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Writing Awards and Competitions

Australian Catholic University Poetry Prize

Entries for the 2017 Australian Catholic University (ACU) Prize for Poetry are now welcome, with writers competing for the coveted $10,000 first prize.

The ACU Prize for Poetry will be awarded for outstanding poetry with the theme ‘Joy’, and will be presented on Thursday 31 August 2017 in Melbourne. Celebrated Australian poet Professor Chris Wallace-Crabbe AM will judge the prize.

Regarded as one of Australia’s most prolific and finest poets, Professor Wallace-Crabbe has published works spanning more than 60 years, dating back to 1955’s No Glass Houses. His talents have earnedaward recognition across seven decades, including the 1992 Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission Poetry Award, The Age 1995 Book of the Year, and ultimately becoming a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in 2011.

CLOSING 03/07/17

City of Rockingham Short Fiction Awards - Now Open

Entries are now open for the 2017 City of Rockingham Short Fiction Awards, with more than $5000 in prizes on offer.

Authors can submit up to three stories. Entered stories must be inspired by, drawn upon, or use the theme of the artwork "Arts Centre Cafe" by Daniela Selir (1994), which can be found on the entry form.

CLOSING 17/07/17

Davitt Awards - Crime Writing

Sisters in Crime Australia launched the Davitt Awards for best crime books by Australian women at its 10th anniversary convention, SheKilda 2001 to provide some much needed – and overdue – recognition for Australian women crime writers.

At that stage, women barely got a look in with the Ned Kelly Awards for crime writing. While women now occasionally win a Neddy, they are still unrepresented generally when it comes to awards, reviews and opportunities.

Since 2001 the Davitts have played a pivotal role in getting women’s crime writing published and better recognised. Back in 2001 only 7 books were in contention, although the awards did not then apply to non-fiction. In 2015, by contrast, 96 books were in the running.
Six Davitt Awards are presented annually: Best Adult Novel; Best Young Adult Novel; Best Children’s Novel; Best Non-fiction Book; Best Debut Book (any category); and Readers’ Choice (as voted the 600 members of Sisters in Crime Australia).

CLOSING 27/07/17

Gem Street Dystopia Fiction Contest

Our newest International Short Story Competition is now open for submissions. We accept short stories containing a maximum of 3,500 words to be considered for our next 'Gem Street' anthology. The theme is Dystopia - please see our latest post on the News page for an in-depth overview.

Open to all genres. All styles.New and established writers are welcome. We are especially interested in receiving submissions from the LGBT community and anyone who feels marginalised, ostracised and discriminated due to the present state of our world.

Stories can be from anywhere in the world but must be written in English.

We award the Leonard A. Koval Memorial Prize as follows:
• The First, Second and Third place stories will be awarded €500, €200 and €100 respectively.
• Each finalist will receive one complimentary copy of 'Gem Street: Dystopia'.

Entry/Reading Fee is €7 per story.

CLOSING 10/06/17

Elyne Mitchell Rural Writing Award

The Elyne Mitchell Rural Writing Award commemorates internationally renowned Silver Brumby author Elyne’s life and work, and hopes to encourage women all over Australasia to write their stories and send them in. Up to 2500 words referencing an Australasian rural experience. 2017 Theme: ‘Local Stories, People, Places and Events’. Fiction or Non-Fiction: Open Category – $15 per entry- 1 x $1000 prize money. Upper Murray Writers Category – $10 per entry – Open to residents of Towong, Tumbarumba and Indigo Shires – 1 x $500 prize money. Non fiction “bonus” $100 Dymocks Voucher.

CLOSING 17/08/17

John Marsden and Hachette Prize

Entries are now open for the 2017 John Marsden & Hachette Australia Prize for Young Writers, a developmental award open exclusively to Australian secondary school students across the nation.

The prize recognises excellence in three creative writing categories: fiction, nonfiction* and poetry.

The Prize is named after and supported by international best-selling author John Marsden, sponsored by Hachette Australia and administered by Express Media. The prize is judged by John Marsden, alongside representatives from Hachette Australia and Express Media.

Fifteen shortlisted writers will be invited to a special event to meet John Marsden and also participate in an exclusive creative writing workshop with one of Australia’s best authors (to be announced shortly, so watch this space!).

Prize winners will also receive a $500 cash prize and a book pack of YA titles, courtesy of Hachette Australia, publication of their work on the Express Media website plus their names and an acknowledgement printed in Voiceworks, Australia’s premier youth literary journal.

The prize will be announced and presented in a special event at the 2017 Melbourne Writers Festival on Thursday August 31, 2017.

CLOSING 30/06/17

Lord Mayor's Creative Writing Award

The Lord Mayor's Creative Writing Awards are now open for entries. You may submit one entry into each of the following award categories:

Short story (1500 to 3000 words)
The Dorothy Porter Award for Poets (up to 100 lines)
Novella (10,000 to 20,000 words)
Graphic short story (up to eight A4 pages)
Narrative non-fiction (up to 10,000 words)
Life Writing Award for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Writers (up to 3000 words).

The Life Writing Award for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Writers is a new category for 2017 and will be awarded to an outstanding work focused on documenting, discussing or highlighting a uniquely Victorian story of Australia’s First People. This prize recognises the work of unpublished Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander writers and supports City of Melbourne’s ongoing commitment to promoting the richness of Indigenous culture and reconciliation.

Winning entries will receive a $2000 category prize. The overall winner of the Lord Mayor’s Creative Writing Award will win an additional $10,000. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are encouraged to apply for all categories.

CLOSING 31/08/17

Richell Prize for Emerging Writers (Hachette/Guardian)

The Richell Prize is a unique opportunity in that it not only comes with a cash prize – which directly translates into time to write and further develop your craft – but also a 12-month mentorship with one of Hachette Australia's expert publishers.

The prize can provide a foot in the door to the publishing industry not only for the winner, but also other entrants and shortlisted writers. Brodie Lancaster was shortlisted for the prize in 2015, and her first book No Way! OK, Fine is due to be released with Hachette in June. 

CLOSING 03/07/17

The Scribe Prize

Now in its fifth year, The 2017 Scribe Nonfiction Prize is a unique development award to foster talented writers aged 30 and under writing longform work. Entries between 5,000 and 10,000 words are welcome across all nonfiction genres, including memoir, journalism, essay, and creative nonfiction.

The winner receives:

  • a cash prize of $3000

  • an editorial mentorship to develop their work

  • a generous selection of new-release Scribe books tailored to their reading interests.

The shortlist will be selected by Elizabeth Flux (Editor of Voiceworks from 2013 to 2015, writer for Junkee, Metro, The Lifted Brow, Kill Your Darlings), Tim McGuire (Editorial Committee of Voiceworks from 2015 to 2016, writer for The Australian, Big Issue, Kill Your Darlings, The Lifted Brow, Going Down Swinging), Julia Carlomagno (Senior Editor, Scribe Publications) and Fiona Dunne (Creative Producer, Express Media). The winner will be selected by Scribe Publications.

CLOSING 10/09/17

Seán Ó Faoláin Short Story Competition

The Seán Ó Faoláin Short Story Competition is an annual short story competition open to writers from around the world, submissions accepted from May to August annually. It is dedicated to one of Ireland’s most accomplished story writers and theorists, sponsored by the Munster Literature Centre.

If the winner comes to Cork to collect their prize, we will provide hotel accommodation, meals, drinks and VIP access to the literary stars at the Cork International Short Story Festival (September 13-16, 2017). The Munster Literature Centre is a not-for-profit organisation; all moneys raised from the competition benefits writers and writing.

CLOSING 31/07/17


Freelance Writing Jobs and Internships 

Editor, Screen Education Magazine

Australian Teachers of Media (ATOM) is seeking an experienced editor to oversee the production of one of its two quarterly publications, Screen Education.

Screen Education is a partially refereed magazine written by and for teachers and students in primary and secondary schools in all curriculum areas, as well as some areas of tertiary study. It also publishes articles by educators, scholars and critics, and includes practical classroom ideas, lesson plans and activities, along with essays, study guides, updates on new technology, and digital resource reviews.

It is published by ATOM, an independent not-for-profit organisation promoting screen literacy and the study of media.

CLOSING 13/06/17

Executive Assistant and Office Coordinator - Footscray Arts Centre

The Executive Assistant and Office Coordinator is a critical administrative role at FCAC, working to support our staff and providing high-level assistance to the Director and CEO. This is a role with a focus on maintaining excellent relationships, and requires a high degree of initiative and discretion, as well as solid communication and organisational skills. It’s an ideal role for someone seeking mentorship through a career in arts management through high-level arts leadership exposure.

CLOSING 04/06/17

Residencies, Festivals, Fellowships and Funds

4A Emerging Writer’s Program – 2017 call for applications

Following the inaugural offering in 2016, 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art is pleased to announce the 4A Emerging Writer’s Program that will support an emerging Australian writer to travel to the Pacific in September 2017 to realise two publication outcomes.

The 4A Emerging Writer’s Program is open to Australian students currently undertaking a degree at honours or postgraduate level in art, history or related fields of study at an Australian tertiary institution. This program will be rigorous and is specifically designed for tertiary students with a keen interest in fieldwork research in art and culture, and someone who can demonstrate a flair and passion for writing.

The selected writer will undertake a one-week research trip to a Pacific nation in September 2017. Facilitated by 4A and its networks, the writer will be asked to conceive and deliver two writing outcomes for publication in 4A Papers and Program supporter Art Monthly Australasia. This may include a critical essay, historical research, interview, review, profile, or feature with accompanying online audio-visual content.

The writer will be supported by the team at 4A and in particular by Pedro de Almeida, Editor, 4A Papers and Michael Fitzgerald, Editor, Art Monthly Australasia.

The 4A Emerging Writer’s Program has been developed as part of 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art’s broader professional development program for early career arts professionals. Together with the annual 4A Beijing Studio Program and the biannual 4A Curators’ Intensive, the 4A Emerging Writer’s Program supports emerging Australian talent to work within the Asia-Pacific region.

CLOSING 30/06/17

Author's League Fund

Since 1917, the Authors League Fund has been helping professional writers and dramatists who find themselves in financial need because of medical or health-related problems, temporary loss of income, or other misfortune.

Most of those we help suffer severe health problems but have inadequate insurance; some face eviction; many are older writers whose income has ceased through no fault of their own.

The Fund exists to help professional writers continue their careers, even their lives, with dignity by providing open-ended, interest-free, no-strings-attached loans to pay for pressing expenses.

CLOSING 31/10/17

Eleanor Taylor Bland Crime Fiction Writers of Color Award

The Eleanor Taylor Bland Crime Fiction Writers of Color Award is an annual grant of $1,500 for an emerging writer of color. An unpublished writer is preferred, although publication of one work of short fiction or academic work will not disqualify an applicant. This grant is intended to support the recipient in activities related to crime fiction writing and career development. She or he may choose from activities that include workshops, seminars, conferences, and retreats; online courses; and research activities required for completion of the work.

CLOSING 15/06/17

Emerging Writers' Festival Regional Literary Exchange Competition

Do you live in regional Victoria and would like to be a part of the Emerging Writers’ Festival 2017? Is there an exciting literary element in your home town that you would like to share to a national and international audience? This year the Emerging Writers' Festival has an opportunity for a regional Victorian writer to be a part of a cultural and literary exchange! The Emerging Writers’ Festival, Ubud Writers and Readers Festival, and Ibis Hotels are teaming up to send writers to Melbourne, Bali, and regional Victoria.

The regional Victorian writer will receive:
•An opportunity to connect with national and international writing communities, and the chance to showcase their own
•A weekend pass to the National Writers’ Conference valid for Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 June
•A ticket to the EWF Formal event on the evening of Saturday 17 June
•1 x double room for 2 nights over the conference weekend, 1 x parking space for 2 nights, 1 x complimentary breakfast to connect both writers
•The opportunity to have an article about their experience of the exchange and EWF17 published on the EWF blog.

CLOSING 05/06/17

Haven Foundation

The Haven Foundation gives financial assistance to provide temporary support needed to safeguard and sustain the careers of established freelance artists, writers and other members of the arts and art production communities who have suffered disabilities or experienced a career-threatening illness, accident, natural disaster or personal catastrophe. Grants are awarded and renewed at the discretion of the Haven Foundation Board.

CLOSING 31/10/17

Media in Conflict Seminar (Israel)

Journalists ages 21 to 35 can apply for a fully funded conflict reporting seminar in Herzliya, Israel, organized by the Lauder School of Government, Diplomacy and Strategy. Participants will attend expert lectures, strategic tours of Israel and surrounding conflict zones and more.

CLOSING 07/06/17

NSW Writers' Centre Travel Grants

Writing NSW Access for Regional Writers Grants are awarded by the NSW Writers’ Centre to help writers in regional NSW access professional development. Regional writers in any genre may apply for a travel grant of $300 to help them participate in an approved professional development event such as a workshop or seminar designed to further their writing or career skills.

Our 2016 grant recipients included writers from areas such as Lismore, Tamworth, Wagga Wagga, Mudgee and Dubbo. They used their travel funds to attend professional development activities at Yellamundie National First Peoples Playwriting Festival, New England Writers’ Centre, Hunter Writers Centre and the NSW Writers’ Centre.

These grants are offered by the NSW Writers’ Centre with devolved funding from Create NSW.

CLOSING 18/06/17

Peter Blazley Fellowship

The Peter Blazey Fellowship was established to honour the memory of Peter Blazey - journalist, author and gay activist - and has been made available through the generosity of Clive Blazey and Tim Herbert, brother and partner of Peter Blazey.
Blazey was born in Melbourne in 1939 and worked for the Australian, the National Times and as a regular columnist for OutRage magazine. He published a number of books, including a political biography of Henry Bolte, and was co-editor of the short fiction anthology, Love Cries. His personal memoir, ScrewLoose, appeared after his death from AIDS in 1997.

The Peter Blazey Fellowship was launched by the Hon. Justice Michael Kirby in May 2004.
The Fellowship is awarded annually to writers in the non-fiction fields of biography, autobiography and life writing and is intended to further a work in progress. Applications will be judged on literary merit, and the winner will be supported in their work by a prize of approximately $15,000, and a one-month writer-in-residency at The Australia Centre.

CLOSING 12/06/17

Playwriting Australia – Seeking Stageplays

Playwriting Australia is seeking original plays. They approach the selection of plays with care and precision. It is a multi-stage process that involves a number of different readers assessing plays across a detailed list of criteria. It is a process that also allows for readers to be in conversation with them and with each other, ensuring quality control of readers' responses.

They believe terrific new writing must be produced and they do this reading to give playwrights opportunities to develop and/or showcase their best new plays in order to see the work reach production.

All plays submitted to Playwriting Australia are read in their entirety.

Submissions are ongoing.

Taipei Artist Village Residency

Artist-in-Residence Taipei is managed by the Department of AIR, Taipei Culture Foundation and operates in two places, Taipei Artist Village and Treasure Hill Artist Village. Secluded by a serene garden, with vibrant Taipei City as a backdrop for creativity, Taipei Artist Village provides freedom and opportunity for innovation in the making of visual art, music, architecture, literature, curatorial and cultural research, arts administration, interdisciplinary arts and performance art and fosters artistic and cultural exchange between Taiwan and the rest of the world.

CLOSING 09/06/17

Windmill Trust - Regional NSW Grants

Established in 1997 in memory of the artist Penny Meagher, the emphasis of the Windmill Trust Scholarship is to enable artists from regional NSW to be part of the professional art making community.

This scholarship provides assistance towards the cost of:
• exhibiting work such as framing, freight, space rental, promotion, artists’ fees, installation and documentation
• professional development and education
• independent artistic research or practice such as studio rental, material or labour costs
CLOSING 10/06/17

Publications Seeking Submissions

Allen & Unwin Friday Pitch

Allen & Unwin know how difficult it can be for writers to get their work in front of publishers, which is why we’ve created our innovative and pioneering submissions system – The Friday Pitch.

The Friday Pitch allows for writers of all genres to have their work considered by one of our in-house Submission Editors.

Please select the genre of your work, and follow the links to the appropriate submissions page for more details.

CLOSING 31/12/17

Best Australian Writing (Poetry, Essay, Fiction etc) Submissions Open

Word count: There is no official minimum or maximum length for stories, essays or poems, but please keep in mind that space limitations make very long pieces harder to accept. Please consult previous years’ collections to get a sense of a typical upper and lower limit.

Formatting: There are no particular requirements when it comes to formatting. If in doubt, double-spaced, single-sided, stapled and Times New Roman are safe bets. There is no official entry form. Please include your name and contact details, preferably an email address as well as a postal address, with your submission. Please also include the name and contact details, preferably an email address as well as a postal address, and the contact details of your literary agent if applicable.

Owing to the number of submissions we receive, submissions cannot be returned and the editors are unable to comment on individual submissions.

CLOSING 15/07/17

Big Issue Fiction Issue

Returning for the 13th year, the annual fiction edition is one of the biggest-selling fiction magazines in Australia, and is a highlight of the publishing calendar.

As before, this exciting bumper edition will feature work from some of Australia's most loved writers, as well as a collection of open submissions that are judged "blind". Previous editions have featured work from writers like John Marsden, Christos Tsiolkas, Graeme Simsion, Maxine Beneba Clarke and AS Patric – to name a few. All writers are encourage to submit – of whatever age, whether established, emerging, or just keen to have a crack. We are looking for stories covering all genres – comedy, love stories, scifi, heartwarmers, crime stories and everything in between. Don't be afraid to try something a bit different. 

Entry is FREE, and every author published is paid $500.

CLOSING 05/06/17

Creative Non Fiction True Story Magazine

The Creative Nonfiction Foundation is pleased to announce that, with support from the National Endowment for the Arts, we’ve started a new monthly magazine. Each issue of True Story will features one exceptional work of creative nonfiction, and is distributed in print and digitally (though not available online). Submissions should be between 5,000 and 10,000 words long, on any subject, in any style.* Surprise us! The only rules are that all work submitted must be nonfiction and original to the author, and we will not consider previously published work. We’ll pay $300 on publication and give you 10 free copies of “your” issue.

CLOSING 31/12/17

Griffith Review 58: Storied Lives - The Novella Project V

Submissions for Griffith Review 58: Storied Lives – The Novella Project V are open until May 22.

This year, the annual novella competition is open not only to fiction, but to works of long-form, creative non-fiction that explore the personal tales of those whose exploits have made a difference. The judges will be looking for novellas, memoir, biography and reportage, from family stories that resonate down the generations to individuals who forged breakthroughs, battled the odds and continue to shape and define the world; for narratives of those who intersected decisively with their times and left a trace that a beautifully written story can map.

Winners will share in a $25,000 prize pool. Submissions are to be made via the Griffith Review Submittable page, which contains the full terms and conditions of entry.

CLOSING: 12/06/17 (extended)

Pencilled In: Issue 2 "The Suburbs"

Pencilled In is a magazine dedicated to showcasing work by Asian Australian artists, and we are officially open for submissions for issue two. Its theme is "the suburbs", so you can interpret that however you like. As always, we're looking for fiction, nonfiction, poetry, visual art, graphic fiction, and everything in between. Do feel free to send through pitches as well. 

CLOSING: 30/06/17

Monthly Catch at Penguin

Do you have a manuscript you would like Penguin to consider? Penguin Group have what’s known as the ‘Monthly Catch’. During the first week of every month, you can submit unsolicited manuscripts for their consideration.

CLOSING 31/12/17

Right Now

Right Now is committed to covering human rights issues in Australia through free, accessible, creative and engaging online, print and radio media. Creative writing is a great way to explore human rights in Australia: from poetry to flash fiction to long and short pieces. Ongoing.

Scum Mag

Scum is interested in publishing feminist-friendly work of any variety, but as a general rule your piece should be under 1000 words (50 lines for poetry) and able to be classified as “fiction”, “culture”, “memoir”, “column”, “poetry”, and/or “review”. They tend not to publish traditional reviews of books and films—to get a feel for the reviews they do publish, check the review tag. Feel free to pitch to them if you’re not sure if your piece is a good fit. (Please note that they don’t accept pitches for fiction or poetry.) 

Submissions to Scum are open the first week (from the 1st to the 7th) of every month. The rest of the month, submissions are closed. They pay $60 per piece of writing. 

Seizure - Flashers

At Seizure, short-form work is living large. Flashers is the online home of Australian flash fiction.

Each week we publish work between 50 and 500 words that could be written in an hour and read in a minute. We are looking for short, sharp snippets of prose. But flash fiction is so much more than a quick-fix for the time-hungry wordaholic. Flash fiction attracts writers and readers for its peculiar challenges – and authors have to make every word count.

Accepted pieces will have an accompanying illustration by a volunteer artist that matches and complements the writing. Thanks to the Australia Council, we are able to pay our Flasher contributors $50 for each published piece.

CLOSING 31/12/17

Visible Ink: Open Submission

Our theme this year is "The End". It is common to feel these days that we are in the end of times. Justifiable, given our current circumstances—it really seems like we are slouching towards the apocalypse. However, not many know, but the word apocalypse originally meant “truthful revelation. In an age where there is systematic silencing, we feel it is applicable. So, we encourage submissions to interpret this concept of “The End” and how it applies to almost every aspect of the human experience.

We are accepting literary non-fiction and fiction, interviews, poetry, flash fiction, visual art and photography. All submissions must be original and unpublished. We do not accept simultaneous submissions of written work.

If selected, we pay:
$75 for fiction & non-fiction
$50 for poetry, visual art, photography and flash-fiction

Restrictions on length:
2,000 words max for all fiction & non-fiction
50 lines for poetry
250 words max for flash-fiction

CLOSING 31/07/17

Voiceworks Submissions Open

The theme of our spring 2017 issue is ‘Sprawl’, but you don’t have to stick to it. Our themes are a prompt more than anything else—a springboard to get the creative ideas flowing. Most of all, we just want good work. Our motto is…

—Themed work: good
—Good work: better
—Good themed work: BEST

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Welcome to the process of suburbanisation. Join the tour of Outer (Sub)Urban Car-mmunities. When the centre is no longer the centre, watch the rise of multiple, alternate centres: the geographic centre, the second centre, the CBD, the heartland. Leapfrog development—you’ve jumped over this landlock/you’re locked out of that land. The horizon’s been chased and followed and eaten up, pushed to the sidelines, pulled back and shot off into the distance. All you can do is watch on as you move your heart outwards, mismatch your socks, dream of a tube that sprints underneath you. All limbs are akimbo, spreadeagled to catch your fall. Feel the ground push up against every part of your body, the earth pulsing, pulse quickening, fingertips that stretch apart like a boat pushed away from its dock. The reef is dying, its whiteness widening, and soon there’s only rubble seen from space. On public transport they save room for cats, knees spread apart and open backpacks spilling contents across the aisle. The afternoon plods on, minutes refusing to pass.

CLOSING 25/06/17

The Wrong Quarterly

The Wrong Quarterly are a London-based journal who publish "inventive" works of nonfiction, life writing and essays up to 5,000 words and fiction up to 6,000 words. Submissions are accepted from both British and international writers. Ongoing.

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