Here's a compilation of publication opportunities, writing competitions and more for the months of May and June:

Overland: Fiction Edition
Overland is seeking fiction from new and emerging writers for a special online edition to be curated by Rachel Hennessy. Writers will be paid $120 per piece. The deadline is May 10th.

Griffith Review: The Novella Project III
Submissions are now open for Griffith Review's The Novella Project III competition. Winning novellas will share in a $25,000 prize pool and will be published in Griffith REVIEW 50: The Novella Project III (November 2015). Work must be fictional, and between 10-25,000 words. Submissions close May 29th.

2016 Vogel Award
Entries are now open for the 2016 The Australian/Vogel’s Literary Award. Open to writers under the age of thirty-five the award offers publication with Allen & Unwin with an advance against royalties and prize money totalling $20,000. Entries close May 31st.

2015 Bridport Prize
The Bridport Prize is one of the richest writing prizes in the UK, awarding over £16,000 in prize money. It's open to writers from all over the world. Entries are now open for the 2015 prize. Categories include poems, short stories, flash fiction, and more. Entries close May 31st.

The Big Issue: Fiction Edition
The Big Issue is seeking submissions of fiction for their annual fiction edition. They're looking for work between 300-2500 words, and submissions need to be hard copy. No theme. Entries close June 1st.

The Vignette Review
Submissions are open for the first issue of The Vignette Review. They are seeking short (900 words max), evocative fiction that detail delicate moments in time. The deadline is June 12th.

SD Harvey Short Story Award
The Australian Crime Writers’ Association and Kill Your Darlings Journal have joined forces to bring you the SD Harvey Short Story Award. The award is open to submissions of fiction and nonfiction crime stories by Australian writers. Stories should be 2000-4000 words long. There is a cash prize of $1000 and publication in Kill Your Darlings’ spring edition. The deadline is June 16th.

Audacious is Melbourne Spoken Word’s audio-journal. They are currently seeking submissions for their second issue. The deadline is June 30th.

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.

Ginosko Literary Journal
Accepting short fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, social justice and literary insights. 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. No advertised closing date.

Stereo Stories
Stereo Stories are looking for well-written, evocative, concise stories about songs. Work can be up to 800 words. No advertised closing date.

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. No advertised closing date.

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. No advertised closing date.


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.