journal now open for submissions (30 June) https://verandahjournal.com.au/2021-submissions.../ 👉 Entries are now open for the Richell Prize for Emerging Writers Emerging Writers' Festival Hachette Australia Books (8 July) https://emergingwritersfestival.org.au/the-richell-prize.../
We can't wait for the Emerging Writers' Festival!
Calling all South East Storytellers! Bunjil Place's Youth Arts Collective, Arts Agitators, want you to be involved in an exciting upcoming project as part of this years’ Emerging Writers' Festival. Yes, and… will be a pieced together film of storytelling made by the Arts Agitators and YOU. Film a 10 second video of yourself telling us in one sentence, what happens before this ending...'And the sun set over Westfield Fountain Gate.' Upload your short video through our website, submissions close Tuesday 31 May 5.00 pm - bit.ly/bp-yes-and-submissions Presented as part of this year’s Emerging Writers’ Festival.
On the front of our home at Brunswick Mechanics you'll find a new public art commission, 'Secretos de la Raíz –– Innato' by Kathleen Gonzalez. Pop by, and have a peek until late June and see this four-channel video installation investigating ancestral knowledge, and the spiritual and physical connections shared across generations, cultures and continents. It’s running 24/7 but we recommend checking it out in the evening. Read more → https://bit.ly/3FVgXFm Wed 11 May - Sat 25 June Performance & Conversation: Sun 19 Jun, 1.30pm Presented as part of Emerging Writers' Festival #EmergingWritersFestival #PublicArt #VideoArt #Brunswick
Featuring Camila Egusquiza, William Huang, Saanjana Kapoor, Jo Newman, Dženana Vucic, and Beau Windon, 'here & now' is a digital anthology collaboration between Emerging Writers' Festival 2022 and Centre for Stories. Join the artists for an evening of readings from the anthology and grab yourself a copy! Learn more about this FREE online event here: https://emergingwritersfestival.org.au/event/here--now-anthology-launch/?fbclid=IwAR1l7T8xxFK49-JQLvkDhwcsfwJBOP7VwlKQhydB6bGmvW0T3-GwHp-cExU Six writers have been paired up and spent a month collaborating, sharing work, and discussing craft and community with one another. In this anthology, they present their conversations and creativity through poetry, writing, and interviews. This event is part of the Emerging Writers' Festival, held 15-25 June 2022 across Naarm/Melbourne and online. View the full program at https://emergingwritersfestival.org.au
We are thrilled to be partnering with Emerging Writers' Festival for 'coven', both live at The Alderman and online. Book (for free!) here: https://emergingwritersfestival.org.au/event/coven/ How does magic infuse itself into the written word and into the lives of writers? What are the connections between poetic and magical practices? Hear poems from a line-up of artists weaving their practices of writing and magic together. With Ellen van Neerven, Bo Svoronos, Ella Skilbeck-Porter, Ruby-Rose Pivet-Marsh, Jacinta Le Plastrier (MC), Ursula K. Le Guin (recited by Ella Skillbeck-Porter), Georgia Kartas, Ana Maria Gomides, Lou Garcia-Dolnik, Tamryn Bennett and Jessica Alice.
What a brilliant program! We're excited to present as a part of this year's Emerging Writers' Festival 2 stella digital events! DIGITAL 101 with Rory Green, and the #EWF22 Digital Writing Jam!
The Emerging Writers’ Festival 2022 program is now live! From 15-25 June, Emerging Writers' Festival invites you to discover new stories, new voices, and new worlds. Over the eleven days, dive into performances, panels, professional development opportunities, and online projects. With more than 50 in-person and digital events, and featuring over 150 artists, EWF has something for everyone. Learn more at https://emergingwritersfestival.org.au
The Emerging Writers' Festival program is out now! AAV have three events in this year's program. This year's festival has over 50 in person and digital events, featuring over 150 artists. Browse the program on the Emerging Writers Festival website. https://emergingwritersfestival.org.au/festival/
The Emerging Writers' Festival 2022 program is now live! From 15-25 June, Emerging Writers' Festival invites you to discover new stories, new voices, and new worlds. Over the eleven days, dive into performances, panels, professional development opportunities, and online projects. With more than 50 in-person and digital events, and featuring over 150 artists, EWF has something for everyone. Learn more at https://emergingwritersfestival.org.au
Tonight at The Wheeler Centre for Books, Writing and Ideas, the Emerging Writers' Festival reveal what they have in store for the 2022 festival. This special event is free to attend in person, or you can join the audience online – just head to the EWF website at 6:30pm tonight to watch live.
Are you good at being bad? That's the theme of this year's launch of the Emerging Writers' Festival program! Celebrate this year's hybrid program at tonight's launch. Tuesday 10 May at 6.30 pm. The launch is in person at the Wheeler Centre, or livestreamed. It is Auslan interpreted. Book to attend in person, or log on to watch the launch at the EWF website.