Writing Opportunities for June 2019

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BREW: Bush Retreats for Eco-Writers residencies
The Bush Retreats for Eco-Writers (BREW) network offers free 10-day residencies for writers, poets, students and artists exploring ecological themes. There are five properties across NSW, Victoria and Queensland. More information at their website.

Wombat Books accepting unsolicited children’s book manuscripts
‘We are looking for entertaining, original manuscripts that leave a lasting impression.’ Closing 7th June, see website for more details.

KYD Indonesia Showcase
‘In July 2019 Kill Your Darlings magazine is once again shining a spotlight on Indonesian writers, in partnership with the Ubud Writers & Readers Festival.’ Accepting Essay/Commentary, Memoir/personal essay, cultural criticism, and short fiction (see website for lengths and other specs); both pitches and completed pieces will be accepted. Closing 10th June.

Voiceworks #116: Pluto
Now accepting pitches, completed fiction, poetry, art and comics for issue 116: Pluto.

  • Nonfiction pitches—Sunday 9th June
  • Fiction, completed nonfiction and poetry—Sunday 23rd June
  • Art, comics and comic pitches—Sunday 14th July 

Kate Challis RAKA Award
This award, worth up to $20,000, is for the best script for film or television by an Indigenous writer, screened in the preceding five years. Applications for this award close 10th June. 

Victoria University Short Story Prize for New Writers
This annual competition encourages excellent and original short fiction by new writers of up to 3,000 words in length. Entry is $12 for Overland subscribers, $20 for non-subscribers. Closing 10th June.

2019 Big Sky Readers and Writers Festival Program Launch – 13-16th June
‘The program for the Big Sky Readers and Writers Festival, to be held in Geraldton from 13 to 16 June 2019, has been launched. This year’s theme is ‘Oceans of Opportunity’. A full program, including details about events and guest authors, can be found on the Festival’s website.’

Peter Blazey Fellowship
This fellowship, worth up to $15,000, is awarded annually to writers in the non-fiction fields of biography, autobiography and life writing to further a work in progress. The winner will be supported in their work by a prize and a one-month residency at the Australia Centre. Closing 17th June.

Byron Bay Writers Festival Flash Fiction competition
A competition to write a 200-word short story that includes the word ‘sunlight’. Entry is $10 upon submission. Closing 26th June.

KYD School Writing Prize
‘We’re seeking entries of up to 1500 words in the categories of fiction and non-fiction, with students responding to a current social or political issue. The two winners will receive a $500 cash prize, editorial support and publication in KYD.’ Closing 28th June.

Writing NSW: Speculative Fiction Festival 2019, 29th June
‘The Speculative Fiction Festival 2019 will be held on 29 June this year, and will be packed with insightful explorations. You’ll learn practical advice on writing, marketing and publishing, and hear inspirational discussions of radical concepts that will fuel your imagination.’ 

KSP Residency Program – Established writers
Applicants in this category should have achieved major publication (at least three works, depending on genre) and demonstrated a commitment towards furthering the status and practice of writing among his/her peers and the community in general. Closing 30th June

Scribes Writers Poetry Competition
Submit poems with an open theme and a maximum line count of 60 in free or traditional verse. Closing date: Sunday 30th June. Entry fee: $7. For more info, visit the website. 

John Marsden & Hachette Australia Prize for Young Writers
‘For young writers aged 12 to 17, the prize provides an unforgettable experience. Fifteen shortlisted writers receive feedback on their work, are invited to meet John Marsden, and participate in an exclusive creative writing workshop and special event at the 2018 Melbourne Writers Festival. Prize winners will also receive a $500 cash prize and a book pack courtesy of Hachette Australia. The prize recognises excellence in three creative writing categories: fiction, nonfiction and poetry.’ Closing 30th June.

Wyndham Writing Awards
The Wyndham Writing Awards (previously Words of Wyndham) returns in 2019 to inspire, encourage and recognise emerging Victorian adult writers and literary creators. Prizes will be awarded for unpublished works in four categories: short story, graphic short story, flash story and poetry. Shortlisted entries will be published in the Wyndham Writing Awards Anthology 2019.’ Closing 30th June. 

Birdcatcher Books Adventure Stories for Children Competition
Accepting short stories of 1000-2500 words suitable for 10-12 year olds. ‘The topic is open, but the story should have an element of adventure. Stories may be set in any era, past, present or future. However, they should be about “real” people doing “real” things – no witches, wizards, ghosts, goblins, fairies or their ilk. Stories about animals are fine; stories with talking animals are not.’ Deadline extended: now closing 30th June.

Overland 2019 Fair Australia Prize: Strike
‘In an era of increasing economic inequality and social alienation, community-building, collective political action and workers’ unions are more vital than ever.’ Accepting fiction, essay, poetry, and cartoons or graphics on the theme of this year’s prize ‘Strike’. Closing 1st July.

Visible Ink Submissions: Again! Again! Again!
Visible Ink is currently accepting submissions for its annual anthology on the theme of Again! Again! Again! Seeking fiction and non-fiction up to 2,000 words; flash fiction up to 500 words; poetry up to 80 lines; and artwork in JPG or TIFF format. Closing 7th July.

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