Round-Up: FYI

Big thanks to everyone who turned out for our Seizure 'Crime' launch last week. If you haven’t been to Young Henry’s yet, our launch would have been the perfect opp…but we suggest you go anyway. Their beer tastes like: 'Tongue cut on passionfruit and grass clipping butter rust, sopped on rye toast' (Astrid Lorange); 'Pine caramel forest; golden sunset over a field of two-row barley; Saturday arvo with amber deep in my throat' (Justin Wolfers); 'unicorn jizz filtered through the anus of the prettiest swan, in a good way' (Ben Jenkins) and so much more.

NEXT UP – SPORT (better start practicing your football/volleyball/boccé/ french cricket/ two-legged-race  skills for the next launch people!)

Also, in case you missed it yesterday, Seizure launched Viva La Novella II. This time we're looking for FOUR novellas and FOUR editors, who will work together to achieve greatness. Each winner also gets $1000. Best sequel ever amiright?

Event Alert:

Sydney Publishing Drinks are on TONIGHT at 6pm. Good chance talk about books with other people who like books.

Some announcements:

The Miles Franklin Literary Award was announced on Wednesday, and let me tell you, it was a party over at Allen & Unwin, with Michelle de Kretser’s Questions of Travel taking the prize (check out the other amazing shortlisted titles too!).

The PM’s Literary Awards were also announced this week – have a squiz at the list and add some Australian talent to your reading stack. Aaaaand the Ray Koppe Young Writers’ Residency at Varuna House was awarded to Hannah Bent for her novel-in-progress set in Hong Kong.

Some prizes:

If you’re anything like me, you may have sat at home at age fifteen (too old?) reading the fifth book of John Marsden’s Tomorrow series and thought to yourself  ‘hmm, I wish I could be a writer’. Well, kiddo, now’s your chance to prove it to JOHN MARSDEN HIMSELF. Submit your short fiction or poetry to the John Marsden Prize for Young Australian Writers, and if you win, you could get a share of $5,500 (you go John Marsden!).

Also, the Carmel Bird Short Fiction Award is open for submissions. The theme is ‘The Twilight Zone’ and entries will be judged by Angela Meyer.

One last thing, If you didn’t make it to the launch, David Henley’s The Hunt for Pierre Jnr is living and breathing in the world now (last spotted hanging alongside Frank Herbert on the shelves). Read Georgia Kartas’ review on ScissorPaperPen, or make up your own mind and buy the thing.