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Pitches open for Women With Disabilities Australia
“WWDA will soon be launching a blog on their website and are looking for women, girls or non-binary people with disability that live in Australia and like to write, make videos or podcasts. Payment is $100 for blog posts. Blogs can be accepted in written form (approx. 750 words), audio or video format (approx. 3 mins).”

Submit to #EnbyLife
#EnbyLife is an online journal by and for non-binary and gender diverse people. Seeking: “Poetry including text and visual poems, essays, non-fiction, short stories, flash fiction and micro fiction, comics, artwork and illustrations, audio such as slam poems and music, RPGs and text-based games, digital zines, hybrid and experimental pieces, AND work that doesn’t fall neatly into any of these categories. If you think we can put it on a website, send it our way! Note: For written work, we’d prefer it to be under 5000 words. We also do not accept full manuscripts. #EnbyLife pays $20 (AUD) to each artist published.”

Baby Teeth journal open for submissions
Seeking photography, audio & spoken word, poetry, prose, scripts, comics, visual art and illustrations, and visual poetry. All published pieces are paid a flat rate of $25 (AUD). See the website for further requirements.

Arts Access Australia National Leadership Award 2020
“The 2020 Arts Access Australia National Leadership Award, of up to $10,000 awarded to a new and emerging leader in the arts and disability sector, will be announced on International Day of People with Disability, 3 December 2020, in partnership with the Australia Council National Arts and Disability Awards.
Applicants are invited to propose how they will use the awarded funds in a way that will provide each applicant the best opportunities to further develop their leadership skills and potential (for example, leadership or professional development training, access support and services, office set-up; business equipment and technology; related travel and accommodation; resume and portfolio development).” Closing 9th November.

The Horne Prize
“This year’s prize will be presented in early December for an essay of up to 3000 words addressing some part of the theme ‘Australian life’ – shining light on a particular aspect of who we are, from a contemporary perspective.” Closing 9th November.

Small Truths: a micro-essay competition
“In 2020, we are pleased to announce Small Truths, a new award that invites incisive, succinct micro-essays on an aspect of Australian life, of no more than 300 characters (including spaces) in total.” The essay must embody “keen insight and depth of knowledge, rather than sentiment.” Closing 9th November.

Micro-grants for Diverse Voices
“Closer Productions and Adelaide Film Festival are offering micro-grants for early ideas from voices and perspectives currently under-represented, to allow time and space to develop and nurture them. 4 x $5000 grants will be offered to diverse filmmakers to develop their own project. At least one of these four grants is identified as for an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Creative.
Each grantee will be offered 3 x optional 1 hour sessions to discuss your concept and the creative and practical steps on developing your project further with the Closer Productions team.
Who is eligible? Writers, directors, documentary makers, who identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander, LGBTQ+ and gender diverse people, Deaf and disabled people and people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.” Closing 10th November.

Odyssey House Short Story Competition 2020
Entry fee is $10 per entry, for up to three entries. Seeking stories up to 1,500 words on the theme of ‘Isolation’, and stories must make a reference to alcohol or drugs. Closing 13th November.

The Editing Micro-Festival: 13th-15th November
“The ethos of the Editing Micro-Festival is to provide an accessible, affordable space for all writers and editors to learn, while still bringing the best writing and editing brains to share their knowledge in workshops and on panels.
With that in mind, the Editing Micro-Festival is available to all punters on a “pay what you feel” basis. Fifty per cent of all profits collected with this method will be directed to Pay The Rent, a Victorian initiative that helps settlers direct a portion of their income back to Aboriginal people on whose land we live and work.”

KYD Non-fiction pitches open for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander writers
“Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander writers are invited to submit pitches to KYD’s general callout without the need for a KYD Membership. Alternatively, First Nations writers are invited to pitch directly to KYD’s First Nations Editor-in-Residence.” Seeking Essay/Commentary (1,000-2,000 words), Memoir or personal essay (1,000-1,500 words), and Cultural criticism (1,000-1,500 words). Closing 14th November.

Sudden Writing Prize 2020: for writers up to 25 y.o.
Submissions cost $5. “The Australasian Association of Writing Programs (AAWP) / Voiceworks(Express Media) invite submissions of Sudden Writing. We are deeply interested in capturing a composite picture of what people are writing about. Now. Please send creative work—short-short fiction, “sudden” fiction, “sketchy” stories, creative nonfiction, poetry, as well as hybrid forms. We are accepting submissions on the following scale:

  • up to 400 words prose,
  • 40 lines for poetry,
  • 200 words for prose poems, and
  • the equivalent for hybrid forms.”

Closing 15th November.

Penguin Random House Australian Write It Fellowship 2021
“Write It aspires to discover, nurture and develop unpublished voices across all genres (fiction and non-fiction for adult and young readers), focusing on writers from socio-economically marginalised backgrounds, LGBTQ+, Indigenous or CALD (culturally and linguistically diverse) writers, or writers with a disability.
The successful applicants will be mentored by Penguin Random House Australia editors with the hope of publication. Additionally, as part of the fellowship, the winners will participate in a PRHA Open House Day during which they will have the opportunity to learn about the various facets of publishing and what goes into acquiring, editing, marketing, publicising and selling a book.” Applications closing 15th November

Island: Open for Fiction and Non-fiction Submissions
“Island is currently accepting fiction and non-fiction submissions from residents of Australia, New Zealand, Pacific neighbours or from Australians living abroad. While there is no specified word limits, the editors suggest that they are unlikely to publish something that is more than 5,000 words.” Closing 15th November.

The 2021 Hazel Rowley Literary Fellowship
“…the Fellowship supports Australian writers of biography, including those working on an aspect of cultural or social history. The Fellowship awards $15,000 to assist with travel and research.” Closing 16th November.

2020 Neilma Sidney Short Story Prize – Overland
Entry fee: $12 for subscribers and $20 for non-subscribers of Overland. Seeking original, unpublished short fiction of up to 3,000 words themed around the notion of ‘travel’. Open to all writers, nationally and internationally. Closing 16th November.

2020 Judith Wright Poetry Prize – Overland
Entry fee: $12 for subscribers and $20 for non-subscribers of Overland. Seeking poetry “by writers who have published no more than one collection of poems under their own name (i.e. writers who’ve had zero collections published, or one solo collection published).” Open to Australian and international writers, poems must be no more than 80 lines. Closing 16th November.

Boundless Indigenous Writer’s Mentorship Program
“The mentorship is awarded annually to an unpublished Indigenous writer who has made substantial progress on a work of fiction or non-fiction. The intention of the program is to support the writer to develop their manuscript and to facilitate a pathway to publication.” Closing 23rd November.

KYD New Critic Award 2021
“This award assists the vocational development of an early-career critic across all artforms.” Closing 30th November.

2021 Dorothy Hewett Award for an Unpublished Manuscript
Seeking submissions of completed unpublished manuscripts of prose (fiction or narrative non-fiction) at least 40,000 words, or poetry of at least 90 pages. Closing 30th November.

Jackie Hosking’s Spring Competition for Writers of Rhyme & Metre
“Open to adults who write for kids in two categories: Rhyming Poetry and Rhyming Stories in Verse.” $10 per entry. Closing 30th November.

SCBWI Australian Picture Book Illustrator Awards
“The SCBWI Australian Picture Book Illustrator Awards recognise the talent of PAL published Australian children’s illustrators, in visual narrative for picture books and graphic novels from early childhood to young adult.

Established Illustrator Award
Established illustrators, those with six or more picture books or graphic novels that are already published by a PAL publisher. The successful applicant will win an award of $8,000 to assist with the creation of a new picture book or graphic novel.

Developing Illustrator Award
Developing illustrators, defined as those with between three and five picture books or graphic novels that are already published by a PAL Publisher. The successful applicant will win an award of $5,000 to assist with the creation of a new picture book or graphic novel.

Emerging Illustrator Award
Emerging illustrators, defined as illustrators with between one and two picture books or graphic novels already published by a PAL publisher. The successful applicant will win an award of $2,000 to assist with the creation of a new picture book or graphic novel.

The awards can be used to help cover living expenses, travel and research costs, art materials, costs associated with training in a traditional technique, new technology, writing, design or layout, or costs associated with working with experts in identified areas of need including writing, editing or art methods.” Closing 1st December.

Varuna First Nations Fellowships
“Each year, six fellowships, including accommodation, all meals, travel expenses and manuscript consultations, are awarded to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander writers from anywhere in Australia.
This fellowship program is open to writers of all genres of fiction, narrative non-fiction, poetry, children’s books, graphic novels, dramatic/screen writing, writing for radio, translation, YA, essays or short fiction. Submissions in language are welcomed.” Closing 10th December.

Griffith Review 72: States of Mind
This issue will ‘…will explore the parameters of our cognitive landscapes and how far they might take us. We’re looking for new work that responds to these ideas in the form of essays, reportage, creative non-fiction, fiction, visual essays and poetry.’ Closing 14th December.

Curiouser Magazine open for submissions
“We accept short fiction and poetry. Word limit for short fiction is 5,000. Line limit for poetry is 50. I believe in paying writers. Remuneration for poems is $25, and for short fiction it’s $75-125 (depending on length and editing time). Curiouser Magazine’s theme is ‘unsettling’. We’re looking for fiction and poetry that break the boundaries between real and unreal. Horror, suspense, magic realism, weird – if it’s challenging, surreal, or thought-provoking, then we’re interested in reading it!” Closing 31st December.

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