Submissions Around Town: April



Laundry, a literary magazine with a focus on fashion, is accepting fiction and creative non-fiction 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.

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