Hi all, We're in full Feb swing now. Festivals are a'coming, positions are vacant, awards are being announced, events are going down. Get into it :)
Digital Writers' Festival
The 2014 Digital Writers' Festival was launched last week, and the internet is excited. If you haven't already browsed through the program, I suggest you do so now. It's happening from Feb 10-24 and, basically, if you have a webz connection, you can get involved. Exciting things include:
Readback Feedback, where you can submit your short story and have one of three editors from the nation's tip top lit journals (including our own Alice Grundy!) give you feedback over a one-on-one skype date. A live, online bookclub hosted by KYD, discussing Luke Carman's newly released, debut novel set in Sydney's Western Suburbs, An Elegant Young Man. Our own ALT TXT editor, Justin Wolfers, in conversation with Robin Sloan, and Seizure main man/author David Henley, will be live-glossarising all the weird words he made up for his awesome sci-fi trilogy. The full program is here.
KYD has teamed up with the Copyright Agency to launch the inaugural Investigative Journalism Mentorship. The three successful applicants will win a mentorhsip worth $2,500, producing a long-form (12-15k words) investigative article with the guidance of award-winning writer, Gideon Haigh. Applications close on the 31st of March.
The National Young Writers' Festival is on the hunt for three energetic and creative people to co-direct the upcoming NYWF in Newcastle. It's a whole new team this year, and a sweet opportunity to get involved/ get some great festival experience. Deadline is Feb 17, and all the details are here.
The ABR's Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize is open for another year, and the competition will be tougher than ever with the prize now open to online and international entries. Total prize pool of $8,000 and a lot of props up for grabs. Entries close May 1.
The Griffith University Josephine Ulrick Prize for Literature is open for submissions until the Feb 14. There's a massive prize pool of $30,000, with short short and poetry categories. Get on it.
Story Club is back for 2014. This months' theme is 'Let's Start Over' and has a pretty A+ line-up including Andrew Hansen, Ben Law, Tom Ballard, Cait Harris, Mark Sutton and Zoe NL.
The Wheeler Centre are hosting an event with special guests Jane Jervis-Read (our very own Viva La Novella winner!), Joey Black and Briohny Doyle called The Next Big Thing. It's an evening dedicated to introducing to the world these super-talented first-time, up-and-coming authors. It's at the Moat in Melbourne, with ticket options including dinner and a glass of wine.
If you're a Sydney-residing friend/ contributor to Seizure and want to meet the gang, we're having some catch-up drinks next week at Freda's. You'd be most welcome!
That's all, talk soon!