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    Obstructions IIThe ultimate writing challenge

    By Alice Grundy

    Join Rebecca Slater and Alice Grundy as they embark on a Lars von Trier-esque adventure of writing challenges.

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    Stewed Fruit

    By Rebecca Slater

    Read the Monash Undergraduate Creative Writing Prize-winning story, ‘Stewed Fruit’ by Rebecca Slater. This story is the basis for Obstructions II.

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    Obstructions 2015Round 1

    By Alice Grundy

    Welcome to the first set of obstructions for our young player, Rebecca Slater.

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    Introducing: Fantastica (!)The new spec fic imprint

    Like a wet mogwai, Fantastica has bubbled from the flesh of Seizure to become its own unique gremlin. Here’s the rundown on Australia’s newest speculative fiction publisher.

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    Porterhouse Steak

    By Ben Goodfellow

    The one thing I have not been able to talk about is how we ate dinner the night she told me it was over. After we’d gone through the worst of it, somehow she managed to cook us porterhouse steak.

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    The Euro in EuroVisionAustralia, building bridges and musical geopolitics

    By Chris May

    If you thought Eurovision was just cheesy ballads and pyrotechnics, think again. Musicologist and Eurovision obsessive, Chris May, has analysed the rules and studied the geopolitical ramifications of 2015’s Eurovision Song Contest.

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    Plastic

    By Siobhan Daglish

    James only had half an hour before he could finally clock off for the night. His girlfriend was waiting for him; he’d probably get laid tonight. He smiled. At that moment a man walked in, his brow creased, a tattoo laced down his arm, ending at the knuckle of his index finger, which circled the trigger of a gun.

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    Question MarkAnswers will appear in the form of interpretive howling

    By Lucy Faerber

    Your personal guide to the Sydney Writers’ Festival!

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    The Manuscript Assessment

    By Kate O'Donnell

    A manuscript assessment, or reader’s report or structural report or developmental report, can be really helpful when a writer has completed a draft and rewritten it and deleted a whole subplot and put it back and added another and shown the manuscript to trusted, intelligent friends and incorporated their responses . . .

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    The Worm

    By Joseph Earp

    1. There is a worm in my kale.

    1.1. It is reasonably big, predominantly white – curled, as though writhing in pain.

    1.1.1. Do worms even feel pain?

    1.1.2. I mean: do they really?

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    Writing A Book and Living A Life Can Be Like Two Lonely Kids Gripping Each Other Because They Don’t Want To Be Alone

    By Oliver Mol

    I remember this moment back in November 2013. I was living at my ex-girlfriend’s house and it was hot and I’d been at home writing all day from 9am to 6pm, not really eating or forgetting to eat, just listening to Clams Casino’s Rainforest on repeat, editing, editing, reading, writing. I’d been getting these headaches from staring at my laptop for so long but I didn’t care or I cared a lot but at that point the pain was manageable and I didn’t know but maybe knew that I was done with my book but that thought seemed terrifying because how can we ever, really, be done with anything?

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    On Visiting Versailles

    By Clare Rhoden

    I dreamt my lover introduced me to his four sons. One for each season, I thought.

    The youngest was magnificent.

    ‘His mother was a tiger.’

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    Listen upListen good

    By Lucy Faerber

    Treats for eyes and ears but never for internal organs or major muscle groups.

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    When There’s Nowhere Else to Run – Extract

    By Murray Middleton

    We have here – for your reading pleasure – a short story from the Vogel winning When There’s Nowhere Else to Run by Murray Middleton, published by Allen & Unwin. Enjoy!

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    The Benefit of Self-Education

    By Grant Cochrane

    Jack’s surname was Shit. That’s right, Jack Shit. It was a silly name. He had thought many times of changing it.

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