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NYWF Artist Call Out 2016

Artist Call Outs for the 2016 This is Not Art Festival, comprising National Young Writers’ Festival (NYWF), Crack Theatre Festival and Critical Animals Festival, will be open over the month of March!

The purpose of this call-out is to discover new and exciting voices. We’re looking for people with fresh ideas and fascinating things to say, not just those with heaps of writing experience. You don’t need to have published a book or have your own TV show (although you can!), all you need is a passion for writing and a willingness to share that passion with others. Applicants must be between the ages of 18 and 35 (under 18s can take part in the Younger Young Writers Festival).

The festivals will run over the long weekend of October. Starting on Thursday the 29th of September and ending Sunday the 2nd of October in Newcastle, New South Wales.

The National Young Writers’ Festival is a free and accessible festival in its 19th year.

This year we invite all young writers to ‘get lost’ in a labyrinth of words and text in all its forms. It will celebrate everything from podcasting to novellas, performance poetry to online publishing and anything in between. Established and emerging young writers will be speaking at events focusing on writing craft and professionalism, politics and censorship, diversity and much more. Panels, roundtables and workshops will be broken up by readings and performances. Between programmed events there will be literary games and fun incorporating the many beaches and parks of Newcastle for everyone to relax and enjoy.

The NYWF is an inclusive festival where audiences are also participants creating a community where young writers can meet, exchange ideas and have a heaps sweet time. So come, get lost in the maze! Who knows how you’ll come out at the other side?

NYWF is an organisation that values diversity and strongly encourages Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people from the LBQTI community, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, and people with a disability to apply.

For more information please see our artist info pack here or email us at

Submit your proposals on our festival website between the 1st of March and the 31st of March.

The NYWF application form can be accessed here.


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About the other festivals:

Crack Theatre Festival

Crack Theatre Festival is again seeking applications from experimental, contemporary artists working in theatre and performance. This year, we remember the Festival’s origins. In its inception it was an anarchic outburst from the National Young Writers’ Festival program. Since then it has developed and expanded, now providing essential opportunities to emerging and innovative artists from all over Australia. The Festival provides a safe space for artists to find like minds, perform and hone their craft, touch base with countrywide peers, gain valuable feedback, learn new approaches, and map out the next destination for their work.

For more information and to download the application forms, go to

Questions can be sent to:

Critical Animals

Critical Animals is in its 13th year and now that we’re a teenager we’re feeling all grown up

  1. But we couldn’t have gotten to this point without a small army of creative collaborators nurturing our wild ideas from prototype to fully formed phenomena. With the success of last year’s Out Of Place Symposium fresh in our minds we want to explore ideas around folie à plusieurs – the madness of many that gives momentum to your seemingly absurd schemes and outlandish ideas. Think collaboration, the collective consciousness and the incubation of insanity beyond the silo of a single mind.

As always, our applications are open to anyone whose work experiments within the experience and interpretation of critical research. We aim to present an intellectually robust yet accessible program of audience-focused events – conversation is key. Critical Animals in particular endeavours to catalyse, strengthen, and explore the links between creative practice and theory. We have a flexible definition of research that encompasses creative, experimental, interrogative, discursive, and practice-led approaches.


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