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42 Stories Anthology ‘Call for submissions: 42-Word Stories Anthology. An anthology of 42 categories of 42 selected works of 42-word microfiction stories, and 42 art pieces, one per chapter… Every category (chapter) will have a Story of Excellence Award selected by a guest judge. Deadline: until filled.’

Stormbird Press MS submissions ‘Stormbird Press publishes literary and trade fiction and nonfiction that communicates reverence for wildlife, nature, and humanity’s bond with Earth. From journalism, to dystopia, back to realism, and everything in between, we welcome submissions that impart connection with or devotion to nature, wrapped beautifully in captivating narrative. For 2021 and 2022 we have two streams of submissions we are considering.

  • 1. We would love to have submissions from First Nations, indigenous, traditional, or local community authors and voices, or from authors who can demonstrate a genuine and equitable consent to draw on the intellectual capital of these voices through their manuscript.
  • 2. We are also enthusiastic to receive fiction or nonfiction submissions and proposals on these five themes:
    o Bonds with the world’s changing oceans
    o Connections with trees
    o Intersections with wildlife trafficking
    o Relationships with wildlife as kin
    o The struggle of land defenders’

Find out more on their website.

writingWA seeking Partnerships & Development Manager · Position: Full-time (may be negotiable for the appropriate candidate). · Job Profile: The partnerships and development manager will work closely with the CEO and communications manager to plan, develop and implement partnerships, corporate sponsorships and other revenue raising activities that support Writing WA’s strategic and financial goals. · Salary Package: $92,898 per annum · Contract: 18 months · Starting: ASAPApplications closing 5th April

Poetry for the Planet Anthology ‘Submissions are sought for poetry anthology to be published 2021 to be called Poetry for the Planet: An anthology of Imagined Futures (Litoria Press), edited by Julia Kaylock and Denise O’Hagan. Poetry for the Planet: An Anthology of Imagined Futures is a collaboration of poems by Australian and New Zealander poets to highlight the impact of humans on the environment, to offer insights into the effects on our ecology, and to provide solutions. Each poem should be no longer than 60 lines, or haiku/short poem sets of up to 60 lines in total.’ Closing 5th April.

Submissions open for Backslash Lit ‘We are looking for pieces that use digital and electronic mediums as a vessel for creativity, including but not limited to source code poetry, hypertext poetry, interactive fiction, ASCII art, and generative art. We welcome pieces that step out of the box and don’t fit into one particular category. To get a feel of what we seek, please take a look at previous issues. We encourage anyone to submit—amateurs, professionals, artists who don’t code, coders who don’t make art. Please don’t self reject!’ Closing 5th April.

Text Prize for Young Adult & Children’s Writing + Steph Bowe Mentorship Note: this opportunity costs AUD$25 to enter. ‘[The Text Prize is] Awarded annually to the best manuscript written for young readers, the $10,000 Text Prize for Young Adult and Children’s Writing aims to discover incredible new books by exciting authors… The Steph Bowe Mentorship for Young Writers is an initiative designed to nurture and encourage an exciting new writer in Australian children’s literature under the age of 25. It is awarded to the Text Prize entrant the judging panel believes would receive the most benefit from the mentorship.’ Closing 6th April.

Ultimo Prize 2021 “Submit short fiction or poetry on the theme of ‘identity’. Open to writers aged 18 to 30. Word limits: poetry (200 to 1,500 words), fiction (1,000 to 2,500 words).” Closing 8th April.

Island Nonfiction Prize 2021 Note: this opportunity costs AUD$16.50 per entry. Seeking entries of nonfiction up to 4,000 words. ‘We want to read about what fascinates, excites or enrages you. Your entry doesn’t have to be zeitgeisty – there are so many ways to be curious and about so many things. We encourage you to investigate, experiment, wax lyrical and manifest. Introduce us to new ideas, new worlds and new forms of expression. We can’t wait to read your work!’ Closing 11th April.

Writing Change, Writing Inclusion: Hot Desk Fellowship and Mentoring Program ‘Writing Change, Writing Inclusion is a writing program run by the Centre for Stories, which offers support for early, emerging and established writers from CaLD and/or Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander backgrounds. Applications are currently open for the Hot Desk Fellowships and the Mentoring Program.

Hot Desk Fellowship: Successful applicants will receive a dedicated desk at the Centre for Stories for a total of 10 days spread out over 8 to 10 consecutive weeks. Successful applicants are provided a stipend.

Mentoring Program: Successful applications will be paired with an established author or script writer for a period of 6 to 9 months to produce a body of work in poetry, prose, stage/script writing or non-fiction. During this period, mentors and mentees will have 20 hours of face-to-face contact time. At least two mentorships will be for script writers for stage or screen. Mentors and mentees will be paired based on writing style, individual compatibility, and mentee preference.’ Closing 12th April.

2021 ARA Historical Novel Prize ‘The ARA Historical Novel Prize is open to all authors who are citizens or residents of Australia or New Zealand. Authors, publishers, or agents may submit books in print or digital editions. Works must be published between 1 July 2020 and 30 June 2021 to be eligible. The history explored can be from any era or society across the world.’ This award opens on 14th April, closing 14th June.

Hyades Magazine call for submissions Note: ‘We prioritise submissions by BIPOC, LGBTQIA+, disabled and other traditionally marginalised creators, but we’re open to all writers.’ Call for submissions of any genre and theme for their first issue. Seeking poetry, send 1–4 poems (up to 8 pages in total) and fiction, send up to two flash fiction pieces (up to 1000 words each). Closing 15th April.

The Rachel Funari Prize for Fiction Note: this opportunity costs AUD$10 to enter. Seeking ‘creative, insightful fiction’ up to 2,000 words that address the theme Homecoming. The competition is open to all women and non-binary writers. Closing 16th April.

2021 Peter Cowan 600 Short Story Competition Note: This opportunity attracts a fee for entry. Seeking short story entries up to 600 words. ‘This year we are offering three categories: Open, Novice (for writers who have not won or been recognised in a competition before) and Youth (12-18 yrs).’ Closing 16th April.

The Fogarty Literary Award ‘The prize is biennial and is awarded to an unpublished manuscript by a Western Australian author aged between 18 and 35 for a work of adult fiction, narrative non-fiction or young adult fiction. The winner receives a cash prize of $20,000 and a publishing contract with Fremantle Press.’ Closing 18th April.

INSPIRE: Writer in Residence Initiative 2021 ‘INSPIRE is an exciting opportunity for Western Australian writers to undertake a residency in one of five National Trust properties in the Perth metropolitan area, between June and September 2021. Benefits include opportunities for research, creative and professional development, encouraging excellence in writing and nurturing connections with potential publishers. INSPIRE residencies are open to established and emerging Western Australian writers of non-fiction, history, creative fiction, novels, short stories, poetry, graphic illustrators and digital creators (such as podcasts and blogs). Collaborating writers, or small groups, may apply but must share one stipend per residency. We encourage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander writers and writers from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds to apply.’ Closing 19th April.

Saci Books Writing Competition for children & adolescents ‘How has 2020 been for you? Do you have a story to tell about this invisible baddie that took over the world, aka coronavirus? This is our first writing competition for children and teens, and we want to hear all that you have to say about this Mr Corona or would it be Ms Corona? Do you think this lockdown and quarantine was really all that bad? What did you do during this year? Tell us in any written format that you want: a song, a comic strip, a poem, a short story, a paragraph, anything is welcome! You can illustrate your story if you feel like it. We will choose 5-10 stories for each of the age groups below, the winners will be published on a compilation of stories and will receive royalties from all book sales*.
– Pencil (4 to 6 years old)
– Pen (7 to 11 years old)
– Keyboard (12 to 17 years old)’

Closing 19th April.

National Library of Australia Fellowships ‘The National Library has diverse collections that support, inspire and transform research. Fellowships enable scholars, writers and researchers to conduct intensive research into our collections in a supportive, intellectual and creative environment. Fellowships are open to researchers from Australia and overseas undertaking advanced research projects. Seven funded fellowships will be awarded for research areas where the Library’s collections have the depth to support the desired outcomes.’ Closing 26th April.

Sydney Writers Festival 2021: Within Reach, 26th April-2nd May Find out more on their website.

Call for Submissions: Blackfella Speculative Fiction Mykaela Saunders is seeking ‘blackfella speculative fiction’ for a collection she will be editing, to be published by UQP in 2022. Submit up to two stories, no more than 5,000 words each. Stories may be previously published, but Mykaela will prioritise fresh work. She says: “I seek work written by us, with a strong preference for stories written for us and about us.° I’m looking for stories that take place outside the bounds of consensus reality, that are rooted in our ways of doing, being, knowing – or becoming. Spec-fic is a big and porous basket that holds all the slippery types of stories together, including science fiction, climate fiction, alternate history, futurism, post/apocalyptic, utopian, dystopian, fantasy, horror, gothic, surrealism, magic realism, and slipstream. I want to read work that affirms or extends or subverts these genres, or collapses them into new forms, or discards their conventions entirely. I just want ripping good yarns, told in interesting ways.

° Us = blackfellas. Must descend from and identify as and be claimed by mob°°

°° First Nations / First Peoples / Aboriginal / Torres Strait Islander / Blackfella / Black / Blak / Indigenous to the Australian continent. This is a requirement for payment from the Australia Council for the Arts, and you may be asked to provide a CoA.” Submissions closing 30th April.

2021 Daisy Utemorrah Award ‘The Daisy Utemorrah Award is 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. The winner of the award receives $15,000 and a publishing contract with Magabala Books. The Daisy Utemorrah Award is proudly presented as part of the Western Australian Premier’s Book Awards. Launched in 2018, this national award recognises excellence in junior and YA fiction and seeks to grow Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander writing for younger readers.’ Closing 30th April.

Queer Sci Fi 2021 Flash Fiction Contest: ‘Ink’ ‘Every year, QSF holds a flash fiction contest to create an amazing new anthology of queer speculative fiction stories. We ask authors to do the nearly-impossible – to submit a sci fi, fantasy, paranormal or horror LGBTIQA story that has no more than 300 words… The theme for 2021 is “Ink”’ Closing 30th April.

Echidna Tracks ‘For Issue 7 of Echidna Tracks: Australian Haiku: we invite your previously unpublished haiku and senryu around the theme of Light & Colour, both natural and artificial; the lights around us and the lights and visions within — illuminations of every kind. There is scope here also to explore darkness, night, shadow and shade. Let your words make a picture, tell a story, show what you see, how you are feeling, leaving room for readers to conjure their own.’ Closing 30th April.

David Unaipon Award for an Emerging Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Writer ‘This award is open to all unpublished Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander writers – those who are of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander descent, who identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander, and who are accepted as such by the communities in which they live or have lived or worked. Prize: $15,000, plus manuscript development and publication with University of Queensland Press (UQP).’ Closing 30th April.

Portside Review open for submissions ‘Perth arts and cultural organisation Centre for Stories is excited to announce Portside Review, a new journal from and for the Indian Ocean. Building from the success of the Centre for Stories’ Journal in 2020, Portside Review is a new digital space for essays, interviews, reviews, poems, and so much more.’ Seeking poetry up to 6 pages, prose (essay, review, interview, short story) up to 3000 words. Closing 30th April.

ABR Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize Note: This opportunity costs AUD$15 to enter for ABR subscribers and AUD$25 for non-subscribers. Seeking short story entries between 2,000 and 5,000 words. Closing 3rd May.

The Neilma Sidney Literary Travel Fund ‘The Neilma Sidney Myer Travel Fund recognises the unique value of travel in the development of writing and literary careers. In partnership with the Myer Foundation, the Travel Fund supports emerging, mid-career, and established Australian writers and literary sector workers in pursuing professional development opportunities. This includes writers, editors, agents, publishers, librarians, booksellers, employees and associates of literary organisations and journals, and other literary professionals currently living in Australia. Applicants can apply for grants between $2,000 and $10,000. These grants support professional development through travel.’ Closing 4th May.

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