Opportunities for Writers September 2020

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Kill Your Darlings First Nations Editor-in-Residence
‘We are now accepting non-fiction pitches and submissions from Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander writers wanting to work with Jasmin McGaughey, Kill Your Darlings’ First Nations Editor-in-Residence. For more information and to pitch or submit your writing to Kill Your Darlings, visit our Submittable page. Please note this portal is exclusively open to Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander writers, and KYD Membership is not required.’

hrxhr Week 20: The Right to Peaceful Assembly
‘Article 20 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights states that everyone has the right to freedom of peaceful assembly and association, and that no one may be compelled to belong to an association.
Read some reflections on Article 20, written by Marziya Mohammedali, a photographer, poet, educator, designer and artist, based in Boorloo (Perth), and then participate with your own response.
Respond to the questions in the language of your choice, in the media that you choose. Words, art, photos, video.

  • How can you amplify absent or unheard voices?
  • What does protest mean to you? We’d love you to share a protest photo with us.
  • Do you feel safe to peacefully gather?
  • Are there times in which you or your community has not felt safe to assemble?’

Science Write Now: Open for Submissions
Seeking new or previously published poems, short stories, book reviews, or literary or personal essays related to science, technology, engineering, or maths. They’re particularly interested in work for upcoming editions related to the concepts of ‘Extinction,’ ‘Capitalism,’ or ‘Natural History/Natural Historians’; that showcases Indigenous perspectives on nature and the environment; that examines the intersection between the lyric or poetic and the scientific; or that involves or examines images or illustration.’ Accepting both pitches and completed pieces.

Stereo Stories
This is an unpaid opportunity. Seeking short non-fiction memoirs up to 800 words based around a song.

KYD School Writing Prize – open to Australian secondary school students (years 7-12)
‘We’re seeking entries of approx. 1500 words in either fiction and non-fiction, with students responding to a current social or political issue. The winner will receive a $500 cash prize, editorial support and publication in KYD.’ Closing 4th September.

Australian Multilingual Writing Project issue 5, feat. Work by Latinx creatives
‘This special issue will be edited and collated by Yo Soy Collective and will feature work by Latinx creatives with connection to, or living in so-called Australia. We are looking for your best multilingual poetry and short prose, as well as artwork that addresses and engages with language.’ Closing 6th September.

The Kate Challis RAKA Award 2020
In 2020, this award, worth up to $20,000, is for the best book of poems already published between 2015 and 2020, written in English, by an Indigenous author. Closing 7th September.

2020 CA Westwords Western Sydney Emerging Writers’ Fellowships
‘The 2020 CA WestWords Western Sydney Emerging Writers’ Fellowships offers 3 Fellowships of $4,000 each to emerging writers aged 16 years and over from the Greater Western Sydney region. In 2020, one of the Fellowships will be granted to an emerging writer specifically writing for children and/or young people.
Open to emerging writers working in genres including fiction, non-fiction, journalism, poetry and song lyrics, writing for performance, writing online or new media and other forms of creative writing. Illustrators and graphic designers with a demonstrated interest in narrative through visual media may also apply.’ Closing 7th September.

KSP Fellowship Program
KSP fellowship programs are ‘for adult authors, providing two-week placements for dedicated aspiring, emerging and established writers looking to develop a writing project. If you are an Australian or international author falling into any of these categories, you are eligible to apply for a KSP fellowship:

  • ​Aspiring dedicated writers over the age of 18 (traditionally unpublished or only published online/self-published), in any genre including graphic novels, poetry, fiction, non-fiction, memoir, hybrid, romance, and script, at any stage of progressing a substantial manuscript project and with a clear goal and vision for the work.
  • Emerging and established writers over the age of 18 (traditionally published), in any genre and at any stage of progressing a substantial manuscript project, as per above.
  • Honours, Masters and PhD students over the age of 18 working on a creative thesis.
  • Former fellowship and Writer-in-Residence recipients, if a full year has passed since residing at KSP, and the applicant has no outstanding reports from the previous KSP fellowship or residency.’

Applications closing 13th September.

Query Letter Book Blurb Writing Contest
“This writing contest is all about book blurbs. The twist? We want blurbs about completely made-up, nonexistent books. Get creative! Write and submit a back cover blurb of 100 words or fewer that sets the stage for a novel, establishes the characters, and raises the stakes in a way that makes readers want to find out more.” Closing 15th September.

SBS Emerging Writers’ Competition
‘The competition writing theme is ‘growing up in diverse Australia’ which allows plenty of scope to write a memoir piece about some aspect of your formative years.’ Accepting submissions of 1,000-2,000 words, closing 15th September.

Contribute to Peril: Asian Australian Arts and Culture – issue 42: No Theme
Seeking submissions of poetry, visual art, fiction, non-fiction, essays, political opinion, extended essays, and long-form prose over 2,000 words. They also accept submissions in creative and new media interpretations of “literature”, including video, audio and text format, graphic stories, sound or visual art, as long as it can be presented online and has a relationship to story. Note: You don’t have to identify as Asian-Australian to contribute, but your contribution should be of Asian-Australian interest. Check out their back editions to see what they accept and publish. Closing 15th September.

Heyman Mentorship Award
‘Kathryn Heyman, founder of the Australian Writers Mentoring Program, has teamed up with Catherine Milne of HarperCollins to offer the 2020 Kathryn Heyman Mentorship Award for a writer from a background of social and economic disadvantage. The successful writer will be mentored by Kathryn Heyman, under the auspices of the Australian Writers Mentoring Program, for six months. At the conclusion of the mentoring program, the writer will receive a full read and editorial report from HarperCollins.’ Closing 20th September.

EWF At Home Residencies
‘The EWF At Home Residencies will see four emerging writers spending a fortnight working on their writing craft remotely at home, supported by the Emerging Writers’ Festival. The opportunity is open to writers of all genres and styles, including poetry, fiction, non-fiction, scriptwriting, YA, essays and short stories.’ EOIs close 20th September.

Call for submissions of writing and art relating to fairy tales, fantasy & spec fic
‘The Chichester Centre for Fairy Tales, Fantasy and Speculative Fiction seeks articles, book reviews and creative writing relating to literary and historical approaches to fairy tales, fantasy, Gothic, magic realism, science fiction and speculative fiction for Gramarye, its peer-reviewed journal published by the University of Chichester. Seeking long (up to 8,000 words) or short (up to 3,000 words) articles (word counts include referencing and citation); book reviews up to 1,000 words; short fiction up to 3,000 words (one story or several); poetry – max. four poems to a total of no more than 4 pages/240 lines. Long poems, traditional forms, flash fictions and experimental creative writing are all equally encouraged.’ Closing 21st September.

Stringybark Times Past Award 2020
‘We are looking for historical fiction stories based on a factual event. It could be the retelling of an event or setting the story around an event.
The story must be:

  • 1500 words or fewer in length;
  • be based on a real event or events;
  • the event(s) must have occurred in Australia or had clear relevance to Australia; and
  • the story must be accompanied by a 100 word or fewer explanation of the ‘real facts’ behind the story.’

Closing 27th September.

Call for Spec Fic Stories of Survival
Open to Australian and New Zealand authors, limit of 3,000 words. Closing 28th September.

City of Vincent Local History Awards
Seeking written and photographic entries on a historical aspect of the City of Vincent (Western Australia). This award is open to everyone, including non-residents of Vincent, as long as the entry is about the people, places or events in the City of Vincent. Closing 30th September.

Armadale Writers’ Award – WA writers only
Open to writers living in Western Australia, seeking entries of short stories between 1,000-3,000 words. Closing 30th September.

Better Read Than Dead 2020 Writing Competition
Accepting short stories up to 2,000 words, open theme, closing 30th September.

Rabbit Issue 32: The FORM Issue
‘This issue seeks nonfiction poetry in any shape or form, which may be informed by, but not limited to, ideas relating to the body/bodies, configurations, structure, documents, appearance, architecture, ceremony, language, landforms, movement, philosophy and/or visibility. NB. We are able to pay all Australian contributors thanks to support from the Australia Council for the Arts, and from RMIT University and the non/fictionLab. International contributors receive copies of the journal.’ Closing 30th September.

Hometown Haunts: #LoveOzYA Horror Tales
Wakefield Press has announced its 2021 short story anthology Hometown Haunts: #LoveOzYA Horror Tales, which will showcase established and new voices in YA. The anthology will include four YA horror stories selected from an open call-out across Australia. Submit young adult fiction of up to 5000 words, responding to the horror theme. Closing 1st October.

National Campus Writing
‘The theme is “Let Your Word Fly” with a focus on the student experience.’ Accepting submissions of fiction and non-fiction. This organisation also runs and photo/video competition and a music competition. Closing 1st October.

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