Spilled Ink Newsletter: Issue #2
Hello Dear Reader,
Welcome to Issue Two of the
Spilled Ink Newsletter,
presented by ScratchThat Magazine!
Welcome to this week’s edition of Spilled Ink. In this newsletter, you will find our first piece of Flash Fiction and guidelines for how you can enter your own Flash to be featured. We are very excited to see what you come up with!

As usual, you will also find a list of What’s On events around QUT and the city, a weekly writing tip from the Tip Jar, and our team’s weekly recommendations for all your reading, viewing, and listening needs.

This year’s first publication of ScratchThat Magazine is fast approaching, so be sure to keep an eye out.

— Jasmine, Grace, Téa, & Willow
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Local Events
Introduction to Creative Writing with Eileen Herbert-Goodall
When: 12th of April, 10:30am @Level 2, State Library of Queensland, Queensland Cultural Centre
This workshop introduces fundamental techniques related to crafting engaging, character-driven prose in both fiction and memoir. Whether you’re a beginner writer, or just need a “refresher” class, you’re sure to come away with the knowledge, skills and confidence required to kick-start your creative work.

Ruckus Brisbane Wham! Bam! Cabaret Slam!
When: 12th of April, 6:30pm @The Bearded Lady
Ruckus Brisbane presents a slam night like no other! Showcasing performances by eight amazing artists doing dance, circus, poetry, music, or whatever they want.  It's a good night to engage with some local, Brisbane artists, enjoy some drinks, and be unofficial judges!

Texta book club: Bila Yarrudhanggalangdhuray
When: 12th of April, 6:15pm @QUT Art Museum
Texta is no ordinary book club; it's for people who love art. To coincide with the exhibition Looking Glass: Judy Watson and Yhonnie Scarce at QUT Art Museum, we will be discussing Bila Yarrudhanggalangdhuray by award-winning Wiradjuri author, Dr Anita Heiss.
Open Submissions
QUT Literary Salon April FOLKLORE 
Closes: April 15th
The QUT Literary Salon is a monthly salon run by students for students. Submissions for their April Salon FOLKLORE are now open!

The Rachel Funari Prize for Fiction 2022
Closes: April 15th
The 2022 Rachel Funari Prize for Fiction is accepting entries of creative, insightful fiction up to 2000 words that engage with the theme AFTERMATH and is open to all women and nonbinary writers. 

Voiceworks 2022 Winter Issue GLEAM
Closes: April 17th
Voiceworks Magazine are now open for submissions to issue 127: GLEAM for writers under 25. 

Have you ever started writing, only to go back and rewrite the whole thing, taking hours to write a small amount that should have taken half an hour? We’ve all been there, I promise you. I find that most writers I know, including myself, fall victim to the idea of “editing while you write”; a phenomenon sweeping the world of writers and driving us collectively insane. This can be an extremely repetitive, time-consuming process, and can be a tough habit to break - especially when it’s something you’ve done all your writing life. Trust me, it is a habit worth breaking.

Most times when writing, you will write, edit while you’re writing, and then come back later to re-edit, when this could be a much shorter process. Cutting out that middle section entirely allows you to read the whole text and edit it collectively, which makes your writing more streamlined and consistent.

I find that simply writing and getting words on the page is a good place to start. Even if half of the words are misspelled, or the sentence isn’t perfect, just allowing yourself to write freely is the best step. To do this, you have to restrain yourself from going back and rewriting every word and drill it into your brain that this will help in the long run. By ignoring mistakes at the moment and coming back to them after completing a section of writing, you are training your brain to come back and fix up any edits you wish to do later.

So, I challenge all of you to allow yourselves to make those mistakes, keep writing, and come back after to fix them up. You’ll thank me for it later!

— Jasmine

Reading: This will shock you to your core. I'm reading the Bridgerton books. For those wondering, book two is the best. 

Listening: Hozier's cover of Cosmic Love by Florence + the Machine. I'm pushing my Hozier agenda on Téa.

Viewing: I've decided to abolish the idea of "guilty pleasures" because... Am I rewatching Bridgerton s2? Yes. Am I pleased? Yes. Am I guilty? Not in the slightest.

Reading: I'm currently waiting for my Bridgerton book set to arrive, so I'm rereading Twilight in the meantime. 

Listening: As It Was by Harry Styles has been on constant repeat both in my head and on my Spotify. 

Viewing: I have given in to watching Byron Baes on Netflix and, my God, these people suck. 

Reading: I have just stared reading Normal People by Sally Rooney, which I was scared of at first given Rooney's lack of quotation marks, but I've realised it doesn't bother me and I'm halfway done already!

Listening: I've been on a real Hozier kick recently, Jackie and Wilson is my current favourite.

Viewing: I've started watching How I Met Your Father on Disney+, very nostalgic, and weekly episodes!

Reading: I just binge-read all of the Heartstopper graphic novels by Alice Oseman. If you like a queer rom-com that discusses serious topics they're free to read (and currently updating) on Webtoon!

Listening: At the moment it's an early 2000's Pop Punk kick for the nostalgia. For specific songs, Heels over Head by Boys Like Girls has been my go to. 

Viewing: I made it to Bridgerton S2 and can't decide if I'm more in love with Anthony or Kate.
Artworks by Catherine Lirakusuma

What's this? Another space to publish your work?

Spilled Ink is proud to present our fortnightly Flash Fiction segment. Each week, we're going to give you a prompt and an example piece from one of our lovely team, then open it up for you to submit for the chance to be included in our final issue (and maybe a little something special for ScratchThat).

This Issue's prompt is...


Cherry Brandy (249 words)
" Vienna lets herself into Luca’s apartment with a bottle of cherry brandy in one hand and full packet of cigarettes in the other. Discards her shoes in the doorway and pads past Luca’s on stockinged feet and collapses onto his living room rug.
Luca calls a greeting to silence. She’s still in her work uniform, shirt half untucked, a vibrant blue band-aid looped around her index finger. There’s no answer from her, just the thwick of the lighter and a puff of rising smoke emanating from her lips.
Silence reverberates for a long beat. Luca snatches his good tumblers off the bar cart and sits beside her left hip. Pours them each a drink.
Vienna doesn’t open her eyes; a thick smudge of mascara has worked its way into the creases underneath them. The lipstick has faded off her bottom lip. On Luca’s dark carpet she looks pale and slender, bird-like.
‘They fired me,’ she whispers. Luca takes a too sweet sip of the brandy. When Vienna continues, her voice is quiet and thin, ‘Tell me it’s my fault.’
Luca’s chest aches.
‘Why?’ He starts. Stops again. ‘No,’ he states, firm.
In response Vienna drops her cigarette in his brandy. End of conversation 
Luca thinks about touching the soft back of her hand, tracing the line of the flower tattooed on her inner arm. Looks around the room for somewhere to put the guilt settling in the pit of his stomach. Takes a long swig out of the bottle.


Our submission guidelines are as follows:
Word limit between 100-250 for prose (and poetry)

We ask for submissions to be in a Word Doc, Times New Roman, 12pt and 1.5 spaced.
Please make sure your name and the prompt you are responding to is in the submission file document title. 

Submissions for ALL prompts close May 23rd. 

Submit Here!
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