Today we welcome to the Viva team....Read More
This year we are looking for one special editor to join us in the judging, manuscript development and publishing of an original Australian novella. This is an opportunity to take an elusive career step and experience commissioning, contracting and the entire book production all the way to supporting your author across the finish line. If you think you have what it takes, and you want the chance to choose a book to develop and champion then we want your application.
Here’s what you’ll need: an open mind, a bit of ambition, a penchant for punctuation (and arguing about punctuation), to be able to read upwards of 130 entries, be decisive, contribute promotional interviews and editorial notes for the website, be available (on and off) from January to June to work with your author and help guide them and their book into the world.
Here’s how it works: you apply with a cover letter and CV by 31 October 2015 through our submissions portal. We will create a shortlist and begin the email and phone interview process. Then in November we will make the final decision and choose the lucky editor who will join us on Viva La Novella IV. The selected editor gets to become the judge and select the manuscript of their choice, then work on the project over the following months – guided through the entire publishing gauntlet by Team Seizure – until publication day. We offer a prize of $1000.
Here’s the link to the submission portal, if you have any queries just email (email@example.com). We look forward to hearing from you.
This opportunity has been made possible by the support of IPEd and the NSW Society of Editors.
What is it about the novella that perplexes us so much? In the past nine-or-so months, while I’ve had the honour of calling myself a Viva La Novella 2015 editor, I’ve had to explain the concept of a novella numerous times.Read More
I chose Formaldehyde because each time I read it, it made me laugh even more.Read More
Only once during my work have I had to communicate with an author via telephone...Read More
Last but not least, from the Australian Capital Territory, we have the talented Zoya Patel.Read More
I am interested in the subjective human experience, and when this is explored, in relation to almost anything, with a captivating voice and crafted writing, you’ve got me.Read More
For the first in of our meet the editors profiles, we'd like to introduce you to Marisa Wikramanayake who is currently inhabiting WA and whose tastes seem quite diverse.Read More
We’ve had some great new additions to the Seizure team over the past few months, so we thought we’d formally introduce you. Though she may have left us for now and jetted off to the UK, earlier in 2013 Eleanor was a co-editor of Flashers.
Say hello to Eleanor Chandler.
What do you do in your day job/life?
I spend my days working the shelves at Books Kinokuniya, studying at UTS and co-editing Flashers for Seizure.
In an ideal world, what would you do for money?
I would study tea ceremony in Japan.
What’s your favourite form or genre to write in?
Short fiction and poetry, but I also like to dabble in creative non-fiction.
If you could be a type of punctuation what would you be?
What record/album should be turned into a book?
Illinois by Sufjan Stevens.
Name your top three dinner party guests.
Jorge Luis Borges, David Attenborough and Doctor Who.
Travel! I was lucky enough* to be accepted into the University of East Anglia, UK to complete my final semester of study. I’ll be taking a break from regular Seizure, but will be working on a few other things for them.
*Seizure note: We say East Anglia is lucky to have her. We hope they give her back.
We've had some great new additions to the Seizure team over the past few months, so we thought we'd formally introduce you. Say hello to Emily Brugman.
What do you do in your day job/life? I work at Gertrude and Alice bookshop/cafe in Bondi. In my spare time I like to surf, plant succulents in recycled baked-bean cans and crochet pretty covers for them.
What do you do at Seizure? I am a trainee editor, starting out by co-editing Flashers.
In an ideal world, what would you do for money? I would be a female version of Tim Winton.
What’s your favourite type of punctuation? The em dash.
And if you could be a type of punctuation what would you be? I would be a question mark because I have long limbs and bad posture
What’s record/album that should be turned into a book? Nick Cave’s Murder Ballads.
Name your top three dinner party guests. Allen Ginsberg, Janis Joplin and Dan Langton – my eighty-five year old poetry teacher from San Francisco.
Name three foods you could never live without. Chocolate-coated Scotch fingers, avocado on toast and mangoes.
What’s next? I live in the moment, man.
And Twitter? @EmBrugman
Literary pets? I look for that tidal pull. I like sharp, exacting language in the style of Lydia Davis, and in the style of Roberto Bolaño, characters that are treated with warmth and generosity by their authors. Writers such as Margaret Drabble and Yukio Mishima chart emotional terrains with just the right amount of allusion. I also love new writing that captures the vibe of now – voices such as Sheila Heti, Chris Kraus, Kate Zambreno. I’m a Lena Dunham fan girl.
Favorite novellas? I’m currently reading and loving Jean Rhys’s Quartet. Midnight Blue and Endlessly Tall by last year’s Viva La Novella winner Jane Jervis-Reed was provocative and affecting; I’m still thinking about it. Some classic favourites, all for very different reasons, are Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart, Francoise Sagan’s Bonjour Tristesse and Tao Lin’s Shoplifting from American Apparel. ACT-based publishing house Finlay Lloyd have a couple of new novella releases as part of their FL Smalls series, which I’m looking forward to checking out.
Why do you get up in the morning? To find out what happens next! To keep on the hunt for new experiences and to learn some things about what we’re doing here. Life things. The editor in me is always searching for new voices and thinking about the ways publishing can innovate to better reflect diversity. Sometimes it's too hard to get up, and on those days I'm grateful for the books that I own.
What else are you involved in? I’m working on some poems as part of a three-month fellowship at the Glenfern Writers Studio, with thanks to Writers VIC and the National Trust. I recently travelled to the Philippines with 19 other Australians to work on a large-scale collaborative theatre project with the Manila-based Sipat Lawin Ensemble. And I have a couple of editorial projects brewing for 2014.
Name: Elena Gomez
Literary pets? I have no literary pets: my books feed me, really, so who then is the real pet in this situation? I enjoy surprises. Anti-dad books. Anti-gender books. Books that weaponise their readers. Books that teach me. Books that scold me sometimes but in a loving way. Books not afraid of hope in hopelessness. Books that spit on bankers. Books that set cities on fire. Books that are cities burning.
Favourite novellas? Flesh by Brigid Brophy (though some would argue it's a novel, but to me it's a novella). Nanni Balestrini's novellas.
Why do you get up in the morning? The combination of waged and unwaged labour gets me up in the morning. Threats of, that is. Necessity. I wake up so I can read things and then dream about them at night. Except mostly dreams are forgotten and intangible (except for one time when Mikhail Bulgakov threw hot coffee in my face. A cat laughed in the corner. Diane di Prima once hugged me for a long time, too, and both our bellies were expanding at the same time). There are emotions from seeing things like the sun and water and clouds that can be positive. I get to ride the bus across the Harbour Bridge twice a day, and that's another reason. There are also some other secret motivations I have, which authors lucky enough to work with me will get to find out more about. I currently have a punnet of blueberries in my fridge and it is exciting to wake up in order to eat some.
What else are you involved in? Writing terrible poems for fun. Actually, one of them is in video form, recently published by the wonderful editors of The Claudius App, issue V. If you look at the site you might see we have, I suppose, crossover interests.
Literary pets? Always first: a ripper story. Beyond that, that intangible extra sensation — it’s like an elongated sharp intake of breath. Yes, I want to be entrapped within the worlds that writers create. Yes, I want to read stories that convince and transfix and unsettle me from start to finish, and which leave me awed and envious. Yes, I want to read books that I’m still thinking about weeks and months later. But none of that really captures the sensation of that indefinable ‘extra’.
Favorite novellas? I love Carson McCullers’s The Ballad of the Sad Cafe (1951). I re-read it recently for the first time in ages and was surprised all over again by how seriously good, weird, funny, sad it is. It’s truly her own. Others that stick with me, and which I go back to again and again, include: Saul Bellow’s The Bellarosa Connection; David Malouf’s ‘The Valley of Lagoons’ (maybe that’s a long short story) from his collection Every Move You Make, which I think is one of Malouf’s two or three best books; Marguerite Duras’s The Lover; Graham Greene’s The Quiet American (or is that a short novel?); Evelyn Waugh’s Scoop (I suppose that’s definitely a small novel); and so on …
Why do you get up in the morning? I get up in the morning in the hope (usually futile) that I’ll squeeze some fiction writing in before my 4-year-old daughter wakes up.
What else are you involved in? I’m juggling so many writing, reviewing and editing tasks I can’t bring myself to list them. The epic saga that is my second novel is drawing to a close … I think, I hope. It’s so close to finished I can smell it. I have another novel, a screenplay, and a couple of novellas in various states of disarrary.
Twitter handle: @carodyc
Other linkage: bibliostrumpet.wordpress.com (book review blog)
Literary pets: I have a big weakness for YA fiction, especially if it doesn't involve anything supernatural or dystopian—call me boring, call me a masochist, but I love nothing more than a good old-fashioned dose of real-world teenage angst. Memorable YA novels I've read recently include Some Day This Pain Will be Useful to You by Peter Cameron and The Accident by Kate Hendricks.
I love literary fiction that doesn't take itself too seriously; complex characters, and sentences that make me wish I'd written them myself. I'm a huge fan of Jonathan Dee, Jennifer Egan, David Mitchell, Martin Amis, Daphne du Maurier, Alan Hollinghurst, and Julian Barnes.
Sometimes—like maybe twice a year—I read a book that isn't fiction, vow that I'll do this more often, and then pick up a novel and immediately forget my resolution.
What are your favorite novellas? I love Breakfast at Tiffany's by Truman Capote (I also love the film and remember being surprised by how different it was to the book), The Turn of the Screw by Henry James, The Mist by Stephen King, The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes (I think this counts as a novella…), and Bonjour Tristesse by François Sagan.
Why do you get up in the morning? Breakfast. I love food and can think of no better way to start the day. On a more serious note, loving what I do and feeling genuinely enthusiastic about my work—and, just as importantly, the people with whom I work—is what (eventually) makes me throw back the covers and start the day (although I can't pretend that decent coffee doesn't also play a significant part in this process).
What else are you involved in? I work at two of Brisbane's best independent bookshops, Avid Reader in West End and Black Cat Books in Paddington, where I get to talk about books all day and pour my wages straight back into the till. I'm a regular Contributing Editor at Peppermint, Australia's first sustainable fashion and lifestyle magazine, and a freelance writer and editor.
Anything else you'd like to mention? Here's a little something for my fellow grammar nerds—it's been confirmed that we're officially amazing: http://www.thedailymash.co.uk/news/society/people-who-highlight-minor-grammar-points-are-amazing-2013082378916.