Writing Opportunities for November 2019

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Words on Water, Mandurah, 6-7th November
‘For the very first time, Confluence Festival of Indian Arts in Australia comes to Mandurah for two days in November, bringing a rich tapestry of Indian arts, Bollywood film, dance, yoga, guided meditation and much more. At the heart of Confluence will be the Words on Water program, an international gathering of acclaimed writers, thinkers, and change makers coming together on one stage to engage in thoughtful debate and dialogue.’

Pathways to the Screen Industry: Pilbara
Screenwest is running this free workshop in Port Hedland on Thursday 7 November, 3 pm to 6 pm. The workshop will explore the funding opportunities available in Western Australia, give an overview of the roles and responsibilities on a Screen Production (Film & Television), and explain some of the pathways to entry.

The Gill Owen Essay Prize
‘…write and submit an essay between 700 and 1,500 words on the theme of energy efficiency and social equity, with reference to Dr Owen’s work, research or publications. You are encouraged to discuss changes to policy which may improve the future outlook for energy efficiency and social equity.’ Closes 8th November

Quantum Words Perth, 8-10th November
‘…Western Australia’s first writers’ festival dedicated specifically to writing about science, creativity and the spaces in which they intersect. Join us at the State Theatre Centre from 8 to 10 November, when we bring together outstanding thinkers, scientists and creators from across Australia and overseas to engage in conversations about the ways in which we come to understand ourselves, our world, and the expansive universe we live within.’

National Indigenous Story Awards 2019
‘These awards are for storytellers who are Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander. Stories can be spoken, sung, or written in prose or poetic form. They can be fictional, creative, historical, personal, political, and more.’ Closing 9th November.

2020 KYD New Critic Award
“This year the New Critic Award is once again open to critics working in all fields of arts and culture (books, film, television, theatre, music, dance, performance, visual arts, etc.) Once again, we’re particularly interested in writing that speaks to the changing nature of cultural criticism – whether that be critiquing an under-examined art form, experimenting with prose style and structure, or highlighting new or underrepresented voices and perspectives.” Applications close 10th November.

2020 Hazel Rowley Literary Fellowship
The Fellowship awards $15,000 to an emerging or established Australian writer to support research and development of a new biographical work. Closing 16th November. 

Judith Wright Poetry Prize for New and Emerging Poets
‘[This prize] seeks outstanding poetry by writers who have published no more than one collection of poems under their own name (i.e. writers who’ve had zero collections published, or one solo collection published). It remains one of the richest prizes for emerging poets, and is open to poets anywhere in the world.’ Entry is $12 for subscribers to Overland and $20 for non-subscribers. Closing 17th November.

Neilma Sidney Short Story Prize
‘…this prize seeks excellent short fiction of up to 3000 words themed around the notion of ‘travel’; imaginative, creative and literary interpretations are strongly encouraged. This competition is open to all writers, nationally and internationally, at any stage of their writing career.’ Entry is $12 for Overland subscribers and $20 for non-subscribers. Closing 17th November. 

Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery Art Writing Prize
‘Write an essay up to 1500 words that addresses one or more artworks or exhibitions presented at the Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery during the year of the competition.’ Closing 29th November.

Michigan Quarterly Review seeking submissions for special issue on water
‘MQR is seeking work that addresses any aspect of water: from the contested oil pipeline beneath the Straits of Mackinac to water shut-offs in Cape Town; from flooding in the Midwest to water scarcity in India and the Sahel; from the role of water in regional and global conflict and migration to the way that storm surges and shifting coastlines are forcing us to rethink the shapes of urban centers. The editors are looking for pieces that consider water through the lens of history and of contemporary geopolitics, and are excited to receive submissions that consider water through mythology, religion, and art history.’ Accepting fiction, non-fiction, poetry, drama, translations and pieces that ‘don’t fit into a neat category’. Closing 1st December

Receipt Poetry as part of Digital Writers’ Festival
‘Submit a short poem for the chance to have it published across Yarra Libraries branches throughout November and December, alongside work by five writers chosen by the Digital Writers’ Festival.’ Open from 29th October- 23rd December.

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