Opportunities for Writers January 2020

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Voiceworks 118: As If!
Voiceworks issue 118, theme As if! is currently open for submissions. It’s free to submit and only eligible for Australian writers and artists under the age of 25 (i.e. 24 and under) at time of submission. Currently seeking Nonfiction pitches (closing 6th January), fiction, completed nonfiction and poetry (closing 12th January), and art, comics and comic pitches (closing 2nd February).

The Kat Muscat Fellowship
‘[The] Fellowship offers professional development up to the value of $5,000 for an editorial project or work of writing by a young person of an underrepresented gender.’ Closing 12th January.

Mogford Prize for Food & Drink Writing, judged by Prue Leith & Stephen Fry
Entry is £10. Seeking a short story up to 2500 words. ‘Both published and unpublished writers are invited to enter but all stories must be previously unpublished. Food and drink must be at the heart of the winning tale.’ Closing 13th January.

Hektoen International Writing Contest
Free to enter. ‘Hektoen International, an online journal of medical humanities, has launched an international essay writing competition. This year’s theme is Blood.

We will consider essays on pioneers in hematology (such as Herrick, Minot, Murphy, Whipple, or Landsteiner), the history of venesection, barber surgeons, the use of leeches, and vampires; as well as historical aspects of blood transfusion, artificial blood, blood groups, blood preservation and blood banks, blood in surgery, blood diseases (such as pernicious anemia, sickle-cell disease, thalassemia, leukemias, and hemophilia), and the history and work of the Red Cross.

Entries should be no longer than 1,600 words and must also include at least one image.’ Closing 15th January.

Walkley Young Indigenous Scholarship
Application is free. This scholarship is for an aspiring Indigenous journalist aged 30 years or under to develop their newsroom experience with two leading news providers. This twelve-week scholarship will be broken down into six weeks with Junkee Media and six weeks with 10 News Firstin Sydney. You’ll develop a broad understanding of newsroom and production processes and requirements, and as a member of the team you will be encouraged to share your ideas, skills and knowledge. Thanks to BHP, the recipient will receive a stipend of $10,000 to cover living expenses for the duration of the scholarship. The recipient will receive support and guidance from an experienced journalist who will mentor them throughout their placement. Accommodation at the Tony Mundine Hostel is also available.’ Closing 17th January.

Stringybark Short Story Awards 2019/20
Entry is $14 for one story, $26 for two stories, $36 for three stories (max). Open theme, accepting short stories up to 1500 words. The only requirements are that ‘it must have, however tenuous, to Australia’, and be suitable for readers over the age of sixteen. Closing 19th January.

University of Technology Sydney 2020 New Writer’s $40k Fellowship
‘Sydney-based Australian writers are invited to apply for the 2020 UTS New Writer-in-Residence Fellowship. To qualify as a “new” writer, you will have published one or two book-length works of fiction or non-fiction with a commercial publisher since 2015. You are required to have a contract or letter of interest from a publisher for your second or third book. The writer-in-residence will be required to be on campus at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) two days a week, from March to December, and be available for consultation with Creative Writing students and participate in other activities relating to the Creative Writing Program. The successful writer will also be required to promote the position of Copyright Agency “New Writer-in- Residence” and the UTS Creative Writing program.’ Applications close 24th January.

Call for Submissions: Writing NSW Kids & YA Festival 2020
‘Submissions may come from authors, illustrators, e-book and traditional trade publishers, independent publishers, agents and other interested parties. Involvement may take the form of panel speakers, chair responsibilities, mentoring or manuscript feedback sessions. The 2020 Kids & YA Festival is at the Writing NSW site in Callan Park, Lilyfield on Saturday 27 June. The festival program will be released in May 2020, at this time tickets will also be made available for purchase.’ Closing 27th January.

The Marten Bequest Scholarships
This scholarship offers talented young artists the chance to explore, study and develop their artistic gifts through travelling either overseas and/or interstate. The scholarships provide financial support under the categories acting, architecture, ballet, instrumental music, painting, poetry, prose, sculpture and singing to help talented Australian artists achieve their dreams. Scholarships are each worth $50,000, payable in quarterly instalments over two years. The Scholarships are open to individual artists who are Australia citizens, aged 21 – 35 (17 – 35 for ballet) at the closing date. Scholarship funds can be used to assist with study programs, professional training courses and/or mentor programs. Applications close 30th January.

ASA Writer and Illustrator Mentorship Program 2020
Applications are free for ASA members, $65 for non-members (or you can join prior to submitting). Entries will be accepted in the following genres for writers: fiction (both literary and genre), narrative non-fiction (including autobiography/memoir, essays and histories), journalism, poetry, illustrated and lifestyle non-fiction, young adult literature and children’s writing for all ages. Illustrator entries will be accepted for children’s picture books and graphic novels. Successful applicants will work closely with a mentor selected from the ASA Mentors’ Register for 20 hours over one year. Applications close 31st January.

The International Radio Playwriting Competition 2020
‘The International Radio Playwriting Competition 2020… is an opportunity for writers from outside the UK to tell their stories. The competition… is open to new and established writers, provided they live outside the UK and are aged over 18 on 31 January 2020. There are two categories for entry – one for entrants who speak English as a first language and the other for entrants with English as a second language – and the prize includes a trip to London to see the winning play being recorded for broadcast.
In order to enter you need to send:

  • A script for a 53 minute radio play with up to six central characters
  • A synopsis which outlines your play is no longer than 400 words’

Closing 31st January.

Maurice Saxby Creative Development Program for Emerging children’s and YA writers and illustrators
‘CBCA VIC Branch’s Maurice Saxby Creative Development Program is offering emerging children’s and young adult writers and/or illustrators a two-week mentorship in Melbourne from 17th August – 2nd September in 2020. Applicants are invited to submit one the following:

  • up to three children’s picture book texts (with or without illustrations);
  • one only younger reader manuscript;
  • one only Young Adult manuscript;
  • an illustration folio – in a pdf file or photocopies.

Submissions must be accompanied by a covering letter stating reasons for applying and a CV including contact details.’ Closing 31st January.

Voices of Women, Clearway 2020 Performance Writing Competition
Entry is $15. All Australian women writers are invited to submit short pieces in the first person – narrative, monologues, soliloquy – to be performed by trained actors in rehearsed readings. Stories can be fiction or non-fiction – comedic work is encouraged. Stories must be 1000 words maximum or 3 minutes in reading length. Closing 2nd February 2020.

Western Australian Premier’s Book Awards open for entries
The Western Australian Premier’s Book Awards are now open for entries. The Awards aim to support, develop and recognise excellence in writing in the following categories:

  • The Western Australian Writer’s Fellowship;
  • The Premier’s Prize for Writing for Children;
  • The Premier’s Prize for an Emerging Writer ;
  • The Daisy Utemorrah Award for Unpublished Indigenous Junior and Young Adult.

Nominations close 10th February.

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