The writing teams (in Sydney, Melbourne, the Gold Coast, and the Central Coast (just north of Sydney)) are taking shape with some strong writers already onboard to be part of the teams, including some who regular AusLit readers will have come across before, such as:
Sam Stephens (winner and runner-up in a number of AusLit short story comps, a story in Australian Literature: A Snapshot in 10 Short Stories launching at the end of the month, several short stories in recent issues of Suspense Magazine, best chapter – as selected by James Patterson – in the Random House/Borders/James Patterson ‘Chain Thriller’ project, and working on a thriller novel) on the Central Coast
Belinda Dorio (short story in Basics of Life launching at the end of next month), Prue Bon (winner of the March short story comp) and Beau Hillier (short story in Basics of Life) in Melbourne
Emma Salkild (best story – in partnership with Lia Weston – in the AusLit epistolary story partnerships, and story in Basics of Life) in Sydney, and Lisa Heidke (author of three novels; interviewed on AusLit)
Other confirmed writing team members so far include people such as a novelist/Director of Microbiology and Infectious Diseases, and an editing and publishing teacher/freelance editor.
There is still room for more suitable writers in each location. The most important thing in selecting writers for the writing teams is their potential to write good stories for the project.
Each writing team will produce a book or series for commercial publication, written from the beginning of May until the end of September for release before Christmas. Each author will write two 5,000 – 10,000 word stories as part of an integrated short story collection as a book or series and receive royalties from sales of their writing team’s project.
If you’re interested, give it a shot and apply -whether you’re a published novelist, an emerging writer, or in high school and like to write stories. Age, qualifications and previous publication history are no barrier. There are no fancy formalities required. Just email something to firstname.lastname@example.org indicating your potential to write good fictional stories, such as samples of your fiction writing.
The original call for applications is at: https://auslit.net/2011/04/05/auslit-writing-teams-sydney-melbourne-gold-coast-central-coast.
Central Coast: Thriller as an integrated collection of stories in one book
Gold Coast: Children’s project, possibly as a book series
Melbourne: Possibly young adult fantasy as an integrated collection of stories in one book
Sydney: To be decided
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