Join us and meet other writers!

In the leafy grounds and hibiscus shade of the Fremantle Arts Centre Café.

Flame Trees in the Courtyard

Take your time to feel the energy of leaf power.

Friendly Fauna

Oh good, a bunch of writers with food!

Always be on the lookout for strange characters

They will make an interesting plot.

Haiku for Joyce

concrete two-seater
come, come, all writers sit on
my hard art

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Opportunity! The Stories of Women


Submissions are now being accepted for our upcoming edition of the Stories of Women.

We all have a story that has shaped us, touched us, and defined us in ways that has allowed us to grow. Your story is one that can help another women with her own growth because your story is her story. It is  a story she might not even understand yet, yet by reading your words and understanding your journey, you shine a light on a path for another women… And that’s an incredible gift to that woman and to you…
So, have a look at the submission guidelines and write your story… your beautiful, lovely story.
Check out their submissions page @

PLEASE NOTE:  This opportunity comes from Durango, Colorado USA.

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Spilt Ink Deadline looming! - 31st August (postmarked)

Hurry and get your entries in for the OOTA Spilt Ink Competition. Closes 31st August, however you can also post-mark your entry on this date. Only current financial OOTA members are eligible to submit. Each member may submit up to THREE poems.

The maximum length for each individual poem is 30 lines.
Download guidelines and entry form here

Good luck!


Wednesday, August 8, 2012

OOTA Writers are Winning Legends!

Carolyn Abbs reading her prize-winning poem

The winners! Kevin Gillam,  Rose van Son, Shane McCauley, Carolyn Abbs, Carol Millner,
Fran Graham & Lynett Field

Congratulations to all OOTA writers who gained places in the PCWC's Patron's Prize - this is an above average percentage, proving how dedicated and enthusiastic our writers are, and the commitment they all show under the guidance of our emminant teacher, Shane McCauley. Well done!

Winners of the Peter Cowan Patron’s Poetry Prize were announced at the Edith Cowan House, Peter Cowan Writers Centre on Sunday 5th August, 2012. 

First                 Kevin Gillam    a kind of swimming

Second             Rose van Son That Glorious Red

Third                 Lynette Field

H/Commended   Shane McCauley    Trastevere Elegy

H/Commended   Carolyn Abbs  At the house where my father was born

H/Commended   Fran Graham   West Way of Second Ring Road 

Commended      Carol Millner    Letter to a Friend

Commended      Lorraine Jean Smith

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Congratulations to Josephine Clarke - a prize winner!

OOTA congratulates Josephine Clarke, whose story, ‘On This Big Farm’, was awarded equal first place in the Hadow Stuart Short Story Competition announced at Mattie Furphy House on July 27th. You can read the report by judge Liana Christensen and the winning stories on the FAW(WA) website:  
You can read Jo's great story here...


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