Going Down Swinging 24: the editorial

This is my first [and only!] issue as co-editor of Going Down Swinging.

It’s been a wild ride.

First, the submissions. I have to admit I was amazed and then slightly frightened by the sheer number (and quality) of submissions we received this year. This just confirms for me how many people are out there writing crazy poems, drawing kooky comics and coming up with surreal and interesting storylines. I hope you’ll agree that this 24th issue of Going Down Swinging is as strong, if not stronger than any issue of any magazine that’s ever been published. Anywhere.

Second, the editorial process. This is the first time I’ve ever worked closely with a group of fellow-editors and let me tell you, the GDS editorial meetings are barnstorming affairs, where the seemingly impossible task of selecting a book’s worth of content from thousands of submissions takes on epic proportions. I’d like to be able to say that these meetings were full of tears, tantrums and tie-breaks but the truth is, working with Steve and Lisa has been a fantastic experience.

Third, the comics. GDS has featured comic art before but I believe this is the biggest and best selection of comic art I’ve ever seen. Anywhere. Huge props to our comics editor Mandy Orr for her work in soliciting work from some very exciting artists. It was hugely exciting to sit down and look through the work, and while the task of selecting the best pieces was just as hard as it was for the poetry and prose, I think we’ve achieved the right balance.

Fourth, the contributors. That’s you. I know, you may not have got into this issue but the fact of the matter is that GDS would not exist were it not for the writers, the poets, the genii (you know it). The artists, cartoonists, haikunauts and rhymesters. The readers and supporters of the magazine. Yes, you. We love you all. Believe me, I have been you. I may not know you in the way Henry Rollins says he does but then who would want to, really?

Finally, the book itself. I mean, how cool is this book? From the cover to the layout and the bumper comics section (some of it in colour!), this issue oozes professionalism and quality. Quality! The world’s crying out for it! Thanks to Steve and his incredible production skills, that’s just what you get. In bucket-loads. I’m proud to have had even a small hand in bringing this issue to life. I’m left wondering how GDS can get any better.

Well, the big news is that Going Down Swinging is now bi-annual! This means you have twice as many chances to be published in Australia’s coolest, funkiest and most untold literary periodical!

So get cracking!

Going Down Swinging promotional clip and track!

Promotional clip for Going DownSwinging No. 23

Check out this promotional clip (once called a “cart” in the community radio sector) for the launch of Going Down Swinging No. 23.

Why should I care? Well, this is the first time I’ve ever been mentioned in a cart. I can now add this honour to my list of good things.

Oh, and because the launch will be happening this weekend:

Going Down Swinging launch
Sunday 25th June, 7pm – 10pm
Featuring performances by sultry band The Renovators, David Prater, Silvia Dropulich, Jane Ormond and more.
Launched By Barry Dickins.
MC Michael Nolan.
Yelza, 245 Gertrude St Fitzroy.
Tickets $12 with a book; $7 without.
Tickets available only at the door.

For more info visit the GDS site.

I’m lucky enough to have a poem, entitled “Fifty”, in the issue.

David Prater, ‘The Boys Who’

In addition, you can now check out one of my audio poems from the GDS vaults. It’s called “The Boys Who” and it’s featured on the CD accompanying the issue.

What can I say? Two pieces in the best Australian literary journal ever! Untold and bulk ace!