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Red Room Poetry Object for Australian students, U18s and accredited teachers
Red Room Poetry Object is Australasia’s largest free poetry-writing competition for young people and their teachers. Poetry Object ignites imaginations by inviting poems inspired by treasured, curious, everyday, extraordinary, interplanetary, or talismanic objects. You must be an Australian student or young person (aged 18 and under) or an accredited teacher to enter the competition.

Note: Poetry Object New Zealand 2020 is a standalone competition this year with the winners to be announced on New Zealand National Poetry Day, Friday 21 August. Closing 10th July

Poetry Call-out for Griffith Review 70: Generosities of Spirit
‘Griffith Review invites submissions of poetry responding to the title of its fourth edition for 2020, Generosities of Spirit. Submissions are sought from established and emerging poets and selected work will be published in Griffith Review 70: Generosities of Spirit, which will also feature the winners of The Novella Project VIII and new fiction and non-fiction from Australian writers.’ Closing 10th July.

JUNCTURE Fellowship Program for Mid-career Critics with Sydney Review of Books
‘…the Sydney Review of Books is offering three year-long fellowships to mid-career and established Australian literary critics. Each fellowship recipient will be paid $12,000 over twelve months to write eight longform review essays (or equivalent) about new works of Australian and international literature for publication on the Sydney Review of Books.’ Closing 10th July.

Richell Prize for Emerging Writers
‘The Prize is once again open to unpublished writers of adult fiction and adult narrative non-fiction. Writers do not need to have a full manuscript at the time of submission, though they must intend to complete one. The Prize will be judged on the first three chapters of the submitted work, along with a synopsis outlining the direction of the proposed work and detail about how the author’s writing career would benefit from winning the Prize.’ Closing 10th July.

2021 Creative Arts Fellowships at the National Library of Australia
Creative Arts Fellowships offer $10,000 to support writers and artists to spend four weeks in the Library developing an artistic concept, artwork or body of work inspired or informed by the collections. Two Fellowships are available, with applications closing 10th July:

Creative Arts Fellowship – using our collections, artists can progress or complete an artwork/body of work. Artists may be working in any medium other than writing. This may include music, dance, visual arts, emerging or experimental artforms. The Creative Arts Fellowship is supported by the Friends of the Library.

Creative Arts Fellowship for Australian Writing – using our collections, writers can progress or complete a new creative work. This may include working in any literary form or genre. The Creative Arts Fellowship for Australian Writing is supported by the Ray Mathew and Eva Kollsman Trust.’

Big Sky Short Story Prize – for Midwest WA writers
Entry is free, must be previously unpublished work, with a minimum of 1,000 words and maximum of 3,000 words. Closing 17th July

Night Parrot Press 2020 Flash Fiction Callout – for WA writers
‘Submissions are now open for flash, micro and hybrid stories for our next collection to be published in 2021. West Australian writers may submit a maximum of 3 stories up to 500 words each.’ Closing 20th July.

KSP Residency Program: Emerging and Invited Categories
The KSP Writers’ Centre is proud to support the development of literary work by hosting a number of annual residencies for writers.

Emerging Category
In 2021, there will be two positions available in the Emerging category. This residency will take place for a period of between two and four weeks’ duration, with a salary of $1,000.

Invited Category
The Selection Panel may offer a non-salaried Invited Writer scholarship, of one to two weeks’ duration, to a well-deserving short-listed applicant in the Emerging Category, if they happen to be unsuccessful for an Emerging Writer position.

Further information on the requirements of each residency available on the KSP website. Entries close 26th July.

Varuna Residential Fellowships for Writers
‘In 2021, Varuna will offer 24 Varuna Residential Fellowships, including our prestigious Flagship Fellowships. Varuna Residential Fellowships can be taken between January and the end of May 2021. You will need to send us between 7,000 and 10,000 words from the beginning of your manuscript, along with a synopsis of the entire work.  For poetry, you need to send us a selection of 10 poems.’ Closing 29th July.

Verandah 35 Submissions
Verandah is currently open for submissions to their issue 35. Accepting Fiction and non-fiction up to 2,500 words; poems and suites of poems up to 100 lines; scripts up to 7 pages or 7 pages formatted; and art and design submissions for the cover page. Closing 30th July.

AAWP/UWRF Translators’ Prize
‘Entry fee: $20.00. This prize is offered in partnership with the Ubud Writers and Readers Festival (UWRF), and is open to translators at any stage of their career. Entries must be no more than 30 lines (poetry) or 3000 words (prose), and entrants can translate their own work into English. Entries must be accompanied by a ‘Translator’s Statement of Intention’ (up to 400 words) addressing the aims of the translation.’ Closing 31st July.

Residential Editorial Program 2020 at University of Sydney
“The Residential Editorial Program (REP) is a training program for mid-career editors who would like to enhance their literary editing skills through intensive workshops with highly experienced and respected industry practitioners. Applications will also be welcomed from managing and commissioning editors seeking to refresh their skills.” Closing 31st July.

The Ampersand Prize
‘The Ampersand Prize is Australia and New Zealand’s premier award for unpublished writers of middle-grade and young adult fiction. For writers who have not previously had a young adult or middle-grade novel published by a trade publishing house anywhere in the world (if you’ve had a picture book, adult’s novel, educational or non-fiction title published, you’re still eligible). Each writer may submit ONE completed manuscript (Middle-grade fiction are usually between 30,000 and 50,000 words long; YA fiction are usually between 50,000 and 90,000 words long).’ Closing 31st July.

Audrey 2020 Short Story Prize
‘Your fictional story must be inspired by one of the puzzle names in Audrey and be between 800 and 1,000 words. You can find a complete list of Audrey’s puzzle names by visiting or perusing the current or previous issues.’ Closing 5th August.

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