Highlighting who we are

What is the Flashwrite project

Our communities are full of wonderful stories that speak about who we are as people and the places where our characters are built.
These are stories of personal realisation, struggle, triumph and sublime observation.
In these extraordinary times it seems now, more than ever, remembering our past is a key element to maintaining the fabric of our communities.

We don't want these stories to fall between the cracks of our busy lives and get lost forever.
And after all, the past has always served as a blueprint for a re-imagining of the future.

FlashWrite will be a chance for locals to submit their stories and have them published on the Gunning Arts Festival website.

 A selection of works will be featured as readings and performances at the 
2021 Gunning Arts Festival. 

A booklet with a selection of stories will also be printed and available 
for sale at the Festival. 

How To get involved

The Gunning Arts Festival Committee would like to invite members of the community
to submit short stories to the FlashWrite project.

FlashWrite stories are short stories of no more than 1500 words. 

For this project, we are particularly seeking stories that encapsulate something of your life or the lives of those around you on the 2021 Gunning Arts Festival theme of ‘Rejuvenation’. 

We welcome works from young and old alike and you don't need to have had any experience at story writing.

Entries open 10 august 2020 - close 8 february 5pm 2021

To be part of the project, you just need to write your story, fill in the online entry form and upload your story via the link at the bottom of this page

If you would prefer to send us your story in hardcopy,
simply print out the PDF Entry Form or pick up an Entry Form from
Creative Gunning (84 Yass Street Gunning)
and post your completed entry form and story to the address below

If you are under 18 years of age a parent /guardian must sign the PDF Entry Form which can be uploaded to your online entry or posted to us with your story


Gunning Arts Festival - FlashWrite Project
c/- PO Box 83

Workshop your story

The Committee will be holding two free writing workshops prior to the 
Gunning Arts Festival in 2021 to help people with their work. 

The first workshop will consist of three zoom sessions:

Saturday 10th October
10-11am, 11.30-12.30 & 1.30-2pm

(Zoom links and registration details will be available closer to the date)

This workshop will explore what a ‘flash’ story is and local writer, Mr Greg Baines, will be on hand to guide participants through the structure and work, and provide tips and tricks for writing a really concise story. 

The second workshop will focus on editing and shaping to help polish work 
ready for submission.
(Details of second workshop coming soon - watch this space!)

How stories will be selected 

A community-led panel comprising representatives of relevant cultural groups in Gunning will select a representative sample of stories for online publication, performance at the 2021 Gunning Arts Festival and/or publication in a booklet compilation of stories.  

We will seek the author’s permission before publishing any story 
and will work with authors as required on presentation.

The FlashWrite project is sponsored by BJCE Australia’s Biala and Gullen Range Wind Farms and supported by an Upper Lachlan Cultural Funding Program grant. The Upper Lachlan Cultural Funding Program is funded by the Upper Lachlan Shire Council.