Author Archives: Jessie Seymour

Writing in Practice – CFP

Submissions are invited for Volume 5 of Writing in Practice: The Journal of Creative Writing Research, to be published in March 2019. The editors are looking for articles that explore the art of imaginative writing of all kinds, from an authorial perspective, highlighting and evolving current academic thinking and practice. Creative Writing itself is welcomed when integral to an article.

For more information and how to submit, click here

TEXT Special issue CFP

Writing and Researching (in) the Regions – A TEXT Special Issue

Editors: Dr Nike Sulway, Dr Lynda Hawryluk, Dr Moya Costello

The Australian Regional University Network (RUN) asserts that their member universities (and, by implication, regional universities more generally), ‘play an important and distinctive role in advancing Australia’s national prosperity, productivity and identity.’ Internationally, Hartley (2014 identifies, in a special issue of the European Journal of American Studies devoted to regionalism in North America, that ‘[s]ince the 1990s [there has been] a surge of interest in the local, the regional, the global, and their intersections’.

This special issue of TEXT will focus on exploring the ways in which creative-writing teaching, research and practice in regional settings have particular flavours and concerns. The editors strongly urge writers and researchers from the regions to reflect on the particularities of their teaching, research and writing experiences and contexts.

Submissions may address, but are not limited to, the following questions/themes:
• What narratives, stories, or voices ‘naturally’ arise in regional research and writing practices? What stories about the regions are acceptable to the largely urban publishing industry?

• How do perceptions of regionality impact on the ways regional writing, teaching and/or research are funded, framed, or received inside and outside the regions?

• What negotiations or relationships exist between regional and non-regional writers and writing researchers?

• Is the global-local nexus naturalised and unproblematic?

• Do those of us who teach in a region, outside of a large city, inevitably do a comparison with our collegial city counterparts? Do students make such a comparison?

• What characterises academic life for both academic and student in a regional university?

• Are there particular challenges or advantages in researching, teaching, supervising and studying in regions? Are there issues that academics must address specifically in undergraduate teaching through a perceived or real lack of access to resources in a regional context?

• Are regional students from a very different profile to their urban counterparts? And if so, what does this mean?

• In what ways do researchers and writers embrace or reject regional identities?

For more information and how to submit, click here.

FAW NSW Walter Stone 2018 Life Writing Award

Closing date: 31 August 2018

Prize: $1,500

The Award is for a Life Writing, defined as a work of biography, autobiography, memoir, monograph, bibliography. Biography and autobiography may be an extract to meet the word count requirements which is a minimum of 10,000 and a maximum of 25,000. The competition is open to all residents of Australia 18 years and over.

Entry Fee: $25.00 per entry. For full Conditions of Entry please download the entry form

FAW NSW Walter Stone 2018 Life Writing Award

The winner of this will be invited to attend the annual FAW NSW Awards Presentation Luncheon in Sydney on Saturday 3 November 2018.

Results will be published in Writers Voice and on the website.

Carclew Fellowships for early career artists and arts workers.

Dear Friends and colleagues,

As you may be aware, Carclew administers a grants program for artists and arts workers aged 26 & under, on behalf of the state government. Carclew Fellowships provide financial support for professional development, and are currently open for applications.

Carclew is committed to improving access and widening our network of applicants in order to reach young people who may be operating outside of the usual study or formal networks.

We would love your assistance in reaching a wider audience.

Carclew Fellowships can be used for a broad variety of professional development activities including international study, summer schools, masterclasses, residencies, internships, mentorships, or to be exposed to an environment of innovation and cutting edge ideas.

Fellowship proposals can request financial support ranging from $3,000 – $12,000.

Recognising the breadth of skills in the arts and creative industries, Carclew Fellowships are open to applicants practicing in all creative mediums, as well as technical, administration and production areas of the arts. This includes but is not limited to Performing Arts | Film & New Media | Visual Arts | Creative Writing | Technical / Production | Arts Administration.

More support for applicants – As Carclew’s Funding Program Coordinator, I am available to present information sessions in person or via video, locally and outside of the Adelaide Metro area. I also regularly provide one-on-one consultations with potential applicants. In addition to the written/online submission system, Carclew also accepts project proposals video format.

We’re able to provide image and information in any convenient format that will make it easiest for you to distribute this information. We also have printed postcards that we can send to you.

Further information is available on the Carclew website or you’re welcome to contact me directly on (08) 8230 1103 or

Keynote speaker for AAWP’s 23rd Annual Conference confirmed

We are delighted to announce that our second keynote speaker for Peripheral Visions (Perth, 28-30 December 2018) is writer and cultural historian Maria Tumarkin. Maria will speak on the final day, while Kim Scott, whose latest novel has just been shortlisted for the Miles Franklin Award, will open the Conference.

Please note: Paper and panel proposals for the Conference should be submitted to by 30 June 2018. For the CFP and additional information, click here

Masterclasses at Peripheral Visions

In this two-part event, HDR and ECR participants will have an opportunity to engage with exciting and innovative theories and approaches to writing and publishing.

Dr Quinn Eades and Professor Terri-ann White will host exciting workshops aimed at helping HDR and ECR participants write from lived experience and new, peripheral and conventional ways of reading, writing and publishing.

For more information about what these masterclasses entail, click here or visit the host university’s website.

This event is free for postgraduates and early career researchers within two years of completion who register for the AAWP Conference, Peripheral Visions (28-30 November 2018). Postgraduates and ECRs not attending the AAWP conference are welcome: cost $30.00, includes afternoon tea.

Magabala Books to visit Armidale as part of a unique pitch program for writers and illustrators

Rachel Bin Salleh, publisher at Australia’s oldest indigenous independent publishing house, Magabala Books, will be visiting Armidale as one of fourteen independent publishers and editors in the New England Writers’ Centre unique pitch program, Pitch Independent, in early August. Based in Broome, Western Australia, Magabala Books has nurtured and showcased the work of many indigenous literary creators, whether writers in any genre and for any age, as well as illustrators. Indigenous creators will also have the opportunity to pitch to other publishers and editors represented at Pitch Independent.
Pitch Independent, organised by the New England Writers’ Centre, with the generous sponsorship of the University of New England & in-kind support from the Small Press Network, has a unique focus on giving writers and illustrators, at any stage of their careers and from any part of Australia, access to the increasingly important publication opportunities offered to creators by independent book publishers & literary magazines. From fiction to non-fiction, children’s books to poetry, illustrated books to prestigious literary magazines, our Pitch Independent publishers and editors represent a wide range of literary forms.
Pitch Independent will include a specialist pitch session for poets and a general pitch day for writers and illustrators in all genres. It will also feature a free public symposium on the significant contribution of independent book publishers & literary magazines to Australian literary culture, and a public book launch and display of participating publishers’ books. As well, an optional pitch preparation day will be held on the previous Saturday.
This is a fantastic opportunity for writers and illustrators in all genres. Bookings open Thursday May 24. Participants may book the full program or simply the parts of it they require. Full booking details, full list of publishers attending, program schedule and prices information at

More information: Pitch Independent co-ordinators:

Job opening: Assistant Professor in English Creative Writing at Hong Kong Baptist University

The Department of Humanities and Creative Writing is now inviting applications for an assistant professorship in English Creative Writing. The appointee is expected to teach a range of introductory and upper level broad-based, writing and interdisciplinary core courses in the Department. Preferable teaching and research topics include some of the following: fictional writing, speculative fiction genre (including science fiction, fantasy, horror, detective fiction), experimental narrative forms, multimedia writing, video-game narrative, audio/digital storytelling, and/or digital literature.

For more information and how to apply, click here

To apply directly, click here

Axon Journal call for papers

Poetry on the Move: Inhabiting Language

This issue is connected to a one-day symposium to be held during the Poetry on the Move Festival, 13-17 September 2018, hosted by the International Poetry Studies Institute (IPSI) in the Faculty of arts and Design at the University of Canberra.

This Special Issue of the Axon journal aims to explore ways in which contemporary poetry ‘inhabits’ language, and the extent to which poetic language may be understood as inside and/or outside of human experience.

We are particularly interested in papers that relate to:

  • How poetic expression and form may be said to ‘inhabit’ language.
  • How poetry inhabits its language differently from prose, and how poetry dwells in the possible (remembering that Emily Dickinson wrote that she dwelt ‘in Possibility’ and that this was ‘a fairer House than Prose’).
  • The ways in which poets ‘inhabit’ language in order to write their works.
  • Poetry’s capacity to inhabit various and divergent languages through translation.
  • The relationship of poetry to experience and knowledge.
  • Poetry and autobiography.
  • The space and time of poetry.
  • The connection of poetry to ideas of home, place or belonging.
  • Poetry’s connection to the quotidian.
  • Poetry’s ways of ‘inhabiting’ diverse identities.
  • The way poems ‘house’ ideas and emotions.
  • Poetry as a way of knowing and/or inhabiting the ‘other’.
  • Poetry and its relationship to language more broadly.
  • Ways in which lyric utterance may be said to ‘belong’ inside human experience.

What we would like from contributors:

  1. A 150-word abstract of your proposed paper by 20 April 2018.
  2. If your abstract is accepted, a full written paper of between 3,000 and 6,000 words by 15 August 2018.

The editors of this issue of Axon: Creative Explorations journal are Professor Paul Hetherington, Professor Jen Webb and Shane Strange.

All abstracts, papers and related correspondence should be addressed to Shane Strange at