Watermark Words 2013
In anticipation of the 6th Watermark Literary Muster
Friday 18 - Sunday 20 October 2013
the Watermark Literary Society,
in partnership with the Mid North Coast Cooperative Library Service, invites you to write a short story in no more than 140 words, finishing with the final sentence from a well-known novel.
(The ending is not counted in the 140 word tally)
‘But now I must sleep.’
by Ian McEwan
‘All that is very well, but let us cultivate our garden.’
Candide by Voltaire
‘He waited for someone to tell him who to be next.’
The Open Curtain
by Brian Evenson
This is an open competition, everyone welcome. Monthly winners will be published in the Camden Haven Courier, Port Macquarie News & Wauchope Gazette. Prizes include Limited edition copies of A Million Wild Acres by Eric Rolls; a $50 ABC Shop Gift Voucher from Friends of the Library. The overall winner and a companion will be guests at the Literarymark Water Dinner on 19 October 2013.
Download an entry form or collect one from your local library. Post the completed form to Watermark PO Box 284, Laurieton, 2443 or place in the WATERMARK box at Port Macquarie, Laurieton or Wauchope Libraries. Electronic entries not accepted. Entries received after 25th of the month will be carried over to the next month.
The Watermark Literary Society was formed in 2003 to celebrate the literature of nature and place. Through the biennial Watermark Literary Muster we bring together Australian and overseas writers in the Camden Haven to
The Camden Haven has been home to three eminent Australian writers, Henry Kendall in the 1870s, Kylie Tennant in the 1940s and Eric Rolls from 1994 until 2007. Eric Rolls continues to be the inspiration for Watermark. He is Perpetual Patron.
The first Muster was held as the Watermark International Nature Writers' Muster in October 2003 in the Camden Haven area (part of the Greater Port Macquarie region) on the NSW Mid North Coast. With the incorporation of the Watermark Literary Society, which is registered as a Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR), the Nature Writers' Muster was renamed as the Watermark Literary Muster. Muster 2005, Muster 2007, Muster 2009 and Muster 2011 built on the successful format of Muster 2003, bringing together writers and readers with an interest in the literature of nature and place, and maintaining the intimacy and excitement that are stand-out features of all our Musters.
The Watermark Muster is a unique event that welcomes different perspectives but does not provide a forum for advocacy of environmental or other policies.
Alternate Year Program
The Eric Rolls Lecture
Held in association with the National Library of Australia.
2014 date & lecturer TBA
The Watermark Fellowship
A biennial Watermark Literary Fellowship for an emerging Australian writer of natural history, nature and place that has been offered since 2004.
A Biennial prize for prose fiction or nonfiction in the genre of nature writing.
April 1923 - October 2007
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NEWS, EVENTS & OPPORTUNITIES
WATERMARK GRANTS 2013
The Watermark Literary Society is pleased to announce that it has gained three grants to support activities in 2013.
The Copyright Agency has awarded $2,760 to bring the 2012 Watermark Fellow, Virginia Jealous and her mentor, Mark Tredinnick, back to the Camden Haven for the 2013 Watermark Literary Muster. Whilst here, Mark will be running a writing workshop.
Arts NSW has awarded $4,600 for a partnership project with the Mid North Coast Library Services to take six writers into schools.
Regional Arts NSW has awarded a CASP grant of $2,500 for a High School Poetry in Education Program
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