Welcome to the New England Writers' Centre!
We have an exciting year lined up with a ton of writing and illustration workshops, competitions & festivals.
Explore all of the workshop opportunities available to you on our Program page.
Don't hesitate to reach out to us if you have any questions, or go to the membership link to sign up and enjoy discounts for all our events.
See you there!
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The 2021 Illustration Prize is OPEN
The 2021 Illustration Prize for children's picture book publishing opened for submissions on 1 July and closes on 30 September. This nationally recognised prize attracts entries from illustrators all over Australia and garners a great deal of attention from publishers. Our theme this year? "A Message in a Bottle." Whatever stage you are in your career, we hope that you'll join us. Entries are judged anonymously and we have three fabulous prizes to win. To find out more, click here.
The Thunderbolt Prize for Crime Writing is OPEN
Whether you're writing crime fiction, non-fiction or poetry - there's a category for you, including the Youth Award for writers under 18 years, the Emerging Author Award for unpublished authors, and the New England Award for our local writers.
We look forward to receiving your criminally awesome work! Click here for more information, guidelines and entry form.
NEWC delivers a hugely successful Rural Crime Writing Festival
On Saturday, 12 June six of Australia's Most Wanted Crime Writers joined us for a one-day online Festival of Crime Writing.
It was a fabulous day, chock-full of information for crime writing enthusiasts.
Click here to find out more.
Our 2021 Program is well underway! Bookings for workshops through to November are now open. Visit the Program page to see what we have in store.
Following on from the super successful Inside Story workshop held in Armidale on March 2021, the next stage of the project will be the United Publishers of Armidale's production: Inside Story: the wonderful world of writing, illustrating and publishing children's books. We'll be updating on the book's progress as we go, so bookmark the page: Inside Story book.
January 2021 saw the first Micro-Grants for New England Writers. Three grants of $1,000 were awarded to writers over 18 years residing in New England, to support the creation of new, original short work. Winners were announced on Friday 15 January. Click here for more information.
The 2020 Varuna-NEWC Fellowship has been decided. Click here to find out more!
THE 2020 THUNDERBOLT PRIZE: The Judges' all agreed - the 2020 submissions were criminally inspired. Find out more about our winners, read their submissions and the Judges reports here.
And what incredible artwork we have seen in response to the 2020 Illustration Prize theme, "When it rains, it pours". The range and quality of submissions were outstanding. Just take a look!
Have you discovered a love of crime? Then we have a treat for you - the NEWC is hosting the first of its kind Rural Crime Writing Festival with an amazing line-up of presenters. Here's your chance to listen and interact with some of Australia's Most Wanted crime writers. We'll also be launching the 2021 Thunderbolt Prize for Crime Writing - so stay tuned.
And, crime writers & readers, if you're looking for a tribe we have just the place for you. Visit Sisters in Crime (brothers are welcome!), for a host of amazing resources and competitions, including the Scarlet Stiletto and The Davitt Awards.
We've also got a page of resources, compiled by our indefatigable Chairwoman, Sophie Masson.
Check out our Facebook group Author Alley. This is a place for all authors (whether self-published or traditionally published), small publishers and independent booksellers to sell your books.
See our YouTube channel for our latest videos including the "By the Book" video playlist of tips and advice from local writers, and the Stories Connect series.
And don't forget to become a member or renew your membership to receive discounts on all workshop bookings!