The Northern Rivers Writers’ Centre is a full-time centre that provides resources, information and literary activities for writers and readers. The Writers’ Centre is a non-profit, incorporated organisation receiving core funding from Arts NSW. We are member-based with a membership of more than 700 individuals and organisations. The Centre offers a year-round program of workshops, seminars and events as well as the annual Byron Bay Writers Festival.
The NRWC Mentorship Program also offers an opportunity for emerging writers to work closely with a professional mentor to develop their work and improve their publishing opportunities.
As a regional writers’ centre, we are responsible for promoting Australian literature and enhancing the skills of writers and readers in the Northern Rivers of NSW and beyond. The region we cover stretches from Taree to Tweed Heads and west to Kyogle.
The Young Writers Short Story competition for our local young writers aged between 14 and 25 years is now open. The competition is generously sponsored by Byron and Districts ADFAS and the Bangalow Lions and Brian Warrick, and is open to all residents of the Northern Rivers area (from Tweed Heads in the north, to Taree in the south, and west to Kyogle). The first prize is $1,250 to go towards skills development and furthering the winner's writing career, as well as a 3 day BBWF pass, inclusion in the BBWF program, and publication of the winning story in northerly, the bi-monthly magazine of the NRWC.
Stories must be up to 1,000 words long and the competition closes on Tuesday, 7 July. The winner will be announced Friday, 17 July.
2015 BBWF Meet the Agent Opportunity Thursday, 6 August 2015 SESSIONS: Each session is 30 minutes and the sessions run from 9am to 5pm on Thursday, 6 August 2015. VENUE: Arakwal Room, inside the Byron Bay Library Building, Cnr Lawson & Middleton Street, Byron Bay CLOSING DATE: Application fee, manuscript sample and query letter submissions must be received by 2pm, Wednesday, 22 July, 2015. PLEASE BOOK HERE
Literary Agent: Margaret Gee has had a stellar 33 year career in Australian publishing as a former publisher for many high profile Australian writers, and for the past 15 years as a boutique literary agent. She reads and considers a wide variety of manuscripts with a special peference for non-fiction narratives. She also commissions books and authors about subjects which are close to her heart. Margaret’s favourite authors, in addition to the ones she represents, include the Canadian ethno-botanist and anthropologist Wade Davis, British war historian Antony Beevor, English journeyman author, Colin Thubron and U.S author Paul Theroux, and the poets Seamus Heaney and Pablo Neruda. More details about the authors Margaret represents can be viewed on her website www.margaretgee.com
Hachette Australia, along with the Richell family, is honoured to announce the launch of The Richell Prize for Emerging Writers, in partnership with The Guardian Australia and The Emerging Writers’ Festival (EWF). The Prize, which is to be awarded annually, is in memory of Hachette Australia’s former CEO, Matt Richell, who died suddenly in July 2014.
Throughout his publishing career, Matt Richell was a passionate advocate for writers. Matt believed investment in and support for new writers to be vital for the future of great literature and The Richell Prize has been established to continue Matt’s work in encouraging emerging writers in Australia. It is a prize for unpublished writers who are serious about their craft and aspire to commence a professional writing career.
The winner will receive $10,000 in prize money, to be donated by Hachette Australia and a year’s mentoring with one of Hachette Australia’s publishers. Hachette Australia will work with the winning writer to develop their manuscript with first option to consider the finished work for publication.
As well as promoting the Prize, The Guardian Australia will publish an extract of the first chapter of the winning work and will also offer the winner and shortlisted entrants the opportunity to attend their Guardian Australia Masterclass series.
The Prize will also be supported by Simpsons Solicitors and Razor/Joy.
If you have a completed manuscript that is ready to go and a publishing idea you think will appeal to publishers, then this year’s BBWF Pitch Perfect Competition could be just the break you’re looking for! Please note: The 2015 Byron Bay Writers Festival Pitch Perfect Competition is open only to current financial members of the Northern Rivers Writers’ Centre. If you are not a member and would like to join, visit us at www.nrwc.org.au or call us on 02 6685 5115. The top three (3) submissions will be selected and those winners will be invited to pitch their book idea LIVE to a panel of publishers on Saturday 8 August at the Byron Bay Writers Festival. Each pitch will be limited to 5 minutes. A short pitching workshop to prepare successful applicants for this event will be arranged prior to the Festival.
Deadline for submissions is 2pm on Wednesday 8 July 2015. Successful applicants will be notified on Wednesday 15 July and the results will be posted on the BBWF and NRWC websites that day. Unsuccessful applicants will not be notified individually.
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