Aesthetica Magazine


Sinead (1962 – 2011) appears in the Aesthetica Creative Writing Annual, published by Aesthetica Magazine in the UK.

‘Aesthetica is one of the UK’s foremost arts and culture magazines. Founded in 2002 by Cherie Frederico and Dale Donley, Aesthetica Magazine covers literature, visual arts, music, film and theatre. Aesthetica engages with the arts, both in the UK and internationally, combining dynamic content with compelling debate and pushing boundaries while exploring the best in contemporary arts and culture.'

Aesthetica is stocked in all of the major galleries: Tate Modern, Serpentine, ICA, Pompidou. Distributed nationally in the UK through WH Smith, it has over 60,000 readers and is exported to 20 countries worldwide.

Aesthetica received over 5,000 entries worldwide for the Creative Works Competition.

The Aesthetica Creative Writing Annual presents 'a diverse anthology of short fiction and poetry from 50 international writers.'





The Sleepers Almanac


Saul appears in The Sleepers Almanac No.7.


Based in Melbourne, Sleepers Publishing was founded by Zoe Dattner and Louise Swinn in 2013. Since its inception, Sleepers has continued to garner critical acclaim and awards for its publications which include Steve Amsterdam's Things We Didn't See Coming, winner of the Age Book of the Year, and David Musgroves's Glissando, which was shortlisted for the Prime Minister's Literary Awards in Australia.

Alongside the novels, Sleepers publishes The Sleepers Almanac, an annual collection of short stories which has met with wide acclaim.

'Sleepers continues to work a crucial nerve in Australian writing' - Nam Le

The Sleepers Almanac has been reviewed in the Age, The Monthly, Australian Book Review, The Australian, the Australian Literary Review, Bookseller and Publisher Magazine.

The Sleepers Almanac No.7 was launched at the Bella Union bar in Melbourne on December 1st.





The Troubadour Poetry Prize


My Spanish Friend Says Yes While Watching 'Death Takes a Holiday' has been chosen as a finalist in the Troubadour Poetry Prize in London by the judges David Harsent and Susan Wicks.

The annual Troubadour Poetry Prize is administered by Coffee-House Poetry and receives thousands of entries from around the world.

The Troubadour, in Brompton Road, London, was founded in 1954 as a writers' and artists' cafe:

'Stanley Kubrick had his favourite table in the early '60s, and it soon became the hub of a folk-poetry-jazz-&-r'n'b revolution. And while acts as varied as Paul Simon, Joen Baez, Eric Clapton, Martin Carthy, the Stones, the Dubliners & Bob Dylan flourished in the cellar-club's bohemian setting, it was poetry that made the cluttered, eccentric & always-lively coffee-house a magnet for London's writers over the past 55.'

David Harsent read My Spanish Friend Says Yes While Watching 'Death Takes a Holiday' at the prize-giving ceremony at the Troubadour on November 28th.

The prizewinning poems are published on the Coffee-House poetry website.





Melbourne Poets Union


Wednesday has been commended in the Melbourne Poets Union International Poetry Prize in Australia by the judge Lisa Gorton.

The Melbourne Poets Union was established in 1977 and is dedicated to the development of the art of poetry and its promotion.

The MPU competition received over 500 entries.

The Award ceremony took place in Melbourne on November 25th.

Sponsors of the prize include Black Inc. Books, publisher of The Best Australian Poems & The Best Australian Stories series.





Landfall 222


New Brighton appears in Landfall 222: Christchurch and Beyond, edited by NZ critic, poet and non-fiction writer David Eggleton.

Landfall 222 features 'post-earthquake work from Christchurch artists and writers, and writing from around New Zealand that addresses the submission call: Christchurch and Beyond.'

Featured work includes a special tribute to Allen Curnow on the centennial of his birth, and art portfolios by Julia Morison and Miranda Parkes.

Landfall is New Zealand's foremost and longest-running arts and literary journal. Published by Otago University Press, it showcases new fiction, poetry, essays and cultural commentary.





Lightship Anthology – University of Hull/Alma Books


Kabuki Eye appears in The Lightship Anthology 1, published by the University of Hull in partnership with Alma Books in the UK.

Kabuki Eye was one of ten finalists chosen by Toby Litt for the Lightship Publishing Short Story Prize.

'I think now is a very good time for short stories. Right this moment, the heavyweight novel looks a little paunchy and flat-footed. Stories, which have always punched above their weight, seem to be able to cope better with a bludgeoning world. Jab, jab, and then wham!' - Toby Litt

Lightship Publishing is an independent publisher based in Kingston-upon-Hull, established by Irish novelist and lecturer at the University of Hull, Simon Kerr. Honorary patrons of the Lightship Publishing Prizes are: Andrew Motion, Christopher Reid, Lindsay Clarke, Hilary Mantel, and Cynthia Ozick.

The launch and awards ceremony was part of the University of Hull's Philip Larkin Centre series of showcase events.





Outside the Asylum: Best Short Fiction 2012


Alexander McQueen On Your Birthday, the winner of the Grist New Writing Prize, appears in Outside the Asylum: Best Short Fiction 2012, published by the University of Huddersfield.

Featured contributors include Alexei Sayle, Melvin Burgess and Toby Litt.

The anthology will be launched on November 22nd at the Rhubarb bar in Huddersfield.





The Stony Thursday Book


Émigré and Lost Dog appear in The Stony Thursday Book, one of Ireland’s longest standing anthologies of contemporary poetry.

The annual publication is part of CUISLE, Limerick City International Poetry Festival and is funded by the Arts Council of Ireland.

The Stony Thursday Book was founded in 1975 by Limerick poets John Liddy and Jim Burke and has been edited by a number of prominent Irish poets including Mark Whelan, Kevin Byrne, Patrick Bourke, Knute Skinner, and Thomas McCarthy.

Many well-known Irish poets have appeared within its pages; recently featuring work from poets of international stature, such as Fleur Adcock, Penelope Shuttle, Aonghas MacNeacail, and Pulitzer Prizewinners Paul Muldoon and Robert Hass.

The editor of this year’s edition is Mary Coll.

The Stony Thursday Book 2011 was launched at the Belltable Arts Centre on October 13th as part of the CUISLE Festival.





The Essex Poetry Festival 11th Open Poetry Prize


We had a little summer has been awarded second prize by the judge George Szirtes in the UK.

The Essex Poetry Festival has featured many international and UK poets. This year's line up includes: Martyn Crucefix, Pascale Petit, Suzanne Conway, and Rhian Edwards.

The Festival will take place at the Cramphorn theatre, from September 19th - October 13th.

The winners will be invited to read their poems at an event with George Szirtes on October 8th.





The Royal Society of New Zealand Manhire Prize


A Love Affair has been shortlisted for The Royal Society of New Zealand Manhire Prize for Creative Science Writing.

The Manhire Prize for Creative Science Writing is organised by the Royal Society of New Zealand, in association with the New Zealand Listener, and the International Institute of Modern Letters at Victoria University.

The prize is named in honour of New Zealand poet and fiction writer Bill Manhire.

There are two categories for the annual prize: fiction and non-fiction. The theme this year is 'chemistry and our world'.

The winners in both categories will be announced on November 16th at an awards ceremony in Wellington, and published in the New Zealand Listener in January 2012.







Space Dust appears in JAAM 29 selected by guest editor Anne Kennedy.

JAAM (Just Another Art Movement) is a literary journal founded in 1995 and published by the Wellington based JAAM collective whose co-managing editors are Helen Rickerby and Claire Needham.

'JAAM has grown into a popular national literary journal and receives funding from Creative NZ/Toi Aotearoa. It has a strong emphasis on promoting the work of younger and emerging Aotearoa/New Zealand writers, while still publishing the work of international writers and established New Zealand authors.'

Contributors appearing in JAAM have included Australia's John Forbes. Ken Bolton, Pam Brown, John Kinsella; Malaysia's K S Maniam; Thailand's Pira Sudham; Zimbabwe's Dambudzo Marechera; and from New Zealand Vincent O'Sullivan, Lauris Edmond, Fleur Adcock, Albert Wendt, David Eggleton and Sam Hunt.





Going Down Swinging


Afterlife appears in Going Down Swinging: Issue 32.

‘The Melbourne Writers Festival teams up with Going Down Swinging to present the long-awaited launch extravaganza at The Toff in Town Melbourne.’

The Melbourne Writers Festival Event: New York V. Australia: GDS #32, features three of New York's finest Nuyorican Poetry slammers (Mahogany Browne, Felix Nobis and Zoe Norton Lodge).

'Described as one of the most ambitious editions we have put together, Going Down Swinging #32 features work by Joelistics, Leanne Hall, Dylan Martorell, Pat Grant, Rebecca Giggs, Alex Skovron, Ruby Murray, Wes Lee, Eleanor Jackson, Beneza, Fiona Wright, Anthony O'Sullivan, Sean M. Whelan, Briohny Dolye, Graham Nunn, and Neil Gaiman.'

GDS #32 is a lavish, full-colour print anthology with a form-cut, hand-lettered cover, containing 37 stories, drawings, comics, poems from the US, Bulgaria, Lithuania, New Zealand, and all around Australia, and a 14-track CD printed with original artwork.

Established in 1980 - for over 30 years GDS has 'constantly reinvented itself, always maintaining its fiercely independent, provocative and irreverent character.'

'A feisty indie literary anthology that has been breaking the rules and annually presenting the cutting edge of Australia's prose and poetry without fear or favour since 1980.' - Drum Media Sydney

'GDS is playful, mischievious and courageous.' - Overland





RTÉ Guide & Penguin Ireland Short Story Competition


Chosen as one of the 10 finalists for the RTÉ Guide & Penguin Ireland Short Story Competition 2011 in Dublin.

The winner will be published in the RTÉ Guide and on TEN (The Entertainment Network) and will be invited along with the 10 finalists to attend a one-day writer's workshop hosted by Penguin Ireland and Dublin City Libraries on September 9th.

Presenting at the workshop will be Patricia Deevy, Editorial Director Penguin Ireland and the literary agent Faith O'Grady.





William Trevor/Elizabeth Bowen International Short Story Competition


Shortlisted for the William Trevor/Elizabeth Bowen International Short Story Competition in Ireland.

The prize is sponsored by acclaimed Irish novelist and short story writer William Trevor and administered by the Michelstown Literary Society.

Two of Wes's stories have been chosen for the shortlist.

The winner will be presented with their prize at the Trevor/Bowen Literary Weekend on July 16th in Mitchelstown.





Listowel Writer’s Week Originals Short Story Prize


Shortlisted for the Listowel Writers’ Week Originals Short Story Prize in Ireland.

Listowel Writers' Week is an annual literary festival held in Co. Kerry, Ireland. The president of the festival is internationally renowned Irish novelist Colm Toibin.

2011 is the 40th anniversary year of the festival which was launched in 1971.

The Listowel Writers' Week Originals Short Story Prize is one of the literary competitions offered by the festival organisers, alongside The Bryan MacMahon Short Story Award, and the Kerry Group Irish Fiction Award for a published novel by an Irish author, which delivers a prize of 15,000 euros.

Wes has made it to the final 5 on the shortlist. The winner will be announced on June 1st at the opening of the festival.




University of Plymouth Press


Shortlisted for the Short Fiction Short Story Prize judged by Gerard Donovan in the UK.

The winner will appear in Short Fiction 5.

Short Fiction is an annual literary journal published by the University of Plymouth Press. Contributing editors include Ali Smith, Toby Litt, Helen Oyeyemi, and Mike McCormack.

Wes was chosen as the winner of the Award in 2008, and appears in Short Fiction 2.





The Grist New Writing Prize – University of Huddersfield


Alexander McQueen On Your Birthday has been chosen by acclaimed short story writer Helen Simpson as the winner of The Grist New Writing Prize in the UK.

The winners and shortlisted stories/poems will appear in the Grist Anthology of New Writing 2011, scheduled to be published in the summer by the University of Huddersfield, alongside specially comissioned work by 'some of the best established writers in the UK'.

'By putting emerging writers alongside some of the biggest names in contemporary literature, Grist provides a unique opportunity. For the readers of Grist, each issue in book form will provide two hundred pages of the best new writing around.' - Patrick Stewart

The Grist New Writing Prize, and the Huddersfield Literature Festival are organised by Michael Stewart, playwright, novelist and Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing at the University of Huddersfield.





The Paris Short Story Contest


Shortlisted for The Paris Short Story Contest in France.

The Paris Short Story Contest is organised by Laurel Zukerman, a Franco-American writer based in Paris and the editor of Paris Writers’ News.

'Love, hate, expectation, desire, dreams, discovery and disapointment in the world's most beautiful city... What we are looking for is a great story, well told; humour wit and luminous prose.'

The shortlist was selected by an editorial committee of writers, journalists, booksellers and editors, including, Beth Arnold, award-winning wirter and journalist for Rolling Stone, GQ, InStyle, Premiere, The Huffington Post, Salon.com and editor of Letter from Paris; Jennifer K. Dick, author of Fluorescence, co-founder of Ivy writers series in Paris and professor of American Literature; Christopher Vanier, author of the celebrated memoir Caribbean Chemistry (Kingston University Press, London); Hilary Kaiser, author of French War Brides in America and former associate professor at the University of Paris; Marcia Lebre, director of the Paris Writers Workshop.





The New Zealand Listener


Furniture, the winner of The BNZ Katherine Mansfield Literary Award, judged by Lloyd Jones, appears in the New Zealand Listener: Summer Reading.

The Summer Reading: Great Holiday Issue of the Listener features award-winning New Zealand fiction and is produced annually in January with a national print run of 110,000.

This year's issue includes fiction by Tim Wilson and Mary McCallum, and poetry by Alison Wong, Sam Hunt and Chris Price.






The Troubadour Poetry Prize. 'My Spanish Friend Says Yes While Watching Death Takes a Holiday' has been chosen as a finalist in the Troubadour Poetry Prize in London by the judges David Harsent and Susan Wicks. The Annual Troubadour Poetry Prize (£2,500) is administered by Coffee-House Poetry, and receives a huge number of entries from around the world. David Harsent read 'My Spanish Friend Says Yes While Watching 'Death Takes a Holiday'' at the prizegiving ceremony at the Troubadour on November 28.