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Dear Miss Fortune: A Cover Letter

Cam Gilmour writes a cover letter to address the needs of carping employers everywhere.

Hettie Jones: Writing Behind Beats & Bars

Megan Anderson chats to Beat legend Hettie Jones.

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Stories and Poems:

Two People Write Letters to each Other about Things That Happen While They are Travelling in Different Countries Even Though, Sometimes, Not a Lot Actually Happens: Part III

Oliver Mol and Katia Pase revive the epistolary form by writing to each other – across continents.

Excerpt from 'The Novel Teacher'

This is a sneak preview from our up-coming Going Down Swinging #33 from Eric Yoshiaki Dando’s short story The Novel Teacher. We will be launching the new GDS #33...

On Writing:

Bridging the Writer/Non-Writer Divide

Do writing events perpetuate the myth of the divinely inspired author? Antony Scholefield considers.

Sender Beware: Editorial Bias in Australian Poetry

Paul Mitchell examines the editorial biases at work in the Australian poetry community.

The Rory Gilmore Reading Challenge:

An American Tragedy by Theodore Dreiser

More like Theodore Dreiser-bone. That was a witty quip to connote that he’s boring, and not some kind of reference to a rural raincoat.

The Awakening by Kate Chopin

I feel this book almost directly correlates with Rory’s ‘awakening’ at the hands of bad-boy Jess.