Writing Opportunities June 2018

Girls Will Be Girls submissions
GWBG is currently open for submissions for their winter-spring issue. ‘Accepting words, art, comics, music, videos, feminist ponderings – anything creative!’ Work is prioritised from women of colour, trans, binary and gender non-conforming individuals, women with disabilities, sex worker women, queer women, working class women, and women aged 40+. Submissions close 8th June, so get in quick!

Continuum: Melbourne’s Speculative Fiction and Pop Culture Convention, 8-11th June
Running this weekend in Melbourne, Continuum is in its fourteenth year, and this year’s theme if Conjugation. Membership is required for entry with day passes are also available, and concessions for Students, Seniors, Pensioners, and First Time Members. Or, if you’re not sure if it’s for you, you can attend the Friday for just $5! More details on the website.

MIFF 37º PostScript & Direct 2018
‘Screenwest is offering up to six places for WA screenwriters, directors and/or writer-directors to participate in the exclusive Melbourne International Film Festival 37º PostScript & Direct networking program.’ Applications close 11 June.

VU Short Story Prize for New Writers, Overland
Seeking short stories of up to 3,000 words. Closes 12th June.

Writers Bloc workshops
Writers Bloc presents three new workshops over the next three months and you can purchase access to all three for $59, or pay $25 per session.

Freelancing for Editors
When: 21st June
Who: Marisa Wikramanayake
Cost: $25

AMA with Benjamin Law
When: 19th July
Who: Benjamin Law
Cost: $25

Finding an Agent
When: 16th August
Who: Danielle Binks
Cost: $25

OR pay $59 for all three workshops

KSP Writers Residency Program
Applications for the annual Katharine Susannah Prichard writers-in-residence programs close 24th June (for Established writers), 29th July (for Emerging writers), and 26th August (for NextGen writers).

The John Marsden & Hachette Australia Prize
This award is open exclusively to Australian secondary school students and celebrates excellence in three categories: fiction, non-fiction, and poetry. Closing 29th June.

Ros Spencer Poetry Prize – WA Poets Inc.
Seeking original and unpublished poems of up to 60 lines with an open theme, $10 for one poem – $30 for four entries. Closing 29th June.

Dorothea MacKellar Poetry Award for school-age students
For primary and secondary students, the optional theme for this award is ‘I have promises to keep’. Entries close 30th June.

AAWP/UWRF Emerging Writers’ Prize
$20 entry fee, enter a work of prose (up to 3,000 words) or poetry (up to 30 lines) for a chance to win a ticket to the Ubud Writers Festival, including accommodation and airfare and several other prizes. Closing 30th June.

University of Canberra Vice-Chancellor’s International Poetry Prize
Seeking open-theme poems of up to 50 lines. Each entry is $20, but there are discounts for students. Closing 30th June.

Byron Bay Writers Festival Flash Fiction Competition
Seeking flash fiction pieces up to 200 words that include the word ‘hope’. Entry is $10, and the winner receives a 3-Day Festival Pass and publication. Closes 2nd July.

2018 Adelaide Plains Poets Competition
Seeking poems on the theme of ‘Truth’ in Open (18+ years Old) and Junior categories (for primary and secondary school students). Open category is $10 for one poem, $5 for each subsequent poem entered, Junior category is free of charge to enter. Closes 6th July.

Philip Bacon Ekphrasis Award
‘Artistically, ekphrasis is a rhetorical device in which a visual object, usually a work of art, is vividly described by another artistic medium – in this case, a poem under 12 lines in length. For example a poem may describe what is shown in a painting and by doing so enhances it, especially if it captures the sentiments of the artist when the work was created. Poems may also focus on the poet’s mood in response to a work of art, metaphorical associations or extensions of meaning inspired by a work of art, or personal memories about a work of art.’ Closing 6th July.

XYZ Prize for Innovation in Spoken Word
‘This prize is Australia’s only national arts award that recognises the growing field of spoken word’. Each entry must be a recording under three minutes in length. Entries close 6th July.

The Richell Prize for Emerging Writers
Seeking entries from unpublished writers of adult fiction and adult narrative non-fiction. Submit the first three chapters of the work with a maximum word length of 20,000 words, a one-page synopsis, and a chapter breakdown of the rest of the work. Closing 9th July.

The Next Chapter – The Wheeler Centre
The Next Chapter is a scheme presented by the Wheeler Centre in Melbourne to support writers by giving them time and space to craft a voice and a career in writing through support from mentors and peers, and opportunities to experiment and develop their writing. Applications are open from 4th May-13th July.

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