In the online world, science fiction and fantasy, thrillers and romance rule supreme. Much-maligned genre fiction is seemingly better placed to survive in the new world order than prestigious literary offerings. Why is it that writing as ‘art’ is struggling to make the transition. What does this mean for writers working in the field? Will the digital see the death of the literary? Will all writers eventually turn to genre for survival?
Lili Wilkinson is a reader and writer of Young Adult fiction. She was first published at age twelve in Voiceworks magazine. Her titles include Scatterheart, Pink and most recently Love-Shy and The Zigzag Effect.
Myke Bartlett is a freelance journalist, emerging novelist and veteran podcaster.
Louise Swinn is editorial director and cofounder of Sleepers, lovers of new and emerging authors and publishers of novels and the annual Sleepers Almanac.
Jacinda Woodhead is Overland’s deputy editor.