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Affirm Press Creative Writing Prize

Supported by the University of Melbourne School of Culture and Communication

Affirm Press and the University of Melbourne School of Culture and Communication are delighted to announce the inaugural Affirm Press Creative Writing Prize.

The Prize aims to encourage students with a focus in creative writing to prepare a manuscript to a professional standard and gives them access to professional development with a publisher/editor and offers the potential for publication.

The winner will be awarded:

(a) 20 hours of editorial manuscript development assistance including mentoring by Affirm Press;

(b) 2 editorial meetings with Affirm Press; and

(c) 4-6 weeks of work space (consisting of a table and a PC) at the School of Culture and Communication during the University’s mid-year break.

‘This is the first of several initiatives supporting emerging Australian writers that we aim to launch this year,’ says Martin Hughes, Publishing Director at Affirm Press. ‘We’re delighted to be associated with the University of Melbourne and look forward to developing a dynamic partnership with its School of Culture and Communication.’

Aviva Tuffield, Publisher at Affirm Press, who will be working with the winner, says: ‘I’m thrilled to have this opportunity to assist a new and emerging writer to shape and develop their ideas. There’s nothing more rewarding than watching a writer craft an early draft into a promising and publishable manuscript.’

‘The opportunity to receive editorial guidance and feedback from Affirm Press is an invaluable one for creative writing students in the School of Culture and Communication. We are delighted to be collaborating with Affirm Press on this prize and look forward to seeing some exciting developments and outcomes for students.’ Dr Elizabeth MacFarlane, Lecturer, Creative Writing, University of Melbourne

Entry is available to University of Melbourne students who are current or previously enrolled (within 12 months prior to 31 March 2014) in postgraduate studies of creative writing and must be Australian citizens.

For further details visit:

Enquiries: artsprizes-info@unimelb.edu.au or (03) 9035 4317

Closing Date: Monday, 31 March 2014

Announcement of new acquisition: Sing Fox to Me by Sarah Kanake

Affirm Press is thrilled to announce that we have acquired Sing Fox to Me, the debut novel of young Queensland writer Sarah Kanake. Sing Fox to Me is a gothic tale set in the Tasmanian wilderness about twin brothers, one who has Down syndrome, who are sent to live with the grandfather they’ve never met

Sarah Kanake won the QUT Postgraduate Writing Award in 2013 and was recently shortlisted for the Overland Short Story Prize. Sarah is one half of the country-music duo The Shiralee and lives in Brisbane.