For lists of opportunities for writers, check out Aerogramme Studio’s Residencies for Writers in 2020 and A Guide to Short Story Contests in 2020, writingWA’s Opportunities page, and Writers Bloc’s Opportunities page

Australian Multilingual Writing Project seeking editors and readers
The AMWP is is looking for editors and readers fluent in/confident with a language other than English to assist in the production of new AMWP issues. The work involves reviewing creative writing that mixes two or more languages in a meaningful way. They publish two issues a year with the possibility of publishing a few special or mini issues per year as well. They pay a rate of $50/hour.

Australia Council Travel Fund for Literature
Individuals or international literary organisations may apply to support authors to travel to attend events or activities associated with publication and promotion of their work overseas. The proposal should include a program of activities designed to engage international readers and literary audiences.
Who may apply:

  • Published Australian authors and illustrators of literary works.
  • International literary organisations including festivals and publishers.

There is no closing date for this opportunity. Decisions will be announced within 4 weeks of receipt of the proposal.

Talented Young Writers’ Programme
The purpose of the TYWP is to nurture a group of young writers over several years by exposing them to superb Authors, but also enabling them to meet and form friendships with other like-minded readers and writers. Each term, several groups of students come together for a full day workshop with one of Australia’s top Authors for young adults.
The Literature Centre’s highly successful Talented Young Writers’ Programme (TYWP) has been expanding steadily over the past 15 years, and incorporates these age groups:

  • Young Writers’ Day students (Years 7-8)
  • Youth Literature Day students (Years 9-12)
  • Year 6 Junior Writers’ Days (Year 6)

This year the programme will again be presented in these locations across Western Australia: Fremantle, Bunbury, Busselton, Albany and Geraldton.

2020 Pixie O’Harris Award
The Award recognises publishers, editors, creators, booksellers, publicists and other industry representatives who have worked consistently in the field of children’s literature, demonstrated commitment beyond the call of duty, and who have developed a reputation for their contribution. To submit a nomination, complete the online nomination form. Closing 10th February.

Writers’ & Artists’ Yearbook Short Story Competition
No entry fee, no theme or genre requirements. Seeking short stories suitable for adults up to 2,000 words. Closing 13th February.

Australia Institute Writer in Residence Program
The program is a recognition of the value and importance of writers in our public discourse and an acknowledgement of the role that writers and storytellers play in shaping our national identity. The program is open to writers of non-fiction but is closed to tenured academics — whose writings already receive institutional support. The winning writer will undertake a residency of two weeks at the Australia Institute, including modest accommodation, and a stipend of $2,500 per week (i.e. $5,000 total stipend.) Closing 14th February.

City of Stirling History and Heritage Awards
Category 1 – Stirling memories: A photograph with a story

  • A photograph taken within the City of Stirling before 1990 with a caption and a short story (up to 200 words).

Category 2 – Stirling memories: A photograph with a caption

  • A photograph taken within the City of Stirling before 1990 with a caption (up to 10 words).

Category 3 – Youth entry award

  • 16 – 18 years old are invited to take a photograph of a building, place or event in the City of Stirling and write why this is special to you (up to 150 words).

Closing 14th February.

American Library in Paris Visiting Fellowship
Open to writers worldwide. The American Library in Paris Visiting Fellowship was created in 2013 to nurture and sustain cross-cultural intellectual discourse, and international applicants are encouraged. Fellows receive a stipend of US$5000 to assist with travel and housing costs. Founded in 1920, the American Library is Paris is a private, non-profit English-language library. Applications close on 15th February.

Vermont Studio Center
This is the largest international artists’ and writers’ residency program in the United States. Each month the Center hosts over 50 writers and artists from around the world. There are three fellowship application deadlines in 2020; 15th February, 15th June and 1st October.

Stockholm Writers Prize – Residency focus on social justice-themed creative writing
This prize is designed to give emerging writers the time, space, and inspiration to focus on social-justice themed creative writing. We are especially interested in writers using the tools of fiction, poetry, and drama, to create change (large or small) in the world. This could involve unpacking gender norms, critiquing human environmental impact, creating space for marginalized communities, or shining a light on societal injustice. Entry is US$2, closing 15th February.

Cordite Poetry Review 96 Submissions
Submit up to 3 poems (prose, comics, visual, concrete) or works of micro-fiction (500 words maximum) to Cordite 96: NO THEME IX. Closing 16th February.

black&write! Writing Fellowships
The black&write! Writing Fellowships are open to all writers (published and unpublished) of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent currently living in Australia. The Fellowships are open to fiction, young adult fiction, short story collection, poetry collection and children’s book manuscripts. The authors of the two winning manuscripts receive Fellowships, which include:

  • $10,000 prize money
  • manuscript development with black&write!
  • publication opportunity with Hachette Australia

The manuscripts are developed with the black&write! editing team and have the opportunity to be published by Hachette Australia, black&write!’s publishing partner. Highly commended writers and entrants each receive feedback on their work from the black&write! editing team. Closing 28th February.

Bucheon City of Literature
Bucheon, in Gyeonggi Province South Korea, is inviting applications from writers, translators and cartoonists of comics and graphic novels connected to the UNESCO Cities of Literature to apply for its inaugural residency program. The successful applicants receive airfares, accommodation, a studio, a living allowance and a personal assistant. Closing 28th February.

Grants for Writers and Artists with Children
In 2020 the Sustainable Arts Foundation will make awards of US$5,000 each to twenty artists and writers with children. To be eligible to apply for this initiative you must have at least one child under the age of 18. Applicants can be based anywhere in the world and there are no citizenship restrictions. As of Fall 2016, they make half their awards to applicants of color. All further details on their website. Closing 28th February.

Writer in the Park, Literary Residency in Ljubljana, Slovenia
The residency is aimed at foreign published writers with a palpable, factual relation with any of the other UNESCO Cities of Literature that has to be apparent and described as part of the application. This means the applicant was or has been living in one of the other 38 Cities of Literature (including Melbourne) or is related to a city of literature through work. Closing 29th February.

WOW! Women On Writing Winter 2020 Flash Fiction Contest
Seeking short fiction of any genre and open theme between 250 and 750 words. There is a $10 entry fee and a critique option for an additional $10. The mission of this contest is to inspire creativity, communication, and well-rewarded recognition to contestants. Closing 29th February.

Perinatal Depression and Anxiety Anthology
Free entry, multiple submissions welcome. ‘Seeking works of fiction, non-fiction and poetry that relate to the experience of perinatal anxiety, depression or other perinatal mental health condition. While your own experience is encouraged as a starting point, preference is for writing that moves beyond the immediate personal account to create a piece of work with broader resonance. The selected pieces will be published in an awareness-raising anthology, with proceeds to benefit PNDA.’ For further information or to submit, please email pnda.anthology [at] Closing 29th February.

Gröndal’s House UNESCO City of Literature Residency
Reykjavík, a UNESCO City of Literature since 2011, offers a one month residency for a visiting writer from another UNESCO City of Literature. The 2020 offer is open to published children’s fiction writers from, or affiliated with, any of the other 38 Cities of Literature (which includes Melbourne), writing in any genre. Closing 1st March.

Kill Your Darlings Anthology: New Australian Fiction 2020
KYD is now accepting unsolicited submissions to their second anthology of new short fiction, due to be published in September 2020. All genres will be considered, all published pieces are paid for, pieces must be between 2,000-6,000 words, and you must be a KYD members to submit – memberships start from $32.95. (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander writers are invited to submit without the need for a KYD Membership.) Entries close 2nd March.

Submissions Open: Griffith Review 69 The European Exchange
This edition of Griffith Review brings together Australian and European perspectives to explore the ongoing cycle of transformation and exchange. It places contemporary Australian writers who have strong European connections in conversation with important European voices, tracing the links and legacies that underpin the myriad influences these two parts of the world have upon each other. Closing 2nd March.

Regional Arts Fund (RAF) Project Fund
The Regional Arts Fund (RAF) Project Fund is designed to support and promote participation in, and access to, arts and culture. The Regional Arts Fund is an Australian Government initiative supporting sustainable cultural development in regional and remote Australia.
The aim is to support regional and remote communities, and individual artists to create high quality arts projects that develop partnerships and networks, broaden community engagement and increase employment and professional development opportunities for regional and remote artists.
Round 1 2020 is open for projects that will commence after 1 July 2020 and be completed by 30 June 2021.
RAF Project Fund Categories:

  • Individual – Up to $15,000 is available to individual artists or arts workers from regional and remote Western Australia who have identified a unique professional development opportunity or creative development initiative.
  • Community – Up to $30,000 is available to not-for-profit organisations or local governments from regional and remote Western Australia to employ professional artists in a creative arts project that engages their community.

Entries close 6th March.

Underground Team

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