Creative Writing academics join leading literary journals
Debra Adelaide and Claire Corbett have both recently been appointed as fiction editors at two of Australia's leading literary journals, 'Southerly' and 'Overland'.
UTS Associate Professor Debra Adelaide commenced her position as Fiction Editor at Southerly in September 2018. Southerly is Australia's oldest literary journal and has been continuously publishing Australian fiction, poetry and scholarly articles since 1939. This is Debra's second appointment at the journal, after a stint as Fiction Editor in the early 1990s.
In her current editorial role, Debra reviews all submissions, along with the help of an editorial assistant. The journal has always fostered new and emerging creative writing talent, including a number of UTS Creative Writing students and graduates.
This is fantastic news for the Creative Writing program. Not only does it speak of the quality of our teaching staff, it also provides strong connections with the writing industry and potential avenues for students to see their work published in high-quality, well-regarded literary journals.
Professor Craig Batty
Head of Discipline, Creative Writing
Claire Corbett, another academic in the UTS Creative Writing program, has also recently been appointed as Fiction Editor of Overland. Overland is a prestigious quarterly print journal that has a long history of publishing underrepresented writers and promoting manifold voices. It also runs a daily online magazine with more than 90,000 engaged monthly readers.
Claire hopes to continue the impressive work of the previous Overland editor, Jennifer Mills. She says, "I believe the role of fiction in allowing us to understand the rapid, even catastrophic changes in our world and in developing empathy for the experiences of individuals has never been more important. The role of specifically Australian voices and experiences is under a lot of pressure now, not only with cuts to arts funding but also rapid changes in Australian publishing."