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Yirra Yaakin Writers’ Group
“Yirra Yaakin invites established and aspiring Aboriginal playwrights to participate in an intensive playwriting program that guides writers through craft and writing sessions aimed at turning ideas into scripts. At the culmination of the workshop program, six writers are selected for one-on-one assistance to help them prepare their scripts for a public reading. The new works developed by these members of the Writers Group are read by professional actors at our annual NAIDOC Week event, Yirra Yaarnz. The next Writers’ Group workshop sessions will be held on Saturday mornings and Wednesday evenings, commencing on Saturday 9 March and concluding on Saturday 6 April.”

Melbourne Writers Festival Marketing Campaign Manager position
“The Campaign Manager works closely with the team to devise and develop the Festival campaign strategy, workflow and delivery.” Applications closing 8th March

Next Voices open for submissions
‘Australian Foreign Affairs has just announced Next Voices – an initiative to showcase the best new thinkers on Australian foreign affairs. Submissions are open until Sunday, 10 March on the topic of the next issue, Are We Asian Yet?: History vs Geography. Contributions must be 1500–2000 words and previously unpublished.’ Closing 10th March

2019 National Young Writers Festival Artist Callout
The 2019 NYWF is currently open for artist-submissions from individuals and groups. “The festival’s theme this year is FOUNDATIONS so we’ll be looking to program events which take us back to basics: asking where writers have come from, where they are going and what tools do they need?” Applications closing 10th March.

The Lifted Brow translation submissions
“Like everything we do, our translations will largely focus on works from the margins: writers and translators who live and write from demographic margins, and/or writers whose work sits in the literary margins, and/or translators who interpret the translation act in surprising ways or stretch the bounds of what ‘translation’ means: your work might be cross-modal or cross-genre, might include insertions, erasure or collage.” Closing 10th March.

Margaret Egan Young Writers Award
Open to people between the ages of 15 and 18 living in Hume, Victoria. Seeking non-fiction stories of up to 2,000 words. Submissions extended to 15th March.

Hardcopy: 2019 non-fiction professional development program for Australian writers
A national development program aiming to help build capacities, aptitudes and resources in emerging Australian writers. Applications closing 15th March.

ASA 2019 Award Mentorship Program for Writers and Illustrators
The Australian Society of Authors is currently open for applications to their new mentorship packages for writers in the following genres: fiction (both literary and genre), narrative non-fiction (including autobiography/memoir, essays and histories), journalism, poetry, illustrated and lifestyle non-fiction, young adult literature and children’s writing for all ages. Illustrator entries will be accepted for children’s picture books and graphic novels. Application is free for members, $65 for non-members. Entries close 15th March.

Voiceworks: Goth
Submissions are currently open for Voiceworks: Goth. Various deadlines apply, the first one on 17th March. Seeking fiction, nonfiction, poetry, comics and artwork by artists and writers under 25 years of age.

2019 Peter Carey Short Story Award
The award is for short stories between 2,000-3,000 words, and is open to all Australian residents. A $10 entry fee applies. Closing 21st March

Westerly 64.1: Submissions open
Westerly is seeking poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction, essays and reviews for their next issue. See the website for word-limits and specifications. Closing 31st March.

The 2019 Liminal Fiction Prize
The Liminal Fiction Prize is a new literary prize for Australian Writers of Colour. With a theme of ‘the future’, we’re looking for fiction of a new world: not the stuff of flying cars or robots, but a future that pulls against or weaves together Australia’s many fabricated histories. Closing 1st April.

The Monologue Adventure
‘This is an interdisciplinary project combining literary arts, performance art and the writing community. The Monologue Adventure invites all women writers to submit up to three unpublished monologues, which will be performed in rehearsed readings by emerging and established actors.’ Closing 14th April

The Fogarty Literary Award
“The 2019 Fogarty Literary Award is proudly sponsored by the Fogarty Foundation and Fremantle Press. The prize is biennial and is awarded to an unpublished manuscript by a Western Australian author aged between 18 and 35 for a work of adult fiction, narrative non-fiction or young adult fiction. The winner receives a cash prize of $20,000 and a publishing contract with Fremantle Press.” Open 25th March to 22nd April


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