We've almost closed the book on 2013. Seizure 'Sport' was sent to the printers this week and as you all know, this will be the last printed issue for a little while. So we've gone all out with an amazing line-up of writers, funky fresh photography and 200% more wrestling. It's a limited-edition print run, so be sure to get your pre-orders in. But this is not the end. You know what they say, where a book closes, a macbook opens, and we are so excited to get digital Seizure online for you to read and contribute to. Over the summer we're keen to get your poetry submissions and ALT TXT writings. We'll still be accepting features and Flashers, and there will be a bunch of new initiatives and projects and events being launched in the new year. Entries have closed for Viva La Novella and the shortlistings will be announced in Feb. So yes, stay with us! But hey now, it isn't all Seizure. Lots of other people have accomplished great things this week:
It's been everywhere on the internet, but we'll do a shout-out it anyway – this week, the team who brought you the Emerging Writers Fest launched the first ever Digital Writers' Festival. Between February 13-24, the festival will be live streaming online discussions from a line-up of tip top writers, readers and publishing folk. The Festival is currently calling out for artists - and because of the beauty of the 1nt3rw3Bs, contributors can be from anywhere in the world! Applications close on the 18th of December. Otherwise, watch this space, and make sure you've got a sweet broadband connection all set up for Feb next year.
If you want to get involved in 2014's round of festivals, keep your eyes peeled, because the call-outs are rollings out. The EWF is currently looking for publicist expressions of interest, and the Queensland Poetry Festival is looking for individuals and groups keen to perform and read in the three day festival in August. All the details are here.
The Express Media Awards were hosted last night in Melbourne, and although we couldn't be there, we were able to follow just about every moment through #ema13 and get very twitter excited for all the winners. Oliver Mol and Briohny Doyle were named the joint winners of the Scribe Nonfiction Prize for Young Writers, 100 Story Building won the Best New Project in Vic award, the Outstanding Achievement by a Young Writer award went to Meanjin editor Zora Saunders and that's just a few of the talented people/organisations that were celebrated on the night! The whole thing was live streamed too, so if you've ever wanted to watch John Marsden walk and talk etc etc, this is your chance.
And while we're on a shout-out roll...Seizure contributor Clare Cholerton launched her first book of poetry Missive. The collection was published as part of the New Voices Series supported by Express Media, Australian Poetry and the Ian Potter Foundation, and can be bought online here alongside the other three collections that form the series.
The latest ep of the 'Free To A Good Home' podcast is out, and Ben Jenkins and Michael Hing are in fine form. If you haven't tuned in before, the show basically takes the week's classified section as a starting point, and then launches into a world of chats and jokes. Zoe Norton-Lodge is in the studio for ep. 15 talking about pigs, clown lawyers, Craigslist and a ton of chickens.
This week saw the passing of famed Australian artist Martin Sharp. Ben Juers regales us with a story of visiting Sharp's house and being introduced to Tiny Tim.
And I'll leave you with this... if you're a writer, and you like gifs, then 'Title to Come' will bring you joy.