Submissions Around Town: September

Submissions Around Town - September


Creative Nonfiction is seeking new essays about ‘waiting’ – stories of delays, postponements and pauses that explore our relationship with time. There will be a $1000 award for the best essay, but please be aware that there is a substantial reading fee. Submissions close September 22.

Kill Your Darlings is open for pitches and submissions for its print edition and online blog. A few topics the editors are particularly interested in at the moment include literary censorship vs. the use of sexual imagery to sell books, and the racial politics surrounding Nicki Minaj (writers of colour are especially welcomed to pitch on this topic).

The Zodiac Review is looking for literary fiction with dashes of dark humour, suspense, mystery, memoir, historical fiction, light sci-fi and light fantasy.

Tiny Owl Workshop is seeking Christmas-themed flash fiction by Australian writers inspired by the Krampus myth. The twelve chosen stories will be distributed around Brisbane inside illustrated Christmas crackers.

Tincture Journal is seeking fiction, scripts or screenplays and creative non-fiction for its December edition. While pieces can be anywhere from 100 to 20,000 words, 2000 to 5000 words is a good target.


The Rolf Boldrewood Literary Awards are open for prose and poetry entries until September 26. First prize in both categories is $500. Entry fees apply.

The Waterline Writing Competition is open for short story entries in various categories until September 30. There are some massive prizes up for grabs, including $1000 in the Glen Miles Open Short Story category.

The Stringybark Erotic Short Fiction Award is open for entries until October 5. The word limit is 1800 words, and your story’s title must be the name of a cocktail! Prizes are worth a total of $860. Note that an entry fee applies.

The City of Rockingham Short Fiction Awards are open for entries between 1000 and 4000 words until October 10. Entered stories must be inspired by the theme of the artwork “Underneath the Arches, Mangles Bay” by Rosemary Singleton, which can be found on the website. First prize is $400 in the open category, $400 in the over 50s category and $250 in the young writers category.


Applications are now open for the ABR Ian Potter Foundation Fellowship. ABR is seeking proposals for a cogent piece of journalism on any subject. The fellowship is worth $5000 and applications close on September 30.

Seizure is seeking three lucky editors to work on the winning Viva La Novella manuscripts, while earning $1000 in the process. Applications are open until October 1.

Peril Magazine, an Asian-Australian online magazine for arts and culture, is looking for volunteer writers to contribute to the politics and arts sections of its regular blog.

Crack Theatre Festival, a Newcastle-based contemporary performance festival, is looking for a Field Reporter to interview and introduce programmed artists on its website. Applicants can be based anywhere in Australia. To apply, send a CV and examples of your writing.

The folks at Writers Bloc are seeking pitches from young writers under the age of 31. They’re looking for content to suit their regular columns, as well as four posts about various aspects of being a young writer. Get in quick, though – pitches close tomorrow.


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