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Indications are that 2013 will be the first year the Byron Bay Writers’ Festival sells its entire quota of Early Bird discounted 3 Day Passes! If you haven’t already secured yours, move fast.
While the big reveal of the entire program is still some weeks away, the Festival office is bursting at the seams with the big ideas and compelling topics it contains.We couldn’t ignore the forthcoming election and there is a plethora of books on what ails the Labor party and what the future might hold in this lucky country. Join Kerry O’Brien as he interviews Maxine McKew, the stellar journalist turned politician who spectacularly beat Prime Minister John Howard in the 2007 elections, only to become a casualty of the disastrous 2010 campaign when Labor was forced into minority government. Be part of the wider conversation of What the hell happened? Labor’s descent into the badlands. Look beyond the domestic and into the realm of international politics in Smashing China: Australia’s Asian century when legendary Indian journalist and political commentator MJ Akbar adds his perspective to that of heavy weight Australian analysts including George Megalogenis and The Insiders’ Karen Middleton. It’s the feisty debate for which the Byron Bay Writers’ Festival is renowned, and your 3 Day Pass brings you smack into the middle of the action.
Don’t delay: it’s not far away!
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.
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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.