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2022 ARA Historical Novel Prize Shortlists Announced

Historical Novel Society Australasia (HNSA), in partnership with Australia’s leading essential building and infrastructure services provider ARA Group, is excited to announce the Shortlists for the 2022 ARA Historical Novel Prize.

This year’s Shortlists explore a diverse range of powerful themes, from reinvention, diversity and the meaning of truth, through to self-reliance, confidence and fulfilling one’s dreams. The Shortlists demonstrate the power of historical fiction to bring the past vividly to life, explore often unspoken truths, and illuminate the challenges faced by humankind throughout the centuries.

The ARA Historical Novel Prize is worth a total of $100,000 in prize monies. The Prize will award $50,000 to the Adult category winner, with an additional $5,000 to be awarded to each of the remaining two shortlisted authors. In the Children and Young Adult (CYA) category, the winner will receive $30,000, while the two shortlisted authors will receive $5,000 each.

The Winners of the 2022 ARA Historical Novel Prize will be announced on Thursday 20 October 2022.

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The Shortlist for the 2022 ARA Historical Novel Prize – Adult Category is:

  • Horse by Geraldine Brooks (Hachette Australia)
  • Corporal Hitler’s Pistol by Tom Keneally (Penguin Random House)
  • Cold Coast by Robyn Mundy (Ultimo Press)

The Shortlist for the 2022 ARA Historical Novel Prize – Children and Young Adult (CYA) Category is:

  • Katipo Joe: Wolf’s Lair by Brian Falkner (Scholastic New Zealand)
  • Rabbit, Soldier, Angel, Thief by Katrina Nannestad (HarperCollins Publishers Australia)
  • The Wearing of the Green by Claire Saxby (Walker Books)


To celebrate the legacy of her multi-faceted artistry an Ania Walwicz Symposium will be
held at Deakin Downtown, Collins St, Melbourne, 10th February 2023. ] We are interested
in programming a range of papers that speak to Ania’s work, from papers that engage
the general reader or fictocritical and/or creative presentations, to more traditional
scholarly papers. Creative responses might include other media (film, sound, e-lit etc.).
Symposium presenters will also be invited to submit their creative works and/or critical
papers to be published later in 2023 as part of a special issue of a literary journal (such
as TEXT, to be confirmed at a later date). The special issue will be edited by Marion May
Campbell, Anna Gibbs, and Sneja Gunew.
Please submit to all three: Marion May Campbell (email: Anna
Gibbs (; Sneja Gunew ( a THREE-
LINE description of the creative or fictocritical piece NOT exceeding 15 minutes that you
would like to present for the symposium. We are looking for work to engage the general
literary reader, rather than specialist scholarly work. After the Symposium, you will be
invited to develop your piece to a 3000 word-limit for a peer-reviewed Special Issue: Ania

We would like the three-line submissions by Nov 30th 2022.

Decisions will be made by Dec 17th.

You might like to consult the following resources:

Job Opportunity: Lecturer in Creative Writing

We are seeking an enthusiastic and engaging Lecturer who can deliver undergraduate coursework in Creative writing, whilst being an active contributor to the faculty’s research programs. 

Apply your knowledge by leading, developing and delivering innovative lectures, and tutorials, actively apply for grants, undertake research and take the lead in growing the Creative Writing space.

This is an education and research focused position, that will see you design, develop and coordinate high-quality courses. With a focus on research, you will need a research profile that aligns with research priorities in the ERA 2023 field of research 36 Creative Arts and Writing.

You will be known for your experience in teaching, student focused approach and passion to help shape the next generation of creatives.

If you enjoy inspiring those around you and are passionate about instilling your knowledge and experience in the next generation of creatives, you will have a track record of professional experience in writing and/or publishing and hold a PhD or are close to completion.

If you consider yourself an innovative educator with a PhD or equivalent, have 3 – 5 years’ experience, built your career within this space and are now looking to share and inspire the next generation with what you have learnt, then this role is for you.

UC’s Strategic Plan 2018-2022 sets a goal to be the national sector leader in equity, diversity, inclusion and access, and the ambitious goals of our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Strategic Plan are designed to ensure that our Indigenous students and staff flourish in a welcoming and culturally safe environment. UC encourages applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people with disabilities and people from culturally diverse groups.

The University of Canberra is committed to the safety of vulnerable and young people. As such, successful applicants will be required to have a current ACT working with vulnerable people registration. For further details on how to apply please click

To be considered for this role all we want is your CV, no other documentation required.

Please ensure you take the time to align you CV with the Position Description requirements. We want to understand how your skills and experience relate to the position you are applying for.

If you are initially shortlisted, you may be asked to complete an online one-way video interview. There will be a list of pre-set questions that will need to be answered within a stipulated time.

Before submitting an application: Staff intending to apply should consult with their supervisor and Director/Dean about their potential release, should they be successful in being recommended for the position.

Working Rights: Applicants who wish to apply for this position should have valid working rights or eligibility to obtain a work visa for Australia.

For job specific information: please contact Professor Glen Fuller, Head of School, School of Arts and Communication, via email or at 02 6201 2485

Recruitment and application questions: please contact the Recruitment team on 02 6206 3867 or email

Full job details:

Closing Date: 11.55pm, Sunday 17th July 2022

Job Opportunities at CQU

Two positions are open:

  • Professor in Education (research intensive)
  • Dean of the School of Education & the Arts

The position of Professor is located at any of the QLD campuses (Brisbane, Rocky, Cairns, Gladstone, Townsville, Mackay, Bundaberg) and includes a relocation package, and the Dean’s role is listed nationally with a ‘Central Queensland Campus Location Preferred’.

Professor – Education: (closes 31 July)

Dean – School of Education & the Arts: (closes 29 July)

Call for Contributions

Currently accepting submissions are two interdisciplinary journals:

  • The Journal of Aging Studies, special edition co-edited with Professor Sarah Lamb (Brandeis University) on ‘Gender and Sexual Aging in the History and Culture of Medicine’. Submission are due by June 30th 2022
  • Australian Feminist Studies, special edition co-edited with A/Prof Tinashe Dune (WSU) and Dr Fouzieyha Towghi (ANU) on ‘Diverse Perspectives on Medicine and Health’. Submissions are due by April 30th 2023 (abstracts/EOIs due by October 31st 2022)

Job Opportunity at Griffith University

The School of Humanities, Languages and Social Science seeks to appoint a Lecturer (Level B) in Creative Writing to contribute to teaching, research and service in the School.

Creative Writing at Griffith is an active community with a large and vibrant teaching program, an award-winning staff, and a strong research profile as evidenced by our ‘above world standard’ ERA ranking (4). Our Creative Writing Major focuses on fiction, poetry, non-fiction and experimental writing.

The successful candidate will be expected to teach and convene courses in Creative Writing; develop undergraduate curriculum; supervise Honours and Higher Research Degree students; undertake and publish high-quality research within the discipline; and make other valuable contributions to the life and culture of the School.

The School’s teaching activities are diverse: we deliver courses on campus, online and through Open Universities Australia (OUA).

This is a fixed term (until August 2025), full-time position based at either the Gold Coast or Nathan campuses. It is expected that the successful candidate will be available to attend campus in person as a normal requirement of the role. Further, you may be required to work on either a temporary or an indefinite basis at any premises, which the University currently has or may subsequently acquire or at any premises at which it may from time to time provide services.

Further information

Apply on Seek via this link: Lecturer in Creative Writing Job in Brisbane – SEEK

For further information about this role, please contact Professor Michael Ondaatje, Head of School on +61 (0) 7 373 54286.

For application queries, please contact People Services on +61 (0) 7 373 54011.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are strongly encouraged to apply. If you wish to discuss First Peoples Employment further please contact the Talent Management Partner (First Peoples) – Joshua Long on (07) 37355403 or

Closing date: Wednesday, 1 June, 2022 at 5 pm AEST. All applications must be submitted online.

CALL FOR PAPERS – Progressive Connexions

My co-editor Elena Xeni and myself are publishing a book through Progressive Connexions on the topic of Children and Evil. These can be literary or film representations of evil children. Or representations of evil children in popular culture. See below for a description of our book called Explorations of Fearful Children.

Full Book description: The main intervention and development for evil children studies that the book demonstrates is the exploration of how children function as a blank canvas for adult projections. This notion has not yet received adequate and systematic attention within the still emerging field of scholarship dedicated to iterations of the figure of the evil child. Rather, scholars in this budding field have mainly looked at paradoxical way children are represented as either evil or innocent. The volume proposed here will enrich this existing research by exploring the question how children come to be represented as evil. Furthermore, it’s new focus allows it to make this figure relevant for a wide range of disciplines.

Children are considered to be the “next generation” and, therefore, the future of the human race. When adults feel anxious about their future, this anxiety is projected onto children. This is why representations of evil children are so popular in mainstream media but is also why the nature of the children’s evilness changes depending on the historical period and area in which the representation was first conceptualized. This current volume aims to show the diversity in representations of evil children and explore the relationships between these representations and the circumstances and fears associated with them. Only a truly inclusive, interdisciplinary volume could adequately explore this question, which is why this book will necessarily incorporate these concepts as guiding principles. Explorations of Fearful Children is a truly inclusive volume, with chapters touching on topics such as LGBTQIA experiences, racism and trauma, and caste. This inclusivity is also present in geographical terms: the book includes case studies from Europe, North America, Australia and Asia.

In these times of wide-spread anxieties because of the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting medical, economic and societal crises, this volume couldn’t be more well-timed. The book’s premise that adult anxieties result in a specific emanation of a figure of an evil child, as a figure that represents the hopeless and dark future that lies ahead, becomes more relevant in times of heightened anxiety. Therefore, a better understanding of our ideas about “evil children” will help provide more insight into the coping mechanisms available to us in times such as these. Furthermore, it is our hope that the analyses presented will help people reflect on their own relationships with children and the ways in which these young people can become the unwitting victims of adult anxieties. 

Progressive Connexions is a not-for-profit research network dedicated to the development and
production of novel forms of interdisciplinary knowledge, experience and living. We enable people
from a wide range of areas and contexts to meet and engage in dialogue with each other across a variety of platforms in carefully crafted spaces that allow for the free exchange and equal interaction of ideas and sharing of best practices. We offer possibilities for expanding and developing those exchanges beyond the initial point of encounter so as to create a vibrant and expanding nexus of creative, global collaborations.

Please send your full length papers max word length of 5,500 words to Elena Xeni at

Or to Gabrielle Everall at 

Deadline Tuesday the 17th of May 2022.

Environmental Writing Mentorships – Notre Dame University

Environmental Writing Mentorships

Notre Dame University is offering six writing mentorships as part of the Environmental
Writing project. Round 1mentorships with author James Bradley are intended to assist in the
development of a new essay or work of reportage of 4000-8000 words exploring
environmental concerns.

For more information and to apply, visit or alternatively, email

Call for Submissions to TEXT Special Issue

Writing Dreams: reconceptualising the literary dream in storytelling

This Special Issue of TEXT will explore the capacity of dreams, dreaming and dreamscapes to function as powerful literary devices within a wide array of creative writing forms. It is also curious about creative practice as a kind of dreaming, where a practitioner’s engagements might constitute a quasi dreamwork-on-the-page. Thus, an inherent connection exists between dreams, creative impulse and storytelling. Are dreams stories that demand more space in our humdrum routines and lives? How does writing and its ethico-political scope relate to dreams and visions of what’s possible?
Dreams exhibit writerly devices at work in literature—metaphor and metonymy, among a raft of others. In addition, the unconscious processes that unfold during dreaming often tap the conscious processes deployed when constructing literature, and vice versa. However, the poietic strategies fundamental to crafting dream sequences for written forms entail more than simply duplicating the realdream’s narrative potential or structure: they require writers to translate dream-like elements into tangible sequences, rhythms, or scenes, to bring material substance to the oneiric.
Significantly, prominent psychologists have long argued that dreams evidence unconscious processes associated with human psychic operations and lived experiences. While Freud noted the ability of creative writers to access processes akin to psychoanalysis (through the manipulation of language, deliberate lapsus linguae, etc.), Jung believed that the narrative structures common to dreams provided insights into an individual’s internal imbalances. It follows that literary dreams have often attracted interpretation through a psychoanalytic lens. While written dream sequences are typically interpreted as a re-presentation of real dreams, another take suggests that dream texts are like other literary texts and require significant creative effort and skill to be effectively crafted.
It could therefore be asserted that the written dream—even if based upon a real-life “dreamt” experience—cannot duplicate simplistically any process in the unconscious, but rather may complicate and extend such processes, counterpoint and unsettle them. From this perspective, literary dreams are also closely related to the compositional manoeuvres of literature and literary knowledge; raw dreaming is only the beginning, an entwined, sibling phenomenon.
If—for Freud—dreams conjure complex forums that allow our wishes to be fulfilled (covertly or otherwise), then dream-writing and literary dreams with their particular logics speak to the role of desire, of wishes, of our ambivalences and our attitudes to the future. In other words, dream writing dares to go beyond the mundanely possible, testing the implausible, the forbidden, the tender and the strange. Perhaps, then, a broad conceptual approach can allow an investigation of the narrative features, aesthetics, and functions of literary dreams, an approach that extends, but doesn’t exclude, the insights of psychoanalysis.
In the Australian context, the term “dreaming” has even broader resonances and longer history, as the term “dreaming” was adopted as the shorthand term in the English, as Yunkaporta argues, for: ‘supra-dimensional ontology endogenous to custodial ritual complexes’ (Sand Talk 2019:22). “Dreaming”, therefore, for writers on Australian soil, includes not just what happens during sleep, but what we might have a chance of encountering, honouring, if we were to wake from a colonial stupor.
Thus, papers about writing dreaming, dreams, wishes, visions, the supra-dimensional and literary dreamscapes might embrace tenets central to critical textual analysis, and/or practice-led research, and be informed by Indigenous knowledges, so as to scaffold inquiries concerning the narrative features, aesthetics, and functions of literary dreams as they relate to creative writing practices, and diverse forms of storytelling more broadly.
We invite creative and scholarly papers that investigate the myriad of literary functions, and potential aesthetics, associated with dream sequences across various forms of written narrative and storytelling. Potential topics may include, but are not limited to:  

  • The dream text as de-familiarising devise 
  • Amplifying the literary surreal through dreamscapes 
  • Aesthetics and poetics of the literary dream 
  • Dreams as literary structural devices 
  • Dream sequences and the prophetic 
  • Constructing gothic literary dreams 
  • Representations of dreams in storytelling from different cultural perspectives 
  • Dreaming in Indigenous knowledges and ontologies 
  • Dreams and narrative discontinuities 
  • Literary texts as dreams 
  • Dreaming and creative nonfiction 
  • Dreaming/writing as mode of resistance/expression 
  • Literary dreams and character nuance 
  • Dreaming and creative processes/methodologies 

Scholarly papers should be 6,000 – 8,000 words as per TEXT guidelines (including endnotes). 
Abstracts for scholarly papers should be 200 words in length and sent to the editors at
1 – 2 creative submissions only will be considered for this Special Issue. We are particularly seeking work on the issue theme from First Nations authors locally and internationally. Prose works would be finally 2 – 3,000 words, (or a conventional equivalent for verse or script-based works). Creative EOIs to us should include a short synopsis of the proposed work (and its relation to the theme and focus of the Special Issue). Please accompany this with a 200 – 300 word creative sample.
If this topic inspires you more broadly, we encourage you to consider submitting creative works to TEXT’s sibling creative Meniscus.
EOIs should be sent to the editors at, with the subject line: ‘EOI for Creative Submissions’.

The deadline for Abstracts and Creative EOIs is COB Friday, April 22 (AEST).