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AAWP/VOICEWORKS SUDDEN WRITING PRIZE NOW OPEN

The Australasian Association of Writing Programs (AAWP) / Voiceworks (Express Media) invite submissions of Sudden Writing.

We are deeply interested in capturing a composite “picture” of what people are writing about. Now. Please send creative work—short-short fiction, “sudden” fiction, “sketchy” stories, creative nonfiction, poetry, as well as hybrid forms.

We are accepting submissions on the following scale: up to 400 words prose, 40 lines for poetry, 200 words for prose poems, and the equivalent for hybrid forms. Submissions must be previously unpublished. Please send your most polished work, without delay.

If you win you will receive $500. You will have your work published on the Express Mediawebsite and receive a Voiceworks subscription. You will also receive a one-year membership to the AAWP.

Theme: Open

Submission window: 30 October 2020 – 15 November 2020 (midnight) AEDT

Word count:

  • 400 words prose
  • 40 lines for poetry
  • 200 words for prose poems

Take advantage of this opportunity to win a significant cash prize and get published. Be welcomed into the thriving writing communities of Voiceworks and the Australasian Association of Writing Programs (AAWP).

How to Enter:

For a full list of entry terms and conditions, click here.

Call for Papers

FUTURES FOR CREATIVE WRITING ONLINE CONFERENCE

University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK in association with EACWP (European Association of Creative Writing Programmes)
Friday 21 May – Sunday 23, May 2021

Keynote Speakers:

BERNARDINE EVARISTO
CAROLYN FORCHÉ
ANDREW COWAN
(Scriptwriting Keynote TBA)

This online conference seeks to bring together PhD research students, Creative Writing tutors and graduates, writers and scholars to explore the varieties of practice in our discipline now, the points of convergence and contention, and, crucially, the opportunities for future development and the forces that may shape the nature of writing in the academy over the next several years.

Topics for papers will be organised into virtual panels and we’d particularly welcome proposals that address the teaching of writing in response to recent global crises, which might include but not be limited to the following themes:

  • Innovations in Creative Writing pedagogy
  • Decolonising the curriculum Digital
  • Technology and Creative Writing
  • Writing and the environment
  • Employability and the Creative Industries

We are keen to explore the expanded possibilities of online conferencing, and welcome suggestions for panels and roundtables that demonstrate the potential for a reconceived pedagogy in Creative Writing.

For a 20-minute paper or roundtable proposal, please submit an abstract of no more than 200 words to the conference organisers at CW50.conference@uea.ac.uk, including your name, affiliation, email address, and a 120-word biography.

The NEW deadline for submissions is Monday 16 November, 2020. We will reply to all applicants by Tuesday 15 December, 2020.

Rates: full delegate £50; postgraduate £30; EACWP/NAWE members, £35. Further information on technical arrangements will be provided in February 2021, when general registration will also open.

You can view a full version of the CFP here.

Prize Winners Announced!

We’re delighted to bring you the following prize results:

AAWP—Ubud Writers and Readers Festival Translators’ Prize

Winner:

‘423 Colours- excerpts from the Spanish novel 423 colores by Juan Gallardo and Rafael Avendaño’, translated by Lilit Thwaites.

Highly Commended:

‘A Dosimeter on the Narrow Road to Oku’ by Durian Sukegawa, translated by Alison Watts

‘Mestri Di Mont’ an excerpt from Tito Maniacco’s (1932-2010) memoir, Mestri di mont (2007), translated by Valentina Maniacco.

‘Martin, Martin’s Newborn Brother, His Father, His Mother, The Doctor, Aunt Juanita, The Birdcages and a Bird’ – a short story by Ana María Moix, translated by Lilit Thwaites

‘The Blind Spot – excerpts from the Spanish novel El ángulo ciego by Luisa Etxenike’, translated by Lilit Thwaites.

AAWP UWAP—Chapter One Prize

Winner:

Stone Hearts: A collection of short stories by Lisa Dowdall

Highly commended:

The Taste of Cedars by Anne Hotta

AAWP—Australian Short Story Festival Short Story Prize

Winner:

‘Cockroach’ by Jane Cornes

Highly Commended:

‘Rose and Thorn’ by Sarah St Vincent Welch 

‘Not-John’ by Jon Geoffrey 

AAWP—Ubud Writers and Readers Emerging Writers’ Prize

Winner:

‘Pit Stop’by Nina Divich 

Highly Commended:

‘The Suitcase’ by Deborah Huff-Horwood 

‘Jungle Heat’ by Petra Sully 

AAWP Slow Canoe Creative Nonfiction Prize for Emerging Writers

Winner:

‘An incomplete archive of blue’ by Dani Netherclift

Highly Commended:

‘Learning to Say Goodbye the Dublin Way’ by Breda Hertaeg


Congratulations to our successful entrants…and thanks to all those who submitted their work.

Call for Short Stories

Social Alternatives is an independent, not-for-profit peer-reviewed journal with quarterly publications. It is committed to the principles of social justice, commenting on important social issues of current concern or public debate.

While Social Alternatives is primarily a scholarly journal, publishing articles and commentary, the collective firmly recognises the ability for literature to comment on range of social issues and act as vehicle for social change. Fiction is by definition transformative, allowing us to reveal and re-imagine ourselves. No particular theme or focus is required for short stories.

For more details and how to submit, please check this call for papers

Prize Announcements

We’re delighted to bring you the following prize results for 2020.

AAWP—Ubud Writers and Readers Festival Translators’ Prize

Winner: ‘423 Colours- excerpts from the Spanish novel 423 colores by Juan Gallardo and Rafael Avendaño’, translated by Lilit Thwaites

Highly Commended:

‘A Dosimeter on the Narrow Road to Oku’ by Durian Sukegawa, translated by Alison Watts

‘Mestri Di Mont’ an excerpt from Tito Maniacco’s (1932-2010) memoir, Mestri di mont (2007), translated by Valentina Maniacco.

‘Martin, Martin’s Newborn Brother, His Father, His Mother, The Doctor, Aunt Juanita, The Birdcages and a Bird’ – a short story by Ana María Moix, translated by Lilit Thwaites

‘The Blind Spot – excerpts from the Spanish novel El ángulo ciego by Luisa Etxenike’, translated by Lilit Thwaites.

AAWP UWAP—Chapter One Prize

Winner: Stone Hearts: A collection of short stories by Lisa Dowdall

Highly commended: The Taste of Cedars by Anne Hotta

AAWP—Australian Short Story Festival Short Story Prize

Winner: ‘Cockroach’ by Jane Cornes

Highly Commended:

‘Rose and Thorn’ by Sarah St Vincent Welch 

‘Not-John’ by Jon Geoffrey 

AAWP—Ubud Writers and Readers Emerging Writers’ Prize

Winner: ‘Pit Stop’ by Nina Winter

Highly Commended:

‘The Suitcase’ by Deborah Huff-Horwood 

‘Jungle Heat’ by Petra Sully 

AAWP—Slow Canoe Creative Nonfiction Emerging Writers’ Prize

Winner: ‘An incomplete archive of blue’ by Dani Netherclift

Highly Commended: ‘Learning to Say Goodbye the Dublin Way’ by Breda Hertaeg

Congratulations to all our successful entrants…and thanks to all who submitted.

2021 PhD Scholarships Available in English and Creative Writing

Interesting in undertaking a PhD or MPhil in English or Creative Writing?

Applications for JCU Research Scholarships for 2021 are open for submissions now! See https://www.jcu.edu.au/graduate-research-school/how-to-apply

We’ve listed some potential topics below, but we are interested in discussing a range of projects with prospective applicants. Students who want to study externally are encouraged to apply.

  • Fairy tale and gothic narrative, especially Beauty and the Beast and related tales; retellings and adaptations of fairy tale in film, literature and new media (talk with A/Prof Allison Craven allison.craven@jcu.ecu.au)
  • Australian Gothic film and literature – landscapes and monsters, colonial and contemporary (talk with A/Prof Allison Craven allison.craven@jcu.ecu.au)
  • Australian cinema, its histories and regional connections in the Asia-Pacific (talk with A/Prof Allison Craven allison.craven@jcu.ecu.au)
  • Teaching and/or performing Shakespeare in Australia (talk with Dr Claire Hansen claire.hansen3@jcu.edu.au)
  • Exploring the power of place in literature/drama through a framework of ecocriticism and the blue humanities (talk with Dr Claire Hansen claire.hansen3@jcu.edu.au)
  • How literature improves our wellbeing – linking the health humanities and literary studies (talk with Dr Claire Hansen claire.hansen3@jcu.edu.au)
  • Exploring zines and archives through a lens of self-representation (talk with Dr Emma Maguire emma.maguire@jcu.edu.au)
  • Digital life narratives of girls and women (talk with Dr Emma Maguire emma.maguire@jcu.edu.au)
  • Writing fiction, creative nonfiction, auto/biography or memoir (talk with Dr Emma Maguire emma.maguire@jcu.edu.au)
  • Exploring the relationships between authorship, editing, publishing, and reading of novels and short stories – Australian, British, American literature (talk with Dr Roger Osborne roger.osborne@jcu.edu.au)
  • Representation of cultural heritage texts in print and digital media – Australian, British, American literature (talk with Dr Roger Osborne roger.osborne@jcu.edu.a
  • Grief or trauma literature and memoir (talk with Dr Victoria Kuttainen victoria.kuttainen@jcu.edu.au)
  • Postcolonial approaches to literature (talk with Dr Victoria Kuttainen victoria.kuttainen@jcu.edu.au)
  • Early twentieth century 1914-1950 literature and/ or new media (magazines, photography, cinema) (talk with Dr Victoria Kuttainen victoria.kuttainen@jcu.edu.au)
  • Information on PhD entry requirements, application procedures and scholarships is available from the JCU Graduate Research School website: https://www.jcu.edu.au/graduate-research-school


For general enquiries please contact Professor Sean Ulm, (Associate Dean of Research Education) at sean.ulm@jcu.edu.au

Call for submissions to Special Issue of TEXT: ‘Poetry Now’

Across the ages, critics and poets have made pronouncements about the role and function of poetry in the world. Plato banished poetry from the ideal society, though was open to its value if defenders could prove it; Coleridge said that poetry is for ‘pleasure, not truth’. Auden said that ‘poetry makes nothing happen’; Anne Carson says that a poem ‘is an action of the mind captured on a page’. Alison Whittaker says that poetry can be a ‘great tool for organising and for mobilising people’. 

What is poetry now? What purposes does it serve, and for whom? How are poets harnessing poetry’s power globally to address urgent contemporary issues? How is poetry experienced and received among different communities of readers and listeners? And what are the new frontiers for poetry? How does it intersect with other domains, and what are the fruits of these intersections? What are its emerging contexts? How will poetry function in the future? 

This special issue of TEXT seeks to publish scholarly papers and poetry that investigate poetry’s evolving place in the contemporary moment. Papers and poetry are encouraged to explore, but are not limited to the following:

  • Poetry and activism
  • Poetry and aesthetics
  • Poetry and ageing
  • Poetry and the body
  • Poetry and collaboration
  • Poetry and community
  • Poetry as confession
  • Poetry as conversation
  • Poetry and design
  • Poetry and ecologies
  • Poetry and elders 
  • Poetry and the environment
  • Poetry as experiment
  • Poetry and genre
  • Poetry and humour
  • Poetry and identity
  • Poetry as instruction
  • Poetry as manifesto
  • Poetry and medicine
  • Poetry and memory
  • Poetry and music
  • Poetry and the non-human
  • Poetry and older Australians
  • Poetry and politics
  • Poetry as protest
  • Poetry and practice
  • Poetry as process
  • Poetry in public spaces
  • Poetry as record/history
  • Poetry as research
  • Poetry and science
  • Poetry and technology
  • The role of the poet
  • Poetry as witness
  • Poetry and writing lives

Scholarly papers should be between 5,000 and 6,000 words, including references. Up to three poems and/or one poetry sequence of any length per poet, will be considered. Please note, all poetry submissions must be accompanied by an ERA research statement that clearly explains the submission’s aims and significance. 

How to submit your Expression of Interest: 

  • Please submit a 250 word Expression of Interest for scholarly essays (by email to Jessica Wilkinson: jessica.wilkinson@rmit.edu.au with ‘Poetry Now EOI’ as the subject line. In your EOI please outline how your paper or poems explore(s) the theme of ‘Poetry Now’. Also, make sure you include the following information: your full name, institutional affiliation (if any), email address, title of paper/poem, brief biography (50–100 words), and 3 to 5 keywords (at least two of which should clearly relate to the issue’s title). Deadline: October 31st2020.
  • Poetry submissions should be sent in full, accompanied by an ERA research statement, by February 28th 2021.

Enquiries: Jessica Wilkinson, RMIT jessica.wilkinson@rmit.edu.au or Cassandra Atherton, Deakin University cassandra.atherton@deakin.edu.au or Sarah Holland-Batt, QUT, sarah.hollandbatt@qut.edu.au

Arts Law Reviews AAWP Prizes

The Arts Law Centre of Australia recently reviewed the AAWP’s Prizes terms and conditions for best practice.

Arts Law was very impressed with AAWP’s attitude, saying it clearly demonstrates respect for writers.

You can read the full review on the Arts Law website here, and don’t forget to send in your entry by July 31 for one of our five annual prizes for writers and translators.

More information on all of our prizes is available on our Prizes page.

Book Publicity Opportunity for AAWP Members

Dear members and friends of the Australasian Association of Writing Programs (AAWP),

The AAWP is developing a list of recent publications by members of the association in recognition of our work as writers and scholars. 

This initiative was inspired by the entirely excellent Dr Stephanie Green and the 2020 conference team at Griffith University, who have been considering best practice for conference book sales in the face of Covid-19. 

The AAWP Committee of Management has decided to support this initiative by facilitating member book sales via the AAWP website as an ongoing venture.

We see this is a way of supporting our (ace) members as well as commemorating twenty-five years of successful advocacy by AAWP for creative writing in Australian higher education. 

We invite you to send a list of your major creative and scholarly works, published since 2012. 

Details should be sent to Eileen Herbert-Goodall (AAWP memberships portfolio holder): memberships@aawp.org.au

Please use the following format:
Author:
Title:
Publisher and year of publication:
ISSN:

We would be grateful to receive these details as soon as possible but, at the latest, before 30 September 2020.

Please note that your AAWP membership must be current in order for your books to be listed on the website. 

If you’d like to become an AAWP member, or re-new your membership, head to the membership page on our website here.

Write boldly. Go gently. In solidarity. 

Dr Julia Prendergast
AAWP Executive Committee Chair

HASS Associations Respond to Tertiary Fee Increases

Please find below a link to a letter from HASS Associations opposing changes to HASS Degree fees, with AAWP as a signatory: 

https://www.chass.org.au/media-releases/letter-from-hass-associations-opposing-changes-to-hass-degree-fees/

Some of you may wish to sign a petition, opposing changes. If so please find attached a link and generic message, to share: 

Hi there,

I just signed the petition: Education for all – Stop fee hikes!
This issue means a lot to me – will you please sign the petition as well? Every person that signs this petition builds momentum for the campaign. Every signature brings us closer to victory!

Join me.
https://www.megaphone.org.au/petitions/educationforall?share=197c72cd-a364-436a-a5d1-6b5c900a613d

After you’ve signed the petition, please also take a moment to share it with others.