Friday Links Wears Comfy Slippers

For those who haven’t got this link already from my Why Amy Pond Should Live post, I wanted to draw attention to Seanan McGuire’s “Bodybag Blondes” about the way female characters are treated as disposable in TV & film drama.

Meanwhile, my post about Fabulous Graphic Novels For People Who Hate Superheroes has been gathering steam with readers jumping in to offer their own lists of recommendations. For once, please read the comments!

I’ve been gathering links about writing opportunities, interesting competitions etc. and thought this was the best place to post them. If anyone hears of competitions open to kids in particular, please let me know, as I’ve been tasked with finding some for several talented young kids.

In the mean time:

Lian Tanner is offering audiobooks of Museum of Thieves and City of Lies, read by (I’m so jealous!) the fabulous Claudia Black, as prizes in two contests – one for kids and one for adults. Both contests sound creative and fun. Closing date Feb 19th.

Allen and Unwin has announced the Voiceless Writing Prize, in partnership with Australian Ethical Investment: for a short story between 5000 and 10,000 words long “which advances the understanding of animal sentience, human – animal relationships and the ethical treatment of animals, with a focus on food animals and animals found in the Australian landscape.”

The prize is one of the richest of its kind in Australia, offering prizes of $15,000 and $5,000, as well as a payment of $500 to every entrant who has their entry included in the Voiceless Anthology arising from the Prize.

Entries for 2012 close Friday 16 March 2012.

Speaking of speaking up, this post about the ethics of taking and then selling ARCs in the book blogging world really caught my attention.

I also really loved this collection of photographs of roller derby women breastfeeding – the juxtaposition makes me happy, and anything we can do to normalise images of breastfeeding (and challenge the preconceptions people might have about mothering) has to be good.

Amy Reeder, one of DC’s few female artists, talks Batwoman and her creative process. It’s going to be a tough act to follow J.H. Williams’ extraordinary style, but it sounds like an excellent collaboration and I’m excited to see where Batwoman goes next.