Student literary talent on display in Sandstone anthology

12 November 2010

The University of Sydney's newest literary talent has been immortalised in print with the launch of the 2010 Sydney University Student Anthology, Sandstone.

The acclaimed anthology provides a snapshot of the best of student poetry, short stories, articles and photography for the year, with 29 contributors selected from over 200 entries.

Sandstone also gave Masters of Publishing students insight into how a book is published, from concept to print stage, with the anthology edited by a team of course volunteers.

For the first time, this year's anthology was publicised with the help of several fourth year Digital Cultures students, who created a website to accompany the book launch.

Master of Publishing student, Nicola Santilli, said the experience of editing the anthology was a great chance to put her theoretical knowledge to practical use.

"Editing the anthology has allowed everyone on the editorial team to know what it would really be like to publish a book in the publishing industry."

Santilli quotes the publication's foreword, written by best-selling Australian author Matthew Reilly to highlight the importance of a site like Sandstone to feature student literature.

"Reilly comments that the 'authors of the future need outlets through which they can be discovered' and this anthology is one such outlet," she said.

"It's one way to get your name out and see it in print (always a thrill) and it's a great way to demonstrate that you have talent."

Sandstone was launched on 3 November in a celebration with special guest, author and co-editor of Southerly Magazine, Dr David Brooks.

Since 2007 the Sydney University Student Anthology has been published in conjunction with the Department of Media and Communications and Sydney University Press.

The anthology was created with the assistance of Director of the Master of Publishing program, Dr Fiona Giles, and anthology project manager Mark Rossiter.

Previous editions of the anthology include last year's Margins, Cellar Door (2008) and the inaugural collection, Threads.

A call for submissions for next year's anthology is now open.

For more information about the Sydney University Student Anthology or for copies of the book, visit the Sandstone website.

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