The Monash Prize is calling for submissions.
It is open to all undergrad (and Honours) Creative Writing students in Australian and New Zealand.
They are looking for 1500-3000 words and “All types of creative writing will be accepted, including short stories, non-fiction narrative and narrative verse.” Take that as you will.
They have great prizes, including cash and kudos, with the winner announced at The Emerging Writer’s Festival.
Entry is free, but only one allowed per student. They close the 17th of April 2014.
One more conference, this time at Melbourne University, in July 2014, is the Literature and Affect Conference.
Put on by the Australasian Association of Literature, together with the ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions, it promises to include an eclectic and fascinating mix of papers.
Call for papers closes 28th February.
ADDIT: The call for papers date has been extended by 2 weeks to March 14.
As serious PhD students we are always being told of the importance of getting ourselves to conferences and getting our work out there. Here are a few conferences that are right up my alley and you might also be interested in this year – both here and overseas:
PopCAANZ (Popular Culture Association of Australia and New Zealand) Conference is in Hobart, June 2014. The call for papers closes March 1st. It has lots of great areas of interest for the creative writer.
The 13th International Conference on the Short Story in English is on in Vienna, July 2014. Call for papers closes 15th February. Great conference in a great venue.
The 2nd Cognitive Futures in the Humanities is on in April 2014, in Durham , England, and call for papers closed a few weeks ago. It this is your area of expertise, it might be worth contacting the organizers to see if they can squeeze you in.
Then there’s the always good AAWP conference, which will be in New Zealand this year, in November, no details yet, but watch this space.
No! I am not dead! Just writing. And at the moment trying to find a way to discuss cognitive leaps through the idea of negative space.
For those who don’t know what that means, I found this post, too good not to share - The art of negative space: 15 amazing examples.
And I will post soon, promise.
The Glimmer Train open fiction short story prize closes on 30th September.
They’re looking for stories 2000 words plus, with good cash prizes and possible publication.
The neuroscience of creativity still has a long way to go before it can answer exactly what is happening in the brain when we are involved in creative activities, but it is starting to dispel some of the myths and previously held ideas of what is actually going on.
In The Real Neuroscience of Creativity, The Creativity Post takes a snapshot look at what the researchers are looking at at the moment.
I was not in the mood for writing today, so, instead of my usual method – forcing myself to sit down and not move until I write something/anything – I decided to let it all go and just play on the internet.
Then I stumbled upon this great list of online lectures - 40 Fascinating Lectures for Linguistics Geeks by OnlineUniversities.com.
So I get to be educated and have fun (nerdy but true) and anyone looking in language, in its many forms, will find something to interest them in this bunch.
You can make all sorts of cool stuff with science
Thanks to The Thesis Whisperer (again) for a great post on the perils of the interdisciplinary thesis.
It is s struggle to keep your thesis on track when you are drawing from a very different discipline – like my creative writing one that is full of scientific theory.
I am trying to overcome these problems by constantly reminding myself who my audience is - creative writers. Which means my emphasis is on considering the writer, and the science is used as support for my arguments.
The science is pretty dense, so I am simplifying it for my thesis discussion, but supplying a further reading list for those who would like to pursue these lines in more detail.