By Helen Hopcroft I grew up in a single parent family in Tasmania but secretly always wanted to be a dead French Queen. Let your mind hover over a map of Australia, then zoom down into an uninspiring Hobart suburb circa 1979. It’s probably raining. Picture an old weatherboard house beside the Derwent River, then … Read More
Writer and Digital Humanities specialist, David Thomas Henry Wright has won the 2021 Carmel Bird Digital Literary Award for A Condensed History of the Australian Camel. Our prize judge Roanna Gonsalves described Wright’s entry as an ‘exceptional work,’ which is ‘in part an ode to camels and in part a ludic interrogation of the archive’. … Read More
We are thrilled to introduce you to emerging writer, Bethany Cody whose short story, ‘Seep’ is published in the 2021 Slinkies anthology. In this interview with publishing intern, Jessica Duff, Bethany talks about the origin of her story, about the role of research in fiction writing and her favourite authors. To find out more about … Read More
‘Dear Ibis is a letter. Like all letters, it is a time capsule. Written during a year of fire, flood and a global pandemic, Dear Ibis touches on some of the key challenges that have impacted our world.’ Spineless Wonders is proud to be releasing Kate Liston-Mills’ second collection of short fiction. Dear Ibis is … Read More
This year the NWF/joanne burns Microlit Award invited writers to submit fiction or prose poems of up to 200 words which play with popular genres. The winners of the National and Hunter categories, along with award finalists and invited authors are published in the anthology, Pulped Fiction which is released this month. The winners are….
by Carmel Bird Writing a short story is one of my greatest pleasures. Then taking a bunch of stories I have written and devising a structure for a collection – that’s another. Sometimes writers set out with a theme – say, to keep it simple here, fourteen stories about plagues – and then their task … Read More
Mentor, writers’ circle or uni course? Our 2021 Slinkies judge, Deniz Agraz shares her thoughts on the various options for emerging writers. As well as a potted history of her own writing career to date, beginning at the age of seven.
Our intrepid publishing intern, Angela Jin, returns this week with reflections from a simulated-life gamer which some writers may find instructive.
In this belle lettre on the lost art of letter-writing, publishing intern, Luzelle Sotelo gets a rude shock at her local post office.
On a slightly more serious note this week, our publishing intern Angela Jin responds to some social media gaslighting.