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Save the date: 2024 AAWP Conference

In exciting news, we have finalised the details of the 2024 AAWP Conference: 

  • Main program: Wednesday 27 – Friday 29 November 2024 
  • Venue: University of New England, Armidale (NSW)
  • Workshops (focusing creative, critical and professional practice): Tuesday 26 November
  • Conference theme: Intersections.

A call for abstracts and link to the conference website will follow, soon. 

Please save these dates.

EOIs are open for RMIT’s non/fictionLAB and Mekong Review

RMIT University’s non/fictionLAB is proud to partner with Mekong Review to commission a new series of short, collaboratively-written literary works or criticism (fiction, non-fiction, poetry, comics work, book reviews etc) for publication in forthcoming issues of the international publication.

Mekong Review, under the managing editorship of Kirsten Han, is a quarterly English-language magazine of arts, literature, culture, politics, the environment and society in Asia, written by people from the region or those who know it well. From its founding in 2015 by Minh Bui Jones, its aim has been to provide a fresh perspective: one that covers Asian histories, lives and cultures through emerging regional voices. Its approach is close to that of publications like the New York Review of Books and the London Review of Books—that is, basing its writing around new publications of interest—but its view is distinctly Asian. Contributors are requested to please familiarise themselves with the content and style of Mekong Review.

In line with the publication’s position as a cosmopolitan and free press in Asia, this series will examine the notions of space and place through creative exchange and collaboration between writers from Australia and SE Asia. Questions that these pieces might consider/respond to include: What are the pressing conversations or exchanges we might have today about space, place, home, housing, belonging and/or unbelonging? How do writers understand and/or represent place and space? How does the politics of place inform our writing/art? What kinds of spaces do we create through writing? What opinions do we share or differ on regarding space/place phenomena? How might we approach the writing of place together from our respective positions?

Works will be commissioned IN PAIRS but published as a single work. We would like one writer to be based in Australia and one in the SE Asia region. You might like to discuss and debate a book, cocreate a poem, story or comic, review one another’s books, interview one another, or anything in between or beyond! It is up to you to choose your writing companion and approach.

There will be up to EIGHT works commissioned. Prose: 1000-1200 words; 50-60 lines poetry; comics up to half a page (dimensions W 24.96 x H 16.74 cm).

How to submit your EOI:

Interested contributors need to submit:

  • 150-word abstract articulating the form and nature of the intended work
  • Bios for each author
  • A piece (or excerpt) of writing by each contributor in the form (e.g. fiction, review, poem)proposed in the abstract (or similar sample of writing).

Please submit the above to both Sree Iyer sreedhevi.iyer@rmit.edu.au and Kirsten Han kirstenhan@mekongreview.com by 20 January 2024. Decisions on abstracts will be made by first week of February 2024, and final pieces will be due on a rolling basis as negotiated with Mekong Review. *

*Please note that the first issue in the series (May) has a deadline of 20 March for final pieces. Please indicate in your submission if you would be able to make that deadline.

Industry-based writers (ie non-salaried practitioners without university affiliation) will be paid for their work.

Senior Lecturer/Associate Professor role at University of Melbourne

The School of Culture and Communication is seeking a Senior Lecturer/Associate Professor to play a leadership role in the development of innovative teaching practices in the School. Essential criteria include a PhD in any of the School’s disciplines – creative writing is one of these.

Applications close 1 December.

2023 Australian Short Story Festival Program

The full program of events, including workshops, panels, book launches and more, is now available on the Australian Short Story Festival (ASSF) website. With a star-studded lineup of storytellers from across Australia and overseas, the 2023 festival is one not to be missed! The festival will be held at the Fullarton Park Community Centre in the City of Unley in Adelaide from the 9th to the 12th of November. Tickets are available to purchase now, with discounts for students, concession card holders and City of Unley residents. For more information and to purchase your tickets, visit the ASSF website.

AAWP and Partners 2023 Prizes Results

We are thrilled to announce the results for the six 2023 AAWP and partners prizes for writers and translators.

*drum roll*

The 2023 winning entries are:

– AAWP & Ubud Writers & Readers Festival Translators’ Prize: ‘Introduction to Darkness’ by John McGlynn

– AAWP & Ubud Writers & Readers Festival Emerging Writers’ Prize: ‘The Interview’ by Jake Dean

– AAWP & Westerly Magazine Life Writing Prize: ‘There is another world, but it is this one’ by Luke Allan

– AAWP & Express Media Sudden Writing Prize (under 25): ‘this is the earth’s Alarm system going off’ by Maz Howard

– AAWP & Australian Short Story Festival Short Story Prize: ‘In Search of Murakami’ by Alicia Sometimes

– AAWP & UWA Publishing Chapter One Prize: The Freelancer by Jonathan O’Brien

Congratulations to all!

Deep gratitude to our generous judges and to our partner organisations, who all show their love for our writer and translator community through meaningful support for these prizes.

Huge thanks to all who entered work and made judging both a conundrum and a delight.

For winner bios, full shortlists, and to read the glorious judges’ reports, head over to the Prizes page.

2023 ARA Historical Novel Prize Longlists 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 Longlists for the 2023 ARA Historical Novel Prize.

This year’s Longlists traverse a vast tapestry of settings and eras, delving into tales of love against prejudice, the resilience in the face of societal shifts, and the enduring spirit of individuals amidst challenges. From sun-soaked Australian landscapes to the complexities of medieval England and the turmoil of wartime Europe, the stories underscore the potency of historical fiction to illuminate the intricacies of human nature, evoke untold tales, and spotlight the shared tribulations and triumphs echoing through time.

The Longlist for the 2023 ARA Historical Novel Prize – Adult Category is:

The Longlist for the 2023 ARA Historical Novel Prize – Children and Young Adult (CYA) Category is:

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 2023 ARA Historical Novel Prize Shortlist will be announced on Wednesday 27 September 2023. Winners will be announced on 19 October 2023. For more information about the awards and to see last year’s winners, please visit the HNSA website.

Australian Short Story Festival Mentorship

Submission deadline: Friday 25th August 2023

This incredible opportunity is open to emerging Australian or permanent resident short story writers who do not have a full-length, published collection. The winner will receive a $5,000 cash prize and a three-month long remote mentorship with award-winning Irish short story writer and playwright, Paul McVeigh. During this time, you will work with Paul to develop three short stories across three months of mentoring from October to December 2023.

This opportunity is made possible by the Australian Short Story Festival and an Australian Government’s Restart Investment to Sustain and Expand (RISE) grant.

About Paul McVeigh:

Paul’s debut novel, The Good Son, won The Polari First Novel Prize and The McCrea Literary Award, and was shortlisted for many others including The Prix du Roman Cezam. Paul began his writing career as a playwright and comedy writer. His short stories have been in numerous anthologies, journals and newspapers, as well as on BBC Radio 3,4 & 5, and Sky Arts. He co-founded London Short Story Festival and is associate director of Word Factory, London, ‘the UK national organisation for excellence in the short story’ The Guardian. He co-edited Belfast Stories and edited the Queer Love anthology and The 32: An Anthology of Irish Working Class Voices. He has judged numerous literary prizes and his writing has been translated into seven languages.

To apply:

Send us your best short story under 5,000 words. Stories can be published or unpublished and of any genre or theme. Stories will be read and selected by Paul McVeigh.

Send your submissions to theaustralianshortstoryfest@gmail.com

Include in your email your full name, preferred email address and phone number as well as a short bio and a short paragraph (50-100 words) explaining why you would benefit from this mentorship.

Applications are due by midnight on Friday 25th August 2023. The winner will be contacted by the end of September 2023. Any questions to be directed to Gillian Hagenus through info@australianshortstoryfestival.com

Lecturer in English & Creative Writing

  • Full-Time, Continuing position
  • Based at La Trobe University’s Melbourne, Bundoora campus
  • Teaching & Research opportunity

About the position

The School of Humanities and Social Sciences is a dynamic community of scholars who research and teach about the human experience, from its earliest beginnings to the latest developments in society, politics and culture.

We are seeking to appoint a Lecturer in Creative Writing, with a strong creative publication record, demonstrated potential for traditional research outputs, a demonstrated ability to teach creative writing to a high standard, supervision or mentoring experience, and a commitment to community and industry engagement.

The primary purpose of the position is to contribute to teaching and research in the English and Creative Writing Programs, ensuring alignment with La Trobe University’s strategic plans, while complementing existing strengths.

Skills and Experience

To be considered for this position, you will have;

  • A PhD in creative writing or equivalent accreditation and standing recognised by the University/profession as appropriate for the relevant discipline area.
  • A substantial creative writing publication record in one or more literary genres.
  • Demonstrated potential for traditional research publication with quality journals and presses.
  • Demonstrated ability to coordinate, develop, and teach creative writing undergraduate units (including fiction and creative nonfiction).
  • Demonstrated ability to supervise, or co-supervise, honours and postgraduate students.
  • High-level analytical, verbal, and written communication skills, including the ability to interact effectively with people from a diverse range of backgrounds.
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively and respectfully with staff and students from a diverse range of backgrounds.
  • Experience in the preparation of research proposal submissions to external funding bodies and evidence of success in securing research funding.
  • Demonstrated commitment to building community, professional, and industry relationships at local and national level.

Please refer to the Position Description for other duties, skills and experience required for this position.

What La Trobe University can offer you!

  • 17% employer contributed superannuation
  • On site child care facilities
  • Flexible work arrangements
  • Discounts for staff and their family members to study a range of La Trobe courses

How to apply

Closing date:  By 11:55pm Thursday, 10th August 2023.

Position Enquiries:  Tonya Stebbins, Head of Department, Dept of Language and Cultures

Email: T.Stebbins@latrobe.edu.au

Recruitment Enquiries:  Bianca Trajanov, Talent Acquisition Consultant

Email:  B.trajanov@latrobe.edu.au

Position Description below:

 PD – Lecturer, English & Creative Writing.pdf

Only candidates with Full Working Rights in Australia may apply for this position.

Please submit an online application ONLY and include the following documents:

  • Cover letter;
  • An up to date resume; and
  • A separate document addressing each essential and desirable bullet point in the Key Selection Criteria which is located in the position description.

We’d love to stay connected! If you would like to find out more about this School, please follow us on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/89174495

Full job ad: On the La Trobe jobs website

Online Forum: Uncertainty Across Expanded Fields of Practice #2

FRI 19 MAY 2023, 12:30 – 2.00pm (ACST)

Tickets: $10-$25 (pay what you can)

Open to artists and researchers at any stage of practice.

This event features South Australian artists Brad Darkson, Deirdre Feeney, Niki Sperou and Catherine Truman addressing their processes, as well as a range of topics including traditional First Nations land management using fire, depth-of-field exploration, inter-species empathy and altered landscapes.

Hosted by writer and advocate Jessica Alice, CEO of Writers SA, we’ll examine the experimental methodology and DNA of the Uncertain Times project. In this participatory dialogue–a conversation for our times–you will be invited to ask a question or propose a talking point around the uncertainty of your practice.

To find out more about this event and how to book your ticket, visit the website here.