Join us and meet other writers!

In the leafy grounds and hibiscus shade of the Fremantle Arts Centre Café.

Flame Trees in the Courtyard

Take your time to feel the energy of leaf power.

Friendly Fauna

Oh good, a bunch of writers with food!

Always be on the lookout for strange characters

They will make an interesting plot.

Haiku for Joyce

concrete two-seater
come, come, all writers sit on
my hard art

Tuesday, November 27, 2012



OOTA celebrates Christmas this year on Friday, 14th December at noon under the marquee in the leafy grounds of the Fremantle Arts Centre. Amongst the festivities will be readings by invited prose writers and poets. We are also having “Open Readings” (total duration of this part is 15 minutes). First in, best dressed! Please bring a plate of finger food & your good cheer; OOTA supplies the drinks. Hope to see you there!

Venue:  Fremantle Arts Centre, 1 Finnerty St. Fremantle.
Where: Under the white marquee in the grounds of the FAC
Date:    Friday, 14th December
Time:    Midday - 2.00pm

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Going Down Swinging - Digital Edition #34

Some crazy exciting news, folks. GDS is once again putting out a shiny, whiz bang digital edition! We are looking for all manner of writing for the 34th edition, be it poetry, fiction, non-fiction, spoken word, sound and music projects, videos, animations, illustrations, even apps and interactive pieces. Head down to our submissions site for more information and downloads. December 14th is your deadline. Go forth!

Sunday, November 11, 2012

The Arkadii Dragomoshchenko Prize for Innovative Poetry


 The Arkadii Dragomoshchenko Prize for Innovative Poetry

Summer Literary Seminars would like to commemorate his life, if only in a small way, by establishing a literary prize in his honor. Participation is open to everyone, regardless of  previous level of accomplishment or native language. All entries must be in English. We will look for poetry that Arkadii himself would have liked: interesting, thoughtful, inventive, unafraid to be bold, driven by strong inner rhythm, breaking the linguistic barriers -- in a word, innovative, where innovation is not just a concept but a necessity
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Poetry Prize: Helen Bell Poetry Bequest Award 2013

The Department of English at the University of Sydney is pleased to announce that the first biennial award under the Helen Anne Bell Poetry Bequest  will be made in 2013.  Under the terms of Helen Anne Bell’s will, a cash prize of $5,000 will be offered for the best collection of 30 poems by a female poet over the age of 18.  Applicants must be Australian, and the poems submitted must be “about Australian culture,” broadly defined. 

The submitted poems should not previously have been published in collected book form, whether in print or on the virtual domain.  The successful applicant must agree to give a public reading of their work at the University of Sydney, and the Bell bequest will also pay for the production and distribution by the University of Sydney of a chapbook or book of poetry by the winning poet.
The closing date for entries is 1 February 2013.  Please send 3 copies of the manuscript entries, with a covering letter, to Judith Beveridge, Department of English (A20), University of Sydney, Sydney, NSW 2006, Australia.  All entries must be in hard copy; e-mail attachments are not acceptable.  Three judges will be appointed.
The winner will be announced at the Department of English’s awards ceremony in May 2013.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

foam:e calling for submissions

foam:e invites submissions for the next edition of foam:e to be published in March 2013. Please use the word foam:e in the subject line and send up to 6 poems in the body of an email to the editor.

Submissions will only be accepted until the close of November 2012. The poems should be your own work, not currently submitted to any other journals and if previously published, foam:e wishes to acknowledge the journals in which they've previously been published so this information should be included in the submission. We prefer new, fresh current work. Before submitting to foam:e, please read our previous issues.

By submitting to foam:e please be aware you give consent to foam:e being archived by the National Library of Australia's Pandora Project and Australian poets being indexed by AustLit.

Issue 10 of foam:e will be jointly-edited by Angela Gardner and Louise Waller

Books for Review should be sent to: 
light-trap press, PO Box 6418, St Lucia, Qld 4067 Australia.

Friday, November 2, 2012

Farewell Meredi Ortega! & Congrats to our writers in Cordite!

It is with sadness that we say goodbye to Meredi Ortega a long-standing member and once committee member of OOTA. She is off to Aberdeen, Scotland. We wish her well for the future, settling in is often a challenge and an adventure, however we are sure all the unknowns will become familiar knowns.

The good news is we are also wishing Meredi (before she goes) CONGRATULATIONS!!!! for her poem lost in translation in Cordite Interlocutor #40.

Also CONGRATULATIONS!!! to Josephine Clarke (a Friday/ Monday poet) for her poem This Smile in Cordite Interlocutor #40.

Well done, ladies!

So, finally we wish Meredi many more writing successes and hope to see her name up in lights from the wilds of Scotland, och lassie!


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