Festival fever

Yep, festival fever, I’ve got it. The Emerging Writer’s Festival is in full swing, and though I’m catching the tail end of the thing, I can’t wait to get down for the Town Hall program on Saturday, where I’ll be helping out with ticketing and a few of the early morning panels. This is my first writer’s festival, so I’m not quite sure what to expect, but I’m pretty pumped. For those who haven’t purchased a Town Hall pass already, you can still order them online ($45 or $30 for concession card holders). There will also be a limited number of tickets available at the door.

Personally, I can’t wait for the Taking it Online panel, Never Surrender, and of course,  The Pitch - one of the most anticipated sessions of the fortnight, featuring professionals from lit journals, publishing houses and magazines telling all about the submission process. Sounds like a pretty crucial session for any aspiring writer. You can check out the festival program in its entirety on the EWF website.

If you can’t make the trip to Melbourne, you can still participate in Twitterfest, discussions with the hashtag #EWF which go down  on Twitter at 2pm daily (as if I need another excuse to while away my time on there).

Now onto the round-up of submissions deadlines.

Voiceworks are looking for submissions with the theme  HUNGER  for their Spring 2010 issue. Nonfiction pitches are due Sunday  June 20th. Fiction pieces are due by Sunday July 4th.

If you work, live or study in Monash, the 2010 Monash Short Story Competition is worth a squiz. The competition has three categories – Category A: 12 – 14 years, 500 words maximum. Category B: 15 – 17 years, 1,000 words maximum. Category C: Adult, 2,000 words maximum. Entries closes on Saturday July 24th at 4pm. First prize in the adult section is $500.

The Blake Poetry Prize, run through the NSW Writer’s Centre, is accepting entries until Friday June 11th. They are looking for poems displaying a critical awareness of issues relating to the religious or spiritual. First prize is $5000. Head to the website to download the entry form.

The Society of Women Writers SA have both the Ethel Webb Bundall Short Story Competition and The Ethel Webb Poetry Competition on the go at the moment. For the Short Story Award they are accepting fiction up to 4000 words, and for the Poetry Competition, poetry no longer than 100 lines.  There’s a $7 entry fee, and a different cover form to fill out for each competition.  Entries close October 31st.

The Inscribe Newspaper (for those who live, work or study in the city of Darebin) is calling for general submissions of short fiction, non fiction, poetry, news and reviews of 800 words. They are also looking for expressions of interest to submit 3000 word novel extracts, book reviews and feature articles. Their deadline is July 18th.

The Reason-Brisbane Poetry Prize is open to all Australian residents until July 2nd. There is no set theme and poems can be up to 30 lines in length. Each entry must consist of three copies of your original poem, a cover page showing your name/residential address/email address/phone number, and a cheque or money order ($7 per poem), to be made payable to Spa Country Events Group Inc. First prize is $1500, second $500, and third $300. Winners will be announced at the Morning Poetry Event of the 2010 Words in Winter Celebration in Daylesford on Saturday, August 14th.

And finally, Islet, the spiffy online counterpart to Island Magazine, are looking for submissions of microfiction i.e. fiction under 600 words, as well as high quality visual art. You can view prior works on the journal to get a feel for what they’re looking for.

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