Every month we will be doing a round-up of opportunities for writers. Read on for motivation!

Local Opportunities

Opportunities in Australasia and New Zealand

Kat Muscat Fellowship

An annual fellowship that offers professional development up to the value of $3,000 for an editorial project or work of writing by a young female-identifying or non-binary conforming person. Applications close 15th January.

Slinkies Under 30s eSingles by Spineless Wonders


Open to young Australian writers (under 30), Slinkies is accepting prose in any form under 10,000 words, and the theme is open, but the suggestion for submissions is that they aren‰Ûªt afraid of trying stuff out: micro-fiction, creative nonfiction, short fiction, long short fiction. Submissions close 29th January.

Nakata Brophy Short Fiction & Poetry Prize for Young Indigenous Writers

This prize is awarded to the best short story of up to 3,000 words by an Indigenous writer of thirty years or younger (at the closing date of the competition). First prize is $5,000, publication in Overland‰Ûªs print magazine, and three month residency at Trinity College in University of Melbourne. Entries close 31st January.

Text Prize

Melbourne, Australia

This prize is awarded to writers from Australia and New Zealand for a manuscript for young adults and children. Writers of all ages are eligible to enter with works or fiction or nonfiction, and the winning prize is a publishing contract with Text Publishing and a $10,000 advance against royalties. Closes 3rd February

International opportunities

Opportunities worldwide

The Mogford Prize for food & drink writing

Oxford, UK

A prize for entries with food and drink at the heart of the story. The winning prize of å£10,000, with a å£10 entry fee. Entries must be no more than 2,500 words, and close 15th January.

Writers Digest Short Story Competition

New York, USA

This prize awards first through to 25th place and is seeking short fiction up to 1,500 words with an open theme. Entries close 16th January.

Portable Story Series

New York, USA

The Portable Story Series is a writing contest for stories between 2,000-4,000 words to a theme (this round is ‰Û÷Love Story‰Ûª) with a US$10 entry fee. They then create a behind-the-scenes video about the winning story and post it on their website.åÊ The winner also receives US$250 or 75% of the proceeds generated from story submissions‰ÛÓwhichever is greater. Submissions close 20th January.

Chicago Tribune Nelson Algren Awards

Illinois, USA

A short story prize for works up to 8,000 words, there is a winner of the US$3,500 prize, four finalists who win US$1,000 each, and five runners-up who win US$500 each. All winning entries will also be published in the Printers Row Journal. Submissions close 31st January.

The Iowa Review Awards

Iowa, USA

A contest for poetry, fiction and creative nonfiction‰ÛÓup to ten pages of poetry or 25 (double-spaced) pages of prose. Winners receive US$1,500, first runners-up receive $750, and both winners and runners-up are published in The Iowa Review. Submissions close 31st January.

The DISQUIET prize

Lisbon, Portugal

Open in the categories of fiction, nonfiction and poetry to entrants worldwide. ProseåÊmay be maximum 25 double-spaced pages, and poetry may be no more than ten pages total. Entries cost US$15, and close 31st January.

Queerly Lit

California, USA

Run by Publishizer, this is a call for submissions for book proposals of fiction and nonfiction works shining a light on the LGBTQ community, by LGBTQ authors or with a LGBTQ focus. Open through January, closing 31st.

Writers‰Ûª & Artists‰Ûª Yearbook Short Story Competition


Free to enter, the winning prize is a place on an Arvon residential writing course worth å£1,000 entries of no more than 2,000 words, closing 13th February.

Publications open for submissions

Grouch Publishing

Melbourne, Australia

Grouch Publishing is a Melbourne-based fiction publication accepting prose and poetry – they do not charge for submissions nor do they pay their writers. Published four times a year.


Melbourne, Australia

Voiceworks is literary magazine for writers aged 25 years and under, based out of Melbourne. Currently accepting fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, artwork and comics to the theme of ‘Relic’. The deadline for written work is 8th January, and for artwork and comics is 5th February.

Uneven Floor Poetry Magazine

Perth, Australia

Uneven Floor is an independent poetry blogzine run out of Perth, Western Australia, and is always accepting submissions!

Antic Magazine

Melbourne, Australia

Antic Magazine is based in Melbourne and published monthly, accepting submissions year-round. They accept poetry, fiction, nonfiction and reviews. All writers are paidåÊ$50.00 for 2000‰ÛÒ3000+ word pieces in any category.

Kill Your Darlings

Melbourne, Australia

Kill Your Darlings publishes commentary, essays, memoir, reviews, interviews and fiction online. They are currently only accepting fiction and nonfiction submissions and pitches from Kill Your Darlings subscribers, and they pay all of their contributors.

Underground Writers

Perth & Melbourne, Australia

Underground Writers is currently accepting submissions of poetry, fiction and flash fiction for their 17th issue, themed The Hitchhiker. All submitters receive feedback on their work, and all published work receives payment. Submissions close 15th January.

Rookie Mag


Rookie Mag is an independently-run online magazine and book series for teenagers, based in the USA. January’s theme is ‘Possibility’, and submissions for the month’s round-up close 14th January.

Underground Team

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