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Writing NSW is proud to be celebrating 30 years of supporting writers.

Writing NSW is proud to be celebrating 30 years of supporting writers. Over the next year, we will mark this milestone with events, competitions, giveaways and a series of literary essays about the importance of writing communities. We hope you can join in our anniversary celebrations!

We’ll be making regular announcements in Newsbite so make sure you keep an eye out.

Still image of a video links to Youtube 30th Anniversary Video
Here’s some 30th Anniversary greetings!


Are you part of a writing group? Whether you meet at Writing NSW, in hushed tones at the library, at home over drinks, or on a screen, we’d love to hear about it! Tell us what makes your writing group special, and you could win a $30 Writing NSW gift voucher to put towards the cost of any of our Writing NSW programs!

Competition guidelines:

– No more than 100 words
– Submit by 30 June, 2022
– Submit your entry by emailing


In May we invited you to tell us which story for kids or young adults is your favourite and why, in 100 words or less. Our lucky winner received a book pack including Sally Morgan’s Benny Bungarra’s Big Bush Clean-up, Duck! by Meg McKinlay and Nathaniel Eckstrom, and Two Wolves by Tristan Bancks.

See the winning entry below from Shani Brightwell:

My name, faded capitals on the inner cover.
Dad’s handwriting.
Carried to my rural school many times.
Hardly a chance of it getting lost.
Show and tell.
A young girl searches for Rainbow’s.
Her longing to touch and hold the most brilliant rainbow leads her away.
A choice between the familiar and safe, or a terrifying journey to brilliance.
She touches the Rainbow.
The final page.
A painting hangs in the empty bedroom – Annie and the Rainbow.
Where is she?
I recognise the silence.
My daughter and I hold Annie’s Rainbow, by Ron Brooks just a little longer.


Oliver Phommavanh Writing and community 30th anniversary essay
Oliver Phommavanh Writing and community 30th anniversary essay

As part of our 30th anniversary celebrations, Writing NSW has commissioned a series of essays from writers close to the organisation on the theme of writing and community.

In the eighth instalment of the series, Oliver Phommavanh explores the importance of friends on your literary journey .

Read an excerpt of the essay below, or read the full version here.

“A writers’ group helps you develop your resilience. When you share your story with the world, you will get feedback, both good and bad. Deep down, I knew my writers’ group were on my side, so I respected their criticism. Once I’d had time to get over my disappointment, it helped me improve my manuscript.”

You can read the full list of essays in our Feature Articles.

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