Below is a list of available residencies, scholarships, publications seeking submissions and other opportunities. Be sure to check out our program of workshops to get you ready for publication.
Travel Writer Job
Closing date: 28 Oct 2016
Casual position to produce content for a travel magazine and website.
Varuna’s Publisher Introduction Program 2017
Closing date: 30 Oct 2016
Varuna’s unique Publisher Introduction Program is one of Australia’s most dynamic literary partnerships, opening important doors for writers in a creative, collaborative process that aims to deliver finely honed manuscripts to leading publishers.
LiNQ Volume 43 2016
Closing date: 30 Oct 2016
LiNQ welcomes submissions of academic and creative works including fiction, creative nonfiction, papers for peer review, and poems.
The Ian Wilson Memorial Fellowship
Closing date: 31 Oct 2016
Calling emerging children’s authors and illustrators!
The Busybird Creative Fellowship
Closing date: 31 Oct 2016
The Busybird Creative Fellowship is designed to help an emerging writer (less than three publications) develop their craft through a year-long mentorship (cash prize, workshops, tutelage).
2016 Ashurst Business Literature Prize
Closing date: 04 Nov 2016
Entries for the 2016 Ashurst Business Literature Prize are now open. The closing date for entries is 5pm on Friday 4 November 2016.
ABC RN’s PocketDocs is seeking submissions
Closing date: 06 Nov 2016
ABC RN’s PocketDocs programme has launched our annual writing and audio competition. 500 words or five minutes of audio. Entering is a great way to introduce yourself to ABC RN’s Documentary and Features producers, and has led to some fine writing/radio relationships.
Call for submissions: Romantic love short story collection
Closing date: 07 Nov 2016
The team at MidnightSun Publishing are thrilled to announce that they are seeking submissions for a new story collection to be published in 2017.
2017 Emerging Writers’ and Illustrators’ Mentorship Program
Closing date: 11 Nov 2016
The Australian Society of Authors (ASA) Emerging Writers’ and Illustrators’ Mentorship Program provides winners of these award mentorships with the opportunity to develop their early draft manuscript to a publishable standard through 13 free mentorships with professional mentors.
Hazel Rowley Literary Fellowship 2017
Closing date: 16 Nov 2016
Applications are now open for the 2017 Hazel Rowley Literary Fellowship.
International Aeon Award Short Fiction Contest
Closing date: 30 Nov 2016
International Aeon Award Short Fiction Contest is now calling for short stories in any speculative fiction genre including fantasy, science fiction and horror.
Sound Stage wants your scripts
Closing date: 30 Nov 2016
What is Sound Stage? Sound Stage is a small group of radio producers and artists who want to make cool radio. More specifically, cool radio theatre, on Radio Adelaide. They want to work with new, young up-and-coming Australian artists who want to hear their works performed.
Sound Stage are looking for shorter scripts to adapt to radio. They’re trying to get people to hear what scripts sound like in performance – plays aren’t merely meant to be read. They’re meant to b e performed. Emerging artists aren’t always able to amass the funds or the resources to do this, and sometimes scripts aren’t as suitable for the stage on their own as other, larger pieces. Sound Stage want to fix that.
If you have a piece that might be a bit too difficult to stage right now, you have something you’ve been sitting on for a while, you want to try something out, or you have an idea that you think would be perfect for the medium of radio, please, send it through. They’re looking for all sorts of scripts and ideas, so if you think you have something, don’t hesitate.
The parameters are as follows:
- It needs to be 10-20 minutes in length
- Shorter pieces will also be taken into consideration
- New pieces are preferred
- Sound Stage prefer if you’re between the age of 18-30, but if you’re on either side of the bracket, we can be flexible.
- Keep the medium and the age group in mind
- Notes on setting are incredibly helpful
- Stage directions are also helpful
Send all scripts through to [email protected] with your name, your location a brief outline of your script , and a brief writing CV. Don’t worry if you don’t have much of one to give us. As for the script file format? pdf, doc, txt – if they can’t read it, they’ll tell you.
Submissions close the 30th of November.
The Matador Review Winter Issue
Closing date: 30 Nov 2016
The Matador Review is an online literature and art quarterly. They publish four issues annually: the Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter issues.
Griffith Review 56: Millennials Strike Back
Closing date: 05 Dec 2016
Submissions are now open for Griffith Review 56: Millennials Strike Back.
Book Smugglers Publishing: Open Call for Short Story Submissions
Closing date: 31 Dec 2016
Book Smugglers Publishing is open for short stories submissions for publication in 2017.
Wombat Books Illustration Challenge 2017
Closing date: 28 Feb 2017
Wombat Books is seeking original illustrations from Australian school-aged students to publish in a unique picture book by well-known children’s author Aleesah Darlison.
Closing date: 08 Mar 2017
The Dangerous Women Project are looking for high quality reflections and creative responses to the question: ‘What does it mean to be a dangerous woman?’
Penguin (The Monthly Catch)
The General Publishing team at Penguin Group (Australia) is keen and excited to read new work from Australian authors, and as such they’ve developed the Monthly Catch. Keep reading…
Pan MacMillan (Manuscript Monday)
A new initiative which is part of Pan Macmillan Australia’s manuscript submission process. Keep reading…
Momentum Monday (Pan MacMillian digital imprint)
Momentum, Australia’s first major digital imprint, is open to submissions. Keep reading…
Allen & Unwin (The Friday Pitch)
Through Friday Pitch Allen & Unwin have given new and emerging writers a chance to have their work read by our publishers within a reasonable time. Keep reading…
They do accept manuscript submissions but they have a few criteria that we ask you to follow when you submit to them. Keep reading…
Hachette Australia is one of Australia’s largest publishers and is always looking for the opportunity to publish great stories. Keep reading…
Text is broadly interested in publishing fiction and non-fiction, including upper primary and young adult. Keep reading…
MidnightSun Publishing (South Australian)
MidnightSun Publishing is always accepting submissions. Keep reading…
One Page Literary Magazine Seeks Submissions
One Page Literary Magazine is looking for submissions. One Page features flash stories under 1000 words and micro stories under 300 words. Keep reading…
Writers often have pitches they don’t know where to send. Editors often have openings they don’t know how to fill.
Asymptote welcomes submissions of translated poetry, fiction, nonfiction and drama; certain types of original English-language nonfiction, including literary and critical writing; as well as visual art.
Started in 1974, Bombay Gin is the literary journal of The Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics—co-founded by Allen Ginsberg and Anne Waldman—at Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado.
In It For The Long Scrawl
We are a literary magazine created by teens.
We feature stories under 1000 words.
Erin Thomas Playwright Fund
It can be tough getting your playwriting career going if you live outside of the capital cities – opportunities to engage with the theatre industry are rare and expensive. The newly established Erin Thomas Playwright Fund has been created to support emerging playwrights from regional or remote areas to attend opportunities or events that would help them develop their careers. To be eligible, playwrights need to: reside in a regional, remote or rural area of Australia; and be at an early stage of their career and have had no more than two professional productions. Funded travel costs can include airfares, accommodation, per diems or other relevant expenses. Playwrights may apply to attend events and opportunities.
We are a new small independent publishing house that selects manuscripts based on the quality of the story telling, the literary value, and the prospect of sufficient sales to make the publication project financially
Virginia Quarterly Review
Virginia Quarterly Review is currently accepting submissions of poetry, fiction and non-fiction.
Reed Magazine publishes works of short fiction, non-fiction, poetry.
Irish Pages is a biannual journal, edited in Belfast and publishing, in equal measure, writing from Ireland and overseas.
Albert Whitman and Company
Albert Whitman and Company is an award-winning children’s book publisher founded in 1919.
Barrelhouse is an independent non-profit literary organisation that aims to bridge the gap between serious art and pop culture.
The Zodiac Review
The Zodiac Review is an online, semi-annual literary magazine presenting short fiction by new and emerging authors, as well as more established ones.
Script Lab is looking for reviewers of television, film, books and software.
American Reader is a bimonthly magazine publishing fiction, poetry and criticism.
WriteMe Australia is a national program established to identify and select writers, and develop their exemplary written material with a Director, to a stage primed for screen production.
The Career Fund – Copyright Agency
The Copyright Agency’s Career Fund supports individuals working in the publishing and visual arts sectors to develop skills and enhance their careers.
Pitch to Overland
Overland is always looking for nonfiction pieces, especially for its online magazine.
The Lifted Brow
The Lifted Brow is always seeking submissions!
Submit an article to Beamly
If you have an article or article idea that you’d like to submit for publication, Beamly would love to read it.
Cha: An Asian Literary Journal
Cha is dedicated to publishing quality creative works from and about Asia. At this time, we can only accept work in English or translated into English.
Unlike many magazines, Creative Nonfiction draws heavily from unsolicited submissions.
The Fiction Desk
Theye’re always looking for new short stories at Fiction Desk anthologies, and most of the stories they publish are unsolicited submissions.
Harvard Review Online
Harvard Review publishes short fiction, poetry, essays, drama, and book reviews.
Narrative regularly publishes fiction, poetry, and nonfiction, including stories, novels, novel excerpts, novellas, personal essays, humor, sketches, memoirs, literary biographies, commentary, reportage, interviews, and features of interest to readers who take pleasure in storytelling and imaginative prose.
MadHat (Mad Hatters’ Review)
MadHat (Mad Hatters’ Review), seeks to foster the work of writers and poets: explosive, lyrical, passionate, deeply wrought voices and aesthetic experiments that stretch the boundaries of language, narrative and image, vital and enduring literary voices that sing on the page as well as in the mind.
Prairie Schooner publishes short stories, poems, imaginative essays of general interest, and reviews of current books of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction.
The Write Room
he Write Room is an online literary magazine that publishes quality works of fiction, non-fiction and poetry.
Medical Journal of Australia
Submissions are open to the Medical Journal of Australia.
Pantera Press aims to be known as a great new home for Australia’s next generation of best-loved authors™.
‘Social Alternatives’ journal
Social Alternatives accepts academic papers, commentaries, book reviews and essays, short stories and poetry focussed on the aims of the journal.
Overland’s Cursive Letters
Every month Overland run a literary advice column called Cursive Letters in which their wonderful fiction editor Jennifer Mills responds in agony-aunt style to questions submitted by writers about their literary dilemmas.
At a recent editorial meeting, the Writer’s Edit team decided that they’d love to start publishing short stories and poems on their beloved online mag again.
Writers Bloc is always looking for fresh writing and new voices to contribute to our ongoing blog columns.
Taboo Magazine is an online mag open for submissions.
Structo is a UK-based literary magazine.
Spook are looking for writers interested in fashion, music, film, lit, art, sex/gender, culture and/or politics.
Ginosko Literary Journal
Accepting short fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, social justice, literary insights for Ginosko Literary Journal.
One Teen Story
One Teen Story publishes Young Adult writing, providing opportunities to established adult authors and emerging teen authors of YA.
Uneven Floor, an independent poetry publication based in Perth, Western Australia, is seeking poetry submissions for its online magazine.
Stereo Stories is a Melbourne-based website that publishes well-written, evocative, concise stories. About songs.
The Wrong Quarterly
The Wrong Quarterly are a London-based journal who publish “inventive” works of nonfiction, life writing and essays up to 5,000 words and fiction up to 6,000 words.
Tongues is a multilingual online magazine looking for language editors and contributors to join our team!
Kill Your Darlings
Kill Your Darlings quarterly edition accepts submissions of original writing all year around for KYD subscribers and during the months of March, June, September and December ONLY for non-subscribers.
LGBTQIA Book Club for Young Adults
Book Club is a place to discuss YA books with LGBTQIA characters and/or themes. It’s open to everyone aged 14-24, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. We are a homophobia, biphobia and transphobia free zone.
Reed Magazine accepts submissions June 1 through November 1.
Scribe is a trade-publishing house. They are generally interested in literary fiction, serious non-fiction, and children’s picture books.
Antic is a not-for-profit online literary magazine of new writing in fiction, nonfiction, poetry and criticism, featuring the works of new and established Australian writers, as well as a smattering of international ones.
Thank You For Swallowing
Poetry is a form of protest. So let this be another one, in the spirit of Against Rape, in the spirit of Catechism, in the spirt of Binders Full of Women’s Poems: if you’re done sucking it up, submit your poems.
Blogstock_ is a marketplace for buying and selling pre-written and custom blogs designed to drive traffic to your website and sales for your business. Their bloggers are Australian residents and experts in their fields.
Chicken Soup for the Soul
A Chicken Soup for the Soul story is an inspirational, true story about ordinary people having extraordinary experiences. Chicken Soup for the Soul stories are written in the first person and have a beginning, middle and an end. The stories often close with a punch, creating emotion, rather than simply talking about it.
HOW magazine seeks freelance writers
HOW magazine provides a practical mix of essential business information, up-to-date technology tips, the creative whys and hows behind noteworthy projects, and profiles of professionals who are influencing design. HOW seeks writers who can write articles pertinent to our audience in an enter taining, concise style.
Ensemble Vacations® is a national, consumer travel and lifestyle magazine. From close-to-home places like Canada and the U.S. to Europe or exotic destinations in Asia, the South Pacific, the Caribbean and South America; from river cruising and grand voyages to luxury safaris, exclusive hotels and villas, spa retreats and ‘volunteer’ tourism, they cover it all.
Transgression is seeking submissions
Transgression is an online current affairs, opinion & cultural magazine that produces exceptional content for its readers.
What are we looking for?
With a focus on topics that generally aren’t covered in any significant depth by the mainstream media, your piece might be something dangerous, illicit, taboo or even just a tad eccentric. We want true tales from the rawest edges of humanity. Sex, crime, drugs or even life as a refugee. How about a report from a conflict zone? We aren’t after anything that pushes an ideology or an agenda. We want the facts to speak for themselves.
Island subscribers are invited to submit poetry, short fiction and essays.
PitchLab is an innovative new approach to selling long-form feature articles to magazines, radio programs, websites, and newspapers. It follows the same successful business model that works in the book publishing industry.
Alien She Zine
Alien She publishes fiction, nonfiction, poetry, art and review. They are looking for work that doesn’t fit neatly into the above categories.
Pear Drop want to tell stories that document and explore the human condition from all perspectives.
A place to share stories around a digital fireplace, and a publisher of very short fiction.
The Pen Factor
The Pen Factor is an online feedback and discovery engine for writers of fiction.
Digital magazine seeks WOMEN authors of fiction
Digital magazine seeks WOMEN authors of fiction, with at least one published or ready-to-publish title, for long-form interviews.
F is for Feminism
F is for Feminism is an intersectional feminist website aimed at young women.
Stereo Stories publish well-written, evocative, concise stories. Contributors are welcome to write about all sorts of songs, including songs that are already here on the site.
Heroes and Heartbreakers
Heroes and Heartbreakers is an imprint of the major publishing house MacMillan. They accept short stories 15k-30k words in length.
Fantasy and Science Fiction
Fantasy and Science Fiction is one of the major magazines of the genre. They pay 7-12 cents a word, up to 25,000 words.
Fireside is a short story magazine that has two goals in mind: Publish great stories, and pay writers well. They pay above normal rates for their category of magazine: 12.5 cents per word, up to 5,000 words.
Cicada Magazine is a young adult magazine with a largely teen audience. Their editor says “There’s room in the world for your dark weird truths.”
Cricket Magazine is a young reader’s magazine, targeting ages 9-14. They pay $0.25 a word. Most of their are between 1,200 and 1,800 words.
The Sun is a beautiful, ad free, magazine that publishes writing with a literary bent.
Clarkesworld is a science fiction magazine that has won numerous awards, including 3 Hugo Awards.
Harper’s Magazine is the oldest general-interest monthly in America. Harper’s will consider unsolicited fiction.
The New Yorker
The New Yorker is possibly the most profitable magazine in the world. They have a huge and loyal readership.
Asimov’s Science Fiction
Asimov’s Science Fiction is a well established publisher of science fiction.
Analog is a magazine of science fiction and fact. They pay 8-10 cents a word up to 7,500 words, and 8.5 cents a word for longer stories.
Strange Horizons publishes speculative fiction, “broadly defined.”
Lightspeed Magazine seeks to publish original science fiction and fantasy stories. They say that “no subject should be considered off-limits.”
Apex Magazine publishes science fiction, fantasy, and horror.
Uncanny is an online magazine of scifi/fantasy. They publish fiction, poetry, and nonfiction.
One Story is a magazine that publishes one story, in print, every three weeks.
One Teen Story
One Story is seeking literary fiction. They accept stories between 3,000 and 8,000 words.
InterGalactic Medicine Show
InterGalactic Medicine Show publishes sci-fi stories up to 17,500 words.
Indigenous Conference Services
Indigenous Conference Services is calling for papers!
The Wild Goose
The Wild Goose is a literary e-journal focusing on new Australian writing.
CRITICAL MASS, a new consulting business for authors, publishers and content producers. Critical Mass offers a range of services tailored to individual clients and their needs, including advice on publishing and marketing strategy, connection to a network of freelancers and services.
On human rights issues in Australia
Right Now, a not-for-profit media organisation committed to covering human rights issues in Australia through accessible, creative and engaging online, print and radio media. The journal aims to present a diverse range of perspectives, and encourages the participation of those who identify as GLBTIQ, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, culturally and linguistically diverse, and persons with disability.
Scribisi is a new AUSTRALIAN website going global (in beta phase but with nearly 20,000 members) and now seed funded, with the sole aim of promoting writing, particularly for young writers.
About Kids Books
About Kids Books is a new Australian imprint seeking novels for children 8 to 12 years.
Big Sky Publishing
Big Sky Publishing is proud to work with talented Australian authors and publish high quality non-fiction titles. They are accepting new submissions for completed manuscripts in a number of areas.
Wombat Books and Rhiza Press
Wombat Books and Rhiza Press are currently open for manuscript submissions.
Underground Writers are open for submissions year-round!
Buzz Words is Australia’s premier twice monthly online magazine for those in the children’s book industry. It contains many opportunities and much information.
Like A Photon Creative are inviting submissions for an interactive storytelling platform with national and international audience.