29 May 2008

NEW JOURNAL and CFP - Journal of Australian Writers and Writing

The Journal of Australian Writers and Writing


The Journal of Australian Writers and Writing is a peer-reviewed journal. It forms a major component of The Australian Literary Compendium, a project funded by the Copyright Agency Limited (CAL) to provide new ways of studying, reading, and reviewing Australian writing and creative practice.

The journal will be published on-line twice a year and will feature essays, fiction, book reviews and articles. The first edition, which will be posted on-line in late 2008, has as its theme "Rethinking Contemporary Australian Fiction."

Articles of up to 7,500 words (including notes) are sought on any aspect of Australian fiction writing and can include but are not limited by the following areas:

• Australian identity and culture
• Indigenous writing
• Fictionalised memoir and biography
• Redefining the Australian character in fiction
• Poetics and voice in verse novels
• Asian Australian stories
• The bush/city binary
• Experimental and new media approaches to writing fiction
• Subversion and resistance
• War narratives and new approaches to Australian heroism
• Memory, Death and Loss in contemporary Australian works
• Fiction as memory
• Pictorial texts
• Creativity and the ‘creation’ of writers


The closing dates for this Call for Papers are:
Abstracts: 25 July, 2008
Completed articles: 1 September, 2008

The website of the Australian Literary Compendium will also host radio programs produced for ABC Radio National and each of these programs will be featured as a designated webpage which includes podcasts, program transcripts, essays on the specific work, blogs and teaching discussion points.

Essays which focus on these programs are also welcome in this call for papers. To date the programs have featured the iconic Australian works:

• Kenneth Slessor - Five Bells
• Judith Wright - Rockpool
• CJ Dennis - The Glugs of Gosh
• Rosemary Dobson - The Continuance of Poetry
• A.D. Hope - The Death of the Bird

The next programs in the 2008 series will feature contemporary Australian works and these will be listed in our February 2009 call for papers.

In addition to the refereed journal, the Australian Literary Compendium website will include Australian literature through readings, interactive texts, images and music. We would therefore be interested in hearing from photographers, artists, filmmakers and musicians who are working in these media and would like to submit work for the site.

Please direct your abstracts, all enquiries about the journal or any other aspect of the project to the project coordinators and editors-in-chief:

Professor Catherine Cole, Creative Writing, School of Creative Media, RMIT University,
Melbourne. catherine.cole@rmit.edu.au / 03 9925 3714

Dr Lyn Gallacher, ABC Radio National. gallacher.lyn@abc.net.au / 03 9626 1655