Of Event Whimsy and Deadline Stress
We are well underway editing Ricochet’s inaugural issue, and we hope to have everything ready for publication within the next month. Having acted solely as a member of editorial teams and never as lead organiser-and-delegator, I’m finding the entire process a very rewarding (albeit stress-inducing!) one. I have a whole new level of appreciation for those who head up my favourite literary mags and receive hundreds of submissions every single month.
There are some exciting literary events coming up over the next few months, kicking off with the launch of the Melbourne Writers Festival program in The Age this week. If you hadn’t heard, the keynote address will be presented by Joss Whedon, as in THAT Joss Whedon, as in the man responsible for a myriad of cult television – Firefly, Buffy, Angel, Dr. Horrible, and Dollhouse – and the driving force behind my brief but thwarted desire to pursue screenwriting as a serious career.
Bret Easton Ellis, author of American Psycho and The Rules of Attraction, will also be in Australia to promote his latest novel Imperial Bedrooms. The Wheeler Centre will be hosting his appearance in Melbourne on Friday August 13th (from what I hear tickets sold out fast – did you get yours?), and he is also set to attend the Byron Bay Writers Festival.
And with a full awareness that I will be directing more work their way, here are some literary mag submission deadlines for your perusal:
Dot Dot Dash Magazine are accepting works (art, fiction and poetry) with the theme ‘Feast’ for their fifth issue, due by Monday July 26th.
The John Marsden Prize for Young Australian Writers is open for entries until Friday August 21st. First place winners of both the Poetry and the Short Story Prize (under 18) receive $500 each. The first place winner of the Short Story prize (18 – 24) wins $3,000 and the first place winner of the poetry prize (18 – 24) wins $1500. Winners are published in the December issue of Voiceworks magazine.
Voiceworks are also accepting submissions for their summer issue, #83: Technicolour. Nonfiction pitches are due by Sunday September 5th, and all submissions are due by Sunday September 19th.
The Minlaton Show Literary Awards competition closes for entries on Friday 13th August.
Extempore, a bi-annual journal of arts and writing, are seeking submissions of short fiction inspired by music for their fifth issue, due Sunday August 15th.
The Bridge Foundation Annual Literary Competition will be accepting previously unpublished works until Tuesday August 31st in their open short story and poetry categories, with the theme ‘Sentences.’ Your name, address and entry details are to be submitted on a cover sheet posted to The Bridge Foundation PO Box 9279, Sale, Victoria 3850. Check their website for further entry details.
And the closing date for the Wet Ink Short Story Competition is fast approaching. Entries close Tuesday August 31st, and remember, first prize is a hefty $3000.