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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 Shane.Strange@canberra.edu.au

Call for Papers: “Journalism and Experientiality”

Thematic issue of Recherches en Communication
Deadline for submission: June 29, 2018
Languages: English and French

Paper submissions are invited for a thematic issue of Recherches en Communication, which will explore the interplay between journalism and experience in narrative and literary forms of journalism.

Considering the recent evolutions of journalism, the study of experientiality should not be limited to the written text, but should also concern more innovative forms of narrative/literary journalism, such as multimedia, transmedia and interactive narratives. For this thematic issue, all submissions investigating the relationship between narrative/literary journalism and experience are welcome.

For more information and how to submit, click here


Peripheral Visions – 23rd Annual AAWP conference CFP

Every creative expression shares a vision. Whether writers are looking from, looking towards, looking askance, looking away, or looking over, writing beckons us to the periphery and asks, ‘Where to now?’.

The location of the 2018 annual conference of the AAWP in the western reaches of the continent has inspired our theme. And we are delighted to announce that Kim Scott, award-winning novelist and Professor of Writing, will be our keynote speaker.

We invite presentations — from pedagogy, research, and practice in creative or professional writing, editing and publishing — that explore or excavate these different ways of writing beyond and outside the obvious, enabling alternative worlds, ideas, or truths to emerge.

For a list of potential topics, as well as how to submit, click here.

Speculating upon Biography call for abstracts

An International Symposium dedicated to exploring the boundaries of biography

25-26 October 2018, Noosa Queensland Australia

Abstracts are being sought for and investigation into speculative biography and exploring associated practices.  Recently, some writers have chosen to experiment further with biography, employing conjecture and ‘informed imagination’ to fill in the gaps and silences in the archives, and when writing the lives of those who are under-represented in sources and obscured from the historical record. Such works have come to be known as ‘speculative biography’, not only because they challenge traditional notions of authorial veracity but also because, in contrast to biographically-based fiction or historical fiction, these experimental approaches are still clearly recognizable as nonfictional attempts to explore and express the ‘truth’.

Details and how to submit can be found here

NonfictioNOW 2018 Call for Panel Proposals

The NonfictioNOW Conference is currently seeking panel proposals for its 2018 conference, taking place November 1-3 in Phoenix, Arizona, hosted by the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing at Arizona State University and held at the Renaissance Phoenix Downtown Hotel and historic Orpheum Theatre.

NonfictioNOW is unique in being neither a conventional academic conference nor a writers’ festival, but rather a lively conversation among peers, one that brings together well-established writers and those just starting out. We are especially interested in proposals that defy the expectations and/or subvert the format of the traditional conference panel, as well as those that include a diverse group of participants, reflecting the inclusive and international nature of this gathering.

In the past, the most successful panels have been conceived and conducted as lively, discursive, playful, and interactive events, as opposed to the reading of a succession of individual papers. Similarly, we are enthusiastic about the great energy and range present in all of nonfiction’s many forms, including literary and political essays; memoir and journalism; digital media, graphic memoirs, and hybrid essays; performance-based work; and other areas of the field. Our hope is that we might receive great proposals exploring the many different shapes of nonfiction, with variety and diversity serving to enlarging both the conversation and community present at the conference.

Submissions are due April 15, 2018. All submissions must include a panel description (150 words or less, written as it should appear in the program, if accepted), a statement of merit (150 words or less), and the complete contact information for three to five panel participants, including a program-ready bio of 50 words or less for each participant.

The NonfictioNOW Board is a rotating group of writers and academics from around the world. Panel submissions will be assessed in a timely fashion by the Board, with every effort made to have final panels confirmed by the middle of July.


The following list is a starting place for brainstorming and conversation, not an exclusive expression of the conference’s interests. We hope and expect that many proposals will go far beyond the topics listed here, offering to bring new areas of inquiry and exploration to this year’s NonfictioNOW:

  • nonfiction genres and their boundaries and tensions, including but not limited to: essay (personal, narrative, lyric, collage, interdisciplinary, etc.); memoir; immersion writing; history; biography; long-form journalism; travel writing; food writing; nonfiction poetry; environmental and science writing; sports writing; hybrids of fiction and nonfiction
  • non-traditional and/or supra-literary forms of nonfiction, including but not limited to: performance, documentary, radio, video, hypertext, programmable media, and graphic forms
  • indigenous, regional, national, and/or international characteristics and issues that are expressed through nonfiction genres
  • threads of influence, style, and discourse, with a focus on important authors or on historical/cultural/theoretical trends
  • the poetics of nonfiction
  • intersections of self and other genders, race, sexualities, and abilities in nonfiction
  • nonfiction in/as translation


  • Please note that individuals may appear on up to three panel proposals and may present on two. If all three proposals of a person’s panels are accepted, they will have to drop off one of them. 
  • The conference cannot fund presenters, but we will provide travel tips to make the trip more affordable. After this year’s panel acceptances are announced, we will encourage meetups on Facebook’s Friends of NonfictioNOW page so that people without a panel can find one and panels with vacancies can fill their open spots.
  • To help facilitate international diversity, we will give preference to panels with three to four participants that indicate their willingness to include additional panelists.
  • It is the role of each panel chair to finalize, confirm, and coordinate their panel, as well as provide any necessary additional information for the conference program.
  • After panel acceptances go out, we will open up a second call for proposals to formally participate in the conference outside of panels. In Reykjavik in 2017, this took the form of  roundtable presentations (in Icelandic, húslestur, or “house readings”). More information will be forthcoming.  The conference will host multiple sessions of these húslestur, creating another avenue for participation and conversation among participants and potential presenters.

Click here to submit

Story Ground: A National Symposium on Indigenous Australian Story and Creative Writing

Australia is home to the world’s longest living story traditions, but are our creative writing classrooms a place where Indigenous Australian story can be shared? How might the teaching of creative writing be changed through ongoing relationship to the knowledge and experience of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people? What can creative writing as a discipline offer in return? The symposium will engage these questions through panel discussions, yarning circles, and creative readings from leading Indigenous writers, academics and storytellers, including members of the university and local First Nations Australian communities.

Presenters on the day include Professor Jill Milroy, Professor Tony Birch, Ellen van Neervan, Dr Jared Thomas, Dr Paul Collis and Lisa Fuller. Their discussions will jump off into yarning circles where participants can discuss the issues they raise in depth.

There will be an evening reading event with stalls. Come along for the day, or drop in after work for some wine and nibblies, browse the books and other items, and get a book signed by the author.

All are welcome to the symposium, the evening reading, or both.

Symposium: 8.30-5.30pm

Evening reading & stalls: 5.30-6.30pm

For more information, click here

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 (http://www.ntu.edu.sg/NSS/NSSHumanResources/Pages/General-Terms-for-Faculty-Positions.aspx) of Service for Academic Appointments.

Application Procedure

To apply, please refer to the Guidelines for Submitting an Application for Faculty Appointment (http://www.ntu.edu.sg/ohr/career/submit-an-application/Pages/Faculty-Positions.aspx) 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

Email: english-search@ntu.edu.sg

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 patrick.allington@flinders.edu.au.

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: http://www.textjournal.com.au/send.htm.

Please submit articles to Dr Patrick Allington, Flinders University
(patrick.allington@flinders.edu.au) 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.