The Australian Literature Review is accepting submissions of 4,000-10,000 word stories for a comedy anthology.
The comedy anthology will include a story by comedy novelist Lia Weston (The Fortunes of Ruby White, published by Simon & Schuster).
Submissions are due by midnight September 30th.
Each author will receive 4% of gross revenue received by The Australian Literature Review from sales of the anthology minus direct costs of production and distribution (ie. before wages, marketing, etc).
Multiple entries are allowed. Email entries to firstname.lastname@example.org as a Word document or in the body of the email.
Good comedy, like good fiction writing, is something which is not easily taught. It tends to be something you have to learn yourself to be able to do well. So you’re probably better off writing in a way you find amusing and not following someone else’s theories or speculation about how to write comedy.
Think beyond satire, parody, ‘it’s funny because it’s strange’ and ‘it’s funny because a character doesn’t understand another character’s race/gender/class/culture’.
Think what you appreciate in some of your favourite comedy books, plays, movies and TV episodes. Then work out how to use what you like about that comedy in a similar-but-different way for your own original story.
Integrate the comedy with the story. Don’t write a string of set ups and punchlines which are not a cohesive part of the story.
Comedy can come in many varieties; subtly ironic, laugh-out-loud misadventures, comically mismatched characters, witty back-and-forth, stubborn rivalries, improbable farce, a grossly incompetent underdog who gives it their best anyway, and so on.
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