The notJack Writers’ Prize

notJackThe notJack Writers’ Prize recognizes the significance of place for Australian writers and encourages submissions from people in any area.

The prize welcomes submissions from all genres – including prose, essay, flash fiction, short story, poetry, biography, memoir, plays, screenplay – in which place, and writing from place, figures prominently. Submissions are not limited by the specific examples provided here.

Entries may be up to 3000 words or 40 lines of poetry.   Check the notJack Writers’ Prize website for the entry form, guidelines, prizes and other details.

The youth category is open now and closes 14 March 2016.

Book Week 2015 Day #7: Guest Illustrator Jacqui Grantford

Book week 2015 at the GFL continued today with another great guest speaker Jacqui Grantford.  Today’s talk was entertaining and engaging for the audience with so much to cram in over a short lunch break with students and staff.  One of our participating students had his portrait painted by the artist.  Caught on Canvas.




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Jacqui Grantford

This concludes our guest speakers for 2015.

Speed Book Dating!

It’s Book Fortnight in the GFL!

With a whole series of activities and events including competitions and author visits happening in the GFL over these two weeks, today was Speed Book Dating in our Senior Library where staff and students had a fun one minute to ‘sell’ their book to other contestants then rank the book presented to them from ‘doesn’t interest me’ to ‘awesome’.   While competition was fierce, a great sales pitch given by English Teacher Ms Jen Yoffie of her favourite book, The Year of the Flood written by Margaret Attwood, was a clear winner!

Pictured with the winning book is Ms Jen Yoffie, Alex (Year 12), Mr Henry Kiss and Robert (Year 11).

Congratulations and thanks to all contestants for an awesome event!

And the winner is!

Free eBook from iTunes – August 16

Who doesn’t love finding out science-y stuff?!

Where do all the teaspoons go?

Why do cockroaches ooze white stuff when you squish them?

Fee eBook!

Dr Karl’s Little Book of Trivia 101

Check out Dr Karl’s Little Book of Trivia 101! Free this week on the iBooks store.

Book Week 2015 Day 5 Marc McBride visit

Day 5  lunchtime visit to the GFL was none other than Artist/Illustrator of the Deltora Quest series Marc McBride.  Very entertaining and a great way to end the week.


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Book Week 2015: Books light up our world

Book week 2015 at the GFL Library is here! Day 2 of week 1 and the library has had two guest illustrators – Kevin Burgmeestre and Serena Geddes. Great way to finish on day 2 with Hakuna Matata from The Lion King.






The Ampersand Project

Be inspired!

Melissa Keil was the first time winner of the 2013 Ampersand Award with her debut novel: Life in Outer Space!  This year, Melissa’s second novel: The incredible adventures of Cinnamon Girl is short listed for theThe Ampersand Project Children’s Book Council of Australia Award.

Whip out your pens and start writing so that you are ready to enter The Ampersand Project.

What is it? An opportunity for unpublished writers to get published!
What’s the goal of the Ampersand Project? A way to find brilliant debut novels and new authors!
What’s to be gained? The selected writer will get a contract, an advance, and serious editorial development to bring their book to market.
When must manuscripts be submitted? From Tuesday 1 September until midnight on Monday 14 September 2015
More information: The Ampersand Prize

My Story My Content – Short Film Competition

Another awesome opportunity to create a short film and be in the running to win some awesome prizes – including $1000 for the first place winner – has been announced.

My Story My ContentTo be created around the theme ‘Movies Matter’ submissions of 60 second films from students across Australia are invited.

Submit entries online and read more about this fabulous competition here.

All entries must be submitted by August 10th 2015.

The 2015 John Marsden Hachette Australia Prize for Young Writers

If you are aged under 25 and are a keen writer, you really should consider getting an entry into the 2015 John Marsden & Hachette Australia Prize for Young Writers because – quite simply – this is an inspirational competition with incredible prizes to be won!!

The writing categories are also very broad:John Marsden Hachette Australia Prize

  • Short fiction or first chapter of a novel (up to 3,000 words) by writers aged 18-24
  • Short fiction or first chapter of a novel (up to 3,000 words) by writers aged under 18
  • Poetry by writers aged 18-24
  • Poetry by writers aged under 18

With prizes ranging from $500 – $3000 and the possibility of wining a manuscript assessment or mentoring session with staff from Hachette Australia, or your winning entry published in the December issue of Voiceworks #102 or on the Express Media website – the rewards for submitting an entry are too good to pass up!

Read more details online.

Entries close: September 7th 2015


Kingston Library Short Story Competition

Winter Words – the Kingston Library Short Story Competition is set to open on June 29th 2015.

  • open to students aged 5-17
  • all entrants must live, work or study in Kingston
  • stories should be up to 500 words in length
  • more details and entry forms online

The competition closes on Saturday 1st August at 1.00pm.


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