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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 Porter Prize 

Australian Book Review welcomes entries in the twelfth Peter Porter Poetry Prize, which is now worth a total of AU$7,500. All poets writing in English are eligible, regardless of where they live.

The Porter Prize is one of Australia’s most lucrative and respected awards for poetry. It honours the life and work of the great Australian poet Peter Porter (1929–2010), an honoured contributor to ABR for many years.

Poems must not exceed 75 lines and must be written in English. Deadline for entries is 1 December 2015

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.

Overland Neilma Sidney Short Story Prize

The inaugural Overland Neilma Sidney Short Story Prize is now open.

Named after the late Neilma Gantner, the prize seeks excellent short fiction of up to 3000 words themed around the notion of ‘travel’. Supported by the Malcolm Robertson Foundation, the competition is open to all Australian and New Zealand writers, at any stage of their writing career. This year, the competition will be judged by Alice Pung, Ellen van Neerven and Overland‘s Stephanie Convery.

The winning story will receive a $4000 first prize and be published in Overland’s print magazine. Two runners-up will each receive $500 and be published at Overland online to coincide with the release of the print magazine.

Please read the entry guidelines to confirm eligibility.

Competition closes 11.59 pm, Sunday 15 November 2015.

Overland Judith Wright Poetry Prize for New and Emerging Poets

This competition is open now.

Established in 2007, with support from the Malcolm Robertson Foundation, the OverlandJudith Wright Poetry Prize for New and Emerging Poets fosters poetry by writers who have published no more than one collection of poems under their own name. It has subsequently grown to become the richest prize for emerging poets in Australia.

In 2015, the major prize is $6000, with a second prize of $2000 and a third prize of $1000. All three winners will be published in Overland’s print magazine.

Please read the entry guidelines to confirm eligibility.

You may also be interested to read the 2014 winners.

Competition closes 11.59 pm, Sunday 15 November 2015.

Ginosko Literary Journal Flash Fiction Contest 

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.

Judith Wright Overland Poetry Prize

The Overland Judith Wright Poetry Prize was established in 2007, with support from the Malcolm Robertson Foundation, to foster poetry by writers who have not yet published a book of poems under their own name. It has subsequently grown to become the richest prize for emerging poets in Australia. Competition closes 11.59 pm, Sunday 15 November 2015.

Writers Digest Short Story Prize

If you write short stories, don’t miss your chance to compete in the Writer’s Digest Popular Fiction Awards. There’s sure to be a category created just for you, Romance, Thriller, Crime, Horror, Science-Fiction, and Young Adult. Choose your favorite genre(s) and enter your best in 4,000 words or less. Deadline: October 15. 2015

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

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. 


Scholarships, Residencies and Agencies. 

A Public Space Fellowship, 2016 (USA)

Three writers will be selected for six-month fellowships, which will include: Mentoring from an established author, publication in the magazine, contributor’s payment of $1000, and the option of a free workspace in A Public Space’s Brooklyn offices.

Are you an emerging writer with an essay or story ready to submit? Apply here before November 15!

Next Wave opens 2016 Writers in Residence program

Writers in Residence is Next Wave’s learning and development program for emerging critical and creative writers who identify as having disability. This program provides outstanding mentoring, learning opportunities and practical experience for writers who want to receive feedback and develop new skills through workshops and engagement with a variety of art forms in Next Wave Festival 2016.

Applications close Thu 26 Nov.http://bit.ly/1OwSWWA


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

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.

Spook Magazine

Spook are looking for writers interested in fashion, music, film, lit, art, sex/gender, culture and/or politics.

They pay $$$$ and want to make you famous! 

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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