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The Association exists to provide a forum for discussion on all aspects of teaching creative and professional writing as well as current theories on creativity and writing, and to improve the quality of programs across the country. To download a brochure, click here.

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Social Alternatives: call for stories

Social Alternatives is an independent, not-for-profit quarterly refereed journal. It is committed to the principles of social justice, commenting on important social issues of current concern or public debate. We publish practical and theoretical articles on relevant topics, as well as reviews, short stories, poems, graphics, comment, and critique. Contributions of stories up to 2,500 are invited, particularly on the theme of 'peace', by 15 November 2014. EmailĀ gbrock@usc.edu.au or download the submission requirements.

'Minding the Gap' - registration now open

Registration for 'Minding the Gap: writing across thresholds and faultlines', the 19th Annual Conference of the AAWP, is now open. The online registration form, as well as venue, transport and accommodation information, can be found by going to the page under the Annual Conference tab (above) or clicking here.

The Art of Leadership through Poetry

Submissions are invited to The Art of Leadership Through Poetry: Deakin Leadership Centre's International Poetry Competition. Poems, up to 100 lines, must be on the theme of 'leadership' but this is very broadly conceived: entries may reflect on leaders (alive, dead or fictitious), ideas or processes of leadership or even if such a thing exists at all. The winner will receive $1,000, 2nd prize $500 and 3rd $250. There are commendations and an originality prize, and all winning poems will be published in an electronic book in both written and spoken forms. Entry is free and submissions should be sent to poems@deakin.edu.au by 30 October, 2014. For full details, visit www.leadershippoems.info or click here.

Seriously funny: humour in journalism

Humour has been a vital ingredient of the print media since it emerged in the 17th century, yet it has hardly featured in academic studies of media history. Contributions are called for a new text that is aiming to fill that gap with a collection of papers by international scholars. It will draw from a range of disciplines such as media history, international literary journalism, English/American studies, humour studies, media content analysis, cultural studies.

Abstracts of 200 words are invited by 2 September 2014. Please send to the editors, Richard Lance Keeble rkeeble@lincoln.ac.uk and David Swick david.swick@ukings.ca Final chapters of up to 7,000 words will be due by 2 January 2015. The publishers, Routledge, of Abingdon, Oxon, UK, are being approached, with publication planned for late 2015. To download the CFP, click here.

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