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Hello again, yes it’s us, again, in an online update-a-palooza

1) Cheers to you that have dropped us a line about our fifth issue. It’s been really lovely to see/read/hear your support for our magazine including those from Plume of Words, With Extra Pulp and Readings.

2) And as the interest generated from our first Opinionated Editorial has been huge, we thought we’d break with tradition and publish the piece in its entirety. Check out Davina’s editorial and the conversation occurring on Overland. Have an opinion? Then join in.

3) A few of you have mentioned that harvest hasn’t been easily accessible on your bookstore’s shelves. You can order a copy/copies direct from us. Please email us at writetoharvest@gmail.com with ‘copy please’ in the subject header and we’ll get our inboxes chattering. Before you know it, harvest will be making your home its own.

4) While we are yet to finalise a deadline for fiction, non-fiction and art for issue six, our poetry submissions are now closed. Our Poetry Editor, Josephine Rowe, will be reviewing the submissions over the coming months. 

5) Speaking of our wonderful Ed., big congratulations to Josephine for her winning entry ‘It doesn’t need to be a Ford. it doesn’t need to have radio’ which has won the National Gallery of Victoria’s Love, Loss & Intimacy Writing competition. Cheers also go to harvest columnist and Torpedo editor Chris Flynn for also being highly commended!

6) Next month sees the 25th Melbourne Writers Festival on the 27th August and we’re taking part in a free festival event, Magazine.  Magazine will present a rapid-fire showcase of the dazzling breadth of insight, entertainment and stimulation on offer in the nation’s best literary magazines. All from a refurbished shipping-container positioned on the River Terrace. Enjoy 15-minute performances, readings, quizzes and more, across both weekends of the festival. View the MWF program for more information.

Please come join harvest and friends on September 5th. We’ll have some literary chat, fun and games. Precious and non-precious snowflakes welcome.

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This festive season harvest is celebrating it’s fourth issue. Hurrah! We can hardly believe we’ve made a full cycle and would like to thank all of you lovely supporters and contributors for your kind words along the way.

Some congratulations to a few of our previous contributors on their recent submissions to The Age Short Story Competition! Ryan O’Neill (issue one, winter 2008) received 3rd place and will be published in The Age over summer. While Paul Mitchell (issue two, spring/summer 2008) and Emma Schwarcz (issue three, spring 2009) were highly commended.

If you want to know what lies beneath the sumptuous summer issue, you can order direct from us (quick- see the fabulous festive deal) or grab one from the bookshelves of our lovely stockists. Take a peek at the contributors by clicking here:

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Greetings dear harvesters

To celebrate the yuletide, we decided to make you another issue of harvest. In the spirit of giving, we’re offering you our latest issue sent straight to you, beautifully gift-wrapped. What a Christmas treat!

And because we’d like harvest to brighten Christmas trees around Australia, we’ll do the same for your favourite friends and family, too. Say the word and the latest harvest, or a whole bundle of harvest, will arrive at houses wrapped and bedecked with splendiferous gift tags.

Issue #4 features midget stunt-people, haiku, bookworms and ladders and a couple of our ’09 literary crushes (swoon!). In fact, it’s packed so tight with fiction, non-fiction, columns, poetry and art, we’re already worried about how to squeeze it into an envelope.

**These special yuletide deals are available to Australian addresses only, and due to Christmas post, only via direct debit/bank deposit.

The brand spankin’ new summer issue #4 will be gift-wrapped and posted to your destination of choice for $20.

Or choose the festive bundle of issues 1-4 gift-wrapped in a mega-parcel and posted to your destination of choice for $50.

All you need to do to see harvest in the mailbox before Christmas is email us at writetoharvest@gmail.com for an order form, and make your payment before Wednesday 16th December.

Happy Festive Season!

…of  harvesters can unfortunately go array at the teeniest touch. Our keenly awaited issue three is still being coordinated by the team, with the release date now expected in early August. 

But be assured,  the harvest  train is coming back… it’s just been pulled slightly off-line by some filibusterous factors that are beyond our control.

Don’t forget if you haven’t yet had the chance to purchase our other issues from one of our sweet stockists,  email us direct at writetoharvest@gmail.com and we can organise some copies.

And please keep sending us your pieces! We’re aiming to have issue four on the boil very soon so if you have any fiction, non-fiction, poetry or art you’d like to submit, check out the guidelines and send it through.

Rather than dance around a mini-Stonehenge made of dominoes, the harvest team marked the winter solstice with a lavish high tea and then continued the assembling of issue three. We’re taking time to prune pieces and get-together good-looking art for those creamy, thick harvest pages. We hope to have a copy on your bookshelves towards the end of July…

A huge thank you to everyone that braved an icy cold Melbourne night and came along to support our fundraising efforts at Cinema Nova on 4th June. The snippets of conversations later overheard in Carlton’s bars and cafes indicated that the comedy about the film industry, WHAT JUST HAPPENED, generated some interesting chat from the harvest crowd. 

Thanks also to all the lovely fine literary folk who came and said hello to us at our stall at the Emerging Writer’s Festival Page Parlour on 31 May. We loved meeting you and hope you’ll come back and see us again soon.

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We’ve had a flurry of late submissions for issue three so have decided to open up the inbox and extend the deadline. The poetry coffer is currently full, but if you’ve got a fiction or non-fiction piece you’d like to share, send it along to us before 15 March 2009

We’re also looking for any interested artists to get in touch. Art, illustrations, graphics, collage, photography – anything really. Submissions can be emailed to our art director at harvest.artwork@gmail.com

Take some time to read our guidelines or check out issues one and two. 

We can’t wait to hear from you.

Hurrah, our second issue has now successfully hit the streets after a bumper bash last Friday at the Order of Melbourne. It’s been another literary labour of love to bring out this  Spring/Summer edition. We hope you love exploring the words and art as much as we’ve loved putting it together.

It was another lovely crowd who came along and sweated it out on a steaming hot summer’s night. Thanks so much to every one of you who came along and supported us. harvest is so appreciative of your support, generosity and goodwill.

Big cheers to Geoff Lemon, Nathan Curnow and Paul Mitchell for providing a bounty of spoken word performances; to Imogen Stubbs for designing the projections that accompanied the evening; and, to Jacinta Shanahan for being the launch snaparazzi.

harvest magazine is also now a group on Facebook where we’ll post some more news and snaps. If you missed grabbing a copy of this sumptuous publication, contact us via writetoharvest@gmail.com or visit one of our fabulous independent stockists.

 issue two is for sale Waiting for the proceedings to begin Happy harvesters dot the landscape Embracing harvest  If you missed the limited edition postcard sets...

Where's the stage? Poetic projection Nathan Curnow takes the stage Geoff Lemon in the spotlight Russian raindrops

Happy harvesters  Reaching out A captive audience Geoff Lemon saves us with his commandments harvest talks

Can't wait to read issue two the co-founders take the stage Paul Mitchell reads The Family Game I heart harvest  harvest issue two


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.