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National Indigenous Times seeking contributors
The National Indigenous Times is seeking Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander freelancers, journalists, book reviewers and photographers. Contact the NIT CEO at find out more, as these opportunities are not currently advertised, or find them on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or LinkedIn.

Free online seminar: So You Want to … Learn How Editors Can Help Writers
Learn what editors do, how much they cost, and the levels of service they can provide. This online seminar is organised by the KSP Writers’ Centre and is free to attend thanks to sponsorship from the Institute of Professional Editors (IPEd) through the Copyright Agency’s Cultural Fund. To be held 1-3pm on the 7th August. Book at the link:

Cultural Diversity Initiatives: Editor Internship Program (NSW writers)
“Applications are now open for a new paid internship program for emerging editors. Three emerging editors will be selected for the six-month program, with the aim of helping them to secure ongoing paid employment in the industry… The program is designed to increase cultural diversity in the publishing industry and emerging editors from Indigenous or culturally diverse backgrounds are particularly encouraged to apply. Applicants must be looking to build a career in publishing and have a demonstrated enthusiasm for and commitment to writing and/or editing. Formal qualifications are not required. Applicants must live in NSW, be Australian citizens or permanent residents and be over the age of 18.” Closing 8th August.

Stories of Intersections: for migrant women of colour (Vic. writers and illustrators)
“The Creative Co-Operative is publishing a book of stories of intersections written, edited and illustrated entirely by migrant Women of Colour in Victoria. We are after stories of the intersectional experience of first or subsequent generation migrant Women of Colour living in Victoria. Perhaps you moved here or grew up here. Perhaps you live in urban or regional Victoria. Through storytelling, we want to build empathy and understanding in society, of what a day in our very different lives are like. Unless one has lived it, one never understands what it feels like to have an intersectional identity.” Abstracts and illustrator applications close 8th August.

Writers Victoria Commission for a Woman Writer of Colour (Vic. writers)
“Thanks to a recent generous donation, Writers Victoria is offering a Woman of Colour based in Victoria a paid commission (to the value of $200) for a new piece of work to be published in The Victorian Writer magazine. Submissions will be for our Summer Edition, the theme of which is ‘Transformation’.” Closing 9th August.

The Hachette Australia Prize for Young Writers
“The Hachette Australia Prize for Young Writers is a developmental award open to Australian secondary school-aged students across the nation. The prize recognises writing excellence in three categories: Fiction, Creative Nonfiction and Poetry. Entries can include writing for readers of any age.” Closing 12th August

ABC: Social Media Coordinator (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander position based in Sydney)
The ABC is seeking a full-time Sydney-based Social Media Coordinate. “We are seeking an accomplished Social Media Coordinator to represent ABC Indigenous on multiple social media platforms with relevant engaging, surprising, thought-provoking and entertaining content.” Closing 15th August.

Roland Leach Poetry Prize for school students
Submit original poetry for this competition run by the Nedlands Library. Open to students in years 3 to 12. Closing 15th August.

The Centre for Stories Maria Pallotta-Chiarolli Fellowship for Writers
“Open to mid-career writers, the fellowship is awarded to someone in recognition of their literary achievements and commitment to humanity demonstrated through their active participation and engagement in social justice issues. Applicants must be under the age of 40 and identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander, LGBTQIA+, living with a disability, or culturally and linguistically diverse. The $10,000 fellowship will include a workspace at Centre for Stories in Northbridge (WA), access and use of Centre for Stories library, workshops, events and resources, and will cover interstate airfare travel costs.” Closing 15th August.

Fremantle Press seeking full-time editor
“The successful applicant will have at least three years’ editorial experience in trade or fiction publishing and will be keen to contribute to the quality fiction, non-fiction and children’s list at Western Australia’s premier independent publisher.” Closing 16th August.

The Helen Anne Bell Poetry Bequest Award 2021
“We invite women poets to submit a collection of poems between 50 to 80 pages to the award. The work should broadly deal with Australian culture in some way; otherwise there are no restrictions on subject matter.” Closing 20th August.

KSP Quarantine Quill flash fiction competition
Free entry, accepting submissions up to the 20th of each month, 50 words or under, open to any and all writers, open theme – just include the three words chosen by KSP. “August words: Coffee – Crimson – Charm. Email entry to: Include your story/poem and title in the body of the email, plus your full name or nom de plume, suburb and state of residence (and age if under 18 years). We are looking for creative use of words and an engaging story-snapshot that makes us smile and giggle, or feel sad/moved, or connect with the protagonist/s. Our fave piece/s will be published in the following KSP newsletter.” This month’s competition closing 20th August.

City of Rockingham Creative Writing Competition (WA writers)
“Creative writers are invited to submit one piece of short fiction or poetry in our Creative Writing Competition under the theme ‘Metamorphosis’… Entry is open to Western Australian writers. The competition is open to a wide range of writing styles, including short fiction, poetry, lyrics, opinion pieces or other forms of written expression.’” Entries open in a range of categories. Closing 27th August.

Boroondara Literary Awards
“… the Awards celebrate the creativity of writers and poets within the City of Boroondara and nationwide. We strongly encourage applications from young people.” Categories include Junior, Middle, Senior and Open – see website for further details. Closing 27th August.

Dickinson Memorial Literary Competition 2021: for children and adults who are blind or have low vision
Entry is AUD$5–$10. Seeking short stories and poems from children and adults who are blind or have low vision on the theme of ‘growing’. There is also a ‘people’s choice’ award open to anyone (even if you are sighted). Closing 30th August.

Hachette Australia Summer Internship Program
“Applications for the Hachette Australia Summer Internship Program are now open. Setting a new industry standard for internships within the book industry, this program comes with entry-level remuneration… Open to all Australian citizens (over 18 years of age), with a genuine passion for books and a keen interest in establishing a career in publishing are welcome to apply. No formal qualifications are required and Hachette Australia believes in equal opportunity, diversity and inclusion.” Closing 30th August.

Griffith Review 75: Learning Curves
“Education never ends, as Sherlock Holmes once told Watson – but where does it begin? And how many different paths can we take on the journey to knowledge? This edition of Griffith Review explores the breadth of our educational experiences – from preschool to postgrad, from private to public, and from sandstone to the school of life. Australia is one of the most educated countries in the world, but not every Australian has access to a world-class education… We’re looking for new work that responds to the theme in the form of essays, reportage, creative non-fiction, fiction, memoir and visual essays.” Closing 31st August.

2021 Hilarie Lindsay Young Writers Award
Entry fee: $3. Seeking short stories from Australian school students. Word limits depend on age group. Closing 31st August.

CBCA Aspiring Writers Mentorship Program
Entry is AUD$50 for CBCA members and $65 for non-members. The Aspiring Writers Mentorship Program aims to foster the talent of aspiring writers of children’s literature across Australia and is open to all Australian citizens residing in Australia. Entries are for three categories: Young Adult, Middle Grade and Picture Book. Closing 31st August.

2021 Spilt Ink Prose and Poetry Writing Competition
“This competition is normally held bi-annually but, due to the disruptions of the Covid-19 pandemic, it has been decided to hold it again this year in order to provide members and eligible entrants with another opportunity to showcase their skills. It is open to OOTA Members and financial members of WA Writers United. Categories: Poetry & Short Fiction. Poetry Judging by Kevin Gillam, Short Fiction Judging by Rita Tognini.” Closing 31st August.

Applications open for Centre for Stories Hot Desk Fellowship Program
“Applications are now open for Centre for Stories second round of Hot Desk Fellowships for their Writing Change, Writing Inclusion program! The program supports early, emerging and established writers from CALD and/or Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander backgrounds. Successful Hot Desk Fellowship applicants will receive a dedicated desk at the Centre for Stories for a total of 10 days spread out over 8 to 12 consecutive weeks, a stipend, access to their events and workshops, support from their staff, and will be profiled on their website and social media.” Applications 3rd September.

Queensland Premier’s Drama Award 2022–23
Submit a complete draft of a play that will connect with Queensland audiences. The winner will receive a cash prize, a commission fee to develop their play throughout 2022-23, and a world premiere production of their play as part of Queensland Theatre’s 2023 Season. Closing 3rd September.

2021 Woorilla Poetry Prize
Entry fees: $15 per poem for adults and free for first four entries in the youth categories. Seeking poetry in the categories of Open, Youth (12–18 years) and Youth CALD (12–18 years). Closing 5th September.

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