Now in its sixth year, The 2018 Scribe Nonfiction Prize for Young Writers is a unique development award to foster talented writers aged 30 and under writing longform nonfiction. Entries between 5,000 and 10,000 words are welcome across all nonfiction genres, including memoir, journalism, essay, and creative nonfiction. Entries close at 11:59 pm on Sunday 9 September. Have a question? Need help with your application? Send an email to Bethany Atkinson-Quinton, Express Media’s Creative Producer at email@example.com. For full details, see http://expressmedia.org.au/programs/the-scribe-nonfiction-prize/
Calling all science writers! Submissions are now open for NSW Writers Centre’s science writing festival, Quantum Words. Are you a scientist who writes? A journalist, playwright, or science fiction writer? Festival Director Jane McCredie is looking to program a dynamic festival filled with new voices and established writers which reflects the diversity of the field. So, if you have a passion for writing about science and an idea for a segment, submit! Submissions close Sunday 3 June: http://www.nswwc.org.au/whats-on/festivals-2/quantum-words/
Join New South Wales Writers’ Centre for Talking Writing: Make It Funny, an evening of readings, discussion and laughs on Thursday 5 April. Junkee Media’s News and Politics Editor, Osman Faruqi, will chair a panel on writing comedy about typically unfunny subjects with renowned tragic comic Annaliese Constable, slam poet and performance artist, Kevin Duo Jin, and Sweatshop’s Associate Director, novelist Tamar Chnorhokian. http://www.nswwc.org.au/whats-on/talking-writing/make-it-funny/
Alicia Gilmore’s debut novel has been on store shelves for over a month now. Today, she discusses the process of working with Southerly’s own David Brooks . . . * * * * * * Path to the Night Sea started as a short story in a fiction class with the author, Sue Woolfe. Sue had given the class a selection of photographs and objects to spark our creativity and give us a physical stimulus to write a short fragment. I remember a small glass perfume bottle and a photograph caught my attention. The photo featured a woman in
Kevin Hart releases Barefoot today! For a taste of Hart’s unique poetic style readers can check out Southerly 77.2, where Hart has contributed the poems “Rain” and “New Uz”.
Thanks to Nasrin Mahoutchi-Hosaini for wrapping up 2017 with some insightful posts, and welcome to James Jiang, our first blogger for 2018. James Jiang completed his PhD in English at the University of Cambridge in 2016 and since returning to Australia has been teaching in the English and Theatre Studies program at the University of Melbourne. He has written for The Cambridge Quarterly, The Wallace Stevens Journal, and William James Studies and has forthcoming essays in The Sydney Review of Books and Modernism/modernity. He is currently working on a monograph exploring the birth of the aesthetic conscience in the late
One of Australia’s finest writers of short stories, a poet with the ability to turn plain words into indelible cerebral images, and a novelist whose cut-glass prose turns the world strange and abyssal, David Brooks’ work has been widely anthologised, shortlisted for numerous awards (the Miles Franklin, the NSW Premier’s Award, the South Australian Festival Award, the FAW Christina Stead Award, etc.), and translated into many languages. As beloved co-editor of Southerly, David’s gift to this journal is only partially conveyed by his eighteen years of astute, ardent and inspired service, a service we pay homage to with this
Travelling scholarships from The Marten Bequest offer talented young artists the chance to explore, study and develop their artistic gifts through travelling either overseas or interstate. Applications to the Marten Bequest Scholarship are now open and will close on the 31st of January. Applications are invited from writers of poetry and prose who are born in Australia and are under the age of 35 on the closing date, for a project that involves travelling overseas or interstate. Scholarships are each worth $50,000, payable in quarterly instalments over two years. Full details can be found here: http://www.australiacouncil.gov.au/about/the-marten-bequest/
Our thanks to Chloe Wilson for a great series of posts. Southerly’s blogger for December is Nasrin Mahoutchi-Hosaini. Nasrin Mahoutchi-Hosaini writes in Persian and English. Her short stories have been published in anthologies such as HEAT, Southerly, and Meanjin. Some of her works have been broadcast on ABC Radio, Radio Eye. Her short story “Standing in the cold” was selected for Australian best stories 2016. She has received funding from the Australia Council for the Arts and has competed her DCA at the University of Western Sydney.
Many thanks to Mark Steven for his posts throughout October. Our new blogger for November is Chloe Wilson. Chloe Wilson is the author of two poetry collections, The Mermaid Problem and Not Fox Nor Axe, which was shortlisted for the Kenneth Slessor Prize for Poetry and the Judith Wright Calanthe Award. She received equal first prize in the 2016 Josephine Ulrick Poetry Prize, and has been awarded the John Marsden Prize for Young Australian Writers, the (Melbourne) Lord Mayor´s Creative Writing Award for Poetry, the Gwen Harwood Poetry Prize, the Fish Publishing Flash Fiction Prize and the Arts Queensland Val Vallis Award. She was