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Submit to Pulch Mag Seeking submissions from WA writers up to 26 years of age. ‘You can write about 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.’

Hindsight 2020 Anthology ‘Hindsight is a snapshot of 2020, written by people just like you. We’re soliciting true stories from people around the world that capture the lives we lived this year. Stories of grief, pain, isolation, empowerment, and — if you can find it — hope. Hindsight’s content will be available in two forms: Most stories will be shared on our website; the very best submissions will be compiled into a print anthology, which will be published in 2021.’ Seeking submissions up to 2000 words. Deadline: rolling.

WA Youth Awards 2021 nominations open “The WA Youth Awards were established in 1999 to recognise young Western Australians aged 12 to 25 years for their achievements and contributions to the community. The Awards also reward outstanding youth groups and organisations that serve and support the state’s young people.” Nominations close 5th March

Regional Arts Fund Project Grants ‘The aim is to support regional and remote communities, and individual artists to create high quality arts projects that develop partnerships and networks, broaden community engagement and increase employment and professional development opportunities for regional and remote artists. The RAF Project Grants will operate as a competitive funding round. All Projects must be completed by 30 June 2022.’ Closing 11th March.

Regional Arts Fund Annual Event Grants ‘The Regional Arts Fund (RAF) Annual program is designed to assist arts groups, community organisations and Local Governments to deliver high-quality annual arts and cultural events that encourage community participation and audience engagement from people living in regional and remote communities.Funding may support annual arts and/or cultural events that:

  • Demonstrate the ability to continue to push the boundaries with arts outcomes, community engagement and sustainable cultural activity to develop the event each year.
  • Have been running for a minimum of three years.
  • Are separately branded from the applicant organisation and already has a demonstrated impact in the community. This may include an annual festival, showcase or exhibition.’

Closing 11th March.

AWESOME Arts Creative Challenge Artist Residency Callout “Creative Challenge is AWESOME’s year-round artist-in-residency program that celebrates the bright young things living in regional and remote Western Australia. Two artists work in each community for a one or two week residency to share their knowledge and skills. The program is process-driven, involving participants in research, conceptual development, and creation of artwork that communicates the uniqueness of their community… AWESOME Arts is looking for contemporary artists/arts educators with experience working with young people in diverse communities. Successful artists will be added to our database for consideration for the Creative Challenge program and specific projects as they arise. Artists can specialise in any area of the arts including visual, media, performing, literature or music.” Applications closing 12th March.

Griffith Review competition for emerging writers ‘We’re looking for submissions of fiction and non-fiction from 3,500 words up to 7,000 (please note that we’re not accepting poetry submissions for this competition). You can write to any theme you like – but we want new ideas, fresh voices and bold perspectives. We’re looking for work that commands our attention.’ Closing 15th March.

The Sheila Malady Short Story Competition
“Cowards die many times before their deaths” — JULIUS CAESAR, ACT II, SCENE 2
Note: This competition costs $5 to enter. This competition ‘invites wordsmiths from all over the world to be inspired by the words of William Shakespeare. Take these great words from Julius Caesar and give us your best original work of 2000 words or less.’ Closing 15th March.

Job opportunity: Bookings & Facility Officer at Mundaring Arts Centre Inc. (WA) ‘Seeking a committed and enthusiastic bookings and facility officer for Midland Junction Arts Centre. Hours: 18 hours per week, including 4 hours on Saturdays.’ Closing 15th March.

Old Worlds, New Worlds, Other Worlds Writing Competition – for primary and secondary students “Submit up to 1,000 words of fiction, creative non-fiction, poetry, comic or graphic novel about ‘Old Worlds, New Worlds, Other Worlds’, which is also the theme of this year’s CBCA Book Week.” Open in the categories of Lower Primary (PP-2), Upper Primary (3-6), and Secondary (7-10). Closing 17th March.

2021 Peter Carey Short Story Award Note: Entry for this opportunity is $15. Seeking entries of short fiction 2000-3000 words. Closing 18th March.

Westerly 66.1 open for submissions Westerly publishes short stories, micro-fiction, poetry, memoir and creative non-fiction, artwork, essays and literary criticism:

  • Poetry: maximum of five poems, with maximum 50 lines each
  • Fiction and Creative Non-Fiction: maximum 3500 words
  • Essays: maximum 5000 words
  • Reviews: between 500-700 words, to be published online or in print

Closing 19th March.

Kill Your Darlings non-fiction pitches open Seeking pitches for non-fiction commentary, essays, memoir, reviews, and interviews from KYD Members. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander writers are invited to submit pitches to KYD’s general callout without the need for a KYD Membership. Alternatively, First Nations writers are invited to pitch directly to KYD’s First Nations Editor-in-Residence. Closing 19th March.

OutStanding Short Story Competition
This competition is ‘celebrating Mardi Gras season with Miniature, a competition of VERY short stories (fifty words or less)! The 2021 Miniature Theme is “SHINE”.’ Closing 20th March.

Copyright Agency’s Publishing Industry Career Development Grants ‘The Copyright Agency’s Publishing Industry Career Development Grants support individuals working in the Australian publishing industry with grants for professional development, skills development, leadership, and career enhancing opportunities. These grants are aimed at mid-career publishing individuals in trade and educational publishing; Australian literary agents; freelance editors; and editors working at literary magazines and journals in Australia. The Copyright Agency’s Cultural Fund will support opportunities for individual career development. The length of the project can vary, depending on the individual project, and should be completed by 31 July 2022.’ Closing 22nd March.

Submissions Open: Griffith Review 73: Hey, Utopia! “What do our visions of utopia look like today? How can we disentangle the practical realities from the pipe dreams? What are the dangers of utopianism? How do questions of sustainability, gender equity and economic justice shape our visions of an ideal society, a new politics? Can imagination save us in the end? Griffith Review 73: Hey, Utopia! asks you to consider other ways the world can be. We’re looking for new work that responds to the theme in the form of essays, reportage, creative non-fiction, fiction, memoir, visual essays and poetry.” Closing 25th March.

Austin Film Festival Script Competition ‘Submit screenplays and teleplays that will not have been optioned or sold prior to 23 October 2021. The competition is open to writers who do not currently earn a living writing for film or television. Entry fee: USD $35–$70.’ Early bird deadline: 26th March, final deadline: Friday 21st May.

SWWWA Writing Marathon, 27th March “Helen Iles, author of Bitter Comes the Storm, Fire in the Heartland, and The Horse Keepers, will give you a series of writing prompts: a word, a phrase, an image or a song to spark your creativity and generate ideas for writing stories, poetry or articles. There will be ten challenges, each lasting 20 minutes. The winner will receive a trophy and certificate. There are also prizes for second and third places. The aim is to produce first drafts, fresh new material for future writing projects. Don’t worry about grammar, punctuation or spelling. Let the words spill out onto the paper. You will be amazed at how much writing you can produce. Bring your favourite pens. Notepaper will be supplied. The cost of the marathon is $30 and it is open to all writers, men and women, young and old. Due to Covid-19 restrictions, seating is limited, therefore bookings are essential.” To be held at Citiplace Community Centre, Perth.

KSP Little Black Dress Spooky Story Competition 2021 Note: Entry fees are $5 youth, $10 adults. ‘Submit a spooky story on the theme of ‘voices’. Word limits: 500 words for youth, 1,200 words for adults.’ Closing 28th March.

Abbotsford Convent Studio Residency Program (Melbourne) “We are inviting applications from artists and creative industry leaders to engage with our unique precinct and reshape the way our audiences experience art and place. This residency is designed for artists who want to be an active part of the Convent’s vibrant community and spend time immersing themselves in everything the place has to offer. The 2021 Studio Residency Program will provide one artist with:

  • Six months of studio space (3 July – 31 December) with 24/7 access;
  • An honorarium of $2,500 to be invested in the studio residency project outcome;
  • Access to Convent staff for support and mentoring; and
  • Marketing and communications package to promote your studio residency and outcome.”

Applications close 28th March.

Malthouse Theatre’s Playwriting Innovation Award “The Award invites playwrights to consider what innovation means to them in the context of their practice—be it in audience development, content, form, process or collaboration. We’re interested in how writers relate to this paradigm of ‘innovation’, where they see their practice shifting, and where they want to take it next. The submission process asks playwrights to articulate their approach to innovation in the context of their previous work, and of a proposed new project they wish to write and develop in collaboration with Malthouse Theatre.” Closing 28th March.

Zombie Pirate Publishing ‘Zombie Pirate Publishing is seeking short stories 1,000-5,000 words long for FULL METAL HORROR IV: Possessed. Send your short stories containing possession, haunting, demons, otherworldly entities, or anything that takes over a character’s normal life in a horrifying way. Successful submissions will receive $10USD, an e-book copy, and access to discounted paperback copies. Closing 30th March.

UNSW Press Bragg Prize for Science Writing & the Best Australian Science Writing Anthology “To recognise the best of the best, UNSW Press has established an annual prize for the best short non-fiction piece on science written for a general audience… Entries must have been first published in print and/or online between 1 April 2020 and 31 March 2021. Extracts from longer published works, including books, may be submitted. Extracts from academic theses or conference papers will not be considered. Previously unpublished work will not be considered… maximum length 7,000 words.” Closing 31st March.

FAW Tasmania 2021 Nairda Lyne Award ‘Submit an original, unpublished short story suitable for children aged 8 to 12 years. Word limit: 1,000 words.’ Closing 31st March.

Ada Cambridge Writing Prizes (Victorian writers) ‘Entries for prose and poetry are open to all writers who live in Victoria.

  • Ada Cambridge Biographical Prose Prize: $500 (entry fee $15)
  • Ada Cambridge Poetry Prize: $500 (entry fee $15 – 2 poems)
  • The Young Adas Prize: $250 (Free entry via Hobsons Bay City Libraries)’

Closing 31st March.

2021 TCK Publishing Poetry Awards Contest Note: This competition costs $5 to enter. ‘Any writer (regardless of who your publisher is or if your work has been previously published) may submit up to five poems totaling no more than 500 words.’ Closing 31st March.

Australian Multilingual Writing Project open for submissions to issue 6 “We are looking for your best multilingual poetry and short prose for the next issue of the AMWP. We are also looking for artwork that engages with themes of language mixing, language learning, moving between languages and modes of speech. If you read the work published here and think your art would work with it, we want to see it.” This is a paid opportunity, submissions close 2nd April.

Underground Team

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