A regularly updated list of publishing opportunities and competitions for writers.
Peril Magazine Edition 34: Skin in the Game (30.7.18)
Art works, prose, poetry, non-fiction, essays, blog posts.
1,000 words max.
Must be in relation to issues of Asian Australian interest and connected to the theme.
Contributors encouraged to pitch first.
Chapter One Award (30.7.18)
$500 prize, written appraisal of your work, and a letter of recommendation from UWAP
Eligibility: entries of 5,000 words, a synopsis of your piece, and a current membership to AAWP
QWC/ Hachette Australia Manuscript Development Program
Ten writers will be selected for a four day retreate with Hachette publishers, editors, and authors to provide feedback on their manuscripts
Entry fee: $55 or $50 for members of the Queensland Writers Centre (other state centres are also applicable).
The 2018 Trudy Graham-Julie Lewis Literary Award for Prose (10.8.18)
2000 words max
$200 first prize, $100 second prize, and $50 third prize
Entry fee $15
Warner Bros. Pictures & Veerhuis Pictures Australian Script Writing Opportunity (13.8.18)
Screenwriters are invited to host their script on blcklst.com for one week for evaluation
Blind Script Deal with Warner Bros. Pictures
The 2018 Fair Australia Prize (13.8.18)
3000 word max for fiction and non-fiction, also accepting poetry and comics
3 x $3000 prizes will be awarded
Theme: New collectives, old struggles
Winning entries will be published in Overland 233
2018 NWF Joanna Burns Microlit Awards (31.8.18)
$300 prize and publication in Spineless Wonders’ anthology, Shuffle
200-word micro fiction responding to the theme: sound
Feminartsy 2018 Memoir Prize (31.8.18)
1500 words max
$600 first prize + publication on Feminartsy
Eligibility: female identifying, non-binary, and intersex people
OutStanding LGBTQIA+ Short Story Competition 2018 (1.9.18)
750 words with a relevance to the LGBTQIA+ community
Accepting submissions from Australian and New Zealand people
$1000 first prize, $300 second prize, and $200 third prize.
Voiceworks Issue 113: Flare (2.9.18)
Accepting writers under the age of 25
Looking for fiction, non-fiction, poetry, art and comics
3000 words max
Paid: $100 -$150
Growing up Queer in Australia (3.9.18)
Between 1000 and 4000 words about growing up LGBTQIA+ in Australia
Payment TBA + Publication
The Deborah Cass Prize 2018 (4.9.18- 2.10.18)
3000 word sample of a greater work/ work in progress that reflects upon the migrant experience
$3,000 prize + three month mentorship with an established writer. On competition of the manuscript it will be presented to Black Inc. Publishing.
Pure Slush Volume Four: Slush (20.9.18)
1000 words maximum and accepting fiction, non-fiction, essays and poetry that includes the theme in some way.
Unpaid- writers must also purchase a copy of the anthology as this is a POD publication.
Margaret River Short Story Competition 2019 (28.9.18)
3000 words maximum
$15 entry fee
$500 first prize and $500 towards airfare and accommodation to attend the Margaret River Readers and Writers Festival 2019
$250 second prize
Rabbit Poetry Journal: Issue 26 Belonging (1.10.18)
Submit up to three poems along with a cover letter via Submittable
Paid- rates unspecified
The Horne Prize (16.11.18)
3000 word essays of non-fiction addressing in some way the theme “Australian Life”
The Fantastica Prize (31.1.19)
30,000 words of science fiction
$2000 + Publishing deal (print and digital through Fantastica)
Open to residents of Australia and New Zealand
Stylus Lit Poetry Submissions (unspecified)
Submit up to three poems at a time
Only previously unpublished work will be considered
If you don’t see your publication/opportunity listed here, feel free to get in touch at email@example.com and have it added to our list.