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, July 26, 2015

OOTA Member Laurie Steed to judge the SALA Short Story Prize

The Arts Council of Mansfield is going national, with the SALA  Short Story Prize. And entries are now open, so polish up those short stories and send them in!
National prize
– $1000 plus a mixed pack of wine from Delatite Winery and publication in SALA Short Stories 2015
Local author prize
– $500 plus publication in SALA Short Stories 2015
Publication for up to 20 submissions
– we’ll offer publication in SALA Short Stories 2015 to up to 20 additional submissions. SALA Short Stories 2015 will be a gorgeous collection showcasing the best submissions we receive.
Entries close at midnight on Friday 18 Sept 2015 and must be submitted with an entry form

Judge for the SALA Short Story prize laurie-steed-1Laurie Steed will judge of the prize in 2015.
Laurie Steed is an author of award-winning literary fiction. His stories have been broadcast on BBC Radio 4 and published in Best Australian Stories, The Age, Meanjin, Westerly, Island, The Sleepers Almanac and elsewhere. He won the 2012 Patricia Hackett Prize for Fiction and is the recipient of fellowships and residencies from The University of Iowa, The Sozopol Fiction Seminars, Varuna, Writers Victoria, The Katharine Susannah Prichard Writers’ Centre and The Fellowship of Writers (WA). – See more at:

Monday, July 13, 2015

One free Copy of Westerly (NOVEMBER ISSUE) for OOTA Members

OOTA advises that membership renewal is now due for July-June 2015. You can download the form in pdf or doc or why not take advantage of our direct debit system? Included in your membership is one free copy of Westerly Magazine.(November issue)  Download membership form here

Westerly 60.1

The launch will be held on Friday the 17th of July, at the UWA Boat Shed, from 6pm. The issue will be launched by the wonderful Susan Midalia, and drinks and nibbles will be on offer. The Boat Shed is accessed via the Hackett Drive car park, just off the Stirling Hwy/Mounts Bay Rd. We hope to see you all there!>br< The issue features a wonderful array of works, new fiction and poetry, and some fascinating essays. Highlights include previously unpublished work from Dorothy Hewett, and photography from Randolph Stow compiled in a beautiful essay from Kate Rendell

The Editors look forward to welcoming this issue into the world!

Saturday, July 11, 2015

OOTA Writers take out most major prizes at PCWC for the Patron's Poetry Prize

Congratulations are in order to all OOTA writers who took out (nearly all) of the major prizes for the PCWC Patron's Poetry Prize 2015.  Shane McCauley (Tutor at Writing at the Centre, FAC) 1st prize, for ‘Shape Shifter’, Second Prize was awarded to Christopher Konrad for ‘East Gippsland and other Enoch Anecdotes’, and Third Prize was awarded to Julie Watts for ‘Chyna’, Carolyn Abbs received a Highly Commended for ‘Girl at Bus Stop’ and Rose van Son for ‘History Lesson'. Christ Konrad also received a Commended for 'Warri & Yatungka'.

NOW IS A GOOD TIME TO JOIN OOTA (Out of the Asylum Writers Inc) and position yourself amongst the top poets and writers in Fremantle.  Membership runs from July to June each year and a membership copy of Westerly is also in the offer. You can download a membership form here or write to


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