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Meniscus Volume 4 Issue 2


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Meniscus is a literary journal, published and supported by the Australasian Association of Writing
Programs (AAWP) with editors from the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand.
The title of the journal was the result of a visit made by two of the editors to the National
Gallery of Australia in Canberra, where James Turrell’s extraordinary installation, ‘Within
without’ (2010), led them to think about how surfaces, curves, tension and openness interact. In
particular, they were struck by the way in which the surface of the water features, and the
uncertainty of the water’s containment, seems to analogise the excitement and anxiety inherent in
creative practice, and the delicate balance between possibility and impossibility that
is found in much good writing.

Item Type: Book Chapter
Additional Information: Editorial This is our third anniversary edition and it’s reassuring to see several of the writers who offered work in our first volume, August 2013, continuing to submit work to our online open access literary journal, in 2016. Despite the diversity of style and predominance of poetry once again in this issue, there’s also a strong theme of place; emotional and physical locality, houses, countries, towns, and planes – watery, airy, eerie and earthbound – are explored. In keeping with our original goals to become an international journal, we welcome yet more writers from North America and for the first time, Africa, to join the writers from the UK, Australia and New Zealand, in Volume 4 issue 2, in what can only be described as a bumper issue of 46 submissions. Particular thanks are due to Daniel Juckes who came on as editorial assistant and wrangled the many applications and the new format of Submittable with aplomb, and Paul Munden for his fine work as publishing editor. In celebratory mode we are publishing some prizewinning work, from recent competitions. First the University of Canberra Health Poetry Prize, whose judges commented: Three poems stood out as prizewinners. Third prize goes to Andy Jackson’s poem, ‘There was no consolation’. Its seemingly inconsolable title is countered by a poem that accumulates simple but intriguing detail, beautifully structured on the page. Second prize goes to Sandra Renew for her prose poem, ‘Mungo’, a highly evocative piece of writing with some surprising shifts. Its telescopic movements reveal subtle understandings between human beings as a source of sustenance. First prize is awarded to Shari Kocher for her poem, ‘The Glimpse’. It moves with great economy from a sense of struggle to an embrace of the world, and with sensuous delight. Its increasingly richly textured language is precise while retaining a sense of the elusive. Second, the AAWP’s Emerging Writer’s Prize, administered by Julia Prendergast, who writes: The Australasian Association of Writing Programs (AAWP) together with the Ubud Writers and Readers Festival (UWRF) offers a prize for Emerging Writers of prose or poetry. The 2016 competition theme was ‘Tat Tvam Asi’ which is a Hindu concept meaning ‘I am you, you are me’. The nuanced and innovative responses to the theme made the judges' task extremely difficult. The overall quality of submissions was overwhelming. The AAWP would like to offer warm wishes to all writers for diverse and original contributions. ... Gail Pittaway for Meniscus editors
Uncontrolled Keywords: meniscus literary journal, international
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PE English
P Language and Literature > PR English literature
Divisions: Schools > School of Media Arts
Depositing User: Gail Pittaway
Date Deposited: 09 Jan 2017 03:25
Last Modified: 21 Jul 2023 04:33

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