Competitions, competitions and more competitions. As soon as i finish one, there is another one worth entering. Still, i suppose if i didn't want to do them, then i wouldn't google Australian Writing Competitions all the time...
THINGS I AM CURRENTLY ENTERED IN
1) Vignette Press short story contest in the eastern states. I entered a fairly prolific horror piece entitled "Homecoming."
2) All Saints' Lit Fest "Storylines" contest. My entry in this case was a highly emotionally sensitive think piece which i am immensely proud of. I entitled it "Candle wax, Cinderella and Chanel No 5." A friend of mine has told me this is quite possibly the most intriguing title he has ever heard- this is a good start. Personally i just liked the alliteration, and the way it seemed to tie together the plot.
THINGS I ENDEAVOUR TO ENTER
1) Tim Winton Awards. I have been checking the Subiaco Council website almost constantly hoping to download a form, and now that i have, i have absolutely no idea not to write about. Never fear, i will in the long run.
AND IN OTHER NEWS
I took in the Perth Arts Festival Writer's Festival a bit this past weekend, on invitation from a friend and inspiration. We went to a forum entitled "The Other Worlds."
Authors on the panel included Kate Forsyth, author of "The Starhorn Tree" (my copy of which seems to have been lost in the move), Bevan McGuiness, fantasy writer, teacher and geophysicist, and Anna Fienburg, creator and writer of "Tashi" (come on, who doesn't love a protagonist shaped like a Troll-doll???)
Although i generally avoid writing fantasy, i have to say i really enjoyed the experience and especially appreciated the insight into the thought processes of a published author.
Must run. The first test of the year happens tomorrow.