Useful Resources

Useful Resources

A collection of links to competitions, publications, information, and other useful internet-based tidbits. Underground Writers publishes a curated collection of upcoming competitions, prizes, awards, and other opportunities for writers at the beginning of each month. You can find them here or sign up to our newsletter to receive them in your inbox.

Unpublished manuscript awards

The Ampersand Prize – On hiatus until 2020. For unpublished authors only. Open to manuscripts of young adult or middle-grade fiction. Cash prize as an advance against royalties and a publishing contract with Hardie Grant.

The Australian/Vogel’s Literary Award – One of Australia’s richest and most prestigious awards for an unpublished manuscript by a writer under the age of 35. Prize money is $20,000 plus publication by Allen & Unwin with an advance against royalties. Entries close May 31st. Entry fee is $25.

The Daisy Utemorrah Award for Indigenous Authors – A new unpublished manuscript for a work of junior and young adult fiction including graphic novels by an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander writer. The winner gets $15,000 and a publishing contract with Magabala Books.

The Dorothy Hewett Award – For Australian residents aged 18 or over with an unpublished manuscript of fiction, narrative non-fiction or a poetry collection of more than 90 pages. Works of prose must be at least 40,000 words. Entry fee is $15. Cash prize of $10,000 and a publishing contract with UWA Publishing.

Fogarty Literary Award – Biennial award for an unpublished manuscript of adult fiction, narrative non-fiction or young adult fiction by any Western Australian author aged 18–35. Submissions for the 2019 round open 25 March. Cash prize of $20,000 as an advance against royalties and a publishing contract with Fremantle Press.

The KYD Unpublished Manuscript Award – The winner receives $5000 in prize money and a mentorship with KYD’s Rebecca Starford (non-fiction) or Hannah Kent (fiction). This prize is open to manuscripts of adult fiction and narrative non-fiction.

Penguin Literary Prize – Open to unpublished manuscripts of adult literary fiction for Australian residents. $20,000 cash prize as an advance on royalties and a publishing contract with Penguin Random House Australia.

The Richell Prize – Open to unpublished writers of adult fiction and adult narrative non-fiction. A full manuscript is not required at the time of submission but you must intend to have it completed. The Prize is judged based on the first three chapters along with a synopsis outlining the direction of the proposed work. The winner receives a $10,000 prize along with a 12-month mentorship with one of Hachette Australia’s publishers, with Hachette Australia having first option for publication of the finished work.

T.A.G. Hungerford Award – Biennial award for an unpublished manuscript by a debut Western Australian author. Cash prize of $15,000 as an advance against royalties and a publishing contract with Fremantle Press. Next award in 2020.

Text Prize for Young Adult and Children’s Writing – Open to unpublished manuscripts of at least 20,000 words for young readers. The winner receives a $10,000 prize as an advance on royalties and a publishing contract with Text Publishing. Entry fee is $25.

Residencies and Fellowships

KSP Residency Program – Located in Greenmount, WA. For established and emerging writers including poets.

KSP Fellowship Program – Located in Greenmount, WA. For unpublished and emerging writers. There are five different types of fellowship. Read the document in the link for full details.

Varuna’s Copyright Agency First Nations Fellowship – Located in the Blue Mountains, NSW. Travel expense reimbursement included. Open to published or unpublished writers of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent currently living in Australia.

Varuna Residential Fellowships for Writers – Located in the Blue Mountains, NSW. There are three types of fellowships, one of which includes travel expense reimbursement. Writers can be unpublished, emerging or established.

The Western Australian Writer’s Fellowship – Award of $60,000 to assist a Western Australian writer of any genre to develop their writing practice and give them time to create new work.

Submission pages for other publications

AGNI online – publishes poetry, short fiction, and essays

The Antigonish Review – open to poetry on any subject written from any point of view and in any form

Antithesis Arts Journal – Australian-based arts journal

Birdee mag – accepting articles, poems, comics and illustrations aimed at young women

Duende – seeks submissions of prose, poetry, hybrid writing, stage plays, screenplays and visual art

Fields – US-based, accepting fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and visual arts submissions on a rolling basis

Firewords UK-based literary magazine

frankie magazine – Australian-based lifestyle and writing magazine

Ginosko Literary Journal – US-based, accepting short fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, social justice, literary insights

Granta Magazine – accepting poetry, fiction and non-fiction, photography and art

Hello Giggles – US-based online publication aimed at young women, accepting personal essays and cultural criticism, LGBTQ perspectives, articles, and illustrations

Kill Your Darlings – Australian-based online publication publishing commentary, essays, memoir, reviews, interviews and fiction

Meanjin Quarterly – Australia-based publisher of poetry, fiction, essays, and memoir

Neon Journal – a UK-based literary magazine that accepts submissions from new and emerging writers

Overland – Australia-based literary journal publishing essays, stories and poetry both in print and online

Ploughshares – US-based literary magazine

Rookie mag – US-based, by and for teens

Stilts Journal – a triannual journal of established and emerging poets published from Brisbane

Tincture Journal – Australia-based, a quarterly e-book literary journal, featuring fiction, poetry and creative non-fiction from Australia and the world

Quiddity – an international literary journal and radio program, accepting submissions from new and emerging writers

Visible Ink – an annual anthology promoting emerging Australian writers and artists, produced and published by a collective of RMIT students

Voiceworks – by Express Media, a national literary journal, featuring new fiction, nonfiction, poetry, visual art and comics by Australians under the age of 25

Windfall: Australian Haiku – a small annual print publication which seeks to publish fine examples of contemporary Australian haiku

Submission pages for book publishers

Allen & Unwin Friday Pitch – ‘Allen & Unwin publish a wide range of literary and commercial fiction and non-fiction for adults, and are always on the lookout for new stories and storytellers to add to our list’

Bloomsbury Spark – ‘a one-of-a-kind, global, digital imprint from Bloomsbury Publishing dedicated to publishing a wide array of exciting fiction eBooks to teen, YA, and new adult readers’

InHouse Publishing – ‘a passionate and caring team of publishing experts who offer the most up-to-date and creative input into any author’s book publishing journey’

Inkshares – end-to-end book publishing

Jasper – Perth-based indie publishing house

Kids Own Publishing – ‘We enable children to create their own books’

LuLu – print-on-demand service for self-published authors

Pan MacMillan Manuscript Mondays – ‘On the first Monday of every month only, between 10 am and 4 pm Australian Eastern Standard Time, we accept electronic submissions that comply with the guidelines set out’

Penguin Books – publishing advice page for Penguin Books

Smashwords – ‘the world’s largest distributor of indie ebooks’

Vine Leaves Press – indie publishing house: ‘we publish book-length vignette collections, writing reference books, short story collections, memoir/autobiography, and novels (all genres with a literary bent)’

Xlibris – print-on-demand service for self-published authors

Other Resources

Aerogramme Studio – Literary Magazines Curated By And For People With Disabilities

AWM – Australian Writer’s Marketplace, ‘every contact you will ever need to succeed in the writing business’

AusLit – ‘AustLit is brought to you by The University of Queensland in collaboration with many academic, library, and research organisations’

Australian Society of Authors – The professional association for Australian authors and illustrators

Bloggingdotcom – A step-by-step guide to starting your first blog including everything from choosing your platform and hosting to creating content

Books + Publishing – Inside Australia’s book publishing industry

Freeline – The Australian freelance writers network

Lonely Company – a Melbourne-based initiative providing residencies for playwrights

MEAA – ‘MEAA has a long and proud history of improving the working lives of creative professionals and the industries in which they work’

The Small Press Network – a representative body for small and independent publishers in Australia

Spineless Wonders – a multi-platform publishing company devoted to short, quality fiction produced by Australian writers

Website Setup – the top ten website builders for writers