Meanjin - Open Submissions
Meanjin was founded in 1940 in Brisbane by Clem Christesen. Currently based in Melbourne, we are committed to publishing the best new Australian writing.*

We publish Australian fiction, essays, long-form journalism, poetry, memoir, interviews, and much else besides.

Each author owns the copyright to his or her work while Meanjin holds copyright to the collection. All authors we publish are sent a detailed contract
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Writers on the Verge (NBC - US)
Writers on the Verge is a 12-week program focused on polishing writers and readying them for a staff writer position on a television series. We are looking for writers who are “almost there” but need that final bit of preparation with their writing and personal presentation skills. We particularly encourage writers of diverse backgrounds to apply.

The program will consist of two night classes, which will typically be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays (7-10pm), weekly at NBCUniversal in Universal City, CA, from October-January. Once accepted, students must attend all classes and turn in all written assignments.

Classes concentrate on creating exceptional material to enhance their portfolio, and understanding the dynamics of pitching oneself in the television industry. Writers are given the chance to interact with industry players ranging from network executives to show runners to agents and receive valuable feedback on their work and pitch style. Writing assignments on a NBCUniversal television show may be available after successful completion of the program but are not a guarantee. Past participants have gone on to series including “The Blacklist,” “Marlon,” “Community”, “Burn Notice”, “Brooklyn Nine-Nine”, “White Collar”, “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia”, “Chicago Fire” and “Parenthood.”
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Creative Nonfiction: Starting Over
For an upcoming issue of Creative Nonfiction, we’re looking for true stories about starting over. Tell us about a time when you or someone else took a do-over, snuck a mulligan, or hit the reset button, whether by choice or not.

We welcome personal stories as well as profiles, and we’re open to a very wide range of experiences and circumstances. Above all, we are looking for narratives—true stories, rich with scene, character, detail, and a distinctive voice—that offer a fresh interpretation or unique insight into the theme.

All essays submitted will be considered for publication; this is a paying market.

Guidelines: Essays must be previously unpublished and no longer than 4,000 words. All essays must tell true stories and be factually accurate. Everything we publish goes through a rigorous fact-checking process, and editors may ask for sources and citations.
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Eleanor Taylor Bland Crime Fiction Writers of Color Award
The Eleanor Taylor Bland Crime Fiction Writers of Color Award is an annual grant of $1,500 for an emerging writer of color. An unpublished writer is preferred, although publication of one work of short fiction or academic work will not disqualify an applicant. This grant is intended to support the recipient in activities related to crime fiction writing and career development. She or he may choose from activities that include workshops, seminars, conferences, and retreats; online courses; and research activities required for completion of the work.

Requirements for application:
An unpublished work of crime fiction, written with an adult (rather than YA or children) audience in mind, which may be a short story or first chapter(s) of a manuscript in-progress, 2,500 to 5,000 words.
A resume or biographical statement.
A cover letter that gives some sense of the applicant as an emerging writer in the genre and briefly states how the grant money would be used. No prior writing or publishing experience is required, but the applicant should include any relevant studies or experience.
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Gem Street Dystopia Fiction Contest
Gem Street: Dystopia

Our newest International Short Story Competition is now open for submissions
Closing Date - Midnight 14th July, 2017

Submission Guidelines
We accept short stories containing a maximum of 3,500 words to be considered for our next 'Gem Street' anthology.
The theme is Dystopia - please see our latest post on the News page for an in-depth overview.

Open to all genres. All styles.
New and established writers are welcome.
We are especially interested in receiving submissions from the LGBT community and anyone who feels marginalised, ostracised and discriminated due to the present state of our world.

No autobiographical or memoir material. Fiction only.
Stories must be original,
written by the person entering,
previously unpublished (electronically or in print),
not be a prize or award-winner in another competition.
Submissions not adhering will be automatically disqualified.
Stories can be from anywhere in the world but must be written in English.

We award the Leonard A. Koval Memorial Prize as follows:
• The First, Second and Third place stories will be awarded €500, €200 and €100 respectively.
• Each finalist will receive one complimentary copy of 'Gem Street: Dystopia'.

Entry/Reading Fee is €7 per story.
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Saturday Evening Post Great American Fiction Contest
In its nearly two centuries of existence, The Saturday Evening Post has published short fiction by a who’s who of great American authors, including Ray Bradbury, William Faulkner, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Louis L’Amour, Sinclair Lewis, Jack London, Joyce Carol Oates, Edgar Allan Poe, Anne Tyler, and Kurt Vonnegut, among so many others.

Now you have the opportunity to join our illustrious lineup by entering The Saturday Evening Post’s Sixth Annual Great American Fiction Contest.

“This contest is a tribute to the Post’s legacy of featuring the most renowned American fiction writers,” says Steven Slon, editorial director and associate publisher for The Saturday Evening Post. “Our goal is to continue the tradition of finding and featuring compelling stories and the authors behind them.”

The winning story will be published in the January/February 2018 edition of The Saturday Evening Post, and the author will receive $500. Five runners-up will each receive $100 and will also have their stories featured online.

Submission Guidelines

Stories must be between 1,500 and 5,000 words in length.
All stories must be previously unpublished (excluding personal website and/or blog publication).
No extreme profanity or graphic sex scenes.
All stories must be submitted by their author in print or in Microsoft Word or PDF format with author’s name, address, telephone number, and email address on the first page.
Entries should be character- or plot-driven pieces in any genre of fiction.
Think local. The Post has historically played a role in defining what it means to be an American. Your story should in some way touch upon the publication’s mission: Celebrating America — past, present, and future.
All entries must be received electronically or be postmarked by July 1, 2017.
There is a $10 entry fee, which helps defray a portion of the cost of operating the contest.
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The Brighton Prize
The Brighton Prize exists to find inventive new writing

We were founded in 2014 by Rattle Tales, Brighton’s interactive short story evening.

Our roots mean we love stories that work on the stage as well as they do on the page.

If you can create a story that challenges us with new ideas while staying beautifully simple, there’s a good chance we’ll love it.

If you can write a story like that, keep reading. We’d love to have your entry.

The 2017 Brighton Prize

We’re open for entries until 30th June.

We have two categories. short stories between 1000 and 2000 words, and flash fiction under 350 words.

The prize is judged by publisher Candida Lacey (Myriad Editions) and authors Sally O’Reilly (Dark Aemillia) and Erinna Mettler (Starlings).

The short story prizes

Winning story: £1000

Two runners up: £100 each

The flash fiction prizes

Winning flash fiction: £100

Two flash fiction runners up: £50 each

The Sussex Prize

Awarded to the best entry (in either category) from a writer based in Sussex.

£100 book token.

Every winning and shortlisted story will be offered publication in the 2018 Brighton Prize anthology.
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Executive Assistant and Office Coordinator - Footscray Arts Centre

The Executive Assistant and Office Coordinator is a critical administrative role at FCAC, working to support our staff and providing high-level assistance to the Director and CEO. This is a role with a focus on maintaining excellent relationships, and requires a high degree of initiative and discretion, as well as solid communication and organisational skills. It’s an ideal role for someone seeking mentorship through a career in arts management through high-level arts leadership exposure.

The person we are looking for has:

a general knowledge in, and passion for the arts and arts management
diverse skills in order to support a thriving team culture
a keen eye for detail with ability to multi-task, maintain standards and engage in multiple conversations about a diverse range of business requirements on any given day
advanced skills in MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint & Outlook
skills in diary management systems, workflow management and scheduling
experience in managing conflicting priorities
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Blake Poetry Prize
From 2017 Liverpool City Library, in partnership with Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre, will deliver The Blake Poetry Prize as a biennial event. Liverpool City Library and Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre will maintain the guiding principles of The Blake Poetry Prize in continuing to engage contemporary poets, both national and international, in conversations concerning faith, spirituality, religion, hope, humanity, social justice, belief and non-belief. The Blake Poetry Prize is an aesthetic means of exploring the wider experience of spirituality with the visionary imagining of contemporary poets.

The Blake Prize takes its name from William Blake, a poet and artist of undoubted genius, who integrated religious and artistic content in his work. The Blake Poetry Prize challenges contemporary poets of disparate styles to explore the spiritual and religious in a new work of 100 lines or less.

The Blake Poetry Prize is strictly non-sectarian. The entries are not restricted to works related to any faith or any artistic style, but all poems entered must have a recognisable religious or spiritual integrity.
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Prime Minister's Literary Awards
Entries to the 2017 Prime Minister's Literary Awards are now open. The 2017 Prime Minister's Literary Awards mark 10 years of celebrating great Australian literature.

The 2017 Prime Minister's Literary Awards are open for entries to Australian authors, poets, illustrators and historians for books published between 1 January 2016 and 31 December 2016.

Journals, magazines, websites, documentaries and other screen formats can be entered in the Australian history category.

The winner of each category—fiction, non-fiction, Australian history, poetry, young adult fiction and children's fiction—is awarded $80,000 tax free. Shortlisted entries each awarded $5000 tax free.

Entries are sought each year for books of high literary merit, and in the case of the Prize for Australian History, scholarly accomplishment.

The book must be professionally edited and published. Digital books will be accepted only if they are also available in printed (bound) form.

You must be a citizen or permanent resident of Australia to enter the Awards. Non-book entries to the Australian history prize must be made by a registered Australian company.
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