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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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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.

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.

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.