Calls for submission, competitions, and opportunities in Australia


Call for submissions: Bimblebox 153 Birds

Bimblebox 153 Birds is a creative exploration of the bird species that inhabit the Bimblebox Nature Refuge. With spoken word, music and fine art prints, writers, musicians and artists have engaged with the bird species that make this threatened habitat their home

2019 Varuna Mascara Western Sydney Writers Fellowship

Applications close 30 September, 2018 The 2019 Varuna Mascara Western Sydney Writers Fellowship offers the winner a one week, all expenses paid residency at Varuna, a publishing consultancy worth $800 & and a manuscript appraisal with Giramondo Press. This...

2018 Venie Holmgren Environmental Poetry Prize

Prize: $1000  All entries must be received by 11.59 pm EST, Friday July 20 2018. the 2018 Venie Holmgren Environmental Poetry Prize is now open. The shortlist and winner will be announced during the Daylesford Words in Winter festival, August 17 – 26,...

Digital Writers’ Festival Artist Call Out 2018

The Digital Writers’ Festival is an online-first writers’ festival dedicated to celebrating the work of writers from Australia and across the world, and fostering new relationships through collaboration between writers, where ever they may be. DWF is...

The Ian Potter Cultural Trust: funding round 3 now open

The Cultural Trust is committed to encouraging excellence and supporting a vibrant, world-class arts scene in Australia. The Cultural Trust offers grants up to $10,000 to assist emerging and early career artists of exceptional talent to take up professional development opportunities, usually overseas.

Prague City of Literature: Residency Programme

The project Prague – City of Literature offers stays for foreign writers and translators. There are six residencies available every year, each lasts two months; the selection process happens during August and September. Prague – City of Literature reimburses the resident for a return ticket, provides accommodation for free and a stipend of 600 euro per month.

Gwen Harwood Poetry Prize

The Hobart Bookshop and Island magazine proudly present the 2018 Gwen Harwood Poetry Prize. Now in its 23rd year, the Gwen Harwood Poetry Prize remembers Tasmania’s most acclaimed poet. First Prize $2000 + publication in Island 155 + annual subscription to...

2019 Varuna Residential Fellowships

Varuna the National Writers’ House invites writers from across Australia to apply for a Varuna Residential Fellowship. A Varuna Residential Fellowship offers writers working across a wide range of literary forms and genres the gift of uninterrupted time to...

The 2018 Overland Fair Australia Prize

This prize encourages artists and writers of fiction, poetry and essays to be part of setting a new agenda for our future – to imagine a just, common future, and how we might get there together.

The Fair Australia Prize is made up of 5 x $3000 prizes and 3 x $1000 union member prizes

The National Poetry Competition

One of the biggest single poem competitions in the world, the National Poetry Competition run by The UK Poetry Society is open to anyone aged 17 or older.

Bent Window Press: Open for Chapbook Submissions

Bent Window Books is a publisher of poetry chapbooks focusing on Australian writers, with the occasional chapbook from elsewhere. Bent Window’s first chapbooks will be chosen from an open submissions period starting June 1, 2018. The accepted chapbooks...

University of Canberra Vice-Chancellor’s International Poetry Prize

The winner will receive AUD$15,000 The runner-up (second-placed poem) will receive AUD$5,000 Four additional poems will be short-listed All poems entered for the prize will be single poems that have a maximum length of 50 lines (see the Conditions of Entry for further...

Melbourne Prize for Literature 2018: Now Open

ENTRIES OPEN 28 May 2018 ENTRIES CLOSE 9 July 2018 at 5pm ANNOUNCEMENT OF FINALISTS / CIVIC CHOICE AWARD 2018 VOTING OPEN 12 September 2018 Valued at more than $100,000, the Melbourne Prize for Literature 2018 and Awards provides significant opportunities to reward...

Mildura Indigenous Writers Award

The Award is open to local Indigenous writers over 16 years of age and will be for a short fiction of up to 2000 words or a poem on any theme. Prize money of $1200 will be divided between the award recipients if there is more than one winner. The 2018 award will be...

Bareknuckle Poet Anthology #3 Best Australian Writing 2018

Bareknuckle Poet’s third print anthology ‘Best Australian Writing 2018’ will be published in November filling the gap left by the demise of the ‘Best Australian…’ series previously published by Black Inc.

Moreland’s Writers in Residence program

Residency dates A standard residency will operate on a three -month basis however a longer residency can be negotiated. There are no set dates for the residency: applicants will be asked to nominate their preferred residency period which must conclude no...