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Right Now Magazine: Human Rights in Australia – seeking submissions
“We’re looking for pitches on human rights issues in Australia. We focus on the coverage of current issues through a variety of forms, including:

  • Opinion and analysis
  • Journalism
  • Interviews
  • Fiction and poetry
  • Reviews of events, books, music and exhibitions
  • Multimedia: photography, artwork, video and audio including spoken word”

Overland fiction submissions open – open to Aus. and NZ writers
Overland is currently open for fiction submissions – see their website for more details.

Palmyra Intergenerational Community Art Project
“Meliville City invites artists, groups and organisations to respond to a Request for Quote for an intergenerational community art project to take place within Palmyra in Melville. The City is seeking artists/arts groups who acknowledge the power of storytelling, care, neighbourhood connections the link between the arts and good health.” Closing 5th October.

demos journal – call for submissions
“Submissions are now open for demos journal’s next issue: ‘Precarity’, a collaboration between demos journal and the Institute of Postcolonial Studies (IPCS).” Seeking essays, crafty opinions, stories, poems, artwork, photography or video work that “contest, reject and extend on the fragmentary effects of precarity, for precarious histories and experiences, analyses and reflections.” Closing 5th October.

Submissions open for Cordite 99: Brownface
“The brownface caricature of Jonah Takalua – as created and played by comedian Chris Lilley in the television show Jonah from Tonga – has been haunting Australia for twelve years.
Drawing on the long and racist history of blackface, brownface enables White people to don textured wigs, act out exaggerated slurs and speech and cover their skin in dark paint as a way to dehumanise people of colour all in the name of a “laugh”.
As Australia attempts to lift the brown veil of its minstrel ghost, how do its poets respond? What has happened in your country?
The kind of work I’ll be looking for includes:

  • poems that address and are critical of the use of brownface;
  • poems that re-centre cultural stories and storytelling;
  • poems that unpack the dangers of predominantly White-controlled nations;
  • poems that reflect the nuanced intersections – race, age, class, gender, sexuality, disability – of its writer.

For this theme, I and Cordite Poetry Review strongly encourage Black, Indigenous and people of colour to submit work.” Closing 11th October.

Magabala Books 2020 Creative Development Scholarships
“Magabala Scholarships support professional development activity relating to writing, illustration and storytelling, which may result in a manuscript for potential publication. Scholarships are self-customised to meet the development needs of the individual creator.
2020 scholarships will support creative and professional development activity that will be carried out between December 2020 and December 2021. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander storytellers, writers, illustrators and artists of any genre are eligible to apply. Scholarship proposals are welcomed from both emerging and established creators.
The financial assistance that can be applied for may include, but is not limited to:

  • Editorial support;
  • Writing, illustration, editorial mentoring fees or workshop;
  • Securing a manuscript assessment or initial edit of a manuscript;
  • Payment of course fees or training expenses (not including university level fees);
  • Purchasing illustration materials for a specific project;
  • Travel assistance to attend a professional development workshop or experience;
  • Creator fees up to $1000 to work on a specific project.”

Closing 11th October.

n-SCRIBE 2020 – Darebin Arts’ annual literary magazine
For writers with a connection to the City of Darebin. “Work of all styles and genres is welcome including but not limited to prose, fiction, non-fiction, poetry, short story, journalism, creative non-fiction and memoir. For more info about what is published, have a look at past editions of n-SCRIBE [on our website].” Closing 12th October.

The Bird Makers Project
“The Bird Makers Project is a Co:3 Australia global initiative devised by Artistic Director, Raewyn Hill and International Artist, Naoko Yoshimoto.  Participants are asked to contemplate a story of isolation or migration while creating a single black bird made from a donated piece of clothing.
For Western Australian residents, the story along with your black bird will be collected and become part of the set for Raewyn Hill’s new work ARCHIVES OF HUMANITY in 2021. It will also form part of an interactive exhibition of the birds and their narratives that the general public can read and experience. Suitable for beginner and advanced storytellers and sewers.” Closing 15th October.

Bent Street 4.2: Call for Submissions
“Bent Street: a biannual journal Australian LGBTIQA+ Art, Writing & Ideas is calling for contributions for Bent Street 4.2 (November/December 2020). The end-of-year edition is open themed.
Bent Street publishes essays, short fiction, poetry, artwork, interviews, opinion pieces, tweets, blog posts, extracts from work-in-progress, that reflect the LGBTIQA+ community.” Closing 15th October.

Hardie Grant Spark Prize
“The Spark Prize is your chance to develop a narrative non-fiction project from a budding idea to a publishable book with the guidance of Hardie Grant’s professional editorial team.
To enter, simply submit a book proposal for your great narrative non-fiction idea including:

  • a one-page synopsis
  • a chapter outline (maximum 3,000 words)
  • and a sample of (maximum 5,000 words) of your work-in-progress”

Closing 16th October.

RWA Academy 2021: Call for Proposals
“Our professional development team is seeking quality proposals for courses in writing craft (e.g. deep point of view, show don’t tell, grammar, world building, writing in different sub-genres, etc.) or in the business of being a writer (marketing, publishing, advertising and more). If you have an idea on writing craft or business, we would love to see it.” Closing 16th October.

RAF Recovery Grants – for regional WA artists
“RAF Recovery Grants are designed to assist the medium-term needs of Regional WA artists, organisations and communities recovering from the implications of COVID-19.
Applications for Recovery grants of up to $30,000 are open to individuals, groups and incorporated not-for-profit organisations based in Regional WA. To be eligible, projects and activities in this program should focus on recovering aspects affected by COVID-19.
Project activities could include creative recovery projects, training programs, operational recovery plans, asset purchase or replacement (up to $5,000) and the development of risk plans and emergency operating procedures and responses.” Closing 22nd October.

Kill Your Darlings job opportunity: Melbourne-based part-time Deputy Editor
“KYD is looking for a deputy editor to join our small but expanding publishing team from January 2021. This is a part-time (1 day a week) paid role based in our Melbourne office.
This newly created role requires you to work on a range of editorial projects, including but not limited to magazine content, our New Australian Fiction anthology and other writing initiatives. You will be responsible for structural editing, copy-editing and proofing across a variety of genres.” Read the full position description on their website, applications close 29th October.

Magabala Books Fellowship for Mid-career Authors
“The Fellowship is open to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander storytellers and writers of junior, YA and adult fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and memoir (please note children’s picture book manuscripts are ineligible). To enter you must have previously published at least one book. This can be in any genre or category, but it must have been traditionally published. Self-published works are excluded.” Closing 30th October.

Applications for Judges for the 2021/2023 CBCA Book of the Year Awards are now open!
“The Children’s Book Council of Australia receives in excess of 450 entries for the Book of the Year Awards. Volunteer judges demonstrate in-depth knowledge and expertise to select the very best of Australian children’s literature.” Applications close 30th October.

Hardie Grant: Little Hare Prize for Illustration
“The Little Hare Prize for Illustration has been established by Hardie Grant Children’s Publishing to inspire new work from unpublished and emerging artists. To be eligible for the prize, artists should not have illustrated more than one picture book with a trade publisher.
Awarded annually, the winner will receive a publishing contract and full editorial support to illustrate a new story for Little Hare. Artists are asked to create artwork for a story contracted to Little Hare.” EOIs close 30th October.

2021 RWA Conference Workshop Proposals
“Romance Writers of Australia (RWA) is calling for expressions of interest from suitable workshop presenters for its 2021 conference being held on the Gold Coast from Thursday 12 August to Sunday 15 August 2021. The organisers are looking for a range of presenters to reflect RWA’s commitment to bringing diversity and inclusivity to its conference program.” Closing 30th October.

KYD Regional Victorian Writers Program now open to October
“From August 2019 to December 2020 KYD will publish the work of regional Victorian writers every month alongside our regular publishing program. All KYD contributors are paid. From July 2019 to 31 October 2020 a dedicated portal for regional Victorian writers will be open at our Submittable page.” Now open until 31st October.

The Michael Gifkins Prize for an Unpublished Novel – for New Zealand writers
“The prize, which celebrates the life and work of the writer and agent Michael Gifkins, seeks fiction manuscripts by published and unpublished authors who hold New Zealand citizenship or who are permanent residents of New Zealand. The winner will receive a publication contract for world rights from Text, and an advance of NZ $10,000.” Closing 31st October.

DLGSC Regional and Remote Festivals Fund
“The Regional and Remote Festivals Fund supports arts and cultural activity at regional and remote festivals in Western Australia. Funding delivered through the Regional and Remote Festivals Fund is intended to:

  • increase arts and cultural activity in regional and remote WA
  • provide employment opportunities for regional and remote communities
  • contribute to tourism growth in regional and remote WA
  • provide opportunities for regional and remote communities to participate in arts and cultural activity in their towns and communities
  • enable local communities to make decisions about their arts and cultural needs.”

Entries close 3rd November.

DLGSC Made in WA Fund
“Applications are open to artists, producers and arts organisations working in partnership with regional venues, or vice versa, provided they meet the following criteria:

  • the artist, arts company, organisation or festival that will develop and/or produce the work is based in WA
  • the venue or festival that will premiere the work is in regional WA and has the capacity to receive and/or produce touring performing arts productions.”

Entries close 3rd November.

DLGSC Aboriginal Arts Commissioning Fund
“Applications are open to Western Australian based:

  • Aboriginal artists, producers, storytellers, performers, writers and arts and cultural organisations
  • organisations that work with Aboriginal artists, producers and arts organisations.

The artist/s undertaking the work must be based in regional or remote Western Australia.” Entries close 3rd November.

Underground Team

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