Michael Gifkins Prize for an Unpublished Novel

In memory of Michael Gifkins, much-loved author, editor and literary agent, Text Publishing has announced the Michael Gifkins Prize for an Unpublished Novel, an exciting new award for writers holding New Zealand citizenship or who are permanent residents of New Zealand.

Griffith Review would like to express its appreciation for this award, in light of the contribution Gifkins made to New Zealand (and international) literature, and as a generous and enthusiastic source of counsel for the journal – particularly around the publication of Griffith Review 43: Pacific Highways.

Griffith Review 2017 Queensland Writing Fellowships now open

Griffith Review is proud to announce its second round of Queensland Writing Fellowships.  This initiative will also be supported by the Queensland Government through State Library of Queensland and Arts Queensland, and philanthropic funds.

Up to six fellowships will be awarded for 2017–2018. This is a first-rate opportunity for Queensland writers and those writing about Queensland, and represents a vital coming together of private donors and public funds, opening up new spaces for quality writing about the state. The work produced as a result of the fellowships will be published in Griffith Review.

Entries are now open, and close at midnight on Thursday 31 August. All entrants will be notified of the result of their application by the end of September 2017. Winners will be officially announced at the Queensland Literary Awards on Wednesday 4 October 2017.

Entry fee for the competition is $50 (including GST) for non-subscribers to Griffith Review and $35 (including GST) for... Read more

‘Biyala stories’ wins essay prize

The Nature Conservancy Australia

The winner of the fourth biennial Nature Writing Prize was announced last month in Sydney, presented with the support of the McLean Foundation, with Melbourne-based writer Sophie Cunningham receiving the top honour for her essay, ‘Biyala stories’. In a special collaboration with The Nature Conservancy Australia, Griffith Review has created an exclusive version of the essay that utilises text, video, images and audio. The multimedia version brings the scope and range of Sophie Cunningham’s work vividly to life in a format that is both accessible and exciting.

‘Biyala stories’ tracks the history and current state of Australia’s river red gum trees. Through walks in Melbourne city and Barmah National Park, and with poignant, broad-ranging reflections, Cunningham reveals how the river red gum is inextricably linked to the life story of this land.

Binge Thinking Podcast collaboration

Griffith Review 56: Millennials Strike Back

In collaboration with Binge Thinking, a new in-conversation podcast for millennials and young people, we are excited to announce a series of podcasts that tie-in with the theme of our current edition, Millennials Strike Back. Join host Caspar Roxburgh as he discusses complex gender rules and roles in Episode 10, with Sophie Allan; questions the need for millennials to dream big in Episode 11, with André Dao; dives deep with Kavita Bedford in Episode 13, as they recall the day when the war of a generation began; and ponders eternal life in Episode 14, with Cathal O’Connell. All episodes are available for download.

And if you can’t get enough of our millennials on podcast, you can listen onlinr to our panel discussion with co-editor Jerath Head and contributors Yassmin Abdel-Magied, Timmah Ball and Briohny Doyle at the Wheeler Centre.

Nick Earls wins NSW Premier’s Literary Award

‘This tale is deceptively simple. With beautiful prose, the narrative takes us deep into the territory of the imagination, aspirations and childhood loss. Vancouver is an elegant work, surprising and tenderly told.’

– Judges, People’s Choice Award (Premier’s Literary Awards)

Last night, Nick Earls won the People’s Choice Award at the 2017 NSW Premier’s Literary Awards for Vancouver, the third novella in his Wisdom Tree collection (Inkerman & Blunt).

Earls has published two novellas with Griffith Review: ‘The Magnificent Amberson’ in 2010; and ‘Cargoes’, which was later published as Gotham, the first of the Wisdom Tree collection. As well as a victory for Earls, this award illustrates the value and popularity of the novella. With the support of the Copyright Agency’s Cultural Fund, Griffith Review is proud to have been at the forefront of its revival. Now in its fifth year, Griffith Review’s The Novella Project continues to... Read more

Fellowship winners announced

Qld writing fellowships 2017

Eight outstanding writers will receive Griffith Review Writing Fellowships. The fellowships will enable writers to develop work already underway, and will result in publication in Griffith Review during 2017.

The recipients of the fellowships are:

Lech Blaine
Laura Elvery
Jim Hearn
Bri Lee
Rowena Lennox
Linda Neil
Kristina Olsson
Nigel Powell

The response to the announcement of the fellowships was remarkable, with more than seventy Queensland writers applying. The fellowships are a partnership between State Library of Queensland and Griffith Review, and are supported by Griffith Review patron Dr Cathryn Mittelheuser AM, plus other donors.

Editor of Griffith Review Professor Julianne Schultz AM FAHA said, ‘Choosing the writers and projects to support was a real challenge, as the range and quality of the applications was exceptional. This is a measure of the depth of talent in the Queensland writing community and the value of providing financial support to enable writers to focus on... Read more

Nature Writing Prize 2017

The Nature Conservancy

The Nature Conservancy’s fourth biennial Nature Writing Prize is open for submissions until 27 January 2017.

The $5,000 award is for an essay between 3,000 and 5,000 words to the theme ‘writing of place’. The prize will go to an Australian writer whose entry is judged to be of the highest literary merit and which best explores his or her relationship and interaction with some aspect of the Australian landscape. The competition’s judges are award-winning journalist, author and editor Jo Chandler and novelist and critic James Bradley.

The winning essay will be published online by Griffith Review, as a multimedia essay.

Griffith Review in the 2016 Prime Minister’s Summer Reading List

In the media

Every year, the Grattan Institute releases a summer reading list for the Prime Minister. It recommends books and articles that the Prime Minister, or any Australian interested in public debate, will find both stimulating and a great read. We’re thrilled to see that this year’s list includes ‘Time for a new consensus: Fostering Australia’s comparative advantages’, an e-book by Jonathan West and Tom Bentley from Griffith Review 51: Fixing the System. West and Bentley explore the economic, social and cultural changes in Australia over the last forty years, and suggest a new economic model for a more secure future.

The list also includes:

The Phoenix Years: Art, resistance and the making of modern China – Madeleine O’Dea 
Talking to my country – Stan Grant  
When and Why Nationalism Beats Globalism – Jonathan Haidt 
The Life Project: The Extraordinary Story of Our Ordinary Lives – Helen Pearson  
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Melissa Lucashenko awarded $80,000 fellowship

Copyright Agency Fellowship

Congratulations to Griffith Review contributor Melissa Lucashenko, who this week was awarded the Copyright Agency Author Fellowship. This year, CAL doubled the value of its fellowship for mid-to-late career authors to $80,000. The money will help Melissa finish a contemporary novel about ‘outlaws and Aboriginal hillbillies’, set in a poor NSW country town called Durrongo.

Griffith Review Fellowships announced

Queensland writers

Griffith Review is proud to join with the Queensland Literary Awards in announcing a series of Queensland writers Fellowships. This initiative will also be supported by the Queensland Government through State Library of Queensland and Arts Queensland, and philanthropic funds.

Up to six fellowships will be awarded each year over two years, 2016 and 2017. This new opportunity for Queensland writers and those writing about Queensland represents a vital coming together of private donors and public funds, opening up new spaces for quality writing about the state. The work produced as a result of the fellowships will be published in Griffith Review.

Premier and Arts Minister Annastacia Palaszczuk welcomed the establishment of the new fellowships.

‘This further demonstrates the Queensland Government’s commitment to nurture and grow opportunities for writers and continue to build Queensland’s reputation as a leader in the national literary landscape,’ the Premier said.

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