Coastlines is Southern Cross University’s School of Arts and Social Sciences creative-writing anthology.
Coastlines 6 was produced by the students of Introduction to Editing and Publishing in 2016. It has 40 contributors from the Writing program, with poetry, prose, script and images. It is a dark anthology – perhaps responding to the zeitgeist – of loss and yearning. But the work is not without humour, and a sense of resilience triumphs. Among the emerging writers are those who have work published elsewhere in anthologies and journals. It was launched on Open Day in August 2017 at the Lismore Campus, by the Vice Chancellor, Professor Adam Shoemaker, with Honours graduate, Lachlan Rutherford as Facilitator.
Coastlines was first published in 1999 and thereafter in 2001, 2003 and 2006. It is produced by writing staff and students, with submissions from SCU first-year students through to PhD candidates (including staff in a few of the early volumes). The publication has been developed within the context of a relevant unit of study within the Associate Degree of Creative Writing and the writing major in the Bachelor of Arts. The front and back covers of Coastlines, and the layout, have been designed by SCU students, usually those studying art and design. Each volume of Coastlines is approximately 200 to 300 pages, with around 40 plus contributors. Contributors have been selected from around 134 to 250 submissions from students studying both on campus and online from overseas and across Australia. The submissions in total for any one volume have equalled over 200,000 words. The works published entail prose, poetry and images.