Publications and achievements 2015

Southern Cross University's creative writing students and graduates continue to succeed in their chosen genres through various avenues. Here is a list of publications and achievements in 2015.

Linda Brooks - undergraduate, won the first prize of $1000 for the Legacy Creative Writing Competition, University Level for 2015.

Jessie Cole - Honours candidate, has won a second grant of $50,000 from the Australia Council for the Arts, this time to write a memoir.

Sara Khamkoed - undergraduate, was selected by The Department of Foreign Affairs as a New Colombo Plan Scholar for 2016. She will go to Thailand for one year to attend Mahidol University to study ASEAN art, culture, communication and literature as well as units on creative writing for one trimester. Following this, she will have a six-month artist residency in Chiang Mai, to write and illustrate a children's picture book set in Thailand.

Ashley Haywood, Marcos Fernandes - PhD graduate and PhD candidate, have set up their own writing and editing businesses. Marcos is teaching at a community college on freelance, online editing and writing.

Victoria Norton - undergraduate, has had short stories 'Doppelgänger' and 'Watershed' published in Writers Voice Magazine; and short stories 'A Day in the Sun' and 'War Woounds' and poems 'Barrington','The Last Day' and 'Autumn' published in Hunter Professional Arts Magazine. She co-founded the international online magazine Short Fiction Break. She co-judged a writing competition for Hunter Professional Arts Magazine. She had a poem in the Bimblebox Project, 'Pied Cormorant, on at the Brisbane Writers Festival. She has a poem 'Melaleuca' and an article about a writers' support group she co-set-up in the Cooranbong Gazette.

Josephine Mooney, Laura Tribble and Lachlan Rutherford - undergraduates and Hons, read at the Lismore Regional Gallery, the third annual reading.

Katinka Gebharbt, Josephine Mooney and Peter Booth - undergraduates, read at the 2015 Science v Art Festival in Lismore.

Linda Ruth Brooks - undergraduate, launched her novel Scarlett doesn't live here anymore as an e-book.

Lachlan Rutherford - Honours candidate, chaired the launch of Coastlines 5 by Dr Janie Conway-Herron, in the plaza of Lismore campus, during the 2015 Southern Cross Arts Festival.

Lachlan Rutherford, Megan Morgan and Sara Khamkoed - blogged for the 2015 Byron Bay Writers' Festival, and also via Rochford Street Review.

Abbey Hunt, Cassandra Duell, Simon McCarthy, Stevi-Lee Alver, Paula McDougall, Bruce Griffiths, Panayote Vafiadis, Karlie Moyle, Julie Byers Shaun Fisher, Leni Shilton, Peter Brian Connelly, Violette Rose-Jones, Virginia Barratt, Martin Chatterton, Tessa Chudy, Jessie Cole, Linda Brooks, Laura Fittock, Gyps Curmi - a mixture of graduates, postgraduates, undergraduates and Honours students, all had pieces in Coastlines 5.

Sarah Harvey - graduate, has been accepted into the Columbia University MFA in Writing, and she has been awarded a scholarship.

Victoria Norton and Katinka Gebharbt - undergraduates, will be in the book Press: 100 Love Letters to be edited by Francesca Rendle-Short and Laurel Fantauzzo. PRESS: 100 LOVE LETTERS will be published on rice paper, inspired by the kuih kupit mould and pressed coconut rice wrappers. The book will have handcrafted lettering to reflect the texture and balance of tastes embodied in the collection. It will be released by KALA Publishing house in Kuala Lumpur under the direction of translator and poet Eddin Khoo.

Ashley Haywood - PhD, was a finalist in the Spineless Wonders joanne burns' award, and she is in their anthology, Out of Place. Her story has been recorded. She has reviews in Rochford Street Press. And she has been published in a Special Issue of TEXT: 'Creative Writing as Research IV'.

Stevi-Lee Alver - undergraduate, has a book review in Rochford Street Review. She was on local ABC Radio talking about Coastlines 5. She won the 2015 UniLife Excellence in the Arts award. She was on the short list for the November 2015 Field of Words short-story competition.

Deborah J Shiel - undergraduate, has a review in The Newtown Review of Books.