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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.

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Our heartfelt thanks to all of you who braved the wild, wintery Melbourne weather to join us for the launch of our fifth issue. It was a mighty cold June evening but  your warm souls helped fill the 1000 £ Bend Gallery for the celebrations. There were golden tickets (lost and found), a bounty of prizes claimed (including an ace Crumpler bag) and connecting conversations over mulled wine and cupcakes.

Many thanks to the spoken word performers who came and shared their work with us all. Hurrah for Josephine Rowe, Nathan Curnow, Ruby Murray, Maxine Clarke and David Astle.

Big cheers to Khancoban for their alt-country rock tunes, which lent a lovely musical bent to our event

And super thanks to our issue five cover artist, Dawn Tan, for allowing us to share her images of the night.

Now some big news for our harvest friends living in/near, or around Sydney.

Berkelouw Books in Newtown have very kindly offered to help us celebrate issue five with you all. harvest’s very own Davina Bell will be venturing up for the Sydney launch on Friday 25 June 2010.

Please come along to help celebrate issue number five at one of our lovely stockists, Berkelouw Books, from 6pm. There’ll be readings, wine and frivolity. We’d be delighted to see you there!

Berkelouw Books

6 O’Connell Street (just off King Street) in Newtown.

RSVP to writetoharvest@gmail.com.


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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!

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.

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.

Happy 2008 harvesters! We hope you had a fab festive season.

The heatwave gripping Melbourne has kept the harvest team stuck to our editorial desks as we feverishly prepare for edition one.  Hurrah for icy, cold fizzy pop and booming blasts of air con.

It’s all hands on deck as the first publication date draws near. Issue one authors will be notified very soon…if not already. And, we’re still working on providing feedback to all of you who have submitted. We can’t guarantee we won’t fall behind. We’re truly sorry about that. Our hands can only stretch so far.

Check out the submissions page for our Issue two Winter deadlines.