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Then dip into harvest. A hearty and huge congratulations to some of our wonderful writers who have been chosen for the tenth anniversary series of Best Australian Writing.

  • Michael Sala – Outside (issue 4, Summer 2010)
  • Ryan O’Neill – The Eunuch and the Harem (issue 5, Winter 2010)

appearing in the Best Australian Stories 2010. And in the pages of Best Australian Poems 2010,

  • Anna Krien, Horses (issue 5, Winter 2010).

We’re also so happy to see the work from our poetry editor Josephine Rowe, and former contributors Meg Mundell, Nathan Curnow, Anthony Lawrence and Cameron Lowe in this year’s collections.

Hurrah one and all.

Fresh Australian writing

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.

Hola harvesters

We’ve been ploughing through the tremendous amount of amazing submissions (again, you astound us!) for issue four. As usual, this means the harvest team are working diligently to both produce the beautiful new Summer issue and also provide you with feedback. In the middle of it all we’ve had TINA, and markets and holidays…So, please be patient with us as we try to get this juggling act in order.

There’s one change on the harvest front as from issue four, we’d like to heartily welcome Josephine Rowe to the team. She’s taking over the helm as Poetry Editor, keeping your words in order. 

We’d like to say a huge thank you to Geoff Lemon (THANKS Geoff) for so splendidly steering the poetry pages from Winter 2008-Spring 2009. We’ve really loved having such a dynamic, enthusiastic and super sweet WordPlayer as part of the harvest team. Geoff’s given up the poetry reins to traverse the highways and byways of South America in search of the answer to the Headless Chickens’s tune, Dónde está la pollo? Buena suerte, Geoffrey Lemon!

…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.