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Bloodaxe Books Sri Lankan Poetry Anthology Callout
“Editors Vidyan Ravinthiran, Shash Trevett and Seni Seneviratne are seeking submissions to an anthology of post-Independence Sri Lankan poetry, and the poetry of related diasporic communities, to be published by Bloodaxe Books. Contact them at if you feel your work should be considered, or if there are other poets you’d like to recommend for inclusion.” No end date given.

Rhiza Press Considering Unsolicited Submissions for YA Fiction
“Rhiza Edge is open for query letter pitches from authors. Manuscripts do not need to be completed in order to pitch (i.e. just a two-page synopsis plus the first two chapters).

We aim to publish relatable, issue-based stories for today’s young adult readers, ranging from books with a light, humorous touch through to deeper, more challenging tales. As an independent publisher, we love to find those unique stories that connect us all.” 

Periscope seeking theatre writers
“Periscope are seeking to create a new immersive work comprised of 12 short works emerging writers of differing star-signs, with the aim to create a portrait of millennials and their relationship with astrology. You do not need to believe in astrology to participate; it is a creative starting point. Seeking playwrights, songwriters, poets, comedians, storytellers, solo-performers – we would love diversity of styles and perspectives. You will simply create a 15 minute text for performance whatever style that may be. We will be prioritising millennial writers, and writers based in Melbourne. We are also committed to selecting one writer of each star sign.

Each writer will receive a $250 fee to assist with the writing and development process. Over zoom and email, our creative team will help you discuss and explore your idea. We will be working towards having a draft ready for a reading early August. If all goes well, we hope to stage the works at the end of 2020 (or in 2021 if we need more time).” Closing 5th June.

Next Level Regional Grants – For young and emerging regional WA artists and arts workers
“The program is intended to support young emerging artists and arts workers who want to undertake a self-directed program that builds their capacity to develop and sustain a creative career in regional Western Australia.” Closing 8th June.

Regional WA Artist Fellowships
“The Regional Artist Fellowships of $50,000 support up to four outstanding, established regional WA artists and/or arts workers’ creative activity and professional development for a period of up to two years.” Closing 11th June.

Rabbit 31: The Science Issue
“RABBIT is currently accepting submissions of non-fiction poetry for Issue 31: The Science Issue, to be guest-edited by Tricia Dearborn (author of Autobiochemistry, 2019). This issue seeks poetry that flirts with, wrangles with or inhabits science, from the macro to the molecular, from the theoretical to the practical, from the lab to everyday life. Please send up to 3 poems in one document.” Closing 11th June.

Kill Your Darlings’ Philippines Showcase
“Following our recent Malaysia, Indonesia and Aotearoa New Zealand showcases, Kill Your Darlings is excited to continue bringing brilliant new writing from the Asia-Pacific region to new audiences. In July 2020, KYD magazine is for the first time shining a spotlight on brilliant new writing from and about the Philippines.” Closing 14th June.

The Suburban Review’s Intern Program
“This program is designed to provide interns with on-the-job editing and publishing experience and a paid pathway into the publishing industry. Interns will work with the TSR editorial team to produce two issues of our digital journal. The Intern Program runs twice a year, in six-month sessions. Applications close 14 June.”

Submissions Open for Cordite Poetry Review 97: Propaganda
Submit poems (prose, comics, visual, concrete) or works of micro-fiction. Word limit: 500 words maximum. Closing 14th June.

Australian Poetry Journal 10.1: Modern Elegy
“Poets, both Australian-born or international, are invited to submit, in one email, up to three poems. Published poems, selected from submissions, will be paid at $80 flat rate per poem” Closing 15th June.

KYD First Nations Editor-in-Residence – an opportunity for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander writers
“We are now accepting pitches and submissions from writers wanting specifically to work with Jasmin McGaughey, Kill Your Darlings’ First Nations Editor-in-Residence. Seeking essays, memoir and cultural criticism. Please note this portal is exclusively open to Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander writers. Kill Your Darlings pays all of its contributors.” Closing 17th June.

The Writing Zone – for writers in Western Sydney
The Writing Zone is an opportunity for twelve Western Sydney writers aged under 30 to join a community of young writers in the West, and to work together to develop their writing. Their work will be published in two print anthologies and they will take part in readings and performances. They will get to know other writers and will be mentored by some of the best writers in the country. Applications close on 19th June 2020. 

KSP Established Writer-in-Residence 2021
“Applicants in the Established Writer-in-Residence category should have achieved major publication (at least three works, depending on genre) and demonstrated commitment towards furthering the status and practice of writing among his/her peers and the community in general.” Closing 28th June. 

Submissions open for Aniko Press Magazine
“Aniko Press Magazine publishes flash fiction, short stories, creative non-fiction, and poetry. They’re accepting submissions for Issue 1, and the theme of the issue is “Unsung.” Successful submissions are paid $125AUD!” Closing 30th June.

AAWP SC Creative Non-fiction Prize
“This competition is open to emerging writers across Australasia. Emerging writers will not have a full-length, single-authored, commercially-published, print publication in fiction or creative nonfiction. Emerging writers who have published in electronic format only, or who have published work in collections showcasing multiple authors, are eligible. Word limits: Entries should not exceed 3,000 words.” Closing 30th June.

Sunspot 100 Bucks for 100 Words or Art Competition
Entry fee: $5 USD. “For this contest, all forms of prose are accepted: poetry, plays, stories, essays, memoirs, travel pieces, opinions, rants … just keep it to 100 words or less.

Artists are also welcome to submit. Instead of submitting 100 words, utilise a title of up to 10 words for your photo, digital art, painting, or other work. All art entries will be considered for use on the cover of the next edition, so you might end up with the stipend offered for cover artwork.” Closing 30th June. 

‘Chapter One’ The AAWP Publication Pathway for Emerging Writers
“Enter the Australasian Association of Writing Programs’ (AAWP) ‘Chapter One’ competition for your chance to win a written appraisal of your work from an established literary author and a letter of recommendation to the University of Western Australia Publishing (UWAP). This ‘tick of approval’ will see your manuscript assessed without delay.” Further details for submission are on the website. Closing 30th June.

The Novel Prize
“…a new biennial award for a book-length work of literary fiction written in English by published and unpublished writers around the world.” Writers from Asia and Australasia can enter here. Closing 1st July.

Query Letter Book Blurb Writing Contest
“This writing contest is all about book blurbs. The twist? We want blurbs about completely made-up, nonexistent books. Get creative! Write and submit a back cover blurb of 100 words or fewer that sets the stage for a novel, establishes the characters, and raises the stakes in a way that makes readers want to find out more.” Closing 15th September.

The Bird Makers Project
“The Bird Makers Project is a Co:3 Australia global initiative devised by Artistic Director, Raewyn Hill and International Artist, Naoko Yoshimoto.  Participants are asked to contemplate a story of isolation or migration while creating a single black bird made from a donated piece of clothing.

For Western Australian residents, the story along with your black bird will be collected and become part of the set for Raewyn Hill’s new work ARCHIVES OF HUMANITY in 2021. It will also form part of an interactive exhibition of the birds and their narratives that the general public can read and experience. Suitable for beginner and advanced storytellers and sewers.” Closing 15th October.

KYD Regional Victorian Writers Program now open to October
“From August 2019 to December 2020 KYD will publish the work of regional Victorian writers every month alongside our regular publishing program. All KYD contributors are paid. From July 2019 to 31 October 2020 a dedicated portal for regional Victorian writers will be open at our Submittable page.” Now open until 31st October.

Underground Team

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