The Dorothy Hewett Award is open to all writers who have completed a manuscript and are seeking publication. The work must be fiction, narrative nonfiction or poetry, inclusive of hybrid genres such as verse novels or memoir. The winner will receive a cash prize of AUD$10,000, courtesy of Copyright Agency, and will be offered a publishing contract by UWA Publishing. Deadline: 1 August.
Seat 14 is a digital anthology that blends original science fiction stories with a writing competition set 20 years in the future. ANA is asking the public to submit stories of u to 4000 words imagining the year 2037 when an ANA flight from Tokyo to San Francisco mysteriously lands in the future. The winner of the competition will win a grand prize package worth US$10,000 including roundtrip airfare to Tokyo for two. Deadline: 4 August.
PYR is a science fiction and fantasy publisher. They are now an imprint of Prometheus Publishing. They are also now accepting speculative young adult fiction They have published a number of well known genre books and have good distribution. In fact it is worldwide, and their Canadian distributor is Penguin. Deadline: 5 August.
The John Hinde Award for Excellence in Science-Fiction Writing was established to encourage, reward and foster creativity in the development and showcasing of science-fiction writing for feature film, television, web-series and interactive media. Funded by a bequest from the late Australian film critic John Hinde, the award offers $10,000 for the best produced script and professional support for the best unproduced script submitted each year. Deadline: 6 August.
The Western Sydney Arts Fellowship is offered by the State Government to enable an artist or arts/cultural worker from Western Sydney to undertake a self-directed program of professional development. The Fellowship is open to professional artists, creative partnerships or groups, and arts/cultural workers at any stage in their career from all art forms, including dance, design, digital arts, history, Aboriginal arts and culture, literature, music, theatre, screen, community arts, curatorial and the visual arts. Deadline: 7 August.
The Fenland Reed is an East Anglian literary journal that publishes poetry and short stories. They produce an attractive print journal, and they make a selection of the work appearing in the journal available online as well. They read submissions separately from any identifying information about the author or their publication history, so authors published in the Fenland Reed are selected for the merit of their writing alone. Writers of the world are welcome. Deadline: 11 August.
Radix Media presents AFTERMATH: Explorations of Loss & Grief, an anthology that will examine what it means to face the consequences after tragedy strikes. The theme is left intentionally open, giving contributors the freedom to tell their story as it is most relevant to their experiences. Fiction and nonfiction pays six cents/word. Deadline: 15 August.
The Olga Masters Short Story Award is a competition celebrating the life and writings of Olga Masters (1919-1986), Australian journalist and author. Olga was born on the Far South Coast of NSW, and lived there, in Pambula then Cobargo, until the age of 18. Much of her fiction is coloured by her experiences in this region. Stories must be about any aspect of Australian rural family life, 2000-5000 words. First prize is AUD$1500. There is a AUD$500 prize for the runner-up. Deadline: 18 August.
Bitch Media is currently accepting applications from around the world for their 2017 writing fellowships. Selected writing fellows will spend 3 months working with Bitch Media to produce articles in one of four subject areas: Sexual politics, Pop-culture criticism, Technology and Global feminism. Fellows will write at least 6 articles, one long-form article, and participate in biweekly discussions with the staff of Bitch Media. They will also get mentorship and support in creating their articles. The fellowship pays US$2,000. Deadline: 31 August.
The Newcastle Writers Festival and publisher Spineless Wonders are excited to announce the launch of the 2017 Joanne Burns Microlit Award. Melbourne writer and academic Cassandra Atherton will judge the competition entries, which are invited from writers across Australia as well as from Australians living overseas. The theme of this year’s competition is ‘time’ and the maximum length of entries is 200 words. First prize is AUD$300. Deadline: 31 August.
The Sentinel Literary Quarterly Poetry Competition is for original, previously unpublished poems in English language, on any subject, in any style, up to 50 lines long. All winning and commended poems will receive first publication in Sentinel Literary Quarterly Magazine (online and in print) – published by SPM Publications. Prizes: £200 (First), £100 (Second), £50 (Third), £20 x 3 (Highly Commended), £10 x 3 (Commended). Judge: Oz Hardwick. Deadline: 31 August.
Brush Talks is a journal of creative nonfiction, photography, and occasional poetry related to China. We are currently seeking submissions for our next issue, to be published in the fall of 2017. This can take many forms: general essays, travel essays, profiles, memoir, and narrative nonfiction. We seek submissions about places, people, history, culture, the arts, science and technology—anything related to China that is well written, creative, and true (we do not publish fiction). No submission fee. Deadline: 31 August.
Rose Metal Press are currently seeking flash and micro-fiction; prose poetry, novels-in-verse or book-length linked narrative poems; flash nonfiction or book-length memoirs in shorts; image and text collaborations and other types of collaboration; and other literary works that move beyond traditional genres to find new forms of expression. All works will be considered for publication. Deadline: 31 August.
The Wollongong Writers Festival Short Story Prize will be awarded for a story up to 2500 words on the theme ‘World-Changing Words’. The theme can be interpreted as broadly and playfully as you like. Feel free to experiment with form and content, but please keep submissions within the word count. Entry fee is AUD$15. The winner of the Wollongong Writers Festival Short Story Prize will receive AUD$1000, and the winning entry will be published in Mascara Literary Review. Deadline: 15 September.
Zoetrope: All Story accept unsolicited submissions of short stories and one-act plays no longer than 7,000 words.
Zoetrope: All-Story is a quarterly literary publication founded by Francis Ford Coppola in 1997 to explore the intersection of story and art, fiction and film. Pays up to US$1,000 per submission. Deadline: 30 September.
The Talking Writing Prize is an annual contest that celebrates the diversity online of original, personally driven writing. This year's Talking Writing Prize for Personal Essay will spotlight our annual holiday theme. Writers are invited to address mortality, belief, culture of origin, atheism, or any other issues connected to making meaning in a complicated world. Length: Up to 2,000 words. Prize: US$500 and publication in Talking Writing. Deadline: 16 October.
The Penguin Random House Australia endeavours to find, nurture and develop new Australian authors writing in the areas of literary fiction and non-fiction, and celebrates the recent formation of the Penguin Random House Literary Division. The winner will be awarded AUD$20,000. Deadline: 20 October.
Lee and Low Books is an independent children’s and young adult book publisher that focuses on multicultural themes. Their goal is to meet the need for books that address children and teens of color by providing culturally authentic titles that all readers can enjoy. The are currently accepting submissions from both agented and unagented writers and artists. Deadline: 31 October.
The Moth Poetry Prize is for a single unpublished poem. You can write on any subject and there is no line limit. Entries must be in English, typed, with each entry on a new sheet. You can enter as as many poems as you like (at a cost of 12€ per poem). Entries must be entirely the work of the entrant and must never have been published, self-published, published online or broadcast. This year’s judge is Daljit Nagra. Deadline: 31 December.
On the first Monday of every month only, between 10am and 4pm Australian Eastern Standard Time, Pan Macmillan accepts electronic submissions. Manuscripts may be commercial fiction, literary nonfiction and fiction, children's and young adult books, and commercial nonfiction. Academic works will not be accepted. Deadline: 31 December.
The Plough Prize is now open. Short poems can be up to 10 lines, and open poems up to 40 lines. First prize is £1000, second prize is £500 and third prize is £250. A £5 entry fee applies. Deadline: 31 January 2018.