The digital edition of The Victorian Writer: Oct-Nov is now available for download.
What is an emerging writer? While Writers Victoria defines an emerging writer as someone who has ‘done a fair amount of writing … had some short pieces published or been listed for some awards’, other organisations add a long-form published work to the mix. At any rate, there’s some confusion here, so in this issue, we try to pin down this enigmatic and elusive creature.
Kate Cantrell unpicks the terminology, Sara Bannister expresses the frustrations of the pre-emerged state and Gabriella Muñoz writes about re-emerging in a new country.
We have advice from the newly emerged: Katherine Collette on the debut novel and Mario Giovannoni on the role of prizes in the development of new work.
For those aspiring to emerge, we have some established voices on giving your work the best chance of publication. Kathryn Heyman and Michelle Johnston talk mentorships, and Marie Alafaci demystifies manuscript assessments.
Also in this issue, we showcase some emerging talent with the finalists of the Grace Marion Wilson Prize: Amanda Hildebrant, Margaret Hickey, Karen McKnight and Claire J Harris. And from our members, there is new work from Eugen Bacon and Damien O’Meara.
Cover image by Grace Lee.