26 July 2004

News from John Tranter's Jacket magazine

> Three items of news from John Tranter's Jacket magazine --
> Poet and editor Pam Brown is now Associate Editor of Jacket magazine.
> Pam has an author notes page which provides links to the items she's
> published in Jacket, including an informative interview:
> http://jacketmagazine.com/bio/brown-pam.html
> Jacket magazine is seeking reviewers;
> for more information please see this page:
> http://jacketmagazine.com/reviews-db/reviewing.html
> More than three hundred Jacket book reviews and author interviews
> are now gathered in one page of glittering links:
> http://jacketmagazine.com/reviews-db/reviews-a.html

25 July 2004

More events

From an email from Liz Winfield:Some more events:

1 August Sunday 3-5pm Republic Readings ? Poetry & prose readings by Terry Whitebeach 3.15pm the Tasmanian launch, by Tim Thorne, of Bantam, a novel for young adults which was written on the phone between Alice Springs and Cygnet by Terry W and her son Michael Brown. All welcome.
1 August 2PM Fullers Bookshop, Launceston, Myer Fredman and ?The Drama of Opera?.
1 August closing date for individuals in Arts Tas Progs see www.arts.tas.gov.au or ph 6233 7308

13 August 7:30PM FAW Meeting, Friends? Meeting House, guests welcome. Philomena van Rijswijk mini-writing workshop. Gold coin donation.

27 August Friday 12:30 - 1:30pm at Women Tasmania, Philomena van Rijwsijk?s workshop.

5 September Republic Readings National Poetry Week Celebrations 3-5PM Republic Bar & Café, 299 Elizabeth St. (visit http://www.poetsunion.com/) Bob Broughton will launch The Republic Readings #8 guest editor Peter Macrow, launch of The Poets? Republic #7, music from Masala with Karen Knight performing haiku + The Hobart Poetry Pot (1-min limit, loudest audience response = winner)

*Reflections of Tasmania
9-17 July presented by Arts Tas & Uni (free events)

TWC workshops :
18 July ELSPETH SANDYS workshop
15 August UK poet, CLIFF FORSHAW
12 September Canadian author, KEN McGOOGAN; 26 September the 2004 Hobart City Writer in Residence, PETER BAKOWSKI;
3 October Launceston, Judith Beveridge;
21 November ARABELLA EDGE;
5 December Jennifer Lee.

23 July 2004

Coming up on PoeticA

POETICA: on ABC Radio National every SATURDAY AT 3.05 PM
Program details:

Exclamations: a bi-lingual program of contemporary Croatian
poetry, 1991-1994.

Trees: a celebration of trees, featuring poetry from Thomas Hardy
to Tracy Ryan.

A Winter Cure: a heart-warming encounter with Irish poet, Tony

I Sit in the Front Row of Myself: the poetry of Andrew Burke.

Little Presses, Volume 2: for National Poetry Week, PoeticA
surveys some of the best from Australi's little poetry presses.

Two South African Poets, part 1: recorded by Sharon Davis in
South Africa, these programs feature the work of two poets looking at their
country today from different backgrounds. Part one focuses on indigenous
South African poet, Sandile Dikeni.

Two South African Poets, part 2: Afrikaner poet, Antjie Krog.

The Narrow Road to the Deep North: Matsuo Basho's famous account
in haibun style of his travels through Northern Japan in the seventeenth

Leunig: meet Michael Leunig, cartoonist and writer of humorous and
philosophical verses.

The Tasmanian Poetry Festival: festival highlights recorded live at

What Women Say After Dark: poems by New York poet and
playwright Donna Spector read by Susan Maushart and Vivienne Garrett.

James Merrill: a feature on this well-known American poet
including archival recordings of him reading his own work.

Coaldale: a dramatised version of Geoff Page's new verse novel.

For further details please contact the producers of PoeticA
Mike Ladd Ph: (08) 8343 4928
Krystyna Kubiak Ph:(08) 8343 4271

22 July 2004

'Going Down Swinging' 30 July 2004, 7.30pm

'Going Down Swinging' presents Literary Bingo Extravaganza! - 30 July 2004, 7.30pm. Melbourne -- fundraiser for next issue. "A joyful mix of bingo, readings, free gourmet nibblies, cheap grog, music and dancing. Prizes aplenty. Bookings essential, call (03) 9531 6043. 7.30pm. Cost: $15/$12"
Where: Community Room, Edinburgh Gardens, North Fitzroy
For further information contact 'Going Down Swinging' on above number or care of info@goingdownswinging.org.au

21 July 2004

The Newcastle Poetry Prize has acquired a new lease of life

Maybe you already knew this, I did not:
"Following discussions between the Hunter Writers Centre, Newcastle City Council and University of Newcastle, the Newcastle Poetry Prize has acquired a new lease of life ..." (more below).
From the University of Newcastle media release:
The Newcastle Poetry Prize (formerly known as the Mattara Prize, 1981–1991) is considered a major event on the Australian literary calendar. Previous winners and commended entries have included work from nationally and internationally recognised names such as Peter Porter, Brook Emery, Anthony Lawrence and Robert Adamson ...
The 2004 competition will have three sections
-- the Newcastle Poetry Prize ($8,000),
--the Newcastle Poetry Prize New Media Award ($2000) and
--the Newcastle Poetry Prize Local Poets Award ($500).
The judges for the 2004 competition are John Bennett, Judy Johnson and Lizz Murphy.
Closing date for entries is 29th October 2004.
Conditions of entry and entry forms are available at the Hunter Writer’s Center, http://www.hwc.mockfrog.com.au/, or by sending a stamped, self-addressed envelope to The Hunter Writer’s Centre, PO Box 71 Hamilton 2303.
For more information and interviews contact Newcastle City Council’s Sponsorship and Grants Officer Ruth Edwards on 02 4974 2836, Brian Joyce, Coordinator of the HWC on 02 4940 0003 or Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Professor Brian English on 02 4921 5114.
"The University has promised $10,000 a year for the next three years towards the running of the prize. The Council has come forward with $5000 this year and possibly increases over the next 2 years. The HWC proposed a plan that will see further corporate sponsorship being include n the prize, a staged increase in the value of the Prize and partnerships with appropriate organisations and publications. "
(Source: Hunter Writers Centre newsletter, May 2004)

18 July 2004

Multicultural Mental Health Australia poetry competition

Multicultural Mental Health Australia (MMHA), an organisation that provides national leadership in mental health and suicide prevention for Australians from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, is holding a poetry competition for young Australians in secondary schools who are aged between 12 and 15 (junior category) and over 16. Entrants must be an intensive English language student (or equivalent) within the specified age groups, studying in Australia.

The topic of the competition is: Who am I? Where do I belong? Suggested topics for the poems include cultural identity, resilience*, personal and social well-being, and what it feels like to live as part of a community.

(* Resilience is defined as the “human capacity and ability to face, overcome, be strengthened by, and even be transformed by experiences of adversity.” ResilienceNet brings together information available through the internet and conventional published sources about the development and expression of human resilience. See: http://www.resilnet.uiuc.edu/)

Winners will recieve a certificate, a Macquarie Dictionary and selection of books. There will be a winner in each category in each state, and an overall national winner in the junior and senior category. The winning recipients’ school will recieve an acknowledgement certificate and a Macquarie Dictionary.

Closing date: 3 September 2004.
Info: phone MMHA on (02) 9840 3333 (EST) or email your questions to admin@mmha.org.au
Entry forms availalbe from teh MMHA at the above, or write to them MMHA Poetry Competition 2004 Locked Bag 7118 PARRAMATTA BC NSW 2150
Online at: http://www.mmha.org.au/poetry/
Kinko’s International (Australia)
Macquarie Dictionary
Penguin Group Australia
Imprints Booksellers (South Australia)
Megalong Books (New South Wales)
Angus & Robertson (Penrith, NSW)
Simon and Schuster (Australia) Pty Ltd

(Source: PDF document from MMHA posted to the youthgas discussion list)

14 July 2004

Studio journal

An invitation to: " ... be part of a journal with a 25 year tradition, and with writers of significance across Australia, the USA, UK, New Zealand and beyond ..."
Studio "... is a quarterly journal publishing poetry and prose of literary merit, offering a venue for previously published, new and aspiring writers, and seeking to to create a sense of community among Christians writing. Studio is published in each season, featuring 36 pages of poetry, prose and occasional articles, as well as news and reviews of writing, writers and events of interest to members.
Membership of Studio puts you in touch with:

  • quality writing from Australia and overseas
  • avenues for publishing and writing in Australia and overseas
  • news of conferences and festivals of interest to writers
  • details of competitions for prose and poetry
  • other christian arts organisations, significant books and other publications
  • informed comment and responses to literary ideas
  • a wide variety of writers and christian artists in Australia and overseas

In the Studio
A Studio is a special place for the artist; it is a space where serious work is created, shared and presented. in a Studio you can experiment, be yourself and display your best work for others to see.
Studio is a non-profit journal published by an Australian editorial team from Albury, Sydney and Melbourne, and with consultant editors across Australia. No editor or consultant editor is paid any remuneration. Studio seeks to serve its members through publishing the best work offered for publication, sponsoring competitions, announcing events of interest to members, and developing the community of Christians writing. Studio has been published continuously since 1980.
Members of Studio include universities, libraries, theological colleges, arts organisations, media groups, prominent writers and many hundreds of people interested in writing and the arts in Australia and overseas. As a quality magazine with high standards of design, and printed on high-quality recycled paper, Studio is also read by many more people in public and private collections.
Studio grows as people join to share their work and commit themselves to supporting a quality journal among writers, and people interested in writing, in Australia and overseas. Studio strives for excellence because God is excellence itself.
Guidelines for Contributors:
Studio welcomes unsolicited submissions of poetry, short stories, other prose fiction, letters, reviews and literary articles from members or non-members.
Guidelines to note are:

  • All work must be typed and double-spaced on one side of A4 white paper.
  • Name and address must appear on the reverse side of each page submitted.
  • Submissions cannot be accepted by email or fax - hard copy is required to allow full editorial consideration.
  • A stamped, self-addressed envelope must accompany each unsolicited manuscript, otherwise it cannot be acknowledged or returned.
  • Overseas contributors must use International Postal Coupons (IRC) in place of a stamped envelope.
  • Replies to unsolicited manuscripts will usually take 3 to 4 weeks from the time they are received by the editor.
  • Submissions can be sent at any time, and accepted contributions will be published at the first available opportunity after acceptance
  • Length of submissions - poems can be any length up to approximately 200 lines, prose pieces should be no longer than 5000 words.
  • Studio welcomes original artwork and graphics for the cover and other illustrations. Appropriate acknowledgement and complimentary copies will be given.
  • Copyright of individual published pieces remains with the author, while each edition as a whole is copyright to Studio. Studio requests the usual acknowledgement courtesies for the publication of work first published in Studio.
Payment to contributors is by way of a complimentary copy of each edition in which their work appears. Additional copies of the edition in which work appears are available to contributors upon request at special discounted rates. How to join Studio: Please send by regular mail details of your name, address and postcode (or zip code), and include your payment option as detailed below. All prices are in Australian dollars.
* One year subscription (4 issues): $40AUD post paid (within Australia)
* Two years' subscription (8 issues): $80AUD post paid (within Australia)
* Sample copy: $10AUD post paid (Australia and overseas)
* Overseas subscription for one year (4 issues): $60AUD airmail (outside Australia)
Payment method inquiries: contact: Paul Grover, Managing Editor
727 Peel St
Albury NSW 2640

9 July 2004

Excerpt from article on poet Lisa Bellear in The Age:
Poetry matters to her. She started writing poems at the age of eight (when she also started taking photographs) and has been published internationally as well as across Australia. Her first collection, Dreaming in Urban Areas, won good reviews.

"The strange thing is, I get lots of support for my poetry from Anglo males, much more than from Anglo women. They're the ones who say, 'Lisa, can you send something to us in Oxford?' or 'Can you send something over to America?' They might be in their 60s or 70s but they know how to say hi, be friendly and respectful. It's a funny old world, you know."

7 July 2004

Poetry by Selwyn Hughes

Poetry lovers in Tasmania may recall readings by poet, Selwyn Hughes in Hobart and Launceston in 2002?

His work is now online at:

The site is beautifully designed to allow the poetry to be at the fore, and has an immediacy that suits the poetry, which is of a high order. A must-read, must-visit site!

2 July 2004

POETICA [03/07/2004]

On POETICA this Sunday [03/07/2004]
This poetic portrait of the Hay Plain in outback New South Wales features interviews with people who live on the plain, soundscapes and music, interwoven with poems and prose extracts by Ron Pretty, Anthony Lawrence, Phil Norton, John Anderson, Banjo Patterson, Juliet Payne and Joseph Furphy. [link]
But then again, you might be ...

At the Republic Bar and Cafe, first Sunday afternoon of every month ... Poetry poetry poetry ...

POETICA [03/07/2004]

On POETICA this Sunday [03/07/2004]
This poetic portrait of the Hay Plain in outback New South Wales features interviews with people who live on the plain, soundscapes and music, interwoven with poems and prose extracts by Ron Pretty, Anthony Lawrence, Phil Norton, John Anderson, Banjo Patterson, Juliet Payne and Joseph Furphy. [link]
But then again, you might be ...

At the Republic Bar and Cafe, first Sunday afternoon of every month ... Poetry poetry poetry ...

Blogs are getting serious now ...

'The educated blogger: Using weblogs to promote literacy in the classroom'
This paper (published in the current issue of 'First Monday') "explores the role of weblogs or "blogs" in classroom settings. Blogs, which resemble personal journals or diaries and provide an online venue where self–expression and creativity is encouraged and online communities are built, provide an excellent opportunity for educators to advance literacy through storytelling and dialogue. This paper explores the importance of literacy and storytelling in learning, and then juxtaposes these concepts with the features of blogs. The paper also reviews examples of blogs in practice".
You, rhymers, you, make haste and be swift, attend to the Swift Satire Competition

From the website:
The Kilkenny International Swift Society are pleased to invite submissions of a satirical poem, in the spirit and style of Swift, on a topic of social/political interest. The competition is both a celebration of Swift as one of Ireland’s greatest satirists, and an invitation to contemporary writers to ‘translate’ his manner into a modern setting.

In keeping with Swiftian tradition, the poem should be substantial in length (approximately 50 lines), and written throughout in rhyming couplets: examples of Swift’s poetical practice in this form, which entrants may wish to consult, are his famous satires, “A Panegyric on the Reverend Dean Swift”, “A Panegyric on the Dean”, “Verses on the Death of Dr Swift”, and “A Character, Panegyric, and Description of the Legion Club”.

The poem must be written in English, but its subject may refer to any country or culture or period. The judges of the competition are looking for a poem that displays a winning combination of technical skill and poetic humour – a combination which distinguishes most of Swift’s ironic and satirical verse. They are also interested to see how an eighteenth-century form might be adapted to new times and circumstances.

Entrants should submit only one poem, two copies of which should be included.

Prize: Eur 1,000

Closing date: 24th July 2004. Winners will be announced in mid-August.

Entry Fee: A single entry fee of USD 6.00, Eur 5.00 , £3.60 Stg or AUD 12.00 should accompany each submission by the entrant

Judge: Professor Joe McMinn, University of Ulster

Address: Entries should be sent to "Swift Satire Competition, c/o Margaret Liston, Ballyragget, Co. Kilkenny, Ireland". There is no application form for entry to the competition.

Email Entries: Entries may also be submitted by email to info AT swiftsociety DOT com. Poems may be pasted into the email or submitted as an attachment preferably in .rtf format. In the case of work submitted by email, the entry fee should arrive in the post not later than 17th July.

Checks/Drafts should be payable to Kilkenny International Swift Society. Work submitted without an entry fee will not be read.

The judge and committee reserves the right to withhold a prize in the event of entrants failing to achieve the required standard.

All entries received via postal mail must be in typewritten format.

Each entry should contain a cover sheet with the author's name, address, and telephone number and/or FAX and/or email address. ONLY the cover sheet should have this information. In the case of work submitted by post, entries longer than one page should be stapled together.

Entries should be the author's original work and should not have previously been published.

Copyright of the winning entries will be retained by the Kilkenny International Swift Society for the purpose of publishing the winning entries in a future anthology or as excerpts for the promotion of satire.

Contestants should keep copies of their submission as entries cannot be returned.

In the case of work submitted by post or email, the committee can bear no responsibility for non-delivery of the entries. For posted applications contestants should put a clear return address on the envelope in case of non-delivery.

For further information, please contact Margaret Liston at info AT swiftsociety DOT com

1 July 2004

UQ Vanguard call for submissions

From: "UQ Vanguard" uqvanguard@uq.edu.au

*** Man Ray: Life, Work, Themes
This will be a professionally printed 100-120 page book-bound publication, and is calling for both written (fiction, non-fiction, poetry, reviews, letters etc) and visual (anything printable) submissions in relation to the life and work of Man Ray and the themes that he explored (for submission guidelines please visit http://www.emsah.uq.edu.au/uqvanguard). The submission deadline is Monday 12th July 2004.

*** UQ Vanguard Photographic Essay Award
Prize (national): $300-500 worth of photographic materials + publication Prize (international): publication, certificate + copy of Man Ray issue This award calls for an essay/narrative in 6-10 black and white photographs in response to Man Ray's life, work and themes (the Award theme is very wide). Entries for the Photographic Essay Award are to be sent on CD or disk with photographs saved as high-resolution JPEG files, with a 1-2 printed cover sheet with the following information included: Name, Address, Email, Title of Entry, and thumbnail versions of the photographs. Please send entries to UQ Vanguard, c/o Clubs and Societies, UQ Union, University of Queensland, St Lucia, 4072. The award deadline is Monday 5th of July 2004. No entry fee but UQ Vanguard clamis first publication rights (solely for Man Ray issue).

*** UQ Vanguard Art Writing Award
Prize: $500 + publication. In its second year, this award calls for a 1000-2000 word response (in essay, commentary or critique format) to the current Man Ray Exhibition at the Queensland Art Gallery (for conditions, guidelines and entry form please visit http://www.emsah.uq.edu.au/uqvanguard). The award deadline is Monday 5th of July 2004. No entry fee but UQ Vanguard clamis first publication rights (solely for Man Ray issue).

*** 2004 UQ Vanguard Literary and LiterARTure Awards
The Award - an initiative by UQ Vanguard and Archives Fine Books - is aimed at encouraging and rewarding contemporary Australian writing and art. The short story, between 3000 and 5000 words, can be accompanied by any artwork in a printable medium. Deadline: September 1, 2004. First prize: $3,500 plus publication. Bonus LiterARTure Award: $500. Conditions and entry form: W: http://www.emsah.uq.edu.au/uqvanguard E: uqvanguard@uq.edu.au

Poetry prizes

Ivy's blog, Ivy is here, has an excellent listing of forthcoming poetry competitions: see the right sidebar and scroll down a bit ...


This article on creativity may strike a few sparks for some.
However Writers Online has good stuff in its archives.
I am posting this because I am tired of seeing myself put nothing on this blog and not getting the updates to The Write Stuff up online ... they will be done, they will be done ...

Short story competitions to enter in 2019

Thanks to the Australian Writers Centre, here's a list of s hort story competitions to enter in 2019: https://www.writerscentre.com.au/...