Howdy, howdy. Welcome to mid-2014. Don't freak out, there's still heaps of things you can do. Starting with these things:
Viva La Novella 3 is a happening thing! We're now on the hunt for three extremely excellent editors, who will guide three winning novellas to publishing perfection. This year, editors will have the opportunity to select the winning novella they want to work on for the next four months, and on top of this experience, will also get a $1,000 cash prize. Submissions close October 1st, so get those applications in. More details are here.
If you're looking for the perfect writing retreat, Varuna's got your back. Applications are now open for their writing and illustrating retreats, which offer 25 lucky creative people the opportunity to spend two to three weeks in the Blue Mountains, with full board provided, to really have some alone time with your work. More information here.
The John Marsden/Hachette Australia Prize for Young Writers is open for another year to writers under the age of 25. There's $5,550 worth of prize money to be shared around courtesy of Mr Marsden, and winners will be published in Voiceworks.
Pitch, Bitch! is the newly launched space offering advice for female writers on submitting their work. They've dubbed the first Wednesday of every month as Pitch, Bitch day, and marked the day this week with much twitter chat via #pitchbitch and a post from Meanjin editor, Zora Sanders published on Kill Your Darlings, talking about some of the differences she's noticed between the genders in their approach to pitching.
Over on The Conversation, the debate rages over anonymous book reviews. 'Certainly, in running such reviews, the paper sacrifices a critical point of difference between mainstream media and the online world of trolls and fandom avatars' says the article. Read on.
Story Club is coming up on Monday night (the 7th). Theme is 'On Second Thought...' and features a fabulous line-up of storytellers including Wendy Harmer, Toby Schmitz, Laura Davis and Eddie Sharp. Tickets available here.
And for the coffee/book lovers (I'm looking at all of you), Broadsheet have rounded-up the best of Sydney's bookshop cafes. Enjoy all the things at the same time.
And don't forget to grab your tickets for Seizure Prom! We have already heard costume rumours about a teenage Ursula the Sea Witch, and a deep sea chasm explorer vehicle/high school boy... Hit us up @seizureonline with your inspo.