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One of the country's leading anthologies which has launched the careers of many great Australian authors is giving a voice to a new crop of emerging writers.
The 2018 University of Technology Sydney anthology Light Borrowers was launched this week as part of the Sydney Writers' Festival.
...the annual UTS collection has always been the standout
Well-known authors who first appeared in the publication include Gillian Mears, Bernard Cohen, Jill Jones, MTC Cronin, David Astle and Arabella Edge.
Up and coming authors whose work was in previous editions include Pam Newton, Clinton Caward, Julie Chevalier and Isabelle Li.
The launch marked the 32nd edition of the anthology and includes 28 original pieces from 25 emerging writers.
It is highly regarded for the quality of the writing and as the launching pad for the careers of many writers.
Kerryn Goldsworthy, literary critic for The Sydney Morning Herald said, “Of the many anthologies coming out of university writing programs, the annual UTS collection has always been the standout.”
For many writers, the anthology is the first time their work has been published.
There are a range of stories, writing styles and genres including fiction, creative nonfiction, scriptwriting and poetry.
This year’s winner of the UTS annual writing prize was Catherine Mah, a UTS student who is studying a Masters in Creative Writing.
Mah's short story in this year's anthology was titled The Power of Snails.
“It’s about a girl who is living in Spain with her boyfriend and she sees her boyfriend’s uncle collecting snails from the fields. He’s preparing them to make a stew... and she feels this sympathy for the snails and becomes a vegetarian.”
She was also published in last year’s anthology And Watch The Whale Explode and was one of the editors of this year’s anthology.
...it's a really great experience
Mah said she was grateful that the university offered the opportunity for students to have their work published.
“I think it’s a really great experience because you get to see your story being edited by someone, the changes that it goes through, taking on someone else’s feedback and the process of seeing it in print.”
She said that she aimed to keep writing stories and submitting them to competitions and anthologies to gain more experience and see what happens.
“A lot of authors who have been published in (the anthology) have gone on to become writers, film-makers, poets and established authors. That’s very promising and it gives you a bit of motivation,” she said.
“I would eventually like to publish, if possible, a short story collection.”
A copy of the Light Borrowers anthology is on sale online and in major bookstores.