29 June 2012

NYWM: Day Twenty-Nine

We’re almost done! Hopefully by this stage you are so close to reaching your NYWM goal you can almost touch it. In the hopes that you have come a long way, we’re sharing a post with you from the Queensland Writers’ Centre blog published around a month ago. This post is a nice wrap up of major publishers currently accepting unsolicited work. Time to put the writing you’ve done for NYWM to work.

Not quite there yet? How about applying for the QWC/Hachette Australian Manuscript Development Program? With previous recipients including Favell Parrett (longlisted for the Miles Franklin Award), this intensive opportunity for manuscript development is an exciting opportunity. Applications close July 12.

Victorian Writers, The Grace Marion Wilson Emerging Writers Competition closes today at 4pm, so make sure you’ve sent your entry off.

South Australians, don’t forget you have only two weeks from today to submit your application for a Carclew Youth Arts Scholarship. Applications are due by July 13, so don’t miss out on this opportunity to be awarded $12,500 for creative writing or $12,500 for film and new media.

Today the NYWM Travelling Story is back in Victoria. Our daily writer is Jarryd Ladhams, 18, from Weering.

Friday Follow – who should you be following on Twitter to keep up to date with writing and publishing news?

Have you ever considered using Twitter to publish stories? There has been new attention on twitter novels thanks to the success of Jennifer Egan’s Black Box, published as a series of tweets from @NYerFiction. It can be reinvigorating to experiment with writing in different and experimental forms or formats, and here are some examples and information for you.

Melvin Burgess, author of Billy Elliot, writes twitter fiction. Neil Gaiman wrote a collaborative twitter story.

Brandon Mendelson, author of the Twitter novel The Falcon Can Hear the Falconer, has collated a list of tips for writing a twitter novel. You can visit Nanoism for collections of twitter fiction, or follow them on twitter directly. Trapeze also publish twitter fiction and poems, as do One Forty Fiction.

You can find epigrammatism-style examples such as @novelsin3lines, which are “the poems & novels Fénéon never otherwise wrote”, Six Word Stories, Twitter Fiction, Escarp, Seed Pod Publishing, or the popular Sean Hill.

So write your own. Tag it #vss (very short story), #nanofiction, or #fiction