The 2014 Peter Cowan 600 Word Short Story Competition is now open for entries. The competition closes on 11th April 2014 – entries must be postmarked by this date.
In 2010 our writing centre launched the competition to honour our namesake, Peter Cowan. Peter was best known as a writer of short fiction and was the recipient of several major writing awards. He was co-editor of the literary journal Westerly and Edith Cowan University conferred its first Honorary Degree (Dr of Philosophy) on him in 1995. Peter was made a Member of the Order of Australia in 1987 and was named a Western Australian State Living Treasure in 1999. He passed away in 2002.
Competition information will be posted in the coming week on the centre’s website in the Upcoming Competitions area at www.pcwc.org.au
Good luck to all entrants for the competition.
Queermance is a new writers’ festival celebrating the queer romance genre. The festival will be held in March and to celebrate, they are opening submissions to Australian and New Zealand writers for the anthology to be launched at Queermance. Submissions should include a queer, romantic relationship - this includes all aspects of the queer community. They ask for a minimum of 3000 words and a maximum of 10,000, and that all stories have a strong narrative tie to either Australia or New Zealand. Closing date is February 28th, and more information and submission guidelines, please visit queermance.com.au
It is a dream of every creative writer to enjoy publication success, and for USC Honours graduate Candice Fox, this success was swift.
Candice, 28, completed her Creative Writing Honours degree at USC in 2010, and secured a contract in 2013 with Random House Australia for a two-book national and international publication deal.
Candice's first crime fiction novel, Hades, was released by Random House, one of Australia's biggest publishers, in December 2013 and is available at bookstores and Big W.
Random House described Candice as a “the debut of a stunning new talent in crime fiction”, and she attributes much of her success to her experience as a USC Creative Writing student.
“USC lecturers were instrumental in my early writing career and I owe a great deal to USC as a whole,” Candice said.
Having moved from Sydney to the Sunshine Coast in her early 20s, Candice completed a double degree in Arts and Education at USC before embarking on Honours in Creative Writing.
Raised in Sydney, Candice moved to the Sunshine Coast in her early 20s and gained a double degree in Arts and Education at USC before starting Honours under the supervision of Dr Ross Watkins.
Candice said the publication process had been longer and more complex than she imagined. “I’m awed by the electric excitement of seeing something that was once an idea now an object to be bought and enjoyed,” she said.
“I wasn’t prepared for all the book-hungry fans who have popped up (online) from around the globe who are happy to hear about a stranger’s success and eager to get a bit of good old Aussie crime in their lives.”
Candice is currently lecturing in creative writing while studying a PhD at the University of Notre Dame and is completing Eden, the sequel to Hades.
— Julie Schomberg, USC Marketing
An eBook about mental illness self-published on iBooks by a University of the Sunshine Coast Creative Writing student was a finalist in the Digital Book World Awards.
Donna Thompson, 43, of Buderim, recently completed her Honours degree at USC and published her eBook Collected.
Aimed at the young adult educational market, her enhanced eBook for iPad is a digital narrative that explores bipolar disorder.
Donna attended the Digital Book World Awards in mid-January where her publication was recognised in a shortlist of other international eBooks, and also attended a three-day NY conference on digital publishing.
USC Vice-Chancellor Professor Greg Hill funded part of her travel. Professor Hill congratulated Ms Thompson on her success in becoming a finalist and wished her well for her future writing career.
Lecturer in Creative Writing Dr Ross Watkins, who was Ms Thompson’s Honours supervisor, said his student had been rewarded for her vision and dedication.
“It is clear that her exploratory work within eBooks takes advantage of the emerging nature of that market,” Dr Watkins said.
Ms Thompson said she was honoured by her book’s nomination as a finalist in the category of Enhanced Fiction and excited by the success of her USC studies.
“I’ve been very active within the University community throughout my Bachelor of Arts and Honours degrees,” she said.
Her roles at USC included representation on student, faculty and Golden Key Honour Society committees as well as peer adviser and academic skills adviser.
Other Digital Book World Awards finalists included major international publishers like Penguin, Scholastic, Harper Collins, Random House and Yale University Press.
Julie Schomberg, USC Marketing