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Alien She Zine
is a digital magazine that publishes art, flash fiction, memoir, poetry and review. Alien She Zine fosters collaboration and publishes work to a wide international and national audience. They are now accepting submissions from artists of all mediums. Publication is unpaid. Submissions and pitches can be sent to alienshezinesubmissions@gmail.com. Deadline: 1 July.

The Grace Marion Wilson Glenfern Fellowships will afford three Victorian writers the space to think and write over a three month period. Writers will also be given the opportunity to be involved in a vibrant community of writers in the historic surroundings of the Glenfern mansion in St Kilda East. Applications will include an outline of the project you intend to work on while at Glenfern Writers’ Studios, as well as support material that may include an extract from the project, examples of your writing, or details of previous publications. Deadline: 4 July.

Named in honour of a distinguished Queensland poet, the Arts Queensland Val Vallis Award for an Unpublished Poem is committed to encouraging poets throughout Australia. Now in its 17th year, this prestigious prize for an unpublished poem (or suite of poems) of 80 lines or less comes with a total value of $2,000 including support from Queensland Writers Centre and winning entries to be published online in Cordite, both of whom are great supporters of this prize. Deadline: 10 July.

The Ledbury Poetry Competition is now open. All poems must be the original work of the entrant and should not have been previously published, accepted for publication by a magazine, nor entered in other competitions. Poetry may be up to 40 lines. First prize is £1,000 and a course at Tŷ Newydd, The National Writers’ Centre for Wales. Entry fee is £5 for the first poem, and £3.50 for each subsequent poem. Deadline: 13 July.

Asia Art Archive in India and the Inlaks India Foundation announce an open call for AAA–Inlaks Art Grant 2017–2018, dedicated to supporting innovative approaches to practicing art today. The grant encourages Indian artists to propose and test new forms of art-making that incorporate research, collaboration, workshops, and formal experiments to examine the technologies and ecosystems of information that shape our times. Grants of up to Rs. 200,000 will be awarded. Deadline: 15 July.

The annual Rattle Poetry Prize offers $10,000 for a single poem to be published in the winter issue of the magazine. Ten finalists will also receive $200 each and publication, and be eligible for the $2,000 Readers’ Choice Award, to be selected by subscriber and entrant vote. Deadline: 15 July.

The Writer & Scientist Grant is awarded by the NSW Writers’ Centre to foster connections between writing and the STEM sector (science, technology, engineering and mathematics). The grant supports a NSW-based writer and scientist or technologist wishing to work together on a joint writing-related project that helps to foster a vibrant, diverse and innovative writing culture in NSW. The writer and scientist must apply jointly for the grant of AUD$2000 ($1000 each). Scientists may work in any field of science or technology, including medicine, mathematics, science, engineering or IT. Writers may work in any genre and be at any stage of their writing career. Deadline: 30 July.

Visible Ink are now open for submissions for their 29th issue, 'The End'. Now, that may sound a little bleak, but justifiable, given our current circumstances—it really seems lately like we are slouching towards the apocalypse. However, not many know, but the word apocalypse originally meant “truthful revelation". Or, maybe you can find inspiration in the words of Kurt Vonnegut: "Nothing in real life ever ends". We are encouraging applicants to broadly interpret this concept of “The End”, considering how it applies to varying aspects of the human experience. Deadline: 31 July.

The Master's Review Short Story Award For New Writers is now open. The winning story will be awarded US$3000 and publication online. Second and third place stories will be awarded publication and US$200 and US$100 respectively. All winners and honorable mentions will receive agency review by: Nat Sobel from Sobel Weber, Victoria Cappello from The Bent Agency, Andrea Morrison from Writers House, and Mark Gottlieb from Trident Media. Stories may be up to 7000 words. A US$20 entry fee applies. Deadline: 31 July.

Indiana Review’s Half-K Prize offers a first prize of US$1000 and publication. Writers can submit up to three pieces of writing up to 500 words each and there are no genre or form restrictions. Entry fee is US$20, which includes subscription to Indiana Review. Deadline: 1 August.

The Resurgence Poetry Prize is now open to international poets. Three awards will be made for original and previously unpublished ‘ecopoems’ in English. Ecopoetry focuses on humanity’s relationship with the natural world; it implies responsibility, engagement and ecological integrity. Poems do not need to address a specific theme, but should in some way – thematically, structurally, linguistically or formally – investigate the relationship between human culture and the natural world. First prize is £5,000, second prize is £2,000 and third prize is £1,000. Deadline: 17 August.

Am Undone seeks submissions for residencies (1-10 days) at a studio in East London. Artists are invited to take part in practical and theoretical conversations with Margaret, to explore the factors of art practice that situate aesthetic identity. These might include: the collaboration process, relationship to materials, social identities (class, gender, sexuality), narrative structures, transhumanism, presence and physicality. Any methods considered, and the potential outcomes will be discussed as a part of each project. Proposals (max. 500 words and 5 images) including preferred dates to rich@amised.co.uk. Deadline: 25 August.

The Oxford Brookes International Poetry Competition is now seeking previously unpublished poems on any theme. Entrants may enter up to a maximum of ten poems. Poems must be written primarily in English, though a few words or phrases in another language or languages can be included. Entries can be on any subject. The winner of the Open category will receive a prize of £1,000. The runner-up (second-placed poem) will receive a prize of £200. A £5 entry fee applies. Deadline: 28 August.

The Lord Mayor's Creative Writing Awards are now open for entries. You may submit one entry into each of the following award categories: Short Story, The Dorothy Parker Award for Poets, Novella, Graphic Short Story, Narrative Nonfiction and Life Writing Awards. Winning entries will receive a $2000 category prize. The overall winner of the Lord Mayor’s Creative Writing Award will win an additional $10,000. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are encouraged to apply for all categories. Deadline: 31 August.

The Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award is the richest prize for a single short story in the English language, worth £30,000 to the winner. The award is open to any novelist or short story writer from around the world who is published in the UK. Stories may be up to 3000 words on any theme. Deadline: 28 September.

Comma Press and the University of Central Lancashire are proud to announce the first annual Dinesh Allirajah Prize for Short Fiction. The theme for this inaugural year will be ‘Café Stories’, in honour of Dinesh’s Café Shorts series which he posted on his blog. He believed cafes to be “fertile ground for the short story.” In his own words, he said “The reason a café setting works is because we understand what goes on there, without the gauze of a local or historical context.” We would like to see how writers handle this narrative space. The winning writer will receive £500 and all 10 shortlisted authors will be featured in an ebook anthology which will be published by Comma Press and sold online. Deadline: 31 October.

The Commonwealth Short Story Prize aims to bring stories from new and emerging voices, often from countries with little or no publishing infrastructure, to the attention of an international audience. Open to citizens of the 53 Commonwealth countries, the prize covers the five Commonwealth regions: Africa, Asia, Canada and Europe, Caribbean and Pacific. Regional winners receive £2,500 and the overall winner receives £5,000. Translated entries are also eligible, as are stories written in the original Bengali, Kiswahili, Malay, Mandarin, Portuguese, Samoan and Tamil. Entry is free. Deadline: 1 November.

The 12th International Aeon Short Fiction Award is organised by Albedo One Ireland’s Magazine of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror. Submissions of speculative fiction, fantasy, science fiction, horror and anything inbetween are welcome. Entries must be in English and be no more than 10,000 words. The grand prize is €1,000 and publication in Albedo One. Entry fee is €8.50. Deadline: 30 November.

At Seizure, short-form work is living large. Flashers is the online home of Australian flash fiction. Each week we publish work between 50 and 500 words that could be written in an hour and read in a minute. We are looking for short, sharp snippets of prose. But flash fiction is so much more than a quick-fix for the time-hungry wordaholic. Flash fiction attracts writers and readers for its peculiar challenges – and authors have to make every word count. Accepted pieces will have an accompanying illustration by a volunteer artist that matches and complements the writing. Thanks to the Australia Council, we are able to pay our Flasher contributors AUD$50 for each published piece. Deadline: 31 December.

Djed Press are currently seeking previously unpublished short fiction, narrative non-fiction, opinion/commentary pieces, poetry and visual art created by people of colour. There are no restrictions on theme or style. If you submit a recording, please submit a transcript. Please see website for payment details. Deadline: 31 December.

The Creative Nonfiction Foundation is pleased to announce that, with support from the National Endowment for the Arts, we’ve started a new monthly magazine. Each issue of True Story will features one exceptional work of creative nonfiction, and is distributed in print and digitally (though not available online). Submissions should be between 5,000 and 10,000 words long, on any subject, in any style.* Surprise us! The only rules are that all work submitted must be nonfiction and original to the author, and we will not consider previously published work. We’ll pay $300 on publication and give you 10 free copies of the issue. Deadline: 31 December.