Six ways to start your year right

Happy New Year!

We have big plans for 2019, and we hope you do too. There are stories to be told, wrongs to be righted, and 365 fresh opportunities to build a better community in the coming year.

Here are some resources from the Rocky Street Press archives that might help your new year planning:

  1. Treading the boards? Tips for getting started

Sharing your music, your words, or any kind of creative performance can be daunting. If your resolution is to take to the spotlight, the Allsorts Open Mic team collected their combined wisdom to help out new artists:

2. Plan for efficiency in the kitchen

Dreading the back to school/work morning rush of sorting out lunches? Get set up in advance to make mornings a bit more tolerable:

3. Plan your Lorna McDonald Essay Prize entry

The Lorna McDonald Essay Prize has a thousand-dollar prize purse, for writing about any aspect of Central Queensland. Yes, any aspect - so whether you’re an academic, working in a National Park or on a mine site, running a charity or a gallery or a market stall, you have a unique insight to share. Listen back to this story with 2018’s winner, and get the inside scoop on what the judges are looking for in 2019:

4. Attract some good

Heard of the Law of Attraction? Put mind over matter and manifest some good in 2019 with this series from Judi Mason, author of Stories from the Law of Attraction: The Good, The Bad, and the Funny.

5. Support local events - and share your own

Visit our What’s On page to check the latest events from the Arts Central Queensland calendar, as well as links to other local events guides. There’s always something on, from library storytime to an indie grunge gig via a poetry reading. Getting involved in an arts-related event is a great way to get to know new people, soak up new ideas, and fill your well of inspiration.

If you have an event of your own coming up, please add it to the calendar and we’ll give it a plug! Just clic ‘submit event’ under the date header to get started:

submit event.JPG

6. Share your work

Have work you’d like to share? We’re planning our posts for 2019 now, and would love to hear from you.

We’re always open to submissions from writers and artists across rural and regional Australia, particularly the Central Queensland region. We’d love to see your short stories, poems, non-fiction articles, photos, illustrations, videos and audio. To find out more about what we’re looking for and how to send it through, please check out our pitching guidelines.

From our crew to yours, have a wonderful 2019!