We've read the Internet cover to cover to bring you these opportunities.

For your perusal: jobs, competitions, and places to publish. If you'd like us to add an opportunity to this list (or future lists), let us know.

Otherwise find something in this list to help bring you inspiration, fame and $$$.


2016 Calibre Prize 

The ABR Calibre Prize is intended to generate brilliant new essays and to foster new insights into culture, society, and the human condition. They welcome essays from leading authors and commentators, but also from emerging writers. All non-fiction subjects are eligible.

Australian Book Review welcomes entries in the tenth Calibre Prize for an Outstanding Essay, which is worth $5,000. Calibre is Australia’s premier award for an original essay. Anyone writing in English is eligible, regardless of where they live.

Essays must range from 3,000 to 7,000 words and must be written in English.

Deadline for entries is 18 January 2016

Hal Porter Short Story Competition

This year marks the thirty-first anniversary of Hal Porter's death. To celebrate his literary life, the East Gippsland Art Gallery has launched the twenty-second East Gippsland Shire Council, Hal Porter Short Story Competition. This year the national prize is $1000. In addition there will be book prizes for short listed stories. 

Deadline 18 Dec

2016 Newcastle Short Story Award

Brought to by the Hunter Writers Centre, this competition for stories of up to 2000 words is open to Australian residents. First prize is $2000, with $1000 for second prize and two $500 highly commended awards.

$15 entry fee

Closes midnight 31st January 2016

The Hope Prize

A new writing prize from the Brotherhood of St Lawrence, The Hope Prize seeks short fiction that conveys the experience of people facing hardship in their lives. Judged by Kate Grenville, Cate Blanchett and Quentin Bryce, the award is worth $5000 and is open till January 31st 2016.

Thee Ginosko Flash Fiction Award is for an unpublished work of flash fiction of up to $800 words.  $500 Award, $10 entry fee.

Deadline for Contest March 1, 2016.

Sunday Times Short Story Prize

The prize is £30,000. Yep, £30,000.


American publisher Restless Books is seeking fiction submissions from first generation migrants to the United States. They are looking for extraordinary unpublished submissions from emerging writers of sharp, culture-straddling writing that addresses American identity in a global age. The winner will recieve $10,000 USD and publication by Restless Books. Submissions close December 31.

Little Fictions Call Out

Spineless Wonders' Little Fictions is opening its doors to newly-minted submissions for its upcoming live shows. They want fiction with strong dialogue and memorable characters that will delight and amaze. Stories that take off on flights of fancy as well as ones that take a satirical or offbeat look at life. Give them writing that rings with truth and insight. Writing that will have the audience in stitches or close to tears.

They are looking for previously unpublished works of fiction up to 1000 words in length in the form of microfiction, microlit, dramatic monologues – in fact, any written form which will enthral a listening audience.

The current round closes Dec 1.

Entry fee: $7.00

Busybird Great Novella Search

The Great Novella Search is back! The submission window opens 1 December 2015 and will close 1 February 2016. The winner receives $1,000, publication in print and digitally, and a Busybird Publishing contract.

Viva La Novella! 

It’s that time of year again. Some call it Spring, others call it the season of the novella. It’s the perfect time to buckle down and finish that short novel (20-50,000 words) and then send it in to Viva La Novella.

The prize is $1000 + print and digital publication with Seizure. Winners will have their manuscript carefully shepherded to publication by an editor and the Seizure team. The winning novellas will be designed with the usual Seizure flair and unleashed in digital and printed form in bookshops, on our website and ebook retailers.

Entries close 31st December, 2015. 

Griffith Review The Novella Project IV

Submissions are now open for Griffith Review’s The Novella Project IV competition. Winning novellas will share in a $25,000 prize pool and will be published in Griffith Review 54: The Novella Project IV (26 October 2016). Each entrant will receive a free one-year digital subscription to Griffith Review. Submissions close 13 May 2016. Early submissions are encouraged.

Jobs and Internships 

Contributing Editor, Kill Your Darlings

Kill Your Darlings is looking for a Contributing Editor to join their team in 2016. The Contributing Editor will write entertaining, informed and insightful articles for both print and online, focusing on one particular area of interest. Pays $3000 for the period of one year. 

The Lifted Brow

The Lifted Brow are looking to expand their team by adding like-minded people who want to see The Lifted Brow grow and excel as much as they do. They are currently looking for a Fiction Editor (Australia), Online Editor, Website Manager, Digital Editions Manager and Publicity Coordinator, all unpaid positions, but valuable experience in an award-winning, talent-incubating, career-making publication. 

Creative Producer, Emerging Writers Festival

The Emerging Writers Festival is looking for amazing individuals to undertake their unique internshop program. Based in Melbourne, Australia the position would suit arts managment or communications students seeking a university-placement internship. 


Scholarships, Residencies and Agencies. 


The Kat Muscat Fellowship 

The annual Kat Muscat Fellowship offers professional development up to the value of $3,000 for an editorial project or work of writing by a young person. The Fellowship aims to continue Kat’s legacy and further develop the future of defiant and empathic young Australian women.


PitchLab is an innovative new approach to selling long-form feature articles to magazines, radio programs, websites, and newspapers. It follows the same successful business model that works in the book publishing industry. Their team of mentors will take your idea out to the market and find it the best possible home. They oversee the business side of the publishing process, negotiate the contracts, and process the billing so that you can focus on what is really important. PitchLab aims to develop new and established writers into world-class journalists. PitchLab charges an industry standard 15% commission for the pieces that we agree to work on, and our experience suggests that writers who use agents generally make more than they would if they negotiated on their own. 


Publications Seeking Submissions

The Lifted Brow

The Lifted Brow, the magazine that has launched some of Australia's finest talent onto the world is taking non-fiction submissions until December 20. 

Short and Twisted 

Short and Twisted - 2016 is an Anthology of short stories and poetry to be released in June 2016. Contributions from Australian and overseas writers are welcome, however, Short and Twisted aims to publish predominantly Australian writers. All stories and poems must have a twist at the end. 

Deadline Dec 31.

Pilcrow & Dagger

We accept short stories, essays and poetry. We are looking for original works that are thought-provoking and creative with literary merit and interest for a wide audience. We encourage simultaneous submissions but please let us know if your work has been accepted for publication with another periodical. If you’d like to attach a photo or an original piece of artwork that compliments your submission that would be awesome.One Teen Story

One Teen Story publishes Young Adult writing, providing opportunities to established adult authors and emerging teen authors of YA.

Offering $500 (US) to twelve accepted submissions, rights revert to the author upon publication.

Uneven Floor (poetry)

Uneven Floor, an independent poetry publication based in Perth, Western Australia, is seeking poetry submissions for its online magazine.

Unpaid, editors ask that writers read their website thoroughly to get a feel for their tone before submitting. Ongoing.

Stereo Stories

Stereo Stories is a Melbourne-based website that publishes well-written, evocative, concise stories. About songs.

You’re welcome to write about all sorts of songs, including songs that are already on the site.

You can send us a story or you can send us an idea, just a few sentences. Either way, we’ll get back to you.

Please include song title, a place and a time at the top of the story and, if possible, a link to a film clip of the song at the end of the story.

Word length for stories? Up to  800 words, thanks.

The Wrong Quarterly

We accept fiction of under 6,000 words, fully edited, and previously unpublished. We also accept non-fiction, life-writing, and essays of under 5,000 words.

The Pear Drop

We want to tell stories that document and explore the human condition from all perspectives. We are curious about how local culture blends with international identity to transcend the personal and achieve a greater resonance. We believe arts, culture and information should be open and free for all.

Byte Stories

A place to share stories around a digital fireplace, and a publisher of very short fiction. 


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