Enter the joanne burns award: Flashing the Square

This year, along with Richard Holt, I'll be judging the joanne burns award for microfiction and prose poems, tied in with the Flashing the Square project during Melbourne Writers' Festival in August. First prize for a microfiction or prose poem is $300. The winning and shortlisted entries will be published in the Spineless Wonders annual … Continue reading Enter the joanne burns award: Flashing the Square

Win James Franco’s Palo Alto with Faber Academy

Beginning the blogging year with a giveaway is always a good idea! This week you can win a copy of actor James Franco's upcoming short story collection Palo Alto, courtesy of Faber Academy and Allen & Unwin. What is Faber Academy? The Academy began in London when Faber offered creative writing courses out of their … Continue reading Win James Franco’s Palo Alto with Faber Academy

Obscene: A Portrait of Barney Rosset and Grove Press – Melbourne screening (win tickets!)

The preview: Obscene is a film biography of Barney Rosset, the influential publisher of Grove Press and the provocative Evergreen Review.  He was the first American publisher of Samuel Beckett, Kenzaburo Oe, Tom Stoppard, Che Guevara, and Malcolm X. He also battled the government to overrule the obscenity ban on groundbreaking works such as Lady Chatterley’s Lover, … Continue reading Obscene: A Portrait of Barney Rosset and Grove Press – Melbourne screening (win tickets!)

LiteraryMinded May haiku comp

Theme: In honour of the panel I'm on at the Emerging Writers' Festival this Saturday (The Revolution Will be Downloaded - 3pm, Melbourne Town Hall), the theme of this month's haiku competition will be the richness of the internet. From literature to lolcats, Google maps, epic fails, confessionalisms, copyrighted material, Facebook statuses, online libraries, strange … Continue reading LiteraryMinded May haiku comp

And the winner is…

The winner of the LiteraryMinded April haiku comp is Damon Young, with this beauty combining history, philosophy and a glimpse of the ordinary: Heidegger on the 3.10 Lilydale express. Ekphanestaton. The 'uncommon/unusual' word, ekphanestaton, that Damon has used comes from Heidegger's philosophy. Here's a page featuring it on Google Books. Perhaps Damon could shed more light … Continue reading And the winner is…