The City of Rockingham Short Fiction Awards: An interview with Lee Battersby

Entries will be closing soon for the 2012 City of Rockingham Short Fiction Awards, so whip out a selection of your finest short fiction and get involved. For those of you who may be geographically challenged, or perhaps a little ‘east coast’ (and as a native of Adelaide I have been the victim of this … Continue reading »

Viva La Novella: An interview with David Henley

Cram your novel in a compactor; strap your short story to a rack; or break out your best short novel or long short story. In other words, it’s time to bust out those novellas. Seizure, the cutting-edge, Sydney-based journal, is currently running Viva La Novella, a novella competition for Australian and New Zealand writers. Seizure … Continue reading »

Radical eclecticism: An interview with Overland editor Jeff Sparrow

With a list of past contributors that includes such Oz lit luminaries as Patrick White, Peter Carey, Elizabeth Jolley, David Williamson, Judith Wright, Thea Astley, Xavier Herbert, Bruce Dawe, Frank Moorhouse, Manning Clark, Christina Stead—to name just a few—the pages of Overland have long been considered one of Australia’s premier literary storehouses. However, there is … Continue reading »

Overland Short Story Prize For New and Emerging Writers

Overland is on the hunt for new literary voices with submissions for their Emerging Writers Short Story prize closing at the end of August. With a first prize of $6000 and two runners-up prizes of $1000, it’s a fabulous opportunity for any emerging writer. Details and competition guidelines are available now on the Overland website, … Continue reading »

Australia Council Review Survey

Last week the Australian Council launched an online survey regarding the relevance and support they provide to the arts, culture, and creative industries. They’re looking for responses from artists and art-workers across all art forms, including writing and publishing, to contribute feedback on what aspects of the agency can be improved. The questionaire should take about ten … Continue reading »

Income opportunities…

Most writers need to supplement any income they derive from sales of their work with other activities – like teaching, mentoring, editing, public speaking, serving coffee and working in bookstores. Being a writer asks more of us than just being an artist, or a craftsperson. We must also be our own project manager, Gantt charting … Continue reading »

Fantastic opportunity for aspiring authors…

Hachette Australia and Queensland Writers Centre (QWC) have announced their national program for writers in 2010. This round, the program is open for emerging Australian authors of both commercial adult fiction and non-fiction with manuscripts that range from 50,000 – 120,000 words. Up to 10 emerging fiction and non-fiction writers will work with editors from … Continue reading »

A busy business…

You’ve probably heard already: we’ve started on the production schedule for the next print edition of The Australian Writer’s Marketplace 2011/12. But don’t worry, your copy of AWM 2009/10 is still good! The eleventh edition of AWM won’t be out until late next year. It just means that anyone who has a listing in AWMonline … Continue reading »

Jack be kindle…

I have made a commitment to balanced blogging, since I Could Have Cats took me to task for my recent rant on the PIR debate. But then something like this comes along: Kindle hits Australia this month. Regular Speakeasy readers will remember that one of the key issues preventing the sale of Kindle outside the … Continue reading »