Uneven Floor publishes a poem or two most weeks, and needs more well-written poems from published and unpublished poets. Previously published poems are welcome, as are poems in text, video, audio or image format.
Voices From the Intersection invites emerging Children's and YA authors or illustrators who are Indigenous, people of colour, LGBTIQA or living with a disability to a free Publisher Pitching Day in Melbourne on March 5. The organisers are especially keen to see emerging indigenous authors at the event. Representatives will be there from Allen & Unwin, Clan Destine, Berbay Publishing, Black Inc., HarperCollins, Hachette, Midnight Sun, Text, Bonnier, Penguin Random House, Hardie Grant, and Jacinta Dimase Management.
The Moorabool Festival of Stories is thrilled to announce the inaugural Peter Carey Short Story Award. Open to all Australian residents, the award is for short stories between 2000 - 3000 words. The winner receives $1000 and publication on the Moorabool Festival of Stories website. A runner-up wins $250 and website publication.
Are you an emerging Australian writer with a nonfiction work in progress? The Australian Capital Territory Writers Centre are thrilled to announce that they are now welcoming applications to their national professional development program, HARDCOPY.
The World Nomads Travel Writing Scholarship is giving 3 aspiring writers the opportunity to attend a travel writing workshop with professional travel writer and frequent contributor to the New York Times and Outdoor magazine, Tim Neville in Montenegro. After completing the workshop, they will then put their writing skills to the test on a 2-week all-expenses-paid trip across the Balkans where they will document their adventures. This is a global opportunity and requires applicants to submit their best travel story along with a short personal essay about why they should be chosen.
The Stratford Shakespeare festival is proud to once again announce the Sheila Malady Short Story competition is open for entries. This year's theme is Light/Dark. Stories up to 2000 words inspired by the worlds and words of Shakespeare.
The Fish Flash Fiction Contest is an opportunity to attempt one of the most interesting and rewarding tasks – to create, in a tiny fragment, a completely resolved and compelling story in 300 words or less. Ten flash stories from the contest will be published in the 2017 Fish Anthology. Top prize is €1000.
In 2017 the Open Prize offers $2000 cash plus a 10-hour ASA mentorship with the winner’s mentor of choice. A highly commended Open category story will also receive a year’s ASA membership. The winning stories in each category will also be published in the Literary Nillumbik Anthology of writing.
The Elyne Mitchell Rural Writing Award commemorates internationally renowned Silver Brumby author Elyne’s life and work, and hopes to encourage women all over Australasia to write their stories and send them in. Up to 2500 words referencing an Australasian rural experience. 2017 Theme: ‘Local Stories, People, Places and Events’. Fiction or Non-Fiction: Open Category – $15 per entry- 1 x $1000 prize money. Upper Murray Writers Category – $10 per entry – Open to residents of Towong, Tumbarumba and Indigo Shires – 1 x $500 prize money. Non fiction “bonus” $100 Dymocks Voucher.
Expressions of interest have opened for the 21st Queensland Poetry Festival. The festival is to be held at the Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts from 24-27 August, but EOIs close 6 March.
The Foundation for Australian Literary Studies presents this annual award to the best original book, published in Australia, dealing with any aspect of Australian life. Submissions must be published during 2016 and can be in any field or genre of writing, verse or prose. The $20,000 award is named to honour Foundation father, the late Professor Colin Roderick and is presented alongside the silver H.T. Priestley Memorial Medal.
On Song gives school-aged singer-songwriters in regional Queensland the chance to hone their talent. They could win a mentorship and home town concert with award-winning musician Jack Carty, a RØDE microphone, and the chance to perform in a Brisbane gig at QPAC.
Nominations are now open for the Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year Awards for 2017. Australian publishers of children’s books are encouraged to nominate for these awards, now in their 14th year. Nomination forms are available by downloading them directly from the Association’s website.
Applications are now open nationwide for State Library of Queensland’s (SLQ) annual research fellowships and residency, worth up to $20,000 each. Applicants are encouraged to explore the state’s documentary heritage, with seven opportunities totalling $110,000 as part of the Queensland Memory Awards.
The Central Coast Poets are open now for submissions to the Henry Kendall Poetry Competition 2017. Top prize is $1000. 50 short-listed poems will be included in the 2017 Central Coast Poets’ anthology published (after the prize winners have been notified) in both hard-copy and electronic form. Entry forms, T&C’s and FAQ’s can be found on their website.
The city of Graz, Austria, awards the 'Writer of the City of Graz' scholarship each year. It includes the provision of an apartment in the Cerrini-Schloessi on the Schlossberg, from September of the year of awarding until August 31st of the following year, and a monthly allowance of 1100 Euro. The intention is to promote writers who show innovative ability and examination of current subject matters, quality in aesthetic and linguistic terms, authenticity and artistic independence. The residence in Graz should contribute to cultural exchange and interaction with the local literature scene. Available to writers anywhere, but applicants must provide two different publications in German and show minimum basic ability to speak German.
Lower View is looking for fiction from the other side, stories with emphasis on the other, the outsiders. Write something to care about, something not seen before, with reason, and Lower View will make something great happen here. The journal aims to stand as a platform for young Brisbane writers, with the hopes of fostering a wave of new literary voices via a city brimming with talent. For Lower View's inaugural month (March) they're looking for fiction under 5000 words. No word limit. No theme. Just great writing.
Are you an emerging writer, or an established scribbler who produces work and then hides it away in a folder or cupboard? Not any more because here is an opportunity for you to share your writing and compete for prizes. Organised by the Yeovil Community Arts Association, here is an opportunity to enter four very different categories of writing. Aspiring writers throughout the world are invited to enter this prestigious writing competition. All genres are welcome.
The 2017 Byron Bay International Film Festival is expanding with the addition of a screenplay contest with a $2500 U.S. first prize and Final Draft screenwriting software for the top three placegetters. The Byron Bay International Film Festival Screenplay Contest is open to all writers, but there are a set of conditions to adhere to. Screenplays must be formatted correctly, be in English, and be between 80 and 120 pages in length, which is the standard length for most feature films. They must be submitted as a pdf document, and the title page must contain no authorship or contact information, only the work's title. Entries are open until late June with the winners announced at BBFF2017, which runs from October 6 - 15 at multiple venues in Byron Bay and across the Northern Rivers. The festival is truly one of the more interesting and quirky festivals on the circuit and attracts filmmaking talent from all around the world.
The Henry Kendall Poetry Award will be open for entries from 20 January 2017. First prize $1000, second prize $500, third prize $250. All shortlisted authors will receive a copy of Central Coast Poets Inc.'s 2017 anthology including their shortlisted poem.
The National Biography Award is Australia’s richest prize for biographical writing and memoir, with $1,000 awarded for each shortlisted author and $25,000 to the award winner. It is administered and presented by the State Library of NSW on behalf of the Award’s benefactor Mr Michael Crouch AO. Works nominated for the 2017 Award must have been first published between 1 October 2015 and 30 September 2016 and commercially available within this period.
The EJ Brady Short Story Competition is now open for entries for the Mallacoota Prize for stories up to 2,500 words, the Gabo Prize for stories up to 700 words and the Betka Prize for humorous stories up to 1,000 words. Prizes vary across categories.
The website for the 8th IPEd National Editors Conference is live at iped-conf2017.org.au and so is the call for papers! Editors who would like to deliver a presentation or workshop or be on a panel, can fill in the Expression of Interest at iped-conf2017.org.au/call-for-papers/. Applications close on Monday 16 January 2017. Registrations to attend the conference will open in February.
The 2017 Bristol Short Story Prize is open for entries. The competition is open to all writers around the world whether published or unpublished, UK or non-UK based. Stories can be up to 4,000 words and of any style (including graphic and verse), genre or theme.
The Foundation for Australian Literary Studies presents the Colin Roderick Award annually to the best original book, published in Australia, dealing with any aspect of Australian life. Submissions must be published during 2016 and can be in any field or genre of writing, verse or prose.
Like A Photon Creative are inviting submissions for an interactive storytelling platform with national and international audience. Pixapops is an immersive digital world featuring picture books and animated stories for readers up to 6 years of age. Submissions must be the author's or illustrator's own work. Previously published and co-authored works are eligible, and submissions from publishers will also be considered. For more information, including how to submit your work, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. For a taste of the project, visit pixapops.com.
The Big Issue is looking for high-quality stories. Stories should be tackling important issues, but with a personal, unique perspective. 850-1500 words, payment from $200. Submit or pitch at email@example.com.
Wombat Books invites school-aged children interested in art and illustration to submit their artwork to the 2017 Illustration Challenge. Selected illustrations will be published in Yay! It's Library Day written by Aleesah Darlison. One illustrator will be selected to design the front cover of the book.
The following guidelines for literary competitions are recommended by the ASA: where a prize is more than $1,000, a $5 entry fee is acceptable. Entry fees of more than 1 per cent of the first prize on offer are unacceptable. Information given should include the name, phone number and street address of the organiser – be cautious where only a post office box is given. The names of the judges should be published on the competition’s form and results should be publicly announced. Authors should receive publication fees (minimum ASA rates in appropriate category) where their entry has been published.
Unfortunately many competitions in WQ, for one reason or another, do not meet these guidelines. Members need to secure full information and satisfy themselves that they are happy to enter a particular competition.
For ASA guidelines for literary competitions send an ssae PO Box 1566, Strawberry Hills NSW 2012 or phone 02 9318 0877.
Not all information is listed for every competition or opportunity. QWC advises writers to obtain guidelines and entry forms before entering or submitting work.
A selection of regular submission programs run by major publishers: