ABR Calibre Essay Prize

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Delighted to announce that my essay on Ragnar Kjartannson’s “The Visitors,” art, longing and motherhood was runner-up in the Australian Book Review Calibre Essay Prize. Out in the May issue of ABR. Read it online here. “Yes, where are the children, I find myself wondering, as I watch the musicians play in this beautifully decorated house of art and artistic

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…and a thrilling review in Readings Newsletter in which my writing is described as holding an antique weapon to literary tradition: “Tranter’s writing is very contemporary, but it also feels shaped by an appreciation for the classic novels of the English literary tradition. It holds a dagger, or a musket, or whatever people once held threateningly, and asks those old

Best Australian Essays 2015

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Thrilled that ‘Go, Little Book,’ my essay about reviewing and being reviewed, will be published in this year’s Best Australian Essays alongside such stellar names: contributor details here. Out in November.

On Being Reviewed

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“The wonderful thing, the best thing about being published is also the absolute worst thing. People will read what you write, and if you’re lucky they will have things to say about it.” Overland Literary Journal kindly invited me to write something about what it’s like to be reviewed, and whether it’s possible to learn anything about craft from reviews.

Out of Place microlit competition

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I’m delighted to be judging the new joanne burns award for Spineless Wonders, a tiny press doing great things with microlit and short fiction. The competition is open now and closes December 21. 200 words of micro fiction or prose poetry on the theme of “Out of Place,” interpreted as fast and loosely as you like. Open to Australian authors.

Best Australian Stories 2014

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Thrilled that my story “Pet Name” will appear in the forthcoming Best Australian Stories from Black Inc, edited by one of the writers I most admire, Amanda Lohrey. And in great company with many other favourite authors too.

Flashing the Square

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Delighted to be featured in Flashing the Square, a project from Spineless Wonders and the Melbourne Writers Festival: audio recordings of some of the short short microfictions and prose poems in the collection can be found here, including my “Turing Test Study Guide.” And the collection is in stores now.

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