Writing Opportunities July 2019

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Overland speculative alternatives issue
Overland is seeking fiction submissions for a special online edition themed around the future(s) you would manifest, to be guest edited by Eda Gunaydin.’ Maximum length is 4,000 words. Closing 15th July

KSP Little Black Dress Spooky Story Competition
Free to enter, youth (8-18) short stories should be no longer than 500 words, adult short stories are a maximum of 1500 words. The theme is Change and is open to interpretation as long as the piece contains significant elements of eeriness/spookiness and a clear connection to the theme. Adult competition is open to Western Australian residents only; youth section is open to all Australian youth. Cash prizes for first and second place in both categories. Closing Friday 19th July

2019 Venie Holmgren Environmental Poetry Prize
$1000 first prize and judged by Claire Coleman and Kevin Brophy, entrants must be Australian or New Zealand residents or citizens and poems must not be more than 80 lines on the subject of environment. Entry fee $10. Closing Monday 22nd July

Churchill & District News Writing and Poetry Competition
Community newspaper competition. Categories for all age groups for both poems and short stories. Poems are a max of 48 lines for adults and 20 lines for children. Short stories should be between 1000-2500 words for adults and 500-2000 words for youth. Prizes undisclosed. Entry fee $3 for adults and 50c for children. Closing Monday 22nd July

AlburyCity Short Story Award
Open to residents of Australia, for short stories up to 3000 words in length with no designated theme. First prize is $1000. Judged by Lee Kofman. Closing Wednesday 24th July

Independent Education Union Literary Competition
Categories for various school year levels and teachers in Queensland and Northern Territory. Prizes up to $300. Closing Friday 26th July

KSP Residency Program – Emerging writers
The Selection Panel will be looking for talented emerging writers able to show application to the craft of writing. It is expected that selected writers will have published at least one but no more than two full works OR have published a substantial amount of minor work in the print, visual or broadcast media and are working towards achieving their first major full-length publication. Closing Sunday 28th July

Next Voices Call for Submissions
What are the greatest foreign-policy challenges Australia faces? How should it respond to a trade war, or to Indonesia’s changing politics, or to southern Pacific rivalries? What role should it play in the Asia-Pacific into the future? Australian Foreign Affairs invited previously unpublished contributions of 1500-2000 words. Renumeration is AUD$100 plus a one-year print and digital subscription to Australian Foreign Affairs. The next issue is themed: Our Sphere of Influence: Rivalry in the Pacific. Closing Sunday 28th July

The Nandewar Poetry Competition
Open for original poetry with rhyme and meter on the topics of Australia, Australian history, and Australian way of Life. Cash prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place. Entry $5 per poem. Closing Tuesday 30th July

Estelle Pinney Short Story Competition
Open to Australian women writers over the age of 18. Short stories up to 1500 words are accepted. Entry is $10. Closing Wednesday 31st July

Rose Frankcombe Short Story Competition
Open to original previously unpublished short stories between 1200-1500 words on the theme of Earth. Cash 1st and 2nd prizes. Entry $10. Closing Wednesday 31st July

Growing Up Indigenous in Australia Call for Submissions
Submit non-fiction stories in any style of voice between 800-1500 words in length about you or a family member. Poetry submissions welcome if contextualised. Closing Wednesday 31st July

Ipswich Poetry Feast International Poetry Writing Competition
Categories for various age groups and types of poetry with cash prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in all categories and some highly commended, encouragement and school awards. Open age categories include Bush Poetry, Other Poetry, Local Poets and Picture Ipswich. Closing Friday 2nd August

David Harold Tribe Fiction Prize
Open to Australian residents for a previously unpublished work of literary fiction between 3000-5000 words. Judged by Bernard Cohen, Mireille Juchau and Beth Yahp, the winner will receive $12,000, and their work published in Southerly. Entry is free. Closing Friday 2nd August.

Helen Anne Bell Poetry Bequest Award
Open to Australian women poets for a collection of previously unpublished poetry between 50-80 pages about Australian culture. Individual poems can have been previously published or won prizes but the manuscript as a whole must be unpublished. Judged by Pam Brown, Fiona Hile and Kate Lilley, the winner will receive a cash prize of $7,000 and publication with Vagabond Press. Entry is free. Closing Friday 2nd August.

Audrey Daybook Short Story Competition
Seeking fiction stories between 800 and 1,000 words inspired by one of the puzzles names in Audrey Daybook (listed at the link below). Closing Wednesday 7th August

Cordite Poetry Magazine: #93 – PEACH
This issue will be guest edited by George Mouratidis, Ling Toong and Lucy Van. Full submission guidelines on the website. Closing Sunday 11th August

Scribe Varuna Residency
An intensive publishing mentorship opportunity for three writers developing exceptional new work. The 2019 program has a focus on non-fiction particularly popular science, micro-history and history from the perspective of diverse voice. To apply, you’ll need to submit between 7000-10,000 words form the beginning of the manuscript along with a synopsis of the entire work. $65 to apply unless you are an alumni member. There is a further $385 fee towards the residency if you are accepted. Closing Sunday 11th August

Discover Writers Writing Competition
Open to Discovery Writers members or residents of the Georges River Council area. Categories in Fiction up to 1500 words, Memoir Story up to 1500 words, Poetry up to 30 lines and Writing to Theme (the theme is Dreams & Scenes). Limit of one entry per category. 1st and 2nd place prizes in each category. Entry $5. Closing Tuesday 13th August

MPU International Poetry Competition
Judged by Maria Takolander and open to poems in English up to 50 lines. Four cash prizes available plus book prizes and vouchers for commended poems. Entry $12 per poem. Closing Wednesday 14th August

Elyne Mitchell Writing Award
Short stories up to 2500 words referencing an Australasian rural experience. Three categories: Fiction or Non-fiction Open ($15 entry, 1 x $1000 prize); Snowy Hydro Upper Murray Writers ($10 entry, 1 x $500 prize); Open Photo Story Competition ($5 entry; unlisted prizes). Plus bonus prizes. Closing Thursday 22nd August

Lane Cove Literary Awards
Open to Australian residents and citizens for short stories up to 3000 words, travel stories up to 2000 words and poetry no more than 50 lines or 1000 words. Cash prizes for all three categories plus additional prizes for residents, youth and seniors. Only one entry per person. Entry is free. Closing Monday 26th August

Sisters in Crime 2019 Scarlet Stiletto Awards
Open to women citizens and residents of Australia. Looking for short stories up to 5000 words for the crime and mystery genre. Entry fee is $25 and there are 14 cash prizes. Closing Saturday 31st August

Canberra Writing Anthology Project
Open to Canberra residents for poetry, short stories, visual or photographic essays, comics or illustrations. This is a paid opportunity and published contributors will also receive a free copy of the anthology. Closing Saturday 31st August

Buzz Words Short Story Prize
Submit an original short story of up to 1500 words aimed at children aged 8 to 11 years old. Open to Australian residents. First prize of $1000 and second prize of $500. Entry fee $10. Closing Monday 2nd September

The Sydney Hammond Memorial Short Story Writing Competition
Short stories up to 1000 words on the theme of Togetherness in Diversity. $200 cash prize for 1st place and publication for the top forty stories. Entry fee is $5. Closing Monday 2nd September

In My View Competition
Select one of twenty images and with less than 500 words tell its story using poetry or prose. Cash prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place as well as gift packs for twenty finalists. Closing Saturday 15th September

Poetry Object
For young writers (School Years 3-10), poetry inspired by objects. Poems should be no more than 20 lines. The program allows for school registration so that all students can participate, and offers curriculum-aligned learning resources and school workshops or teacher PD sessions. Closing Friday 27th September.

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