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.
Story Innovation Lab for Indigenous Australian artists
Closing date: 14 Feb 2016
What are the new big exciting, daring, innovative artistic ideas? Where are the stories we want to tell now? How are those story ideas transformed into creative experiences that excite, inspire, challenge and engage people across nations?
Closing date: 15 Feb 2016
Voiceworks are currently seeking an inspiring creative leader with a passion for language, an eye for detail and excellent editing skills.
Finance & Administration Coordinator
Closing date: 15 Feb 2016
Express Media are currently seeking a Finance & Administration Coordinator with an interest in writing and literature to join their small but busy team.
2016 black&write! Indigenous Writing Fellowships
Closing date: 26 Feb 2016
The black&write! Indigenous Writing Fellowships are open to all writers (published and unpublished) of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent currently living in Australia.
Water Works – call for contributions
Closing date: 28 Feb 2016
Are your projects or artworks linked to water? Have you always wanted to do something on Waterwheel But Never Had Time? This is the moment. Celebrate end This large event Organised by the current Waterwheel team of Suzon Fuks, Inkahoots, and Igneous.
Colin Roderick Award
Closing date: 29 Feb 2016
Nominations for the Foundation for Australian Literary Studies’ Colin Roderick Award are now open.
Call for Papers – Romance Writers of Australia
Closing date: 29 Feb 2016
Flinders University is partnering with the Romance Writers of Australia to deliver two peer-reviewed academic streams at the Romance Writers of Australia national conference in August 2016. One stream will be focussed on Historical Representations of Love; the second will be for Popular Romance Studies. The Love Research Cluster for the ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions and the International Association for the Study of Popular Romance Studies are partners for these streams and we aim to bring together a diverse and dynamic community of researchers on love and romance. Keep reading…
Australian Book Review Editorial Internship
Closing date: 29 Feb 2016
Australian Book Review is committed to supporting and remunerating talented young writers and editors. Just as the magazine publishes more young writers than most Australian magazines, we offer one of the most lucrative editorial internships in the country.
2016 Text Prize for Young Adult and Children’s Writing
Closing date: 04 Mar 2016
The $10,000 Text Prize aims to discover incredible new books for young adults and children by Australian and New Zealand writers.
Hardcopy: Professional Development Program for Australian Writers
Closing date: 11 Mar 2016
HARDCOPY is a unique, national professional development program that helps build the capacities, aptitudes and resources committed Australian writers need in order to reach their potential.
The Masters Review Anthology Volume V – $5000 Awarded
Closing date: 31 Mar 2016
Every year The Masters Review opens submissions to produce our anthology, a collection of ten stories written by the best emerging authors. The aim is showcase ten writers who the editors believe will continue to produce great work.
Adelaide Plains Chapter and Verse Writing Group Anthology
Closing date: 31 Mar 2016
“Winged Pods – New Life Rising” is the name of anthology being put together by the Adelaide Plains Chapter and Verse writing group. The theme is based around the Pinery Fires and proceeds of the publication will be given to the survivors of this northern Adelaide blaze. Keep reading…
The Prose Poem issue
Closing date: 01 Apr 2016
Rabbit is currently accepting submissions of nonfiction poems for Issue 19: The Prose Poem Issue, co-edited by Cassandra Atherton and Paul Hetherington.
Seeking 12-20 yr old Inky Awards Judges
Closing date: 07 Apr 2016
To have your say about which books will make this year’s shortlist, apply to be an Inky Awards Judge!
State Library Victoria calls for 2016 Fellowship applications
Closing date: 17 Apr 2016
The State Library’s fellowship program is one of the most substantial in Australia. Each year, the Library offers Creative Fellowships to encourage the original and imaginative use or development of the Library’s collections for new work.
Arsenic Lobster poetry journal
Closing date: 30 Apr 2016
The Arsenic Lobster Poetry Journal is seeking eloquent emotion, articulate experiment; the charley horse hearted, heavily quirked, the harrowing.
Closing date: 01 May 2016
Story is interested in narrative of any shape and kind we can get onto the printed page. Surprise them with traditional and experimental forms of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry.
City of Burnside Local Artist Support Subsidy
Closing date: 01 May 2016
Individuals and groups are invited to apply now for up to $1,000 towards eligible activity from January – June 2016.
Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction
Closing date: 31 May 2016
Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction is for unpublished manuscripts between 40,000 and 75,000 words and may include long stories or novellas.
The Affirm Press Mentorship Award 2016
Closing date: 15 Jun 2016
The Affirm Press Mentorship Award offers up to four writers developing exceptional new work the opportunity to work with the Affirm Press publishing team whilst in residence at Varuna the National Writers House.
Call for Submissions: Disabilities issue
Closing date: 30 Jun 2016
For its second number in 2016, Southerly will be producing an issue, co-edited by David Brooks and Andy Jackson, on Writing and Disability. Southerly are seeking contributions in all the usual fields – poetry, short fiction, essay, review, memoir, etc.
Varuna Residential Fellowships for Writers & Illustrators
Closing date: 30 Jul 2016
Each year Varuna will award 30 Residenial Fellowships including four Flagship Fellowships and up to four Second Book Fellowships.
Closing date: 15 Sep 2016
subTerrain magazine is published 3 times a year from Vancouver, BC. They strive to produce a stimulating fusion of fiction, poetry, photography and graphic illustration from uprising Canadian, U.S. & International writers and artists.
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.
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.
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…
Harper Collins (The Wednesday Post)
HarperCollins is inviting unsolicited manuscripts from aspiring authors in Australia, New Zealand and around the world. 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…
Omnibus Scholastic (South Australian)
Scholastic Australia publishes books for children under three four publishing imprints – Scholastic Press, Omnibus Books and , Scholastic Australia and Koala Books. At this time ONLY Omnibus Books is regularly accepting the submission of unsolicited manuscripts. 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.
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.
Wombat Books and Rhiza Press
Wombat Books and Rhiza Press Submissions are Now Open.
The Asher Literary Award
Valued at $12,000, the Asher Literary Award is offered biennially to a female author whose work carries an anti-war theme.
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.
Omission Magazine is devoted to producing stories that are derived from sources typically under-valued, or entirely neglected by traditional media.
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.
The Many Voices book project
The Many Voices book project is a collaborative project in which I’m inviting anyone to share a true story they feel we all can identify with and relate to on the OneStoryRoad website. Then over a total of 30 rounds anyone else can vote on the stories they feel they identify with and relate to getting 1 vote per story, voting for as many stories that they connect with.
Hopefully in doing so we will together explore and discover our overlapping relatable stories thus selecting the final collection of worldly, multicultural stories to go in the final book. Images will also be captured to represent the story for the final publication. Of all future book proceeds, %50 will go to charity also to be voted on by the public and %25 are for the authors of the stories.
Please submit only true stories, they will be check and verified. If your story is chosen you will get published, be paid, and recieve royalties for the life time sale of the book.
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.