ACU Prize for Poetry
Entries are now open for the Australian Catholic University Prize for Poetry. The 2020 prize will be awarded for outstanding unpublished poetry with the theme Generosity, reflecting on Katerina Stoykova Klemer's supposition, "If truth doesn't set you free, generosity of spirit will". Entries close on July 6 and winners will be announced on September 22. Professor Chris Wallace-Crabbe will be the judge. First prize is $10,000; second prize is $5000; third prize is $3000. Australian residents are eligible to enter. The shortlisted, commended and winning poems will be announced on Tuesday, September 22. Inquiries can be made to email@example.com. Further information: artsandculture.acu.edu.au.
Muse owner Paul Eldon says the bookstore and restaurant has reopened. It's still selling books through its website (musecanberra.com.au) and, while people are waiting for tables (given the 10 person limit) they can browse the shop.
Online literary events
Brush With Poetry
May 31: A Brush with Poetry Online. Link to events on Binalong Arts Group Inc Facebook page. Hear contemporary and traditional voices. Free open mike event. 1.30 for 2pm. Info: 0401 289 178 or firstname.lastname@example.org. All welcome.
That Poetry Zoom
June 1: At6.30 for 7pm, Perth poet Jackson will read from A Coat of Ashes (Recent Work Press) and other work. Includes extended open mic (three minutes a poet). Zoom details posted on Facebook at 6pm on the night. Sign up for the open mic via the Zoom chat. Order the book here: recentworkpress.com/product/a-coat-of-ashes/.
Meet the author
June 17: In an ANU/Canberra Times virtual 'meet the author' event on June 17 at 1pm, Clive Hamilton will be in conversation with Anita Chan discussing Hamilton's new book with Mareike Ohlberg, Hidden Hand: Exposing How The Chinese Communist Party Is Reshaping The World. Register at ANU events: anu.edu.au/events/in-conversation-with-clive-hamilton-0.
Harry Hartog events
Upcoming online events from Harry Hartog include Burn: A Lunchtime Conversation with Patrick Ness & Will Kostakis (June 4, noon) and Facebook Live: Book Launch of The Spill by Imbi Neeme (June 4, 8pm). More information and bookings: harryhartog.com.au.
Penguin Random House Australia has launched an online book club called The Huddle to connect readers with authors on Facebook. On Fridays from 3pm to 4pm a Facebook post will go up featuring the book of the week. Readers will be encouraged to comment on the post and discuss the book. The author will be ready and waiting to answer readers' comments and talk about their research. penguin.com.au/book-clubs/2604-the-huddle.
- Submissions for litbits should be sent by Monday COB in the week of publication, with date in the subject line. Publication is not guaranteed. email@example.com.