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Subbed In Chapbook Prize expands in 2018

Sydney-based literary organisation Subbed In is expanding its Chapbook Prize—previously open to NSW residents only—to writers across Australia.

Launched last year, the Subbed In Chapbook Prize aims to support emerging writers (including those who have not previously published a book) who are working in the forms of poetry, microfiction/nonfiction or ‘a blend of these mediums’.‘We hope to uncover and encourage voices not often heard and told in ways that push the traditional boundaries of form,’ Subbed In director Dan Hogan told Books+Publishing. ‘Last year we were able to publish three books, while this year we are looking to publish one manuscript’.Of the prize’s focus on microfiction/nonfiction, alongside poetry, this year, Hogan told Books+Publishing: ‘We love reading collections of microfiction/nonfiction. We view the form largely as writing for workers; most often workers don’t have the time or space to tell their story via writing a novel or three. We’d like to see more works of micro-writing published in Australia as we believe the medium provides space for people who may not consider themselves “writers” to tell their story.’

The prize is currently open for submissions until 1 July. To learn more about the prize, see the Subbed In website.

This news story first appeared in Books+Publishing on 20 April 2018. Books+Publishing is Australia’s leading source of print and digital news about the book industry, keeping subscribers up to date with the latest industry news, announcements, job advertisements, events, trends and more.

 

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