New writers benefit enormously from the opportunity to have an experienced writer and editor read over their work and provide them with constructive feedback and advice. This year’s consultant, Sarah Armstrong, is an experienced writer and mentor, whose first novel, Salt Rain, was shortlisted for the Miles Franklin Award, the Queensland Premier’s Award and the Dobbie Award.
Participants submit up to 30 (preferably consecutive) pages of their manuscript, together with their application form, synopsis and writers’ statement (detailing what they hope to gain from the consultation). They then meet with Sarah Armstrong for an hour to discuss their work.
The big reveal! The waiting’s over: Early Bird discounts have flown and all tickets for the Byron Bay Writers’ Festival 2013 are now available for your selection. You will still find great value in the 3 day pass, giving you access to all the main program marquees, or you may choose a 1 day or 2 day pass. The only difficulty will be deciding between days!
Interested in the Feature Events and Workshops? These tickets are available individually and guarantee you entry to your chosen session. Something for every taste, every schedule, every budget: it’s easier than ever to enjoy the Festival and remember to treat your children to the chance to meet their literary heroes on Sunday 4th August with a Youth pass, (permitting one accompanying adult).
Seventeen years old and one hundred and thirty authors strong, the Byron Bay Writers’ Festival is set to inspire, enlighten, enthral and entertain. Join us as a panorama of the most compelling Australian & international writers and thinkers reflect on and celebrate the power of the word and the importance of story. You’ll find the entire menu of conversations, presentations, dissertations and entertainments in the program file. Savour the choices on offer, but don’t delay booking: each Festival day sold out last year and Early Bird ticket sales broke all records.
For all who find pleasure within the pages of a book, for all who dream big ideas and for all whose wild imaginings lead them to feel there might just be a book to be born, this is the Festival for you. Through writing, through words, through narrative, we make sense of our world and understand our place within it. The Byron Bay Writers’ Festival invites you to immerse and engage: you may just change your mind.
The Heading North Short Story competition for our local young writers aged between 16 and 25 years is now open. The competition is generously sponsored by Byron and Districts ADFAS and the Bangalow Lions, and is open to all residents of the Northern Rivers area (from Tweed Heads in the north, to Taree in the south, and west to Kyogle).
The first prize is $1,000 to go towards skills development and furthering the winner's writing career, as well as a 3 day BBWF pass, inclusion in the BBWF program, and publication of the winning story in northerly, the bi-monthly magazine of the NRWC. Stories must be up to 1,000 words long and the competition closes on Tuesday, 2 July.
Download an application form
If you have a completed manuscript that is ready to go and a publishing idea you think will appeal to publishers, then this year’s BBWF Pitch Perfect Competition could be just the break you’re looking for!
The top six (6) submissions will be selected and those winners will be invited to pitch their book idea LIVE to a panel of publishers on Saturday 3 August at the Byron Bay Writers’ Festival. Each pitch will be limited to 5 minutes. A short pitching workshop to prepare successful applicants for this event will be arranged prior to the Festival.
Deadline for submissions is 2pm on Wednesday 3 July, 2013.