CALL FOR CONTRIBUTIONS: The Incompleteness Book II

The Incompleteness Book II—Writing Back and Thinking Forward

Deadline: Wednesday 15 April 11.59pm 2021 (EST)

Dear all,

In April 2020, amidst the global pandemic of Covid-19, the Australasian Association of Writing Programs (AAWP), the peak academic body representing the discipline of Creative Writing in Australasia, sent a call for contributions to a Special Issue of TEXT—Journal of Writing and Writing Courses. The theme of the Special Issue was: The in/completeness of human experience. The collection was subsequently published as The Incompleteness Book (2020: Recent Work Press).

We are delighted to announce that Shane Strange, Publisher at Recent Work Press, will publish a follow-up collection: The Incompleteness Book II—Writing Back and Thinking Forward (eds. Eileen Herbert Goodall, Julia Prendergast and Jen Webb).

We invite contributions to this theme, broadly interpreted. We are deeply interested in capturing a composite “picture” of what people make of the prompt: the incompleteness of human experience, one year on. Writing back and thinking forward, we encourage you to consider: What have you discarded? What do you covet more closely than ever? Have we learned something about ourselves or more broadly? Where to, from here?

Please send creative work—short-short fiction, “sudden” fiction, “sketchy” stories, creative nonfiction, poetry, short pithy scripts, as well as hybrid forms. We are accepting submissions on the following scale: up to 400 words prose (including submissions in script format), 40 lines for poetry (approximately 200 words for prose poems), and the equivalent for hybrid forms. Submissions must be previously unpublished. We will accept a maximum of two submissions, per author. Please send your most polished work, without delay. The aim is to capture the immediacy of people’s “thinking positions” in the form of “sudden” writing. The call closes on Wednesday 15 April 2021, 11.59pm (EST).

Please note that this opportunity is open only to current AAWP members. You will be prompted to provide membership details, when you submit:

  • For inquiries re. the status of your membership please contact:
  • If the membership fee presents an issue, please contact Julia:
  • Please note that international contributors should pay the international affiliate membership fee (a reduced fee for international colleagues who would like to participate in AAWP initiatives but are less likely to attend AAWP conferences, regularly).

Write boldly. Go gently. In solidarity.