The 2019 NWF/ joanne burns Microlit Award is co-sponsored by Spineless Wonders and Newcastle Writers Festival.

Theme: SCARS

Length: 200 word max.

Closing date: Sept 30 2019

Call out:

We acquire scars sometimes by accident and sometimes by design. Scars may be evidence of past and ongoing hurt. They can stand witness to our rites of passage or transformation. They may mar or they may make our appearance. They may be invisible. 

We are looking for microlit on the theme of SCARS. Your submission may be fiction or creative nonfiction, memoir or speculative. You may choose to write in any prose genre or mode (including prose poetry) – in fact, hybrid forms are encouraged. Your approach may be playful, witty, political, philosophical or all of the above. 

The 2019 joanne burns Microlit Award which is co-sponsored by Spineless Wonders and the Newcastle Writers Festival will be judged by CASSANDRA ATHERTON. Cash prizes of $300 will be awarded to the winner of the National and Hunter categories. 

Finalists in the award will be offered publication in the Spineless Wonders’ anthology, Scars.

All texts included in the anthology will be considered for inclusion in a range of Spineless Wonders’ multiplatform collaborations including #storybombing activities such as StoryPhones, StoryPosters, StoryPostcards and Pavement Pages as part of the Newcastle Writers Festival, in the University of Technology, Sydney’s, Microflix Animation Project, as part of the Microflix Award and in live performances and podcasts.

Please Note: 

Before writing any fictional piece regarding a culture different from your own, make sure you are doing so in a respectful and intelligent manner. 

On copyright:

By entering the competition, writers grant Spineless Wonders and the Newcastle Writers Festival limited, fee-free, licence to publish their work and/or produce and broadcast it as audio or video. Intellectual Property shall remain with individual author on the understanding that the work not be published elsewhere until after December, 2020. 

Submission Guidelines / Conditions of Entry 

  1. Submissions will only be accepted via the Submittable link.
  2. Entry fee is $15.00 for up to three submissions per entry. (There is no limit to the number of entries per person.)
  3. Entrants must be over 18 years of age and must be either an Australian citizen (living anywhere) or a person residing in Australia.
  4. Entries will be judged anonymously. The author’s name must not appear on the      manuscript.
  5. The judge’s decisions will be final. No correspondence will be entered in to.
  6. Entries are to be no more than 200 words (exclusive of the title).
  7. Submissions under consideration by another competition or publication or work that has      been previously published or awarded will not be accepted.
  8. By entering this competition, writers grant Spineless Wonders and the Newcastle Writers Festival limited, fee-free, licence to publish their work and/or produce and broadcast it as audio or video. Intellectual Property shall remain with individual author on the understanding that the      work not be published elsewhere until after December, 2020. 
  9. The closing date is 30 September, 2019. Entries will be accepted up until midnight AEST. Late entries will not be accepted.
  10. Results will be announced by December, 2019.
  11. Spineless Wonders will offer publication to the winner and finalists in its annual anthology. All published entries, including the winner, may be edited.

For any further inquiries, email info[at]shortaustralianstories.com 

The 2019 NWF/ joanne burns Microlit Award is co-sponsored by Spineless Wonders and Newcastle Writers Festival.
Theme: SCARS
Length: 200 word max.
Closing date: Sept 30 2019
Call out:
We acquire scars sometimes by accident and sometimes by design. Scars may be evidence of past and ongoing hurt. They can stand witness to our rites of passage or transformation. They may mar or they may make our appearance. They may be invisible.
We are looking for microlit on the theme of SCARS. Your submission may be fiction or creative nonfiction, memoir or speculative. You may choose to write in any prose genre or mode (including prose poetry) – in fact, hybrid forms are encouraged. Your approach may be playful, witty, political, philosophical or all of the above.
The 2019 joanne burns Microlit Award which is co-sponsored by Spineless Wonders and the Newcastle Writers Festival will be judged by CASSANDRA ATHERTON. Cash prizes of $300 will be awarded to the winner of the National and Hunter categories.
Finalists in the award will be offered publication in the Spineless Wonders’ anthology, Scars.
All texts included in the anthology will be considered for inclusion in a range of Spineless Wonders’ multiplatform collaborations including #storybombing activities such as StoryPhones, StoryPosters, StoryPostcards and Pavement Pages as part of the Newcastle Writers Festival, in the University of Technology, Sydney’s, Microflix Animation Project, as part of the Microflix Award and in live performances and podcasts.
Please Note:
Before writing any fictional piece regarding a culture different from your own, make sure you are doing so in a respectful and intelligent manner.
On copyright:
By entering the competition, writers grant Spineless Wonders and the Newcastle Writers Festival limited, fee-free, licence to publish their work and/or produce and broadcast it as audio or video. Intellectual Property shall remain with individual author on the understanding that the work not be published elsewhere until after December, 2020.
Submission Guidelines / Conditions of Entry
 

  1. Submissions will only be accepted via the Submittable link.
  2. Entry fee for people residing in the Hunter region of New South Wales is free for up to three submissions per entry. (There is no limit to the number of entries per person.)
  3. Entrants must be over 18 years of age and must be either an Australian citizen (living anywhere) or a person residing in Australia.
  4. Entries will be judged anonymously. The author’s name must not appear on the  manuscript.
  5. The judge’s decisions will be final. No correspondence will be entered in to.
  6. Entries are to be no more than 200 words (exclusive of the title).
  7. Submissions under consideration by another competition or publication or work that has      been previously published or awarded will not be accepted.
  8. By entering this competition, writers grant Spineless Wonders and the Newcastle Writers Festival limited, fee-free, licence to publish their work and/or produce and broadcast it as audio or video. Intellectual Property shall remain with individual author on the understanding that the      work not be published elsewhere until after December, 2020. 
  9. The closing date is 30 September, 2020. Entries will be accepted up until midnight AEST. Late entries will not be accepted.
  10. Results will be announced by December, 2019.
  11. Spineless Wonders will offer publication to the winner and finalists in its annual anthology. All published entries, including the winner, may be edited.

 For any further inquiries, email info[at]shortaustralianstories.com 

  Microflix Entry Regulations

1. LENGTH: films must be no more than 3 minutes long, including credits.

2. FORMAT: Films must be submitted in MP4 format.

3. DEADLINE: Submissions must be made via Submission Manager by midnight, June 30, 2019.

4. TEXTS: Films must be inspired by original works of Australian Microliterature (up to 400 words in length). If you do not choose a film from those provided on the Microflix website (see Browse SOUND Texts section http://microflixfestival.com.au/2019-microflix-sound-texts-excerpts/) then you must be able to provide, along with your submitted film: a) evidence of your right to use the chosen microlit work on which your film is based and b) the work itself (as a Word file) including the title of the work and the author’s name.

5. FILM TITLE: The title of your submitted film should not be the same as the title of the piece of microliterature on which the film is based. Please note: Microflix is interested in multiple interpretations of original texts but wants to minimise the prospect of confusion between films, which could impact negatively on filmmakers’ capacity to promote their films outside Microflix. 

6. PREVIOUS USE: Films submitted to Microflix must not have been currently or previously distributed or broadcast online (other than on school websites associated with films by current students).

7. ELIGIBILITY: Entry is open to individual or groups of filmmakers who are Australian Citizens residing anywhere, as well as to people residing in Australia during the submission period, that is 12 March to 30 June, 2019.

8. OWNERSHIP: Entrants must be entitled to present the entered film as their own work, or to represent the film in their capacity as the identified creative lead, producer or legal representative of the work being entered.

9. ENTRY FEE: General entry to Microflix is $25. The entry fee allows for the submission of one film only. 

10. MADE ON SMARTPHONE CATEGORY: Entrants to this category who are selected as finalists must be able to provide evidence of raw footage filmed using a mobile phone device.

11. ENTRY LIMITS: There is no limit on the number of times an individual or group can enter.

12. RIGHTS: By entering your film, in the event that your film is accepted for Microflix Awards and Festival, you grant Microflix the right to reproduce part of your film (up to 30 seconds or 30%, whichever is smaller) for the sole purpose of promoting Microflix.

13. CONTENT RESTRICTION: Films which contain content that is likely to be seen as inflammatory, degrading or otherwise unsuitable for public performance will not be accepted. 

14. SELECTION: The decisions of the selection panel are final and will not be subject to negotiation or discussion.

15. NOTIFICATION: If your film is selected for Microflix you will be advised via email in August 2019.

Enquiries:     info[at]microflixfestival[dot]com[dot]au

 Pease be advised that your Microflix registration will be processed by Spineless Wonders Pty Ltd. 

 Microflix Entry Regulations
1. LENGTH: films must be no more than 3 minutes long, including credits.
2. FORMAT: Films must be submitted in MP4 format.
3. DEADLINE: Submissions must be made via Submission Manager by midnight, June 30, 2019.
4. TEXTS: Films must be inspired by original works of Australian Microliterature (up to 400 words in length). If you do not choose a film from those provided on the Microflix website (see Browse SOUND Texts section http://microflixfestival.com.au/2019-microflix-sound-texts-excerpts/) then you must be able to provide, along with your submitted film: a) evidence of your right to use the chosen microlit work on which your film is based and b) the work itself (as a Word file) including the title of the work and the author’s name.
5. FILM TITLE: The title of your submitted film should not be the same as the title of the piece of microliterature on which the film is based. Please note: Microflix is interested in multiple interpretations of original texts but wants to minimise the prospect of confusion between films, which could impact negatively on filmmakers’ capacity to promote their films outside Microflix.
6. PREVIOUS USE: Films submitted to Microflix must not have been currently or previously distributed or broadcast online (other than on school websites associated with films by current students).
7. ELIGIBILITY: Entry is open to individual or groups of filmmakers who are Australian Citizens residing anywhere, as well as to people residing in Australia during the submission period, that is 12 March to 30 June, 2019.
8. OWNERSHIP: Entrants must be entitled to present the entered film as their own work, or to represent the film in their capacity as the identified creative lead, producer or legal representative of the work being entered.
9. ENTRY FEE: Entry for students and concession card holders is $10. The entry fee allows for the submission of one film only.
10. MADE ON SMARTPHONE CATEGORY: Entrants to this category who are selected as finalists must be able to provide evidence of raw footage filmed using a mobile phone device.
11. ENTRY LIMITS: There is no limit on the number of times an individual or group can enter.
12. RIGHTS: By entering your film, in the event that your film is accepted for Microflix Awards and Festival, you grant Microflix the right to reproduce part of your film (up to 30 seconds or 30%, whichever is smaller) for the sole purpose of promoting Microflix.
13. CONTENT RESTRICTION: Films which contain content that is likely to be seen as inflammatory, degrading or otherwise unsuitable for public performance will not be accepted.
14. SELECTION: The decisions of the selection panel are final and will not be subject to negotiation or discussion.
15. NOTIFICATION: If your film is selected for Microflix you will be advised via email in August 2019.
Enquiries:     info[at]microflixfestival[dot]com[dot]au

Pease be advised that your Microflix registration will be processed by Spineless Wonders Pty Ltd.

Spineless Wonders