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‘Outside of a dog, a book is a man's best friend. Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read.’ – Groucho Marx

Midweek Motivation 20 November

Competitions, opportunities, news and more

News & Events:

Nanowrimo is finishing soon! How are you faring? Is your goal within sight? Head on over to our Inside a Dog Nanowrimo blog where you can share how your journey is going.

Competitions & Opportunities:

Class Clowns

The search is on for Australia’s funniest teens! Class Clowns is Melbourne International Comedy Festival’s national comedy competition for teenagers around the country. If you are between 14-18 years old and think you could perform for 3-5 minutes and make audiences laugh, this is the competition for you. Heats are held all over Australia in early 2019. Check when there is one near you and register now.

The Somerset National Poetry Prize

This one is open to all current secondary students who are Australian citizens or permanent residents attending school in Australia. Students receiving home schooling are eligible to enter.

There are two categories:
Junior Secondary – Years 7 to 9
Senior Secondary – Years 10 to 12
The winner in each category will receive $300 plus flights to attend the Somerset Storyfest. Entries close  December 7.
The Young Writers’ Award comprises two categories with up to five young authors shortlisted in each category. Each shortlisted entry will receive a $150 Redgum Book Club voucher and Certificate of Achievement. The winner of each category will receive a $250 Redgum Book Club voucher and winning entry from each category will be published as hard copy book and in e-book fromat. Entries are open to children in the 9 to 13 age group. Entries close  17 December.
Kids 12 years and under are invited to enter up to three poems for a chance to win one of three prizes. The theme for the 2019 Wombat Award is ‘Our Heritage’. Entries close 30 April, 2019.


You should know:


Sweatshop is an initive located in Western Sydney which is devoted to empowering groups and individuals from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds through writing.

They hold workshops and events for people of all ages, including specific programs and projects for First Nationsl writers, gender diverse people, specifical marginalised groups and LGBTIQ+ writers.

If you’re from Western Sydney and interested in publications, films, podcasts, plays, performance readings, exhibitions, and arts and cultural seminars check out their website and see how you might be able to get involved.


For fun:


Do you ever come accross a book and think “that can’t be real?” How about this one. Yes, I Could Pee on This (and other poems by cats) is indeed real. And, we think, wonderful. What’s the most out there book you’ve ever found?