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The festival is passionate about the positive impact of literature on our lives – especially in regard to boosting literacy among young people. NWF is a large event run by a small team and we need your support. The festival is an incorporated association with Deductible Gift Recipient status and all donations of $2 or more are tax-deductible. Please consider a donation.

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2022 NWF joanne burns Microlit Award

Submissions of up to 200 words on the theme of ‘travel’ are sought for the 2022 NWF joanne burns Microlit Award. Now in its 11th year, the award is co-hosted by Spineless Wonders and the Newcastle Writers Festival. Cash prizes of $300 will be awarded to winners of the National and Hunter categories.

Entries close August 31.

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Newcastle Writers Festival launches $5000 prize for an emerging writer

Newcastle Writers Festival has launched the Fresh Ink Emerging Writers Prize for those living in regional New South Wales. The $5000 prize money has been provided by leading Newcastle wine label Elephant in the Room and will enable the winner to undertake a self-directed 12-month program of professional development. This could include a residency, manuscript assessment, mentor, and attendance at literary festivals. 

The prize follows the successful inaugural Fresh Ink Emerging Writers Program, which was held in April in collaboration with Newcastle Libraries. Both opportunities are also supported by Create NSW.  

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Newcastle Writers Festival acknowledges the Awabakal and Worimi peoples as custodians
of the land on which we live and work. We recognise the continuing connection to land,
water and community. We pay our respects to elders – past, present and emerging.

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