Wilde Magazine, a bi-annual print and digital publication, is looking for art, poetry and prose by and for the queer community.
Sassafras Literary Magazine is seeking poetry, flash fiction, nonfiction and artwork (no deadline has been set at this stage, but they publish monthly). Just make sure you paste your submission in the text of your email and don’t send attachments – these submissions will be deleted.
The Canary Press is currently accepting short stories up to 7,000 words, travel columns you would never find in an in-flight magazine, and postcard fiction of 150 words or less. They’re also looking for letters and holiday-themed stories.
The WB Yeats Poetry Prize is open to Australian entrants until Tuesday December 31. First prize is $500, while second prize is $75. There are no themes, though there is a 50 line limit.
The Griffith Review Novella Competition is open to residents of Australia and New Zealand. The theme: forgotten stories with a historical dimension. Submissions of 12,000-35,000 words (preferred but not set in stone) are due Friday January 31 and winners will share a $25,000 prize pool. The final works will be published in the Griffith Review fiction edition and as eSingles online.
The Josephine Ulrick Literature and Poetry prizes are open to Australian residents until Friday January 31. First prize in both cases is $10,000, while second prize is a not-too-shabby $5,000. You can take a look at past winning entries here.
MENTORSHIPS, INTERNSHIPS and OPPORTUNITIES
Under 25s – Express Media are offering four one day a week internships in administration, marketing and communications, awards and special projects, and education programs. Applications are open until Monday January 13. Check out their website for details.
And Voiceworks is looking for an editor! Manage the artistic direction of the magazine for a two year contract period. This is a fantastic opportunity for emerging editors, particularly those interested in working with young volunteers. Applications for this position close Monday February 3.
Over the next few weeks, we’re going to be trawling through various social media platforms to find our favourite writer’s resources.
Our first stop was Tumblr; that bandwidth-killing rabbit hole that seems to bring out the fun and crazy in equal measure.
It’s often overlooked by literary bloggers because it’s so visual, but it’s being embraced by some for its layouts and interactive elements.
While it’s not always the easiest place to navigate if you don’t know where to go – the creative writing tag is a hotchpotch of motivational quotes and hilarious reaction gifs that will put you in such a good mood you’ll forget what you were searching for in the first place – there are some fantastic and comprehensive writing tools on there that other blogging platforms just can’t replicate.
For the Tumblr shy, “Fuck Yeah” blogs tend to be the ones to follow because they’re the most established and popular. This one is designed to get you thinking more deeply about your character’s basic personality traits, physical appearance and motivations. Writers are free to ask anonymous questions about how to tackle specific problems, while there are also writing challenges and prompts to get you thinking about how your character would react in certain situations.
Now that you’ve got the guts of your character down on paper, you might be having trouble picturing them in your head. Character Inspiration is simply an archive of images that you can use to give your protagonist a face.
This is a great reference blog for world building. Posts include information about dressing your characters for cold weather (complete with pictures and detailed descriptions about fabric), images of unusual places around the world that you can use to inspire your locations, and adjective lists you can use when describing character traits like speech.
This Tumblr is essentially an amalgamation of every possible resource you could use to write. Their posts range from basic writing tips on subjects like genre and character building, to ridiculously specific resource lists detailing everything from how a character can die to possible mental disorders. They even have icongraphics for things like military hand signals and ways to say “achoo!” in fifty different languages. If your character has a taste for something peculiar then you should be able to find out more about it here.
In addition to their thoughtful writing prompts, or Writer’s Blocks as they call them, you should also check out their Writer’s Toolbox page for a fantastic list of resources. Their posts are categorised according to the following subjects: plot, character, inspiration, formatting, language, style, industry, editing, resources, genre, planning, non-fiction, setting, poetry and theme. It’s a very sleek blog devoted to educating writers.
If you want to just immerse yourself in book appreciation for an hour, then this is the place to do it. Book Mania is curated by some passionate bibliophiles, from its reviews and interesting facts to its literary extracts. A highlight for me is the admired libraries section, where there are pictures of some of the most beautiful libraries in the world.
Sometimes you just need to pick yourself up with a quote about writing. Or you want to read something beautiful from an author you really admire. Quotes here are updated every three days.
Did we miss your favourite Tumblr about writing? Let us know in the comments!
Are there some fabulous Aussie books you’ve read this year that just haven’t received their dues? Tonight, the Wheeler Centre will be hosting Totally Underrated: a presentation of the Most Underrated Book Award 2013, a free event celebrating some of these unsung books from small and independent Aussie publishers.
How fares the NaNoWriMoing? If you’re flagging – or on a roll – and you just want to be around other writers, then there’s a city write-in tonight at Network Public Bar and Pizzeria at Southern Cross Station from 9pm, and one on Saturday November 16 at Richmond Library from 10am.
We’re incredibly pleased to announce that The Flashback Edition is now ready to download on our literary journal page.
Escape the gloomy weather with our eclectic collection of short stories, poems, essays and artwork, because if Instagram has taught us anything, it’s that no one can resist a good retro theme.
We would like to thank everyone who made this edition possible – our contributors, our editors, and the artists and organisations who gave us shout outs on Facebook and Twitter. Enjoy, and let us know what you think!
The Flashback Edition features…
#132 – Melanie and the Baby-Sitters Club by Melanie Saward
Millennium by Ira McGuire
Cimetière des Innocents by Zenobia Frost
Cagney’s Understudy by Julie Demoff-Larson
Beat, Rhythm and Jazz by Nicola Cayless
Blackall’s Point by Zenobia Frost
The Statesman by Lena Smoot
On Yen by Stefan Schulz
Where The Heart Lies by Chris Rowley
When by Bronwen Manger
Hard Water by Rebecca Dempsey
Semaine by Nicola Cayless
Friday Night by Esther Levy-Fenner
A Soldier’s Return by Linda M Crate
Lillian by Amelia Jane Nierenberg
Want free champers, a shiny new book and the opportunity to witness a bunch of exam-free uni students cutting loose on the dancefloor? Visible Ink will be launching its 25th edition tonight at Bella Union bar on Lygon Street. Part book launch, part end of year celebration for RMIT’s Professional Writing and Editing crew, you are promised free champagne on arrival, at least three author readings and a DJ set later in the night.
Meanwhile, the always enjoyable Abbotsford Convent annual open day is on Sunday November 10. The Australian Writers’ Centre will be hosting 15 minute talks about all things blogging, writing and publishing, while there will be interactive writing activities, art exhibitions, live bands, pop up cafes and food trucks, roving circus performances, and readings from convent writers like Michelle Aung Thin, Maureen McCarthy, Melanie Joosten and Chris Womersley.
We’re pleased to announce that our special Flashback Edition will be available to download next Tuesday November 12 from 11am Australian Eastern Standard time.
Mark it in your calendars! Tell your friends! Spruik to unsuspecting strangers on the internet! We can’t wait for you to see it.
This issue will feature works by: Ira McGuire, Zenobia Frost, Julie Demoff-Larson, Bronwen Manger, Nicola Cayless, Lena Smoot, Stefan Schulz, Melanie Saward, Chris Rowley, Rebecca Dempsey, Esther Levy-Fenner, Amelia Jane Nierenberg, Linda M Crate, Ira Joel Haber, Gotharts William Levenberg and J Powers Bowman.
Online Canadian journal Lackington’s is looking for speculative prose between 1,500 and 5,000 words. Works slotting into the fantasy, post-apocalyptic, magical realism and cyber punk genres are all welcome. Read their submissions guidelines carefully.
Seizure is looking for four 20,000–50,000 word novellas by Monday December 2. The winning works will be edited by a professional editorial team, and the authors will receive $1,000, in addition to an Australian publishing contract.
Under 25s can submit fiction, poetry, non-fiction and art to Voiceworks until Sunday January 5. The theme: Perspective.
Australian Love Stories 2014, an anthology to be edited by short story stalwart Cate Kennedy, is seeking stories that explore all aspects of ‘amatory love’ until February 28, 2014. Works should be no longer than 3,600 words. For inspiration, think Shakespeare, Emily Bronte, Jane Austen, Annie Proux.
Writers from around the world can enter the Atlantis Short Story Competition until Saturday November 30 with works of no more than 2,500 words. The top three authors will win a cash prize and in-depth feedback, the top 15 will receive in-depth feedback, and the top 40 will have their name and story title posted on the website.
Entries to the Hal Porter Short Story Competition are open until Saturday December 14. Works should not exceed 2,500 words and must not be previously published. First prize is $1,000.
MENTORSHIPS, INTERNSHIPS and OPPORTUNITIES
Kill Your Darlings is looking for two new team members: a Sales and Marketing Manager and an Editorial Assistant. The Sales and Marketing Manager will need experience in marketing and bookselling (this is a commission based role) while the voluntary Editorial Assistant will need experience in editing and design. Positions close Friday November 8 and Monday November 4 respectively.
Momentum, the digital-first imprint of Pan Macmillan Australia, is looking for a Sydney-based marketing intern for six weeks.
Marten Bequest Travelling Scholarships are open to candidates who show great promise in the arts and literature. Scholarship categories include poetry and prose. To apply, you must be aged between 21-35. Each scholarship is worth $20,000, to be paid over two years in $5,000 installments. Scholarship funds can be used to assist with study programs, professional training courses and/or mentor programs. Applications close Monday December 2.
Crazy in Love, a free experimental arts magazine, is launching its third edition tonight at Motto Melbourne in Collingwood. There will be a DJ blasting out tunes, and the first 50 copies contain a limited edition CD.
Tim Winton will be discussing his latest book, Eyrie, at the Melbourne Town Hall on Monday October 28. The novel follows a divorced and unemployed protagonist who is drawn into relationships with two strangers, a woman from the past and a boy unlike anyone he’s ever known. Entry to the hour long event is $50.
What’s happening in Melbourne this week?
Offset, Victoria University’s creative arts journal, is launching its 2013 issue tonight at the Footscray Community Arts Centre. There will be readings from feature writer Alice Garner, wine, free finger food and a dazzling art exhibition. What could be better? Head along to support the west’s vibrant emerging arts scene.
Performance poets will be gathering in the Atrium in Federation Square on Sunday October 20 to present their work to anyone who’d like to listen. This is part of the ongoing Poetry in Fed Square initiative that takes place on the third Sunday of each month. Entry is absolutely free.
On Tuesday October 22, Alexis Wright will be at Readings Carlton to read from her latest novel, The Swan Book, which follows a mute Aboriginal teenager in a climate change altered future. It sounds like a fantastically atmospheric story inspired by science fiction, myth and fairy tales.
And on Wednesday October 23 Christos Tsiolkas will be appearing at The Capitol Theatre to discuss his newest work, Barracuda, which once again exposes the inner workings of middle class Australia. Tickets cost $40 per person, and attendees receive a free signed copy of the book.
If you have any events you’d like us to mention in next week’s post, please leave a comment or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.