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Manuscription Magazine seeks submissions from under 18s.

Manuscription Magazine is a new magazine that publishes only authors and creatives under 18.

When they are chosen for publication, the young writers will work with university-level writing students to edit and develop their work in a mentoring relationship designed to encourage and improve. By showcasing different genres, as well as offering a space for young people to critically reflect on the media they consume in the reviews section, Manuscription intends to act as a space to foster creative talent and interest by providing an opportunity for younger creatives to see their work in print.

Manuscription is looking for stories/poems in all genres. They look for great stories/poems about the youth experience, issues of identity and friendship, coming-of-age, family, and anything else that you as an author consider to be an important aspect of your life. For more details on submission guidelines and how to submit, click here.

Job opening – Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

School of Humanities
Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Young and research-intensive, Nanyang Technological University (NTU Singapore) is ranked 11th globally. It is also placed 1st among the world’s best young universities.

The School of Humanities (SoH), NTU Singapore, pursues disciplinary excellence as well as promotes interdisciplinary teaching and research. The School aims to equip our students with up-to-date knowledge, critical thinking, research, as well as communication skills to enable them to realise their potential and aspirations and to make lasting contributions to Singapore and beyond.

The School of Humanities seeks to fill a tenure-track position in English, at the Assistant Professor level, with specialisation in Creative Writing.

All areas of expertise will be considered. A PhD in a relevant field is preferred, but all suitable candidates are encouraged to apply. Successful candidates will have a strong record of publication (at least one book published or under contract). Preference will be given to candidates who can teach across two or more genres. Candidates should also demonstrate a strong track record of or potential for research as well as a commitment to teaching and administrative service. Selection will be based on evidence of potential for high-quality research and effective teaching. The usual workload includes teaching two courses per semester, conducting scholarly research and contributing to university services.


Salary is competitive and will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. The University offers a comprehensive fringe benefit package. Information on emoluments and general terms and conditions of service is available in the section on Terms and Conditions ( of Service for Academic Appointments.

Application Procedure

To apply, please refer to the Guidelines for Submitting an Application for Faculty Appointment ( and send your application package [consisting of a cover letter, personal particulars form, curriculum vitae (including records of innovative curriculum development and teaching experience), teaching statement, and the names and contact details of at least three referees] to:

The Search Committee
Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
School of Humanities
14 Nanyang Drive
Singapore 637332


Applications sent via email should include a reference to “Assistant Professor (Creative Writing)” in the subject line.

Closing date for applications: 15 May 2018

Only shortlisted candidates will be notified.

Call for papers, TEXT Special Issue

Call for papers, TEXT Special Issue: ‘Climates of Change’, following the AAWP 2017 conference theme

Editors: Patrick Allington, Melanie Pryor and Piri Eddy

Creative writers have always engaged with, responded to, and inspired change through
writing. In recent years, writers have used fiction, non-fiction, and hybrid forms as vehicles
to understand, explain, and rationalise social changes; to observe, communicate, and record
moments of significant change; to commemorate or lament personal and global changes. We
write from positions of hope, anticipation, or dread, trying to make sense of an ever-changing

The editors will consider scholarly and/or exegetical papers initially presented at AAWP
2017. If you are not certain if your paper is eligible for consideration, please contact Patrick
Allington at

Papers are encouraged to explore, but are not limited to, the following:

● Catalyst and consequences: the role of writing in understanding, pursuing or resisting
change at the personal, social, and/or political (local, national, global) level
● Changing landscapes (literal and figurative)
● Craft and form: changes in processes and/or publication of creative writing
● The changing climate of creative writing in academic contexts
● Perpetual change and notions of fluidity (e.g. identity, artistic expression, genres)
● Past, present, future: changes in time and space
● Evolutionary spaces in creative writing
● Remembering and forgetting: writing significant moments of change
● ‘Good’ change and ‘bad’ change: does change have an inherent value, and who decides?

Completed articles should be submitted for review by 1 March 2018. We welcome early
submissions. Papers should be a maximum of 6000 words. Please follow the information for
contributor guidelines regarding style:

Please submit articles to Dr Patrick Allington, Flinders University
( with ‘TEXT special edition’ in the subject line.
Please note that papers will be subject to peer review and to curatorial consideration by the
editors. As noted, the editors will only accept papers initially presented at AAWP 2017.

Advance notice for the 2018 AAWP Conference

We are delighted to announce that the 23rd Annual AAWP Conference will be held in Perth, Western Australia from 28-30 November 2018. The Conference is jointly convened by staff from four West Australian universities and we have exciting keynote speakers planned and a great theme.

This is advance notice for those who wish to plan their year, including, we hope, a weekend break in Perth. We plan to finish at around 2pm on Friday 30 November to allow delegates to escape to one of our many gorgeous beaches, historic Fremantle, Rottnest Island or a wine bar!

A CFP with full details will be sent out in early April. We are also planning to host a postgrad masterclass the day before the Conference starts (27 November) as well as the usual postgrad panel within the Conference itself. More information will follow soon. Queries to

From the Conference Convenors – Ffion Murphy, Catherine Noske, Rachel Robertson and Anne Surma.

Submissions to CINDER – new information!

Paper submissions for the Inaugural Issue of CINDER journal are due 25th January 2018.

A journal especially for creative-practice writing researchers at the start of their publishing career. Supportive, clear reviews, and opportunities to contribute to the journal administration and curation.

Submit to, or email if you’d like to submit but had forgotten the deadline… Word docs preferred. No pdfs.

12pt serif font

1.5 line spacing

Generous-enough margins

Refer to TEXT submission guidelines for referencing conventions

Please include abstract (100w), and 6 keywords.

In the body of your email, please give us contact details, and your career or candidature stage, and University Affiliation (if possible)



Papers can range in length from 2.9k words to 4k max (including footnotes/endnotes not references)

Papers submitted and polished for CINDER can also become longer 6k+ papers, extended and developed for submission to TEXT, after further research. (They will have a better chance…)

We will prioritise strong papers from the 2017 AAWP conference at Flinders, however, if you did not attend, have work, and are desperate to be included, then woo us ; )

The issue will riff of the conference title “Climates of Change” in some way… but differently…

Feel welcome. We look forward to your papers.

Contributions for issue artwork also welcome.. Tell your artsy buddies.

Kind regards,

Antonia Pont & Hayley Elliott-Ryan (Managing Editors)

The International Short Story Conference

The 15th International Conference on the Short Story in English will take place from June 27-30, 2018 at the University of Lisbon, Lisbon, Portugal with the theme: “Beyond History: The Radiance of the Short Story.”

In an age when private lives appear to be ruled by the force of historical events, we are contradictorily challenged by creative achievements that, even if originating in History, develop a self-sustainable energy, a radiance, so to say, that supersedes material circumstances and/or envisages alternatives for them.

The 15th International Conference on the Short Story in English brings writers of many nationalities to Lisbon, a city where the cultures of the world meet and stories of history unravel around every corner. In this scenario, fiction writers in English, or authors who have been translated into English, together with scholars of the short story, will join in reading sessions, roundtable discussions and panels, as well as in the more traditional paper presentation sessions.

In celebration of the 30th anniversary of the foundation of the Society for the Study of the Short Story, the Conference looks forward to the opportunity of highlighting the variety of ways in which the Short Story becomes a specific form, blurs the boundaries with other literary forms, goes beyond the written medium and borrows from other artistic processes/languages, shaping itself anew in an endless process. Indeed, proving to be an extremely resilient medium, the Short Story has been changing throughout the times and aesthetic tendencies, without losing the kernel that makes it a distinctive mode of the human expressive genius.

Workshops will be offered on June 26th, the day before the opening of the Conference.

For more information on how to submit, visit their website.

CINDER: Creative Interventions & New Directions in Expressive Research


CINDER Journal is a new initiative from the AAWP to offer a space for a forum for original research articles up to 4,000 words from higher degree students and early career researchers (within 2 years of doctoral submission).

If you’re a postdoc and you delivered a paper to our conference in November, this would be the perfect opportunity to develop it into a peer-reviewed publication! Submissions close on January 25.

You can email the editors for more information about how to submit.

Meet our winners!

At the recent conference of the Australasian Association of Writing Programs, we celebrated the winners of our Emerging Writers’ Prizes. You can read more about our prizes and prize-winners below. You will also find some feedback from prize-winners, explaining what winning the prize meant for them and their writing.

The AAWP is very proud to offer these publication pathways and networking opportunities for emerging writers. We would like to thank our esteemed partners: Ubud Writers and Readers Festival (UWRF), the Australian Short Story Festival (ASSF) and the University of Western Australia Press (UWAP).

We would also would like to acknowledge the generosity of our partners who provide bonus prizes for the winners, and ace literary surprises for our conference bags: Overland, Meanjin, Review of Australian Fiction, Pilot Press Writers’ Diary, Westerly, The Lifted Brow, and Griffith Review. The AAWP is very grateful for the overwhelming generosity of these organisations.

We warmly encourage emerging writers to submit to our prizes in 2018. Please contact Julia Prendergast: or any member of the AAWP executive team if you have questions about our prizes.

Our 2017 prize winners (left to right) Melanie Pryor, Ruth Armstrong, and Andrew Drummond (Joshua Kemp was unfortunately absent). On the far right stands our Deputy Chair and prizes portfolio holder, Julia Prendergast!


The ‘AAWP/UWRF Emerging Writers’ Prize’ is offered in partnership with Ubud Writers and Readers Festival (UWRF). The winner receives accommodation for the duration of the festival and $500 towards economy airfares. In addition, the winner receives fully subsidised conference fees to attend the annual conference of the AAWP, where they are invited to read from your work. The editors at Meniscus consider the winner’s work for publication.

The prize represents a stunning opportunity to celebrate the craft of writing at South East Asia’s largest and most exciting literary festival, and the chance to be welcomed in to the thriving community of writers here at AAWP. Heartfelt thanks to the judges for donating precious time: for managing the judging process with such integrity.

The 2017 winner was Andrew Drummond for Song of Shadows. You can read Andrew’s story in the most recent issue of Meniscus.

About Andrew Drummond:

Andrew works in education and community mental health, and writes as often as possible. He lived in Bali for a while when he was younger, and met many wonderful people. He has been fascinated by Balinese culture ever since. In particular, he is drawn to traditional dance and gamelan music. This fascination inspired his story.

2017 judges’ report:

‘Song of Shadows’ is a quietly graceful and perceptive text that straddles genres and cultures. It explores the fragility of our connection to where we have come from and to where we will eventually return, a theme encapsulated in the Hindu philosophy ‘Sangkan Paraning Dumadi’. A lyric story interspersed with traditional verses, ‘Song of Shadows’ offers the spiritual assuagement its title promises and shows Andrew Drummond emerging as a major talent. Each section of ‘Song of Shadows’ attunes us to a different aspect of ‘origin’ and gestures to what strange connections might be revealed when we properly attend to the ambiguous and ambivalent connotations lurking behind the word in its plural form.

It was our pleasure to welcome Andrew to AAWP, and to present him with annual subscription to: Overland, Meanjin and Review of Australian Fiction, as well as to give him a copy of Pilot Press Writers’ Diary.


The AAWP/ASSF Short Story Prize is offered in partnership with the Australian Short Story Festival. We are thrilled to partner with ASSF, to offer this exciting opportunity for emerging writers. Heartfelt thanks to the judges for donating precious time: for managing the judging process with such integrity.

The winner receives a ticket to the Australian Short Story Festival, accommodation for the duration of the festival, and return economy airfares. In addition, the winner receives fully subsidised conference fees to attend the annual conference of the AAWP, where they are invited to read from their work. The editors at Meniscus will consider the winner’s work for publication.

The 2017 winner is Ruth Armstrong for Paper Cranes. You can read Ruth’s story in the next issue of Meniscus.

About Ruth Armstrong:

Ruth is currently undertaking an MA in Creative Writing at the University of Technology, Sydney, with a focus on short story writing. ‘Paper Cranes’ was short listed for the 2017 Overland Neilma Sidney Short Story Prize. Ruth works as an editor at the health website,

2017 judges’ report:

In a field where we could quite easily have awarded half a dozen first prizes, Paper Cranes distinguishes itself from the remainder of the shortlist through its unwavering focus and effective scene changes, its characters who seem to walk straight out of real life and onto the page, its subtle and mostly unspoken conflicts, and its intelligent imagery. The story is well-paced and restrained when it needs to be, yet never sags; its dialogue rings true, yet avoids the banalities of everyday chitchat; it demonstrates an understanding of classic plot structure, yet remains lively and intriguing. In other words, it does its job. And in doing so, reminds us once again why short stories matter. Congratulations to the author.

It was our pleasure to welcome Ruth to AAWP, and to present her with annual subscription to: Overland, Meanjin and Review of Australian Fiction, as well as to give her a copy of Pilot Press Writers’ Diary.


Chapter One is the Australasian Association of Writing Programs (AAWP) publication pathway for emerging writers. The prize is open to authors who have written a poetry collection, literary novel, short story collection, or a hybrid work that crosses genre boundaries. The AAWP is delighted to partner with University of Western Australia Press (UWAP) to provide this publication pathway for emerging writers. Heartfelt thanks to the judges for donating precious time: for managing the judging process with such integrity.

The winner of the ‘Chapter One’ prize was Joshua Kemp for Boneyard. Joshua received a $500 cash prize and fully subsidised conference fees to attend the annual conference of the AAWP (November 2017), where he was invited to read from his work. Unfortunately, Josh could not join us for the conference. His work was read at the awards event, and applauded warmly by all. The University of Western Australia Press agrees to assess Joshua’s manuscript as a matter of priority.

About Joshua Kemp:

Joshua is an author of Australian Gothic and crime fiction. His short stories have appeared in Overland, Seizure and Tincture. He has been shortlisted for the S. D. Harvey Award and longlisted for the Margaret River Short Story Competition. He is currently undertaking a PhD at Edith Cowan University in Western Australia.

From the judges:

Boneyard impresses immediately with a style that is both simple and pared back, yet distinctive, ‘tactile’ and very forceful.  The vocabulary is spare, but very vivid, and works by a careful selection of very telling images, presented with an impressive brevity and vividness.

The writing offers a special kind of intimacy – a closeness and responsiveness to the sights, sounds and scenes of the novel, which seems at times almost onomatopoeic – and offers the perfect, inviting medium for the story, the characters and the core concerns to follow, as set out in the synopsis. The language itself offers the feeling that the writer is somehow ‘down here’, with the characters, with the kind of closeness and intimacy you can usually only achieve with a first person narrative.  The writer trusts the characters to speak in their own voice, and to define themselves through dialogue.  Authorial intrusion or commentary is minimal, throughout.  ‘Semi-autobiographical’ – as indicated in the synopsis – is usually a recipe for literary disaster.  We see no sign of it, in this case.   ​

Highly commended:

This year the judges also awarded a highly commended entry: Melanie Pryor for Girl, Swimming. The University of Western Australia Press has also agreed to assess Melanie’s manuscript, as a matter of priority, and Melanie also receives subsidised fees to attend this wonderful conference.

About Melanie Pryor:

Melanie is a Creative Writing PhD candidate. Her research project, comprised of a travel memoir entitled Girl, Swimming and an accompanying critical exegesis, examines gender, walking, and landscape in contemporary memoir. Melanie teaches in Creative Writing and English Literature, and is a member of Flinders University’s Life Narrative Research Group.

Melanie is a Co-Founder of The Hearth, an Adelaide-based creative readings event. Her personal essays and literary fiction have been published in OverlandSoutherly, and Lip, and her academic writing in a/b: Auto/Biography Studies.

The judges had this to say about Melanie Pryor’s manuscript:

Girl, Swimming is fearless, imaginative, ‘transformative’ and unusual.  This is a familiar world—but not one that is seen in a familiar way.

It is our pleasure to welcome Melanie, as our guest, to AAWP, and to present her with a copy of Pilot Press Writers’ Diary.


Lecture B positions open – UNE

The University of New England, Armidale, is offering two continuing, full-time lecturer in writing positions (level b) to join a team committed to the research and development of writing as a discipline. Applicants must have a doctorate in writing and a track record of research and publications.

Further details can be found here.

AGM agenda

For AAWP Members:

We’re excited to announce the Annual General Meeting for the AAWP will be at 4pm on 29 November at our conference venue. We have a full lineup of important items to bring AAWP members up to speed on, so we’d love it if you can make it. You can find the full agenda here.