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A Journal of the Plague Year: An Archive of COVID-19
“The Melbourne History Workshop in the School of Historical and Philosophical Studies has launched the Melbourne node of ‘A Journal of the Plague Year: An Archive of COVID-19’ in collaboration with colleagues at Arizona State University, who initiated the project on 13th March.
You are encouraged to document how COVID-19 has affected your life. Share your story in text, images, video, tweets, SMS texts, Facebook posts, Instagram or Snapchat memes, and screenshots of the news and emails – anything that speaks to the realities or paradoxes of the moment.
The project is a way of helping our community to understand the extraordinary as well as the ordinary aspects of this pandemic. In the future, historians will be also able to use this record of daily life to better understand the changing nature of our lives.” This project is open to anyone, so feel free to share it with family and friends – anyone who you think will have something unique to add to the collection.

Neptune: A Dream Archive
“This project will be publishing written, auditory and visual accounts of dreams and hallucinations experienced during the COVID-19 pandemic. This is an ongoing project for as long as needed. Many of us are either in quarantine or practicing self-isolation and social distancing. Perhaps the narratives of our dreams can shine some light on our collective psyche during these precarious times.
Participants from all over the world are welcome. You can submit as many times as you dream. Your dream doesn’t have to be pandemic related, the idea is to create a record of dreams we experience during this particular period in history. You can submit in any language. Plain text, handwritten text, audio recording (phone recording is fine), video, drawing, painting are accepted. Please note this is an unpaid project. All dreams will be published.”

Indigenous Literacy Foundation Great Story Swap
“Each year, the Indigenous Literacy Foundation (ILF) runs the Great Book Swap, where books are exchanged for a gold coin donation. This is due to be held later this year from September. In the meantime, however, the ILF is encouraging you to join the #GreatStorySwap. The #GreatStorySwap is a virtual book recommendation challenge, where people from all walks of life are encouraged to share stories they love. To participate, simply post a photo or video of your book recommendation to social media, tag the ILF in your post (Twitter @IndigenousLF and Facebook/Instagram @IndigenousLiteracyFoundation), and encourage your friends, family and networks to do the same.”

Writers Victoria Flash Fiction Challenge
“30 days. 30 prompts. 30 Words. #WVFlashFic20
Every day for thirty days, starting 1st April, Writers Victoria will be posting a prompt on their Twitter for you to write 30 words or less about. This year’s theme is ‘FOCUS‘. Every day, a winner will be chosen by the Writers Victoria staff. To participate, follow Writers Victoria on Twitter (@Writers_Vic), and every morning at 9 am they will post the day’s new prompt word. They’ll even pin the post to the top of their Twitter feed so you can find the word easily.
If you’d like to take part but don’t want to use Twitter, Writers Victoria has set up a daily email prompt that you can subscribe to on their website. Though you won’t be able to enter your writing into the competition this way, you’ll be able to take part in the daily writing aspect of Flash Fiction, which will be great for your writing practice and help create a daily writing habit.”

Voiceworks 119 Butter: Completed Non-fiction Submissions
Voiceworks is open for non-fiction submissions for issue 119: Butter, and publishes work by writers and artists who are under 25 at the time of submission. They are accepting up to two non-fiction pieces of no more than 3,000 words each. Voiceworks is only able to publish writers living in Australia or Australian writers living overseas. Closing 12th April.

Australian Multilingual Writing Project issue 4 open for submissions
“We are looking for your best multilingual poetry and short prose for the next issue of the AMWP. We are also looking for artwork that engages with themes of language mixing, language learning, moving between languages and modes of speech.
Submissions are open to all multilingual people living in Australia regardless of visa status or citizenship. Multilingual Australians living abroad are also welcome to contribute. We particularly want work from Indigenous writers and writers from under-represented, marginalised and minoritised communities.” Closes 17th April.

2020 Heroines Women’s Writing Prize & Anthology
This prize costs AUD$15 to enter. Accepting submissions of short fiction up to 3,000 words and poetry up to 5 pages from writers who identify as women. Submissions close 20th April.

Science-me a Story 2020: Society of Spanish Researchers in the UK
“This initiative aims to promote the use of short stories as a tool to communicate science to children in a fun and engaging way. The competition is open to any adult aged 18 years and older, irrespective of their nationality or country of residence as long as the stories, presented in Spanish or English, are original and unpublished by any media (including Internet).” Closes 20th April.

The 53rd Annual AWGIE Awards: Call For Entries
Entries are open to eligible screen, stage, interactive and audio works that finished principal photography or production, or had a first performance between 1 January 2019 and 31 December 2019. You must be a member to submit an entry, and the entry fee is waived for all members. Closing 20th April.

KYD Regional Victorian Writers Program
“The KYD Regional Victorian Writers Program is open to writers living in regional Victoria. Submissions are now open for commentary, essays, memoir and fiction to be published online in Kill Your Darlings magazine. KYD and Writers Victoria define regional Victorian writers as those who live more than 50km from the Melbourne GPO.” Closes 30th April.

David Unaipon Award for an Emerging Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Writer
“Presented as part of the Queensland Literary Awards, the State Library of Queensland proudly manages the awards in collaboration with sponsors, industry partners and the writing community, and the prize includes $15,000 prize money plus manuscript development and publication with UQP. It is open to all Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander unpublished writers.” Closing 30th April.

Daisy Utemorrah Award
For an unpublished manuscript of junior or YA fiction. The Award is open to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples currently living in Australia. Published and unpublished Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander writers of all ages are eligible to enter with works of junior or YA fiction. Closes 30th April.

Furphy Literary Award
Submit short stories of up to 5,000 words on the theme of ‘Australian Life’. Prize: $15,000, university residency, publication opportunities. Closing 30th April.

Recent Work Press open for manuscript submissions
Recent Work Press will open a submission window for poetry manuscripts for consideration for publication in 2021. Closing 30th April.

Berbay Publishing Accepting Unsolicited Manuscripts
Berbay Publishing is currently accepting chapter book and junior fiction submissions for readers between ages of 6-12. The editors are seeking “contemporary narratives, with or without a touch of whimsy, and stories that inspire the imagination”. Closing 30th April.

2020 National Young Writers’ Festival: Artist Call Out
“The National Young Writers’ Festival is looking for young writers or artists who are interested in becoming part of the NYWF 2020 family. Whether you’re a journalist, novelist, poet, podcaster, blogger, content maker, lyricist or even a combination of these and other mediums, you are invited to apply. The 2020 theme is THE RAUCOUS TWENTIES, reflecting on the parallels between the social and political upheaval of the 1920s and today, as well as encouraging our artists to look to the past as they march into a future of change, prosperity, and hope.” Closing 8th May.


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