Cairns, Tropical North Queensland, Australia
Our next meeting will be on the 30th July, 2016 from 1pm to 4pm.
Go to the directions page for more detail on how to get there, including a map.
- Quotables -
“It is what you read when you don't have to that determines what you will be when you can't help it.”
Go to our Tiny Shorts competition.
Cairns Tropical Writers Inc
Cairns Tropical Writers Festival 2016
12th to 14th August 2016
at the Rydges Tradewinds
Contact us at Festival enquiries
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you up to date with the Festival's progress.
Welcome to the Tropical Writers Inc web site
For those who are members of Tropical Writers, our website is set up not only to assist you as a writer or reader, but to stimulate
your interest. Using the site will keep you up to date with our activities and plans for the future, so please use it; send in your stories to
’Short'n'Sweet’ and read what other members are writing.
To anyone who wishes to join Tropical Writers, or just gain contacts and information, if you do not find what you need on the site,
please contact us via the About Us
page - we are here to assist.
Best of writing.
Submission of Articles to this site
The Short'n'Sweet section of this website has been created to display the short stories and poems of tropical writers.
It can be accessed by clicking the "Short'n'Sweet" button at the top of this page. Articles can be searched by author
or category. By default, they display in descending order of submission time - that is, the latest displays at the top.
If you have an article or poem that you would like to submit for inclusion on the site, please forward it via email, as
a Microsoft Word or PDF attachment, to the
Tropical Writers WebMaster
The author retains the copyright/ownership rights to the submission but grants to Tropical Writers Inc (TWI) the non-exclusive
right of publication of the submission on its website.
Please note that this is a site that is open to public readership and, as such, can not preclude the reading of its content
by children. Consequently, TWI can not guarantee the publication of any submission that does not, in the
opinion of TWI, suit that environment. TWI will be the sole arbiter of the suitability of any submission for publication.
Subject to these conditions, TWI welcomes all contributions by tropical writers.
Tiny Shorts Competition
Details of the competition...
A title for the next month's entries is announced at the group meeting each month.
Those members wishing to submit an entry should do so through an email to the Webmaster, who will forward same to the adjudicator.
The story should not contain any means of identifying the author. The Webmaster will keep suitable records to match each story to its author,
but the adjudicator will not have access to these records. This should ensure reasonable anonymity for each judging.
The adjudicator will decide on the best story for each specific month. That story will be read at the next group meeting and its writer will be
awarded a prize of a $20 gift voucher, contributed by Kerstin Brown of Collins Booksellers at Smithfield. At that meeting, a photo will be taken of the author being given his/her prize.
This photo will be printed on an A3 sheet, together with the text of the relevant winning story and the Tropical Writers and Collins logos, and placed in Collins Smithfield
store window each month for a period at the store's discretion. The picture and story will also be displayed on this website. The author will have the right to refuse
the photo, if he/she so chooses.
The competition started in February 2016 and will run to June 2016.
During July, the adjudicator will decide on the best story from the 5 monthly winners. That story's author will win the grand prize, which is a
copy of the 2016 Festival Keynote Speaker's book and a dinner for two at the Thala Beach Nature Reserve at Port Douglas, contributed by Oonagh Prettejohn. The grand winning story
will be awarded and read at the Festival.
With regard to each entry...
It must be less than or equal to 500 words in length.
It can be a serious or humourous story, can be prose or poetry, but must be on topic for that month's title.
The adjudicator's decisions are final and any discussions on same will not be entered into.
The author should endeavour to submit his/her entry during the first two weeks of the month, in order to give the adjudicator sufficient
time to fairly judge the entries. Each month's final deadline will be midnight of the Sunday night before the group's monthly meeting. Any entries arriving after then
will not be accepted.
Entries will be accepted from financial Tropical Writers members only.
Professor Stephen Torre has agreed to judge the entries. The Tropical Writers Committee is grateful for his gracious offer. The Committee would also like to thank
Kerstin Brown and Oonagh Prettejohn for their kind contributions to the competition.
Titles are as follows...
February - A gun is so useful, but a knife is personal.
(now closed). Winner Jan Lahney
March - Stranded, alone and frightened.
(now closed). Winner Ken Cotterill
April - The Legend of the Keeper.
(now closed). Winner Moona Perrotin
May - Emma and the Bagman.
(now closed). Winner Hazel Menehira
June - The elephant and the zookeeper - a love story
(now closed). Winner Hazel Menehira
July - The Phoenix has risen
A new title will be announced at each meeting and displayed on this web page shortly after that.
Any questions in reference to the competition should be addressed to the Webmaster at
Queensland Writers Centre
The Biggest Book Club, which will take place during our Writers' Festival this year, has commenced by opening the
voting for the three books that will be discussed by the panel. These three will be chosen by your votes from a list of ten
that are now being shown on the Festival 2016 website.
You can vote for the three books you wish to read and have discussed on the panel at
The closing date for new entry submissions for the Tropical Writers 2015/16 Anthology had been extended to the end of February 2016 and is now closed.
Once an Anthology candidate story has been displayed on this website, you will be able to vote for its inclusion in
the 2015/16 Anthology. Click on the Anthologies/Entry voting
buttons at the
of this page to view, read and vote for the entries. Voting for each entry is
allowed for each entry for a period of 60 days from its initial display.
QWC is coming to Cairns on February 28 and May 8. Click here
for more information.
Tropical Writers getting out there...
Dr Sasi Victoire in Johor. Note the book - nice one, Sasi.
Stories by our writers
There are now new stories in both our Anthology and Short'n'Sweet sections. Have a good read on the Anthologies
page and the
Mentorship - Queensland Writers Centre and Hachette Australia
Queensland Writers Centre and Hachette Australia are thrilled to announce a new program to support the ongoing creative and professional
development of remote and rural writers in Queensland.
Queensland Hachette Mentoring Program [QHMP] offers a professional mentorship opportunity for one Queensland writer to work with
Sophie Hamley, Publisher with Hachette Australia and former President of the Australian Literary Agents' Association.
This is a unique opportunity for an emerging Queensland writer to work closely with a leading industry expert and major publishing house,
to receive professional feedback on your manuscript, and to bring it to publication standard.
Applications close 5pm, Monday 30 November
For guidelines and eligibility information, please visit our website at
Competition - Tasmanian Writers' Prize 2016
For more information, please click here.
Wollongong Writers Festival
This festival is on during November. For lots more information, please click here
click on "Festivals Index" and click again on "Other Festivals".
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