At Writers Victoria, October means our annual Subscriberthon!
We’re excited to be offering a wide array of fantastic writerly prizes as part of our Subscriberthon throughout October. Not only will you have a chance to win one of our daily or weekly prizes, you’ll be in the draw to win one of our major prizes! When you become a member of Writers Victoria, you’ll have access to our many member benefits – such as discounts on courses, manuscript assessments, mentorships and writer’s studios; issues of ‘The Victorian Writer’ magazine delivered to your door; and information, advice and guidance from the Writers Victoria team – and much more. Most important of all, you’ll become part of a community of passionate fellow writers.
There’s no denying that things have looked a little different at Writers Victoria this year. It’s been an unpredictable and stressful time, but through the myriad changes we’ve made in response to the global pandemic our focus has always been on our members and services, and the ways in which we can continue to support our community. We’ve seen how the funding and grants on which we rely can change our outlook and viability in an instant. We’ve pivoted our services online during this period, with tutors and staff adapting and continuing even now to work from home.
The truth is that we are largely able to provide our services to you via membership. When you become a member of Writers Victoria, you’re not only becoming part our community, you’re helping our staff, tutors and collaborators create and deliver our courses, our manuscript and mentorship services, ‘The Victorian Writer’, new website content, and so much more. If you’ve ever benefitted from our services or advice, then we’d greatly appreciate your support by becoming a member. You’ll get special discounts and access to resources, as well as the The Victorian Writer, which regularly provides publication opportunities.
We urge you to join us or renew your membership now to support our community. We have some exciting prizes and giveaways throughout the month that we know you’ll love, as a thank you and incentive to join us. Everyone who has joined us during October will go in the draw for a First, Second and Third prize that will be drawn at the start of November. Every day from 1st October – 31st October, we have our daily book prize giveaway, and each week there will be two book packs to give away.
We’re so proud of the work that everyone involved with Writers Victoria does, and hope to continue providing writers with the support and community they need to keep doing what they love.
At a time when we most need to support each other, this year’s Subscriberthon First Prize is designed to both reward the winners and help stimulate their local economy. Two members (one Metro, one Regional) will each receive $300 worth of vouchers to redeem at two local businesses of their choice; consisting of $150 at one bookshop and $150 at one restaurant/cafe/local foodstore. Writers Victoria will arrange for vouchers to be provided for each business, as nominated by the winners.
Second Prize is something upon which we cannot put a price. Our Patron, Christos Tsiolkas, will be curating a reading list of some of the books that have been most important to him, including his notes on why they matter. To accompany the reading list, we will be providing a selection of the works nominated by Christos. This prize will also go to two lucky winners: one Metro member and one Regional member.
Third Prize has its own wow factor, being a set of Black Inc.’s Writers on Writers collection. Black Inc. are providing copies of all seven published books in the series, as well as ‘Josephine Rowe on Beverley Farmer’, hot off their presses on 19 October 2020. We have two sets to give away: one for a Metro member and one for a Regional member.
In the Black Inc. Writers on Writers series, leading authors reflect on an Australian writer who has inspired and influenced them. Provocative and crisp, these books start a fresh conversation between past and present, shed new light on the craft of writing, and introduce some intriguing and talented authors and their work. Titles include:
- Josephine Rowe on Beverley Farmer
- Richard Cooke on Robyn Davidson
- Michelle de Kretser on Shirley Hazzard
- Nam Le on David Malouf
- Ceridwen Dovey on J.M. Coetzee
- Christos Tsiolkas on Patrick White
- Alice Pung on John Marsden
- Erik Jensen on Kate Jennings
Published by Black Inc. in association with the University of Melbourne and State Library Victoria.
Everyone who joins Writers Victoria during October goes into the end-of-month draw for these top three prizes.
Daily Book Giveaway
Continuing their support of our popular Subscriberthon daily book giveaway, our good friends at Affirm Press have provided 31 copies of ‘Unseen’ by Jacinta Parsons.
Nearly half of Australians live with a chronic illness, but most of these conditions are not obvious, often endured in secrecy and little understood. They are unseen. Having lived with Crohn’s disease for over 20 years, Jacinta trains a microscope on the unique challenges of living with an invisible condition. Jacinta Parsons is a broadcaster, radio maker, writer, and public speaker. She currently hosts Afternoons on ABC Radio Melbourne. Jacinta is also an ambassador for the Crohn’s and Colitis Association.
The Stella Prize Pack
The Stella Prize continues to support and promote extraordinary books by Australian women writers and this year we will be giving away one set of the shortlisted titles for 2020:
- ‘See What You Made Me Do’ by Jess Hill (Black Inc.)
- ‘The Weekend’ by Charlotte Wood (Allen and Unwin)
- ‘Here Until August’ by Josephine Rowe (Black Inc.)
- ‘There Was Still Love’ by Favel Parrett (Hachette Australia)
- ‘Diving Into Glass’ by Caro Llewellyn (Penguin Random House)
- ‘The Yield’ by Tara June Winch (Penguin Random House)
In honour of Stella Maria Sarah Miles Franklin, we will draw the winner of this special book pack giveaway on Stella’s birthday, 14 October. Open to everyone who joins or renews between 1 October—13 October.
Weekly Book Pack Giveaway
The Subscriberthon weekly book pack prize is also back this year, with double to share, as each week we give away two packs!
One of the weekly packs is an assortment, containing six titles:
- ‘Max’ by Alex Miller (Allen and Unwin)
- ‘Benevolence’ by Julie Janson (Magabala Books)
- ‘My Father’s Shadow’ by Jannali Jones (Magabala Books)
- ‘A Different Kind of Seeing; My Journey’ by Marie Younan with Jill Sanguinetti (Scribe Publications)
- ‘The Perfect World of Miwako Sumida’ by Clarissa Goenawan (Scribe Publications)
- ‘Mammoth’ by Chris Flynn (University of Queensland Press)
Our other weekly book pack is the Penguin Pack, containing four titles and a tote bag:
- ‘The Night Swim’ by Megan Goldin
- ‘Vida’ by Jacqueline Kent
- ‘Moonlite’ by Garry Linnell
- ‘Stalin’s Wine Cellar’ by John Baker and Nick Place
- Penguin Tote Bag
New Member Magazine Prize
As a big welcome to new members, each week we will give one lucky winner a Victorian Writer magazine pack. This is a complete set of editions, from the current magazine all the way back to August 2017. An invaluable source of insight and tips from authors, editors and literary agents, and plenty of great reading with pieces by Writers Victoria members and past winners of the Grace Marion Wilson Emerging Writers Competition. The Victorian Writer pack also includes a Writers Victoria 30th anniversary tote bag.
- Discounts on courses, manuscript assessments, mentorships and writer’s studios*
- ‘The Victorian Writer’ magazine delivered straight to your door
- A large online archive of past articles from ‘The Victorian Writer’ available only only for members
- Fortnightly enews filled with writing news, events and opportunities
- Up to three free listings a year in ‘The Victorian Writer’ and/or enews
- Discounts on books for sale on the craft and business of writing
- Information, advice and guidance from the Writers Victoria team
- Access to the Writers Victoria library on level 3 of The Wheeler Centre (10am to 5pm weekdays), including a great collection of writing-related reference books, literary magazines, journals, trade weeklies and more*
- Access to a place to write in our library*
- Representation and advocacy on issues affecting Victorian writers
- Discounts from our partners
- Discounts and benefits for one nominated representative (as above)
- One copy of the fortnightly member eNews to send onto your group
- One copy of ‘The Victorian Writer’ to send onto your group (in print or online)
- Access to a place for your group to meet*
- Ability for regional groups and organisations to apply for our Regional Grants
- Support your sector. Writers Victoria is a not-for-profit organisation. Your membership fees go towards supporting the State’s writers and advocating on their behalf
- Have your say in the organisation, attend and vote at Annual General Meetings or nominate for the Committee of Management
- Get member discounts from our partner organisations.