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Call for papers: VIOLENCE

This issue will allow writers, scholars and poets to probe the different types of violence: from linguistic to domestic; institutional to historical, against humans and against animals, that have plagued, and continue to plague, Australia’s cultural landscapes.  ...

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Westerly Vol.63 No.1 Now Available

  The new issue from our friends at Westerly features work from a great array of writers, including Claire G. Coleman, Philip Neilsen, Beejay Silcox, Dan Disney, Mohammed Massoud Morsi, Marcelle Freiman, Paul Collis, Julia Prendergast, Stuart Barnes, Rachael...

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2018 Gwen Harwood Poetry Prize is open for submissions

Now in its 23rd year, the Gwen Harwood Poetry Prize celebrates Tasmania’s most acclaimed poet. First Prize receives $2000 and publication in Island magazine; as well as subscriptions to Island, Meanjin, Overland, Griffith Review, Southerly, Westerly and The Lifted...

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The Fair Australia Writing Prize is open for entries

The 2018 Fair Australia Prize – Australia’s only union-sponsored literary competition – is now open for entries. The prize invites writers of fiction, poetry and essays, as well as graphic artists, to be part of setting a new agenda for our future. The prize will...

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Apply now for an APA Publishing Industry Internship

The Australian Publishers Association, with support from the Copyright Agency Cultural Fund, is again offering its Publishing Industry Internship Program. The program offers six interns an opportunity to work with, and be mentored by, talented industry staff and a...

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Entries now open for the Melbourne Prize for Literature

The Melbourne Prize for Literature is now taking submissions. If you are a published author and live in Victoria, you are eligible for entry with a prize pool of $100,000. All genres are welcome. For entry guidelines and the online entry form, visit the Melbourne...

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AAWP / Australian Short Story Festival – Last Call for Papers

The Australasian Association of Writing Programs has extended the deadline of the Emerging Writers Short Story Prize to June 30. For prospective authors, now is a great time to start proofreading those final revisions. Details on the prize and terms and conditions can...

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Quantum Words 2018 – Call For Submissions

Calling all science writers! Submissions are now open for NSW Writers Centre’s science writing festival, Quantum Words. Are you a scientist who writes? A journalist, playwright, or science fiction writer? Festival Director Jane McCredie is looking to program a...

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Talking Writing: Make It Funny

Join New South Wales Writers’ Centre for Talking Writing: Make It Funny, an evening of readings, discussion and laughs on Thursday 5 April. Junkee Media’s News and Politics Editor, Osman Faruqi, will chair a panel on writing comedy about typically unfunny...

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Alicia Gilmore’s Path to the Night Sea

Alicia Gilmore’s debut novel has been on store shelves for over a month now. Today, she discusses the process of working with Southerly’s own David Brooks . . . * * * * * *   Path to the Night Sea started as a short story in a fiction class with the author, Sue...

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Kevin Hart’s Barefoot out today!

Kevin Hart releases Barefoot today! For a taste of Hart’s unique poetic style readers can check out Southerly 77.2, where Hart has contributed the poems “Rain” and “New...

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New blogger- James Jiang

Thanks to Nasrin Mahoutchi-Hosaini for wrapping up 2017 with some insightful posts, and welcome to James Jiang, our first blogger for 2018. James Jiang completed his PhD in English at the University of Cambridge in 2016 and since returning to Australia has been...

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Call For Papers: ‘Festschrift—David Brooks’

  One of Australia’s finest writers of short stories, a poet with the ability to turn plain words into indelible cerebral images, and a novelist whose cut-glass prose turns the world strange and abyssal, David Brooks’ work has been widely anthologised,...

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Marten Bequest Scholarship – Call for Applications

Travelling scholarships from The Marten Bequest offer talented young artists the chance to explore, study and develop their artistic gifts through travelling either overseas or interstate. Applications to the Marten Bequest Scholarship are now open and will close on...

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New monthly blogger- Nasrin Mahoutchi-Hosaini!

Our thanks to Chloe Wilson for a great series of posts. Southerly’s blogger for December is Nasrin Mahoutchi-Hosaini. Nasrin Mahoutchi-Hosaini writes in Persian and English. Her short stories have been published in anthologies such as HEAT, Southerly, and...

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New monthly blogger- Chloe Wilson!

Many thanks to Mark Steven for his posts throughout October. Our new blogger for November is Chloe Wilson. Chloe Wilson is the author of two poetry collections, The Mermaid Problem and Not Fox Nor Axe, which was shortlisted for the Kenneth Slessor Prize for Poetry and...

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Rediscovering Elizabeth Harrower

Image: Elizabeth Harrower photographed returning to Australia in 1959 on board the Southern Cross. Courtesy of Elizabeth Harrower Elizabeth Harrower’s writing has engaged and challenged her readers since she began publishing in the late 1950s. Her work is concerned...

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Varuna Announces New Program of Indigenous Fellowships

Indigenous writers will be able to apply for new fellowships under an exciting new program developed by the National Writers’ House Varuna, Magabala Books, Sydney University and the Copyright Agency’s Cultural Fund. “Australian Indigenous writing...

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New monthly blogger – Mark Steven!

A big thank-you to our last monthly blogger, Jessica White, for her insightful posts. Our blogger for October is Mark Steven. Mark Steven is a Lecturer in Film Studies at the University of New South Wales. His research is focused on the narrative forms of class...

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Call for Papers: Comedy and Errors

Show us your funnies! Southerly is looking for a small number of essays and memoir, poems and short fiction on the theme of Comedy and Errors. From the laugh-out-loud to the wryly ironic, from biting satire to gag-a-minute, Southerly 77.3 Comedy & Errors considers...

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New monthly blogger – Jessica White!

An enormous thanks to David Musgrave for his fascinating posts. Our newest monthly blogger is Jessica White. Her bio is below. Jessica is the author of A Curious Intimacy and Entitlement. Her short stories, essays and poems have appeared widely in Australian and...

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July Monthly Blogger – David Musgrave!

A huge thanks to Marija Peričić for her excellent posts. Our blogger this month is David Musgrave. You can read all about him below: David Musgrave has published six collections of poetry, the most recent being Anatomy of Voice (GloriaSMH, 2016) and a novel, Glissando...

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