Good news, budding storytellers! The National Young Writers’ Festival (NYWF) is back for 2020 and organisers have extended the open call-out for artists to May.
Now in its 23rd year, the acclaimed Newcastle-based festival which also co-presents the annual This Is Not Art Festival is Australia’s largest gathering of young writers working in both traditional and new forms including zines, blogging, screenwriting, spoken word, and journalism.
It gives aspiring writers, aged 18-35 a platform to present theit work, share ideas, learn about the industry in which they write and meet like-minded creatives in a supportive atmosphere.
Given what we are currently going through at the beginning of the new decade, this year’s theme is Raucous Twenties.
The theme encourages writers to reflect on the parallels of the 1920s and all of the social and political upheavals that decade heralded to what is happening around us today.
“Let us know all your hopes and dreams for 2020,” NYWF organisers said.
“Tell us what you’ve been up to! Pitch us your event ideas! We’re looking for ideas for workshops, panels, readings, roundtables and performances, or maybe even topics to throw on the table for discussion. And don’t be afraid to get a little wild in your application!
“This year we are strongly encouraging artists from regional and far off places to apply! If selected, we are happy to assist and support you in externally funding travel options, and/or in some cases a travel bursary.”
So what are you waiting for? Applications are open now until Friday 8 May. Head here for more info.
The 2020 National Young Writers’ Festival is held over the October long weekend.