Hey everyone, you know the drill. Let's get to it. First up, Viva La Novella 2 is closing on Monday the 2nd of December, which is coming up fast. Heads down butts up this rainy weekend and start polishing up your babies - write that final scene, start editing, get some feedback. You can rest in December, when our four enthusiastic editors are poring through the manuscripts. We're very excited to see so many entries coming in early - we can't wait to start reading them all.
On a shorter deadline/ word limit, submissions for The Canary Press are closing on Sunday. The theme, put roughly, is: write what you don't know and write about a holiday. By way of stimulus they offer: 'Angry possums, time travel, drunken aunts who think they are King Henry IV'. You get the idea? More details are on their website.
Sydney writing collective, Writers Bloc, have made their debut into the world of podcasting, with their all-new 'Writers Workspace' series. First up is American-Australian writer and poet, Zoe Konovalov. Also up on the most recent instalment of their 'Writers Other Jobs' series is Sam Cooney, now-editor of The Lifted Brow, but previously copywriter for china-made electrical goods and cruisey, candy-eating concierge. Always a fun read.
Australian writer Susan Johnston has a new blog post up discussing her reasons for returning to fiction, the 'plainer and rougher' truths of the publishing world and the role of faith in starting the journey of writing a novel. Read more here.
You probably also saw this doing the rounds this week. 'Writing', by Tully Hansen, was one of the crowd-favourites on the recently launched electronic poetry edition from Overland. Have a little explore, it's full of all kinds of digital delights.
And remember, if this kind of ALT TXT gets you a wee bit excited, be sure to hit up J Wolfers with your pitches, fiction, essays, code comedy, linkatude poetry, screengrabs and everything and anything else an internet kid can dream of.
After all that, you're maybe feeling a bit inspired, you perhaps have a little tingly desire to head out to something writerly? Lucky for you, the second instalment of PPR's Details Unknown event series is on TONIGHT. Head down to the Justice and Police Museum to hear mysterious, criminally-themed stores from a seriously great line-up of playwrights, performance artists, comedians, fiction writers and visual artists. They'll also be building on the previous round of creative detective work carried out in part one - which you can read about on this great little webpage. Click here for full event details and over here for a sneaky preview of some of the work to be featured on the night.
And in case you missed it last night, upcoming Western Sydney writer, Luke Carman, launched his debut work of fiction at Peppertree in Bankstown. His book, An Elegant Young Man, is published by Giramondo, can be purchased here, and you can watch the official book trailer here.
That's all for today. Have a great weekend and week ahead. Thanks for playing Round-Up!