Writing Opportunities April 2019

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Red Room Poetry: School Poetry Object 2019

“Victorian primary schools are invited to register – FOR FREE – in the first-in-the-nation primary school poetry slam competition, in 2019, with OutLoud primary finalists to appear at the Melbourne Writers Festival. Registration would usually be $275 per primary school team but the free offer, for 2019 only, is to encourage as many primary schools as possible to participate in the slam’s debut.

OutLoud, founded and headed by Creative Director and poet Emilie Zoey Baker, is run by Australian Poetry in partnership with the Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria, Express Media and Red Room Poetry, and is funded by the City of Melbourne Arts Grants Program.”

Poetry Facilitators Wanted
‘CAN is currently encouraging poets and writers with experience teaching poetry or running poetry workshops to submit their resume to its online artist database for paid work on upcoming poetry projects with Noongar communities (and beyond that, other communities). Project locations, time frames and scale vary. Fill out the form and upload your resume on CAN’s Artist Listing webpage.’

Melbourne Fringe Festival Job Opportunity: Furniture Coordinator
Looking for something completely different? “The Fringe Furniture Coordinator is responsible for organising and delivering the 33rd annual Fringe Furniture program. The role will work under the supervision of the Associate Producer (Artistic Development) to develop, design, plan and coordinate the logistics of producing a furniture and object design exhibition for the 2019 Melbourne Fringe Festival.” Applications close 8th April.

Writer’s Bloc Online Short Course: A Guide to Publishing with Alice Grundy
“…you will spend an hour with Alice learning:

  • How to find appropriate publishers
  • What makes for a successful pitch
  • About the author/publisher relationship
  • What are the options for self-publishing”

This online course is $25, $17 for students and concession-holders. Running 10th April.

Playwright Partnership Program
The Playwright Partnership Grant Program offers grants up to $30,000 to assist Western Australian playwrights and theatre producers to commission and develop new scripts to tell West Australian stories. Applications close 11th April.

2019 Laura Literary Awards
Submit a short story for the The Flinders News Prose Awards, or a poem for The CJ Dennis Poetry Awards. Includes categories for children and adults. Entries close 12th April.

2019 Youth Week WA 13th-20th April
‘An annual state-wide celebration of the positive contributions of young people to our community throughout Western Australia. More than 100 events take place across the State each year, many of which have received a Youth Week WA grant provided by the State Government of Western Australia through the Department of Communities.’ Underground Writers alumni Maddie Godfrey is the Creative Coordinator for 2019 WA Youth Week.

Monash Undergraduate Prize for Creative Writing
“…for new and emerging writers. The prize is open to both Australian and New Zealand university students, enrolled in either an undergraduate or honours degree. All types of creative writing will be accepted, including short stories, non-fiction narrative and narrative verse.” Accepting entries 1,500 to 3,000 words. Closing 14th April.

Fringe Festival artist registration
Melbourne Fringe Festival artist registrations are currently open, and if you’re unsure about the process you can attend one of their Rego FAQ sessions, which are all FREE, AusLan interpreted, and held in accessible venues. Registrations close 15th April.

Suburban Review open for submissions
The Suburban Review is open for submissions for their 14th issue: Detritus. Accepting fiction, non-fiction, poetry and comics, and they pay for everything they publish. Closing 18th April.

Rachel Funari Prize for Fiction
‘…the 2019 Rachel Funari Prize for Fiction is accepting entries of creative, insightful fiction up to 2000 words that engage with the theme “fragments”. The competition is open to all women, female-identifying and non-binary writers.’ Closing 19th April.

Poets Meet Politics 2019 – International Open Poetry Competition
‘Hungry Hill Writing are delighted to announce this year’s competition, which offers a first prize of €500, second of €250 and third of €100. They invite entries for poems on any theme related to politics. Line limit is 40 lines. €12 is payable per entry (a single entry can have up to three poems).’ Closing 22nd April. 

The Fogarty Literary Award
The prize is biennial and is awarded to an unpublished manuscript by a Western Australian author aged between 18 and 35 for a work of adult fiction, narrative non-fiction or young adult fiction. The winner receives a cash prize of $20,000 and a publishing contract with Fremantle Press. Applications close 22nd April

Applications open for KYD Mentors Program
“Writers across Australia can now apply to work with Benjamin Law, Bri Lee, Danielle Binks or Rebecca Starford over a six-month period. A mentorship consists of close reading and reporting on your work in progress (10-12,000 words at a time, totalling up to 60,000 words), along with five consultations over Skype, phone or in-person over the six-month period. Mentorships will begin in June and finish in November 2019. Full cost is $3,299, to be paid in instalments – see website for details. Closing 23rd April.

Creative Time Residential Fellowships 2020
Published authors or illustrators of at least one book for children or young people are invited to apply for “the gift of time”. The May Gibbs Children’s Literature Trust provides accommodation, local support, and travel to and from one of our three host cities – Adelaide, Canberra or Brisbane. Fellowships take place in 2020, dates negotiable. Applications are open until Tuesday 30th April.

Emerging Writers’ Fellowship
“This fellowship will see an emerging writer spend up to three months working in a dedicated space in the State Library, immersing themselves in the Library’s collection as well as learning, developing and networking at the Emerging Writers’ Festival. The fellow will receive a $5000 grant to contribute toward travel costs and living expenses, a golden ticket to EWF and home-stay accommodation for some of their time in Melbourne. They will attend the Emerging Writers’ Festival from 19–29 June, then spend up to three months following the festival working from the State Library.” Applications close 28th April.

The Daisy Utemorrah Award for Indigenous Authors
The Daisy Utemorrah Award is for an unpublished manuscript of junior or YA fiction by an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander writer. Graphic novels for junior or YA readers are also accepted. Closing 30th April.

CRAFT Short Fiction Prize
The CRAFT Short Fiction Prize is open to all writers, including international submissions. Word limit is 5,000 words. Cost is $20 per entry. Closing date 30th April.

Commercial Fiction Fellowship for First Nation Writers
Harlequin Australia at HarperCollins Publishers has partnered with Flinders University and Writers SA to offer a commercial fiction fellowship for First Nations Writers. The fellowship offers a 12-month mentorship with Jo Mackay, Publisher at Harlequin; associate status at Flinders University; a writing residency at Writers SA; and a stipend of $3500. Apply by 1st May.

TLB 2019  Prize for Experimental Non-Fiction
“This prize seeks work that is unlike any other. We want to hear from writers we’ve never read before, and we want writers we already know and love to challenge themselves to create work unlike any they’ve previously produced.” Limit is 5,000 words. Closing 1st May. 

The Big Issue Fiction Edition
“We are looking for stories covering all genres – comedy, love stories, sci-fi, heart warmers, crime stories and everything in between. Entry is FREE, and every author published is paid $500. Stories should be between 300 and 3000 words.” Closing 1st May.

Melbourne Fringe Festival: Navigate EOIs now open
“Navigate is our inclusive mentorship program for artists who feel ready for someone to help show them the way forward. If you are looking to further your artistic practice, your producing skills or anything else you can imagine, Navigate can help provide you with professional guidance. We’re offering 14 mentorships to participants who are presenting work at this year’s Festival and matching the right mentors with the right mentees. For example, we wouldn’t pair a veteran sword-swallower with a budding slam poet, or would we…” Closing 6th May.

PMI Flash Fiction Competition
“Prahan Mechanics Institute want your best flash fiction! Write a story of 500 words or under, with an Australian history theme. The winning entry receives $500 (and under 18 winner $100) and will be published on the PMI website.” Closing Mon 6 May.

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