ZineWest 2014 is multi-genre print zine open to new and emerging writers, aged 16 and older who live, work, study or attend a cultural group in Western Sydney. Works can be prose, poetry, lyrics, cartoon, drama – any word-based works that can be printed.
Co-sponsored by the Writing and Society Research Centre at the University of Western Sydney, ZineWest is a not-for-profit project of New Writers’ Group Inc. This year the competition with its $400 first prize will be judged by director of Sweatshop: Western Sydney Literacy Movement, Michael Mohammed Ahmad.
Last year I was awarded third prize for my poem Parramatta Morning.
Parrot screeches vie for space
with morning traffic sounds.
The day’s news drifts in and
pushes deep the scraps of dreams
that join the growing mound
of remnant thoughts
from which no sense is made.
A click unlids the tin of coffee beans.
They clatter, are ground
then softly tamped.
The stream of black flows into a favourite cup.
Inhale deep –
then sip and let the medicine hit
the babble of the morning.
Entries close midnight, Sunday 25 May. Full details of the competition including eligibility are available here.
If you’re interested in coming along to NWG meetings, they’re held on the second and fourth Saturdays of the month, 3pm-5pm, Mars Hill Cafe (upstairs), 331 Church Street, Parramatta.