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Is there an age limit to NWYF? (In other words, how young is ‘young’?)
The focus of the National Young Writers’ Festival is creating opportunities for young writers (18 to 35, as a rough guide); however, artists and festival-goers of all ages are encouraged to get involved. Having some more experienced writers and industry folk on our panels and in our audiences is an invaluable part of the NYWF experience.
If you are under 18 years of age, you may be interested in our Younger Young Writers’ Program.
Please note that some events do take place in licensed venues.
Can I apply as an individual, or do I have to be part of an organisation?
You can definitely apply to be part of the festival as an individual. We accept applications from individuals, groups, collectives, gangs, squads or mobs—it doesn’t matter, as long as you love writing and are full of exciting ideas about what you can bring to the table.
I really want to be involved, but don’t have a specific event idea in mind. Can I still apply?
Of course! Tell us what areas you’re particularly knowledgeable about, or what sort of events you might be best suited to (i.e. workshops/panels/readings etc), and we’ll try our best to match you to existing events, or make new ones up for you.
How much does the festival cost?
Nothing. Seriously, nothing. Every NYWF event is free. (Last year we charged a modest fee to cover the cost of food at the Australia 2050 Dinner event. It was a bargain.)
What exactly is This is Not Art (TiNA)?
TiNA is comprised of three subfestivals: Crack Theatre Festival, Critical Animals and the National Young Writers’ Festival. It is a supercharged convergence of writers, performers, thinkers, independent and industry musicians, creative researchers, electronic artists, dilettantes, and DIY culture makers in a showcase featuring over 400 local, national and international artists. The three festivals run alongside, underneath, on top of and interwoven with each other in a mish-mash of collaborative multi-art goodness.
For more info see the This is Not Art website.
How long has NYWF been running?
We are now in our 15th year. We’ve enjoyed discovering punk rock, making out, and The Catcher in the Rye.
The deadline for submissions has passed and I’ve only just discovered NYWF. Is it too late to get involved?
We are unable to accept submissions after the deadline; however, as we shape the program we sometimes come across gaps in events (especially some niche topics) where we think we could really use another artist. In that case we may put a special call out for submissions to fill that gap.
As we get closer to the festival, we’ll be recruiting coordinators in various roles. You can also get involved with the seamy underbelly of the organisation by joining our team of volunteers. NYWF volunteers are extremely valuable to us and are generally promised our first-born children.
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When will this year’s program be released?
The full program for NYWF (and TiNA) is scheduled for release in August. However, we often drop sneak peeks along the way—keep checking this site, follow our Twitter account, like our Facebook page, or sign up to our newsletter.
You haven’t answered my weirdly specific question! I hate you!
Before you drink a gallon of haterade, shoot one of our staff members an email. They’ll help you out.