Saturday, September 28, 2013

Getting Published - in literary magazine 'Review of Australian Fiction'

Getting published is one of a number of reasons why fiction writers write.

One of my favourite bloggers, West Australian writer, Amanda Curtin, recently wrote about the reasons that writers write:   She aligned herself with Joan Didion who, in the article 15 Famous Authors on Why They Write, is quoted as saying: ‘I write entirely to find out what I’m thinking, what I’m looking at, what I see and what it means.' 

I responded to Amanda that, first and foremost I'm driven by the creative urge, discovering characters who I chase into the imagined places I have them inhabit - yes, the pure pleasure of that experience. After that, it is a bit of every other reason that the article identified including the desire to be read, to be published. 
With that in mind, I was happy to learn that Matthew Lamb, editor of the digital literary magazine, Review of Australian Fiction,  was publishing my short story 'The Space Between', in his next issue, Volume 7, Issue 5I met Matthew for the first time recently at the launch of the latest issue of Tasmania's literary magazine, Island (see sidebar for link) which he also co-edits (busy man). We talked about his focus on Tasmanian writers in the latest volume of the Review of Australian Fiction: six fortnightly issues where an established Tasmanian writer mentors an emerging writer, with their linked stories published together in each issue. An exciting opportunity for emerging writers. 

My gratitude to writer, and friend, Kate Gordon, for inviting me to partner with her. 


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