Writing Opportunities for June

2017 Grieve Writing Competition

In honour of Grief Awareness month (August), the Hunter Writers Centre is seeking submissions of short stories, up to 500 words, or poetry, up to 36 lines. For writers over 18 years, theme is to express grief and loss. Closing 9th June.


Overland special winter issue

Overland literary magazine is currently submissions of no more than 4,000 words for a special online fiction edition themed around ‘Our hour’. Online contributors will be paid $150 per story, with submissions closing 11th June.


Griffith Novella Project V: Storied Lives

The Griffith Review is seeking submissions for their Novella Project competition.  2017’s theme is Storied Lives: Making a Difference, entry is AU$60 for non-subscribers, and submissions should be 10,000-25,000 words. Closing 12th June.


Mslexia Women’s Pamphlet Competition

Mslexia is a UK based magazine currently seeking short collections of 20-24 pages of 18-20 poems. Entry is £20 per pamphlet, closing 13th June.


Gem Street: Dystopia

An international writing competition seeking dystopic fiction up to 3,500 words for the next ‘Gem Street’ anthology. The theme is dystopia, but there are no genre or style requirements. Closing 14th July.


The Norton Writer’s Prize

An  annual award for an outstanding essay written by an undergraduate. Submissions close 15th June.


Eleanor Taylor Bland Crime Fiction Writers of Colour Award

This award is an annual grant of $1,500 for an emerging writer of colour. An unpublished writer is preferred, although publication of one work of short fiction or academic work will not disqualify an applicant. This grant is intended to support the recipient in activities related to crime fiction writing and career development. Closing 15th June.


Creative Nonfiction Magazine

Currently seeking submissions of creative non-fiction and personal essays 4,000 words or less written to the theme of ‘starting over’. Closing 19th June.


Voiceworks issue #109: Sprawl

Voiceworks is open to Australian residents under 25 years old and is currently seeking submissions of short fiction, poetry and creative nonfiction. Guidelines and limitations apply to each format of writing and visual art submissions, and it is recommended that you pitch for comics and creative nonfiction pieces:

Nonfiction pitches: pitches due 11th June, completed work no more than 3,000 words due 25th June

Short fiction: no more than 3,000 words, submissions close 25th June

Poetry: no more than 100 lines, submissions close 25th June

Art and comics: due 23 July (pitches for comics recommended before this deadline)


Ubud Writer’s Festival Emerging Writers Prize

First prize is a ticket to the Ubud Writers & Readers Festival, accommodation for the duration of the festival, $500 towards airfares, and other perks pertaining to the festival. Seeking entries of poetry up to 30 lines or fiction up to 3,000 words, entry is $20, closing 30th June.


National Geographic Photographer of the Year Award 2017

Seeking photographs in the categories of Nature, Cities, and People, first prize is $2,500 and a ten-day trip to the Galapagos Islands for two. Submissions close 30th June.


Pencilled In: Issue 2 Submissions, ‘The Suburbs’

Pencilled In is a publication by and for young Asian Australians, and is currently seeking submissions of writing and artwork for issue 2: The Suburbs. They are also accepting pitches, closing 30th June. 


TruthBuzz viral fact-checking contest

Seeking creative solutions for fact-checking beyond long-form explanations and bullet points to counteract fake news and alternative facts. Entries welcome in any digital format and in all languages. First prize is US$10,000, submissions close 30th June.


Seeking poetry & fiction for new literary journal: Malevolent Soap

Malevolent Soap is an independent e-journal of poetry and fiction based in Melbourne and featuring writing from around the planet. They seek work that explores intersections of ‘high’ and ‘low’ culture and challenges traditional designations of cultural value. Their debut issue is due for release on September 1, 2017. Submissions close on July 1.


The Richell Prize for Emerging Writers

Open to unpublished Australian writers of adult fiction and adult narrative non-fiction. The winners receives AU$10,000 and a 12-month mentorship with one of Hachette Australia’s publishers. Submissions close 3rd July.


ACU Prize for Poetry

Seeking submissions of poetry written to the theme of ‘Joy’. First prize is AU$10,000, submission close 3rd July.


Not Very Quiet online women’s poetry journal

Currently seeking submissions for issue 1, due to be published on 1st September 2017. Open to all forms of poetry, writing prompt on the page. Submissions close 1st July.


Heymr: Literary arts & culture for experimenting wordsmiths & visual artists

A UK-based publication currently accepting submissions of short fiction, poetry, creative non-fiction, flash fiction, personal essay, and work including imagery such as photography, comics, drawings, etc. for their first issue, themed around ‘Identity’. Submissions closing 2nd July.


Quart Short Literary Reading Salon

For anyone living in or planning to visit Adelaide on August, Quart Short are currently seeking submissions for upcoming reading nights at the Bibliotheca Bar and Book Exchange. Submissions must be received before 7th July.


Aspiring Writers Mentorship Program 2017

CBCA NSW Branch Inc is proud to announce the 2017 Aspiring Writers Mentorship Program is now open to all Australian citizens residing in Australia. Closes 31st July.


Publications with submissions ongoing:

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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