Some of the best opportunities for emerging writers and editors this month.

We've read the Internet cover to cover and have picked out some 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 $$$.


Goat Dairy Essay - The World's Greatest Competition 

An American couple are running an essay competition to give away their Goat Farm. Write an essay, win a goat farm. The logic is perfect.

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

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Thee Ginosko Flash Fiction Award is for an unpublished work of flash fiction of up to $800 words.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

Deborah Cass Prize

The Deborah Cass Prize is a new prize for writers from migrant backgrounds. In honour of Deborah Cass, who came from a migrant background herself, the prize "aims to help someone from a migrant background find a voice for themselves."

The prize offers a $3,000 cash prize and a 3-month mentorship, as well as publication consideration from Black Inc. The prize will be judged by Tony Ayres, Alice Pung and Christos Tsiolkas. 

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

Fantastica Short Novel Prize

From the publisher who brought you Seizure and Viva la Novella, comes a new competition just for speculative fiction: the Fantastica Short Novel Prize. Fantastica is a new imprint for spec-fic run by a group of like-minded individuals who have a love for all things science fiction, fantasy and in-between. We are opening up submissions to all Australian and New Zealand residents dedicated to boundary-pushing speculative fiction. The winner will receive $500 and publication with Xoum's Fantastica imprint. Submissions are open from 31 May to 1 October 2015.

Varuna Publishers Introduction Program 2016 

Each year, the program gives 12 selected writers of novels, short stories and literary non-fiction the chance to nurture their manuscripts to publication stage through the Storied Varuna Writers House. 

Applications are accepted from 16 September 2015 and must be received (electronically) by midnight (EST) on 30 October 2015. A submission fee of $110 is applicable. 


Island Magazine Part Time Managing Editor

Island is one of Australia’s leading journals of culture and ideas. Based in Tasmania, it offers insightful writing and design, dealing with serious topics that matter to a national readership. First published in 1979, the magazine has recently been undergoing a fresh phase of creative innovation and growth and is looking to hire a Maganing Editor (Part Time). Applications close October 16.

MWF/EWF Multicultural Program Coordinator 

Melbourne Writers Festival and the Emerging Writers Festival seek to recruit a Multicultural Program Coordinator to work directly with both festivals’ directors and programming committees in a practical and a strategic way, to provide advice and guidance, and develop meaningful partnerships and program outcomes that further these goals. 

Applications close 5pm, Wednesday 14 October.

Junkee: Editor

Junkee Media, Australia's leading youth publisher, is looking for a full time Editor to join our team to help launch a brand new section with us. Junkee Media owns and operates Junkee, inthemix, FasterLouder, AWOL and more, with a combined reach of over 2 million young Australians each month. 

The ideal candidate is an exceptional Editor and Writer with over 5 years experience in developing their skills. They will have a keen interest in creating and editing content around finance, jobs, money, career, health and wellbeing topics to help us shape the tone of voice around this at Junkee Media. 

Applications close October 9.

Seizure Viva La Novella 

A unique opportunity for an emerging editor. Requires an open mind, a bit of ambition, a penchant for punctuation (and arguing about punctuation), to be able to read upwards of 130 entries, be decisive, contribute promotional interviews and editorial notes for the website, be available (on and off) from January to June to work with your author and help guide them and their book into the world.

Applications due October 31.

The Measure (Marketing Coordinator)

The Measure’s mission is to serve as a personal growth platform for the man who wants to be the best version of himself. The digital publication is an independent project of the rapidly-growing online men’s retailer, Trumaker. Where Trumaker encourages men to respect themselves in the way they dress, The Measure will continue in that spirit by leading a conversation in the men’s lifestyle space about subjects such as: the pursuit of a meaningful career, strong relationships, contributing to the community, and emphasizing quality over quantity.

News Writer & Social Media roles at The Street

The Deal LLC, an award-winning financial multi-media division of TheStreet, Inc., publishes a two-edition daily newspaper and website (, online databases, and online and print newsletters geared to the financial and business community. The Deal brings you breaking news and analyses on developments in the deal spectrum: mergers and acquisitions, auctions, private equity, shareholder activism, bankruptcy, out-of-court restructurings and debt financing.


The Australia Times

It's a free, magazine based, non-aligned, grassroots, national online publication. We are a blend of professional and citizen journalism creating online content for specialist groups and the community at large.

We aim to become the voice of the people and their most trusted source of information. We wish to inspire minds through creating independent media.

Sydney Festival (Internships) 

Sydney Festival’s Marketing & Customer Services department is looking for web-savvy, passionate and committed students to come on board as Marketing and Publicity Interns during the Festival campaign.


Culture Trip is a platform for the best of art, culture and travel for every country in the world, we aim to illustrate the international diversity and cross-cultural exchange that characterizes our global society through engaging articles that promote culture as a community-building phenomenon.

To apply please email the Melbourne Director of Culture, Ute

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.

Phew, what a list.

Also, we love it when you make the job easy for us (and other writers). Chuck up any opportunity you've got going to our forum or let us know on Twitter and we'll include it in our next month's list of wonderful opportunities. 

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