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

Sunday, May 26, 2013

NEW OOTA WORKSHOPS: The Eclectic Transgression Sessions with Lucas North: June-July 2013

The Eclectic Transgression Sessions with Lucas North: fiction ideas for
pushing at publication. Series runs June-July 2013 at the FAC.

Friday, 14th June
One : Two Places At Once: Use this idea as a stepping off point into the
unknown? Is the concept an impossibility, or an everyday reality? Literal
and metaphorical explorations of ideas not on the news.

Friday, 28th June
Two : desensitised senses: ways to discover how as a person and a writer
you’ve unknowingly stepped into the future and become numb to things that
would have blown your mind not so long ago.

Friday, 12th July
Three : Them : the people we fear most and why they are the best subjects
for interrogation, fiction and imagination.

Friday, 26th July
Four : Empire Down : within our lifetime changes personal, social and
technological have come, have passed and are yet to come. Keep the future
from becoming banal and prevent the past from slipping into nostalgia. The
key is writing In the NOW.

All classes commence 10.00am til noon. No booking required.
Cost: $20 OOTA    :    $25  Non-OOTA Member 
Venue:  Room 2, Upstairs, North Wing, Fremantle Arts Centre, 1 Finnerty Street.
All Welcome!

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Newcastle Poetry Prize 2013

Entries to the Newcastle Poetry Prize are NOW OPEN! You can enter either online or by post. Closes 7th June.  Judges are Dennis Haskell and Jean Kent.

By entering the competition, the entrant agrees to be bound by the following Conditions Of Entry.
  1. The entry must be a poem, or suite of poems, by a single author totalling no more than 200 lines. Each entry will attract an entry fee of $33. Multiple entries are accepted.
  2. Employees and their immediate family members of Hunter Writers Centre are ineligible to enter.
  3. The manuscript must be an original work, written in English, and must not have been previously published or accepted for publication or be under offer to any publisher. Presentation on the internet via blog or website constitutes publication for the purposes of the Prize.
  4. The manuscript must be typewritten and formatted in a clear, legible font, preferably in a Microsoft Word document or PDF. If sending via post, submissions will not be returned; authors should retain a copy. Do not attempt to send your entries via fax.
  5. No personal details may appear on the manuscript. As a precondition of the judging process and as a condition of entry, no poem will be forwarded to the judges if that poem is marked with the name of the entrant. All poems should be clearly identified only by their title. Each page should list the poem title and a page number, e.g. ‘Title of work, page 1 of 5’, etc.
  6. Only one poem per entry form. If submitting more than one poem, please submit one online entry form per poem.
  7. Entries must be received by the entries close date (5pm AEST, Friday June 7, 2013).
  8. A current, valid email address must be provided for acknowledgement of receipt and notification of results. If there is no valid email address, no notification will be given.
  9. The total prize money is $20,250. First prize will be $12,000, second prize $5,000 and third prize $1,000. An award for a local poet, defined as a poet residing within the Hunter Area of Councils (HROC), will be $500. The Harri Jones Memorial Prize, for the best poem by a poet under the age of 36, will be $250. Poems included in the anthology will also attract payment.
  10. All entries will be considered for inclusion in an anthology. As publisher of the anthology, Hunter Writers Centre will have First Publication Rights to all submitted poems, and may use any title or phrase from any entry as the title of the anthology.
  11. Hunter Writers Centre reserves the right to quote extracts from poems, but not to exceed ‘fair dealing’ as defined in the Copyright Act, for the purpose of promoting the Prize and the anthology.
  12. Only Australian residents can enter.
  13. Award winners will be required to participate in media related events associated with the Prize.
  14. Shortlisted poems selected for publication in the anthology will be published as originally submitted. No changes may be made to content after acceptance for publication.
Newcastle Poetry Prize Link

The CJ Dennis Literary Awards 2013

The CJ Dennis Literary Awards

The CJ Dennis Literary Awards are offering a total of $800 prize money (First prize in each category is $200) to the winners. 
The categories are:
1. “Water for Life” – short story
2. “Water for Life” – poetry
3. Short story – open
4. Poetry – open

The THEME for 2013 is Water for Life commemorating the United Nations, International Year of Water Cooperation. The objective of this International Year is to raise awareness, both on the potential for increased cooperation, and on the challenges facing water management in light of the increase in demand for water access, allocation and services. The Year will highlight the history of successful water cooperation initiatives, as well as identify burning issues on water education, water diplomacy, transboundary water management, financing cooperation, national/international legal frameworks, and the linkages with the Millennium Development Goals. It also will provide an opportunity to capitalize on the momentum created at the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20), and to support the formulation of new objectives that will contribute towards developing water resources that are truly sustainable.

This theme allows for no limits to your imagination and interpretation. 
  • Length of submissions is limited to 50 lines for poetry and 2,500 words for stories.
  • Each piece of work must be typed in double spacing and must be accompanied by $5 per piece of work.
  • If you require the manuscript returned please enclose a stamped, self-addressed envelope to suit. All unreturned work will be destroyed.
  • Include a cover sheet with the title of work, number of pages, category but no personal details as entries will be numbered for anonymity. 
A Judge/Judges will be appointed to select the winners. Their decision will be final and no correspondence will be entered into.
The organisers reserve the right to publish or broadcast the winning entries and selected entries; however copyright remains the property of the author.
There is no limit to the number of entries each writer may submit. One entry form will suffice for multiple entries.
For entry forms/more information, email:
Entries close 19 July.

The Blake Poetry Prize 2013

Blake Poetry Prize

Exploring the Religious and Spiritual Through Poetry

The 2013 Blake Poetry Prize is now open and accepting entries. Entries close Friday 14 June.
If you’re interested in entering your poem, you can download and fill in the 2013 Blake Entry Form and follow the submission guidelines on the flyer. You can find the answers to the most frequently asked questions here.
Presented by the NSW Writers’ Centre and the Blake Society, the $5,000 Prize is named for visionary artist and poet William Blake, and was established to give Australian poets new possibilities to explore religion and spirituality in the twenty-first century.

The 2013 judges

Robert Adamson is one of Australia’s leading poets. He has written 20 books, mostly collections of poetry but also a few autobiographies. His work has been translated into several languages and is internationally published. He won the Blake Poetry Prize in 2011. Adamson on the prize: “Of all the prizes for poetry the Blake is the one, like its namesake, it stands for something more than its generous bounty. It vibrates with Blake’s unique vision”.
Michelle Cahill is the author of two collections of poetry and two chapbooks and the co-editor of Contemporary Asian Australian Poets (Puncher and Wattmann, 2013).
She was highly commended in the Blake Poetry Prize, the Wesley Michel Wright Prize and received the Val Vallis Award. She edits Mascara Literary Review. In 2013 she is the CAL/UOW International Poetry Fellow at Kingston University, London.
Eileen Chong is a Sydney poet. In 2010 she won the Poets Union Youth Fellowship, and she was the Australian Poetry Fellow for 2011-2012. She was awarded an Australian Postgraduate Award to pursue a Doctorate of Creative Arts at UWS in 2011. Her first collection, Burning Rice, was published in the New Voices Series 2012 by Australian Poetry.
To find out more about the competition and enter, download the 2013 Blake Entry Form. To find out more about the previous winners, click here.

About The Blake Society

The Blake Society is an independent organization that administers an annual Exhibition and Prize for contemporary religious and spiritual art. The aim of the Blake Society is to encourage contemporary artists to explore the spiritual in art. The Blake Society was formed at the instigation of a Jesuit priest, Michael Scott and a Jewish businessman, Richard Morley. They hoped that the establishment of a prize would encourage artists of disparate styles and religious allegiances to create significant works of art with religious content. Today its members hope to stimulate the interaction of ideas and spiritual thought across all contemporary artistic media in Australia. The Society is a registered charity with DGR status.
For more information on the 2012 competition, click here. The Blake Poetry Prize is made possible by the support of Leichhardt Municipal Council, which has a strong commitment to supporting the arts.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Our Cafe Poet: Flora Smith

Australian Poetry Ltd Cafe Poet Program – 2013
Do you write poetry? Someone who loves the culture of cafes and coffee?
Flora Smith is currently a Café Poet at the Old Bakery on 8th Gallery and Café, at 42 Eighth Ave. Maylands from 10am to midday on Tuesday and Thursday mornings. Flora writes, ‘I get to talk to people about poetry, I meet interesting people and do curious things like wrap poetry around sugar containers, and best of all, my friends come for lunch when I knock off at midday and we have lunch in the secret garden out the back. Please come and see me and perhaps bring a poem for us to pore over, or paw over.’

The Cafe Poet Program places poets in cafes as ‘poets in residence’ for a six month period. Poets are given space to write and given complimentary tea and/or coffee and have access to a dedicated Facebook page to get connected with other poets in the program. For details check out Australian Poetry.


Sunday, May 5, 2013

Launch of Bruce Menzies' debut novel "Absence Makes"

OOTA writers are invited to the launch of Absence Makes, by Bruce Menzies. In his debut novel Bruce Menzies explores themes of love and loss, and ‘the magic of hope’. Poignant and funny, Absence Makes, will touch chords in those who can reflect on the dreams of youth and the challenges that inevitably emerge.
Saturday, 11th May at 2.00pm in the Pavlich Room of the Fremantle Arts Centre, 1 Finnerty Street, Fremantle.
     Author, poet & OOTA member Tineke Van der Eecken, will do the honours of launching the book. Seating & refreshments provided. Kindly RSVP by calling Bruce on 0448 194 602 or email

More details about the book @

Absence Makes will also be launched at the Old Butter Factory in Denmark on Sunday, 26th May 2013 at 4.00pm

Pics from Bruce Russell's Book Launch

Bruce Dawe National Poetry Prize

Bruce Dawe National Poetry Prize

The Bruce Dawe National Poetry Prize has been endowed by Bruce Dawe, one of Australia's most acclaimed contemporary poets, as an annual $2000 award to encourage poets throughout Australia. The endowment is held in trust by the University of Southern Queensland, Toowoomba, and administered by the Faculty of Arts. The prize is judged by the English Literature staff of the Faculty, chaired by Professor Chris Lee.
Bruce Dawe said the decision to endow the prize stemmed from a belief that all universities should encourage the practice of the arts within Australian society. It is hoped that this prize will encourage established and emerging Australian poets and to recognise the important contribution they make to our culture.

The competition opens on 1 March and closes on 30 June each year. The winner is contacted personally and announced on this website in early October.


Entrants are encouraged to read the Conditions of Entry (PDF* 76KB) prior to completing the Entry Form (PDF* 97KB).


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