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ArtsHub: Call for Reviewers
“ArtsHub (a national online arts organisation) is looking for new (including aspiring) reviewers to join the ArtsHub stable. ArtsHub is not able to offer payment but can organise free performance tickets (theatre, circus, dance) as well as visual arts tickets and books for those who are keen to develop the craft of reviewing while seeing some wonderful WA arts. Reviews should be roughly 400 to 500 words plus a star rating out of 5.
Anyone interested can email Writing WA via the contact form on our website. We will then put you in touch with the reviews editor at ArtsHub.”

Armadale Writers Festival 2021: 4-11th September (WA)
Free events to be held at the Armadale Public Library between the 4th and the 11th of September.

2021 Woorilla Poetry Prize
Entry fees: $15 per poem for adults and free for first four entries in the youth categories. Seeking poetry in the categories of Open, Youth (12-18 years) and Youth CALD (12-18 years). Closing 5th September.

Pulch in Print: Assistant Editor wanted (for young WA writers & editors)“We are seeking an assistant editor to breathe life into Pulch and who will be responsible for supporting the coordination, copy-editing and management of the magazine. It doesn’t matter about how much experience you’ve had, if you’re keen, we want to chat.” See more details on the website. Applications closing 7th September.

Kill Your Darlings’ Oceania Showcase
“Following our recent Vietnam, Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia and Aotearoa New Zealand showcases, Kill Your Darlings is excited to continue sharing brilliant new writing from the Asia-Pacific region with new audiences. In October 2021, in partnership with Talanoa and co-edited by Emele Ugavule, KYD magazine is shining a spotlight on brilliant new writing from and about the Oceania region.” Seeking both pitches and completed works for essays, commentary, memoir/personal essay, cultural criticism, short fiction – see website for full details. Closing 7th September.

KSP Short Fiction Competition
All fiction styles and themes are acceptable.


  • YOUTH (up to 17 years): Free, limit of one entry per person, max. 1,000 words per entry
  • ADULT (18 plus): $10 per entry, no limit on entries, max. 2,500 words per entry

Closing 9th September.

2021 Perth Poetry Festival: 10-19th September
The Perth Poetry Festival is organised by WA Poets Inc. and will run from Friday 10th September to Sunday 19th September. Featuring invited poets and opportunities for public participation, some events will be free, some will be low-cost, and some will have a virtual attendance option.

Underground Writers issue 36: Revenge/Haunted
Seeking poetry and short stories for issue 36: Revenge/Haunted. Read more about the theme and submission guidelines on the website. Closing 12th September.

The Deakin University Nonfiction Prize
Open to writers 30 years old or younger. Seeking up to 3,000 words in any nonfiction genre, including memoir, journalism, essay and creative nonfiction. Closing 14th September.

Affirm Press Mentorship Award
“The Affirm Press Mentorship Award provides a unique opportunity for three writers to develop exceptional new work through a week of residency at Varuna.
For the 2021 mentorship, Affirm Press is looking for contemporary middle-grade (9+) and young adult manuscripts, with a particular desire to see a wide range of diverse and authentic voices that aren’t always represented in mainstream publishing.” Closing 15th September.

Mentors Wanted for Emerging Writers Program
“The Fellowship of Australian Writers WA (FAWWA) is seeking suitably qualified mentors to work on the 2021-2023 round of the Emerging Writers Program, with funding from DLGSCI.

Applicants should be:

  • a published author
  • have a demonstrated ability to mentor emerging writers
  • have demonstrated their ability to link emerging writers to the writing industry.

Please email expressions of interest addressing the above criteria to, by COB on 15th September 2021.”

Skip Ahead 7: for Australian YouTubers
“Applicants must have a YouTube channel (or up to two current YouTube channels) with a subscriber base of at least 25,000 subscribers or a YouTube video that has reached a minimum of one million views on a channel with a subscriber base of at least 10,000. Skip Ahead aims to cultivate original Australian content made specifically for global online audiences, ensuring the storytellers and stories being told reflect the diversity of people and experiences from around Australia, all of which are important culturally, creatively and economically.” Closing 16th September.

Backstory Journal: Edition 12
Seeking short stories, poetry, creative nonfiction, and essays for issue 12 of Backstory Journal, published by Swinburne University of Technology. Open theme, but the work must relate to the term ‘history.

  • Poetry: up to four poems, up to 100 lines each
  • Nonfiction: up to 2,000 words
  • Fiction: up to 2,000 words.

Closing 19th September.

Pulch in Print: Open for Submissions (young WA writers)
Seeking fiction, nonfiction (1,000-2,500 words), artwork, and interviews for the pilot print edition of Pulch. Open to writers living in or from WA (including international students) who are between 16 and 26. Closing 21st September.

Hugo Throssell Writing Award for Youth
Free to enter. This competition asks young writers to choose ONE of the photo prompts on the competition website, for inspiration, and write either an essay or creative short story on the theme of war and remembrance. Seeking entries in two categories:

  • Junior (9-12 years) – max. 500 words
  • Senior (13-17 years) – max. 700 words

Closing 23rd September.

2021 Writeability Fellowship
“Writers Victoria invites writers with disability throughout Victoria to apply for a 2021 Writeability Fellowship. Now in its ninth year, our Writeability Fellowships support emerging writers with disability with tailored professional development support such as manuscript assessments, curated programs of workshops, and/or mentoring.” Closing 27th September.

KSP Poetry Awards 
Seeking entries of poetry in three categories:

  • Youth (10-17 years old): free entry, limit of one poem per entrant, max. 50 lines
  • Adult (18+ years): $10 per poem, no limit on entries, max. 50 lines
  • Annette Cameron Encouragement Award (WA residents only): no limit on entries, max. 50 lines

Closing 30th September.

KSP 2021/2023 Emerging Writers Program (WA writers)
For the 2021-23 program, the KSP Writers’ Centre will be extending its original Emerging Writers Program initiatives, which are the First Edition Fellowships and First Edition Retreat. A total of nine positions are available through KSP for this extended program with KSP now fully covering all costs to better support the selected authors. Writers interested in this program need to be WA residents and a member of KSP to apply; other criteria is also applicable, please refer to links below. Poetry placements are not offered via KSP’s initiatives, but we’d encourage you to contact WAPI for more information about their program. First Edition Fellowships apps close 30th September.

Issue 3 of Aniko Magazine open for submissions 

  • Theme: Fantasize
  • Genres: Poetry, fiction and creative nonfiction
  • Word limit: 50 lines (poetry), 1500 words (fiction/nonfiction).
  • Payment: $125 (AUD) per published piece
  • Work can be submitted to Entry is limited to two pieces per person.

Submissions close 30th September.

Southern Cross Short Story Competition 2021
Entry fee: $15 for Ballarat Writers members; $20 for non-members.
Seeking short stories up to 3,000 words on the theme of ‘Turning away’. Closing 30th September.

Romance Writers of Australia: Conference Workshop Proposals Wanted
“Romance Writers of Australia are calling for presenter submissions for our 2022 Conference, being held in Fremantle, WA, Friday 12 to Sunday 14 August, 2022. We are looking for a range of confident presenters to reflect RWA’s commitment to bring diversity and inclusivity to our conference program, while ensuring presentations truly reflect this is a romance writing conference.” Closing 30th September.

Romance Writers of Australia Academy: Call for Proposals
“The professional development team at Romance Writers of Australia (RWA) is seeking proposals for quality courses suited to the Romance Writers of Australia Academy. Whether you have expertise in the romance genre, writing craft or the business of being a writer, then they want to hear from you.” Closing 1st October.

Mascara Literary Review issue 27: ‘Transitions: Ecopoetics from the Global South’
“Issue 27 of Mascara, ‘Transitions: Ecopoetics from the Global South’ aims to be a vital contribution to current conversations around environmental change from those whose connection to land, culture and community are often silenced.” Seeking poetry, fiction and nonfiction of various lengths. Closing 2nd October.

Underground Team

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