Tag: awards

‘Progress’: ethics, awards and the environment

Ali Alizadeh My last post took aim at a rather obvious ideological edifice, the new literary patriotism in Australia and its mostly transparent role in the generation of cultural and literary surplus-value for publishers, cultural organisations and affiliated individuals. But this phenomenon is a rather rare instance of an openly conservative, proudly old-fashioned bourgeois ideology at the service of the ruling classes–patriotism has been the last refuge of a scoundrel, as Samuel Johnson would have it, for well over two hundred years. Today’s capitalist superstructure is often far more innovative and deceptive. It is an ideology that bears the aura…

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Poetry Prize – Helen Bell Poetry Bequest Award 2013

The Department of English at the University of Sydney is pleased to announce that the first biennial award under the Helen Anne Bell Poetry Bequest  will be made in 2013.  Under the terms of Helen Anne Bell’s will, a cash prize of $5,000 will be offered for the best collection of 30 poems by a female poet over the age of 18.  Applicants must be Australian, and the poems submitted must be “about Australian culture,” broadly defined. The submitted poems should not previously have been published in collected book form, whether in print or on the virtual domain.  The successful…

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Wasafiri writing prize closing tomorrow

Wasafiri, the magazine of international new writing, is running their annual writing prize. The magazine has been publishing quality creative works and critical pieces by writers from around the world since 1984. Previous contributors have included Nadine Gordimer, Keri Hulme, Michael Ondaatje, Zadie Smith and John Mateer, who have been featured alongside new up-and-coming writers. Check out the competition details below: Wasafiri launched the New Writing Prize in 2009 and in its short four years, the prize has already helped the writing careers of previous winners like the Ireland-based Jaki McCarrick and the Saudi-born British poet Rowyda Amin.  The competition…

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