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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 Submissions must be previously unpublished.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:

https://meniscusliteraryjournal.submittable.com/submit/164256/the-in-completeness-book-v2-0

  • For inquiries re. the status of your membership please contact: memberships@aawp.org.au
  • If the membership fee presents an issue, please contact Julia: jprendergast@swin.edu.au
  • 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.

Julia.

Axon: Creative Explorations CFP

Poetry as speculation: Axon 11.1 (June) 2021

Ends on May 24, 2021

Please DO NOT submit poems to this issue

This issue of the Axon journal investigates ways in which contemporary poetry speculates about the world, modes of being, reality, creativity, writing itself and ways of understanding the quotidian. We are NOT looking for poems or poetic forms of speculative fiction. Please submit academic papers that explore and relate to:

• ways in which poetic expression and form may be said to speculate;

• how poetry conjectures about the nature of reality and/or being;

• ways in which poetry posits that certain things or situations are the case, even when this may not be literally true;

• how poetry makes use of the fantastic or invokes ideas of wonder;

• how poetry critiques common sense assumptions through invoking or suggesting alternatives;

• how poetry hypothesises about ‘alternative realities’;

• how poetry constitutes a form of conjecture or postulation;

• ways in which poetry engages in imaginative forms of theorisation;

• poetry as surmise;

• poetry as a way of thinking ahead;

• poetry’s employment of unlikely notions and ideas;

• poetry as a form of surmise.

What we would like from contributors:

1. A 150-word abstract of your proposed paper by Monday 8 February 2021.

2. If your abstract is accepted (we will notify you by Friday 22 February 2021), a full written paper of between 3,000 and 6,000 words should be submitted by Monday 24 May 2021.

The editors of this issue of Axon: Creative Explorations journal are Professor Paul Hetherington and Professor Jen Webb.

AAWP Postgraduate Prize Results

To reward postgraduate academic practice excellence, the AAWP Executive this year reinstated two prizes for the best postgraduate papers presented at conference – one for a scholarly research presentation and one for a creative/hybrid research presentation. To learn more about the results, head to our prizes page here.

AAWP/Voiceworks Sudden Writing Prize Winner and Shortlist Announced

CONGRATULATIONS to the winner of the 2020 Sudden Writing Prize, Raphail Spartalis!

The prize was co-judged by AAWP and Voiceworks, and the judges noted:

‘Little Apocalypse’ by Raphail Spartalis takes the image of children exploring rockpools, and inspects it at a scale and perspective that makes it strange. The imagery and tone in the piece are impressively memorably rendered—a tranquillity viscerally interrupted.

But like all writing, there are multiple readings, which makes this creation even more deeply interesting. Analogous perhaps; metaphorical. Perceptively fluid.

What we both agree on is that this is a piece we will think about in the future, observing the small chaoses our bodies create with a penetrating oddness.

CONGRATULATIONS also to our shortlisted authors (in alphabetical order): Amelia Bussing, Dominique Byrne, Grace Cassidy, Natasha Durney-Steel, Isabella Garrido, Jessica Hudson, Christina Tungate, Arun Wilfred Sam Than, Lorelei Williams.

You can read the winning piece right now, up on the Express Media website, here.

For all AAWP prizes, keep an eye on AAWP.org.au/news/opportunities

AAWP/VOICEWORKS SUDDEN WRITING PRIZE NOW OPEN

The Australasian Association of Writing Programs (AAWP) / Voiceworks (Express Media) invite submissions of Sudden Writing.

We are deeply interested in capturing a composite “picture” of what people are writing about. Now. Please send creative work—short-short fiction, “sudden” fiction, “sketchy” stories, creative nonfiction, poetry, as well as hybrid forms.

We are accepting submissions on the following scale: up to 400 words prose, 40 lines for poetry, 200 words for prose poems, and the equivalent for hybrid forms. Submissions must be previously unpublished. Please send your most polished work, without delay.

If you win you will receive $500. You will have your work published on the Express Mediawebsite and receive a Voiceworks subscription. You will also receive a one-year membership to the AAWP.

Theme: Open

Submission window: 30 October 2020 – 15 November 2020 (midnight) AEDT

Word count:

  • 400 words prose
  • 40 lines for poetry
  • 200 words for prose poems

Take advantage of this opportunity to win a significant cash prize and get published. Be welcomed into the thriving writing communities of Voiceworks and the Australasian Association of Writing Programs (AAWP).

How to Enter:

For a full list of entry terms and conditions, click here.

Call for Papers

FUTURES FOR CREATIVE WRITING ONLINE CONFERENCE

University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK in association with EACWP (European Association of Creative Writing Programmes)
Friday 21 May – Sunday 23, May 2021

Keynote Speakers:

BERNARDINE EVARISTO
CAROLYN FORCHÉ
ANDREW COWAN
(Scriptwriting Keynote TBA)

This online conference seeks to bring together PhD research students, Creative Writing tutors and graduates, writers and scholars to explore the varieties of practice in our discipline now, the points of convergence and contention, and, crucially, the opportunities for future development and the forces that may shape the nature of writing in the academy over the next several years.

Topics for papers will be organised into virtual panels and we’d particularly welcome proposals that address the teaching of writing in response to recent global crises, which might include but not be limited to the following themes:

  • Innovations in Creative Writing pedagogy
  • Decolonising the curriculum Digital
  • Technology and Creative Writing
  • Writing and the environment
  • Employability and the Creative Industries

We are keen to explore the expanded possibilities of online conferencing, and welcome suggestions for panels and roundtables that demonstrate the potential for a reconceived pedagogy in Creative Writing.

For a 20-minute paper or roundtable proposal, please submit an abstract of no more than 200 words to the conference organisers at CW50.conference@uea.ac.uk, including your name, affiliation, email address, and a 120-word biography.

The NEW deadline for submissions is Monday 16 November, 2020. We will reply to all applicants by Tuesday 15 December, 2020.

Rates: full delegate £50; postgraduate £30; EACWP/NAWE members, £35. Further information on technical arrangements will be provided in February 2021, when general registration will also open.

You can view a full version of the CFP here.

Prize Winners Announced!

We’re delighted to bring you the following prize results:

AAWP—Ubud Writers and Readers Festival Translators’ Prize

Winner:

‘423 Colours- excerpts from the Spanish novel 423 colores by Juan Gallardo and Rafael Avendaño’, translated by Lilit Thwaites.

Highly Commended:

‘A Dosimeter on the Narrow Road to Oku’ by Durian Sukegawa, translated by Alison Watts

‘Mestri Di Mont’ an excerpt from Tito Maniacco’s (1932-2010) memoir, Mestri di mont (2007), translated by Valentina Maniacco.

‘Martin, Martin’s Newborn Brother, His Father, His Mother, The Doctor, Aunt Juanita, The Birdcages and a Bird’ – a short story by Ana María Moix, translated by Lilit Thwaites

‘The Blind Spot – excerpts from the Spanish novel El ángulo ciego by Luisa Etxenike’, translated by Lilit Thwaites.

AAWP UWAP—Chapter One Prize

Winner:

Stone Hearts: A collection of short stories by Lisa Dowdall

Highly commended:

The Taste of Cedars by Anne Hotta

AAWP—Australian Short Story Festival Short Story Prize

Winner:

‘Cockroach’ by Jane Cornes

Highly Commended:

‘Rose and Thorn’ by Sarah St Vincent Welch 

‘Not-John’ by Jon Geoffrey 

AAWP—Ubud Writers and Readers Emerging Writers’ Prize

Winner:

‘Pit Stop’by Nina Divich 

Highly Commended:

‘The Suitcase’ by Deborah Huff-Horwood 

‘Jungle Heat’ by Petra Sully 

AAWP Slow Canoe Creative Nonfiction Prize for Emerging Writers

Winner:

‘An incomplete archive of blue’ by Dani Netherclift

Highly Commended:

‘Learning to Say Goodbye the Dublin Way’ by Breda Hertaeg


Congratulations to our successful entrants…and thanks to all those who submitted their work.

Call for Short Stories

Social Alternatives is an independent, not-for-profit peer-reviewed journal with quarterly publications. It is committed to the principles of social justice, commenting on important social issues of current concern or public debate.

While Social Alternatives is primarily a scholarly journal, publishing articles and commentary, the collective firmly recognises the ability for literature to comment on range of social issues and act as vehicle for social change. Fiction is by definition transformative, allowing us to reveal and re-imagine ourselves. No particular theme or focus is required for short stories.

For more details and how to submit, please check this call for papers

Prize Announcements

We’re delighted to bring you the following prize results for 2020.

AAWP—Ubud Writers and Readers Festival Translators’ Prize

Winner: ‘423 Colours- excerpts from the Spanish novel 423 colores by Juan Gallardo and Rafael Avendaño’, translated by Lilit Thwaites

Highly Commended:

‘A Dosimeter on the Narrow Road to Oku’ by Durian Sukegawa, translated by Alison Watts

‘Mestri Di Mont’ an excerpt from Tito Maniacco’s (1932-2010) memoir, Mestri di mont (2007), translated by Valentina Maniacco.

‘Martin, Martin’s Newborn Brother, His Father, His Mother, The Doctor, Aunt Juanita, The Birdcages and a Bird’ – a short story by Ana María Moix, translated by Lilit Thwaites

‘The Blind Spot – excerpts from the Spanish novel El ángulo ciego by Luisa Etxenike’, translated by Lilit Thwaites.

AAWP UWAP—Chapter One Prize

Winner: Stone Hearts: A collection of short stories by Lisa Dowdall

Highly commended: The Taste of Cedars by Anne Hotta

AAWP—Australian Short Story Festival Short Story Prize

Winner: ‘Cockroach’ by Jane Cornes

Highly Commended:

‘Rose and Thorn’ by Sarah St Vincent Welch 

‘Not-John’ by Jon Geoffrey 

AAWP—Ubud Writers and Readers Emerging Writers’ Prize

Winner: ‘Pit Stop’ by Nina Winter

Highly Commended:

‘The Suitcase’ by Deborah Huff-Horwood 

‘Jungle Heat’ by Petra Sully 

AAWP—Slow Canoe Creative Nonfiction Emerging Writers’ Prize

Winner: ‘An incomplete archive of blue’ by Dani Netherclift

Highly Commended: ‘Learning to Say Goodbye the Dublin Way’ by Breda Hertaeg

Congratulations to all our successful entrants…and thanks to all who submitted.