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We're here for young writers. Will you be here for us?

BY Express Media | 22-Jun-2016
We're reaching out to our community for help. Last month, the impact of cuts to the Australia Council were felt by the small to medium arts sector and Express Media was one of 62 organisations who lost their multi-year operational funding. @Express__Media #express.media.australia @express_media
We're here for young writers
While funding from the Australia Council only represents a portion of income for the organisation, without additional financial support, Express Media’s capacity to deliver a much needed program comprising craft and skills development, networking and community building, recognition of excellence as well as the publication and presentation of young writers, will be significantly diminished in 2017 and beyond.

Express Media is important to thousands of people around Australia (and around the world) for a number of unique and individual reasons. Over the past few weeks, our alumni and our community have offered up their words—words overflowing with both kindness and fierce passion—to support our organisation through what is undoubtedly a challenging time.

Voiceworks alumni Anwen Crawford says that the magazine gave her “the glimmer of a future.” Patrick Lenton described publication in Voiceworks as a “thunder and lightning moment of importance.” Richard Watts told Van Badham, in this article for the Guardian, that defunding Express Media is “a criminal act that will damage the future of literature in Australia.”

We are disappointed by the cuts to our operational funding however the demonstration of support from our community has given us hope. It has been overwhelming and we are so grateful.

Despite the cuts, there are many new and exciting things happening at Express Media at the moment. We’re heading to Western Sydney and Canberra later this year, taking the best of our programs on the road with Tracks and our brand new Toolkits program is about to begin, with 16 incredibly talented young creative writers and poets ready to learn the ropes of their craft.

The John Marsden & Hachette Australia Prize for Young Writers is now in its 11th year, and entries are open to all high school students interested in writing creative fiction, nonfiction and poetry. The Scribe Prize has doubled this year and now awards $3000 to a talented and promising young nonfiction writer.

Voiceworks, Australia’s premier youth literary journal, still stands as a rare and invaluable resource for young writers to receive feedback on their work.

We want to ensure that 2016 is not the last year young writers will have access to these opportunities. So, it is with gratitude and impeccable end-of-financial-year timing that we ask you to consider giving back to the organisation that’s been here for young writers all these years.

A donation of $25 will provide Express Media membership and unlimited access to our programs and events to a young person experiencing financial hardship. $100 pays a young writer or visual artist who is published in Voiceworks. $200 allows us to organise and host a one hour workshop, while $500 means we can deliver a 3 hour masterclass for young writers.

The future of this organisation is very much dependent on the support from our community. Making a tax deductible donation to Express Media ensures that our doors will stay open for the many generations of young writers yet to come.

If you’re unable to give financial assistance, you can still help to spread the word through social media, by sharing our campaigns and by introducing young people to our organisation and programs.

Thank you, again, for being a part of the Express Media community. We love what we do, and we couldn’t do it without you.