How would you like to go to Antarctica? It's as easy as applying for the Australian Antarctic Arts Fellowship. Aiming to enable those with a non-science background to have a first-hand experience of the desolate icy tundra while they work on a piece of creative work inspired by the experience, all you have to do is get yourself to Hobart and hope your appendix doesn't burst. Apply here. They will lend you a coat.
If you are an illustrator or graphic designer who would rather not run the risk of a The Thing situation, Flashers is on the lookout for some new artists. Like everything at Seizure, this is a volunteer arrangement but, also like everything Seizure, you get a lot of side benefits like secret invitations to wine and cheese evenings, you get to build a sweet portfolio and see your work out in the public where they can see it too.
This year's artist, Finbah Neill, is moving on to Vermeer pastures (I am very good at art puns) and had this to say about his tour of duty, ‘Each Flashers illustration has been drawn from a feeling. I’d take a moment to read the piece, feel for where the imagery is sharp or the prose is tart with metaphor, then draw it. I draw it in the hope that when someone’s reading the piece and the words and images connect, then they just might feel it a little harder.'
Stints would be three months at a time, and would consist of drawing a new illustration for each Flasher posted every Tuesday. Please send your expression of interest and some pictures to firstname.lastname@example.org by Tuesday 20 January.
The Stella Prize is looking for an Assistant Prize Manager. Just think of all the prizes you could manage.
Write, friend, and enter
RightNow, an Australian human rights focused arts organisation,is looking for submissions for their December issue. The theme is Asylum Seekers, and they are accepting a large range of writing and media formats. Check here for more details.
If you are a fan of €10,000, enter the Ballymaloe International Poetry Prize 2014. Entries close on Wednesday 31 December.
If you are a fan of $5000, enter the Ron Pretty Poetry Prize 2014. Entries close Monday 15 December.
If you would like a little more time, here is a list of 19 short story competitions to look forward to in 2015.
Hannah Kent, author of Burial Rites and recipient of a first novel advance that could make you weep, has outlined her 5 rules of writing. Of course, even her rules of writing are written beautifully.
Madelaine Lucas, former editor and author for The UTS Writers’ Anthology and all-round ethereal singer/songwriter, has written a poignant review of Women in Clothes, by Sheila Heti, Heidi Julavits and Leanne Shapton for The Lifted Brow. Madelaine writes about the clothes which have shaped her to into the woman that she is in her signature style, a mixture of new wave nostalgia, potent memories and the kind of heartache that only a fragile, inherited dress can make you feel. Do yourself a favour and read her Victoria University Short Story winning story 'Dog Land' over at Overland.
Lucy paints portraits of Barbara Streisand
From Electric Literature, here is a list of books that Hunter S. Thompson recommended to his friends and family. They're not as weird as you might expect.
Because you haven’t put enough pressure on yourself already, here are the habits of highly productive writers. The cold coffee I’m drinking right now isn’t mentioned, so I’m not sure how seriously you want to take their advice.
Io9 also has some advice for writers this week, with a list of words that authors are sick of hearing (read them instead, it will be less offensive) and 10 writing rules they wish more scifi and fantasy authors would break.
Here are 15 ways to write a novel. Now you have no excuses.
Death comes to Pemberley
Lastly, the author of one of my favourite books passed away yesterday. PD James, known to most as a prolific crime writer, and to some as a Baroness, began her career in 1962 and was still writing up until her death at age 94. Children of Men remains one of the most important and personally influential books I have had the privilege to read. The Guardian has a nice obituary, and one of her short stories is available at New Statesman.
And this is your last warning for getting your Viva entries in, 2 December being the closing date. We shan't mention it again for another year :)