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Nakata Brophy Short Fiction and Poetry Prize for Young Indigenous Writers
The prize will be awarded to the best short story by an Indigenous writer who is 30 years or younger at the closing date of the competition.

Overland ‘future sex’ edition
Overland are currently seeking submissions for a special online edition themed around ‘future sex’. “We are looking for stories that engage with what our changing sexualities look like, both now and in the future.” Maximum word length is 4,000. Closing 14th January.

2019 Calibre Essay Prize
Seeking entries of non-fiction essays between 2,000 and 5,000 words on any subject. Essays can be personal, political, literary, speculative, traditional, experimental. Entries close 14th January 2019. 

Residencies funded by the Australia Council for the Arts: Expressions of Interest
‘Our International Residencies Program has been developed through sector consultation and research. Council has forged partnerships with some of the best residency providers in the world to deliver a suite of residencies that enable the development of individual artists, arts mediators, groups and organisations.’ EOIs close 15th January.

First Nations Emerging Critic – Melbourne residents only
‘Witness, founded earlier this year by Alison Croggon and Robert Reid, is a curated website that fosters critical discussion of the Australian performing arts. The First Nations Emerging Critic will be Melbourne-based and will work as part of the core Witness team throughout 2019, writing reviews of contemporary work and longer critical essays. Alison Croggon and Robert Reid provide mentoring to develop and focus critical skills.’ Closes 18th January

The 2019 Kat Muscat Fellowship
‘The Kat Muscat Fellowship offers professional development up to the value of $3,000 for an editorial project or work of writing by a young female-identifying or non-binary person’. Closes 20th January. 

KYD Speculative Fiction/Fantasy Showcase
‘In May 2019, we will publish a selection of short stories that explores the genre [Speculative Fiction/Fantasy] in all its varieties; work that both challenges our preconceptions of the genre, and entertains.’ Closing 25th January 

Dal Stivens Award for a Short Story or Essay
The Dal Stivens Award is presented biennially to an author aged 30 or under, for a short story or essay of the highest literary merit. The story or essay must be between 3,000 and 10,000 words, and published or accepted for publication within the 12 months prior to the Award closing date. Self-published works will be accepted for this Award, but must be edited to a professional standard. Closes 31st January

black&write! Writing Fellowships now open
‘The black&write! Fellowships are open to all writers (published and unpublished) of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent currently living in Australia. The Fellowships are open to adult fiction, young adult fiction, short story collection, poetry collection and children’s book manuscripts.’ Closing 31st January.

KYD New Fiction Prize 2019
‘We are currently accepting unsolicited submissions for consideration for this collection. All genres will be considered.’ Memberships of KYD is required for entry, and memberships start from $17.50. Closing 31st January.

The Fantastica Prize
‘Fantastica invites Australian and New Zealand writers to submit science fiction manuscripts for consideration. Seeking: Science fiction, not fantasy. Anything high-tech, low-tech or even no-tech (if you are OK with post-apoc style sci fi?). Stories set on a generation ship, on a futuristic terra firma or on a planet a million light years away. Manuscripts must be 30,000 words or more. And we want works that start with a bang; blow our minds and subvert our expectations.’ Closing 31st January.

Kathleen Mitchell Award
‘…presented biennially to the author, aged 30 or under, of an outstanding novel or novella to encourage advancement in their literary career. The novel or novella must have been published or accepted for publication within the 2 years prior to the Award closing date. This can be demonstrated by the providing an ISBN or letter of confirmation from the publisher as part of your entry.” Entries close 31st January.

Nature Writing Prize 2019
‘The $5,000 award is given for the best essay (3,000 – 5,000 words) in the genre of ‘Writing of Place’. The winning essay will also be published as an online multimedia essay by Griffith Review.’ Closing 1st February 2019.

Carmel Bird Digital Literary Award
For Australian residents and Australians living overseas. Seeking short fiction collections of any genre up to 30,000 words. Entry is $25. Closing 3rd February.

Newcastle Short Story Award
Seeking short stories up to 2,000 words, open theme, entry is $16.50. Closes 4th February.

The Suburban Review #13: LUCK
Submissions are now open for issue 13 of The Suburban Review, themed LUCK. Accepting fiction, creative non-fiction, poetry, and comics. All published pieces are paid for, see website for full rates and specs. Closing 6th February.

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