I had an email recently that asked me about publishing/editing opportunities for young writers. I wanted to share my reply in case it helps others. If you know of other opportunities, please leave a comment and I’ll make sure the information is passed on (I’m sure there are heaps of others, but this is what came immediately to mind!):
On youth publishers – the first place I thought of was Express Media. http://www.expressmedia.org.au/ (I notice the deadline for their next issue is September 18). The other thing that came to mind is the Somerset Literary Festival Novella Competition http://www.somerset.qld.edu.au/celebration-of-literature/competitions/novella-writing/ The competition itself is very high profile and it offers the opportunity for the winner to work with a Penguin Random House Editor.
In terms of other opportunities more generally, you could keep checking in with the New South Wales Writers’ Centre (or the Writers’ Association in your state, eg. the Queensland Writers’ Centre) or the Australian Society of Authors (http://www.nswwc.org.au/ , http://www.qwc.asn.au/ or https://www.asauthors.org/ ). And one way of getting quality editing is to consider a manuscript assessment. They match people with working editors, and can be great for getting feedback on a piece of longer writing.
Okay, a couple to add to the list already, with thanks to Katie Rowney:
And a couple more with thanks to Danielle Binks:
And we have these thanks to the lovely Jessica Walton:
And for young writers in Qld, with thanks to Sophie Overett for the heads up:
Actually, that whole heading is a massive exaggeration … but I am Uni of Qld Alumni, and I did do an interview with the irrepressible Katie Rowney for their online blog. It’s about the time I had there (both at uni and at college) and how I went from using my degree to writing books (which isn’t really using my degree, but they didn’t seem to mind) and how to smile like a weirdo when you’re wearing a toga (which is a secret hidden pic, kind of like Where’s Wally, or Where is THE Wally?). Also, Katie did GIFs of me surfing and because, as we all know, surfing is my not-so-secret vanity, I am indebted to her for life.
You can read the article by clicking HERE.
You can find out more about Katie’s excellent book, FRONT PAGE NEWS, by clicking HERE.
I’ve got three things coming up in the next two months: the Abbotsleigh Literary Festival (10 August), an event at Kinokuniya with four other esteemed ladies of YA (Sarah Ayoub, Erin Gough, Gabby Tozer and Jeann from Happy Indulgence) and the Brisbane Writers’ Festival (10 and 11 September).
Please come along to one, or to all. You’re the apple of my eye and I’d love to see you there.
Full details below:
Writing Herstory: Today’s female experience in contemporary YA
Saturday 20 August 2pm-3pm
Panel | Sarah Ayoub, Erin Gough, Gabrielle Tozer and Kirsty Eagar – hosted by Jeann from Happy Indulgence
Venue: Kinokuniya, Level 2, The Galeries, 500 George Street, Sydney 2000
Saturday 10 September, 2016
Kirsty Eagar’s Summer Skin (an ‘In Conversation’ with Stacey Clair)
Venue: QAG LECTURE THEATRETo book
50 Shades took the world by storm. Now meet three women, Emily Harris, Karen Pickering and Kirsty Eagar who are busy positioning sex in a positive light.
Venue: QM THEATRETo book
Sunday 11 September, 2016
BWF’s beloved reading series is back! Immerse yourself in the work of some truly remarkable writers as they share their writing in this beautiful and intimate riverside space. Seating in The Red Box is limited and unreserved, so get in early on the day to see your favourite Festival artists.For more info
Okay, so that’s the hardest post title I have ever written. But, deconstructed, it means that this Sunday 5th June, on the OzYAY! segment of Rhianna Patrick’s ABC LOCAL program, Summer Skin is being discussed, along with Jaclyn Moriarty’s A Tangle of Gold (7pm to 8pm AEST). Jaci and I will be interviewed about our books during the segment, and they will be discussed by OzYAY! regulars Sarah Mayor Cox and Jeann Wong. BUT! Things get interactive afterwards, because you can ask Jaci and I questions from 8pm onwards at Rhianna Patrick’s Facebook page. (I’m sorry, I know that grammatically that whole paragraph sucks.)
If you miss it, it’ll be up on Rhianna’s Soundcloud page afterwards. I’ll post the link.
Hello! Sydney’s become horribly cold over the last few days (I’m not actually whinging – this is after the most lenient Autumn ever, AND the water is still warm enough for a springsuit …) but I’ve got a trip to the Sunshine Coast to look forward to, as one of the authors appearing at the VOICES ON THE COAST LITERARY FESTIVAL. Those of you who’ve been to Voices know what a fantastic event it is. Details below.
Monday 6 June, 2016
9.15 – 10.15am
Storytelling through scenes (Workshop) (Year 10-12)
Social Media and Romance (Year 10-12)
Girl Meets Boy & they hate each other! (Year 10-12)
Tuesday 7 June 2016
Social Media and Romance (Year 10-12)