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

We've skimmed the cream off the top of the internet and present some of the most choice froth for you here. If you'd like us to add an opportunity to this list (or future lists), let us know.


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. 

QUT Creative Writing Prize

Entries may be in the form of a short story, creative non-fiction or poetry. Submissions are limited to 3000 words of prose or 50 lines of poetry. A panel of judges will shortlist the entries and winners will be announced at the end of year QUT Writing Gala. Post-grad winners will be published in The Lifted Brow (+$2000) and under-grad winners in Kill Your Darlings (+$1000)

Melbourne Poets Union Annual International Poetry Competition

Like a good poem, it's not immediately obvious what this is about. You'll have to read through the Conditions of Entry to find more details. There is a fee to enter, yet there are cash prizes for the winners. 

Caterpillar Best Short Story for Children Prize

The Caterpillar is delighted to announce its inaugural short story prize – a unique prize for a story of no more than 2,000 words written by an adult for children (aged 7–11). We are looking for something that will make children sit up and listen - whether it's funny, adventurous, mysterious, moving or just plain bonkers.    

The Prize is open to anyone, as long as the work is original and previously unpublished. The entry fee is €12 per story. 

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.

Mamamia Women's Network Writing Competition

Do you have a story to tell? A strong opinion to share? From pop culture to politics, body image to motherhood, dating to divorce and feminism to fashion, we want to know what YOU think.

MWN, together with HarperCollins Publishers is offering winners across several categories $1000 prize money, as well as an opportunity to have an ongoing publishing relationship with MWN, Australia’s premier women’s media company.

SALA Short Story Prize

The Arts Council of Mansfield is going national, with the SALA  Short Story Prize. And entries are now open, so polish up those short stories and send them in!

National prize
– $1000 plus a mixed pack of wine from Delatite Winery and publication in SALA Short Stories 2015

Local author prize
– $500 plus publication in SALA Short Stories 2015

Entries close September 18. Judged by Laurie Steed.

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.

Katharine Susannah Prichard Short Fiction Awards

This competition is open to Australian writers. There are two categories, adult and youth, and there's no theme for this competition.  $100 first prize in the adults' category, and $75 in the youth category, and cash prizes for pieces that place in both categories. 

Entries close 25 September 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.

Marjorie Barnard Award

The Marjorie Barnard Award for 2015 is now open. This is for short stories of a maximum 3000 words.

The competition closes on the 25th September and first prize is $500. $10 entry fee

John Marsden Hachette Australia Prize

Young writers under the age of 25 are encouraged to enter The 2015 John Marsden & Hachette Australia Prize for Young Writers to share in $5,500 in prize money and have the opportunity to be published online and in the December issue of Voiceworks #102.


Overland Poetry Editor

After almost five years of shaping Overland’s poetics, our gifted poetry editor Peter Minter will be finishing up his editorship with the first issue of 2016. As such, Overland is seeking a new poetry editor for the print magazine.

The Overland poetry editor provides creative and strategic direction for Overland’s poetry publishing projects. The poetry editor will be an Overland subscriber with sufficient familiarity with the journal to publish high-quality poetry that is appropriate.

Noted Festival Creative Producers (Live & Digital)

Noted is on the hunt for two new Creative Producers for their 2016 festival (which will run from 16 - 20 March).

This is a chance to flex your creative muscles in a highly supportive and dedicated team, by conceiving and producing events for a unique and exciting festival.

SBS - Online Content Producer (LGBTIQ)

So this just might be the coolest job ever for someone interested in driving the SBS Online coverage of sexuality and gender diversity in the lead up to the Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras 2016.

SBS Online is seeking a dynamic and distinctive Online Content Producertasked with exploring, celebrating and appreciating LGBTIQ people and issues. Drawing upon the expertise of TV, Radio and Online journalists from across the SBS network you will be charged with generating several original posts and news items a day, as well as aggregating and repurposing SBS content on sexual diversity, in a way that reflects Australia’s multicultural society.

un Magazine editor

un Projects is currently seeking expressions of interest for an Editor of two issues of un Magazine, to be published in April and September 2016.

This is a unique and exciting (paid) opportunity to take a leading role in the development and production of one of Australia’s most respected contemporary arts publications.

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. 

NW Magazine: Junior Writer/Digital Editor

NW, Australia's favourite celebrity gossip magazine, is looking for a Digital Editor/Junior Writer to join our fast-paced Sydney team.

Sydney Festival (Marketing Coordinator) 

In consultation with the Marketing Manager & Digital Marketing Manager, the Marketing Coordinator will coordinate the delivery of campaigns including promotional and email marketing, manage all web content, brief designers and produce secondary collateral.

Booktopia Online Retail Book Merchandiser

As the Online Merchandiser you will drive the merchandising of the books, ebooks, audiobooks and other related categories to ensure consistency of brand, a visual compelling interface and a richly stocked e-tail environment with the goal of achieving traffic goals and conversion.

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.

Intern & Scholarships

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.

Submissions open (paid/unpaid)

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 moneys 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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Geoff Orton

Geoff Orton is the founder of Writers Bloc. He's also a teacher and a Boston Celtics tragic.