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Express Media looking for National Young Writers Month ambassadors.


Express Media is looking for ambassadors to encourage people to register for the upcoming National Young Writers Month in June. Candidates must be under 25, and will tour local councils, schools, universities and other youth organisations, and communicate with writers from their state throughout the month. Express Media will pay each ambassador $1500 to cover costs.

Applications are to be made to the General Manager. Entries close Monday 28th February. For more information see the Express Media website here.

Greenwich Cross-Genre Festival content online now


The Greenwich Cross-Genre Festival took place at the University of Greenwich, London, last July. It was a 3-day international conference focused on innovative writing and performance, with participants including writers, performers and academics from the UK, Ireland, the US, Europe, Canada and New Zealand.

Openned has just started adding some 20 hours worth of video recordings to their online archive. They can be found at the Openned Projects page here.

Otoliths Issue 20 online now


Otoliths, a magazine of ‘e-things’ has published its 20th issue. A semi-quarterly edited by Rockhampton-based poet Mark Young, Otoliths #20 includes the works of 64 poets and writers, including visual poetry by John M. Bennett, extracts from Matthew Johnstone and a review of Arlene Ang’s poetry collection “Seeing Birds In Church Is A Kind Of Adieu” by Thomas Fink.

Otoliths #20 and the entire Otoliths archives can be found at the website here. The closing date for submissions for Otoliths #21 is April 23rd.

Text Styles #5 in two weeks


The next Text Styles event is on the 28th of February at it’s usual venue of Hibernian House, Surry Hills. Hosted  by the Mersey Sound Collective, performers this month will include:

Benito Di Fonzo, Randall Stephens, Adam Everill, Bravo Child, MC Sumsay, Ray Mond, Milan Ring, Kade MC and others.

Text Styles #5 is on from 6pm, February 28th at Studio 205, Hibernian House, 342 Elizabeth Street, Surry Hills. For more information see their Facebook event page here or website here.

Sydney Def Poetry Jam #3 this Sunday


Def Poetry Jam is on again this Sunday night at Hibernian House in Surry Hills. This will be the last Def Poetry Jam for the year, with the event being renamed next year.

Performing at the Def Poetry Jam #3 are Old Men of Moss Mountain, Bravo Child, Tom Keily, Hau Latukefu (Koolism), Omar Musa, Randall Stephens, Farid Farid, Verbaleyes, Joel Rapaport, Liam Frost, Pious Poet, Cj Shaw and Sumsay

Entry is $10. Sydney Def Poetry Jam #3 is on Sunday 12th December from 6pm at Studio 205, Hibernian House, 342 Elizabeth Street, Surry Hills. For more information see the Facebook event page here.

RunAmok seeking poetry submissions


RunAmok is a new publisher of innovative/experimental poetics based in Cork City, Ireland. They are now taking submissions for the first issue of their two part magazine entitled ‘Fontanelles’ and ‘Foma’ which will contain poetry and criticism/reviews respectively.

Submissions are accepted by email only. Poetry collections will also be considered for forthcoming chapbooks.

For more information about RunAmok or for submission details, visit their website here.

Cordite #35 open for submissions


Submissions have now opened for Cordite 35. The theme for this issue is Australia-Korea, presented as part of an international poetry exchange, which will see works published in Australia, and translated into Korean. Submissions are accepted online, and can be based around any theme.

In its calls for submission, Cordite usually seeks new creative poetic works that address a particular theme. For this issue, while the overarching aim is Australia-Korea relations, we are instead seeking works on any theme. Although works that take Korean themes as their inspiration will of course be considered, the focus is on attracting engaging, innovative, translatable and contemporary works, no matter their ostensible subject(s).

Three contributers will be chosen to travel to Seoul in May 2011 to present their work and collaborate with Korean poets.

For more information on submission, or to submit online, visit the Cordite website here.

CAL Scribe Longlist Announced


Scribe Publications has announced the longlist for the 2011 CAL Scribe Fiction Prize. Launched in 2009, the CAL Scribe Fiction Prize is for unpublished manuscripts by Australian writers. The prize:

recognises that there are many examples of late bloomers when it comes to writers, certainly in terms of getting published. Youth is already celebrated in so many ways, and Scribe wants to support writers who are emerging or still going strong in their prime. It is Scribe’s intention that this prize will raise the profile of Australian fiction, demonstrate our commitment to local authors, and find a wonderful new voice and/or novel.

The longlist is:

Sally Bothroyd, ‘A Cocoa Jackson Mystery’ (NT)
Courtney Collins, ‘The Burial’ (NSW)
Richard Gosling, ‘Bear’ (NSW)
John Hughes, ‘The Remnants’ (NSW)
Lesley Jørgensen, ‘Cat and Fiddle’ (SA)
Jack Ramsay, ‘Brogan’s Crossing’ (Qld)
Dorothy Simmons, ‘Living Like a Kelly’ (Vic.)

A shortlist will be announced in the new year and the winner in February 2011..

Fish Short Story Prize 2010/11 closing soon


The Fish Short Story Prize, run by Fish Publishing, is entering its final weeks. The winners of the short story competition are published in the annual Fish Anthology, launched at the West Cork Literary Festival, and past winners have gone on to contribute much to the literary world. First prize is €3000.

The prize is open to works written in English, with a maximum of 5 000 words. The competition will be judged by Simon Mawer. Works can be emailed or posted, and incur a €20 fee.

For more information or submission details, see the Fish Publishing website here.

Matt Huynh & 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art call-out for Chinatown stories


Matt Huynh and the 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art are collaborating to present Sydney’s Chinatown through the visual short form of comic strips. They are calling for story submissions from Chinatown visitors, residents, students and workers to have their experiences featured in “Chinatown Comics”.

Matt Huynh is a comic creator and illustrator based in Sydney. He was named as one of the most innovative contributors to Sydney’s culture at the 2009 Creative Sydney Festival, and was awarded the inaugural Design NSW Traveling Scholarship.

For more information, for submission details, or for extensive documentation of how the first story was turned into a comic, visit the Chinatown Comics site here, or see the Facebook event page here. For more information about Gallery 4A, see their website here.