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Saturday, October 03, 2015

2015 Castlemaine Poetry Prize NOW OPEN

The Castlemaine Mail is calling for entries in the 2015 Castlemaine Poetry Prize. Two awards will be presented this year for the Best Poem and the Judge’s Encouragement Award.

The poem must not have been published or have won another prize, a strict maximum of 40 lines applies and all entries should be double spaced. Poets can choose any theme. Contact details, including a phone number, must be enclosed but not on the same page as the poem. There is no entry fee but there is ...a limit of three entries per poet.

Award-winning Castlemaine poet Ann de Hugard and Tegan Gigante have agreed to judge this year's competition.

Elliott Midland Newspapers is sponsoring the 2015 Castlemaine Poetry Prize, which carries a first prize of $100 (senior section) and an award. Soldier and Scholar Bookshop in Castlemaine is sponsoring the Judge’s Encouragement Award in the senior section.

The winner of this award will also receive a $50 book voucher.

Selected entries, including the winning poems, will be published in the Castlemaine Mail.

Entries can be submitted via email to:
or mailed to 2014 Castlemaine Poetry Prize, 29 Templeton St, Castlemaine, 3450, Victoria.

The Entries for the senior section close on Friday, October 17, at 5pm

Issa Haiku

the wagtail beats time
with his butt...
croaking frogs

- Issa 1819


sekirei no shiri de hayasu ya naku kawazu

The wagtail (sekirei) is a bird with long, wagging tail feathers.

Thursday, October 01, 2015

POEM - Murray Jennings


Carlene and I made bets
on which one of us’s novel gets
off the slushpile first
Each of us has a huge thirst
for recognition, some success
(publication) but it’s anyone’s guess
if we’ve got what it takes
to survive rejection, if resolve breaks
during the months of silence from the faceless
editors or readers, or the graceless
one-line note: Your manuscript returned
herein. My fingers already burned
from an attempt at self-publication
would itch to perform strangulation
if my novel suffered such an ignominious fate
when just the synopsis should indicate
it’s special, different, standing out
from the rest of the pile, because it’s about
love and sex and deaths and it’s very well written
Carlene said so. Her fingernails are bitten
down to the quick. So I reciprocated
Your story’s beautiful, while the coffee percolated
and we stared out the window at the rain
waiting, waiting, waiting, we hope not in vain.


--  Murray Jennings   1st October, 2015





Celebrate Australia's Oldest Poetry Press this Saturday


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Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Ginko - with Matt Hetherington

Bribie Island: Ginko: how observing details and writing haiku improves your craft

Presented by Write Around Moreton Bay

Bribie Island: Ginko: how observing details and writing haiku improves your craft



  • 10:30 am - 4:30pm


Bribie Island Library, 1 Welsby Parade, Bongaree
A 'ginko' is a Japanese word for a walk in a natural environment in which one writes poetry.  Join poet, editor and educator Matt Hetherington as he takes you on a stroll around Bribie Island, showing you how observing details and writing the short-form poetry called ‘haiku’ can improve your craft.  Whatever genre you write in, you will gain insight into the power of noticing what is most closely around you, and how the smallest things are often the most telling.

Matt Hetherington has been writing poetry and haiku for over 25 years, and has been an editor and teacher of creative writing and editor for over a decade.  He has published three collections of poetry, and his work has been widely anthologised.  He was co-editor of the Australian section of the first World Haiku Anthology, and has worked for the Australian Haiku Society for the last 15 years.

Please note: bookings are essential for this seminar. Places can be booked through Write Around Moreton Bay.

Sunday, September 27, 2015

CK Williams: a wealth of ways to say 'goodbye'

My friend Max Richards sent this list after the death of American poet C.K.Williams:

C. K. Williams, Poet, Dies at 78; Pulitzer Winner Tackled Politics and ...
1 day ago ... C. K. Williams in Princeton, N.J., in 2005. He won a Pulitzer Prize and a National Book Award. Credit Laura Pedrick for The New York Times.
C. K. Williams : The Poetry Foundation
Hailed by poet Paul Muldoon in the Times Literary Supplement as “one of the most distinguished poets of his generation,” C.K. Williams has created a highly ...
C. K. Williams - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Charles Kenneth "C. K." Williams (November 4, 1936 – September 20, 2015) was an American poet, critic and translator. Williams won nearly every major poetry ...
C. K. Williams | Academy of American Poets
Charles Kenneth Williams was born on November 4, 1936, in Newark, New Jersey, and grew up in South Orange, New Jersey. After attending high school in  ...
Tar | Academy of American Poets
C. K. Williams, 1936. The first morning of Three Mile Island: those first disquieting, uncertain, mystifying hours. All morning a crew of workmen have been tearing ...
Collected Poems: C. K. Williams: 9780374530990: ...
Collected Poems [C. K. Williams] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. All the work of this major poet who has set a new standard for American ...
Poet C.K. Williams (1936-2015) - The Washington Post
1 day ago ... C.K. Williams, the American poet who won a Pulitzer Prize, a National Book Critics Circle Award and a National Book Award, died Sunday at 78 ...
CK Williams Official Web Site
CK Williams, Official Web Site. ... PERSONAL BIOGRAPHY PUBLISHED BOOKS CONTACT C.K. WILLIAMS. CK_Screen2; CK_Screen1; CK_Screen3; Screen4.

Saturday, September 26, 2015

TWISTED FICTION Competition Closing Soon!

Hi all,
This is your final reminder for submissions to the Geelong Writers Inc. current writing competition.
And here are the rules again, just to help you to move from the couch to the computer, and get your TWISTY FICTION story in before the end of this month, that’s only four (4) daze away. Don’t be in a daze.

Geelong Writers Twisty Fiction Writing Competition – 1500 words

DUE – September 30th, 2015.
Email entries to – (This is the only address for entries)


1st Prize $ 150
2nd Prize $ 100
3rd Prize $ 50
7 Honourable mentions
All stories selected will be offered publication in the 2015 anthology. Some light editing may be applied.
Only 1 submission per author.
Fiction of any genre e.g. science fiction, contemporary, historical, romance.
Suitable for any age group e.g. children, young adult, adult.
The story must include a twist of events in some way.
Please consider the wider audience to ensure your submission is appropriate and not offensive in any way.

Guidelines for submission

Microsoft Word submission must not have any identifying features apart from the title.

Separate attachment for contact details page including email, address and phone number.
OPTIONAL - 120 word Biography included on contact details page. To be published in anthology if selected..
Page Layout
Times New Roman
Size 12
Single Spacing
Paragraphs - Left aligned; first line indented
Do not include page numbers in submission
Word Limit
1500 words or as close to as possible. DO NOT GO OVER. You will void your submission!
Word count does not include the title.