Shakespeare on the River Short Story Competition
In 2014, The Shakespeare on the River Festival's Short Story Competition was launched.

The idea for this came from a task set in a writing group: write a short story inspired by one of the plays written by Shakespeare. And why not? Shakespeare's plays have been adapted, re-envisioned, and re-cast throughout time. Original works have been created when one wonders what happened next, or off the stage, or what if? Some are characters dearly beloved that take on a new life in the hands of another writer; others are time old tales staged in a modern context. At its heart, this competition is about celebrating and breathing new life into the works of Shakespeare by inviting writers to send us their own creations.

Sadly, In September 2014 one of our inaugural judges, Sheila Malady, passed away. Sheila was an instrumental member since the beginning of the festival and was a wealth of knowledge on all things Shakespeare and always on hand to guide members, new and old. To honour her love of Shakespeare, the English language and her dedication to the festival, it was fitting to rename the short story competition in her honour.

The 2017 Sheila Malady Short Story Competiton is now open for entries with the theme: Light/Dark. $5 entry 2000 words.
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Hardcopy - Professional Development (ACT Writer's Centre)
Established in 2014, HARDCOPY is a national professional development program that helps build the capacities, aptitudes and resources emerging Australian writers need to reach their potential.

By creating an environment that is educative, vigorous and nurturing, HARDCOPY:

helps writers develop their manuscripts;
increases industry knowledge;
facilitates relationships between writers and publishing professionals; and
breaks down the barriers of location and geography.
In 2017 the program will focus on nonfiction projects.

HARDCOPY does not specifically aim to have its participants achieve publication as a direct and immediate result of the program. Rather, HARDCOPY focuses on (1) manuscript/project development, (2) education about how the Australian publishing industry works, and (3) building connections and relationships within the industry/writing community. Any publication outcomes that may occur because of the program are considered an added bonus.

HARDCOPY aims to develop writers who will have longevity as Australian writers.

HARDCOPY is underpinned by the principle of pragmatic optimism: being aware of the challenges, but also being positive about the future.

HARDCOPY is a special initiative of the ACT Writers Centre and funded by the Australia Council for the Arts.
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Wheeler Centre Hot-Desk Fellowships
The Wheeler Centre’s Hot Desk Fellowships are back – once again made possible by the generous support of the Readings Foundation (link is external). Twenty writers will be offered fellowships throughout 2017. This year, an additional Playwright Hot Desk Fellowship will be offered to an emerging female playwright, supported by the generosity of the Just Pretending (link is external) theatre group.

The fellowships, which include a $1000 stipend and workspace in the Wheeler Centre over a ten-week period, have been created simply to give emerging writers the space to write and create. Hot Desk fellows will also have the opportunity to meet, network and work with the Wheeler Centre’s resident organisations (link is external).

In addition, Hot Desk Fellowships introduce emerging writers and their work to the public – we'll feature all our writers and their projects on our website, as well as in a special Hot Desk Edition of The Next Big Thing (link is external). In 2016, several of our Hot Desk fellows were approached by publishers and agents interested in their work, with many alumni having been published since their involvement in the programme.

Join a community of creativity, as well as having the productive space of a desk of your own.

To apply you must complete the online application form, which includes a 500 word sample of writing of the project you will develop during the fellowship, by 5pm Friday, 10 Mar.

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Ada Cambridge and Young Ada prizes from Willy Lit Festival
Entries are now open for the 2017 Ada Cambridge and Young Ada Awards. The prizes are open to writers and poets who live, work or study in the western suburbs of Melbourne.

The Ada Cambridge Biographical Prose Prize was named after one of Australia’s finest colonial writers.

The Young Adas were newly created in 2014 for young people aged 14 to 18 years. All prizes seek to support aspiring writers and poets of the western suburbs by exposing their work to a wider audience.

The competitions close on Monday 6 March 2017 and the winners will be announced at the Williamstown Literary Festival on 17 & 18 June 2017. Prizes are as follows:

The Ada Cambridge Biographical Prose Prize (1000-3000 words) – $1000

The Ada Cambridge Poetry Prize (30 lines maximum) – $500

The Young Ada Short Story Prize (for 14-18 year olds: 1000 word maximu
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Submit to Gargouille
Gargouille is open for submissions until February 28th

Issue 6 is seeking poetry, scripts, short stories, aesthetic essays and any literary titbits that are hard to classify.

The editors are also on the hunt for black and white artwork and a striking illustration for the front cover.
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Small Gems Performing Arts
Small Gems aims to identify, develop and support new performing arts work for small to medium sized venues in metropolitan Melbourne and beyond. Small Gems will essentially commission independent works that are of professional quality, contemporary interest and in the genre of drama, dance, hybrid theatre, circus and ground based physical theatre, in order to help create new work, support artists with a track record of high quality production output, and contribute positively to the Australian theatre scene.
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Glastonbury Festival - Call for Spoken Word Performers
Once again, Poetry&Words are opening our floodgates to a delicious deluge of poets from far and wide. Every year we take applications to perform on Glastonbury Festival’s poetry stage, and every year we are awestruck by the hundreds of amazing wordsmiths out there.

Last year we hosted an abundance of talent from international stars Buddy Wakefield and Tanya Evanson, to home grown greats John Hegley and Murray Lachlan Young. If you’d like to walk in their footsteps, then this is your chance! We’re looking for applications from experienced writers and performers, with something quite excellent to offer the audience of the world’s biggest greenfield arts festival.

If you want to apply, please e-mail with a short bio and 1-3 video and/or audio files of you performing your work, preferably to a live audience. We’d prefer web links, but attachments (of manageable size!) will also be accepted. We will only view one application per person. Further applications will be ignored, so send us your best stuff first time around!

Don’t send Word files of your poems or links to your books, however good they are, as we need to be able to judge the performance element as well. We do pay a fee, but this is only small, and overseas poets in particular should note that we are unable to provide travel expenses. Guest tickets are also beyond our power, but booked poets will receive a ticket for themselves as well as a camping pitch backstage of the Poetry&Words tent.

The deadline for applications is, strictly, 5pm on Friday 3rd March 2017. We regret that we cannot view any applications received after this time, so please make a note of the deadline and make sure you submit as much in advance as possible. Don’t miss your chance!

We hope that you’ll understand that, given the humongous number of applications we receive every year, we are unable to respond to requests for feedback or advice, or to let every applicant know how they’ve done. Successful artists should hear back from us by two months after the deadline.
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Norton Island Residency

Each summer, Norton Island hosts established artists, musicians, and writers so they may develop and share their work in an extraordinarily beautiful and remote wilderness setting.

Thanks to a generous grant from the Maine Arts Council, Norton Island
is wheelchair-accessible.
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Howard Frank Mosher Prize
What is the Howard Frank Mosher Short Fiction Prize?
An annual contest for short fiction. A chance for your fiction to be read by Hunger Mountain editors and guest judges!

What will the winner receive?
One first place winner receives $1,000 and publication.
Two runners-up receive $100 each, and are considered for publication.

Who can enter the contest?
Any writer – residing in any country or U.S. state – is eligible to enter; Hunger Mountain and VCFA staff and currently enrolled students are ineligible.
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Black Warrior Review Open Submissions
Black Warrior Review reads general fiction, nonfiction, and poetry submissions from December 1 – March 1 and June 1 – September 1.
Submissions are accepted only through Submittable at All mailed submissions will be recycled unread, and unsolicited email submissions will not be considered. There is a $3 submission fee.
BWR pays a one-year subscription and a nominal lump-sum fee for all works published.
Rights revert to author upon publication; please credit Black Warrior Review with first publication if the work is republished elsewhere.
We encourage you to read Black Warrior Review before submitting. Sample issues are available for $12; one-year subscriptions for $20.
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