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Meet the 2015 EWF Bloggers

Last year we introduced a new initiative in the form of EWF Bloggers- a dedicated crew of lit bloggers who attended the festival and covered the happenings on their own sites. The EWF Blogging Team are back in 2015, and we’ve got some old faces and new- and they’re all appearing at the festival! Each of our EWF Bloggers this year are on our Conference Panel on Blogging- held on the Sunday of this year’s National Writers’ Conference. They’ll be talking about what makes bloggers tick, and how to sustain a productive and enduring platform.

Let’s introduce them, shall we?

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In 2014 Meghan Brewster from Manuscrapped travelled down to Melbourne to be an EWF Blogger, and taught us how to pack for a festival, and attend an event solo. We’re thrilled to have her back this year and to read all about her sophomore EWF.

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Sam van Zweden is an old friend of EWF, working with Writers Bloc and publishing her own blog- Little Girl With A Big Pen. She’ll be hosting the blogging panel, and will be out and about at the fest’.

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Michelle McLaren is a new face around EWF HQ and we can’t wait to see more of it! Her blog, Book To The Future started as a project to read and review one book to represent every year of the twentieth century, and has grown into the blog child you see before you today. We’re so interested to see what she’ll get out of EWF and can’t wait to connect you guys with her and her awesome blog. 

These talented writers will be out and about during the fest, and their recaps and thoughts on the festival will be published on the EWF Blog throughout the EWF 15.

You can buy tickets to the National Writers’ Conference online now. 

 

 

A Q&A with Garry Westmore of Spook Magazine

If you’ve yet to discover Spook Magazine, here’s a little precis: they gather some Australia’s freshest young writers and deliver interesting articles on culture, fashion, art, film, sex and politics. They’re young, they’re interesting, and they present thoughtful insights. This year, Spook are helping EWF present #selfies event, looking at how writers use self-image in their writing. You can read an article in defense of the selfie by Kate Iselin on Spook here. They’re also presenting their own Pitch session, where you’ll be able to discuss how to pitch, what to pitch and why to pitch with  five of Spook‘s editors. We asked Garry Westmore, Spook‘s Film Editor a few questions about writing, editing, and making films.

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How did you first get into writing?

I was teaching Secondary English and Literature for a number of years, and as much as I enjoyed it I realised I’d much rather be writing, so I took the plunge and left full time teaching for greener pastures I guess. Although there is significantly less money on this side of the fence… still no regrets.

Aside from being the Film and Arts Ed at Spook, you’re also a screenwriter and part-time educator. Can you tell us how you balance these jobs and how they influence each other?

Difficult that’s for sure. It’s very much a juggling act, I often bite off more than I can chew but I enjoy it a lot; it’s not the same thing every day so I’m never bored. I’m just finishing my screenwriting studies at RMIT this year so I wouldn’t call myself a screenwriter as such, but certainly studying film and TV writing, teaching filmmaking at ACMI and being Film Editor at Spook – well it’s all related which is good. Screenwriting is really where I want to head so finding the time to work on projects is the hardest part, and usually that involves turning off emails from time to time and resisting the temptation to binge watch something.

What’s your favourite story that’s come out of your job as a writer/editor?

Being an editor you do get the luxury of having a stream of great pitches and stories coming your way. And as a writer constantly looking for things to write about and people to interview, you come across a great deal of interesting people, each with their own fascinating story and or take on life. I just enjoy talking to people, be it a musician, photographer, actor, director, author, whoever. I know I should think in terms of what’s interesting to readers, but I usually just ask what’s interesting to me and hope that other people find it interesting as well.

Spook are hosting their own Pitch session at this year’s Emerging Writers’ Festival. Can you tell us some of the best advice you’ve received from an editor?

Proofread! I know it’s simple, but I’ve been guilty of some grievous grammatical errors and spelling mistakes in my time. For some reason I just can’t see them for at least the first hour after finishing a piece, so the advice I got was to have a significant gap between ‘finishing’ a piece and submitting it. Not that helps much in terms of pitching and our Pitch-a-thon, personally my advice with pitching is yes, read as much of the publication you’re pitching at but do try and avoid being too formulaic at the same time.

When we called you on the phone earlier, you said you were working on a film project – can you tell us what you’re working on?

Well, it’s kind of a corporate video so it’s not too exciting to be honest. I wish I had a cool project I could tell you about, but alas. I am working on a couple of short film scripts and an idea for a feature length film as well as a web-series with a friend, so always things in the pipeline that will hopefully grow into something. Otherwise I’m just sitting on a few ideas for Spook pieces.

Top five films?

A guy in my course did a presentation on Children of Men recently, which I haven’t watched for a while, but it’s a film that never fails to blow me away, visually and conceptually. I’ve no set top five, Kubrick was my first favourite filmmaker and The Shining is one of a few horror films I love, but then I could easily go and watch something like Predator or Cliffhanger and enjoy the crap out of them because I think deep down I’m really just a fifteen year old boy.  Mind you I think the film that pushed my appreciation of film when I was a young man was Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. I recently revisited The Virgin Suicides too, a film that still resonates with me.

What are your favourite things to do in Melbourne on your days off?

Days off usually involve a leisurely stroll to purchase a coffee and a loaf of sourdough followed by some writing. A trip to Cinema Nova or a drink with a friend at my local might be a nice added bonus.

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Lunchtime Lit – Pitch-a-thon with SPOOK Magazine
Where: Thousand Pound Bend, 361 Little Lonsdale St, Melbourne
When: Wed Jun 3, 12.30pm
How Much: Free

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Where: Schoolhouse Studios, 81 Rupert St, Collingwood
When: Sat May 30, 7.30pm
How Much: $17 / $15 concession here

 

9 Slices

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A new book and a good slice of pizza. We might be describing your perfect Friday night, but we’re also talking about a fresh new event at the Emerging Writers’ Festival this year: 9 Slices at Slice Girls Pizza.

Over nine days, some of RMIT’s best creative minds will be bunking down at Slice Girls (369 Little Lonsdale St) to produce a brand spanking new book. Every day, from Wednesday 27 May until Thursday 4 June, it won’t just be the alluring aroma of freshly cooked pizza wafting from Slice Girls, but also the sound of frantic typing as a different writers, editors and designers pull together another brilliant chapter each day.

Despite what Hemingway would have you believe, writing shouldn’t be a lonely venture. Come and keep the team company: the more the merrier, we say. Slice Girls will have a special EWF pizza on offer (for only $10!) and there will be plenty of literary fervour in the air: a perfect combination for lunch or dinner.

Then, swap your pizza for a pint at the Closing Night Party as we celebrate the completed manuscript and send it on its way to the wonderful people at Blurb, who are going to have the book published and on the shelves in no time.

We’ll probably all be back at Slice Girls the day after Closing Night, too. Nothing says a good night out better than a delicious, hot slice of pizza for breakfast.

Presented by RMIT.

- Fiona Spitzkowsky

Where: Slice Girls Pizza, 369 Little Lonsdale St, Melbourne
When: 11am-7pm, Wed May 27 – Thu Jun 4, 2015
How Much: Free / $10 pizzas

THE 9 SLICES TEAM

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Monash Prize 2015 shortlist

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Monash University in collaboration with the Emerging Writers’ Festival is proud to present the Monash Undergraduate Prize for Creative Writing, a prestigious prize for emerging literary voices.

A huge congratulations to the shortlisted writers of this year’s Monash Undergraduate Prize for Creative Writing, who are one step closer to being published in Kill Your Darlings and winning the cold hard dollars. Thanks to all students who entered – this shortlist was particularly hard to put together as there were so many great entries. We wish you all the best of luck.

Judges of this year’s prize are Jane Montgomery Griffiths (Monash University), Rebecca Starford (Kill Your Darlings, Bad Behaviour) and Rebecca Saunders (Hachette Australia) and the winners will be announced at the Emerging Writers’ Festival’s opening night gala on Tuesday May 26. We look forward to seeing you all there.

A huge thank you to Monash University for their ongoing support of both this prize and for emerging writers across Australia.

Monash Prize Shortlist

A dirty, dimly lit place – Patrick Dobson (University of Melbourne)
An African santa – Lulu Jemimah (Macquarie University)
Blue – Imogen McClusky (Australian Film and Television School BA)
Drop kick – Bonnie Sanders (Monash University)
Flower – Alexandra Philp (Queensland University of Technology)
I hope you have a wonderful day – Beth Rust (Victoria University of Wellington)
I’m not smoking bongs, I’m snorkelling – Elena Larkin (University of Melbourne)
Internet, shminternet – Ara Sarafian (RMIT)
Past, present – Peter Dickison (Macquarie University)
The end of unemployed Anastasia and the once rebellious panda – Mark Barnes (RMIT)
The fourth track – Toni Susskind (Monash University)
The reliquary – Claire Alcock (Griffith University)
The space between – Justina Ashman (Flinders University)
What girls are made of – Sarah Mould (UTS)
Writing to Byzantium – Xin Yi Joyce Chew (UNSW)

Emerging Writers Festival – Festival Director recruitment

The Emerging Writers’ Festival (EWF) invites applications for the exciting position of Festival Director for the 2016 – 2018 Emerging Writers’ Festivals. The Festival Director will lead the artistic direction of EWF and deliver high quality, diverse and dynamic programs in support of the emerging writers community.

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We are an independent arts organisation, based in Melbourne’s Wheeler Centre for Books, Writing and Ideas, that promotes the interests of emerging writers working in all styles, genres and forms and looks to improve the opportunities for professional development, facilities access to the writing community, and promotes engagement with the broader public. The annual festival is a key event on Australia’s literary calendar, drawing visitors from across Victoria, interstate and around the world.

We’re so happy to have had Sam Twyford-Moore at the helm for the past two festivals – as well as taking the festival to Adelaide, Hobart, Sydney and Indonesia - and concluding with a great Festival in 2015. He has been instrumental in helping emerging writers not only find their feet (and pens), but in creating an environment in which community, conversation, and criticality are of utmost importance. Oh, and dance moves. Come say hi to Sam at this year’s Festival, and wish him all the best with his (no doubt amazing) future adventures. We’re very excited to be hosting so many great events, thanks to the will of a great Festival Director.

To view the position description for the upcoming role of Festival Director, click here. Applications close 5pm Monday 25 May 2015.

THE EMERGING WRITERS’ FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES CHANGES TO BOARD OF DIRECTORS

The Emerging Writers’ Festival (EWF) has recently recruited new board members to fill positions vacated by departing board members in 2014. After 11 years, the EWF continues to move from strength to strength, and these changes see the organisation well positioned for 2015 and beyond.

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We are delighted to announce the following new appointments:

Andrea Spencer joined the board in October 2014 to take on the role of Chair. Andrea brings extensive human resource consulting and practical experience, having worked with leading international financial services and resources businesses including National Australia Bank, GE Capital, BHP Billiton and Rio Tinto. More recently Andrea worked for Arts Centre Melbourne. Andrea has served on a range of not-for-profit boards and committees covering youth mentoring, tourism and shorebird conservation. Andrea is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development (UK).

In March 2015, Craig Semple, Kirsten Freeman and Amanda Armstrong joined the EWF board.

Craig is a partner in the Mergers & Acquisitions practice in the Melbourne office of Gilbert + Tobin. Craig specialises in general corporate and commercial law, and regularly advises listed companies in relation to corporate governance and directors’ duties. Craig’s community interests include being a Conversation Starter at The Wheeler Centre and a member of the Artistic Director’s Circle at the Melbourne Theatre Company. Craig is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Corporations Committee of the Law Council of Australia.

Kirsten is Deputy Director at the British Council and brings extensive experience in fundraising and partnerships within the arts and higher education both nationally and internationally. Kirsten has served on a range of boards, panels and committees including the Centre for Contemporary Photography, Arts Victoria’s International Grants Assessment Panel and the Committee of Management for the Monash Caulfield Childcare Centre.

Amanda is General Manager, Administration and Communications for the global education provider, Kaplan. Amanda brings invaluable experience from both the not-for-profit and commercial sectors; specialising in communications, media, human resources, marketing, fundraising and change management. She has worked in Australia and the UK for organisations such as Greenpeace, Amnesty International and St James Ethics Centre. Amanda has a strong interest in the creative industries having been a member of the Strategic Advisory Group for Object: Australian Design Centre and spending time working on projects such as the Festival of Dangerous Ideas. Amanda is a member of the Public Relations Institute of Australia.

The four new members join an eight-member board including Paul Higgins, Treasurer; Chris Sibree, Secretary; Tim Fisher and Claire Butler.

The Board would like to sincerely thank the following Directors for their leadership, commitment, vision, and contribution during an extraordinary period of growth for the EWF.

Matt Davies was a member of the EWF board for over five years, including 18 months as Chair. Matt stepped down in July 2014, leaving the EWF with some big shoes to fill. A freelance writer and editor, Matt brought considerable skills in communications, trade publishing and editing, not to mention a writers’ perspective. He was a valuable and passionate contributor to the team and we and look forward to him staying connected with the EWF in future.

Mary Masters joined the EWF Board in 2010and, after guiding the organisation through a hugely successful period of growth, decided to step down as Chair in 2014, departing in November. As General Manager at the Small Press Network, Mary brought valuable industry insights and perspective to the board and her passion and creativity will be missed. The staff and board would like to extend their appreciation to Mary for the role she played in guiding the EWF through such an exciting time.

Paul Gardner AM departed the board in November 2014. Paul brought a tremendous wealth of advertising, governance and business development expertise to the board. Paul generously shared his knowledge and experience with staff and board. His guidance and support will be missed.

Please join the EWF in extending a warm welcome to our new Directors and a thank you to our departing members for their commitment and service to the organisation.

The EWF is a not-for-profit organisation whose foundations are built on supporting emerging writers. We are a place where creativity and innovation are celebrated, where new talent is nurtured and where diverse voices from across Australia are represented.

The 2015 Festival runs from Tuesday 26 May – Friday June 5.

 

30 Under 30 at MWF (and EWF)

EWF is where you go to get a heads up on the best new literary stars. We are the dirty pub with sticky carpets where tomorrow’s best-selling authors get their break, so we are pretty chuffed to see Melbourne Writers Festival have jumped on the bandwagon of celebrating Australia’s best new talent with their 30 Under 30 program, where emerging writers are getting some serious time in the spotlight!

With less than two days left of their Pozible campaign to raise funds for these incredible emerging writers, the whole team here at EWF recommends checking out the program and giving a young writer a leg up with their career! We are also pretty chuffed to be hosting a number of the 30 Under 30 in this years EWF, so come and check them out before they are too big for all of us!

Cameron Baker
Alia Gabres
Minna Gilligan
Rebecca Harkins-Cross
Erik Jensen
Trent Kusters
Brodie Lancaster
Amy Middleton
Bhakthi Puvanenthiran
Luke Ryan
Ellena Savage
Veronica Sullivan
Gillian Terzis
Stephanie Van Schilt
Jessica Yu

 

Conference Highlight: SWEATSHOP

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The Emerging Writers’ Festival is always looking to expand our network, searching for writers with unique voices and experiences, pulling in artists from around the country and the Pacific region to add to our growing community. We’re super excited to have some brilliant interstate guests join us for this year’s EWF Conference. On the afternoon of Saturday 30 May, we’ll be handing the reigns over to the artists from SWEATSHOP in Sydney’s Western suburbs as they talk race, gender, class, sexuality and disability, and how they all intersect in writing.  With performance readings from Luke Carman, Tamar Chnorhokian, Peter Polites, Amanda Yeo, Stephen Pham, Michael Mohammed Ahmad, and hosted by Roslyn Oades, this event is sure to be both entertaining and superbly engaging.

SWEATSHOP is a fantastic organisation in Western Sydney. With a guiding philosophy of ‘from literacy to literature’ they are dedicated to empowering the local community through writing and critical thinking. SWEATSHOP runs mentoring programs, workshops and a range of lit events, connecting local community groups, schools and individual emerging artists with established writers who guide them through their creative process, providing predominately unheard voices with a platform for expression.

SWEATSHOP represents a Western Sydney full of rich, diverse stories that are waiting to be heard. And we’re ready to listen.

The EWF is also running our own homage to the Western suburbs of Melbourne with our West Writers Group at FCAC and the Letters to the West event which is 100% free!

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Conference Special Event: SWEATSHOP
Where: 
Swanston Hall @ Melbourne Town Hall, 90-120 Swanston St, Melbourne 
When:
Sat May 30, 4pm
How Much:
$17 / $15 concession here

This event is included in both the weekend Conference Pass and Sunday Conference Pass, as well as the Golden Ticket.

- Fiona Spitzkowsky

Ambassador Focus: Kylie Ladd

Kylie Ladd‘s a perfect mentor figure. A great woman to ask about writing, about ups and downs, about embracing mistakes and moving forward – her book, Mothers and Daughters is testament to this. Released in 2014, the sensitive novel looks at the concept of female relationships in the digital age, complete with issues around Australian identity, the forming and keeping of said relationships (or friendships) and parenting (think of it as mentoring if you’re not a parent). Oh, and Ladd holds a pHD in neuropsychology.

This year, Kylie will be sharing her stories on writing at this year’s National Writers’ Conference. She’s a 2015 Festival Ambassador, so those attending the writers’ conference will be able to get some down time with her and hear some gentle advice. Take heed. We asked Kylie a few questions on how she first got into writing, how her background in neuropsychology feeds in to her writing, and some advice for emerging writers.

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How did you first get into writing?

Like most writers, I’ve been making up stories for as long as I can remember… and that was where it might have ended if not for the Emerging Writers Festival of 2005. While I had managed at that time to get one non-fiction book (on dementia, my area of practice) published via a small medical publisher, I had written three novels that had been roundly rejected right across Australia and also internationally. To my everlasting gratitude, a literary speed dating event at the 2005 EWF changed all that, hooking me up with four different publishers who were interested in reading my latest work. After The Fall was published a year later by Allen and Unwin, who I’ve been with ever since.

You also hold a PhD in neuropsychology – how do you think that expertise has bled into your every-day writing practice?

I originally began studying psychology simply because I needed a science subject for my Arts degree at Melbourne University (I know, it doesn’t make sense, but they were the rules back then and there was no way I was going to do physics). Despite originally planning to be a journalist, I quickly became engrossed in psychology and soon realised how beautifully it dovetailed with my love of fiction. Both are about stories- those we tell each other, but also ourselves; how we shape them, and how they shape us. Psychology also trained me in observing people, a crucial skill for any novelist, and over the years has exposed me to an incredible and varied array of characters and personalities, some of which can’t help but end up in my books (names changed of course. I am the consummate professional.) As this is for an emerging writers event, I should also be honest and add: psychology pays the bills. My novels pay some, but I am the mother of two expensive teenagers and as all writers know, the importance of a regular income from something you actually enjoy should never be over-estimated.

Are you reading anything great at the moment?

I’ve just finished Helen Garner’s This House of Grief and can only nod along at all the awards it has recently been short-listed for. The writing, like all good writing, is deceptively simple, but the themes are rich and the central questions it poses will remain coiled in your gut long after you’ve put it down. Other books I’ve loved so far this year, in no particular order: Bad Behaviour by Rebecca Starford, Clade by James Bradley, Funny Girl by Nick Hornby and The Blazing World by Siri Hustvedt.

Your latest book, Mothers and Daughters was published last year – can you tell us about some of the research that went into that project and/or any heart-warming or funny stories that came out of your experience while writing it?

Mothers and Daughters grew out of a year my family spent in Broome, courtesy of my husband’s mid-life crisis. It was a wonderful experience, and such a change from our life in suburban Melbourne: the heat, the light, the storms, the sunsets. My children went to school barefoot and plucked green tree frogs from the toilet cistern as pets; we traveled the west coast, the Kimberley and the Pilbara, sleeping in swags under meteor showers, swimming with turtles and manta rays- but we also witnessed racism and dispossession and were forced to confront the reality of how our nation has managed- or not- its relationship with its indigenous people. The novel started off being about the often fractious relationships between mothers and their teenage daughters, but about halfway through I realised that it was also about a broader struggle of reconciliation, that between races. I hope I’ve done justice to both themes.

Do you have any tips for emerging writers?

Yes – go away, right now, and read Zadie Smith’s essay “That Crafty Feeling”. She absolutely nails what it is to be a writer: the graft, the self-doubt, the unbearable cruelty of proofs: “Proofs are the wasteland where the dream of your novel dies and cold reality asserts itself.” Yet she also captures those sweet rare moments when the words come together, when they nestle, gleaming, alongside each other like pearls on a necklace. This essay doesn’t pull its punches, but if it puts you off you weren’t meant to be a writer anyway.

What have you been working on lately?

I am about 20,000 words into a new novel and making agonisingly slow progress due to a combination of too much psych work and the chauffeuring needs of those expensive teenagers I mentioned earlier… but also, if I’m honest, because this is a darker, harder book than my last and I have to brace myself every time I sit down at it. That last novel came relatively easily and I often ask myself why I don’t just go back to writing something similar, but for some reason *this* is the novel I have to write now. There are no rules to it. I would have thought that I’d know what I was doing by novel number five, but it seems not. You start anew every single time.

What are you most looking forward to in this year’s EWF program?
Being on a panel with William McInnes. I am the envy of all my female friends- and some of the male ones too.

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Kylie Ladd is an #EWF15 Ambassador. She’ll be speaking at this year’s National Writers’ Conference, between Sat May 30 and Sun May 31.

National Writers’ Conference
Where: Melbourne Town Hall
When: Sat May 30 – Sun May 31, 9am-5pm
How Much: $90 / $75 concession here. Daily passes $55 / $45 concession here. The National Writers’ Conference is included in the Golden Ticket ($195 here)

From Where I Sit: Tune Hotels x Emerging Writers Festival competition

How many novels have been written in hotels? The notes that have been scribbled over whiskeys and gins in the Duke Hotel in London and the GoldenEye Hotel in Jamaica, the Algonquin in New York, the Monteleone in N’Orleans. Without them, Chris Isaak and Leonard Cohen wouldn’t have sung those songs and the Coen Brothers wouldn’t have had a setting for Barton Fink.

That’s why, with our Hotel Partner, Tune Hotels, we’re running a competition for a writer be flown to Melbourne to stay at Melbourne’s Tune Hotel for two nights. The winner must produce a piece of writing and will be obliged to sit in the cafe on the ground floor of Tune Hotel for four hours on , where you’ll find a good cup o’ joe and ample inspiration from Swanston Street, right outside the window.

Additionally, the winner will receive a VIP ticket to the Graphic Contents Exhibition Launch, and free tickets to Extraordinary Routines with Penny Modra, Mixtape Memoirs and the Freelance for Life Masterclass.

HOW TO ENTER

Submit a pitch, piece or story in 25 words or less with the title From Where I Sit. This can be micro fiction, a poem, or the outline of an idea of the piece written when seated within the walls of Melbourne’s Tune Hotel. Load you application via the online form here. Entries close 5pm, Wed May 6.

To be eligible, you need to be over 18 years of age and live outside Victoria but within Australia.

Tune Hotels offer clean, affordable accommodation with a relaxed atmosphere. All of the Tune hotels feature space-efficient, streamlined rooms focusing on high-quality basics: 5-star beds and powerful hot showers. Though minimally priced, the strategically located hotels provide housekeeping services, electronic keycard access into rooms, extensive CCTV systems, and no access into the main lobby without a keycard past midnight. A ‘pay as you use’ system is in place for optional energy-consuming amenities.They are situated on Swanston St, Melbourne, which is perfect for hopping around Melbourne city, and of course, the Emerging Writers’ Festival.

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Terms and Conditions – From Where I Sit

1. The entry must be submitted via the online form at emergingwritersfestival.com.au/fromwhereisit. The entry must be an original work less than 25 words.

2. Only one entry per individual will be accepted.

3. Submissions close 6th May 2014, 5pm (AEDT, Australian Eastern Daylight Time).

4. Entries will be judged by the Emerging Writers’ Festival. The judges’ decision will be final. No correspondence will be entered into.

5. The winner will be announced on 11 May 2015 via emergingwritersfestival.org.au.

6. The winning entrant agrees to take part in events and media activities, as required by the Promoter.

7. An entrant must be an individual and not a company or organisation.

8. Entrants must over 18 years of age.

9. The Promoter may award the prize to another entry if the prize is the prize is unable to be claimed by the initial winning entry. In the event of a secondary winner be selected, the winner will be notified by email and the winner’s name and locality will be published on emergingwritersfestival.org.au

10. There will be 1 (one) winner of this promotion. The Promoter reserves the right to not award a winner.

11. The winning entry will win 1 (one) x return economy airfare to Melbourne ex Canberra/ Brisbane/Sydney/ Adelaide/Perth/Hobart/Darwin only, 2 (two) nights x standard accommodation at Tune Hotel Melbourne for Tuesday 2nd June and Wednesday 3rd June, and 1 (one) ticket to each Graphic Contents Exhibition Launch, Extraordinary Routines with Penny Modra, Mixtape Memoirs and the Freelance for Life Masterclass.

12. Except as set out in section 11 above, all spending money, meals and meal costs, travel insurance, transport to and from departure and arrival points, and all other costs incurred, as well as obtaining any of these, are the responsibility of the winner. Any cancellation fees or changes to the itinerary will remain the cost of the winner.

13. Airfares are subject to availability and to be used within the period Monday 26 May – 5 June 2014.

14. In the event of war, terrorism, state of emergency, disaster or any other circumstance beyond the control of the Promoter, the Promoter reserves the right subject to any applicable laws or written directions made under applicable legislation, to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the promotion.

15. The Promoter will not be liable for any loss or damage whatsoever which is suffered (including but not limited to indirect or consequential loss) or for any personal injury suffered or sustained in connection with the prize except for any liability, which cannot be excluded by law. The Promoter will not be responsible for any incorrect, inaccurate or incomplete information communicated in the course of or in connection with this promotion if the deficiency is occasioned by any cause outside the reasonable control of the Promoter including without limitation technical malfunctions or failures. Tax implications may arise from the receipt or use of a prize. Independent financial advice should be sought. It is a condition of accepting the prize that the winner may be required to sign a legal release in a form determined by the Promoter in its absolute discretion.

16. By entering this competition you have opted-in to Emerging Writers’ Festival database and may receive marketing information from us. You may opt out of our marketing database at any time.

17. You warrant that you have full power to make this agreement; that the Entry is entirely an original work; that it contains no defamatory matter, any material in breach of official secrets, laws or any matter which invades any individual’s rights of privacy; and that all statements in the Entry purporting to be facts are true.

18. You warrant that the Entry has not been previously licensed for exclusive use in any form and territory and that it is capable of protection by copyright in all territories for which rights you are granting to the Promoter; and that it is in no way whatever an infringement of any existing copyright or licence or any other right of any person.

19. Copyright of the Entry shall remain your property. You grant the Promoter right to use, reproduce, publish and communicate the Entry and to authorise the Entry’s use, reproduction, publication and communication in connection with the ‘From Where I Sit’ project or the Promoter’s other activities, in all languages anywhere non-exclusively throughout the World. Non-exclusive copyright means that you can enter into other non-exclusive agreements for this same work – i.e. you can submit this work for other prizes or publications.

20. By entering the competition you accept the conditions of entry as prescribed and give your consent for your Entry to be considered for the prize and grant the Promoter non-exclusive publication rights as noted above.

21. The Promoter is Emerging Writers’ Festival, ABN 93 615 613 688, 176 Little Lonsdale Street, Melbourne VIC, 3000.

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