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Stella Young Award 2021 – for young disabled artists
This is a great opportunity for young disabled artists aged between 16 and 30 years old to be recognised for their impact on disability activism and culture through their artistic practice (in comedy, performing arts or screen culture).
Applicants must:

  • identify as a Deaf and/or Disabled person;
  • have created work (paid or voluntary) in either comedy, performing arts or screen culture;
  • be between the ages of 16 and 30;
  • be a permanent resident of Australia; and
  • have made a powerful impact through their practice.

Applications close 5th July.

WestWords literary service job opportunity: Producer (Sydney-based)
‘WestWords is a literary service organisation based in Parramatta. It began as a project based organisation in 2007 and was established to promote and encourage reading, writing and story-making by, and for, children and young people living in Western Sydney. In December 2014 it registered as not-for-profit company. Now in its seventh year, with centres across Western Sydney, WestWords enjoys wide recognition as a leader in the literary sector, delivering opportunities to writers at varying stages of their careers across the region, developing and enhancing community sustainability through cultural vitality.’ Full job description on their website, applications close 6th July.

2021 Richell Prize for Emerging Writers
Submit the first three chapters (up to 20,000 words) of your manuscript to the Richell Prize, which is open to unpublished writers of adult fiction and adult narrative non-fiction. Closing 9th July.

The Capstone Editing Become an Editor Scholarship
‘Capstone Editing is excited to announce the launch of a new scholarship to help people in need to train to become professional editors.
Since the outbreak of COVID-19, many people are changing careers or seeking flexible work they can perform from home. We have noticed a sharp increase in the number of people who wish to become professional editors but who don’t have the requisite training or experience.
To assist, our Become an Editor Scholarship will provide free and indefinite access to our online course Your Editing Career Launched for five people. The scholarship will be awarded based on both merit and financial need.’ Closing 9th July.

The Currency Press Award: Short scriptwriting competition for young people
Submit pieces of writing for the stage, in the form of a monologue, dialogue or short scene of no more than 500 words. The piece can be about anything—the only rule is that the word ‘fifty’ must appear somewhere in the script. Open to anyone in Australia aged 18 or below on the date of submission. Free entry, closing 9th July.

Big Sky Short Story Prize
Free entry, open theme: As part of the Big Sky Readers and Writers Festival 2021, writers from across the Midwest are invited to submit short stories between 1,000 and 3,000 words. Closing 16th July.

Submit Poetry to Burrow
Seeking up to five poems responding to the questions: ‘What does mental health (good or otherwise) look like through the prism of non-human companionship?’ Closing 20th July.

2022 KSP Residency Program: Upcoming Category
The ‘Upcoming Category’ of the KSP Writers’ Centre residency program is open to Western Australian writers under the age of 30 at the time of the application deadline.
Applicants should have been or are currently involved in the writing sector. They should be a current KSP-member and have some published material in the print, visual or broadcast media and are working towards achieving their first major full-length publication.
There are two positions available in the Upcoming Category in 2022. Each residency is for a period of one to two weeks and comes with accommodation and a salary of $500. Closing 22nd July.

Making Space for Culture: Calling all Creatives in Perth
City of Perth is joining forces with Town of Victoria Park, City of South Perth and City of Vincent to ‘make space for culture’ and want you to have your say in a landmark Artist Live/Work Needs Assessment Study. If you are an artist, singer, actor, dancer, musician, director, film-maker, or other creative, take the survey to have a say about what would attract you to live and work in the Perth inner city areas. Fill in the survey by 23 July 2021 to go in the draw to win one of two $500 cash prizes.

The Next Chapter 2021
Each year The Wheeler Centre selects ten writers to receive $15,000 and a mentor to develop their work – free to apply. Closing 23rd July.

City of Vincent Local History Awards 2021
‘Submit written and photographic entries for annual City of Vincent local history awards. Categories: Geoffrey Bolton Award (written entries up to 2,000 words); Historic Images (prior to 2000); Contemporary Images (post 2000).’ Entry is free. Closing 30th July.

Rabbit: Submissions open for Issue 34” The REPORTAGE Issue
Currently accepting up to three submissions of nonfiction poetry for their REPORTAGE Issue. ‘What happens when poetry collides with reportage? How does (or can) a poet negotiate the terrain of the journalist or news presenter? This issue seeks nonfiction poetry in any shape or form that engages with ‘reportage’ in any way–the reporting of news (local/world events, weather, business, arts, trade etc.), investigative journalism, ethics, objectivity, codes, correspondents, voice, the journalist’s ‘I’, detail, data, newspapers, broadcast or digital media, social media, truth, ‘fake news’, post-fact, the Fourth (or Fifth) Estate, and more.’ Closing 31st July.

Windfall: Australian Haiku
Submit up to six of your best haiku. ‘We are seeking haiku which are relevant to the experience of urban and rural life in Australia. Observations that celebrate landform, seasons, and our unique flora and fauna, are welcomed.’ Closing 31st July.

Nothing to Hide: Voices of Trans and Gender Diverse Australia Anthology
The editors are seeking creative non-fiction, interviews, poetry and graphics of up to 3,000 words from trans and gender diverse contributors. Each contributor selected for publication will be paid $300. Closing 1st August.

2021 Microflix Film Awards
‘The Microflix Award & Festival aims to encourage more Australian filmmakers to use work by Australian authors and to foster excellence and creativity in film adaptations. Films must be inspired by original works of Australian Microliterature (see the selected texts on the Microflix Festival website) and be no more than three minutes long, including credits.’ Closing 1st August.

Peter Blazey Fellowship
This fellowship, worth up to $15,000, is awarded annually to writers in the non-fiction fields of biography, autobiography and life writing to further a work in progress. The winner will be supported in their work by the prize and access to facilities from the Faculty of Arts, The University of Melbourne. Closing 2nd August.

City of Rockingham Creative Writing Competition
“Creative writers are invited to submit one piece of short fiction or poetry in our Creative Writing Competition under the theme ‘Metamorphosis’ – the process of transformation or growth. A change in nature of a thing or person into a completely different one. Entries will open on Monday 12 July and close on Friday 27 August 2021. 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 need to reflect the theme ‘Metamorphosis.'” Entries open in a range of categories. Closing 27th August.

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2 thoughts on “Opportunities for writers July 2021

  1. Hi there, I’m interested in the Haiku comp but when I click the link I get an Error 404 Page Not Found.
    Can you please let me know how to enter?
    Thank you 🙂 Noeleen

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