This year the Critical Animals festival will be presented as part of the TiNA festival in Newcastle, NSW from Thursday 28 September to Sunday 1 October. Critical Animals is looking for thinkers, dreamers and change-makers who envisage and strategise to shape the world they want to be part of. They are calling for event and panel proposals for the Critical Animals Creative Research Symposium (theme: criticism in action).
Start polishing your manuscript or prompt the writer in your life to finally finish that draft, and submit it before 5pm, Wednesday 31 May. In 2017 there are a number of awards for Queensland writers, supporting manuscript publication as well as professional development. Emerging Queensland Writer — Unpublished Manuscript Award Open to unpublished Queensland writers, the winner of this award receives $10,000 and a publishing contract with UQP. Queensland Premier’s Young Publishers and Writers Awards In 2017, two awards worth $12,500 each are on offer for authors 30 years and under. Queensland Writers Fellowships Three fellowships are available to Queensland-based writers, valued at $15,000 each. Unpublished Indigenous Writer — David Unaipon Award This prestigious award is open to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander authors nationwide, for manuscripts in all genres including fiction, poetry, children’s books, memoir and non-fiction. Prize of $10 000, editorial development, and a publishing contract with UQP.
Call for poetry submissions up to 300 words. Top ten poems to be included in the 2017 Fish Anthology. Winner awarded €1,000.
The Council for Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (CHASS) is calling for nominations for its 2017 Australia Prize for a Book. Nominate someone you know, or even yourself, to be in the running to win the $3500 cash prize sponsored by Routledge. The Prize will be awarded to the author whose book, in the opinion of the judges, contributes most to cultural and intellectual life in Australia. Nominees in this category must have published a non-fiction book/e-book in any Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (HASS) area between 1 January and 31 December 2016.
Australian Theatre for Young People (ATYP) is very proud to announce the call for applications for the ATYP Foundation Commissions. These two commissions, one for 10-13 year old performers and one for 14-17 year old performers, are awarded each year to playwrights of any age. ATYP is looking for two ideas that embrace the age of the performers and give young actors something substantial to sink their teeth into. Together, these commissions provide an unparalleled opportunity, developing a canon of sophisticated works for young actors that are performed in theatres and schools around the country for many years to come. The finer details of the commissions are: -The 10-13 year old commission offers a successful playwright or writing team $10,000 to develop a 45 – 55 minute script suitable to be performed by actors aged between 10 and 13 in ATYP's 2018 season. -The 14-17 year old commission offers a successful playwright or writing team $14,000 to develop a 70-90 minute script suitable to be performed by actors aged between 14 and 17 in ATYP's 2019 season.
The Oxford University Creative Writing Summer School is open to both Creative Writing and English Literature students with one or more years of study completed. It provides a unique opportunity for experienced creative writers wishing to enhance their skills. All applicants should have written regularly and read widely. Students spend three weeks living and working in beautiful Exeter College, one of Oxford's oldest colleges, and there is an exciting programme of extra-curricular events and activities. Previous students have gone on to study for Masters courses in creative writing both in Oxford and elsewhere, and have enjoyed publication success in the fields of poetry, memoir, novels and even crime fiction.
UK literary agency Madeleine Milburn is looking for a great unpublished Australian writer who can amaze with an incredible voice, writing, and premise. The prize is open to adult fiction in all genres, to any unpublished Australian writers without representation. The top three entries will be shortlisted, with the winner receiving an offer of representation from the agency. All three shortlisted entries will receive a comprehensive editorial report. Entries must include a pitch letter including author bio and contact details, a one-page synopsis, and full manuscript. Email entries and queries to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Applications are now open for The Marten Bequest scholarships offering talented young artists the chance to explore, study and develop their artistic gifts through travelling either overseas or interstate. This year the scholarships administered by the Australia Council on behalf of Perpetual, is worth a total of $600,000 and will support 12 emerging artists across six categories. The six categories open for applicants include Music (Instrumental Music and Singing), Dance (Ballet), Visual Arts (Sculpture and Painting), Theatre (Acting), Literature (Poetry and Prose) and Architecture.
Arteles Creative Center in Hämeenkyrö, Finland, welcomes 11-14 artists for a 1-2 month writing residency. The Arteles residency programs bring together creative minds and professionals from all over the world, from all fields of creativity. Open to international artists across a broad spectrum of practice.
This residency is designed to support an emerging First Nations writer to focus on and develop a work in progress, be it fiction, poetry or non fiction. You do not need to have a publication history to apply. The residency will take place from May 1-5 at the National Library of Australia. Successful applicants will recieve a $100 honorarium; a mentor onsite at the National Library of Australia; an introduction to the Library, including a VIP tour of the Treasures Gallery; assistance with using Trove and accessing collections; a National Library gift pack; editorial support and assistance with pitching to publications from Noted Writers Festival staff and artists; and an opportunity to share some of your work, either by performing/storytelling for audiences at the festival or by submitting a short piece to be published on the Noted Writers Festival website. You will then be asked to provide a blog post of up to 800 words about your experience at the Library by the 31st of May, which will be published on the National Library of Australia’s website.
Applications for the National Library of Australia Fellowships are now open. These Fellowships are the Library’s most prestigious awards and provide researchers access and time to explore the Library’s rich and varied collections in a scholarly and supportive environment. There are now eight funded Fellowships and additional Honorary Fellowships, awarded on merit, including one specifically for Research in Australian Literature. Benefits include an honorarium of $1,000 per week for 12 weeks, travel and privileged access to the Library's collections, staff and resources, and uninterrupted time for research.
The Award of $3,000, split into junior and senior categories, is offered by Psychologists for Peace, for books for children published between 1 July 2015 and 30 June 2017 with a theme or main character(s) encouraging the peaceful resolution of conflict and/or promoting peace at the global, local or interpersonal level. Issues dealt with in previous winning entries include bullying, racism, sexism, domestic violence and abuse. The aim is to provide examples for young people of how to deal constructively with conflict.
Categories include short story (max 3000 words, first prize $200); poetry (max 80 lines, first prize $150); memoir (max 1500 words, first prize $150); Pauline Walsh Award for short story (max 800 words, first prize $100). All entries must be accompanied by a separate signed entry form.
Returning for the 13th year, the annual fiction edition of The Big Issue is one of the biggest-selling fiction magazines in Australia, and is a highlight of the publishing calendar. As before, this exciting bumper edition will feature work from some of Australia's most loved writers, as well as a collection of open submissions that are judged "blind". All writers are encourage to submit – of whatever age, whether established, emerging, or just keen to have a crack. We are looking for stories covering all genres – comedy, love stories, scifi, heartwarmers, crime stories and everything in between. Don't be afraid to try something a bit different. Entry is FREE, and every author published is paid $500. Stories between 300 and 3000 words.
ABC and Screen Australia have partnered on an exciting new funding program to invite the next generation of Australian female content makers to help them find out. The ‘Girls’ season will broadcast in October 2017 around International Day of the Girl, and aims to fund up to five individuals or teams to make a stand alone TV episode that reflects and captures life of Australian girls. The episode can be in any form of choice - sketch comedy, martial arts genre, factual, scripted comedy or drama and must be appropriate content for 8-12-year-old audiences. Winning entrants will be given up to $80,000 each to create an episode of approximately 20 minutes’ duration that appeals to ABC ME audiences (8-12 years). The filmmakers will be mentored by experienced female producers and receive editorial guidance from ABC Commissioning Editors.
The Odyssey Writers Workshop is a 6-week residential workshop for writers of fantasy, science-fiction and horror. The workshop focusses on assisting talented emerging genre writers improve their skills through in-depth instruction and feedback from established writers, including Jeanne Cavelos, Alex Jablokov, JA White, Michael J Sullivan, Gemma Files, and EC Ambrose. Other guest lecturers include fantasy/sci-fi literary agent Mark Gottlieb. Held on campus at St Anselm College in Manchester, New Hampshire, and open to writers of all nationalities. Applications close 7 April.
This competition has an open theme and entrants may submit stories up to a maximum of 600 words. Entries must be unpublished and not have received any previous awards or recognition in any other competition within or outside Australia. The open category main prize is $200, with $100 for second and $50 for third. Novice and youth prizes are also awarded, with the prize of $50 each.
Poetry d'Amour is looking for submissions of original and unpublished love poems. First prize $500 and the opportunity to perform the winning entry at Poetry d'Amour.
A total of $75,000 in prize money will be presented to the winners in the following categories: Australian History Prize ($15,000); General History Prize ($15,000); New South Wales Community and Regional History Prize ($15,000); Young People’s History Prize ($15,000); Multimedia History Prize ($15,000). All works nominated must be first published, screened, broadcast or made publicly available between 1 April 2016 and 31 March 2017. Open to all Australian citizens with an eligible work.
Now in its fifth year, the 2017 Rachel Funari Prize for Fiction is accepting entries of creative, insightful fiction up to 2000 words that engage with the theme 'rebirth'. As a feminist magazine, Lip aims to nurture women’s writing and provide a platform for feminist voices and stories. As such, the competition is open to all women, female-identifying and non-binary writers. All entries must be original, previously unpublished and unperformed. The winner of the 2017 Rachel Funari Prize for Fiction will take home a $1500 cash prize and will be officially announced as part of the Emerging Writers’ Festival in Melbourne.
Presented by the Emerging Writers’ Festival, The Monash University Undergraduate Prize for Creative Writing will award $4000 to an undergraduate or honours student for the best short story, poetry, non-fiction narrative or narrative verse. $1000 will be awarded to the highest placed Monash University student. It is the mission of the prize, now in its sixth year, to discover the work of new writers in Australia and New Zealand’s literary and educational communities. Entries must be between 1500-3000 words.
The Shoalhaven Branch of the Fellowship of Australian Writers is excited to announce an increase in prize money for its prestigious Shoalhaven Literary Award, launched on 20 February 2017. With the ongoing and valued support of the Shoalhaven Arts Board and Bundanon Trust, this year the writer of the winning story will receive $1500, together with a two-week artist residency at Bundanon, Arthur & Yvonne Boyd’s Gift to Australia, on the Shoalhaven River near Nowra, NSW. Second prize is $250, third $150 and the Geoff Bolton Award for an entry from a Shoalhaven resident will receive $200.
Central West Libraries announce the call for entries in the 2017 Banjo Paterson Writing Awards. Sections include Short Story, Poetry, Bush Poetry and Children’s Writing Awards. Prizes includes $1,000 for the short story winner, $1,000 for the Poetry winner, $500 for the Bush Poetry winner and $200 for the Children’s Award winner.
Stringybark Stories invites writers to submit a short story up to 1500 words that addresses one (or more) of Pope Gregory I's deadly sins: wrath, gluttony, lust, greed, pride, jealousy and sloth. The prize value for this competition is over $1000 in cash and books. International entries welcome.
The Mozzie independent poetry magazine is celebrating its 25th year of publication. To celebrate, The Mozzie is awarding three prizes of $100 each. No entry forms required, and all poems received by post during 2017 are eligible. Send contributions to The Mozzie, 28 Baynes St, Highgate Hill, Queensland 4101.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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 email@example.com. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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: