Words Out Loud returns for 2017

rat-reads-jan-2017Words Out Loud returns to Babushka lounge in Ballarat on Thursday, January 19, 7-9pm, for its next session of spoken word.

Writers, readers, poets — all word lovin’ folks with a hankering to share the love are invited along, with five-minute open mic spots on offer. Babushka has excellent sound and backing tracks can be accommodated. You won’t find a friendlier venue.

The event has a nominal theme of “fresh start”, but as always, performers are encouraged to take the theme and run with it for their 5-minute slots — or ignore it altogether!

Entry is free, though a gold coin donation would be appreciated for this non-profit, community event.

Keep up to date at the Facebook page: www.facebook.com/wordsoutloud/.

AGM — BW needs a committee

Annual general meeting – new committee needed

The AGM will be held on February 15, at the Bunch of Grapes hotel from 7pm. The outgoing committee will be there early to gather feedback and ideas, and to answer questions from those who might be interested in taking Ballarat Writers forward.

Please note: the committee will be stepping down, so volunteers to fill the posts of chair, deputy chair/competitions, treasurer/membership, secretary, and publicity, will be needed to ensure the group’s future. The committee will be available to aid the transition with handover documents and advice.

First members’ night of 2017

Members’ nights will be held on the LAST Wednesday of the month, starting on January 25. Meetings will again be held at the Bunch of Grapes hotel, 401 Pleasant St South, starting at 7pm, with members welcome to arrive early for a meal.

Ballarat writers festival

The subcommittee organising the Ballarat writers festival has set the date – October 20-22, 2017. Keep in touch and help spread the word on the Facebook page (a website is in development). Anyone with suggestions or who is able to help the committee in organising and running the event is asked to email David Twomey. Ideas can also be shared on the members’ forum.

Words Out Loud

We’ve received word that Babushka, our venue for Words Out Loud, is likely to remain open under the stewardship of the amazing Garth, so expect an announcement about the resumption of our monthly spoken word event early in January. Meanwhile, get those readings ready!

Season’s greetings!

Ballarat Writers wishes members and supporters a safe and happy holiday season, and looks forward to a productive and successful year of writing ahead.

Martha Richardson Memorial Poetry Prize winner

mrmpp_2016_webBallarat Writers is pleased to announce the winner of the 2016 Martha Richardson Memorial Poetry Prize, judged by acclaimed poet Emilie Zoey Baker.

The winner was “Christmas Day in Harlaxton” by Vanessa Page. You can read the winning poem here.

The four highly commended finalists were:

“Who’s Afraid of Virginia Wolf” by Gayelene Carbis

“Rules for the Dead” by Damen O’Brien

“In the Ear of the Beholder” by Ian Pettit

“Orange Blood” by Roger Vickery

The winner of the AU$1,500 prize was announced at the last Ballarat Writers meeting of 2016 on 30 November. Congratulations to Vanessa and the highly commended poets, and thanks to all who entered and supported the contest.

Ballarat Writers is due to run the Southern Cross Short Story Prize in 2017. Stay tuned for details in the new year.

Finalists in the Martha Richardson Memorial Poetry Prize announced

mrmpp_2016_webBallarat Writers is pleased to announce the finalists in the 2016 Martha Richardson Memorial Poetry Prize, judged by acclaimed poet Emilie Zoey Baker.

The contest offers AU$1,500 to the winner, to be announced at the last Ballarat Writers meeting of 2016 on 30 November. The free evening starts at 7pm at Bunch of Grapes Hotel, 401 Pleasant St South, Ballarat. All welcome!

The finalists, in alphabetical order, are:

“Who’s Afraid of Virginia Wolf” by Gaylene Carbis

“Rules for Dead” by Damien O’Brien

“Christmas Day in Harlaxton” by Vanessa Page

“In the Ear of the Beholder” by Ian Pettit

“Orange Blood” by Roger Vickery

Congratulations!

Martha Richardson Memorial Poetry Prize winner to be announced

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The winner of The Martha Richardson Memorial Poetry Prize, worth $1,500 and run by Ballarat Writers, will be announced on 30 November at the group’s end-of-year celebration. Judge Emilie Zoey Baker will be in attendance.

Also to be announced on the night will be the winner of the inhouse Pamela Miller Memorial Prize.

Members and supporters are encouraged to help celebrate these achievements, and mark the year almost gone and look forward to the year ahead.

The event begins at 7pm at the Bunch of Grapes Hotel, 401 Pleasant St South, Ballarat. Meals are available in the dining area beforehand.

Pamela Miller Memorial Prize now open

BW_logo_flashfiction_longThe winner of the October flash fiction contest, keyword monkeys, was Maureen Riches.

The November contest, for Ballarat Writers members only, is the Pamela Miller Memorial Prize. The prize is $100 and a certificate. The winner will be announced at our final Members’ night for the year on Wednesday, 30 November.

The process for submission is similar to the monthly Flash Fiction competition:

Genre: open, however, poetry and non-fiction pieces will not be accepted for this competition

Theme: everyone is welcome

Words: 350–400 words

Key word: corner (remember to include this word in your story)

All entries are to be submitted to competitions@ballaratwriters.com by Sunday, 20 November. Your email must include author’s name, story title and word count.

Voting will open the next day on the flash fiction competition website.

Pamela Miller was a very active and productive member of Ballarat Writers. She wrote short stories and poetry and won the ‘Murder at MADE’ short story competition held in conjunction with the Sisters in Crime Festival in 2014, and in early 2015 was part of the ‘Poetry Pathways’ ekphrastic project. She was also the winner of a number of Ballarat Writers monthly Flash Fiction competitions. Pamela died in June 2015 after a short illness.

Words Out Loud – November edition

words out loud in ballaratWords Out Loud returns to Babushka lounge in Ballarat on Thursday, November 24, 7-9pm, for its next session of spoken word.

To mark the final event of the year, Jessica Wilkinson will headline. Jessica is the founding editor of RABBIT: a journal for nonfiction poetry, which celebrates its 20th issue in November. She has published two poetic biographies, marionette: a biography of miss marion davies (Vagabond 2012) and Suite for Percy Grainger (Vagabond 2014). She is currently writing up a third, on choreographer George Balanchine, research for which was undertaken at the NYC Public Library and Harvard under the Marten Bequest Travel Award. She is Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing at RMIT University, Melbourne.

Writers, readers, poets — all word lovin’ folks with a hankering to share the love are invited along, with five-minute open mic spots on offer. Babushka has excellent sound and backing tracks can be accommodated. You won’t find a friendlier venue. Sadly, Babushka has announced it is likely to close at year’s end, so this a chance to farewell this most excellent host.

The event has a nominal theme of “on the edge”, but as always, performers are encouraged to take the theme and run with it for their 5-minute slots — or ignore it altogether!

Entry is free.

Keep up to date at the Facebook page: www.facebook.com/wordsoutloud/.

Martha Richardson Memorial Poetry Prize – closing soon!

Ballarat Writers is now accepting entries into the Martha Richardson Memorial Poetry Prize, to be judged this year by acclaimed poet Emilie Zoey Baker. Entries must be your own original and unpublished work.

Closing date:  15 October 2016
Format:  Poetry to 40 lines per entry; open theme
Entry Fee:   AU$25 per poem (AU$20 for members of Ballarat Writers)
First prize:   AU$1,500
Results:   Finalists and Winner to be announced in November 2016

Please visit the competition page on the Ballarat Writers website to download the guidelines for FULL details and conditions of entry.

Words Out Loud – October edition

words out loud ballaratWords Out Loud returns to Babushka lounge in Ballarat on Thursday, October 20, 7-9pm, for its next session of spoken word.

Writers, readers, poets — all word lovin’ folks with a hankering to share the love are invited along, with five-minute open mic spots on offer. Babushka has excellent sound and backing tracks can be accommodated. You won’t find a friendlier venue.

The event has a nominal theme of “winging it”, but as always, performers are encouraged to take the theme and run with it for their 5-minute slots — or ignore it altogether!

Entry is free, though a gold coin donation would be appreciated for this non-profit, community event.

Keep up to date at the Facebook page: www.facebook.com/wordsoutloud/.

October Flash Fiction Comp

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Congratulations go to Linda Young, September’s Flash Fiction winner, for her story, “The Gatherers”.

The October competition is now open.

Genre:    open

Word count:    45-50 words

Keyword:    monkeys

Entry Conditions:

You must be a Ballarat Writers member to enter.

Entries will not be accepted if they exceed the maximum word limit – even if by a word, and must comply with all the stated parameters.

All entries are to be submitted to competitions@ballaratwriters.com by Friday, 21st October. Your email must include author’s name, story title and word count.

Voting will open the next day on the website.

Come along to our Members’ Night on Wednesday, 26 October, 7pm at the Bunch of Grapes Hotel to hear the winner announced. (Results will also be posted on the flash fiction website the day after.)p