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Reading and Writing Group for Queer Youth
A place for queer (anyone who identifies as other than heterosexual and/or cisgender) or questioning young people (16-24) to read, discuss, and write together. This group is part of a PhD research project into the value of reading and writing groups for queer youth in navigating their identity and cultivating belonging through literature. Sessions will be fortnightly from July to December 2021 on Mondays from 4.30pm-6pm AEST via Zoom.
Join or find out more by emailing James Gardiner at

The Great Book Swap
“Help raise funds for the Indigenous Literacy Foundation (ILF) by organising and hosting a Great Book Swap, where you swap a favourite book in exchange for a gold coin donation. By registering to host a Great Book Swap, you will be actively helping 35,000 new books find their way to children in remote communities.”

Love to Read Local Children’s Literature Program
A free event presented at Burswood Park on 6th and 7th of June as part of the WA Day 2021 Festival, the program features loads of exciting, inspiring and interactive sessions for kids, all presented by some of WA’s best children’s authors. Western Australian authors participating include Samantha Hughes, Kitty Black, Cristy Burne (pictured), Denis Knight, Gabriel Evans, Alton Walley, Aśka, Norman Jorgensen, TC Shelley, Tamara Moss, Sean Avery, Gavin Aung Than, James Foley, Briony Stewart, Steve Heron, Matty Mitchell, Mark Greenwood, Franè Lessac, Kathryn Lefroy, Kelly Canby, Sharon Giltrow, Katie Stewart, and Katy Jiang.

Magabala Books Publishing Cadet Opportunity
Applications are now open for a new Publishing Cadet position at Magabala Books. The two-year cadetship will provide on-the-job training for an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person interested in a career in publishing. Working with Publisher extraordinaire Rachel Bin Salleh, the Cadet will gain experience across all areas of the organisation and work with First Nations storytellers, writers, illustrators and artists from across Australia. Magabala Books encourages applicants with a range of skills and experience to apply (with or without qualifications). Applications close 7th June.

Mascara Bundanon Writers’ Residency
The Mascara Literary Review, in partnership with the Bundanon Trust, has launched the inaugural Mascara Bundanon Writer’s residency, which is now open for submissions. This is an opportunity for an emerging or established First Nations or CaLD writer with an innovative project that pushes their writing craft into new expressive and conceptual territory. Applications can be for a project in poetry, fiction, non-fiction, scriptwriting, graphic novel/spoken word or in criticism. The winner receives a two week residency at Bundanon, a stipend of $1,000 and a manuscript reading to be arranged with Ultimo Press. Applications close 7th June.

Artist in Residence: The Old School Mt Wilson, NSW
Applications are currently open for residencies in the October 2021 to June 2022 period. The program provides residency, accommodation and studio, for one month for both emerging and established artists and suits musicians/composers, writers, visual and textile artists. Each resident will give a community engagement event. Closing 7th June.

KSP seeking Community Engagement Officer
The KSP Writers’ Centre is currently seeking a part-time community engagement officer, commencing mid-June 2021. This is a 12-hour-per-week role undertaken on premises at the KSP Writers’ Centre in the Perth hills suburb of Greenmount. Applications close 7th June.

Free creative writing workshops in Raine Square, WA
“In support of Writing WA’s Love To Read Local Week, Raine Square will host a range of collaborative writing workshops between June 9 – 11 to really make lunchtimes lit! The free 45-minute sessions will be hosted by independent WA based publisher, Night Parrot Press. The workshops will offer a rare and illuminating insight into creative writing! Sharpen your skills at our free writing workshops! Bookings are essential.”

Apply to join the Voiceworks Editorial Committee
Voiceworks is looking for new members (aged 24 and under) to join our volunteer editorial committee. We’re after people who are familiar with Voiceworks and have a passion for developing talent in young writers. We are looking for editors of fiction, nonfiction and poetry for the print mag, as well as online editors. Interstate applications are welcome, and we strongly encourage applicants who are not/have not been enrolled in an editing or publishing degree. We particularly encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people of colour, people with a disability, and people who identify as part of the LGBTQIA+ spectrum.” Applications close 12th June.

2021 ARA Historical Novel Prize
‘The ARA Historical Novel Prize is open to all authors who are citizens or residents of Australia or New Zealand. Authors, publishers, or agents may submit books in print or digital editions. Works must be published between 1 July 2020 and 30 June 2021 to be eligible. The history explored can be from any era or society across the world.’ This award opened on 14th April, closing 14th June.

Kate Challis RAKA Award
“This award, worth up to $20,000, is for the best book of fiction by an Indigenous author published between 2016 and 2021. Complete an online application and submit five copies of your book.” Nominations close 14th June.

National Writer’s Conference 2021, 19th June
“The National Writers’ Conference is a live online conference event, hosted on Zoom. Buy a ticket to tune in live or watch on-demand later. That’s right – ticketholders will gain access to all videos after the conference to watch at their own pace.” A full conference pass is $90, concessions available.

Emerging Writers’ Festival 2021, 16-26th June
“Featuring more than 50 in-person and digital events to attend. From Wednesday 16 – Saturday 26 June 2021, storytellers across the globe will unite to showcase their talents, tell their tales and share insights and experiences in a program filled with discovery, learning, and delight.”

KYD School Writing Prize
“The KYD School Writing Prize gives a voice to young people exploring aspects of contemporary life and society that concern them. We seek entries of between 1000 and 1500 words in either fiction and non-fiction, with students responding to a current social or political issue. The winner receives a $500 cash prize, editorial support and publication in KYD.” Closing 25th June.

2022 KSP Residency Program: Emerging & Invited Categories Applications are open for the Emerging and Invited categories of the KSP Writers’ Centre writers-in-residence program. The emerging writer-in-residence will receive a salary of $1,000 AUS, and accommodation in one of the cabins at KSP for a period of between two and four weeks. The selection panel may also offer a non-salaried invited writer scholarship to a well-deserving short-listed applicant in the emerging category, if they happen to be unsuccessful for an emerging writer position. This residency will be for a period of one to two weeks. Closing 27th June.

Rockingham Writers Convention, 10th July 2021
Attend a full day of workshops at the Rockingham Writers Convention on Saturday 10 July at Mary Davies Library and Community Centre in Baldivis. Registration is $125 and closes on 30thJune.

Liminal & Pantera Press Nonfiction Prize
For First Nations writers and writers of colour. This inaugural Nonfiction Prize calls for writing on the theme of ARCHIVE. We are looking for nonfiction writing that bends and shifts boundaries—that queries form as much as it interrogates content. We are looking for work from First Nations writers, and Australian writers of colour who seek to challenge singular narratives about the past, and who wish to offer testimony and prophecy alike. Submit writing of no more than 4,000 words that addresses the idea of ‘Archive’, in its grand capacity. Closes 1st July.

Adelaide Plains Poets Poetry Competition 2021
Entry fees: free for school students; for adults $10 for first poem, $5 for subsequent poems. Submit poems up to 60 lines on the theme of recovery. Closing 2nd July.

2021 Randolph Stow Young Writers Award
Entry: free Submit a poem or short story. Open to students in Years 3 to 12, who are studying in the Midwest. Word limit depends on age of writer. Closing 3rd July.

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