Bringing Storm to Life

An anthology is a beautiful object worth celebrating and sharing. Storm Minds Shine Bright Seasons 1 2023 features the work of 27 writers and poets and now as the printed authors copies make their way to mail boxes near and far I can share some of my experiences on the first leg of the Storm Anthology LaunchContinue reading “Bringing Storm to Life”

 Minds Shine Bright tour to launch Storm anthology across Australia

Minds Shine Bright heads to Perth in late August,  Adelaide in September, and Queensland in October to launch Storm, the first anthology in the new Seasons series. More events are being planned including online celebrations with international writers.   Storms with their destructive power and timeless beauty remind us of the fragility of our existence and what it is toContinue reading ” Minds Shine Bright tour to launch Storm anthology across Australia”

Minds Shine Bright visits Mudgee

Mudgee is a welcoming country town in Central West New South Wales with a strong sense of community. In late autumn Minds Shine Bright headed out on the road, stopping in Sydney first to discover some bookshops and cafes where writers gather. Then it was up the misty Blue Mountains, through the Ten Tunnels toContinue reading “Minds Shine Bright visits Mudgee”

Announcing the winner of the Storm writing competition

The winner of the Minds Shine Bright Storm Writing Competition was Chelinay Gates from Western Australia for her flash fiction entry ‘Storm Clouds Approaching. Twenty eighth writers were selected for publication in Storm Minds Shine Bright (Seasons Series 1) anthology. Second prize, third and fourth prizes were awarded to Cassie Boulis, Troy Walsh and Sarah Rasmussen.A tope ten show case included poets Steve Evans and Jennifer Harrison, and writers Gayle Beveridge, Patricia Fitzgerald, Jacqueline Winn and Riya Patel. All entries were blind judged by Amanda Scotney, Founder of Minds Shine Bright. The cover features art work by South Australian artist Mike Barr.

A Storm is forming

An unexpected joy in reading through the Storm entries was discovering some amazing stories and poems about animals, so this month’s feature image is Storm the cat nestling on her log. The sheer force of water, snow, ice, wind and fire remind us of how fragile we are, how tiny and how everything we treasureContinue reading “A Storm is forming”

The Confidence Anthology Launch – Part 1

Amanda Scotney, founder of Minds Shine Bright with CONFIDENCE Minds Shine Bright Anthology 2022 at the CONFIDENCE Launch at the Wheeler Centre on 28th October 2022.

Celebrating writers and poets

Running a fiction writing competition has really exceeded my expectations. My life has been vastly enriched by embracing the arts and publishing books. There are tremendous levels of talent out there, so many stories, scripts and poems yet to be discovered. I’m looking forward to opening Minds Shine Bright writing competition CONFIDENCE 2023 on theContinue reading “Celebrating writers and poets”

Minds Shine Bright writing competition Confidence 2022 Awards

This post announces the winning and commended entries for the Minds Shine Bright writing competition Confidence 2022.