Writing Opportunities for July 2018


Windfall: Australian Haiku
A small annual print publication which seeks to publish fine examples of contemporary Australian haiku. Submissions are welcome in July each year.

The Next Chapter
The Next Chapter is a scheme presented by the Wheeler Centre in Melbourne to support writers by giving them time and space to craft a voice and a career in writing through support from mentors and peers, and opportunities to experiment and develop their writing. Applications are open from 4th May-13th July.

Monash WordFest 10th-26th July
‘The annual literature festival of the Monash Public Library Service. The festival brings readers and writers together for a series of author talks, writing workshops and two competitions: the Monash Short Story and SnapStory Competitions (list below).’

2018 Little Black Dress Ghost Story Competition
Seeking ghost stories on the theme ‘Night’ in two categories, Youth (8-18 years old, with a maximum of 500 words), and Adult (with a maximum of 1,500 words). Adults must be WA residents, but Youth entrants may be from anywhere in Australia. Closing 13th July.

City of Rockingham Short Fiction Awards
Entries into the City of Rockingham Short Fiction Awards must be inspired by, drawn upon, or use the theme of the artwork “Two Children at Beach” by Delon Govender (2003), pictured on the website and on the entry form. Stories must be 1,000-4,000 words in length, and entered into one of three categories: Open, Over 50s, and Young Writers (10-17 years old). Closing 13th July.

Mark Colvin Scholarship for journalists
‘The Scholarship aims to promote a broad knowledge of the technical and editorial skills associated with reporting in all media, a commitment to quality research, to accurate reporting and to excellence in storytelling. Each year the Scholarship winner will have the chance to work with leading practitioners of their craft, through placements in strategic areas of the ABC, as part of a cadetship program.’ Applications close 13th July.

The University of Iowa Massive Open Online Course – Moving the Margins: Fiction and Inclusion
 ‘The International Writing Program’s massive open online courses (MOOCs) offer opportunities for interactive learning in creative writing and literature to unlimited numbers of participants around the world. MOOCs offer pre-recorded video lectures provided by contributing authors, including IWP Fall Residents and University of Iowa professors; live and asynchronous discussion-based instruction provided by highly qualified teaching teams; reading and writing assignments; and inclusive community-based feedback. Participants will read and listen to writers… speaking about and writing about voice, character, setting, style, language, and about “moving the margins” of the known and the expected.’ The course will be held from the 15th July to the 31st August.

Girls Write Up, Perth 2018, 19th July
‘Girls Write Up is for anyone who has felt limited by their gender and wants to understand how language can be used to liberate and empower. It is an inclusive event open to all teens.’ To be held at the State Library of WA, this event will feature presentations, panels, and hands-on workshops by a range of inspiring writers including Candy Bowers, Charlotte Guest, Zainab Syed, Regina Akora, and Alicia Tuckerman.

Writers Bloc online workshops – Pitching with Benjamin Law
When: 19th July
Who: Benjamin Law
Cost: $25

Oodgeroo Noonuccal Indigenous Poetry Prize
Australia’s only open-age Indigenous poetry prize for an unpublished poem. Named in honour after Oodgeroo Noonuccal, the first Aboriginal Australian to publish a book of verse. Closing 20th July.

Stilts Poetry Journal open for submissions
Seeking up to three poems, open theme, for their second issue. Closing 20th July.

Visible Ink Anthology call for submissions
Visible Ink wants your words, your art, and your hot take on ‘Trace’ — the theme of our thirtieth edition. An annual literary anthology, we are accepting submissions of fiction and non-fiction, poetry and visual art. All published contributors will be paid.’ Closing 20th July

Writers wanted for the Wild Goose Literary e-journal August Issue
Seeking short stories, essays, poetry, and memoir – open theme. Closing 22nd July.

Auto Straddle call for submissions: ‘Bad Behaviour’
‘We’re looking for stories of defiance and/or deviance; of thriving in the outer limits, of living on the fringes and yearning for connection; stories of the underground and the underworld. We’re looking for personal essays, reported features, photo essays, graphic essays — anything that strikes your fancy and fits the theme as you conceive of it.’ Closing 22nd July.

Monash WordFest Short Story Writing Competition 2018
The 22nd Annual Short Story Competition is a celebration of local emerging writers and is open to all members of the Monash community over the age of 12. Open in three categories: 12-14 years of age (for a story up to 500 words), 15-17 years of age (for a story up to 1,000 words), and 18+ (for a story up to 2,000 words). Closing 28th July.

Monash WordFest SnapStory Competition

The SnapStory Competition is a celebration of visual storytelling in the medium of photography. It is open to all members of the Monash community between the ages of 12-18 years, and seeks entries of visual storytelling in 1-3 photos. Open in two categories: 12-15 years old, and 16-18 years old. Closing 28th July.

KSP Writers Residency Program

Applications for the annual Katharine Susannah Prichard writers-in-residence programs 29th July (for Emerging writers), and 26th August (for NextGen writers).

Close-Up Books Poetry manuscript submissions open
We’re looking for a wide range of poetry styles, including but not limited to free-verse, experimental works, haiku, haibun and related forms along with just about any other style or form out there.’ Closing 30th July

‘Chapter One’, the AAWP’s Publication Pathway for Emerging Writers of Fiction and Poetry
Eligible emerging writers are invited to submit one chapter (or 5,000 words) from a literary novel, short story collection, or a hybrid work that crosses genre boundaries. Alternatively, they may submit up to 50 lines of poetry from a larger poetry collection. You must be an AAWP member, and you may enter as many times as you like.’ Closing 30th July.

Mentoring Project for Early and Emerging Writers of Indian Ocean Heritage
The Indian Ocean Rim countries are: Bangladesh, Union of Comoros, India, Indonesia, Iran, Kenya, Madagascar, Malaysia, Mauritius, Mozambique, Oman, Seychelles, Singapore, Somalia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, United Arab Emirates and Yemen. Applications close 30th July

WOW! Women On Writing 2018 Creative Non Fiction Essay Contest
‘We are open to all styles of essay—from personal essay to lyric essay to hybrid essay, and beyond!’ Seeking submissions between 200 and 1,000 words on any topic, entry is $12. Closing 31st July

Australia’s 2018 Poetry Slam
Two finalists from each slam heat will compete in their state final, and the winner and runner-up from each state will compete at the national final in Sydney. There are numerous event dates and locations, so check out their website

Pitch Independent for poets, writers and illustrators – 4th August
‘Pitch Independent is a major literary pitch program planned for Armidale. NSW. It has a unique focus on giving regional writers and illustrators, including regional Indigenous creators, access to the increasingly important publication opportunities offered to creators by independent book publishers & literary magazines. The program will include a preparation day, a specialist pitch session for poets, and a general pitch day for writers and illustrators in all genres.’

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