Opportunities for Writers March 2020

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Parliamentary Book Club taking book nominations
The Parliamentary Book Club is a new, bi-partisan initiative led by Senator Hollie Hughes and Graham Perrett MP as part of the Parliamentary Friends of Australian Books and Writers group. Find your MPs by postcode and let them know your recommendation of a book by an Australian author published in the last five years. Closing 6th March.

Ada Cambridge Writing Prizes – for Victorian writers
This prizes costs AUD $15 to enter and is for writers who live in the state of Victoria. Accepting biographical prose between 1,000-3,000 words and poetry up to 30 lines. Closing 9th March.

INSPIRE: Writer in Residence Initiative
This new initiative is a chance for Western Australian writers to undertake a residency in one of three properties in the Perth metropolitan area. Open to emerging and established Western Australian writers of non-fiction, history, creative fiction, novels, short stories, poetry, graphic illustrators and digital creators (pod-casts, blogs etc). Closing 16th March.

2020 Peter Carey Award
This award costs AUD$10 to enter. Seeking short stories between 2,000-3,000 words, open to all Australian residents. Closes 19th March.

City of Fremantle Hungerford Award 2020
Entry for this opportunity is $30. Awarded for an unpublished novel, collection of short fiction, YA fiction or narrative non-fiction work by a West Australian first time author. Works must be between 50,000 and 120,000 words. Closing 20th March.

Marathon Writing Competition
This event costs $25. ‘Kick-start your writing by competing in The Society of Women Writers WA Marathon Writing Competition on Saturday 28 March, 10.15 am to 5.15 pm at the State Library of WA. You will be given 10 writing challenges, each lasting 25 minutes, to generate ideas for stories, poems or articles.

2020 Little Black Dress Spooky Story Competition – for WA writers
Open to Western Australian residents only, free to enter, and open in two categories:

Youth (8-18 years) – max. 500 words
Adult (over 18) – max. 1,200 words

Winners will be announced at KSP’s Spooky Stories Sundowner, which also combines an anthology launch featuring work from all the winners and shortlisted entrants. Closing 29th March.

The Young Adas 2020 – for Melbourne’s young western suburbs residents
Open to 14-18 year olds who live, study or work in Melbourne’s western suburbs. They are invited to write a story up to 1,000 words about something that matters to them in their world, whether it is love, friendship, discoveries, injustice or loss. Closing 29th March.

Copyright Agency’s Publishing Industry Career Development Grants
The Copyright Agency’s Publishing Industry Career Development Grants support individuals working in the Australian publishing industry with grants of $5,000 for professional development, leadership, and career enhancing opportunities and projects. Closing 30th March.

Submissions open for Westerly 65.1
Submit poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction, essays and reviews for Westerly’s next print issue, which is unthemed. Submissions close 31st March.

Horror Writers Shadow Awards
Entry for these awards is free. Accepting entries of works that were published in the calendar year of 2019 in the following categories: Short Fiction, Long Fiction, Novel, Collection, Edited publication, Graphic Novels & Comics, Non-fiction, Poetry. Nominations closing 31st March.

The Denmark Arts Varuna Writer’s Fellowship
There is a $25 entry fee for this opportunity. ‘Denmark Arts has partnered with Varuna, The National Writer’s House, to create a Writers Fellowship. The recipient of the Fellowship will be offered a two week residency to be taken in the second half of 2020 at the prestigious writers centre in the Blue Mountains, NSW. They will also receive a $500-800 travel stipend to assist with costs. The Fellowship is designed to support writers across different genres and at all stages of their writing careers.’ Entries close 31st March.

WB Yeats Poetry Prize
This opportunity costs $10 for initial entry, $4 for each additional poem entered. Seeking poems up to 50 lines, open style. Closing 31st March.

The Golden Pen Writing Award 2020 – for young writers
Submit fiction, creative non-fiction, poetry, comics, or a graphic novel about Planet Earth. Word limit: 3,000 words. Accepting submissions in three categories:

Junior – primary school students aged 10-12
Middle – high school students aged 12-14
Senior – high school students aged 15-17

The competition is in conjunction with the Scribblers Festival to be held in May. Closing 31st March.

Griffith Review 70: The Novella Project VIII
Entry for this competition is AUD$30 for Griffith Review Subscribers and $60 for non-subscribers. Seeking fiction and creative non-fiction between 15,000 and 25,000 words ‘celebrating generosities and kindnesses, the uplifting and memorable experiences that can illuminate lives’. Closing 31st March.

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