Writing On Our Calendar / October 2018


Wondering what to do now that the weather has warmed up? We’ve got you covered. With tons of literary events and prizes happening in October, there is plenty to get you writing or to let you sit back and enjoy the creativity of others.


Saturday 6 October: State Library Mitchell Wing Open Day. This jam-packed event day includes author talks with Indigenous writer Melissa Lucashenko, writer-in-residence Caroline Baum, and many more! Whether you’re a writer or a reader, this is a program you won’t want to miss.

Tuesday 9 October: Sappho’s Poetry Night. Sit back and relax or jump up and show off your own work at this evening of poetry and good vibes in Glebe.

Tuesday 9 October: Young Adult Book Club reads Mirage by Somaiya Daud.

Friday 12 October: Talem Press Manuscript submission deadline. Are you an aspiring Fantasy author? Talem press is currently open for submissions of full-length manuscripts! Submissions close 12 October.

Sunday 14 October: David Harold Tribe Poetry Award. With a cash prize of $12,000 for the best original poem, this award is one to check out for aspiring poets.

Sunday 14 October: Kristina Olsson in conversation with Charlotte Wood. Join author Charlotte Wood to celebrate the release of Kristina Olsson’s new book Shell.

Monday 15 October: Manuscript assessment opportunity. In order to raise money for Buy a Bale, which supports drought-affected Australian farmers, several Australian publishers and authors will be giving their time to assess manuscripts by emerging authors. The first round  for this amazing opportunity will happen on 15 October via an eBay auction.

Tuesday 16 October: Better Reader Book Club. This month, Better Read Than Dead will be hosting this book club while they discuss Catherine Mackinnon’s Storyland.

October 19-21: Story-Fest ’18. “Kick back and clap or unleash your inner poet, storyteller, lyricist, zine-maker, haiku dabbler, verse hurler. Grab a seat for a show, pick up a pen in a workshop, raise an eyebrow in a forum, even judge the Australian Poetry Slam – National Final.  Performing writers from around the world descend upon Sydney Opera House and venues across the harbour.”

Saturday 20 October: Afternoon Tea with Jaclyn Moriarty. Join award-winning author Jaclyn Moriarty for a catered afternoon event where she will discuss her writing.

Tuesday 30 October: October Bankstown Poetry Slam. Head over to Bankstown for an evening of sharing stories and yarns in poetic form! Feel free to head over whether you’re there for the atmosphere and to sit in the audience, or to share your work yourself.

Wednesday 31 October: Joyce Parkes Women’s Writers’ Prize. With a word limit of 1000-2000 words and a prize of $500, this is a good opportunity for emerging authors of short works.


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