We’re thrilled to launch Season 1 of our 2018 Program, jam-packed with events, workshops and opportunities to get those pens to paper! We’re back with a bang, presenting much-loved initiatives such as The John Marsden & Hachette Australia Prize and The Scribe Nonfiction Prize, as well as branching out to new regions in Bendigo for Tracks in partnership with Writers Victoria and Bendigo Writers Festival.

In 2018, we encourage you to get stuck into the poetry, fiction, nonfiction, comics and art found in each issue of Voiceworks, Australia’s premier youth literary journal, and challenge you to submit your own work for feedback and publication. Voiceworks kicks off this year with the release of issue #111 ‘Riff’, which will be launched at locations across Australia in April, and issue #112 ‘Drag’ launched later in the year.

A great way to be involved in our programs, and to sharpen your own writing practise is joining as a member, or renewing your subscription to Voiceworks. All our program activity is free once you’re apart of the Express Media community, allowing you to submit to The Kat Muscat Fellowship, be apart of our Schools Program, or participate in our online writing program, Toolkits. Throughout 2018 there are countless opportunities to ensure you – writers and lovers of lit – can keep reading, writing and discovering new ways to express yourself.

Student editors from university publications across the country will converge in Melbourne for the annual NEWS Conference in January, and our Schools Program will be making pit stops in secondary schools throughout the year.

Opportunities aren’t just for those peddling their pens in the big smoke: our online program Toolkits offers 12-week intensive courses in fiction, nonfiction and poetry, open to all young writers with motivation and an internet connection.

Download the program now and sign up to be a member to stay up to date with the opportunities coming your way in 2018.