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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.

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So there it was, a launch or two for harvest in Melbourne. We made it, and quite a lot of you did too. The numbers swelled as after more than 12 months of juggling our fulltime jobs, part-time studies and sometime lives, we managed to bring our labour of love to publication.

Thanks so much to Eurotrash for letting us drink and dance the night away on Friday 13th June and Readings Carlton for hosting us with warmth and wine on Saturday 14 June.

We love that you came along to show your support for our endeavours, braving the wild wintery weather that decided to accompany our launches. We loved it so much that we’re even prepared to show ourselves in some random, candid snaps, enjoying the festivities and fun of Friday night with you.

The weekend rundown included readings from Meg Mundell, Jack Cassidy and Andy Jackson, a toe-tapping spoken word performance from Geoff Lemon, a bountiful raffle and visual slide plendour from Imogen Stubbs. It was fast and furious but we hope to do it all again soon. 

So, here’s to the first issue of harvest!

harvest is happy to announce our two launch dates. There’ll be a variety of readings and poetry sets, music merriment, and mingling.

So spend an evening with harvest in the eclectic confines of the Eurotrash Bar Gallery or an afternoon browsing the shelves in the wonderfully warm surrounds of Readings Carlton. 

Choose one or both or even spread your time across the two. There’s much to hear as we take some time out to celebrate our brand new literary endeavour. 

Wish you were here!

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.

Alas, like much of Australia, harvest has also been touched by the severe drought gripping the nation. While our spirit remains stoic, our time has begun to run dry.

We’re still dedicated to bring you a beautiful literary bounty, but our publication date has been pushed out. Although we’ve been working as fast as the daily grind allows, our first issue will find its way into your hands, hearts and minds mid-2008.

Lots of love, sweat and typing has gone into providing author feedback. Letters should be trickling down through the post over the coming weeks.

Submissions for issue two are still warmly welcomed and raptuously received.

Your understanding and support for harvest has been fantastic. Thanks for helping to keep the literary landscape flourishing.

Alas harvesters, we’ve finally had enough of our email bug and have reluctantly decided to spray the crop.

If you joined up via the old email address, don’t panic. We’ve rolled you over into the new paddock. You’ll keep hearing all of our news over the coming months…. probably more often than you want, with harvest about to leap into the literary landscape.

We also love hearing from you and reading your fine words. Thanks for all the happy thoughts and words of support.

Please keep talking to us through our new email: writetoharvest@gmail.com

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.

harvest has been busy sifting through the gadzillions of entries for our first edition – ta muchly to all the writers who have taken the time to submit their work! Since the 30 November deadline, you’ve kept us all incredibly busy reading your fine words and fierce prose. 

We were hoping to get back to all of you before 2007 was over but with that deadline looming fast and furiously, a response will likely end up greeting you in the new year. Unfortunately harvest has had a few recent email hiccups so some messages have been sent but not received, lost and never found. We’re getting on top of the problem but we also want to enjoy some of the fun of the festive season.

Selections for edition one are currently underway; however, we’re also looking towards the second harvest which will be blooming mid-2008. If you’d like to submit work for our next edition, please take a look at our guidelines, our influences and our ideas. You can send your words to us via post or email. Just mark that it’s for ‘edition two’.

harvest has been given a great kick start with your submissions coming in fast and furiously. A humungous thanks to all those who have taken time to review our guidelines and submitted their work! It’s been amazing to see the harvest postbox and inbox brimming with entries.

We’re accepting submissions until 30 November so we’ll be reading all the pieces over the coming weeks. Please be patient with us. We promise to drop you a line as soon as we can.

Many thanks also to all the writers across Australia who’ve taken time out to say hello and register their interest in harvest. We really appreciate all your well wishes, and support for our literary venture.

harvest is due to sprout in March 2008.