From Melbourne UNESCO City of Literature Office:

We know that lots of writers and creatives have had the regular work they do to keep them writing cancelled due to the Covid situation. We are looking for ways to support our City of Literature community at this time.

To that end we are looking to commission a minimum of 30 new pieces of writing.

We are looking for a one line pitch (maximum 50 words) of a new creative work of any genre (spanning both fiction and nonfiction) that captures our attention, reflects the quality of Melbourne literature and is grounded in place; drawing upon Melbourne, wider Victoria and other Cities of Literature. Setting doesn’t need to be overt, but should be at the core of all works pitched.

Our team will be reviewing all pitches and accepting ideas that surprise and delight us. There is no set word length. All works pitched must be new and unpublished.

We will pay $300 each for for a minimum of 30 separate pieces commissioned from this open callout.

Pitch us today! We will be commissioning across this month and will stop taking pitches mid April.

Go to the Melbourne UNESCO City of Literature website for further details and to enter your submission.