Writing Opportunities for October 2019

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The Correspondent is currently accepting pitches
‘As conversation leaders, our expectation is that a freelancer who works with us will not just deliver exceptional journalism, but will also join the discussion their journalism sparks. For journalists who produce multiple pieces for us, we will also talk about how we can make your reporting process collaborative. Here are the topic areas we currently have a special interest in: Redundancy, health, future economic models, waste, belief, biodiversity, education, money and trade, conscience, gaming, food, the information frontier, modern lives and modern love. If you have a good idea that doesn’t fit any of these rubrics, pitch it to us anyway.

At The Correspondent, we also believe that the right journalist is just as important as the right story, because we know that a person’s multiple identities, background and life experience all shape the lens through which they look at the world. As such, individuals from groups and geographies underrepresented in international media are especially encouraged to pitch.

Mundaring Poetry Competition
‘As part of the Mundaring Arts Centre What on Earth community project, Shire of Mundaring in collaboration with KSP Writers Centre is pleased to announce a poetry competition. The theme of the poetry competition is: “Wild weeds and windflowers”​. It is free to enter, and open to people aged 18 years and over.’ Closing 4th October.

KSP Poetry Awards
Accepting poetry of open theme in three categories:

  • Youth (10-17 years) – up to 50 lines, free entry
  • Open (18 years plus) – up to 50 lines, $10 for one entry
  • Annette Cameron Encouragement Award – up to 50 lines, $10 for one entry

Closing 11th October.

The Arkansas International Emerging Writer’s Prize
‘The Arkansas International Emerging Writer’s Prize is open to works of fiction up to 7500 words in length. All entrants must not have yet published a full-length book, and have no book forthcoming before 1 May 2020. Entry is USD$20.’ Closing 13th October.

Southern Cross Short Story Competition 2019 – Ballarat Writers
“Ballarat Writers Inc. invites writers to enter the 2019 Southern Cross Literary Competition. The competition asks for short stories to 3000 words, with an open theme. First prize is 1,000 AUD, second prize $400, third prize $100.” Closing 14th October.

2020 NSW Premier’s Literary Awards
These awards are open to living Australian citizens or persons holding permanent resident status. All works must have first been published, performed, screened or broadcast between 1st October 2018 and 30th September 2019, with the exception of the Indigenous Writers’ Prize which is biennial. Submissions close 14th October.

Australian Short Story Festival 18-20th October
To be held in Melbourne at Hawthorn Arts Centre, ‘the Festival connects audiences with short story writers, storytellers, publishers, and editors of literary magazines. It brings together readers and local, Australian and international short story writers.’ Festival program available on the website.

The Neilma Sidney Literary Travel Fund
‘…the travel fund is intended to support emerging, mid-career and established Australian writers and literary sector workers. This includes writers, editors, agents, publishers, librarians, booksellers, employees and associates of literary organisations and journals, and other literary professionals currently living in Australia. Applicants can apply for grants between $2,000 and $10,000. Recipients will be announced in late November 2019. The proposed travel projects must take place between 31st December 2019 and 31st December 2020.’ Applications close 21st October.

Boundless: The Festival of Diverse Writers, 26th October
‘Boundless is a biennial festival for Indigenous and culturally diverse writers presented by NSW Writers’ Centre and Bankstown Arts Centre, in collaboration with Sweatshop. The all-day event includes performances, readings, panel discussions, and opportunities for audience members to mingle with the writers and purchase their books. Boundless is a free festival, so that as many people as possible are able to attend.’

Hill End Artists in Residence Program
‘The Residency Program allows contemporary Australian and international artists the chance to experience and respond to the historically charged landscape of Hill End… a small former gold mining town in New South Wales…’ Open to application from visual artists, writers/curators, and new media/musicians/film/video artists. Applications for the 2020 Program close 31st October.

Iceland Writers Retreat
‘For this scholarship program, writers can apply for either full or partial funding. The full funding scholarship includes a round-trip airfare plus the full retreat package including accommodation and all workshops for the duration of the event. Partial funding covers the participant costs only and does not include accommodation or flights. The successful candidates must demonstrate that he or she does not have the financial means to attend the conference without this award. Candidates do not need to be professional writers but should be serious about the craft and interested in developing their skills and contacts.’ Details to apply on website, closing 31st October.

Unnatural Order Anthology open for submissions
Unnatural Order is an anthology for strange days and grotesque beauty, as the monstrous seeps out from the dark, and makes the light its own.
What we want:
Stories that explore humanity through the lens of the inhuman. What does it mean to be human from the perspective of something that isn’t? Does the question even matter?
Romance, adventure, wanderlust, and strange and terrible beauty. The monstrous is just as hopepunk as it is grimdark!
Diverse works from people with or without previous publishing credits. Unnatural Order is a chance to showcase stories that might not be picked up by more conservative markets, and we strongly encourage people not to self-reject! We’re much more interested in unique and interesting takes that might be a little rough around the edges than we are in more mainstream stories with “polish”.’
Stories must be 5,000 words or less, previously unpublished, and with no author-identifying details on the manuscript. Submissions closing 31st October

Griffith Review 68: Getting On open for submissions
‘By 2060, the ratio of Australians aged over sixty-five will have passed one in four. This unprecedented demographic transformation marks a quiet revolution with far-reaching consequences for both individuals and wider society.’ Accepting submissions on this topic until 1st November.

City of Vincent Film Project
The initiative provides filmmakers funding and support for the production of three short documentaries up to 10 minutes in length and should be suitable for a general audience. Each documentary receives $5,000 to showcase stories in and about the City Of Vincent, as the project aims to represent Vincent, its residents and their stories, as well as provide emerging filmmakers with an opportunity to showcase their film making talents. We’re looking for local stories, characters and urban legends in Vincent. ‘We are looking for factual documentaries about people, places, events, history, personal stories and local characters in the City of Vincent.’ Applicants must be early career filmmakers, and the writer, director and producer must all be West Australian residents. Applications close 1st November 2019.

Odyssey House Short Story Competition 2019
Seeking submissions on the theme of ‘Family’, open to writers of all ages and experience, entry is $10 per submission with a limit of three entries per person. Stories must use the theme of ‘Family’ and must make a reference to alcohol or drugs. Closing 2nd November.

Perth Quantum Words Festival 8-10th November
‘Quantum Words Perth is Western Australia’s first writers’ festival dedicated specifically to writing about science, creativity and the spaces in which they intersect.’ Featuring performances, panels and discussions, schools programs and family and children’s events.

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