Welcome back, readers of yore! In case you missed the big news, commissioning editor, Emily Stewart recently announced the upcoming launch of Seizure Editions. The first of these quarterly editions delves into themes surrounding technology and artificial intelligence, offering a range of writings from an even greater range of new Australian writers. The first edition will launch online soon. (To support future editions through subscription, click here).
While you eagerly await Seizure Editions #1, read some amusing interviews with four of the talented shortlisted authors in the running to win this year’s Viva La Novella competition. Nick Gadd is not drinking any more fucking Merlot, Christy Collins rightly believes brunch should be big and noisy, Marlee Jane Ward thinks it’s high time you started to 'Art harder, motherfucker,' and Mark Brandi is in Dubrovnik and can’t hear you.
For the latest offer from Flashers, check out the Evelyn Waugh-esque Country Style by John Craig and from Epistles at Dawn, lovers of poetry should not miss Jetty, Elizabeth Allen’s beautiful poem about sisters, illness, and taking that leap.
Enter, Sandman or Sandwoman
The Overland Judith Wright Poetry Prize for New and Emerging Poets is now open. For poets who have not yet published a book of poems under their own name, eligible writers will be in the running to win $6000 for first prize, $2000 for second and $1000 for third place. All three place-winners will be published in Overland. You have plenty of time to write, as the competition closes on Saturday November 15. That doesn’t mean that I give you permission to slack off. Check here for more info and eligibility guidelines.
The 2015 Australian Book Review Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize is also open for submission. First, second and third prizes of $5000, $2000 and $1000 respectively will be awarded to three writers of short stories of between 2000 and 5000 words. All three stories will be published in the September Fiction Issue, and the overall winner will be announced at a special event during the 2015 Brisbane Writers’ Festival. Entries close at midnight May 1, click here for details.
Melbourne’s The Suburban Review is on the lookout for flash fiction, short creative non-fiction, poetry under 20 lines and one page comics for it’s new bi-monthly series of writing and artwork: The Corner. The first theme is ‘Self Help’, and the deadline is March 1.
Lastly, for Australian girls aged 12–20, The Rosie Creators Award will be taking submissions from International Women’s Day on March 8. $500 will be awarded to the best submission from each category, consisting of writing, photography, video and activism. The winner’s work will be featured on rosierespect.org.au and will also be published in Young Vagabond. The theme is ‘respect’, and the deadline is Monday April 20.
The best use of your non-writing time
Here is the best of Haruki Murakami’s advice column. He loves cats, but he is not fooled by their attempts to mask their true nature.
Here are some missing letters from the alphabet and why they are missing and why we don’t miss them.
Lastly, here is the latest Instagram account to fetishise men who are literate: Hot dudes reading. Not to be outdone by Hot Guys Reading and Wearing Glasses nor my personal and very specific favourite, Hot Guys Reading Books with Cats. Thanks, internet.
See you in two weeks, Round-Uppers!