Seizure news! Yesterday we announced our party plans for the ‘Crime’ issue. Seizure’s got a bit of a rep for putting on super fun issue launches and this time will be no exception. For ‘Crime’ we have organised a beer tasting at Young Henry's, a boutique a craft brewery in Newtown. This one is ticketed, so lock in your spot, get the magic password, and come celebrate life and literature with us. This week there were some interesting moments on the Australian literary stage, make of them what you will. I want to start off by putting the words WOMEN WRITERS in capitals. April has been all about them/us. First, we had the inaugural winner of The Stella Prize announced in Melbourne and Carrie Tiffany's extraordinary act of generosity by sharing the cash prize. Then Wikipedia was sexist (awkward). The Miles Franklin shortlist announcement also created a stir with its all-lady line-up. If you want to get involved, The Australian Women Writers are all over it with their AWW Challenge for 2013 and are seeking your reviews.
Another announcement that got people talking this week was the decision by the judges of the Australian/Vogel’s Literary Award that – for only the second time in over twenty-five years – they would not crown a winner. I say all the under 35-year-olds write A++ manuscripts and give them something they can’t ignore for 2014 – submissions are now open.
Here’s something I stumbled across and wanted to share with all the writers: Lynne Barrett has published a great article titled ‘What Editors Want: A Must Read for Writers Submitting to Literary Magazines.’ Really good breakdown of what goes through the editor’s mind while reading submissions (e.g. ‘Oh no, another story with the character waking up hung-over and getting a phone call...Why must they flash back before anything interesting happens?...We don’t publish travel articles. Does no one read the guidelines?’).
Beneficial event alert: Our friends at 107 Projects and Writers Bloc are helping you combat laziness and distraction this weekend with their event ‘Write Here’ (May 4th 12-5pm). For the price of NOTHING, you get a desk, a chair and a good, old–fashioned atmosphere of hard work.
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