Short stories, academic conferences, and a giveaway

I don’t usually make personal announcements here, but these two recent events have filled me with literary excitement that I couldn’t help sharing them!

Titbit #1: One of my short stories, ‘Lily of the Valley’, has been shortlisted for Newcastle University’s International Students’ Short Story Competition! I wrote the short story over the winter holidays and in three separate places: Wolverhampton (England), Horst (The Netherlands), and Leuven (Belgium). My thanks go to my three wonderful betas, Lisa, Maria, and Meghan, without whom my writing would be full of Freudian-slip typos and temporal inconsistencies. I’ve received similar honours for my writing in Australia, but this is my first in the UK and I’m very excited about it!

Titbit #2: My proposal to present an academic paper at the British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies’ postgraduate conference has recently been accepted! The presenting body consists largely of PhD students while I’m still working on my Master’s, so I am absolutely thrilled about the acceptance! My paper is entitled ‘From Speculations to Pamphlet War: The Influence of Burke on Wollstonecraft and Paine’, and focuses on the British literature of the French Revolution in the 1790s. Not only will this be my inaugural presentation at an academic conference, but it will also be held at the University of Salamanca in Spain! Much excitement is to be had!

And in order to celebrate the harmonious relationship between both my cerebral hemispheres, I’m hosting another postcard giveaway!

As the initial scene of my short story is set in York Minister, what better than to have postcards of the magnificent building? There are three (3) up for grabs!

To enter, simply fill out the Rafflecopter form below and answer this easy question: In which city would you find York Minister?

You’ll also have the chance to earn extra entries by doing the following:

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Ready to enter? Simply fill out the following Rafflecopter form (i.e. not the comment box, though you’re more than welcome to leave a comment) by 22 April 2012. Good luck!


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4 thoughts on “Short stories, academic conferences, and a giveaway

    • Thanks, Meg! I’m only still a baby in the academic world, but now I’m beginning to play with the grown-ups! :D

      The winners for the competition will be announced at a writing festival event on the 5th of May, which I’m planning to attend for its literary geekiness. I’ll definitely keep you posted about the results, oh awesome beta! <3

  1. Sammy-chan~

    Sorry for the late comment! I meant to write ages ago! >.<

    CONGRATULATIONS!!! <3

    You. Are. AWESOME! \o/ Not only is your "leisurely" writing doing well, but even your academic writing! I am so proud of you! \o/

    Cheers to all your successes, dear~ <3

    P.S. Sorry if this gets sent again. Something happened when I tried to post it the first time. -___-;;;

    • Thank you so much for your lovely comment! As always, your support and enthusiasm mean a lot to me! I wouldn’t call it ‘leisurely’ writing though–‘painstaking nitpicking’ is possibly an apter description. ;)

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