Announcing Southerly 79.3: The Way We Live Now

We’re delighted to announce Southerly 79.3, The Way We Live Now, a special issue edited by Melissa Hardie and Kate Lilley. This digital issue is offered FREE and open access to all, with thanks to Create NSW. The Way We Live Now offers a collection of pandemic-adjacent writing, featuring new work by Claire Aman, Chris Andrews, Chris Arnold, Stuart Barnes, Vanessa Berry, Pam Brown, Pascalle Burton, Anne Casey, Julie Chevalier, Eileen Chong, Matthew Clarke, Josie/Jocelyn Deane, Shastra Deo, Lucy Dougan, Dave Drayton, Johanna Ellersdorfer, Blake Falcongreen, Michael Farrell, Liam Ferney, Toby Fitch, Angela Gardner, Jake Goetz, Elena Gomez …

Southerly is out of lockdown!

After suspending publication for all of 2020 and most of 2021, we are delighted to announce that Southerly is in production again. Issue 79.2: Writing Through Fences—Archipelago of Letters is now available in print and digital formats, and 79.3: The Way We Live Now is currently in production for release in December as an online issue. The Southerly website has been thoroughly revamped to make for easier access and smoother running. This is a work in progress – recent issues and their associated Long Paddock content have been made properly accessible once more, along with shop and subscription functions –

The Way We Live Now: Call for Papers 2021

An online issue edited by Melissa Hardie and Kate Lilley In this first fully online issue in Southerly’s 80-year history we seek to create a space to document, imagine and urgently address the way we live now. At a time when states of precarity, inhospitality, upheaval and emergency have become everyday characteristics of life, how are Australians faring? We encourage creative and critical submissions to sit alongside commissioned work by established and emerging writers. In particular we call for shorter responses (1-3 pages) on how to live in and through isolation/dislocation, what makes life liveable, and what kinds of ‘we’ are

The future of Southerly

Southerly is seeking funds to enable it to continue publishing in 2020. We stress that Southerly editors are themselves not paid. All money goes to writers, to the production and distribution of the issues and a small amount to administration. We also seek ideas from our wide national and international readership re securing Southerly’s future.

Australian Short Story Festival tickets now on sale

The annual Australian Short Story Festival is back this October and for the first time it is being held in Melbourne! From the 18th-20th of October at the Hawthorn Arts Festival, join a number of great authors and share your love for the short story form with other short story fans! Grab your tickets now at: KEY INFORMATION Date: 18-20th October, 2019 Location: Hawthorn Arts Centre, Melbourne (Address: 360 Burwood Rd, Hawthorn VIC 3122) Tickets: Ticket booking via Eventbrite (link is located on the Australian Short Story Festival website: Website: x Twitter: @Shortstory_Fest x Facebook: x Instagram: @australianshortstoryfestival

Entries now open for the David Harold Tribe Fiction Prize and the Helen Anne Bell Poetry Bequest Award for 2019

The Department of English at the University of Sydney is pleased to invite entries for two literary awards, made possible through generous bequests to the University. The Helen Anne Bell Poetry Bequest Award 2019 This is the third biennial award made under the Helen Anne Bell Poetry Bequest. The award is open to Australian women poets over the age of 18, for an unpublished full-length poetry manuscript of 50-80 pages. The winner will receive $7000 and publication of their manuscript with Vagabond Press. Judges: Pam Brown, Fiona Hile and Kate Lilley. The David Harold Tribe Fiction Prize 2019 This award has been made

Call For Papers: Southerly’s 80th Anniversary Issue

Southerly is turning 80 and you are invited to contribute to the anniversary issue! We are especially interested in work about anniversaries, cultural and literary elders, longevity, legacies and renewal, late style, cultures of small literary magazines in Australia, and assessments of changes in the literary culture from 1939 to the present. It would be very interesting  to hear from writers who have had work published in Southerly over this period – as well as new perspectives on its role in Australian literature culture. We need this work by 31 July 2019. Southerly does everything possible to have all submissions read and a response

Winner of 2019 Victorian Premier’s Award for Poetry

Southerly congratulates our Poetry Editor, Kate Lilley, for winning the 2019 Victorian Premier’s Award for Poetry for her collection Tilt (Vagabond Press). Tilt is a complex poetic exploration of types of abuse; an archive of memory. It’s divided into three sections. The first is an autobiographical catalogue of abuse, rape, and everyday harassment of women and girls. The second section expands on other forms of abuse – from Australian asylum-seeker policy cleverly rendered in Catch 22 pantoum, to the psychiatric medicalisation of the inconveniently non-conformist. Read the full Judges’ report here. In acceptance the award, Kate paid tribute to small publishers and presses,

Angela Rockel wins UWAP Dorothy Hewett Award for unpublished manuscript

On Friday 24 February, Angela Rockel, a Tasmanian writer and our very own copyeditor, was awarded the 2019 UWAP Dorothy Hewett Award for unpublished manuscript Rogue Intensities, Angela Rockel’s as-of-yet unpublished book, is a memoir ‘grounded in Tasmania’ that takes readers along the contours of life against the backdrop of a southern Tasmania succumbing to the threats of climate change. She was awarded $10,000 and a publishing contract with UWAP, who predict the book will be published by October this year. The award was judged by James Ley, Elfie Shiosaki, and Teri-ann White. Judge’s report Dorothy Hewett Award for an Unpublished

Call for papers: VIOLENCE

This issue will allow writers, scholars and poets to probe the different types of violence: from linguistic to domestic; institutional to historical, against humans and against animals, that have plagued, and continue to plague, Australia’s cultural landscapes.   Southerly is looking for fiction, poetry, memoir and essays on the theme of violence: personal, cultural, national, global, literary. There is too much source material. We are interested in spectrums of violence from the accidental and the careless to ruthless strategy. We are also interested in the relationship between literature, writing and violence: Jason Mohaghegh has written of the “chaotic imagination” and the “will to cruelty” in some new literatures; Maurice Blanchot has mapped
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