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Monday, September 01, 2014

Special regime Poetry Edition - Submissions now open

Submissions Open: Regime 05 The Poetry Edition

Announcing with pleasure Regime 05 The Poetry Issue, to be edited in its entirety by renowned poet and Regime Magazine Contributing Editor Andrew Burke.

As always, we’re after your best.

To be released sometime towards the end of this year, we’ll be paying poets; $10 from the cover price of every copy sold from our website will be split between contributors. “Let’s all get rich publishing our poetry,” said no-one ever. But at least no-one’s going broke, either. Better than a poke in the eye with a burnt stick, eh?

Please visit our website to submit.
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Saturday, August 30, 2014

$275 Hong Kong: What's that in real money?

Li Young Lee, poet and scholar

HK University Press 2014 Poetry Prize

The Hong Kong University School of English Creative Writing Studio and HKU Press announce the 2014 International Poetry Prize for an unpublished first collection written in English. Li-young Lee will be the final judge and the prize will include HK$2500 and publication of the collection. The deadline for submissions is 31 December 2014 and the winner will be announced in January 2015.

There is an administrative fee of HK$275 - but bear in mind that in inviting submissions from anywhere in the world, there will be a lot of administration and reading to do! We know that some prizes exist to generate income for the entity making the award, but that's not the case here.
Details of previous awards are available here: HKU Poetry Prize 2012 and HKU Poetry Prize 2010

Thursday, August 28, 2014

The 2014 Adrien Abbott Prize CLOSES SEPTEMBER 1st

The Adrien Abbott Prize was launched on 4th May 2012 for Adrien - a gifted writer and inspirational teacher of english who died before her time in May 2010. This is the third year of this competition "inspired by the poetry of her life" - Mark Tredinnick

Competition Theme 2014 — MUSIC
Poem(s) maximum of 25 lines — 1st prize $400 tutorial with Mark Tredinnick
Short story(s) maximum of 750 words — 1st prize $400 tutorial with Diana Simmonds
Closing date — 1st September 2014
The collected stories & poems — winners and highly commended will be announced 15th October 2014
Judges 2013 — Mark Tredinnick & Diana Simmonds
{ Judges 2012— Kathryn Heyman & Mark Tredinnick }
Each entry must be submitted anonymised as an individual PDF file — Ariel 16pt
Full name and address required separately— including State & postcode
Open to residents of Australia.
A poem or short story can have been submitted elsewhere, or be under consideration elsewhere but not previously published at the time of submission.

Submissions should have either 'poem' or 'short story' in the subject of the email and be sent to —

News nicked from writingWA's Newsletter

Book Launch: Letters to Mark
Please join Regime Books to summon into reality this remarkable collection by WA poet Christopher Konrad. To be launched by Shane McCauley, with music by Ross Bolleter. A book of wilderness, poetry and redemption. From 6.30pm, Monday Sept 15, at New Edition Bookshop, 41 High Street (cnr Henry Street), Fremantle.
The Break, Deb Fitzpatrick (Fremantle Press)
WA's south-west coast is the kind of place people escape to. Unless you have lived there all your life, in which case you long to get away.
Rosie and Cray chuck in their city jobs for Margaret River while Liza, Ferg and Sam have been there forever, working the family farm. Under pressure from developers the families unite against change. But when a natural disaster strikes, change is inevitable.
Join Fremantle Press to celebrate the launch of acclaimed children's author Deb Fitzpatrick's debut novel for adults. The Break will be launched Monday 1 September, 6pm for a 6.30pm start, at New Edition Bookshop, 41 High Street, Fremantle. RSVP via email.

The Gwen Harwood Poetry Prize
For an unpublished single poem or linked suite to 80 lines. First Prize: $2000 + publication in Island + annual subscriptions to a range of literary journals. Second Prize: publication + annual subscriptions. 2014 judges are Sarah Holland-Batt, Gig Ryan, and Sarah Day. Entries close September 30. Entry fees $20/$15 Islandsubscribers. For details click here.

Nailing Your Novel - Why Writers Abandon Books
This five-week course will teach you everything you need to know about starting, writing and finishing a novel. Join novelist Natasha Lester as she shares her secrets to writing an award-winning novel. Designed for those who’ve always wanted to write a novel but don’t know where to begin, as well as those who’ve started only to give up because they’re not sure where they’re going. Five sessions, from 6:30-9:00pm, Thurs 30 Oct-Thurs 27 Nov, at UWA Claremont. Cost: $169. For details, clickhere.
Josephine Ulrick Literature & Poetry Prizes 2015

Among the richest poetry and short story prizes in the world, the Griffith University Josephine Ulrick prizes in 2015 are worth $30,000 in total prize money. The Literature Prize seeks short fiction to 2000 words, while the Poetry Prize calls for poems to 100 lines. Each offers a First Prize of $10,000, with $5000 for Second Prize. Entries open 1 Dec and close 13 Feb 2015. For details, click here.   

Marathon Writing Competition
The Society of Women Writers WA is hosting another Marathon Writing Competition to help you ignite your creativity and prise raw ideas from the bedrock of your imagination. Mine a rich seam of plots, characters and narratives, to be cut and polished later into literary diamonds. Bring your favourite pens; notepaper supplied. There will be ten challenges of 25 min each, with the winner receiving a trophy and certificate. There are also prizes for second and third places. Cost is $20, inc. tea/coffee, and the Marathon is open to men and women. Sat 20 September, from 9.30am-4pm at the Citiplace Community Centre, Perth Railway Station Concourse. Book via email or ph. 0415 840 031. For information on the Society of Women Writers WA, visit their website.

Writing Books for Children and Young Adults
Writing for children and teenagers - it's easy, right? After all, if there's one thing we all were once, it's a kid. But just as eating ice-cream doesn't automatically make you a gelato expert, so too with children' s fiction. Many of us have great book ideas for children and teens, but simply aren’t sure where to start. That’s where the Australian Writers’ Centre can help. Whether it’s epic fantasy, comic adventure, romance or realism you want to write, this course covers all the essentials of writing fiction, with a specific focus on the most common questions about the dos and don’ts of writing for children and young adults. Weekend course at The Wembley Hotel, 18 & 19 October. Cost: $395. For details, click here.

Trove UWA Seeks Fiction and Poetry
Trove is the University of Western Australia's student-run online creative arts journal. They are currently seeking submissions as follows:
* Poetry on the theme of Memento Mori. Selected poems will receive $50 cash and will be displayed as part of the exhibition featuring the extraordinary video work Allegoria Sacra by the Russian collective AES+F, an evocation of Purgatory as an international airport. Submissions close 19 September.
* Poetry and fiction for an issue with the theme of "Ground". Submissions close 10 October.
Get creative. Get cracking. For details, click here.

for more information from writingWA, go to 

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Robert Hass wins $100,000 Wallace Stevens Award

Robert Hass, the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and UC Berkeley professor, has won the prestigious Wallace Stevens Award. The $100,000 prize is given annually by the Academy of American Poets in recognition of “outstanding and proven mastery in the art of poetry.”
Hass, a 73-year-old native of San Francisco, is a former poet laureate of the United States; he served from 1995 to 1997. He has also won a National Book Award, two National Book Critics Circle Awards and a MacArthur Fellowship. His recent books include “What Light Can Do: Essays on Art, Imagination, and the Natural World” (2012) and “The Apple Trees at Olema: New and Selected Poems” (2010), which Chronicle reviewer Dean Rader described as “a generous book [that] shows Hass’ impressive range, both thematically and formally.” The poet Forrest Gander has said Hass’ work “attends to the details of quotidian life with remarkable clarity.”
Read on HERE

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Robert Lloyd Live at Holy Trinity Arts Festival.

Cincinnati Review Reading Period on now

The editors of The Cincinnati Review (est. 2003) have opened their yearly reading period and are now reviewing submissions for upcoming issues. The semiannual literary journal is edited and published by students and faculty of the University of Cincinnati. Both aspiring and experienced writers are encouraged to submit their work. Poetry: submit up to 10 pages of poetry. Prose (fiction/nonfiction): not to exceed 40 (double-spaced) pages. Long-form narratives (prose/poetry): submit 10-plus pages of poetry; 10K-35K words for prose. Book reviews: submit a single review of a book, up to 1500 words. Payment: $25/page for prose; and $30/page for poetry. The Cincinnati Review buys FNASR, plus electronic rights. Authors retain All Rights after publication. Reading period: August 15, 2014-April 15, 2015 -

Words in Winter - with berni janssen and Janet Galbraith

Queensland Poetry Festival 2014 starts Friday

QPF 2014 is here!
Only four more days to go... this Friday we take over the Judith Wright Centre with a program full of poetry, spoken word, music, performance. We'll be filling the air with the breadth and depth of language in all of its forms.

To get a taster of what is to come over the weekend visit the QPF website for a host of interviews, poetic snapshots, and other tidbits from the festival artists. And keep in touch with us via facebook and ontwitter #qpf14.

And of course please join us this Friday 29th August from 6pm for a glass of wine as we officially open the festival and announce the winners of the 2014 Arts Queensland Poetry Awards. Then kick back and get lively with the spectacular Needlepoints of Light!

In love and poetry -
Sarah, Festival Director

Exactly, Jerry Garcia, same here!

Oh, the coincidence is too much! I had a Jerry Garcia Day the day before yesterday (I'm sick with a cold which just seems to get worse, so I don't know which day it is!), and then a discussion about what choice do we have when yesterday's newspaper reported the ranking of just TWO parties in our national politics debate - then I tuned into facebook today to see this great little comment from Jerry Garcia: