Cover of HEAT Issue #1

Speakeasy brings you some HEAT to warm your literary cockles. Dr Ivor Indyk – critic, essayist, reviewer, and UWS academic – is the founding editor and publisher of HEAT magazine and the award-winning Giramondo book imprint. HEAT is all about ‘contemporary literary and publishing, the accessible and interesting presentation of scholarly research, and a wide-ranging exploration of the social power of writing’. According to David Malouf, ‘It creates its own scene.’

Ivor doesn’t waste words, so take your time to consider those he has shared with us here.

Sp:. How long has HEATbeen around, and how did it begin?

I.I.: It began in 1997 in the wake of the Demidenko Affair. 

Sp: What genres does HEATpublish, and who is your audience?

I.I.: Poetry, fiction and non-fiction, also hybrid genres. I like to think our readers are writers, and literary afficionados. 

Sp: What are you looking for in submissions?

I.I.: A care for language, texture, resonance, a new angle on things, intensity, excess, economy (some of these qualities are contradictory, but that’s okay).

Sp: What are your upcoming deadlines for submissions?

I.I.: We don’t have deadlines, we always have an issue in process. 

Sp: What can we look for in upcoming HEAT?

I.I.: Some interesting writing from China in the next issue.

Sp: Any thing else you would like to add?

I.I.: There is a strong symbiotic relationship between HEAT and the Giramondo imprint, and between both and the activities of the Writing & Society Research Group at the University of Western Sydney, where HEAT is housed.

Sound like the perfect outlet for your writing? For contributors’ guidleines and more information, see the HEAT website.


 The following announcement is proudly brought to you by FIGJAM:

What’s that there, just under the fab new RSS feed link? Is that a Shiny New Badge? Well, funny you should ask. Indeed it is!

Check out Jonathan Crossfield’s painstakingly researched list of the top 50 Australian blogs on writing. This idea is brilliant – it raises the profile of a range of writers’ and editors’ blogs, creating a new dynamic dialogue in the Ozblogosphere. It educates writers about effective blogging to create an online profile as part of their author platform. Plus, what with the Twitter campaign and the badging and everything, it will totally bag Jonathan an Ozillion well-deserved hits. Nice work!

Go, click, read, comment, enjoy.

3 Responses to “Lit Mag #3: 'intensity, excess, economy'”

  1. Jonathan Crossfield,

    Thanks for the plug. Yes, it is a long and painstaking job, but I think it is worth it. Writers can only benefit from each other and creating an informal network like this is the best way of all these bloggers realising that they’re not alone.

  2. Meg,

    I’m keen to follow up your good work with some cross-blog pollination – Speakeasy is keen to do a blog tour, and invite some guest bloggers!

  3. Jonathan Crossfield,

    Oooh, love the idea. Musical blogs – we all swap blogs for a day! lol.

    Actually, as I’m typing this, some interesting ideas and possibilities are occurring. You and I should talk!

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