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The end of June is actually upon us!

First and foremost, we hope you’ve enjoyed the ride and found all of our posts invaluable and helpful to your blossoming writing careers.

For the last post, we thought it might be a great idea to give you a whole bunch of awesome resources to submit your written work, and publications to keep an eye out for the future if you ever decide to want to become a professional writer, journalist or columnist.

Open Pitches is a relatively new Tumblr page where writers, editors and publications can all communicate together, and provides an excellent platform where you can pitch your ideas and seek publications possibly interested in commissioning it.

Need some help with your creative career? We’ve got that covered as well – take a look at this amazing post on The Loop on how to be creative when searching for a creative career. Trust us when we say you’re bound to inspired and filled with new ideas after reading the post. Job site SEEK have also published this great article about career lessons we can learn from Game of Thrones.

Small Press Network also have a (gigantic) list of potential magazines and publishing houses you can submit your work to – go on their homepage and scroll down to the bottom to view the list.

Down here at Express Media, we still have applications open for our Scribe Non Fiction Prize, and always accept submissions for our Voiceworks publications when they are open. If you’re looking to branch out into film reviewing, think about joining our Buzzcuts team. Apply here.

We also have Hologram, an ongoing project by Express Media that picks two novellas to publish by writers under the age of 30.

Our friends down at The Lifted Brow are also accepting submissions about the dark life of technology and social media. More details here. Kill Your Darlings also accepts submissions from time to time, check back on their site for any new updates.

If you’re a university student, perhaps consider contributing to your local publications and supporting your student community. Here is a quick list for all publications across our Victorian universities:

– Monash University: Esperanto and Lot’s Wife

– University of Melbourne: Farrago

– RMIT: Catalyst

– Deakin: Wordly

– La Trobe: Rabelais Magazine

– Victoria University: Connections Magazine

In terms of specfiic competitions and prize, Express Media will be having the John Marsden Prize opening soon, and do research on other prizes like the Write Across Victoria and Overland Prize.

Another great place to look at is your local writers centres for each state. For example, the SA Writers Centre has a page dedicated to publications seeking submissions. Alternatively, if you’re looking for feedback on your work, check on their sites for courses and networking events, or even take a look at Writers Web, a place dedicated to emerging writers and editors looking to meet other like minded individuals and share creative ideas and thoughts.

Once again, thank you to everyone who joined us on this fun ride of writing! See you again next June for another roller coaster of ideas! To send you guys off to your future creative endeavours, let’s all celebrate with a glass of bubbly and Queen’s We Are The Champions.

It’s two days before the end of June, and the end of National Young Writers Month!

Today’s post is for all the worry warts out there, especially to those worrying that won’t be able to meet their NYWM deadlines.

You have to bear in mind that goals are a motivational technique in itself – if you’re not motivated, then you won’t be able to achieve the best our of your goal. So consider taking a step back, and looking at all of your achievements thus far and appreciating them for what they are. Focus on the positive – look back on the obstacles you did achieve rather than the ones you didn’t.

And just because NYWM is almost finished does not mean your writing goal has to end there. Extend it for as long as you want, just bear in mind that the longer you extend it the longer it will take to complete it.

If not, consider making a completely new goal. So you haven’t achieved your NYWM goal – learn from it and improve on your shortcomings with the next goal. But also think about why you weren’t able to accomplish the NYWM goal. Was it too much to begin with? Were you too distracted? Did you procrastinate? If you felt it was too unrealistic for you to achieve, consider making the new goal shorter and realistic enough that it works with your external commitments and schedules.

Only one more day left to go! *pulls out the kleenex tissues for tomorrow*

Opportunities and events

Urban List, one of Australia’s largest online publications specialising in food, fashion and lifestyle, are currently seeking a Communications Executive to join their team. Duties range from marketing, to writing and editing articles, as well as being in charge of social media. Interested? Check out the listing here.

If you’re a tenager looking to get more out of the creative writing field, consider attending a creative writing boot camp for teens, hosted by the SA Writers Centre. Here you will learn how to produce ideas and give them fruition, as well as receive mentoring from some of Australia’s finest writers. More details here.

Do you have a blog? Want to take it to the next level? Then you’re in luck because NSW Writers Centre will be holding their ‘Powering your blog’ workshop on July 8. RSVP to the event here.

We’ve discussed planning the novel and how to get that amazing first sentence to get the ball rolling, but what happens when you’re near the end but you don’t know how to end it?

Like the beginning of your written piece, the ending is just as difficult to write. You have to be able to tie all the little details in together and have a proper resolution that leaves your reader feeling satisfied and content.

Generally, endings usually entail some kind of message conveyed to the reader, whether its a typical do-not-do-that-or-this-will-happen or a more implicit lesson that is learned when the reader stops and thinks for a while. The final message conveyed to the reader is also resonated by the experiences of the main character.

One of the bigger questions have you ask yourself is whether or not the ending really addresses the complication properly. Unless you plan to make the story of a series rather than a stand alone piece, the complication should be properly fixed by the resolution and ending. There should never be any loose ends when you finish you piece – everything should be wrapped together in a neat little package.

When creating an ending, don’t just make one. In fact, make several. That way, you won’t be restricted to just one, and you can then pick the ending that fits best for your written piece.

Another good idea is to mimic your favourite writers and how they ended their novels. Pick up a book and see how they ended it. Then copy it. Now we’re not saying to plagiarise the piece, we simply mean for you to copy how he ended his novel in terms of grammar and plot progression.

If you require more assistance with your ending, take a look at this article about how to end your novel.

Opportunities and events

Vulture Magazine, a new online publication dedicated to reporting on all the latest news in music, are seeking a columnist to join their team. Check out the listing here.

If you love theatre and an avid fan of local theatre company La Mama, then you’ll be happy to know that the director, Liz Jones, will be making an appearance at the Wheeler Centre on July 10. So if you want to meet the mastermind herself, RSVP to the event here.

For those living in NT, the NT Writers Centre will be hosting their Poetry Lunch on July 3 at Eva’s Cafe. This is a great networking opportunity – more details about the event here.

“There is no real ending. It’s just the place where you stop the story.”  ― Frank Herbert

Let’s be honest, goals can be difficult to maintain let alone fully complete before a deadline, so what do you do to stay motivated when trying to achieve your writing goals?

Many of you should be towards the end of their writing goals, so we thought we might give you so more motivational pep talks to give you that one last push!

As writers ourselves, we know that staying motivated is a really tough task. After all, there are so many external influences that distract us – events, gatherings, last minute meetings, the internet – the list can never end.

In order to alleviate our distractions, we must stay away from them! For example, if your phone is a major distraction, turn it off. Stillness and silence is one of the best ways to get our creative juices going – so a quiet room is a must to get the best out of our writing experience.

Another good way to keep our writing goals afloat is by keeping a visual timeline of our progress. Stick one up on top of your writing space, and place marks that indicate the milestones of your writing. For example, a milestone could be the completion of a chapter or even that once sentence you’ve been pouring my mind over.

And at the risk of sounding like a routine doctor, drink something. Whether that be water, coffee or even a good glass of wine (only if you’re 18+ though!). Part of your writers block might even be because your brain is dehydrated, so staying hydrated not only ensure you stay awake to continue writing but it also keeps your train of thought moving.

Looking for more motivational advice? Check out this article from Huffington Post on how to stay motivated to write. Need a visual? Look to good old Rocky Balboa for advice.

Opportunities and events

Non-profit youth organisation Vibewire will be hosting their yearly ‘Jelly Day’ soon, where all attendees discuss their creative ideas, prompting feedback and in-depth discussions to help you platform your concepts with greater success. Be sure not to miss out as a Jelly Day can change your life…or even just help you network. Either way it’s a win win so kindly watch this space for future updates.

The Australia Times have created a new niche magazine specialising in everything bridal and weddings, and are seeking new contributors to join their expanding team. For more details, check the listing here.

Looking to expand your expertise in short story writing? Then consider attending the short story workshop held at Queensland Writers Centre. The workshop runs from 28 June to 28 July, and is the perfect place to hone your craft, especially since you will be working with acclaimed authors like Megan McGrath. You must be between 18-25 to join. Details are here.

Ever wanted to experience an open mic night as an emerging poet? Australian Poetry have a callout for Cafe Poets for 2014, where young emerging poets can take part in events and readings to garner feedback and creative inspiration for their works. More information here.

“Too many of us are not living our dreams because we are living our fears.” – Les Brown

Name: Victoria Nugent

Age: 25

State: New South Wales

What is your NYWM goal?

I plan to take part in Pitch, Bitch each week, complete two short stories and attempt to revive a moribund blog.

What kind of writing do you do?

I’m a journalist by day. Outside of work hours I write everything from novel fragments and short stories to book reviews and freelance articles.

What inspires or motivates you to write and reach your goals?

Having an idea that I can’t wait to see completed gets me typing furiously. It’s almost like reading a book. I get eager to learn more about the characters and the story and that only happens the more I write.=

I am inspired by ideas I’m passionate about and therefore quite motivated to motivated. If I can rabbit on about an idea to someone for 10 minutes, there’s a strong chance I’ll be inspired to write about it.

Reaching just one goal fires me up to do even more. Even the tiniest success feels invigorating. Paying markets also help.

What are you currently reading?

We Have Always Lived In The Castle by Shirley Jackson

Do you have a website, blog, tumblr, twitter or facebook page you want us to link to?

– Twitter: @toria_jayne,



So you want to be an editor…

When you really think about it, everyone is an editor in some way or another. Every single day we edit – a writer revises his manuscript, a teacher stops mid sentence to enhance clarity in his coherency, a students edits their assignment.

But a professional editor doesn’t just do the tasks above, they have to focus on much more, asking questions such as:

– Is the spelling, grammar, punctuation correct and clear?

– Does it fit into the wider concepts?

– Is it interesting? Would strangers want to read this?

There are many types of editors – book editors, magazine editors, copy editors, and deputy editors just to name a few. Editors work across all kinds of industries from corporate to creative.

So what do need to be an editor? Well generally most editors have a university qualified degree in journalism, communications or professional writing and editing. Universities like RMIT, Monash, University of Technology in Sydney and University of Queensland all offer degrees in these fields.

The job of an editor significantly extends beyond the normal proofreading and spell checking tasks, in fact editors must be able to immediately organise ideas quickly and efficiently while recognising patterns and categories that may otherwise hinder the value of the work they are editing. Fact checking and research is another task they do – as accuracy is one of the first and foremost concerns that editors must pay attention to.

In addition to that, editors are familiar with the importance of deadlines. In fact, a good editor should be able to keep up with several deadlines at the same time, keeping an eye on important dates and events while keeping their clients in the loop about their editing progress. A creative streak is paramount as well – editors should not only edit, but be able to add to the written piece if they feel it lacks something.

If being an editor interests you, then consider taking this editor quiz to see if you are really cut out for the job. More information about being an editor can be found here.

The Review Review also has an interview article with Stephen Corey, editor of the Georgia Review. Check out the article here.

And just for fun, here are some clips of the ever so graceful Meryl Streep as Miranda Priestly in the Devil Wears Prada, because lets be honest, we all want to be badass editors like Miranda Priestly. Links here and here.

Best of luck folks!

Opportunities and events

Very exciting opportunity for third year journalism students – the Herald Sun have opened applications for their Sir Keith Murdoch scholarship, which awards one lucky student a paid three month internship at the Herald Sun and Weekly Times. Sounds amazing right?! More details are here if you’re interested.

Got an eye for fashion? Then read on – Style Magazine are currently seeking a full time journalist and stylist to work across their print and digital platforms. This is an excellent first step in the fashion journalism industry, so if you’re keen all the details are here.

“If the writing is honest it cannot be separated from the man who wrote it.” -Tennessee Williams

National Young Writers Month is almost finished!

Today we thought it might a good idea to touch base with how your NYWM goals are progressing.

Look back on how June has been for you – have you achieved a lot? have you achieved nothing? How far did you get into your written pieces?

Now if you haven’t achieved a lot in terms of your writing progress, then fret not. Your NYWM goals is simply something to help you get started. If you feel you need more time to complete your goals, then perhaps think about extending it for another month or so (don’t extend it too long or it will ever be achieved!)

If you still require some more assistance and tips about writing, then check out this post by acclaimed writer Lian Tanner – it’s bound to give you inspiration should you need any! In addition to that, also take a look at this article entitled ‘4 Worst Pieces of Advice For Young Writers’ published in Mic Magazine. This will definitely get you thinking, especially if you’ve been given so much advice about writing you don’t know which advice to follow.

Want to learn more writing secrets? This article discusses the secret tips that acclaimed writers use to bring out their inner writing muse.

Opportunities and events

State Library of Victoria currently has a one year exhibition called ‘Mirror of the world: books and ideas’, where you can view their extensive collection of historically significant books. This is an excellent way to see how far writing has come in society, and who knows, it may even inspire your NYWM goals!

Hessian Magazine, a new independent publication, are currently on the lookout for an editorial assistant to join their team. Availabilities should be either Thursday or Friday and tasks including writing, editing and marketing. More details here.

WA Writers Centre have opened their applications for the Fiona McIntosh Masterclass Scholarship 2015 for experienced emerging writers. More details here.

“The person born with a talent they are meant to use will find their greatest happiness in using it.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


Love theatre but hate acting? If so, then playwriting may be just the thing for you.

The thought process to playwriting is similar to that of novel writing. First you need to look at the kind of genre you’d be interested in. Then produce an outline, then a draft then a final copy. For more information about the creative process, take a look at our Day 7 post.

But submitting your play isn’t as simple as emailing it to a publishing house and awaiting confirmation. As a playwright, you have to bear in mind that your play will be transformed into physical theatre. Because of this, you should be looking to gain constant feedback about your work.

A good way to do this is by attending playwright discussions, where you can read out your play and garnering criticism and feedback from other theatre enthusiasts. Places such as Playwrighting Australia offer workshops that do exactly this.

If you need more assistance about playwriting, check out this awesome interview with established dramatist Will Dunne, where he discusses criticism, the creative process and inspiration.

Opportunities and events

We’re always on the lookout for writers to be featured as part of NYWM. If you’re happy to answer a few questions about you and your writing, please fill out this form.

Hessian Magazine, a new independent publication, are currently on the lookout for an editorial assistant to join their team. Availabilities should be either Thursday or Friday and tasks including writing, editing and marketing. More details here.

Backyard Opera, one of Sydney’s largest online publications is on the hunt for a intern to join their team. Check out the listing here.

“There’s a kind of a fundamental irresponsibility in playwriting, and the strength of playwriting comes from that irresponsibility.” – Tony Kushner

The Author, the Editor!

Name: TJ Ryan

Age: 25

State: Queensland

What is your NYWM goal?

My goal this year is to finish editing the first full draft of my novel and start submitting it to publishers.

What kind of writing do you do?

I enjoy writing fantasy and science fiction. Some spec fic. I prefer writing for children or young adults, since I still enjoy a good YA read. In my opinion, books can be exciting and romantic and scary and serious without having to be “adult” in their language or including gratuitous sex or violence.

What inspires or motivates you to write and reach your goals?

I first picked up a pen and paper and wrote  “book” when I was three years old. I’m inspired by that crazy three-year-old who wrote ‘The Adventures of Freddy the Fish and other sea creatures’. She had guts! I’m inspired by Orson Scott Card, the most psychologically interesting author I’ve ever read. Hey, I’m a little hipster – I liked him before they made the movie of ‘Ender’s Game’ (at last!). I’m also inspired by the teen girls who I mentor through my local Youth Group. They are the girls I write my novels for now.

What are you currently reading?

‘Obernewtyn’ by Isobelle Carmody – I read it in high school and loved it! Then I recently rediscovered it at the Lifeline Bookfest. So good.

Do you have a website, blog, tumblr, twitter or facebook page you want us to link to?


Have you thought about blogging?

Because technology has evolved so much over the past few years, nearly everything is available online nowadays. Blogging is a great way to put yourself out there if you’re tight on money or hoping to development an audience on an international scale.

It also makes you a better writer. How? Because you write when you want to – its not something that is forced upon you or obligatory, you want to write because just want to. The more you write the more fluent your communication skills become. And the best thing about blogs is that is doesn’t have to be professional, it can be personal or a hybrid between the two.

Plus, if you lead a very busy lifestyle, then blogging provides you with an outlet to let out steam and relax.

Your blog can even have theme. This is especially helpful if you are looking to attract a certain audience, whether that be other skin care enthusiasts or business entrepreneurs. However with that being said, having a theme on your blog makes it difficult for your to diverge and write about other topics.

If you’re a complete newbie, read this post from Lifehacker on selecting the best platform to host your blog. Writer’s Digest has two good posts on creating a simple writing blog and things blogging writers should know. Lisa Dempster also has an interesting series on her blog entitled Writers, Money and the Web (part one here) which is an excellent look at the place of digital writing and blogging.

Need unconvinced? Check out this article of 15 reasons why you should start one.

Opportunities and events

We’re always on the lookout for writers to be featured as part of NYWM. If you’re happy to answer a few questions about you and your writing, please fill out this form.

If you’re involved in theatre and ever wondered about gender stereotypes and casting, then have a look at ‘Men Overboard: Performing Gender’ event held at the Wheeler Centre on 17 July. RSVP here.

Peter Babowski, one of Australia’s most renowned poets, will be holding a workshop with Queensland Writers Centre on June 25. Develop your poetic voice and learn from the best of the best. RSVP here.

“Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.” – Benjamin Franklin


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