Welcome, readers, to the land that time forgot! After narrowly escaping a troupe of fancy bandits, the cowboy and myself have been forced to travel north into the leafy underbelly of the sunshine state. Not to worry, I still have time to write to you, and have managed to macramé a trustworthy looking owl to keep us both company.
The poetry has landed – that's right, this week we launched a Poetry Blast, curated by our poetry editor Fiona Wright and featuring the brilliance of Toby Fitch, Eileen Chong, Louise Carter, Joel Ephraims and Michele Seminara. So many Epistles at Dawn, so few carrier pigeons awake that early.
Good news for reboots! Seizure Editor in Chief and good-hair-day-is-every-day-apparently award winner, Alice Grundy, has rebooted Obstructions! An exercise designed to kick a writer out of their comfort zone, Obstructions begins with an original piece of writing, then imposes a different rule each week in order to tilt the perspective of the narrative, drawing the author into a space where they can experiment within their own work, helping to creatively challenge them. Former cowgirl, Rebecca Slater has taken up the challenge with her Monash Undergraduate Prize winning story, Stewed Fruit. Read the amazing story here, and the obstructions here.
Are you still of the belief that the EuroVision song contest is about bringing people together to celebrate the wonder of terrible songwriting throughout and beyond the Eurozone? You are wrong wrong wrong and Chris May is here to tell you why in his essay, Australia, building bridges and musical geopolitics. This is still my favourite entry by the way.
Good news for Viva shortlister Nick Gadd, Nick has won the third Nature Writing Prize from The Nature Conservancy Australia. His essay, A landscape of stories, explored the connections between urban landscapes and stories, with a focus on the inner west of Melbourne. Congratulations Nick! You can find more from Nick here, or at his blog.
Because I am massively biased towards science fiction and wonderful people in general, I am first going to announce the launch of Fantastica, a new place for new thoughts, new perspectives and new fiction. Run by a fantastic team including David M. Henley, Thomas Wilson, Chris Marcatili and Mark Riboldi, Fantastica has also just announced their upcoming Novella competition. Similar to Viva la Novella, Novella Fantastica seeks to find the best in new speculative fiction writing from Australia. Entries open May 31 and close October 1 of this year, with the winner receiving $500 and publication with Xoum’s Fantastica imprint. Start writing! Be strange! Be bold! Add flesh eating children!
(By the way, the third installation in David's Pierre Jnr trilogy, Convergence has recently been released. Grab all three just in time to start fearing that your newborn cousin is reading your mind).
The Richell Prize for Emerging Writers is also now open. Applications open July 2 and close August 14. Submit the first three chapters of your work for the chance to win $10,000, have an extract of your winning writing published in The Guardian Australia and the opportunity to attend the Guardian Australia Masterclass series. Guidelines can be found here.
Entries are now open for the 2015 Big Issue fiction edition! All writers, established, emerging or chrysalis are welcome, and to encourage creativity, there is no set theme. Stories must be between 300 and 2500 words, click here for more details.
Lastly, bi-monthly magazine Yen have opened their short story prize. The winner will not only receive a manuscript assessment and a ticket to the 2016 Emerging Writers’ Festival, but also a cute-ass mint-coloured bicycle with an even cuter basket up front, Miyazaki DVDs, a bunch of books, sunglasses and a 1 year subscription to Yen—plus MORE. The theme is ‘ripple’ and entries close July 17. On your bike!
Link from Zelda
In closing, here are all the links fit to print.
Pictures of writers' homes. Most are nice, one is a shed.
The latest from the Paris Review.
From Tor.com, some books that broke the rules, so that you can too.
As the New York Times summer reading list only included white authors, here are 25 books by black authors that you should be reading.
Now go outside please.