The Skywriters Project‘s first anthology will be published in 2019 as a royalty title in print and eBook formats (pdf, ePub and Kindle versions). It will be distributed under a global license held by our publisher, Interactive Publications Pty Ltd (IP).
Creative writers and aspiring writers are invited to submit skystories about their own or other people’s (or other beings?) relationships with celestial phenomena, as experienced from within the fuzzy borders of the region we’ve defined as the 700 Kilometre Array (700KA) of inland New South Wales.
We are looking for stories that link land and sky in fresh ways to evoke a strong sense-of-place and new imaginings of humanity’s past, present and possible future relationships with Planet Earth and its moon, with other planets, with stars, gas clouds and the space between them in our own or other universes, and/or with extra-terrestrial lifeforms. (Does that just about cover all possibilities?)
We will consider poetry and works in any prose genre suitable for a general readership, including literary fiction and non-fiction, memoir, sci-fi, and speculative fiction (but probably not strong erotica or horror, and certainly not polemic). All submissions must be in English and, at this stage, the limit is 3,000 words.
Submitted works will be blind-selected by three curating editors — Dr Suzie Gibson, a Senior Lecturer in English at Charles Sturt University’s School of Humanities and Social Science, Bathurst; Val Clark from the Outback Writers Centre, Dubbo; and Gai Lander, a lover of literature from Grenfell — with the project’s managing editor and Big Skies Collaborator, Dr Merrill Findlay. Meet our curatorial team here >>
Authors will retain copyright on work accepted for the anthology, but reprint rights will be subject to subsidiary rights stipulated in the initial contract.
Royalties will be paid by IP to the managing editor who will then disperse earned royalties to contributors. Royalties will be earned at 10% of the GST-exclusive recommended retail price (RRP) where the Publisher sells at 50% or more of the RRP, and at 10% of net revenue where the Publisher sells at a discount higher than 50% for print copies and for all eBook sales. Statements of Account will be issued by the Publisher twice per year for periods ending on 30 June and 31 December.
IP will also offer all contributors one free copy of the anthology plus additional copies at a discount of 40% off recommended retail price ( e.g. $18/book for a book that retails for $30).
To submit your skystories you will need to be a registered Skywriter — which is easy. Just fill in a SkywritersRegistrationForm_Online_vJune2017, if you haven’t already done so, and return it to SkywritersProject[at]gmail.com. Your email address will then be added to our Skywriters database and you will receive our newsletters and updates.
Dr Suzie Gibson is a Senior Lecturer in English in the School of Humanities and Social Science, Charles Sturt University, Bathurst, where she teaches literature and writing.
Suzie’s research analyses the relationship between literature and philosophy. Her work has been published in distinguished national and international journals in the areas of literature, film, television, feminist theory and continental philosophy; in peer-reviewed books, in The Conversation, ArtsHub, in literary journals, such as Overland; and, more locally, in The Western Advocate and Bathurst Western Times.
Val Clark is an award-winning storyteller and visual artist based in a rural community near Dubbo. Her Young Adult fantasy novel, Lost, will be launched in August. Val has judged the prose section of Dubbo’s Boldrewood Literary Awards, which honour novelist Rolf Boldrewood, and for the Northern Territory Writers’ Centre. She is also a prime mover at Dubbo’s Outback Writers Centre
Val is addicted to reading, particularly YA, and writes across genres and ages. She loves teaching creative writing, chatting with fellow writers, and helping them achieve their dreams. She holds teaching qualifications in Fine Arts, a Masters in Creative Writing, and is a self-confessed writing workshop junkie. She is also learning to play the penny whistle.
Gai Lander is now based in Grenfell but, for many years, lived on her family’s nearby farm. She has worked professionally throughout regional NSW in the health, welfare and aged care sectors as a nurse, caseworker, adult educator and project manager, so is very familiar with rural communities within our 700KA region, including along the Inland Astro-Trail.
These days Gai is more engaged in arts activities, including creative writing, and has served several terms as President of Grenfell’s Henry Lawson Festival committee. For the Festival’s 50th anniversary she combined several of her interests to establish a cultural exchange between quilting groups in Grenfell and on Tromøy Island, off the south-east coast of Norway where Henry Lawson’s father, Niels Hertzberg Larson (aka Peter Lawson), was born and raised. The Tromøy Quilt hangs in Grenfell Art Gallery. Gai is now wondering what international exchanges our Skywriters Project can catalyse.
Dr Merrill Findlay is based in Forbes but has lived and travelled in many other places and accumulated decades of experience as an author, journalist, multimedia producer, cultural entrepreneur, social innovator, gardener, stargazer, dreamer and…
Her creative works include the critically acclaimed novel Republic of Women; a multimedia project, Redreaming the Plains; The Kate Kelly Project and libretto for The Kate Kelly Song Cycle; plus many feature articles for the mainstream press, including The Age, Good Weekend, and Canberra Times. She has also published articles in scholarly journals, guest-edited a special double Australian issue of the international peer-reviewed journal Futures (39:2-3), spoken at the United Nations, and taught at both RMIT University, Melbourne, and the University of Canberra.
In 2010/11 Merrill founded the Kalari-Lachlan River Arts Festival in Forbes, and later received a Regional Arts Australia award for her ‘outstanding contribution to the arts in regional Australia’. She is currently a Professional Associate with the Centre for Creative and Cultural Research, University of Canberra, and a Big Skies Collaborator.
Page created by Merrill Findlay on 7 July 2018. Last updated 20 September 2018.