Viva has officially launched once more. Continuing on from the success of the last two years, manuscript submissions are now open for Viva La Novella 3. We've published five terrific authors so far -- want to join the pack?
For the first time this year we're extending our pool to include our New Zealand pals too. Take note, you guys!
As always, Seizure is looking for the very best new writing around. Stories that can be read in the time it takes you to miss your train station and double back via platform 6. Entries close 2 Dec. Full submission details here.
If you think I am done talking about novellas, Sir or Madam, you are wrong. For all you sci fi and fantasy buffs out there, Tor.com has recently announced that they will now be accepting submissions for novellas over 17,500 words. The project, Imprint, will be headed by Senior Editor Lee Harris, formerly of Angry Robot. He had some nice things to say about novellas and genre over at The Washington Post. Science Fiction and Fantasy works will be accepted until the end of August, guidelines can be found here.
Too late to enter but never too late to enjoy, Griffith Review’s upcoming edition, #46: Novella Project II—Forgotten Stories will feature novella writing inspired by history in Australia.
And while you're at it, why not also catch up with H.G. Wells, who has been doing rather well since his death in 1946. Author of the amazing novella, The Time Machine, Wells has now taken it upon himself to utilise his time travelling technology in order to regularly interview various other dead authors at the rather obviously named Dead Authors Podcast. Just because you’re dead, doesn’t mean you can’t harness the staying power of the internet airwaves.
In other news
If you are in Adelaide in the first week of September, the Emerging Writers' Festival is arriving for the first time! Seizure’s own Justin Wolfers of Alt Txt will be part of a panel discussing the new place of digital writing at 3pm on 6 September. Check for details here.
As part of the Darwin Festival, one of three conversation events being held at the Northern Territory Library is Evolution of Place: Australian Narratives in Focus. This talk will be held on the 22 August, and will feature Sean Pardy of Brown’s Mart Theatre, actor and musician Tom E. Lewis (Red Hill, The Proposition) and Fraser Corfield of the Australian Theatre for Young People. The event is free and will discuss developments in Australian theatre and changing relationships with the land.
Slammers of poetry assemble! The State Library of NSW will be holding a Slam Poetry evening on 21 August. Entrants are allowed two minutes and a microphone which they are asked not to drop because actually it’s more expensive than it looks. Register half an hour before the event to be included, all poetry must in some way reflect on the current exhibit Life Interrupted: Personal Diaries from World War 1. So dust off your Black Adder Goes Forth DVD and get inspired. For those of you otherwise uninterested in slamming WW1 poetry, more slam events can be found here.
Also at the State Library of NSW this month, a talk honouring four-time winner of the Miles Franklin Award, Thea Astley, will be held on 23 August. Mark MacLeod, Susan Sheridan, Debra Adelaide and Felicity Castagna will all speak.
Here’s some good advice from Lev Grossman.