What's on in the Canberra literary scene

Birthday fellowship

Australian Book Review announces its 40th Birthday Fellowship (worth $10,000). It seek proposals for four original review essays, commentaries, and/or interviews to be published during 2018. Applications are open to any Australian writer with a publication record (books, creative writing, essays, or journalism). Applications close January 15, 2018. See:australianbookreview.com.au.

Essay prize

Entries are open for the 2018 ABR Calibre Essay Prize for original and unpublished non-fiction essays of any subject between 3000 to 6000 words, written in English. Entry fees are $15 for ABR subscribers or $25 for non-subscribers (the latter includes a free four-month subscription to ABR Online). Entries close January 15, 2018. First prize $5000, second prize $2500). See: australianbookreview.com.au

What's on

December 11: At Smith's Alternative at 7pm, a double book launch of Owen Bullock's poetry collection Work and Play and the international poetry anthology Metamorphic edited by Nessa O'Mahony and Paul Munden. Free entry, no open mic.

December 13: The next Poetry at the House reading at University House at 7.30pm features Bronwyn Lea (Brisbane), Paul Magee and Geoff Page (both from Canberra). $10 waged, $5 unwaged. Bookings: gpage40@bigpond.net.au

December 18: At Smith's Alternative from 7pm to 9pm - special farewell and thank you to Josh Inman event.

January 8, 2018: Monica Carroll and Jen Webb, both poets connected to the University of Canberra, share their work. Both are published by Recent Work Press. Includes open mic. $5 on the door. Smith's Alternative, 76 Alinga St, Civic, 7pm to 9pm.

January 15, 2018: Not Very Quiet (Women and Poetry) presents "Poetry on Holiday". Free entry. Featuring Maggie Shapley. Includes open mic: bring a laid back holiday poem. Smith's Alternative, 7pm to 9pm.

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