The Australian Writer's Marketplace: 2007/08 edition
Now as I start my slow but inevitable return to Australia, finding and
studying The Australian Writer's Marketplace has been invaluable.
Not only do the articles included reinforce and reiterate all the lessons
that I learnt in 'grad school' (write, never stop, submit) but the over
2200 listings reinforce the growth, dynamism and potential in the Australian
market. Subtitled Every contact you will ever need to succeed in the
writing business, the Australian Writer's Marketplace includes
listings for magazines, journals, newspapers, publishers, literary agents,
and writing services. It includes information on industry organizations,
script markets and (new this year) a section on publishing services. For
the emerging writer there are lists of literary courses. For the established
writer, a comprehensive calendar of competitions, fellowships, grants,
and literary events. All the sections are tabbed and all the listings
are indexed, making it relatively easy to find the type of training, event,
or home you are seeking for your piece.
The Australian Writer's Marketplace is also available online at
www.awmonline.com.au for a minimum
subscription rate of AUD19.95. In addition to the listings and articles
found in the book, the on-line version includes blogs, downloadable templates,
fora with writers and publishers, live updates on the contacts and many
To be honest, as a writer who began my admittedly still limited publishing career in the States, moving back to Australia has been edged with trepidation, but becoming familiar with the Australian Writer's Marketplace and a member of the online Australian Writer's Marketplace has convinced me that the opportunities are there. I just have to keep on with the lessons I learnt way back when - writing, submitting, and smelling the rejection in my email headers.
Valerie Jeremijenko is currently pursuing her PhD in Creative Writing Fiction at Griffith University as a distant learning student. She is the editor of How We Live Our Yoga: Personal Stories (Beacon Press, 2002) winner of a Virginia Commission on the Arts Fellowship, and her short stories have been published in several literary journals. She currently lives in Doha, Qatar, but is returning to Australia soon.
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Vol 11 No 1 April 2007
Editors: Nigel Krauth & Jen Webb