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.
NT Literary Award finalists!
The Northern Territory Library has announced the finalists of the NT Literary Awards. Congratulations to all, especially our members!
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.
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…)
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! (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…)
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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…)