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Pulch Magazine open for submissions
Seeking submissions of ‘anything and everything, from politics, to culture, to identity, fictional short stories, poems, screenplays and experimentative writing. We are particularly interested in stories that include marginalised or minority voices and themes. We encourage you to keep your piece between 1000 and 2000 words, however we are open to longer or shorter pieces. If accepted, your written submission will go through a process of collaborative editing between the editors and yourself. This will give you an opportunity to improve your writing and editing skills. You will have between 1 – 2 weeks to provide the final submission post-editing.’

Also accepting design and art contributions – see website for details. No deadline given.

Kill Your Darlings First Nations Editor-in-Residence
‘We are now accepting non-fiction pitches and submissions from Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander writers wanting to work with Jasmin McGaughey, Kill Your Darlings‘ First Nations Editor-in-Residence. For more information and to pitch or submit your writing to Kill Your Darlings, visit our Submittable page.
Please note this portal is exclusively open to Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander writers, and KYD Membership is not required.’

AWC’s Furious Fiction Challenge
‘On the first weekend of every month, you are invited to put your storytelling skills to the test in the ultimate writer-takes-all short story competition. Armed only with our simple brief, your job is to race the clock to come up with your best 500 words-or-fewer story and be in to win a tasty $500 – every single month.’ Closing 7th August.

The Next Chapter, with the Wheeler Centre
‘Each year, we pick ten outstanding writers and give them $15,000 each to develop their work. We match them with a mentor and work closely with them on bringing their writing to life, connecting them with peers, publishers and readers.’ It is free to apply for this opportunity. Closing 10th August.

City of Rockingham Writers Mentorship Program
‘Successful applicants will be matched with suitable mentors based on the sample of writing and background information provided in their applications. The mentorships will offer writers the valuable opportunity to work with an experienced writer on a one-to-one basis for three sessions over a six-week period… The Writers Mentorship Program is a free program available for local residents who are new to writing. The program will be delivered online.’ Closing 14th August.

Yale Drama series
The Yale Drama Series is seeking submissions for its 2021 playwriting competition, no entry fee, minimum of 65 pages, previously unpublished work only. Closing 15th August.

The Hachette Australia Prize for Young Writers
‘This prize is a developmental award open to Australian secondary school-aged students across the nation. The prize recognises writing excellence in three categories: Fiction, Creative Nonfiction and Poetry. Entries can include writing for readers of any age.’ Closing 17th August

Peter Blazey Fellowship
‘This fellowship, worth up to $15,000, is awarded annually to writers in the non-fiction fields of biography, autobiography and life writing to further a work in progress. The winner will be supported in their work by a prize and a one-month residency at the Australia Centre.’ Closing 24th August.

Kill Your Darlings Non-Fiction submissions open
‘KYD accepts unsolicited pitches from KYD Members at various times throughout the year. This policy allows us to increase payment to our writers, pay our staff and provide timely feedback where possible. To become a KYD Member from $32.95, visit our Shop. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander writers are invited to pitch without the need for a KYD Membership.’
Submissions can include Essay/Commentary of 1,000-2,000 words; Memoir or personal essays of 1,000-1,500 words; Cultural criticism of 1,000-1,500 words; and work that doesn’t quite fit into any of those categories but could be a good fit for KYD. Closing 25th August.

Boroondara Literary Awards
Open Short Story Competition – open to all Australian residents
Submit a short story between 1,500-3,000 words

Young Writers’ Competition – open to young people who live, work or study in Boroondara, Victoria

Junior Category

  • Open to young people in school Years 5 and 6
  • Prose length between 300 and 500 words
  • Poetry length must be less than 100 lines

Middle Category

  • Open to young people in school Years 7, 8 and 9
  • Prose length between 500 and 900 words
  • Poetry length must be less than 200 lines

Senior Category

  • Open to young people in school Years 10, 11 and 12.
  • Also open to young people not in secondary school, aged 15 to 18 years old as of 1 January 2020.
  • Prose length between 900 and 1,300 words.
  • Poetry length must be less than 200 lines

Closing 28th August.

2020 Deborah Cass Prize
Seeking entries from early-career writers of migrant background – submit a writing sample of up to 3,000 words for the opportunity to win a cash prize of $3,000 plus a three-month mentorship with an established writer. Closing 28th August.

KSP Residency Program: Upcoming
‘Applicants in this category should be under the age of 30 years at the application deadline and have been or are currently involved in the writing sector. They should have some published material in the print, visual or broadcast media and are working towards achieving their first major full-length publication.’ Applications close 30th August.

Fremantle Press Unlimited Futures: Speculative, Visionary, Blak+Black Fiction Anthology
‘Co-curated with Djed Press and edited by Rafeif Ismail and Ellen van Neerven, Unlimited Futures: Speculative, Visionary Blak+Black Fiction is an anthology for young adults which provides the chance for established, new and emerging First Nations writers and Afro-Black writers to share their stories about visionary pasts, present and possible futures. Around 20 Australian own-voice contributors will be selected for the anthology, which will be published by Fremantle Press in 2021.’ Closing 31st August.

Anthology “Rise Up Rabid Souls!” Open for submissions
‘Submit your poems, photography & art NOW! for a chance to be published in 2020 with fellow creatives freely expressing themselves without restraint.’ Closing 1st September.

SAND journal open for submissions
SAND is an international English-language journal of literature and art based in Berlin. They are currently accepting submissions of previously unpublished poems, short fiction, flash fiction, translations, and art. It is free to submit to SAND, submissions closing 1st September.

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