The news according to Seizure
Good news, nerds! Thanks to the Australia Council and 5 dollars that I found at the train station, Flashers writing will get you some pocket money for the next year! Each Flasher is now worth $50, so make sure you send in 50–500 of your best words here.
More good news, nerds! Flashers now has a new illustrator, Luke Marcatili. Luke is the first of our volunteer illustrators for 2015 and will be collaborating with Flashers for three months. Seizure is on the lookout for three more talented artists to work with our Flashers editors throughout the year, if you are interested please let us know. Plus, if you missed it, here is the first Flasher of the year, No God But Godby Luke Carman, with a fantastic accompanying illustration by the Luke Marcatili.
It’s Australia Day on Monday, so while you’re anxiously awaiting Taylor Swift’s righteous win of the Hottest 100, why not read an Australian book?
Get Reading has a list of 100 homegrown reads. Here is Booktopia’s list of 50 must read Australian novels, by popular vote. Buzzfeed is worried that you are dying, and has provided 50 Australian books that you must read before doing so. MamaMia has a list of 20 must-read Australian novels, and for those of you who are really running out of time, First Tuesday Book Club keeps it short with 10 Aussie books you must also read before you die.
The Digital Writers’ Festival is on its way! Running from February 11–22, the full festival program will be revealed on the 4th. In other exciting news, The Digital Writers' Festival and The Emerging Writers' Festival are seeking two writers to travel to Indonesia for the Bali Emerging Writers’ Festival as part of a cultural exchange program. The lucky pair will ideally be writers who work to a high standard in digital and online writing, and will be required to attend both the BEWF and EWF. Applications close on February 3, send in 300–500 words on how you hope to be inspired by the opportunity, good luck!
Also coming up this February, the Perth International Arts Festival will be running from Feb 13 to March 7, including the Perth Writers’ Festival, February 19–22. The Arts Festival begins on my birthday, so I’ll sit alone with a party hat on while you go ahead and enjoy yourself with the likes of John Marsden, Elizabeth Gilbert and Hilary Mantel.
Opportunity is not just a strange new song in the new Annie
Overland is looking for new and emerging writers for a special online edition. If you have not yet published a book of stories or a novel, you are eligible to send in your work before Sunday February 1. Stories will be edited by Khalid Warsame, and successful authors will receive $120.
For the upcoming months of February and March, here are the latest publication opportunities from Aerogramme Studios.
And here is something of awesome: friends of the Seizure family have set up an amazing balls thing called the Comic Art Workshop. It's in Tasmania between November 1–14. It looks like a big love-in teachin' learnin extravaganza, that is probably a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. So if you are a pen master, check it out.
To help lift your spirits before you dive back into the infinite sadness that is your manuscript, here are some beautiful pictures taken by photographer Reinier Gerritsen. The Dutch photographer wandered the New York City subway and snapped a picture of every person he saw reading a book. He did not catch me reading Tarbell's Course in Magic, Vol. 1–6, and for that I am grateful.