Published 1 September 20091 September 2009 · Main Posts wax poetic: kurtschenko’s ninja Overland Overloaded Throughout Overland’s Overload coverage, we will be calling for poetic contributions in different ways, mostly via the comments section of this website, and through specific ‘wax poetic’ blog posts. The below little emerald of a haiku came via Sydney poet Brad Frederikson on Facebook where, as unbohemian as it seems, there is a loud and hundreds-strong national poetry and spoken word network. The poem was in response to a call-out for haiku about the Bar Open ninja (see previous two posts). Feel free to haiku comments in response. Kurtschenko’s ninja return addressed; pressed for time three minute feudals. Poet Bio Note: If you were a resident of South-Western Sydney in the early to mid 80’s, Brad is quite possibly the same arsehole who lit the bushfire that forced you to evacuate your home. He dropped out of school at year 9 and kept a low profile for the next 20 years. In 2004, Brad re-emerged as an undergrad student at Macquarie University. He demonstrated an aptitude for Philosophy and began experimenting with poetry in 2008. He continues to study Philosophy at MQ and is encouraged by the fact that the trees grew back. Overland Overloaded More by Overland Overloaded › Overland is a not-for-profit magazine with a proud history of supporting writers, and publishing ideas and voices often excluded from other places. If you like this piece, or support Overland’s work in general, please subscribe or donate. Related articles & Essays First published in Overland Issue 228 8 September 202312 September 2023 · Main Posts Announcing the 2023 Judith Wright Poetry Prize ($9000) Editorial Team Established in 2007 and supported by the Malcolm Robertson Foundation, the Overland Judith Wright Poetry Prize for New and Emerging Poets seeks poetry by writers who have published no more than one collection of poems under their own name (that is writers who’ve had zero collections published, or one solo collection published). It remains one of the richest prizes for emerging poets, and is open to poets anywhere in the world. In 2023, the major prize is $6000, with a second prize of $2000 and a third prize of $1000. All three winners will be published in Overland. First published in Overland Issue 228 8 September 202315 September 2023 · Main Posts Announcing the 2023 Neilma Sidney Short Story Prize ($6500) Editorial Team Supported by the Malcolm Robertson Foundation, and named after the late Neilma Gantner, this prize seeks excellent short fiction of up to 3000 words themed around the notion of ‘travel’; imaginative, creative and literary interpretations are strongly encouraged. This competition is open to all writers, nationally and internationally, at any stage of their writing career.