This roundup of opportunities for writers is included in the monthly GWN member’s newsletter. Non-members receive an abridged version of the newsletter that does not include this roundup.
ArtsHub: Call for Reviewers
“ArtsHub (a national online arts organisation) is looking for new (including aspiring) reviewers to join the ArtsHub stable. ArtsHub is not able to offer payment but can organise free performance tickets (theatre, circus, dance) as well as visual arts tickets and books for those who are keen to develop the craft of reviewing while seeing some wonderful WA arts. Reviews should be roughly 400 to 500 words plus a star rating out of 5. Anyone interested can email Writing WA via the contact form on our website. We will then put you in touch with the reviews editor at ArtsHub.”
Mascara Literary Review issue 27: ‘Transitions: Ecopoetics from the Global South’
“Issue 27 of Mascara, ‘Transitions: Ecopoetics from the Global South’ aims to be a vital contribution to current conversations around environmental change from those whose connection to land, culture and community are often silenced.” Seeking poetry, fiction and nonfiction of various lengths. Closing 2nd October.
Ipswich Poetry Feast Writing Competition
Seeking entries of various lengths in various categories, including school age and open age. Closing 3rd October.
WA Bush Poets & Yarnspinners Association: Silver Quill Written Competition
Seeking entries of original poetry with ‘good rhyme and meter and an Australian theme.’
- Open Serious
- Open Humorous
(The Overall Champion Poet will be judged across these 2 categories)
- Novice Only (for poets who have never won a Bush Poetry Written Competition)
- Junior Primary
- Junior Secondary
- Local – the best poem by a resident of the Avon Valley
$10 entry for adults and free for juniors, no line or entry limit. Closes 8th October.
Love Your Bookshop Day: 9th October
“Let’s celebrate Australia’s unique community of bookshops. Their shelves are filled with exciting stories, new friends, important history lessons and adventures into other worlds. Their calendars are filled with book clubs, storytimes and must-see literary events. They provide places to gather and connect both in person and online all across our big wide land. On Saturday 9 October 2021 support your favourite bookshop and join in the celebrations” – use the hashtags #lybd2021 and #loveyourbookshopday to join in!
Mindfood Magazine short story competition
“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.” Seeking submissions of up to 2000 words. Closing 10th October.
Lambing Flat FAW annual writing competition
“There is no set theme so let your fancy and pen fly. Writers of fiction, family history, romance or articles are invited to enter. And don’t forget the poetry; traditional rhyming or free verse is most welcome.
- Short Story word limit 1500
- Poetry max. 50 lines.”
$5 per entry. Closing 15th October.
Faber Writing Scholarships 2022
“Each year, the Faber Writing Academy at Allen & Unwin awards scholarship places for our prestigious Writing a Novel program.
Faber Writing Scholarships are open to anyone, and offer successful applicants the opportunity to take part in our programs in either Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and online for free.
We also offer a dedicated Faber Writing Scholarship for a First Nations Writer. The scholarship winner in this category may take classes in person in Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane, or online.” Applications close 29th October.
National Poetry Competition 2021
Seeking unpublished poems of up to 40 lines from poets 18 years or over. Entry is £7 for the first poem and £4 for subsequent poems. Closing 31st October.
The Best of Times Short Story Competition – Spring 2021
“Entry fee $10 per story. GENRE: Humorous short stories up to 2,500 words.” Closing 31st October.
The Magabala Fellowship for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander storytellers
“The Magabala Fellowship, worth $10,000, is intended to provide valuable time for a mid-career author to work on a current manuscript. The Fellowship is awarded to a mid-career author who has published at least two books. This can be in any genre or category, but it must have been traditionally published. The Scholarships and Fellowship are open to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander storytellers. Applications close 31st October.”
Nakata Brophy Prize for Young Indigenous Writers
Indigenous writers who are 30 years or younger are invited to submit a short story of up to 3,000 words. Closing 2nd November.