SEIZURE Like an over-excited, brace-faced school girl with a hot date, Seizure Prom is on our minds and in our underwater dreams. We are talking serious outfit planning, we want bow ties that match your date's coral corsage, baby blue shirts with ruffles like the ocean, shoes made from clam shells and impractical dresses that are actually mermaid tails. We are talking 80s hits, brought to you by the swoony musos Why We Run and Hazzy Bee.
We are talking photos so embarrasingly fabulous they deserve a place on your mother's mantlepeice. In fact, if you've got a killer School Formal shot, why on earth would you keep it to yourself? Share it on our Facebook event page and let the Seizure family coo over you in the lead up to the big event. Also, don't forget to your tickets here. Bring mates, bring dates.
With the announcement of our Viva La Novella winners, we've got two launch invites to extend your way. On July 2nd, Hoa Pham will be launching her winning Viva novella, The Other Shore, at Readings Carlton (6:30pm start). Nicole Smith will be launching her novella, Sideshow, the very next night, same time, same place. Come along and meet these wonderful authors.
Finally for the announcements: Seizure is pleased to have a new commissioning editor join the team. As our platform grows and we start doing more activities and events, we’ve felt the need to increase our editorial staff. Today we welcome Emily Stewart to the fold. Emily may be known to you as one of this year’s Viva La Novella editors, for Daniel Davis Wood’s Blood and Bone. On top of this, she’s been working in the books and publishing industry for a number of years trying her hand at all manner of things, from running a lit mag to managing a bookshop and professionally training in-house as an editor and putting-out-fires person.
Emily will be bringing her extraordinary talents to finding new and challenging content for Seizureonline.com and developing as-yet-unnannounced secret future projects. Sydney people will be able to locate her under an elaborate costume at Prom. Welcome, Emily!
This week the debating caps were on, with a bunch of great Australian writers tackling some hot-button publishing issues.
In Danielle Binks' article on Kill Your Darlings, she looks at some of the claims about the gender imbalance in publishing as voiced in Jonathan Emmett's recent article in The Times, and offers some thoughts of her own on women and the world of books.
Peter Donoughue investigates why books are so expensive in Australia in his article published on The Conversation. Will satisfy stat-hungry readers.
Over on Storify, you can watch the debate around The Internet vs The Novel unfold 140 characters at a time through this collated series of tweets between @digitalwir (Jennifer Mills) and @jasonofchilds (Jason Childs).
The Scribe Nonfiction Prize for Young Writers is open for submissions for its second year. If you need convincing, last year's co-winner, Oliver Mol, has written about the massive pros of this award in his article for Island Magazine. Summary of advice in Mol's own words: 'ENTER THE SCRIBE PRIZE U IDIOT'.
On July 5th, The Local Writers' Word Festival will be returning to Woollahra for a day of writerly fun. Seizure's leading lady and Giramondo Managing Editor, Alice Grundy, will be sharing her publishing knowledge and giving some handy tips on submitting your work to publishers, and our own Agony Aunt will also be there, in-person, to deal with your literary qualms.
In crowd-funding news, Scum Mag smashed it out of the park with their successful campaign to print their first ever zine. With a theme like 'Blue Light Disco' the zine is sure to be full of early noughties fun. You can pre-order here.
Oh, and @iraglass just joined twitter.
Till next time, we'll be watching xoxo