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Submissions Around Town: April



Laundry, a literary magazine with a focus on fashion, is accepting fiction and creative nonfiction no longer than 7000 words for inclusion in its next print edition.

The Rainbow Journal, a bimonthly online journal, is seeking poetry connected in any way to the theme ‘sunset’. The deadline for submissions is Wednesday April 30.

Entries are  now open for the Big Issue fiction edition, which has previously featured big authors like Christos Tsiolkas and Kate Holden.  All submissions are assessed blind, so emerging writers are encouraged to send something in. The theme this year is ‘take me away’ and the closing date is Friday June 6.


The Stringybark Future Times Award 2014 is looking for entertaining and inventive short stories set after 2020. A total prize pool of $810 is up for grabs, and feedback is also available for a small fee. Winners will be published in both the Times Past print anthology and an e-book edition. To be considered, get your entries in before Sunday April 13.

Little Raven is seeking entries for its erotic short story competition. They are especially interested in sex-positive works that explore sexual identity, sexual subcultures or sexual practices/kinks. Publication and cash prizes will be awarded to authors who come first, second and third, while other finalists may also be offered publication. Entries close on Friday May 2.

The Monash University Undergraduate Prize for Creative Writing is open for entries from Australian and New Zealand university students until Thursday April 17. First prize is $4000 and publication in Verge, the annual Monash University literary journal. Winners will be announced at the Emerging Writers’ Festival opening gala on Tuesday May 27.

The international Love on the Road Writing Contest is accepting submissions about two people making a connection while travelling until Thursday July 31. Entries should be between 4,000 to 6,000 words. Cash prizes will be awarded to writers who come first, second and third, but the twelve finalists will also be published in a paperback anthology and e-book.


Kill Your Darlings is seeking an experienced WordPress developer to join the team. This is a part-time paid opportunity and applicants should be Melbourne-based, though this isn’t essential. Apply before Friday April 11.

If you have a bit of work experience under your belt, Scribe has two full-time positions currently available – Publicist, and Production and Publishing Assistant. While trade publishing experience is highly advantageous for the first role, publishing experience is not necessarily required in the second, though you will need some administrative skills. Both positions close on Thursday April 17.

The Australian Book Review is seeking an Editorial Intern for a paid position. This is a very, very rare opportunity for someone to work on the ABR magazine and website and earn a $45,000 salary while doing so. Past interns have gone on to do significant things in the Australian publishing industry. If you’re interested, applications close on Tuesday April 22.

Submissions Around Town: March

Submissions around town - March


Elsewhere is looking for prose poetry and flash fiction that lives on the outskirts, where things are always almost said. Works feature online alongside beautiful photography. There is no closing date, but a new edition is published every two months.

Overland will be publishing work by new and emerging writers in a special online edition in mid-April. Writers will be paid $100 per story. Submissions close Monday March 10.

Writing the Walls Down, a multi-genre anthology that will explore the physical and metaphorical significance of walls in the lives of LGBTQ people, is accepting stories from international authors until Tuesday April 1 (submissions have been extended to this date, so please ignore the January deadline on their call out page).


The Tabor Adelaide Creative Writing Awards are open for entries with the theme ‘homecomings’ until Friday March 7.

The Henry Lawson Verse and Short Story Competition is accepting entries in a number of verse and short story categories until Friday March 28. A $2500 prize pool is up for grabs.

The FAW Queensland Poetry Competition is looking for poetry with passion, beauty and an understanding of life and its complexities until Monday March 31. First prize is $200, and two encouragement awards are worth $50.


Lip Magazine is currently searching for a Managing Editor, who will oversee the daily running of the Lip website. This is a voluntary position that requires a commitment of 2 to 4 hours a day, depending on the amount of content to manage. Candidates will need a demonstrated ability to manage a team of writers and editors in addition to writing skills and a familiarity with Lip. Applications close Monday March 10.

Soot Magazine is seeking freelance writers with an interest in music, pop culture, literature and fashion to make ongoing contributions to the Soot website. This is an internship role, though a good way to build your profile. As bonus, you’ll also have the opportunity to interview some big-name artists, actors and performers.

The Melbourne Fringe Festival is looking for a part time Associate Producer (Keynote Project), and an Artists Services Coordinator to liaise with artists and handle core administrative tasks.  Applications for both positions close Friday March 21.

The Guardian is filling a variety of roles in both Sydney and Melbourne – reporters, a subeditor, a PR/marketing manager and a deputy comment and culture editor, among others. Take a look at their website for full position descriptions.

Submissions Around Town: February

Novelist at work


Writer’s Edit will be publishing the ultimate writer’s companion later in the year. They are looking for literary fiction, poetry, essays and lengthy pieces of writing advice until Friday February 28.  

Mary, a Melbourne based creative and academic journal, is seeking previously unpublished fiction, poetry, essays and comics for its next print edition. Deadline is Friday April 4.

The Suburban Review is accepting fiction, non-fiction, poetry and art under the theme ‘Alien’ until Friday April 4.

And just a reminder that Ricochet Magazine  is currently accepting fiction, non-fiction, poetry, memoir, book reviews, photography and visual art for our upcoming online edition. The Australian authors of our favourite short story and poem will each receive a special book gift pack. Submissions close on Friday April 4.


The Laura Literary Awards, comprising the Flinders News Prose Awards and The CJ Dennis Poetry Awards, is open for entries until Friday February 14. First prize in both competitions is $200 and the open category attracts a $10 entry fee. Works will be published in the Flinders News and online.

The Rachel Funari Prize for Fiction is open for creative and insightful women’s stories until Friday February 28. There are many, many prizes up for grabs, including a $700 first prize, a pass to the Melbourne Writers’ Festival, a one year subscriptions to Voiceworks and an assortment of free books.

The Joanne Burns Microfiction/Prose Poem Award is looking for screen sized literature to be screened at Federation Square during the Melbourne Writers’ Festival. One winner will also receive $300 and publication in the Spineless Wonders’ anthology Flashing the Square. Entries close Monday March 31.


There are four voluntary positions currently available at The Lifted Brow: Publicist, Advertising and Sponsorship Officer, Poetry and Flash Fiction Editor, and Interviews Editor. Get your applications in before 5pm Monday February 10. These are all excellent opportunities to gain experience and contacts in the literary industry – and as an added bonus you can come say hi to us, because we’re in the same office!

The Melbourne Festival is filling three full-time positions: Head of ProgrammingProgramming Assistant and Marketing and Development Administrator. Applications close on Monday February 10.

The National Young Writers’ Festival is looking for a Festival Coordinator to run the festival during 2014 and 2015. They’re also hiring three creative and energetic individuals to act as Co-Directors, and a dedicated Festival Manager. All positions are Newcastle based, and applications close Monday February 17.

And finally, the Melbourne Writers’ Festival is seeking three Program Interns and five Marketing, Development and Events Interns. Applications close on Thursday February 27. Again, this is an opportunity you shouldn’t ignore. If you want to learn about what goes into one of Australia’s biggest literary events, you should definitely think about applying.

Open for Submissions

Ricochet Magazine is open for submissions

We’re now accepting submissions! 

It’s on! We’re looking for innovative, daring and spectacular short fiction (up to 3,000 words), non-fiction, memoir, poetry, book reviews, photography and visual art for publication in our next issue.

If you’re unsure about anything, feel free to us your send pitches, questions and ideas and we will endeavour to get back to you as soon as possible with our feedback.

Please send your work to The selections process can take some weeks, so be patient with us. Expect to hear back from us 3-4 weeks after the submissions closing date.

The authors of our favourite short story and poem will each receive a special book gift pack!*

*Please note that due to postage costs this will be offered to Australian submissions only.

Unfortunately we can’t afford to pay for all submissions at this stage, as much as we would like to. What we can offer is an opportunity to share your work with a wider audience and editorial mentoring as needed.

If your submission is unsuccessful, we will aim to provide you with in depth feedback as soon as we can (response time will depend on the number of submissions we receive).

The final magazine will be a downloadable PDF publication. Past editions are available for download here.

Deadline: Friday April 4, 2014

Submissions Around Town: January

His Girl Friday


The Conium Review, a small US print publication that accepts international submissions, is seeking general fiction and poetry until Tuesday April 1. They enjoy stories that take risks, include fine-tuned prose and active characters.

The Lifted Brow welcomes submissions of columns, essays, art, comics, book reviews, fiction, poetry, and all manner of miscellanea. We recommend reading a past issue if you’re not already familiar with the Brow, because its style is quirky and unusual, and you should really just do that anyway. Submissions are paid an undisclosed amount.

Windmills Literary Zine, a publication by Deakin Uni, is on the hunt for poetry up to 50 lines and prose up to 1,000 words. Submissions are open to non-Deakin writers and close on Saturday March 1. The theme is the magically unreal.


Entries to the Stringybark Short Story Award are open until Sunday January 19. Stories can be fiction, non-fiction or a combination of both, and there are no restrictions on genre. However, stories must have a link to Australia. First prize is $350, plus publication in the Short Story Award book. There are entry fees.

The [untitled] Short Story Competition is open for entries until Saturday February 15. They accept stories of any genre no longer than 5,000 words. First prize is $500 and winners will be published in issue seven of [untitled], and announced at the launch of that issue, which is due out late in 2014.

The Sentinel Literary Quarterly Poetry and Short Story competitions are open for entries from all nationalities until Monday February 20. First prize in both competitions is £200. Take a look at their website for individual comp guidelines.


Express Media, which manages Voiceworks, Buzzcuts, the John Marsden Prize for Young Writers and others, is looking for a Finance and Administration Coordinator. If you love the arts but numbers are also your thing (you special snowflake), take a look at the position description. Applications close Monday January 20.

The Emerging Writers’ Festival is looking for four Associate Producers to help run the 2014 festival as part of its highly regarded internship program. Interns will gain experience in administration, festival management, programming and production. This is a pretty stellar opportunity for students interested in learning about literary events management. Past interns have gone on to work at Crikey, Kill Your Darlings and The Age, among others. Applications close Thursday January 23.

Arts Access Australiawhich is the peak body for arts and disability, is looking to fill TWO exciting roles – and candidates can work from home, so anyone in Australia can apply. They are seeking a part-time Program Officer and a part-time Grants Officer. Applications close Monday January 27.

The Signal Express, an online arts and culture magazine, is looking for 20 high school students to join its 2014 writing team. Students will be trained by industry professionals and mentored by Express Media, and their work will be published on The Signal Express. To apply, you will need to be Melbourne based. Applications close on Friday February 7.

A Bookish Christmas Gift Guide

Tis the season to be bookish.

If you’re looking for the perfect literary-themed Christmas gift this year, we’ve found a few good’uns worth considering.

Hunger Games chocolates

Oh yes my Hunger Games-loving friend, these exist! They come in 12 different flavours representing each district of Panem. The kind folks over at Buzzfeed have even ranked them for you (raise your hand if you want their jobs). District 12 (mining) is mined salt and milk chocolate, while District 10 (livestock) is beef jerky, smoked mesquite and milk chocolate (yum?).

You can buy the whole limited-edition box for $US65, or individual character blocks for Katniss (made up of apples, smoked bacon, alderwood smoked sea salt and milk chocolate), Effie and President Snow, though unfortunately they don’t ship to Australia. Your US, Canadian or UK dwelling friends are in luck, however, so maybe you can work out some kind of arrangement?

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Submissions Around Town: December

Submissions around town - December


Wilde Magazine, a bi-annual print and digital publication, is looking for art, poetry and prose by and for the queer community.

Sassafras Literary Magazine is seeking poetry, flash fiction, nonfiction and artwork (no deadline has been set at this stage, but they publish monthly). Just make sure you paste your submission in the text of your email and don’t send attachments – these submissions will be deleted.

The Canary Press is currently accepting short stories up to 7,000 words, travel columns you would never find in an in-flight magazine, and postcard fiction of 150 words or less. They’re also looking for letters and holiday-themed stories.


The WB Yeats Poetry Prize is open to Australian entrants until Tuesday December 31. First prize is $500, while second prize is $75. There are no themes, though there is a 50 line limit.

The Griffith Review Novella Competition is open to residents of Australia and New Zealand. The theme: forgotten stories with a historical dimension. Submissions of 12,000-35,000 words (preferred but not set in stone) are due Friday January 31 and winners will share a $25,000 prize pool. The final works will be published in the Griffith Review fiction edition and as eSingles online.

The Josephine Ulrick Literature and Poetry prizes are open to Australian residents until Friday January 31. First prize in both cases is $10,000, while second prize is a not-too-shabby $5,000. You can take a look at past winning entries here.


Under 25s – Express Media are offering four one day a week internships in administration, marketing and communications, awards and special projects, and education programs. Applications are open until Monday January 13. Check out their website for details.

And Voiceworks is looking for an editor! Manage the artistic direction of the magazine for a two year contract period. This is a fantastic opportunity for emerging editors, particularly those interested in working with young volunteers. Applications for this position close Monday February 3.

Arts Events in Melbourne November 15 – November 21

Small Aussie publishers should be celebrated

Are there some fabulous Aussie books you’ve read this year that just haven’t received their dues? Tonight, the Wheeler Centre will be hosting Totally Underrated: a presentation of the Most Underrated Book Award 2013, a free event celebrating some of these unsung books from small and independent Aussie publishers.

How fares the NaNoWriMoing? If you’re flagging – or on a roll – and you just want to be around other writers, then there’s a city write-in tonight at Network Public Bar and Pizzeria at Southern Cross Station from 9pm, and one on Saturday November 16 at Richmond Library from 10am.

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Ricochet Magazine – The Flashback Edition

We’re incredibly pleased to announce that The Flashback Edition is now ready to download on our literary journal page.

Escape the gloomy weather with our eclectic collection of short stories, poems, essays and artwork, because if Instagram has taught us anything, it’s that no one can resist a good retro theme.

We would like to thank everyone who made this edition possible – our contributors, our editors, and the artists and organisations who gave us shout outs on Facebook and Twitter. Enjoy, and let us know what you think!

Ricochet - The Flashback Edition


The Flashback Edition features… 

#132 – Melanie and the Baby-Sitters Club by Melanie Saward
Millennium by Ira McGuire
Cimetière des Innocents by Zenobia Frost
Cagney’s Understudy by Julie Demoff-Larson
Beat, Rhythm and Jazz by Nicola Cayless
Blackall’s Point by Zenobia Frost
The Statesman by Lena Smoot
On Yen by Stefan Schulz
Where The Heart Lies by Chris Rowley
When by Bronwen Manger
Hard Water by Rebecca Dempsey
Semaine by Nicola Cayless
Friday Night by Esther Levy-Fenner
A Soldier’s Return by Linda M Crate
Lillian by Amelia Jane Nierenberg

Arts Events in Melbourne November 8 – November 14

Want free champers, a shiny new book and the opportunity to witness a bunch of exam-free uni students cutting loose on the dancefloor? Visible Ink will be launching its 25th edition tonight at Bella Union bar on Lygon Street. Part book launch, part end of year celebration for RMIT’s Professional Writing and Editing crew, you are promised free champagne on arrival, at least three author readings and a DJ set later in the night.

Abbotsford Convent

Meanwhile, the always enjoyable Abbotsford Convent annual open day is on Sunday November 10. The Australian Writers’ Centre will be hosting 15 minute talks about all things blogging, writing and publishing, while there will be interactive writing activities, art exhibitions, live bands, pop up cafes and food trucks, roving circus performances, and readings from convent writers like Michelle Aung Thin, Maureen McCarthy, Melanie Joosten and Chris Womersley.

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