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25/06/2020
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Calling all writers on the Peninsula – PENinsula Journal is a new annual literary journal calling for submissions for its first issue celebrating writers from the Mornington Peninsula. PENinsula will include captivating nature writing, personal essays and short fiction published annually alongside stunning local landscape photography. The brains behind it include local residents Emily Westmoreland and Celeste Deliyiannis, pictured, who have written in stone the official release date. The inaugural issue will be available in October this year and we’re excited to say the least. 

“We have a wonderfully creative community here on the Peninsula, particularly of writers, but it’s a relatively quiet one,” said Celeste. “We want to give writers a chance to showcase their talents, but more importantly their ideas, their feelings and their thoughts with one another. Community fosters creativity, as creativity does community.”

Submissions are being accepted now for nature writing, short fiction, narrative non-fiction and personal essays of up to 2000 words that have a strong sense of place, are set on or feature the Mornington Peninsula. Emily and Celeste are after writing that portrays a strong connection to the local landscape. To view the full submission guidelines, you’re encouraged to visit https://peninsulajournal.weeblysite.com/submissions

“I don’t know many other lit mags in Australia that celebrate landscape and nature writing, and a lot of other literary journals are based in Melbourne,” said Emily. “It can be disheartening as a young writer from the Peninsula feeling like you have to travel into the city to have your voice have relevance. But the Mornington Peninsula has such a lot to offer, and I don’t just mean in terms of landscape.”

Time’s ticking, so get that idea that’s been floating in the back of your mind down on paper before submissions close midnight Friday, July 31. Emily and Celeste ask that you email your submissions to morningtonpeninsulajournal@gmail.com as a Word document or a PDF attachment with the subject as ‘SUBMISSION: [Your Name]’. 

Furthermore, you don’t need to be an established writer to partake in this exciting opportunity. Emerging artists are also encouraged to get involved. After all, the annual journal is all about celebrating writers from the Mornington Peninsula – you’ve got nothing to lose and everything to gain.“I completely reject that old trope of a tortured writer sitting alone in a quiet room. Community and conversation fosters creativity, and that’s what we’re hoping to amplify with our journal,” said Celeste. “We’re blessed with an imaginative, almost fairytale-like landscape down here, and there’s so many stories hidden in it. For many of us, where we live is a huge part of our identity, and I’m excited to see what we’ll uncover as a community by ruminating on that idea together for a little while.”

If you’re more a reader than a writer, or you are ever so keen to be a part of this initiative, you can pre-order your copy online via https://peninsulajournal.weeblysite.com/

“We’re hoping PENinsula will be a thing of beauty, something to do justice to the beauty we’re surrounded by every single day here,” said Emily. “Whatever the Peninsula means to you, we’d like to hear about it.” 

KATE SEARS

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