Greetings Lit-Lovers, allow me to introduce to you this week's dashing line-up of stuff to read, attend and submit your words to.
For all us non-Vic people who have ever felt left out of the Express Media fun, they're calling out for two excellent (non-Victorian based) people to fill the positions of State Representatives. You'll be an ambassador for the cause, spreading the word, running launch events, mingling with writerly folk, wining and dining (maybe). Apply here.
The Text Prize for Young Adult and Children's Writing has just launched. The Winner receives 10k and a publishing deal with Text - so yeah, sweet deal! If you're a YA or Children's writer, don't miss this one, applications close the 4th of April.
Here's one for our blog-y friends - The Best Australian Blogs Comp is open for business. There are six categories (Food, Commentary, Lifestyle/Hobby, Personal and Parenting, Business, Words and Writing) and a ton of prizes. Entries close the 3rd of April.
And, don't forget, you've got this weekend to polish off those submissions for the Overland special online fiction edition. Deadlines are good, work that writer's brain for this deadline!
Catch Dr Delia Falconer and David Malouf (read: two major legends) in conversation at Gleebooks next Tuesday the 11th of March. They'll be discussing Malouf's latest poetry collection, Earth Hour. More details and bookings here.
WordSLAM?! is back for 2014. Six writers, three rounds, 3 mins each, grand finals, grand prizes. Queer/non-queer writers welcome. It's held every second Thursday at Hares Hyenas in Fitzroy, so get down.
The Canberra Zine Emporium collective invites you to drop some coins at the launch of the Canberra Zine Machine on March 13th. They'll be taking this one-stop-zine-vending-shop right around the ACT, so get involved!
As part of the Opera House's very exciting All About Women festival, you can catch cartoonist extroadinaire, Alison Bechdel, in conversation with Clementine Ford. Click here for the full program, including film screenings, clotheswaps and panel talks about sex, body image, politics, power and more.
'Poetry is counterproductive. It’s inherently pointless, makes no promises, resists commodification. More than communicating something, it communicates about communication. It looks at the places where words split from meanings, it gets in the cracks of our culture and widens them.' Up on Meanjin this week: Jennifer Mills on why she quit poetry. GOOD read.
Over at McSweeny's, John Babbot has laid down the bare essentials of a writer's practice, starting with 'I will not write unless I’m swaddled in furs and am roosted to perfection upon the couch.' Also includes large window, rain, slippers, caffeine and a constantly purring cat. Read on.
And just to balance out the fun with the humbling, Robert McCrum investigates the journey from bestseller to bust in The Guardian this week. Victim = the best-selling author. Suspects include the Internet, copyright and the dastardly credit crunch.