On Monday, you may or may not have gotten your junk together to submit to the Monash Prize. If you did, well done you. If not, (c’mon they even extended it a week), this week’s Round–Up is here to help you get your eye back on the prize. First up, the Written Word category for SOYA closes in just 11 days. If you are judged to be super excellent, Qantas will give you 5000 bucks, flights to ‘where inspiration and opportunity dictate’ (woah), and a professional mentorship with the talented Lisa Dempster (director of the MWF). Just a heads up, your competition already includes Angela Meyer, Patrick Lenton, Pip Smith and Sophie Overett – but that’s cool, you can still win.
For big dollars and big respect, why not win the Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize? Entries are open until the 31st of May. Short fiction writers – you could get 800 bucks for writing 800 words in the Paper Darts comp. For non-fiction writers, The Stringybark Times Past Short Story Award is looking for stories based on ‘real experience’ (closing July 30). And for poets, the Blake Poetry Prize should probably be your ‘spiritual’ calling.
Seizure News: In big, fat, first–time–ever Seizure news, we made a PODCAST.
Some advice for non–podcast listeners – stop whatever you are killing your time with and listen to podcasts. They are like little orbs of knowledge beamed straight into your brain. In our first Seizure Session, hear Michael Mohammed Ahmad discuss Sweatshop: The Western Sydney Literacy Movement.
Other stuff: Emerging Writers Festival have launched their program – and festival director Sam T-M shares his top picks. The EWF have also put the call out for stallholders at their daily ‘Page Parlour’ popup market, so get photocopying those zines people.
Event alert: The Lifted Brow ‘Music’ launch is on Saturday night at Brighton Up Bar. $12 entry = ‘Music’ issue, gig and a fun time.