2021 NT Literary Awards
It’s that time of year again – time to polish up your best writing and submit it to the NT Literary Awards!
With range of fantastic prizes up for grabs (including cash prizes!), the NT Literary Awards are a great way to get your work recognised. All shortlisted entires are published in an anthology that will be available at the Library and Archives NT.
There are seven award categories you can enter:
- Brown’s Mart Theatre Award
- Charles Darwin University Creative Non-Fiction Award
- Charles Darwin University Essay Award
- Flash Fiction Award
- Kath Manzie Youth Award
- NT Writers’ Centre Poetry Award
- Zip Print Short Story Award
Submissions close 31 May 2021. For more information and how to enter, visit the LANT website.
Notice of Annual General Meeting
The Annual General Meeting of the NT Writers’ Centre (NTWC) will take place via Zoom on 27 April (Tuesday) at 5.00pm.
The NT Writers’ Centre is governed by a volunteer Board, elected from and by our membership. As per the NTWC constitution, all board positions will be declared vacant at the Annual General Meeting and members will be elected or re-elected. (more…)
Anpernirrentye | Everything is connected
We are thrilled to unveil the theme for the 2021 NT Writers Festival – Alice Springs: anpernirrentye | ever
This year’s theme draws from the Arrernte concept of anpernirrentye, the Arrernte relationship system, which describes the way in which everything is connected to everything else – people, animals, land, language and culture. Last year our interconnectedness with the larger web of life was illuminated like never before, as we reckoned with firestorms, floods and a global pandemic, and felt the fragility of the systems we depend upon. This festival we bring our minds to anpernirrentye and the connections between all things.
With thanks to Arrernte language and cultural consultant Veronica Dobson for her assistance in developing the theme and to the 2021 NT Writers Festival Advisory Committee: Sylvia Purrurle Neale, Leni Shilton, Meg Mooney and Gabriel Curtin.
Meet the 2021 team
We’re excited to announce some changes to our 2021 team. (more…)
Save the Date | NTWF 2021
In 2021 NT Writers Festival returns to Mparntwe, Alice Springs. (more…)
NT Literary Award winners!
The Northern Territory Library has announced the winners of the NT Literary Awards. Congratulations to all!
Of the finalists in the short story, poetry, essay, young writer, flash fiction, non-fiction works and theatre categories, seven winners were chosen:
o Brown’s Mart Theatre Award – $1000
When the Clock Strikes Two – Sarah Rose Reuben and Jeffrey Jay Fowler
o Charles Darwin University Creative Non-Fiction Award – $500
Mother’s Day – Susannah Ritchie
o Charles Darwin University Essay Award – $1000
To what extent does architecture of the paediatric department of the RDH promote a child’s mental wellbeing and healing process? – Nuhansie Wijesinghe
o Flash Fiction Award – $600
Sardines – Kaye Aldenhoven
o Kath Manzie Youth Award – $600
The Dripping Tap – Jethro Pollock
o NT Writers’ Centre Poetry Award – $1000
If I were a Bird – Johanna Bell
o Zip Print Short Story Award – $1000
Take Shelter – Miranda Tetlow
The winners were chosen from the finalists below:
Browns Mart Theatre Award
• Ruptured – Ciella Williams
• Faltering – Eleanor Kay
• When the Clock Strikes Two – Sarah Reuben
Charles Darwin University Creative Non-Fiction Award
• Motion Sickness – James Murray
• Dear Bill – Kylie Stevenson
• Mother’s Day – Susannah Ritchie
Charles Darwin University Essay Award
• States of Deferral: A Recent History of Housing at Borroloola – Liam
Greely, Kirsty Howey, Tess Lea
• To what extend does architecture of the paediatric department at
RDH promote a child’s mental wellbeing and healing process? –
• The Hero who Wasn’t – the Mythic Deeds of Pilot Robert Oestreicher
in Darwin’s First Air Attack – Dr Tom Lewis
Flash Fiction Award
• Sally Gleeson – James Murray
• Fire on the Horizon – Julie U’Ren
• Sardines – Kaye Aldenhoven
• Letter to Nathan – Lee Frank
Kath Manzie Youth Award
• What happens to the imaginary friend when the child dies? – Angela
• The Dripping Tap- Jethro Pollock
• The Visit – Peter Susanto
• Pudding – Tippipon (Tippi) Morgan
NT Writers’ Centre Poetry Award
• in search of something beautiful, perhaps & maybe– Brian Obiri-
• We all adapt to survive, don’t we? & If I were a bird – Johanna Bell
• Civilisation… is.. – Kaye Aldenhoven
• brown goshawk – Leni Shilton
Zip Print Short Story Award
• Bull Buster – Karen Manton
• Of Ruts and Roars – Mhairi Duncan
• Take Shelter – Miranda Tetlow
Winners will be announced and presented with their prizes at a ceremony held at the Northern Territory Library, later in the year.
The free event will be open to the public with tickets available online four weeks prior to the event date.
Imprint 2020 Pitches Welcome!
It’s that time of year again, and the NT Writers’ Centre staff are buzzing around like little bees as they jostle for fun content to be included in our annual magazine imprint. As always, we want to hear from you – our members and supporters – and all the amazing projects you have been up to over the past 12 months. So send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and pitch us your idea for a 1500 word submission. We’ll commission the best two and pay you $300 each.
Cash for writing about your awesomeness, can’t say fairer than that!
Pitch deadline is 6th September (50 words)
Submission deadline for those selected is 22nd October.
Winners of Chief Minister’s NT Book Awards!
The NT Writers’ Centre is pleased to announce the winners of the Chief Minister’s NT Book Awards for 2020.
They are (in alphabetical order)
Barry Jonsberg for A Song Only I Can Hear (Best Children’s/YA book), Allen & Unwin
Leni Shilton for Walking With Camels: The Story of Bertha Strehlow (Best Fiction Book) UWA Publishing
Monica Tan for Stranger Country (Best Nonfiction Book), Allen & Unwin
Each winner will receive $2000 in prize money.
The executive director of the NT Writers’ Centre, Sally Bothroyd, said: “The Chief Minister’s NT Book Awards are the only book awards exclusively open to NT authors, and it’s an opportunity to showcase the great stories and storytellers we have here. All the entrants should be proud of their achievement in publishing a book. The nine shortlisted books are all fantastic, and it’s a shame only three winners could be chosen. I’d encourage everyone to check out the shortlisted books because I’m sure they’ll find at least one that they love.” (more…)
2020 Chief Minister’s NT Book Awards
Watch the live stream of the NT Book Awards here!
2020 Chief Minister’s NT Book Awards Shortlist Announced
The shortlist for the 2020 Chief Minister’s NT Book Awards has been announced! Awarded biennially, the Chief Minister’s NT Book Awards celebrates excellence in NT writing published over the previous two years. Without further ado, the shortlisted titles in each category are as follows: (more…)
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. (more…)
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…)
The Chief Minister’s NT Book Awards
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…)