Here's a compilation of publication opportunities, writing competitions and more for the month of July and the following months:


Pilcrow & Dagger

Literary magazine, Pilcrow & Dagger, is seeking submissions for its August issue, with the theme The First Day of School/Open Call. Submissions close July 14.


The Suburban Review

Melbourne-based journal The Suburban Review publishes poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, comics and art. They're currently open for submissions for Volume 6 (to be published in September), with an open theme. Published pieces will be paid $50-$100 depending on genre and length. Accepting submissions from around the world. Submissions close July 26.


Visible Ink

Visible Ink, publishers of emerging writers and artists since 1989, are seeking submissions for their forthcoming 'After the rain' issue. Open to Australian residents only. This collection is created by the Professional Writing and Editing students at RMIT University. A $6 and $5 submission fee applies (for text and images respectively). Selected contributors will be paid. Submissions close July 27.


Children’s Peace Literary Awards

The biennial Children's Peace Literary Awards recognise the promotion of peaceful conflict resolution and wider peace in children's literature. With $3000 in prize money, the awards are now calling for nominations. Nominations close July 31.


The Pool Party, 1980

This project calls for prose writers to pen fictional scenarios for a photographer in an experimental, one-of-a-kind project. In this spirit of a musical 'call and response', The Pool Party will encompass a succession of distinct works whereby the writing responds to photography, and photography responds to be prose. Close date TBC, most likely end of July.


The Richell Prize for Emerging Writers

This prize is presented by Hachette Australia, The Guardian and the Emerging Writers' Festival, and is in honour of Hachette Australia's former CEO Matt Richell. The prize awards $10,000 and a 12-month mentorship to an emerging writer. The prize will be judged on the opening three chapters and synopsis of an emerging writer's manuscript. Submissions close August 14.


Scribe Nonfiction Prize

The 2015 Scribe Nonfiction Prize for Young Writers is now open for entries from writers 30 years and under. The prize is open to writers working in any nonfiction genre, including memoir, journalism, essay, biography, and creative nonfiction. Entries must be between 5,000 and 10,000 words. Submissions close 9am on August 24.


The Lord Mayor’s Creative Writing Awards 2015

The competition is open to Victorian emerging writers. With five categories (short story, poetry, novella, graphic short story, narrative nonfiction), each category winner receives $1000, and there's an overall Lord Mayor's Award of $5000. There are writing workshops being offered in the lead-up to the prize to help you hone your entry. Submissions close August 31.


Creative Nonfiction

Creative Nonfiction is seeking essays that explore the theme of marriage. $1000 (US) will be awarded to the best essay, with a $500 runner-up prize. A $20 reading fee applies ($25 for US-based writers includes a 4-issue subscription). Submissions close August 31.


Fantastica Short Novel Prize

From the publisher of Seizure and Viva la Novella, Fantastica is a new imprint for spec-fic. Australian and New Zealand residents are invited to submit ‘boundary-pushing’ speculative fiction. The winner will receive $500 and publication with Xoum's Fantastica imprint. Submissions close October 1.


Writers Bloc
Writers Bloc is always looking for fresh writing and new voices to contribute to our regular columns. We’d also love to hear your ideas for stand-alone articles about writing, publishing, and the writer’s life. Ongoing.


Spook Magazine

Spook are looking for writers interested in fashion, music, film, lit, art, sex/gender, culture and/or politics. They pay money and want to make you famous! Ongoing.


Ginosko Literary Journal
Accepting short fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, social justice and literary insights. Ongoing.


Tenderness is a forthcoming curated print media project (zine) that examines the changes within the arena of intimacy enforced by the proliferation of contemporary digital communications platforms. Seeking submissions from artists, photographers, writers and designers. Ongoing.


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.


Uneven Floor
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.


[untitled] is the Busybird Publishing anthology, published annually. They are now seeking submissions of fiction. Work can be maximum 8,000 words (they prefer 3-5k), and submissions are only open to writers who haven't been published in [untitled] before. Submissions via Submittable. Ongoing.


Stereo Stories
Stereo Stories are looking for well-written, evocative, concise stories about songs. Work can be up to 800 words. Ongoing.


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.


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. Simultaneous submissions allowed. Allow 16 weeks between submission and notification before you panic. Ongoing.


For regular updates on opportunities, or to post one, be sure to check out our Opportunities forum.

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Sam van Zweden was Writers Bloc’s Online Editor from 2013 - 2015. A Melbourne-based writer and blogger, her work has appeared in The Big Issue, Voiceworks, Tincture Journal, Page seventeen, and others. She’s passionate about creative nonfiction and cross stitch. She tweets @samvanzweden.