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All of us at harvest have been deeply saddened by the tragedy, loss and sorrow of the Black Saturday bushfires. Our thoughts and hearts are with you all.

Victoria’s arts sector has mobilised in support of the bushfire relief efforts with a number of fundraising events and activities already underway. Visit the Arts Victoria site for a list of upcoming events.

Donations

Many arts venues are accepting donations for the Red Cross’ Victorian Bushfire Appeal. Venues include: the Arts Centre,National Gallery of VictoriaState Library VictoriaGeelong Performing Arts CentreMelbourne Recital Centre and the Australian Centre for the Moving Image.

Assistance for businesses

The Victorian Government has announced assistance for businesses and primary producers directly impacted by the 2009 bushfires, whether through loss of property or tools of trade.

ABN registered artists are eligible to apply to this fund.

The assistance package comprises:

  • A one-off grant of up to $5,000 for immediate repair and restoration costs, with additional funds available up to a total of $25,000 for eligible businesses with significant damage
  •  Free access to professional business advice and counselling services
  •  A low-cost loan scheme through the Rural Finance Corporation.

Further information is available from Business Victoria.

Should you become aware of any authors affected by the Victorian bushfires and requiring some emergency assistance, the Australian Society of Authors Benevolent Fund has limited funds that may be of use.The fund has been able to distribute limited grants to author applicants finding themselves in financial difficulties as a result of a sudden illness, accident, disability, nursing home costs, wheelchair expenses and/or assistance with funeral expenses.

ASA members requesting assistance need to complete an application form advising full details of their financial situation and reasons for seeking help.

Application forms can be obtained from the Administrator, or downloaded in Word or PDF. The author does not have to apply for these funds him/herself. A third party can do so using the form available at: ASA Benevolent Fund.

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With the Spring/Summer bumper issue making a splash across the shelves of all good bookstores and copies winging their way into your hands, the harvest team is escaping for an all too brief festive break (visiting family, friends, festivals and Orangutans), so we can return all sparkly fresh for the next issue in 2009. 

We’ve been busy securing  some new stockists right around Australia,  so please support us, and them, by visiting their shelves over the holiday season.

Yet while we’re bamboozled with images of snow and sleighs and summer days, the work has already started for our autumnal issue. Deadlines are now up for issue three.  It’s a staged approach for our little team. 

Please take some time to read the submission guidelines, check out our influences and browse the  current harvest pages.  

Feedback from issue two is still being forwarded out to all the folk who took time to submit but unfortunately we didn’t miss the Christmas postal crush. So until it’s delivered into your post box or inbox, everyone at harvest hopes you escape with  some fine summer reading and have a lovely festive season.

Cheer cheer from all the harvest team.

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Time to celebrate the next crop. Open up the invite for all the details:harvest-invite-issue-2

Dig into our Spring/Summer edition and you’ll find:

CARO COOPER on speaking in literary tongues
JOEL MAGAREY on loss, memory and salvation in New York
ELIZABETH BRYER on love, melancholia and happy endings in Peru
Feature poet TESS KERBEL, with an introduction to her work by GEOFF LEMON
ANDRE DAO on the past, failing relationships and metamorphosis
HOLLY HUTCHINSON on the rarefied world of Eton College
AMY JACKSON on childhood and the perils of strangers
NGHIEM TRAN on storytelling, family history and leaving post-war Vietnam
SUZANNE J. WILLIS on dreams lost and found at points beyond the compass
PATRICK CULLEN on tragedy, kindness and community in Newcastle
Poems from ANNE M. CARSON, SHANE McCAULEY and PAUL MITCHELL

Art from Australian artists LUCI EVERETT, SHAWN LU, CARLIE JENNINGS and IMOGEN STUBBS. And art from international artists FRÈDÈRIC VERHELST, ANDE COOK, SHELBY HEALEY, BARRETT COOK, CASSANDRA WARREN, MERETHE TINGSTAD, SUSANA RAAB, SARAH BERNHARDT, ELSA MORA and STEPHANIE TOPPIN.

Test your skills in literary recognition with GUESS WHOM?
Poets SU LYNN CHEAH, MICHAEL CRANE, JONATHAN SHAW and NATHAN CURNOW evoke place and space.

And acclaimed author ANYA ULINICH shares her thoughts on Russians, fur hats and the perils of being a first-time author.

is coming … Not long now until the harvest team can finally look up from their proofing and editing and typesetting and feedback-ing to check out how the rest of Melbourne is faring under daylight savings. We’ve all been working around the clock to cultivate the next crop of fabulous pieces of fiction, poetry, non-fiction and art from Australia and the rest of the world.

Your submissions have been of such high quality that it’s once again taken us longer than expected to publish our next issue. So unfortunately the bad news is we’ll be sending back the feedback slowly but surely, by post and email. 

However the good/better/best news is that issue two is going to be a bumper Spring/Summer edition. Hurrah. So there’s even more fresh writing and art for you to feast on over the holidays.

We think we’ve created a really great ‘difficult second album’ and know you’ll be eager to have it in your home. On your bookshelf. By your bed. Under the Christmas tree. In your hand. Whichever way you choose, it’ll be available very soon. 

While the Melbourne launch details will be available soon, for our interstate harvesters, please keep checking this site as the list of stockists are growing. But don’t forget, no matter where you are, you can always purchase a copy direct from us. We do love hearing from you.

As Melbourne shivers its way through one of the coldest winters in 20 years, harvest has been donning the winter woollies and pounding the pavement with bundles of magazines for sale. We’ve embraced the warm glow of independent shops across Melbourne (and some small forays interstate), and been so very heartened by your online requests. Slowly but surely our handsome publication is getting out there…

But it hasn’t just all been battling broken brollies and ducking into heated cafes in search of the perfect chai latte this winter as your submissions have once again provided us with a bucketload of fine reading. The quality has been amazing and we’re overjoyed at the array of talent you’ve shown. 

With flecks of white apple blossoms starting to dot the suburban landscape, the harvest thaw has begun and we’re cranking up for a super Spring/Summer bonanza edition. The team are making some selections, and will soon start contacting you or sending through our feedback. It’ll take a bit but we’ll respond to all of you who have taken the time to submit as per the guidelines.

We’ve chosen a theme to begin and we’re now on the hunt for art, illustrations, graphics, collage or photography. Check out the artists page for some more details. Art submissions can be emailed to our art director at harvest.artwork@gmail.com by Monday 15 September.

*but please don’t send through your fiction, non-fiction or poetry submissions to that e-address, we’d love to still see it through writetoharvest@gmail.com 

Trust you’re keeping yourself toasty, enjoying the array of literary events around Australia, with a lovely copy of harvest by your side.

While we’re still dusting off the printing press, debating typography and discussing the pros and cons of a well placed unspaced ellipsis, the harvest train is now gearing up for its June release. Yes harvesters, you know this has been a topsy-turvy journey, but it’s all going to be worth it when our incredible issue one hits the stands next month.

The harvest team has busied itself these past few months, digging down and cutting back, transplanting and planning for the long term sustainability of our brand new magazine. We digested an amazing bunch of submissions. We watched the sultry autumn days fade away and sometimes even wondered whether harvest may have to take an early hibernation. 

But, our small band has successfully toiled together. The literary seeds are sown and harvest is definitely on its way. 

Details on the launch will be listed soon and information distributed to all our fabulous supporters/subscribers. We’ll also post details on those splendid stores where you can pick up your very own copy of the very first harvest.

We hope to see you out and about in Melbourne town, helping to celebrate the publication of a magazine dedicated to showcasing new and emerging artists. 

We hope you’ll love reading our first issue. It’s for you.