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.
In It For The Long Scrawl, a literary mag created by teens, is keen to publish work by writers aged between 13 and 18. Submissions close August 15.
All the Best, a weekly Aussie radio show, is looking for very short fiction in which your city or home town is destroyed in an apocalypse. An excerpt will be played on the radio and the rest will be published on their website. Send your stories to firstname.lastname@example.org before August 16 to be considered.
The Australian Poetry Journal 4.2 is open for unthemed poems, multimedia works and pitches for short articles (reviews, poetic memoirs, etc) until August 31.
The Shoe Alternative, a website designed to help women figure out what they want to do with their lives, is looking for fiction, articles, interviews, reviews, artwork and more based around the theme ‘Dare to Dream.’ Submissions are open until the end of September.
Overland is looking for pitches on several nonfiction topics, including racial discrimination in dating and payment for writers. Accepted pieces will be published on the online magazine. When pitching, you should explain your article in 50 words and come up with a realistic deadline.
Tupulo Press is open for submissions of book-length and chapbook-length poetry until Thursday July 31. Published works will be distributed across the United States, but poets of any nationality are welcome to enter.
In celebration of The Stella Prize, the Suburban Review will be releasing an issue called the Stellar Edition to celebrate the literary feats of women. The deadline for submissions of short fiction, poetry, artwork and photography is Sunday August 3. They’re running a Pozible campaign that will allow them to pay all contributors $100, so if you’d like to donate, see the website for details.
And of course Ricochet is still accepting submissions of poetry, short fiction, nonfiction, reviews, artwork and photography until Friday August 1.
N-Scribe is looking for fiction, poetry and non-fiction writing – the only catch is that you must live, work or study in Darebin in Melbourne’s north. If you’re a Darebin local, get your submissions in by 30 June.
If you writer science fiction, speculative fiction or fantasy, you might consider submitting to Aurealis, Australia’s premier sci-fi and fantasy magazine. They’re accepting submissions now.
Overland have recently launched the Story Wine Prize, a new award for very short fiction (<1000 words). Three substantial prizes are on offer, and the winning story will be published in Overland, and on the label of a Story Wines shiraz. Submissions closing 29 June.
Arts Queensland has launched the Val Vallis Prize for poetry, which is open to poets across Australia. First prize is $1000, a weeklong stay at Varuna Writers House and publication in Cordite. Submission deadline is 10 July.
The prestigious Newcastle Poetry Prize is open for submissions. With an enormous first prize of $12,000, this is the richest prize in Australia for a single poem (or suite of poems). Competition will be fierce, so make sure you send your entry before the close of submissions on 20 June.
MENTORSHIPS, INTERNSHIPS and OPPORTUNITIES
Junkee, the new kid on the pop culture/commentary block, is looking for an assistant editor to join the team in Surrey Hills, Sydney.
Are you an aspiring editor? With an interest in IT? CRN Magazine (published by Next Media) is looking for an editorial intern. Applications close 17 May.
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.
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.
MENTORSHIPS, INTERNSHIPS and OPPORTUNITIES
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.
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.