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Call for Submissions: Writers at Work

Calling writers in Victoria, Queensland and Tasmania

In 2019 the SRB is launching an ongoing project devoted to the working lives of Australian writers.

We’re looking for short essays that reveal how writing gets made, how writers get made, and how literary careers get made. We want work that shows how locality and regionality inflect the practice of Australian writers. What does it mean to be a Victorian writer? A Hobart writer? A writer working on someone else’s land? A writer working off Country? Together these essays will specificity to our national conversations about the writing life.

Topics might include: writing habits; reading and influences; literary current affairs; the politics of representation and authorship; the social and economic circumstances of the writer. Applicants might also reflect on works in progress, the literary communities in which they work, or their experience trying to usher work into print.  In keeping with the SRB’s reputation for innovation in non-fiction, this project is open to formal experimentation. What we seek is a set of original, engaging and diverse accounts of the writing life in contemporary Australia. These will be published on the SRB in 2019.

This first stage of the project is open only to writers from Victoria, Queensland and Tasmania. We plan to open this project to applications from writers in other states and expatriate Australian writers later in 2019 and in early 2020.

Application process

Please submit essays for consideration via Submittable. The maximum word count for essays for this project is 2000 words. We won’t read longer pieces. Authors whose work is accepted for publication will be paid. Submissions are due on 1 July 2019.

Please direct all queries to Suzanne Gapps: s.gapps@westernsydney.edu.au

This project is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland, by the Tasmanian government through Arts Tasmania and by Creative Victoria.