Emerging Writers’ Festival

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On the cold morning of the 30th of May, I got myself on a plane and made my way to the Emerging Writers’ Festival. While I only had time to see three events, it was awesome. I attended ‘The Emerging Writer Book Launch’, ‘Late Night Live with Literary Magazine -Flash Fiction with Seizure’ and ‘The Pitch’, all of which were amazing. Next year, I will leave myself more time/ plan ahead more.

Highlights include:

-Seeing the amazing Khairani Barokka perform ‘Red’! Amazing performance! Such                         an incredible person.
-Seeing Ross Onley-Zerkel host ‘The Emerging Writer Book Launch’ with AUSLAN         interpreters translating. He was really engaging and a great host.
-Seeing Rebecca Slater (winner of the Monash University Undergraduate Prize for Creative Writing) read from her winning story ‘Stewed Fruit’ at Flash Fiction with Seizure.
-Hearing about all the no-nos of writing at ‘The Pitch’. Also, live tweeting for the first time. It is awkward and stressful – not a highlight
-Finding out about Seizure and that many of the people are from Sydney
-Going to ‘Naked for Satan’ to get $1 tapas. Blows my mind every time.

Wish I could have done a proper write up for all these events but I was letting myself be fully immersed in the Emerging Writers’ Festival and that’s important too. Great to meet so many cool people. Woo!

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Shortlisted for Monash University Undergraduate Prize

Promise

A month ago I was shortlisted for the EWF Monash University Undergraduate Prize. It was a huge honour to be shortlisted and I’m very excited to announce that my short story ‘Home’ is now available in an ebook published by Penguin. The ebook is called Promise: Monash University Undergraduate Prize Shortlist and has only recently gone live. Have a look! A big thanks to Emerging Writers’ Festival and Monash University, I feel incredibly encouraged and feel just a little more confident calling myself an emerging writer.

You can read it or buy it through The Penguin SiteAppleAmazon or Google.

Sydney Writers’ Festival – The UTS Writers’ Anthology Launch

The UTS Writers’ Anthology launch was celebrated on Friday 24 May as part of Sydney Writers’ Festival. The launch marked the end of a long process of editing and selection undertaken by the editors: Zoë Adler Bishop, Lucy Faerber, Rhys McGowan, Lonie Pizarro, Callum Rhodes, Jacqui Williams and Justin Wolfers. The process took only six months, half the time of a usual publication, and involved the selection of 32 pieces from over 300 submissions.

It also marks me getting published in the UTS Writers’ Anthology alongside some fantastic authors. I am very happy to have found myself with a shiny new publication, as can be seen by my happy squinty eyes.

To see all the wonderful writers please click here. If you click on each writers name you will see a little interview with them and also their favourite line (I only just discovered this).

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You can purchase the ebook version of the UTS Writers’ Anthology here and follow the tumblr here.