Reading and Writing Group for Queer Youth
A place for queer (anyone who identifies as other than heterosexual and/or cisgender) or questioning young people (16-24) to read, discuss, and write together. This group is part of a PhD research project into the value of reading and writing groups for queer youth in navigating their identity and cultivating belonging through literature. Sessions will be fortnightly from July to December 2021 on Mondays from 4.30pm-6pm AEST via Zoom.
Join or find out more by emailing James Gardiner at

Submission callout for Cordite 102: GAME
Cordite Poetry Review are seeking submissions for their 102nd issue: GAME. A game is an environment navigated by apparent rules and structured by invisible rules. All of these (and the game) can be broken if you know where to look. The language of play is powerful and not always positive. Up to three poems can be submitted.
Entries close 11.59pm AEST May 9th

QWC Publishable Manuscript Development Program
Open to emerging writers across Australia, up to 25 emerging writers will get to take part in a tailored manuscript development program of which 10 will also be invited to attend an interview with a matched agent or publisher. Applications are $50 for QWC members, $55 for non-members and require the first 50 pages of a completed manuscript and a synopsis.
Applications close May 10th

Eastwood/Hills Annual Literary Competition & Boree Log Award for Bush Verse
Various categories all with an open theme except the Bush Verse award. Flash fiction max 500 words. Poetry up to 80 lines. Memoir up to 1500 words. Short story award up to 1500 words. Bush Verse Award, is for ballads up to 80 lines. All submssions $8 per entry or $30 for 4 entries. First prize in all categories is $150.
Entries close May 15th

Love to Read Local Flash Fiction Competition
Writing WA in partnership with Raine Square and Night Parrot Press welcome back the Love to Read Local Flash Fiction Competition for its second year. Entries must be creative flash fiction up to 100 words inspired by the cover of a book by a West Australian author. Shortlisted entries will have the opportunity to be published in the Raine Square Short Story Dispenser with gift cards worth $500, $300 and $200 for first, second and third place respectively. Entry is free and open to anyone over 18 living in Western Australia.
Submissions close May 21st

KYD Vietnam Showcase
Kill Your Darlings are looking for submissions from writers from, living in or with significant personal connection to Vietnam and/or the Vietnamese diaspora. Essay/Commentary pieces 1000-3000 words, memoir or personal essay 100-1500 words, cultural criticism 1000-1500 words, and short fiction 1500-3000 words are all welcome. All published work will be paid at KYD’s standard contributor rate (minimum $300).
Submissions close May 21st

Western Australia Next Level Regional Grants
Next Level Regional Grants allow an emerging regional artist or arts worker aged between 18 and 26, to undertake a self-directed program that builds their capacity to develop and sustain a career in regional Western Australia. Grants of up to $7,500 are available to support creative activity and professional development for a period of one year.
Applications close May 27th

2021 Poetry d’Amour Love Poetry Contest
Poems up to 40 lines in length to the theme of love. Entry fee is $10 per entry, or $25 for 3 entries and $30 for 4 entries. First prize $500, Runner up $200 and a Youth Incentive Award of $100.
Entries close May 28th

The Banjo Prize 2021
Open to Australian writers of commercial fiction over the age of 18. A full manuscript plus a 500 word synopsis and 200 word biographical statement are needed to apply. Pirze includes a publishing contract with HarperCollins and an advance of $15,000 with two runners up receiving a written assessment of their manuscript from HarperCollins. One entry per person. No entry fee.
Entries close May 28th

The Australian/Vogel’s Literary Award 2022
One of Australia’s richest and most prestigious unpublished manuscript awards for a writer under the age of 35. The prize consists of $20,000 cash, plus publication by Allen & Unwin with an advance against royalties. Minimum length of 50,000 and maximum length of 80,000, the manuscript should be a work of fiction, Australian history or biography. Entry fee is $25 per manuscript entered.
Entries close May 31st

Submission callout for Cicerone Journal Issue 5: Curious Worlds
A cicerone is a guide who shows and explains the curiosities of a place to strangers. We want you to lead us to interesting and unseen places and help us to understand these places. Up to two pieces of short fiction, 1000-5000 words, from any speculative fiction genre is welcome for this issue of Cicerone. Each piece published is paid at $100.
Entries close May 31st

Unyoked Writer’s Residency for Nature Writing
Submit up to three unpublished poems, essays and nature writing up to 800 words to be considered for a wilderness residency. Four residents will be offered regular access to a dedicated cabin for the next six months to give them space and inspiration for creative work. Winning submissions will also be published in a print anthology. Winning entries will also be paid for publication.
Entries close May 31st  

Stuart Hadow Short Story Competition
Up to 3 short stories up to 3000 words on the theme of ‘Open’ are welcome. Entry fee is $25 per story or $15 for FAWWA members. First place is $1000 and a 2 week residency at Mattie Furphy House; second prize is $300 and third prize is $100.
Entries close June 1st

The Bruce Dawe National Poetry Prize
Up to 5 poems of no more than 50 lines can be submitted. There are no thematic or style constraints. Entry fee is $6 per poem with a first place winner of $3000 and two highly commended $500 prizes.
Entries close June 4th

Artist in Residence: The Old School Mt Wilson
Applications currently open for residencies in October 2021-June 2022 providing a residency, accommodation and studio for one month for both emerging and established artists including musicians, writers, visual and textile artists. Each resident will give a community engagement event.
Applications close June 7th

2021 ARA Historical Novel Prize
The ARA Historical Novel Prize is open to all authors who are citizens or residents of Australia or New Zealand. Authors, publishers, or agents may submit books in print or digital editions. Works must be published between 1 July 2020 and 30 June 2021 to be eligible. The history explored can be from any era or society across the world.’
Entries close June 14th

KYD School Writing Prize
Giving a voice to young people, the KYD School Writing prize invites students to submit works of fiction or non-fiction that respond to a current social or political issue. Entries should be between 1000 and 1500 words. The winner receives a $500 cash prize, with editorial support and publication in KYD.
Entries close June 18th

The Rose Frankcombe Short Story Competition 2021
Stories between 1200 and 1500 words on the theme of New Beginnings are open to all writers. Entry fee is $10 for up to two entries with a $200 first prize and $50 second prize.
Entries close June 30th

The LIMINAL & Pantera Press Nonfiction Prize
For First Nations writers and writers of colour, the inaugural Nonfiction Prize calls for writing up to 4000 words on the theme of Archive. Archives are not merely sites where knowledge is retrieved but sites where knowledge is produced. What is placed in an archive is often a monument to political authority—and the narrative that authority wishes to tell… First prize is $10,000; runner up prize is $2000.
Entries close 11.59pm AEST July 1st

Curiouser Magazine Call for Submissions
Short stories up to 5000 words and poetry up to 50 lines on themes ranging from speculative to fantastical to just plain weird. We’re looking for fiction and poetry that break the boundaries between real and unreal. Poems paid at $25-40, short fiction paid at $50-140.
Entries close July 1st

Adelaide Plains Poets Poetry Competition 2021
With both Open and Junior categories, poetry up to 60 lines on the theme of Recovery is welcome to be submitted. Junior class has no entry fee. Open class has a fee of $10 for the first poem and $5 for every poem thereafter with cash prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd places.
Entries close July 2nd

The Richell Prize for Emerging Writers
Presented by Hachette Australia and The Emerging Writers Festival, this $10,000 prize and 12-month mentorship is open to unpublished writers of adult fiction and adult narrative non-fiction. Entrants must submit the first three chapters up to a max of 20,000 words, a one-page synopsis, a chapter breakdown of the rest of the work, and a statement of up to 750 words on how winning the prize will further your writing career.
Entries close 11.59pm AEST July 9th

Big Sky 2021 Short Story Prize
A short story writing competition for adults in the Midwest region run by the Geraldton Regional Library as part of the 2021 Big Sky Readers and Writers Festival. First prize is $500 plus publication online via the library. Previously unpublished stories of 1000-3000 words are welcomed. Entry is free. There are not thematic constraints.
Entries close July 16th

Submissions open for Rabbit Issue 34: The REPORTAGE
To be guest co-edited by Kent MacCarter and Micaela Sahhar, Rabbit wants to know what happens when poetry collides with reportage? How does (or can) a poet negotiate the terrain of the journalist or news presenter? Up to three poems can be submitted.
Submissions close July 31st

Campus Writing Competition
Open to students of a valid tertiary institution, the Campus Writing Competition welcomes fiction and non-fiction entries to their Major Prize which offers financial support towards a writing conference or course valued up to $1500. One submission from each category will also be awarded a People’s Choice Award of $250.
Entries close October 1st

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