Welcome back, readers! Hopefully you have all had a wonderful time over Christmas and New Years and lunged face-first into 2016 with the enthusiasm of a child who has not yet been beaten into submission by the world at large. If you're already having a bad year, just remember that the X-Files are back, and shut up.
The first Flashers of the year are here! We have one fiction Flasher, Rivertree Song by Zac van Manen with artwork by Emma Sprouster, and one nonfiction; Gospelby Lech Blaine, accompanied by artwork from good old David M. Henley.
Alice Grundy has announced the Viva la Novella IV editor, Tom Langshaw! Tom was chosen from over forty applicants to be the editor of this year’s winning entries of Viva la Novella. Alice and Tom are close to selecting the winning manuscripts, so keep an eye out for more news here!
Speaking of Grunderpants, she and author Michelle de Kretser will be discussing their favourite novellas and the value of novellas at Gleebooks on February 25. Michelle is the author of acclaimed novels The Rose Grower, The Hamilton Case and The Lost Dog. Alice is of course our wonderful Alice, editor in chief of Seizure and managing editor at Giramondo. Click here to book!
Attention all talented people with language skills! The next Seizure Edition wants your translated work, in celebration of the re-writers who make it possible for creative writing to be shared across language barriers. Submissions of poetry and fiction are welcome, and feel free to make your own interpretation of what ‘translation’ could mean—cross-modal and cross-genre works are welcome. Submissions close on Wednesday April 13, and the word limit is 3000 words. Successful applicants will be paid $200! Please include the translation into English, the text in the source language, 100 word bios of the translator and author and a 400 word translator's note, providing context for the work and discussing any challenges or strategies utilised within. Head over to Seizure’s Submittable portal to submit!
For a hint at how difficult and nuanced translation can be, check out this old episode of Radiolab, where they discuss the many translations of a single poem.
Congratulations to Marlee Jane Ward, author of one of last year's winning novellas, Welcome to Orphancorp! Marlee is now also the winner of the Victorian Premier's Literary Prize for Young Adult Fiction. Read about it here on her blog, and if you haven't already read this amazingly weird book, re-think your life choices.
Mark your calendars for February 25, those of you near Melbourne! All three of our Viva winners from 2016, Jane Rawson, Marlee Jane Ward and Christy Collins will be discussing novellas and other stuff at White Rabbit Records in Kensington. Keep an eye on Jane's twitter feed for updates.
Two of our shortlisted authors have also been busy. Libby Sommer has successfully published her book My Year With Sammy, which will be launching February 10 at Waverley Library. Libby will be joined by Dr Karl Kruszelnicki and Susanne Gervay, click here to register! Also, Mark Brandi has had a fantastic short piece published in the London Journal of Fiction, click here to read Stay til Sunset.
It's nearly the most important day of the year: the day that is two days after Abraham Lincoln’s birthday and one day after my birthday, the official day where we look at the face of someone that we love and say ‘You have bewitched me body and soul, I love you most ardently because you are just so so so adequate’ and give them chocolate.
From io9, here are The 8 Worst Kinds of Fictional Romances. Click to find out if you are guilty of perpetrating these crimes against romantic pairings in your own work.
Head over to Brain Pickings to read excerpts from James Joyce's love letters to Nora Barnacle, a woman who had the best name in recorded history.
Remember that the best gifts come from the heart! You're a writer, write something NICE and give it to someone who is NICE and doesn't say things like 'Lucy, you could have very easily opened that jar yourself' or 'Lucy, you're over-using that moon-face emoji' or even 'Lucy, there is literally no need for you to make your own Star Wars curtains.'
The Noted Festival is on the lookout for applicants from Canberra who would like to join a group of other talented creative writers and be locked in a room together in a scenario that very well could be the opening of a horror movie, but will actually see the writers creating full scripts for a six part web series over eight days. If you think this sounds interesting, click here for more details. And we're pleased to announce our own participation in the Noted festivities, as we take It's a Write-Off to our nation's capital in March!
For those of you still reeling from the release of Beyonce's Formation video, here is a reading list of books from Book Riot.
Finally, here is a picture of Drake on a ladder in a library.