March 2019

Write for the Microflix Awards

Would you like to take part in a new literature-based film festival? The Microflix Award and Festival encourages filmmakers to tap into the creativity of the nation’s writers by selecting a microlit text (submitted to Microflix and curated by Spineless Wonders) and adapting it into a 3-minute film.

Each year, the competition will be based on a different theme. The 2019 theme is SOUND. You can write anything that responds to this theme, from a song that haunts you, to something from nature, industrial noise, or even the absence of sound.

Word limit: 400 words.

Entry fee: $10 or free for students and concession card holders.

Deadline: April 30th.

Prizes: $500 cash for Best Writing, plus a range of handy writerly-style prizes for Highly Recommended and Recommended Writers.

Microlit specialist, Cassandra Atherton, will select entries to be included on the Microflix website, alongside previously published microlit texts. Filmmakers will then choose a text to adapt into a microfilm. Awards will be offered to authors whose texts are used by finalists in the Microflix Film Awards, screened in September at the Surry Hills Festival.

For more details go to the Microflix site. And check out Jaimee Cachia's interview with 2018 Microflix filmmakers and authors, here.


Shuffle at the Newcastle Writers’ Festival

Shuffle is the anthology of sound-themed micro-fiction from the 2019 joanne burns microlit award – and we will be launching it at the Newcastle Writers’ Festival this April. To help celebrate we’ll be running additional #storybombingnwf19 activities throughout the festival. We have teamed up with experimental sound-art collective Sonant Bodies & Friends, as well as local actors, to produce ten narrations and musical compositions based on a selection of microlit finalists. These compositions will be free to hear and found embedded in green pillows in the shape of our Spineless Wonders slug. There will also be story postcards, pavement pages to read, and a busker with his ‘guitarpwriter’ to entertain you.

To find out more, read this festival round-up by Matilda Gould, here.



Fiction for your ears

Coffee Pod|cast and Little Fictions On Air are two exciting podcasts celebrating the best of Australian fiction, from the winners of the latest literary awards to local greats.

Coffee Pod|cast features two lively hosts - Ali Morris and Emma Walsh - who discuss a piece of microlit published by Spineless Wonders, over a cup of coffee. From bitter to fragrant, each piece has a unique flavour and brews literary inspiration. The microlit is performed by beloved and talented Little Fictions actors. The premiere episode of season 2 has just become available on all major podcasting platforms and is released fortnightly.

Little Fictions On Air is the newest incarnation of the popular live show performed at Knox St Bar since 2015. The celebration of short Australian fiction continues in themed episodes released fortnightly on 2RPH radio, featuring recordings from Little Fictions performances and hosted by Australian actor Ella Watson-Russell.

Join the conversation on the podcast Facebook pages:

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Cake and revenge

Come join us for the Sydney launch of Ashley Kalagian Blunt’s book, My Name is Revenge: a novella and collected essays. It will be launched by Emily Maguire, author of An Isolated Incident, which was shortlisted for three awards. Both authors are impressive, well respected wordsmiths, so you will be in good literary hands.

There will also be cake. And canapes. And book signing. So, if you would like to come along, here are the details:

When: Wednesday, April 10, 6.30-8pm.

Where: Acre Eatery, 21a Mallett St, Camperdown.

RSVP via Eventbrite.


Shuffle Give-away!

To win a copy of Shuffle, the anthology of sound-themed micro-fiction from the 2019 joanne burns micro-lit award, tell us about a song from your past and why it’s so significant to you, in 25 words or less.

Email your answer to


‘Quote’ unquote

When the mature-aged narrator starts dating Len from the bushwalking club, she didn’t expect to end up in the company of nudists…

‘… I wanted to ask him how he managed without pockets.  He smirked, probably stripping off my towels with his eyes.  I visually stripped away the shop counter he was standing behind.  About ten years older than Len, who must have been at least five years older than me.  Len’s age was a forbidden topic.  If I’d asked, I’d have given him permission to lie.  Allowing him to lie the first time gave him permission to lie again.  I’d been there.  Once was enough.’

From ‘Wearing Clothes Is Not Compulsory’, published in Julie Chevalier’s debut short fiction collection, Permission To Lie.


Dates for your diary

April 5-7 Newcastle Writers Festival – #storybombing/joanne burns MicroLit Award

April 10 – My Name Is Revenge launch

April 30 Storification- short fiction + sound, Sydney Writers Festival, Knox St Bar, Chippendale

April 30 deadline for Microflix Sound submissions

May 1 Carmel Bird Digital Literary Award longlist announced

June 30 deadline for Microflix Award submissions



This month’s Sluglines was prepared by Marion Thomas.