Oh yes, welcome back. I noticed you there in the dark with one spooky candle and a face full of figgy pudding. I chose to ignore you.
Big news, Seizure-ites! Medium news first though: new Flashers! Fire/Water by Anna Spargo-Ryan is about Zia, Teaching My Brother to Bleed by Rafael S. W. is about that overachieving dirtbag who shares your parents and 50% of your DNA, and No Eyes by Ashley Thompson is very clearly about me and I don’t remember signing a release. From Flashers Nonfiction we have Waiting for the Train to Romeby Kathy Prokhovnik, who transforms a nightmare scene at a train station into a renaissance painting.
Now for the big news! Alice Grundy and Tom Langshaw have emerged from their novella cave in filthy robes, blinking at the sunlight and muttering about the excessive use of adjectives, and have also given us a list of highly commended works from over 100 fantastic submissions to the Viva la Novella competition. Winners will be announced in March, and in the meantime you can read some short Q&As with the highly commended authors. Click here for David Wright, Patrick Lenton, Carol Chandler and Belinda Moore. Well done to these authors, we can’t wait to see more writing from all of you!
The Nakata Brophy Short Fiction and Poetry Prize for Young Indigenous Writers has been extended to March 10, which is lucky because I neglected to tell you earlier. Now in its third year, the prize aims to recognise the talent of Indigenous Australian writers aged 30 years and younger. The winner will receive $5,000 and publication in Overland, plus writer’s residency for three months in Trinity College at the University of Melbourne. This year the prize will be awarded to the best poem of up to 88 lines, click here for more information!
The Australian Book ReviewElizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize is now open, and the prize money has increased to $12,500! ABR will publish three shortlisted stories in their August Fiction Issue and will announce the winner of the competition at the Melbourne Writers’ Festival.
Express Media has announced this year’s recipient of the Kat Muscat Fellowship. Queensland writer Bri Lee will now be able to complete a narrative nonfiction manuscript which explores the legal industry and its interaction with women. Congratulations to Bri!
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From the Readings blog, in honour of World Read Aloud Day, here are 6 of the best books to read aloud. It is vital to read aloud to children! It is not, as I recently learnt, vital to read them the first three chapters of the BFG before bed after forgetting that Sophie gets kidnapped right out of her bed by a flippin' giant. (I’m sorry, Ruby and Tom. At least I didn’t start something truly terrifying like The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me).
The World Book Day Hero and Villain survey is in, and MC Timothy Riddle is back on top, keeping it villainous as our dark Lorde Voldemort.
Here are the unintentional last words of 13 famous writers, featuring the last words put to print from interviews.
From TedEd, here are some writing prompts you can do in 10 minutes.
Lastly, here are some wooden books with some weird shit inside.