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Aerogramme Writer's Studio— 23 Short Story Competitions

A comprehensive list of 23 American Short Story Compeitions in 2016.

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

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Thee Ginosko Flash Fiction Award is for an unpublished work of flash fiction of up to $800 words.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.

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.

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 

Express Media — Voiceworks Editor

Express Media currently seeking an inspiring creative leader with a passion for language, an eye for detail and excellent editing skills. The Voiceworks Editor works within the Express Media team and is primarily responsible for the artistic direction and production of four issues of Voiceworks per year, as well as managing an Editorial Committee of up to 20 volunteers to undertake production tasks including selecting content, editing and providing feedback and support for young writers.

The Voiceworks Editor is paid for four working days per week and is a two-year contract position based at the Express Media office, Level 3, The Wheeler Centre, 176 Little Lonsdale St, Melbourne. Applicants must be 25 years or under at the time of commencing employment.

Applications close at 9am on Monday February 15, 2016. Interviews for the position will take place in the week commencing Monday February 22. The successful candidate is expected to begin in the role on Monday March 7.

We are currently seeking a Finance & Administration Coordinator with an interest in writing and literature to join our small but busy team. The Finance & Administration Coordinator is responsible for the organisation’s financial processes, including the handling of accounts payable and receivable, financial data entry, payroll and the preparation of budget reporting. Administration responsibilities include email and written correspondence, managing memberships, subscriptions and contacts databases, and ensuring a high level of administrative support for the CEO.

The Finance & Administration Coordinator is paid for one working day per week and is based at the Express Media office, Level 3, The Wheeler Centre, 176 Little Lonsdale St, Melbourne.

Applications close at 9am on Monday February 15, 2016. Interviews for the position will take place in the week commencing Monday February 22. The successful candidate is expected to begin in the role on Monday March 7.

Express Media — Communications Intern (Volunteer Aged 18-24)

We are currently seeking an intern who is enthusiastic about writing and professional communications to join our small but busy team. Focussed on assisting the CEO and marketing staff to engage new and existing members and promote the work of the organisation, this is a unique opportunity to gain hands-on experience and expand on skills in marketing, media and communications.

This voluntary position is for the equivalent of one day per week, 10am-3.30pm from March to December 2016, and may fit with the internship project requirements of arts management, communications or professional writing students. The position is located at the Express Media office, Level 3, The Wheeler Centre, 176 Little Lonsdale St, Melbourne. Applicants must be under 25 at the time of commencing the internship.

Applications close at 9am on Monday February 15, 2016. Interviews for the position will take place in the week commencing Monday February 22. The successful candidate is expected to begin in the role on Monday March 7.

Click here for further information on how to apply.

If you would like to make an enquiry about the position please call Express Media on (03) 9094 7886 and speak to Pippa Bainbridge, General Manager / CEO.

Black Inc. Publishing Assistant

Melbourne-based publisher Black Inc. are recruiting for a publishing assistant. The role is full-time, and is an incredible opportunity for anyone looking to break into publishing. Click here for the position description.

Applications close Feb 5.

Feminartsy Writing Residencies 

Feminartsy are VERY excited to announce a special opportunity for four writers to undertake a ten-month, paid residency this year.

This is an opportunity for Canberra-based emerging writers, who are keen to gain experience in writing, self-editing and working with an editor.

Each writer will produce a monthly article for Feminartsy to publish online, and will have the opportunity to participate in bi-monthly development workshops with industry experts on topics including self-editing, managing finances as a freelancer, working with a publisher, promotion and marketing, and pitching.

Writers will have the chance to work closely with Feminartsy’s founder and editor-in-chief, Zoya Patel, throughout the ten-month program, and will receive a monthly stipend of $100 for their work and contributions.

Applications close Friday 29 January 2016 at midnight.

Momentum Books

Momentum, the digital-first publishing imprint of Pan Macmillan Australia, currently has an opening for a full-time Publicity and Marketing Executive to join the Sydney office.

This is a busy and varied role that encompasses aspects of publicity, marketing, social media and sales. The successful applicant should have an interest in genre fiction, particularly romance, thrillers, science fiction and fantasy. Experience in a junior publicity role and a passion for books is highly desirable.

Applications will close on Friday, 22 January 2016.

The School of Life 

The School of Life is currently seeking a program producer for the implementation of The School of Life Sydney Popup Term in February - March 2016.

If you’re interested in this role, please follow these steps by 12pm Monday 18th 


NSW Writers' Centre Kids & YA Festival

The NSW Writers’ Centre is delighted to announce that their Kids & YA Festival on 25 June 2016, will once again be directed by award-winning children’s author Aleesah Darlison. To ensure the Festival will cover the emerging trends and diversity of voices in the field, Aleesah will be calling for submissions from people involved in the writing community.

To register your interest, please send your name, address, telephone and website details to kidsyafestival2016@gmail.com.

Submissions must be a single A4 page or less, and include details of your publication experience, any upcoming releases around the time of the festival and suggested panel topics or specific areas of expertise.

Submissions close Friday 29 January.

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. 

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

Alien She Zine

Alien She publishes fiction, nonfiction, poetry, art and review. They are looking for work that doesn’t fit neatly into the above categories. They want you to show us things we don’t even know about – to take them out into the night, point to the stars and show us something we’d never seen before. They are excited by the diverse, original, subversive, pioneering, political, open-minded, sexual, intellectual, confronting, perverse, heartfelt and hateful. 

Alien She Zine encourage previously unpublished submissions from all voices of every background, nationality, race, sexuality, and gender.

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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