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Midweek Motivation - October 3rd

Competitions, opportunities, news and more

What better way to get through that midweek slump than to check out what’s new in the world of books and writing!

 

News & Events:

Okay, the trailer and posters for The Crimes of Grindelwald are out and OMG how good do they look? Check them out here.

Jessica Townsend’s second book is about to launch! Fans of Nevermoor will be able to read Wundersmith soon, but if you’re in Queensland you might want to score a ticket to the launch on November 8 now.

Marie Lu was on the 2018 Inky Awards shortlist for Warcross, and the much anticipated sequel is out now! If you haven’t managed to get your hands on a copy of Wildcard here is an excerpt to get you started.

 

Competitions & Opportunities:

KSP Non-fiction Writing Competition

Get in fast for this one as entries are due October 5! Free entry for 10-18 year old writers.

Lambing Flat Regional Writing Competition

Another one that needs to be in the post by October 5…

Poets and short story writers, this one is for you. Free entry for primary and secondry school students.

The Grove Short Story Competition

You need to be a resident of Cottesloe, Peppermint Grove or Mosman Park and attending school in either area for this one. The deadline for short stories up to 400 words is October 28.

World Food Day Poster

For the visual artists aged 5-19 amoung us, you might want to enter in this competition to design a poster for World Food Day. Entries are due November 9.

 

You should know:

Express Media

Express is a brilliant organisation with loads of opportunities for young Australian writers to develop their skills and get published. You can submit to their publication Voiceworks, check out the regular writing competitions they run and apply to be part of online workshops or attend their events all over the country!

 

For fun:

Can you relate?

 

Happy writing!

12 comments

sylvs

I told myself not to buy a book when I walked into the bookstore today... I couldn't resist the force and I brought a brand new read (I couldn't help it!!!)

3rd Oct, 18
poppy

I told myself to buy 1. i bought 4 and now i'm broke.

3rd Oct, 18
sylvs

In reply to poppy

I have two more books before I get my free book on my voucher... GUESS WHO IS SPENDING ANOTHER $40!?!?!

3rd Oct, 18
poppy

In reply to sylvs

the sad thing is I used that too and my free $5 for my birthday. and i was saving it for Wundersmith so now i have to pay full price when it comes out. *sigh*

3rd Oct, 18
sylvs

In reply to poppy

Oh well at least you still got lots of great reads right? :D

3rd Oct, 18
poppy

In reply to sylvs

yeah, if i get around to them my TBR pile is a mile high and i'm reading 4 books at once. it's pretty bad coz i keep wondering where this character has gone and then i realize it's in one of the other books and then i have to restart the other one because i forget what happens. i swear i've been stuck on some of them for months

3rd Oct, 18
sylvs

In reply to poppy

I try reading one at a time I can't do 4 like you do :P I can't keep up with a million storylines but sometimes I do read 2 or 3 if I'm not feeling a book.

3rd Oct, 18
poppy

In reply to sylvs

i think that's what happens. i don't not like the book but it's not the greatest thing and then i get fed up and start a new one and get bored of that and it just sorta ends in this massive circle until summer comes around and i catch up to myself. happens every year.

3rd Oct, 18
sylvs

In reply to poppy

Happens every month to me but eventually I finish them :D

4th Oct, 18
lefa Centre for Youth Literature

In reply to sylvs

I can only read one fiction and one non-fiction at a time or else I get too confused! Although that's not strictly true I guess because I can also have an audiobook I'm listening to as well. But somehow listening to a book means I don't get it confused with the one I'm reading. Weird. I never thought about that before.

5th Oct, 18
sylvs

In reply to lefa

Yeah I usually have 2-3 on hold and that's because it might not be necessarily what I'm in the mood for at that moment. I of course eventually get back to it though! An example of me doing this was when I was reading Dumplin', Strange The Dreamer, Angel Cake and They Both Die At The End all at the same time. It was exhausting trying to remember the storylines!

5th Oct, 18
bookwithbane

YA readers have it hard... You have $50 bucks, walk in, walk out with two(or three if you're lucky) books.

6th Oct, 18