Online entries for Vox Bendigo Fyffe Prize

The Vox Bendigo Fyffe Prize for a manuscript of poetry, story, essay or a combination, is open for online submissions here:

Manuscripts can be from 3000 to 15000 words.

Payment of $20 entry fee can be made online; please follow the link.

The prize, judged by Bendigo Writers Festival artistic director Rosemary Sorensen, poet Terry Jaensch and writer-laywer Jennifer Digby, will be announced in June, and the winner will receive $1000, with  winning entry published as a chapbook and launched at Bendigo Writers Festival, August 7-9.

More information can be found at or email

News that makes us sick

When you open up your computer and take a look at a newsite, you are inundated with a mishmash of mostly bad news, from the trivial to the truly awful.

We know that those who were born in the digital age are not so much bothered by this as those born in the print age.

Not to be bothered, of course, does not necessarily mean not to be affected. The muddle of shouting messages that greets us each morning and on throughout the day has to be having some result on how we think, what kind of people we are.

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Big deal for Bendigo

It is literally quite wonderful, what’s going on at the top of Rosalind Park, on the very same site where the disgruntled miners met in 1853 to protest the unfair licencing fees imposed on them.

It’s the very same site, too, where a very dour “panoptic” prison was built… a weird use of one of the best sites in Bendigo, but then, there have been some odd decisions made by the “fathers” of the city since white settlement.

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Walk this way… it’s a good way to go

Rosemary Sorensen

Sometimes, the streets of a city such as Bendigo can feel a bit sad: you find yourself among people who don’t seem to have much in common with you, there’s no connection as we all pass by without a glance, sort of closed in on ourselves and our lives.

There’s even, too often, a vague feeling of animosity among people in the street. The bigger the city, the more people shoulder to shoulder, the stronger this feeling of alienation can become. Stand aside, I’m coming through – that’s the way city-people move en masse, and it isn’t pretty.

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