The foyers of Z9 may not be bustling with the chatter of SCP students, and it pains me that I’m not meeting up with my friends at The Menagerie but behind closed, self-iso doors, our QUT Creative Alumni is absolutely thriving.
Between your lunchtime yoga sessions, Zoom meetings, and Netflix reruns, make sure you set aside time to engage with your cohort. Whether you wish to submit, tune into a live session or purchase a zine – we’ve got an extensive rundown of the current creative climax below.
QUT Literary Salon
The team at Lit Salon were heartbroken when they had to postpone Home at the Bearded Lady due to the COVID-19 regulations. The good news is – they’ve been keeping in touch with their readers and will deliver their salons online from now onwards. Hannah, Tom, Sofija, Jordan and myself are in the midst of curating a video presentation of our readers that we plan to have up and running in early April.
Announcements for the second salon of the year are on their way. The best way to keep in touch with the Lit Salon is through their Instagram @qutlitsalon, or you can email the team at email@example.com. Check out their Instagram highlights if you want to reminisce on some fantastic performances from previous years.
Once the Salon is back at the Bearded Lady, they have an eclectic line-up of guest readers they want to share with you, in collaboration with their friends at Scratch That.
Scratch That Magazine
The talented students in Rohan Wilson’s Writing for Publication have been working hard this semester to bring you Scratch That – an arts and culture magazine that celebrates students across all faculties.
Editors Amy, Gabbi and Katlin are currently waiting for your submissions and they invite you to send your work to firstname.lastname@example.org with your name; your course; and a brief description of your aim or theme of the work. Submissions close on Friday 1st of May so like their Facebook page @scratchthatmag for guidance and recommendations. Don’t do Facebook? That’s OK – their Instagram @scratchthat.mag is up and looking for some love.
Short stories, excerpts, reviews, interviews, and non-fiction work are to be between 1500 and 2000 words. For those who want to submit poetry, you can submit a suite of up to 5. The team would also love your visuals – art, photography, collages and the likes. A suite of up to 15 photos from a single series is recommended. Digital works including short films; musical pieces; performances; and performance documentation, up to 10 minutes are also sought after.
Tom and Maddy at RoodMood have been busy in 2020, sharing with us their semi-political, zippy pieces. We love them for creating a space where we can be silly and creative. Their submissions opened for us in March and they’re on the hunt for commentary; personal essays; opinion pieces; illustrations; and photography. I recommend giving their Instagram a follow @roodmoodzine if you’re looking for inspiration. RoodMood is welcoming pitches and can provide you feedback for your piece. Don’t hesitate to slide into their DMs with your ideas!
Tom and Maddy are soon to announce a special project of RoodMood’s that aims to connect their audience, and get your creative juices flowing whilst you’re in self-isolation. If you love to chat about short form prose and write for a theme, then pay close attention to their upcoming posts.
We’ve been fangirling Concrescence since the beginning (heads up – Issue 3 is still available at concrescence.bigcartel.com) and many of us have been incredibly grateful for Chloe Mill’s dedication to the QUT literary scene.
We’re excited to announce that Chloe is opening a special bumper issue submission, closing on the 7th of April. This will be a paid gig and the digital issue will be available online, free of charge, for everyone to enjoy. Our favourite part? The theme is TOUCH. Send your submissions to email@example.com and follow @_concrescence_ on Instagram to keep in touch with Chloe’s ventures as she continues to support and uplift the arts community in Brisbane.
Just a friendly reminder that submissions for Concrescence Issue 4 are closing on the 1st of April. You have a limit of five poems per submission.
Jarrah L. Barton
Brisbane-based poet and author, Jarrah, is a woman of many talents. I had the pleasure of meeting Jarrah at the Lit Salon’s Ekphrastic Poetry workshop and fell in love with her poetic interpretation of Anne Wallace’s Strangeways. She later performed at the Glass Launch Party for Breaking the Stigma and has been hosting a fortnightly poetry club with the Inklings Storytelling Society.
Jarrah’s Zine Full Hearts, Empty Threats is still available for purchase on her Facebook. It has 15 heartfelt and emotional poems, concerning the everyday as well as deep love, transphobia, suicide, abuse, mental illness, and heartbreak. Follow Jarrah’s Facebook page Jarrah L. Barton to keep in touch with her work. Although Jarrah’s Poetry Club is on hold at the moment, we’re thankful she’s continuing to share her work with us through her online page.
We were all mesmerised by Sofija’s performance at the QUT Literary Salon in November last year, where she shared with us her magical poetry. This year, she’s been keeping busy running the Salon’s social media pages and working on her online journal @heavilycrazed. Give her a follow if you love raw emotion, romance and feminism. In the meantime, check out Sofija’s poem NUCLEAR, published at Baby Teeth Journal.
Don’t forget that the submission deadline for Issue 8, Unchartered Waters, has been extended to Friday 3 April. For those who forgot to grab a copy of Glass at one of our Launch Parties – don’t stress. All our publications are still available here.