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The Bird Makers Project
‘Through the remnants of shared experience, each stitch becomes bigger than the self. Suitable for beginner and advanced sewers, you will be guided through online resources to create a single black bird made from your own donated piece of black clothing. These black birds will represent your time in isolation as we stand side by side in an unimagined situation, making history together. For Western Australian residents, your bird will be collected and become part of the set for Artistic Director, Raewyn Hill’s new work ARCHIVES OF HUMANITY in 2021.’

When you’ve finished your bird, you can register it with a story of personal migration, self-isolation or what the meaning of the garment you have donated holds for you, to be presented alongside the exhibit. This opportunity is currently ongoing with no set deadline.

Midsumma Pathways Mentorships
‘Midsumma Pathways is a nine-month mentorship program for LGBTQIA+ artists with disability. The Pathways program provides a queer context for up to twelve LGBTQIA+ participants with disability to develop their artistic practices. It includes access to professional mentoring, group workshops and contact with arts industry representatives, that build participants’ capacity.

Accepted into the program have previously been artists from across all disciplines – including dance, visual art, theatre, media, circus, burlesque and writing. As the program will be delivered online and through other remote learning options and platforms, the program will continue to be delivered throughout the COVID-19 period of social distancing and restrictions. Midsumma Pathways is open to applicants who are interstate (it is based in Southbank, Victoria). Some funding may be arranged for travel and accommodation if any in-person events are able to proceed.’ Closing 8th May

National Young Writers’ Festival 2020 Artist Callout
The theme for the 2020 National Young Writers’ Festival is ‘The Raucous Twenties’. ‘Wild parties and great writing, a desire to eat the rich, and breakneck technological change, old roads being ripped up for the new, a viral pandemic. Sound familiar? Welcome back to the 20s, baby. The world is changing (again). The future is uncertain (again). And as we enter our 23rd year, NYWF is sending out a call to arms, asking writers to look to the past and march into a future of change, prosperity, and hope.’

NYW are looking for journalists, novelists, poets, podcasters, bloggers, content makers, lyricists and more to pitch event ideas that encourage guests to see the parallels between the political upheavals of the 1920’s and today as well as how we can look to the past as we march into the future. Events may include workshops, panels, readings, roundtables, performances or you can simply submit an idea you’d like to see discussed. Successful applicants will be paid $60 per event, $200 for workshops and a choice of accommodation at the Newcastle YHA or a $30/night accommodation subsidy. Applications close 8th May.

Life in the Time of Corona – A Short Story Compilation
Mana Press invites submissions to its short story compilation Life in the Time of Corona. Stories should look at the themes of memory, isolation, life, connection, technology, community, individuality, relationships, change and imagination. Stories would preferably be fiction but non-fiction is accepted, and all genres will be considered.

Stories should be between 500-2000 words. Accepted submissions will be published in an ebook with a copy sent to all contributors. The ebook will be posted on the Mana Press website and/or Amazon at a ‘Pay what you like’ sale price. Submissions close 8th May.

Submit to Suburban Review #18: Regional Voices
‘We want you to write about what regional Australian means to you. We want to read your experience of it, not wistful Australian nostalgia. Guest edited by Holly Isemonger, this issue of The Suburban Review wants writing that is experimental, confessional, lyrical, procedural—we want writing that can’t be put into any category. We don’t want to read about an idea of life in regional Australia, we want to read about your experience of life in regional Australia. We strongly encourage submissions from people who have found poetry too intimidating before, or are new to submitting. Regional voices have something unique to say about Australia. It’s 2020, write for yourself, not for the past.’

The Suburban Review accepts fiction (500-2500 words), creative non-fiction (500-2500 words), poetry and comics (2 pages) with payments to accepted submissions between $75-150. Submissions to this issue close 11.59pm 10th May AEST.

Golden Pen Writing Competition
Although the Scribblers Festival has been cancelled, its writing competition remains open. ‘What comes to mind when you hear the words, Planet Earth? Perhaps you dream of visiting outer space and looking at Earth from afar? Or you have a plan that’ll save Earth from extinction? Maybe you’re the discoverer of a new fauna or flora species? Is there some small part of our planet that holds a special place in your heart?’

In 3,000 words or less, submit fiction, creative non-fiction, poetry, comic, or graphic novel about Planet Earth. Open to residents of Western Australia aged 10-17 (with three different age categories to submit to), all shortlisted entrants will receive bookshop vouchers with an overall winner receiving a cash prize. Closing date is 10th May.

Varuna Affirm Press Mentorship Award
This opportunity will allow up to four writers working on a YA or middle-grade manuscript with sci-fi and fantasy themes to develop their work. The residency includes manuscript feedback and meetings with Affirm Press editorial staff, independent writing time in your own private writing studio, accommodation and meals. It is important to note that while writers will be chosen based on the potential to be publishable, this program does not come with a  guarantee of publication.

Applicants should send the first 7000-8000 words of the manuscript along with a synopsis of the entire work along with an application form. The application costs $60 or $30 for Healthcare card holders. Financially current alumni members may apply using their annual fee waver. If successful, you will be asked to make a contribution of $385 towards your residency and will need to fund your own travel expenses to and from Varuna. Healthcare card holders may apply for a Varuna Travel Assistance Fund subsidy of up to $300.

Leave Your Legacy at a Global Art Library
‘Order a sketchbook, fill it up, and send it back to us to be a part of the world’s largest collection of artist sketchbooks! Every participant is sent the same 5×7” blank custom sketchbook. Each book will be given a unique six-digit barcode so we can easily catalogue it into Brooklyn Art Library’s system.

Once we catalogue it, you’ll be able to track where your book travels and how often it is viewed – we want to make sure you can stay connected with your sketchbook! Anyone – from anywhere in the world – can be a part of the project.’ Order by 14th May.

Australia Institute Writer in Residence Program: Round 2
The Level at Endeavour House, Canberra, is hosting a Writer in Residence Program in recognition of the value and importance of writers in our public discourse and in acknowledgement of the role that writers and storytellers play in shaping our national identity.

The program is open to writers of non-fiction (but is closed to tenured academics) with the aim of assisting an Australian writer to significantly develop their next book during a 2-week period of residency. The residency includes modest accommodation, a stipend of $2500 per week, and would culminate in a public talk about the writer’s work in general or a writing workshop. Applications close 15th May.

SLQ Young Writers Award
For Queensland writers aged 18-25, submit your short stories of up to 2500 words with a first place prize of $2000 and three runners up paid $500. The winning story will also be published by Griffith Review, with all runners up and the winner receiving free membership to the Queensland Writers Centre. Closing 15th May.

WSU-WW Writers in Residence program
Two Western Sydney Writers in Residence positions are available for 2020. This program is directly focused on giving writers with at least one major single author publication with a recognised publisher the opportunity to develop their professional skills and a new work through a tailored program of activities. 55% of the successful applicants’ time will be devoted to their own projects, with 35% to mentoring young writers at WSU and WestWords and 10% to community engagement events.

Open to all Australian citizens, CALD and Indigenous writers are encouraged to apply. Each resident receives remuneration of $12,500. Applicants must demonstrate an affinity or interest in the diverse concerns and characteristics of Western Sydney, how the opportunity will assist in the development of their writing and career, their genre and preferred dates for the residency as well as providing a proposal outlining your project, a CV and a sample of writing. Applications close 17th May.

World Poetry Day Competition
‘Poetry Object ignites imaginations by inviting poems inspired by treasured, curious, everyday, extraordinary, interplanetary, or talismanic objects. We’re creating a new space for poets to shape the worlds around them. From the memory of galactic stones to sneakers that glow in the dark, the satellites of mobile phones and comets of things past – a first tooth, a red ballet shoe, fake vampire fangs, a stamp collection holding secret light – we’re looking for poets and poems that voice the hidden histories of special objects and talismans that we keep close through the orbit of our lives.’

Open to Australian school students and teachers, write a poem of 20 lines or less about an object. Winners receive a prize-pack including a cash prize, book pack, mentoring session with the judge, and 1 year subscription to your choice of Good Reading, Spine Out or PK Magazine. There are also special prizes for regional and remote school communities including Rex flights and publication in the Rex inflight magazine, and highly commended prizes. Closing 5pm 22nd May.

2020 Write-ability Fellowship
For writers in Victoria, this fellowship aims to support emerging writers with a disability by providing tailored professional development such a manuscript assessments, curated programs of workshops, and/or mentoring. You do not need to disclose the nature of your disability to be eligible. Successful applicants will also need to keep a journal which reflects on the fellowship process and provide a photograph and short biography for publicity purposes. There will be no financial payment to Fellowship participants.

Applicants will need to supply a completed application form and an extract of their writing from the project they will work on during the fellowship. Applications close 4pm, 26th May.

The 2020 Banjo Prize
For writers of genre fiction such as crime, historical fiction, family sagas, domestic noir, uplit or psychological thriller. The Banjo Prize is open to Australian writers with the chance to win a publishing contract with HarperCollins and an advance of $15,000. Two runners-up will each receive a written assessment of their manuscript from HarperCollins.

Applicants are required to submit a full manuscript of adult commercial fiction (75,00-100,000 words), a 500-word synopsis and a 200-word biographical statement. Any Australian resident aged 18 or older is eligible to enter. Closing 29th May.

2020 Daisy Utemorrah Award
This unpublished manuscript prize for a work of junior or YA fiction is open to Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander people currently living in Australia. The winner will receive $15,000 and a publishing contract with Magabala Books.

Entries must include confirmation of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander Heritage (see award guidelines for accepted documentation) and writers must be living in Australia. Writers under the age of 18 must have consent from a parent or guardian to enter. The manuscript must be an original work, unpublished, not under consideration for any other writing competition or under submission to a publisher, and should be between 40,000-100,000 words. Manuscripts may be presented in English, Aboriginal English, an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander language, or a combination of these including a bilingual text. Submissions close 31st May.

Antithesis Volume 30 ‘Mental’
‘What is ‘mental’? Does it solely refer to the inner workings of the mind? Is it an exclamation attached to an extraordinary occurrence, or inherently tied to mental health? How has the word affected humanity throughout history? How does the label ‘mental’ entwine, enrich or even damage one’s sense of self? Can the word be reclaimed from its loaded history?’

Open to submissions of creative fiction, non-fiction and personal essay (up to 5000 words), reviews for books, films, exhibitions and performances (up to 5000 words), scholarly research articles (up to 7500 words), poetry (up to 100 lines) and artwork. Contributors are encouraged to pitch their idea first with financial reimbursement of $50 per published contributor and a free copy of the final publication. Submissions close 31st May.

The Australian/Vogel’s Literary Award
Hailed as Australia’s richest award for Young Writers, this unpublished manuscript competition seeks works of fiction, Australian history or biography by writers under the age of 35. The winner receives $20,000 plus publication with Allen & Unwin.

To enter, your manuscript must be between 30,000 and 100,000 words and you must also submit a one-page synopsis and completed entry form. Entry is $25. Closing 31st May.

World Tales Short Story Competition
‘Climate change, human rights violations, conflicts, racism and discrimination are among many threats to our present and future. In the face of adversity, creative young minds need to be encouraged to find innovative solutions.’

Open to writers between the ages of 12 and 18, short stories for this competition should focus on the theme ‘Once upon a time in my future’. Entrants are encouraged to explore the challenges of today and tomorrow with a focus on the potential for future societies to be air, inclusive, peaceful, resilient, sustainable and/or tolerant. Short stories should be between 250-500 words. Closing 31st May.

Phone It In Competition

‘The art of microlit pieces is that it offers meaningful insights into character, plot development and theme despite its brief nature. Sometimes it is what is left out of microlit – what it implies or points to – that is as important as what is actually written. A microlit piece may be only one or two paragraphs long but they are often so rich with meaning that they linger in the mind and invite return visits.’
Open to Australian 15-18 year olds, this competition asks you to write a 200-word microlit piece on the theme of ‘Sound’ and then record your entry to submit as an audio file no longer than 2 minutes. Entrants go in the running to win a $200 book voucher. Closing 31st May.

The Big Issue Fiction Edition
This special edition will feature work from some of Australia’s most-loved writers, as well as a collection of open submissions. The editors are looking for stories covering all genres: comedy, love stories, sci-fi, crime stories and everything in between. Don’t be afraid to try something a bit different.

Every author published is paid $500. Stories should be between 300 and 3,000 words. Stories must be previously unpublished. Submissions are limited to one story per person. Closing 1st June

2020 GMW Emerging Writers Competition
Open to residents of Victoria over the age of 18, this competition accepts short stories or creative non-fiction submissions of between 2,000 and 3,000 words. Writers must have no more than three stories or articles published in a recognised book, magazine, or journal.

Winners of each category will receive a $1,000 cash prize, with second prizes of $250 awarded to one runner-up in each category. The first and second prize entries will also be published in the October/November issue of ‘The Victorian Writer’ magazine.This year’s judges are Alice Robinson (Fiction) and Elizabeth Flux (Non-Fiction). Closing 9am AEDT 3rd June.


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