2018 UTS Writers' Anthology receives high praise
The UTS Writers' Anthology of 2018 has been praised by a reviewer from The Saturday Paper. The anthology, titled 'Light Borrowers', was published earlier this year and includes prose, fiction, poetry and screenplays from talented emerging writers, studying Creative Writing at UTS.
The Saturday Paper reviewer commended the quality of the anthology, stating, "The hit rate is mixed with any anthology, and few of them get to be great. This one stands up next to many collections published in Australia in recent times."
This achievement is particularly significant considering the short time frame that the editorial committee is given to complete the anthology each year. The committee edits, designs, proofreads, launches and publicises the book in six months - half the usual time it takes in the professional publishing world. Positions on the annual editorial committee are highly sought, and content is selected and curated from up to 300 submissions. Furthermore, this work is all completed on a volunteer basis.
The Saturday Paper reviewer also acknowledged the talent showcased in the anthology, commenting, "Given any group of people could as much prove to be pretentious, violent or boring, these writers combine into a collective voice of high promise."
The anthology is open to submissions from both undergraduate and postgraduate students, who then go in the running to win the annual UTS Anthology Writing Prize. The prize is announced at the Sydney Writers' Festival, in an event that celebrates the official launch of the anthology. This year, the prize was awarded to Catherine Mah, for her piece titled 'The Power of Snails'.
One of the great strengths of the UTS Writing Program has been the annual UTS Writers’ Anthology which showcases the exciting creative talent emerging each year from our undergraduate and postgraduate writing programs. The UTS Writers’ Anthology celebrates the diverse voices of UTS writing students and has marked the first publication for many of Australia’s best young writers. Where else in this country do you have an annual publication that publishes the work of 30 new voices, is launched at the largest Writers' Festival in the country and then sold and reviewed nationally. The UTS Writers’ Anthology is a fantastic publication that has been gaining in reputation for 32 years.
Professor John Dale, Creative Writing Program
To read the full review of the 2018 UTS Writers' Anthology, visit The Saturday Paper.