Wondering where to send that finished manuscript or short story? Need a deadline to write towards? We’ve collated an up-to-date list of writing competitions, opportunities and awards for writers. Entries are in order of closing date.
The Daffodil College Writers’ Residencies
Closing date: 24 October 2022
There’s a call for submissions for the Daffodil Cottage Writers Residencies in the Blue Mountains. Established, mid-career and early career artists are encouraged to apply.
WestWords are welcoming applications for the residency that will run from 6-14 December along with expressions of interest for residencies from February to March 2023. Applications from artistic collaborators are encouraged. This may mean two writers, an author and an illustrator, a playwright and dramaturg, a screenwriter, director and producer, a writer and historian, or any number of other iterations.
The Fellowship is open to Australian citizens and permanent residents. Up to $20,000 is awarded for travel and research to further a writing proposal or work in progress.
The focus is on biography, but extends to an aspect of cultural or social history compatible with Hazel’s interest areas. Preference is given to projects that are about ‘risk-taking’ and expanding horizons, promote discussion of ideas, and make a significant contribution to public intellectual life.
Applications open each year on 1 October and close on 16 November, the shortlist is announced in the following January and the Fellowship is awarded in March.
This Boundless program offers a year-long structured mentorship to an unpublished Indigenous writer who has made substantial progress on a manuscript of fiction or non-fiction. The recipient of the mentorship will be paired with a senior Indigenous writer working in the same genre, providing feedback on their manuscript and professional advice. The successful applicant will also receive professional development from Text Publishing and Writing NSW.
This competition involves submitting a 300 word synopsis and the first 30 pages of your manuscript. The overall winner receives Author Coaching, Structural Edit and Line Edit (Prize Value $2,500) with the structural edit kindly sponsored by Brisbane Writers Workshop, and line editing and author coaching sponsored by Hawkeye Publishing. Entry is $45. Hawkeye publishing mayoffer the winner a publishing contract.
For more information and eligibility criteria, please visit the link below.
The Literature Centre – calls for programming EOIs
The Literature Centre is seeking expressions of interest for authors/illustrators interested in participating in their programming from 2023 onwards. The Literature Centre is looking for new, original voices from across Australia, and successful authors/illustrators will be paid ASA rates to participate in the programming. Fill in the expression of interest form here.
Each month, MiNDFOOD will publish one reader’s short story, with the best story published over the course of a year going on to win $1000. We are looking for unpublished stories from budding non-professional writers who may need a nudge to showcase their talent. Each month, the staff of MiNDFOOD will choose the best story to publish and, at the end of the year, will choose the award for Best Short Story.
To enter email your story – along with your name, address and telephone number – to [email protected] Entries need to be 2000 words in length and previously unpublished.