Opportunities for July

City of Rockingham Short Fiction Awards

“Authors can submit up to three stories. Entered stories must be inspired by, drawn upon, or use the theme of the artwork “Arts Centre Cafe” by Daniela Selir (1994), which can be found on the entry form.” Pieces must be between 1,000 and 4,000 words, categories in Touth, Over 50s, and Open. Entry is free, closing 14th July

Best Australian Writing – Black Inc.

Accepting essays, stories and poems, no official word limit but space limitations make it difficult to accept very long pieces. They accept pieces published after 1st August 2016, and all poetry submitted must have been published elsewhere first. Open until 15th July.

The Suburban Review

Accepting submissions of fiction, creative non-fiction and poetry for issue 8: Open Theme. All work published is paid-for, guidelines on their website. Submissions close 16th July.

Peril Magazine – I Can’t Speak To You

Open for submissions to their poetry edition presented in part with the Queensland Poetry Festival 2017. Payment rates are between $50-100, and although submitters do not need to be Asian-Australian, the contribution should be of Asian-Australian interest. Submissions close 21st July.

Voiceworks #109: ‘Sprawl’ artwork and comics submissions

Voiceworks issue #109 ‘Sprawl’ is currently open for comics and artwork submissions. All artwork and comics published are paid, closing 23rd July.

Albury City Short Story Award

“The theme for the 2017 AlburyCity Short Story Award is Shadows. Shadows are intriguing in their duality; their ability to protect and shelter but also deceive and obscure.” Limit of 3,000 words, entry fee is $10. Closes 26th July. 

Ipswich Poetry Feast

Categories in Open and various age groups, from 5-7 to 16-17 years, plus Bush Poetry and Local Poets, with corresponding prize money and merit certificates. Submissions close 28th July.

Australasian Association of Writing Programs

“Eligible emerging writers are invited to submit one chapter (or 5,000 words) from a literary novel, short story collection, or a hybrid work that crosses genre boundaries.” Entry is $30 and closes 30th July.

Peril Magazine – We’re Queer Here

“We’re curious to ask those who may – or may not – identify with the LGBTIQA community to consider the relationship between place, culture and sexuality.” Payment rates are between $50-100, and although submitters do not need to be Asian-Australian, the contribution should be of Asian-Australian interest. Pitches and submissions close 31st July. 

Visible Ink

Seeking submissions for their 29th issue ‘The End’. Accepting both visual and written submissions, a fee of $7 for each piece submitted, closing 31st July.

The Berlin Reader

Currently seeking prose and fiction submissions up to 3,000 words on the theme ‘Home is Elsewhere’ from both published and unpublished writers resident anywhere in the world. Entry is 9 euros vie PayPal, closing 31st July.

Slinkies/NYWF Phone It In Competition

Seeking the best stories up to 100 words Theme is open, entry is free and there is no limit to the number of entries. Submitters must be between 18 and 35 years of age and residing in Australia or an Australian living overseas. Submissions close 1st August.

Like a Woman Anthology

Seeking submissions between 3,000 and 7,000 words in length for an anthology of speculative fiction that reflect the theme ‘like a woman’. Submissions should be in the genre of speculative fiction; this includes fantasy, science fiction, paranormal, horror, steampunk, dystopian, etc. Submissions close 6th August 

Society of Women Writer’s NSW Non Fiction Competition

Seeking submissions up to 3,000 words of personal essay, political commentary, memoir, travel writing, features article, literary journalism, biography, humour, or other non-fiction writing. First prize $500, $35 entry fee, submissions close 7th August. 

Queensland Writer’s Centre & Hachette Australia Manuscript Development Program

Held in Brisbane, “…this program is a creative and professional skills development intensive that helps emerging Australian writers to refine an existing manuscript. Up to 10 writers are selected through a competitive submission process to take part in a four-day retreat program”. Entry is $55 and $50 for members of QWC or other state writer’s centres – full list at the link below. Submissions close 14th August.

Ongoing opportunities:

Pan MacMillan Manuscript Mondays – “On the first Monday of every month only, between 10am and 4pm Australian Eastern Standard Time, [Pan MacMillan] accepts electronic submissions that comply with the guidelines set out [at the link below].”

Djed Press – open to Australian and New Zealand writers of colour

Real Life – seeking ‘thoughtful and distinctive pieces about living with technology’

Bitch Media – a US-based feminist publication seeking feminist responses to pop culture

Curve – a publication for and by lesbians currently seeking more writers and bloggers

All We Cannot Say – a ‘multi-media exploration of love, sex, joy and heartbreak’

F is for Feminism – an online publication that covers an alphabet of feminism

Right Now – an Australian publication focussed on human rights issues

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