Tiffany Tsao • 22 July 2022
Old structures must be cleared away in order to make room for new growth. Such is the premise of this edition of The Circular. To quote Eugene Yiu Nam Cheung’s editorial for Decolonial Hacker, 'My impulse is not to get on the train. In fact, I’d rather like to blow it up.'
We open with three texts on the need to dismantle, abandon or radically reform the logic and mechanics by which the arts and culture 'industry' operates. Two of these hail from Decolonial Hacker. The authors of all three pieces present alternatives to the status quo.
Next come three texts about the joy of creating something new: a life away from the pressures of urban life; a place where people can share poetry in their own language; a community of writers who share one’s identity.
Some nonfiction writing competitions to announce!
The Catalyse Nonfiction Prize from Express Media and Deakin University is now accepting entries. Writers aged 30 years or younger are invited to submit up to 3,000 words of non-fiction across all genres, including memoir, journalism, essay, and creative non-fiction. Submissions close 31 August. Full details found at the Express Media website.
And Kill Your Darlings is launching their own prize for creative nonfiction essays, to be judged by Fiona Wright. The submissions window will open on 17 October and close on 27 November. See KYD’s announcement for more information.