Submissions Around Town: July

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It’s that time of the month again.


Cordite 44 GONDWANALAND is open for poetry, prose poems and flash fiction prose submissions. Simultaneous submissions or previously published material won’t be considered. Australian contributors are paid.

The Smoking Poet is looking for flash fiction and short stories that ignite the imagination, inflame passions and set the page aflame until July 31.

Writers Abroad are looking for short fiction, flash fiction, non-fiction and poetry on the theme ‘Far-Flung and Foreign: People and Places’. Submissions close July 31.

And here at Ricochet Magazine we’re accepting short stories, poetry, art, commentary and reviews based on the theme ‘Flashback’ until July 31. We’re particularly hungry for your fiction and nostalgic opinion pieces. Please send your submissions or queries to


The Margaret Dooley Award for Young Writers 2013 is accepting writing from under 30s that offers a reasoned ethical argument based on humane values. The winner’s essay and runners-up will be be published online in Eureka Street. First prize is $1500. Entries close July 15.

Scribe and Express Media have a new award up for grabs: the Scribe Nonfiction Prize for Young Writers. Under 30s working on a longform or book-length nonfiction work can apply. Entries must be between 5,000 and 10,000 words.

The Australian Book Review is seeking entries for the eighth Calibre Prize for an Outstanding Essay. First prize is $5000 and entries close December 2.

Spineless Wonders has opened The Joanne Burns Award, a prose poem and microfiction competition. First prize is $300, and finalists will be offered the chance to be included in the 2014 Spineless Wonders anthology. Work must not exceed 800 words, and a $7 entry fee applies.

Darker Times Fiction run monthly competitions for UK and international writers. They accept horror stories on the theme ‘darker times.’ Winners receive a cash prize and publication online and in the Darker Times anthology. Entries cost £5. Each competition closes on the last day of the month.

The Whitmore Press Manuscript Prize 2013 is open for submissions until August 16. The winner will have a fine, limited edition poetry chapbook of their work published.


Want to be the new voice in Australian media? A mysterious new website called The Big Smoke is looking for writers with strong opinions. The site – set to go live in August – will focus on news of the day, political and social scenarios that the nation currently faces including gender equality, the arts, and culture. The jury’s out on whether this is a paid or unpaid gig.

Viva la Novella, an annual novella-writing competition run by Seizure, is open for submissions. Not only will four winning writers earn $1000 and publication (digital and print) for their 20,000–50,000 word novellas, but four editors looking to take that next career step will win $1000 and the chance to work on these projects. Writing submissions are due December 2, while editing applications close on July 30.

The Realise Your Dream initiative is open to creatives once again. Five emerging Australian creatives will be given return flights to the UK, $5000 to spend, and a unique professional development program in their industry (which could be an internship or study placement) allowing them to expand their networks. Industries covered include literature and writing, visual art, design, publishing and photography. Applications close July 28.


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