’s a round up of the news and opportunities Anna mentioned at the Salon last night.

First off, in the last week of this month Cory Doctorow is coming to visit the Centre for Youth Literature (which is run by the Salon’s own Anna Burkey) and present a series of four events. Cory is an internationally renowned science fiction author, journalist, activist and the co-editor of Boing Boing, and these events are your only chance to see him while he’s in Melbourne. Book now!


Visible Ink magazine is launching its Evolve anthology of emerging writers this Friday at the Bella Union.

China’s biggest publisher, Phoenix Publishing opened a branch in Melbourne last week.

There’s quite good evidence that reading literary fiction improves your emotional intelligence.

Belinda Castles won the Asher Literary Award for her book Hannah & Emil.

Be part of a study about books and reading

Monash PhD candidate Lois Shedd was at the Salon last night. She is studying nostalgic reading behaviours ie how the advent of ebooks might change the re-reading experience of books we first read as children and teens. If you’re interested in being part of the study, contact her on


Literary magazine Kill Your Darlings is on the hunt for a Sales and Marketing Manager.

The Overland Judith Wright Poetry Prize for New and Emerging Poets closes 16 November and has a prize pool of $8000.

The Commonwealth Short Story Prize closes 30 November and is for unpublished short fiction of 2000 – 5000 words.

Eltham Performing Arts Centre is accepting 10 minute play scripts between 18 and 30 November.

Reader’s Digest’s 100 word story comp is back again. Winner gets $1000. It must be exactly 100 words. Hyphenated words count as one.

Busybird Publishing is looking for novellas until 29 November. Word count between 20000 and 40000 words.

Also for novellas: Seizure’s second annual Viva la Novella comp is open and closes on 2 December. One of the judges/editors, Emily Stewart was at the Salon last night – hi Emily!

ABR’s Peter Porter Poetry Prize 2014 is now open, with prize money worth a total of $6500. Closes 20 November.

ABR also has an essay prize and entries close on 2 December.