Children’s Book Consultation with Erica Wagner
Are you writing books for children U12? Long time publisher, editor and bookseller Erica Wagner has agreed to offer 30 minute personal feedback over Zoom after reading a selection of your work. This is a unique opportunity to get advice directly from an experienced publisher and gain valuable insight into your work. Not one to be missed!
Erica Wagner has worked with books for most of her life, as a bookseller, editor and publisher and has worked with many of Australia’s finest writers and illustrators. Until recently she was the Executive Publisher, Books for Children and Young Adults at Allen & Unwin, working on a select list of picture books, non-fiction, children’s and YA fiction. Erica started her career as a trainee editor at Penguin Australia in 1988, becoming Associate Publisher in 1996. In 1998 she started a new children’s list, Silverfish, for Duffy & Snellgrove, and in 1999 was awarded the Beatrice Davis Editorial Fellowship. She was a publisher with Allen & Unwin for 20 years and is now a freelance publishing consultant as well as co-director of the micro publishing house, Twelve Panels Press. In 2017 she was awarded the Dromkeen Medal for her services to Australian children’s literature.
Date: ongoing basis
Venue: Zoom video link (consultation time to be arranged at convenient time for both parties)
Cost: $120 NTWC members/$150 non-members
SUBMISSIONS (The full form will be emailed to you on sign up)
A double-spaced first chapter and a 300 word (or less) synopsis as a word document + a bit about yourself and your creative journey so far (200 words max).
FOR PICTURE/ILLUSTRATED BOOKS:
Writers: 2 – 3 examples of your writing, 10 pages max (this could be one story or more, depending on length) + a bit about yourself and your creative journey so far (200 words max)
Artists: 3 – 5 examples of your work (no more than 10MB in total) as jpgs or pdf
Writer/illustrators: Send both the above
Viral Poetry – 14 days of poetry and prose
We want to hear your voice in these strange times. We are calling for poetry and prose from those of us who are locked in or locked out. We’ll post your work on social media over the coming weeks.
• Poetry up to 60 lines
• Short prose up to 500 words
• Ideally, this is new work written in the past 14 days
• Send us an email with the subject title Viral Poetry
• Email must include your name and contact number, and ideally work sent as a word attachment labelled:
“ Initial Surname, Title of Work” e.g. A Tchew, Ring of Roses
• Submit to email@example.com
• Submissions received everyday from Friday 27th March to 10th April 2020
• Selected work will be posted of FB the week beginning 20th April 2020 for another two weeks.
• We aim to post a minimum of 8 pieces
• By submitting your work, you agree to allow us to share selected work, with your name in these places
o NT Writers Centre Facebook Viral Poetry Event page
o Have your poetry read on 8ccc
o Have your poetry appear in the Centralian Advocate
To have a chat, please call NT Writers Centre and leave a message 08 8952 3810
2020 NT Writers Festival Postponed
We regret to announce that the NT Writers Festival can no longer go ahead as scheduled in May, and will be postponed until October 1-4, 2020.
“The Federal Government announcement banning non-essential gatherings of more than 100 people as part of the management of Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) makes our decision clear. The health and safety of our participating writers, guests, patrons, staff, volunteers and the NT community is paramount,” said Festival Director, Fiona Dorrell. “It is disheartening to see festivals all over the country cancelling. We know the impact this will have on audiences, artists and the sector, Australia-wide. We are fortunate to be in a position to reschedule, many events and festivals aren’t.” (more…)
AGM 2020 on 28 April
This is notice that the Annual General Meeting of the NT Writers’ Centre will be held on 28 April (Tuesday) at 5.30pm.
Due to the pandemic, it will be held via Zoom, so people will need to RSVP ahead of time to receive the teleconference link.
As per the NTWC constitution, all board positions will be declared vacant and members will be elected or re-elected during the AGM.
Board nominations need to be received by close of business, 27 April. Click here for Nomination Form 2020
- i) Please RSVP to the NT Writers’ Centre on 08 8941 2651 or firstname.lastname@example.org any time prior to the AGM.
- ii) Members can appoint a proxy to represent them at the AGM if they are unable to attend. Click here for PROXY FORM 2020
- iii) The order of business to be transacted is as follows:
- Firstly, the consideration of the accounts and reports of the Board;
- Secondly, the election of new board members;
The annual report for 2019 and the audit report for 2019 will be available to members on request 14 days prior to the AGM. Please email email@example.com if you would like to receive them ahead of the meeting.
Corona virus impact
NT Writers Festival
The festival can no longer go ahead as scheduled from May 14-17. The Festival will be postponed to October 1-4, 2020. The decision is made in light of Federal Government advice around the management of Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). The health and safety of our participating writers, guests, patrons, staff, volunteers and the NT community is paramount. We thanks all artists, partners and audiences for their patience and support as we work through the necessary changes.
The NTWC will continue running workshops – although they will now be delivered as webinars until the pandemic isolation measures are over. We will keep people informed.
Darwin’s poetry and coffee
The Third Thursday poetry and coffee morning has been cancelled until further notice.
Wild Words: Darwin
Darwin’s Wild Words event at Happy Yess (last Thursday of the month) has been cancelled until further notice. People can still share poems via the Wild Words Facebook page here
SezzaJai – Welcome to the team!
The NT Writers’ Centre wishes a warm welcome to SezzaJai Sykes as she takes over the management of our Alice Springs programming for the first half of 2020. Fiona Dorrell has taken on the role of Festival Director and will be working hard over the next few months to deliver the 2020 NT Writers’ Festival here in Darwin before returning to her Alice role in June. (more…)
First Writers Announced | 2020 NT Writers Festival–Darwin
Announcing the first line-up of writers joining us for the 2020 NT Writers Festival–Darwin. (more…)
The Chief Minister’s NT Book Awards – A History
2020 Chief Minister’s NT Book Awards
Submissions for the 2020 Chief Minister’s NT Book Awards have now closed.
The awards in 2020 were open to authors living in the NT who have had a book published in 2018 or 2019.
Since 2009, the awards have celebrated excellence amongst published authors residing in the NT. They draw national attention to NT writers and in the past have served to raise the profile of remote, regional and Indigenous voices. The awards take place biennially and this year, thanks to the generosity of Chief Minister Michael Gunner, we are again pleased to open three categories. (more…)
Imprint December 2019
Hot Desk Writer | Renee McBryde
Renee McBryde is an Alice Springs writer who published her first book, The House of Lies with Hachette Australia in 2017. Renee was our NT Writers Centre Hot Desk writer from July to December 2019 and has been working on her new book. This is what she had to say about the experience: (more…)
2020 Festival Director
Our long-time Alice Springs program manager Fiona Dorrell is taking to the tropics from the desert to direct the 2020 NT Writers Festival. (more…)
NTWF 2020 | Gunamidirra garawa birditj
The 2020 Writers Festival theme is out!
Gunamidirra garawa birditj, Larrakia for when the tides turn explores our moments of change. (more…)
Andrew McMillan Memorial Retreat
Thanks to everyone who applied for the Andrew McMillan Memorial Retreat in Larrimah.
This year there were 12 applications from around Australia, and one from New Zealand!
After deliberations by the selection panel, Alice Springs poet Laurie May was chosen as the successful applicant.
Laurie May is working on the memoir of an Alice Springs poet and storyteller.
The annual retreat will be offered again in 2020, thanks to the McMillan Trust.
Poetry Workshop for Arrernte Women
Penny Drysdale is coming back to Alice Springs to help us finish our poetry collection, ‘Arelhekene Angkentye – Women’s Talk’. We will be looking at the poetry we have written this year and getting it ready to publish. (more…)