Survey! For Free!!!

Yep, that’s right – A FREE SURVEY! No cost to you!

;D

Okay, in all seriousness now, I’d love your opinion if you’ve got 1-3 minutes spare?

If you’ve ever read my poetry or fiction in the past I’m hoping you can help me decide what my next release should be. If so, check out this short survey below and grab a free e-book while you’re at it

Survey (via Survey Monkey)

 

City of Masks/Between Giants&Old Stone Giveaway

Insanitek‘s book club are running a cool giveaway where you can win a print copy of both the City of Masks and my latest poetry collection, Old Stone & Between Giants !

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All you have to do to enter is spread the word a little – jump over here and take a look 🙂

You can also read an interview I did with Grace from Insanitek, which was one of the most enjoyable interviews I’ve done; we covered a lot of ground from Italy, tourism, poetry and fiction!

(I’m a bit behind in mentioning this – the comp has been open for a while but closes in 10 days!)

 

Cordite ‘Toil’ Subs Close Tomorrow

Subs for Cordite’s Toil issue are closing tomorrow at midnight, so if you haven’t already maybe check your folders for some great poetry you might have on a pretty classic theme.

I’ve thrown my hat in this time (with what I hope are a couple of strong pieces) because the theme really appeals to me – probably because I think all writing is a particular form of toil – whether it’s mental toil or maybe back or wrist pain 🙂

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Pigeonholes & Zetetic – Submissions Open

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I wanted to mention two online publications poets & fiction writers should check out Pigeonholes and Zetetic: A Record of Unusual Inquiry.

Both are currently open for subs and you can visit the guidelines via the links above.zetetic

What I love about Zetetic is that they’re looking for unsual work so if you’ve got a piece that just hasn’t quite found a home in other journals, this might be the venue for you. And with Pigeonholes I was pretty thrilled to see this under a special call for subs:

SPECIAL CALL: 90s Mixtape
The end of September will mark the end of our third quarter, and we want to do something special. So, get out your old cassettes and scratched CDs, get nostalgic, and write us some fiction inspired by the bands and songs of the 90s. No literal interpretations of songs – we don’t want an angst-filled tale of woe for a song like “Motorcycle Drive By”, but a story about a steampunk cycle gang that guns down the wrong mark would catch our attention. Be creative. Use a favorite line, song title, or band name. A man who is blind in one of his three eyes, a champagne supernova setting, a tale about irony that isn’t ironic, flash about teen spirit. Don’t be afraid to get speculative! In addition to following our standard Fiction Guidelines below, submissions should include a brief explanation about what inspired the piece. This call is for fiction only, and only has enough room for 10 to 12 “tracks”, so make sure you send your best. Above all, entertain us.

So dig up memories of the 90s and see what you can do!

fourW 25 & Writ. Poetry Review

Recently I’ve had a couple of poems appear in two great Australian publications – fourW and Writ. Poetry Review, both jam-packed full of great poetry!

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You can read my poem destined for mud in issue 2 of Writ. Poetry Review, who have what I feel is hands down the best presented online poetry publication I’ve come across in ages. Check it out and see if you agree, I really like the ’tiles’ page. In the issue too, is a heap of other great poets, many of whom I’m proud to call friends (or at the very least co-conspirators in poetry), check out poems by Mark William Jackson, Stuart Barnes, Michele Seminara, Robbie Coburn and Stu Hatton to name but a few!

Subs are open right now for the next issue – you can check out the details right here.

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fourW is celebrating their 25th issue, which is an awesome milestone in and of itself, but it’s also another fantastic one aside from that and I’m particularly happy to be in the journal again this year (check out Tiggy Johnson’s awesome piece in it!)

In fact, I’m especially honoured because editor David Gilbey and the selection panel published each pale song which is a long poem – something rare for me – and what makes their choice of a long poem noteworthy is that for me to have each pale song in the issue, you could say I effectively block two other (single page) poems from appearing in fourW. And I’ve no doubt the editors would have had more great material than they could fit in to #25.

So to publish my three page poem is a great vote of confidence and I really appreciate it!

 

‘Old Stone’ Mix&Match Competition

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The competition is pretty simple – I’ve muddled up the haiku at the end of this post and all you have to do is rearrange them into a form that you feel is closest to their original structure, leaving your response in the comments.

Whoever is closest wins a copy of old stone 🙂

So, to give a quick example – the haiku have been altered, I’ve switched around the phrase & fragment of each (with line 3 and line 1 respectively, representing the ‘fragment’):

Originals

church steps
lead to a beggar’s cup
sunburnt tourists

shuffling over old stone
the echo
of tour guides

Muddled

church steps
lead to a beggar’s cup
shuffling over old stone

sunburnt tourists
the echo
of tour guides

The challenge will be that some of the haiku ought to read reasonably coherently – even if the lines have been switched, but hopefully this ends up being a bit of fun! (Comp closes Sunday 7th Decemeber).

Looking forward to reading some great entries!

 

Mix & Match

 

re-runs –
shouting
over the pram

resting on my handle
other tourists
fill the frame

my back to the window
your toes
marking the glass

a raisin hides
even the fly
wants some shade

carpeted walls
the police chief
is always balding

shadows on the courthouse
the sun’s
thin fingers

return trip
down beneath
the toaster

posing for photos
no-one speaks
in the elevator

 

 

Spoken Word Opportunity

4779Subs are open for Audacious – an online spoken word journal – and it looks ace, in fact, once I finish this post I’m going to sub a piece as I find spoken poetry a pretty cool challenge.

Check out full guidelines here and ask benjamin@melbournespokenword.com any questions, just be sure to get your sub in before December 19, 2014!