Seizure began in 2010 as a magazine collaboration between Alice Grundy and David Henley and has grown into a flourishing website and community for writers, editors, publishers and readers. Seizure is currently made up of a around a dozen volunteers who work to improve literary and publishing culture in Australia.
From 2010–13 Seizure published six issues of a full-colour literary journal, bringing over 50 new writers into print – five have gone on to trade publishing deals and one has been shortlisted for the Miles Franklin.
The inaugural Viva La Novella competition in 2012 uncovered the talented Jane Jervis-Read. In 2013, with funding from the Copyright Agency, the award expanded to create positions for editor-judges who could choose the entry of their choice and then proceed through the entire process of contracting and manuscript development, through to print and post-publication promotion.
In 2014 we moved to an online-centric model, a shift made possible by a successful crowd-funding campaign (thanks you guys :)) and support from the Australia Council for the Arts. This website now features over 300 contributors and has become a platform for writers and creatives working in the publishing industry to experiment with new forms of writing and collaboration to a growing audience.
We publish Flashers – flash fiction and non-fiction – in a program run by emerging editors Jack Stanton, Alex Menyhart and Emily Meller. This is a great place for experimentation by writers and a training ground for new editors.
The AltTxt project was a collaboration with Justin Wolfers to push the boundaries of narrative in an internet world and has produced many great works such as the canonical The Drover's Wives by Ryan O'Neill, personal essays and fiction. AltTxt has also entered the real world with its breakthrough event in our first Late Night Library season at Haymarket Library in Sydney.
Editions is a project that launched in February 2015. It brings together collected articles, stories and poems around a central theme into a mini magazine within the greater Seizureverse and explores contemporary issues. With guest editors including Emily Stewart, Maeve Marsden and Elizabeth Bryer it has brought brilliant new writing on everything from the perils of intimacy, explorations of queer identity and the politics of translation.
Seizure is a social endeavour that runs under the auspices of Xoum Publishing. In the last five years Seizure has raised over $80,000 and distributed it to artists and writers across the country, but we rely on donations and subscribers to keep us operating (so please subscribe, it's only $30 a year and you get access to the premium content which includes professional development resources, full-length articles, bonus stories and insider information).
We have a strong history of successful collaboration including working with Sweatshop, the Western Sydney Literacy movement to create Stories of Sydney, and our experimental event series in partnership with Musica Viva and the City of Sydney Libraries.
Our long-term plan is to continue growing our audience and our developing with our contributors to become a truly national literary platform, publishing work from a diverse range of people and communities and providing the grassroots support Australian writers and editors need to launch their careers.
This project has been assisted by many groups, companies and individuals. To find out how they helped us please check out the Wall of Awesome.