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One Thousand Words a Day..

June 10, 2009

The amount one of my lecturers said a writer should be writing daily this semester. My eyes well up just thinking about it. But while this seems like a pipe dream, inspired by the Emerging Writers’ Festival, and all of the fantastic and poignant writing I’ve been reading lately I am making an effort to treat writing like a job. And do a minimum of at least two hours a day. So far so good. Funny how after you’ve cleaned the entire house, washed your hair, organised the recycling into lines, scrubbed at that sticky stuff in the bottom of the cupboard, signed up for competitions online that you never win, and looked at the photos on facebook of someone you haven’t spoken to in ten years, and my don’t they look grown up now, how much you can actually get done.

Time to get those characters that have been running around my head in the wee hours of the morning onto all this white paper piled up around my room.

Let’s have a look at where I will be sending all these reprobates post extraction.


The Adelaide Review have announced their annual short story competition. Submissions are open until the 4th of July.

Just found a new Mag called dotdotdash. They are taking submissions until the 30th of June.

Also, the Monash Literature Festival Short Story Competition is open until the 9th of August. Check it out.

And last but DEFINITELY not least. At the opening night of the Emerging Writers’ Fest this year, a new Victoria only writers’ prize was launched.  The Lord Mayor’s Creative Writing Prize. This is huge kidlets!

There are four categories in the competition.

  • Short Story
  • Poetry
  • Three Hour Book (Print Format)
  • Three Hour Book (E Book Format)

A prize of $1000 will be awarded to the winner in each category.

The main prize is the Lord Mayor’s Award of $5000 which will be chosen from the four winning entries.

In addition there is a Younger Writers’ Award of $1000 open to entrants aged 25 or younger as at 31st August 2009. This award will be chosen from entries across all categories.

I’m heading up the road tonight to the Northcote Social Club, for the Launch of Issue 28 of Going Down Swinging tonight, to see what sort of party they put on. They are still open for submissions as well.

Wowsers and good luck!

Soph Xx

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