Below is a list of available residencies, scholarships, publications seeking submissions and other opportunities. Be sure to check out our program of workshops to get you ready for publication.
Creative Time Residential Fellowships – May Gibbs Children’s Literature Trust
Closing date: 31 May 2020
Published authors or illustrators of at least one book for children or young people are invited to apply for “the gift of time”. The May Gibbs Children’s Literature Trust provides accommodation, local support, and travel to our host city Adelaide.
The Big Issue Fiction Edition
Closing date: 01 Jun 2020
Submissions are now open for the 16th annual The Big Issue Fiction Edition.
You could be part of the biggest-selling fiction magazine in Australia – just start writing, and send us your story! This special edition will feature work from some of Australia’s most-loved writers, as well as a collection of open submissions.
Previous editions have featured work from writers like Jane Harper, Tony Birch, Matthew Reilly, Melanie Cheng, Christos Tsiolkas, John Marsden, Graeme Simsion, Maxine Beneba Clarke and Paulo Coelho.
We are looking for stories covering all genres – comedy, love stories, sci-fi, crime stories and everything in between. Don’t be afraid to try something a bit different.
Making Tracks: Adelaide
Closing date: 06 Jun 2020
Express Media, in partnership with Writers SA, is delighted to present Making Tracks: Adelaide, a workshop series and zine publication aimed at developing the work of young writers aged 14 to 25.
Scribe Varuna Residency
Closing date: 18 Jun 2020
Varuna the National Writers’ House and Scribe Publications are delighted to announce the call out for their 2020 program, which is focused on identifying exciting new narrative non-fiction on climate change, nature, and the environment in the anthropocene. These publishing intensive mentorships provide a unique opportunity for up to four writers developing exceptional new work. The residency includes manuscript feedback and meetings with Scribe editorial staff, independent writing time in a private writing studio, accommodation and meals. Scribe editors live with the writers at Varuna, and meet with each writer at the beginning and end of the week to discuss their projects. Evenings offer the opportunity to meet with other writers and the Scribe editors over dinner to chat about publishing and writing.
Virginia Quarterly Review
Virginia Quarterly Review is currently accepting submissions of poetry, fiction and non-fiction.
Reed Magazine publishes works of short fiction, non-fiction, poetry.
Irish Pages is a biannual journal, edited in Belfast and publishing, in equal measure, writing from Ireland and overseas.
Barrelhouse is an independent non-profit literary organisation that aims to bridge the gap between serious art and pop culture.
The Zodiac Review
The Zodiac Review is an online, semi-annual literary magazine presenting short fiction by new and emerging authors, as well as more established ones.
Script Lab is looking for reviewers of television, film, books and software.
American Reader is a bimonthly magazine publishing fiction, poetry and criticism.
The Career Fund – Copyright Agency
The Copyright Agency’s Career Fund supports individuals working in the publishing and visual arts sectors to develop skills and enhance their careers.
Pitch to Overland
Overland is always looking for nonfiction pieces, especially for its online magazine.
The Lifted Brow
The Lifted Brow is always seeking submissions!
Cha: An Asian Literary Journal
Cha is dedicated to publishing quality creative works from and about Asia. At this time, we can only accept work in English or translated into English.
Unlike many magazines, Creative Nonfiction draws heavily from unsolicited submissions.
The Fiction Desk
Theye’re always looking for new short stories at Fiction Desk anthologies, and most of the stories they publish are unsolicited submissions.
Harvard Review Online
Harvard Review publishes short fiction, poetry, essays, drama, and book reviews.
Narrative regularly publishes fiction, poetry, and nonfiction, including stories, novels, novel excerpts, novellas, personal essays, humor, sketches, memoirs, literary biographies, commentary, reportage, interviews, and features of interest to readers who take pleasure in storytelling and imaginative prose.
MadHat (Mad Hatters’ Review)
MadHat (Mad Hatters’ Review), seeks to foster the work of writers and poets: explosive, lyrical, passionate, deeply wrought voices and aesthetic experiments that stretch the boundaries of language, narrative and image, vital and enduring literary voices that sing on the page as well as in the mind.
Prairie Schooner publishes short stories, poems, imaginative essays of general interest, and reviews of current books of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction.
The Write Room
he Write Room is an online literary magazine that publishes quality works of fiction, non-fiction and poetry.
Pantera Press aims to be known as a great new home for Australia’s next generation of best-loved authors™.
‘Social Alternatives’ journal
Social Alternatives accepts academic papers, commentaries, book reviews and essays, short stories and poetry focussed on the aims of the journal.
Overland’s Cursive Letters
Every month Overland run a literary advice column called Cursive Letters in which their wonderful fiction editor Jennifer Mills responds in agony-aunt style to questions submitted by writers about their literary dilemmas.
At a recent editorial meeting, the Writer’s Edit team decided that they’d love to start publishing short stories and poems on their beloved online mag again.
Taboo Magazine is an online mag open for submissions.
Structo is a UK-based literary magazine.
Spook are looking for writers interested in fashion, music, film, lit, art, sex/gender, culture and/or politics.
Ginosko Literary Journal
Accepting short fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, social justice, literary insights for Ginosko Literary Journal.
One Teen Story
One Teen Story publishes Young Adult writing, providing opportunities to established adult authors and emerging teen authors of YA.
Stereo Stories is a Melbourne-based website that publishes well-written, evocative, concise stories. About songs.
The Wrong Quarterly
The Wrong Quarterly are a London-based journal who publish “inventive” works of nonfiction, life writing and essays up to 5,000 words and fiction up to 6,000 words.
Tongues is a multilingual online magazine looking for language editors and contributors to join our team!
Kill Your Darlings
Kill Your Darlings quarterly edition accepts submissions of original writing all year around for KYD subscribers and during the months of March, June, September and December ONLY for non-subscribers.
LGBTQIA Book Club for Young Adults
Book Club is a place to discuss YA books with LGBTQIA characters and/or themes. It’s open to everyone aged 14-24, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. We are a homophobia, biphobia and transphobia free zone.
Reed Magazine accepts submissions June 1 through November 1.
Scribe is a trade-publishing house. They are generally interested in literary fiction, serious non-fiction, and children’s picture books.
Antic is a not-for-profit online literary magazine of new writing in fiction, nonfiction, poetry and criticism, featuring the works of new and established Australian writers, as well as a smattering of international ones.
Thank You For Swallowing
Poetry is a form of protest. So let this be another one, in the spirit of Against Rape, in the spirit of Catechism, in the spirt of Binders Full of Women’s Poems: if you’re done sucking it up, submit your poems.
Blogstock_ is a marketplace for buying and selling pre-written and custom blogs designed to drive traffic to your website and sales for your business. Their bloggers are Australian residents and experts in their fields.
Chicken Soup for the Soul
A Chicken Soup for the Soul story is an inspirational, true story about ordinary people having extraordinary experiences. Chicken Soup for the Soul stories are written in the first person and have a beginning, middle and an end. The stories often close with a punch, creating emotion, rather than simply talking about it.
HOW magazine seeks freelance writers
HOW magazine provides a practical mix of essential business information, up-to-date technology tips, the creative whys and hows behind noteworthy projects, and profiles of professionals who are influencing design. HOW seeks writers who can write articles pertinent to our audience in an enter taining, concise style.
Ensemble Vacations® is a national, consumer travel and lifestyle magazine. From close-to-home places like Canada and the U.S. to Europe or exotic destinations in Asia, the South Pacific, the Caribbean and South America; from river cruising and grand voyages to luxury safaris, exclusive hotels and villas, spa retreats and ‘volunteer’ tourism, they cover it all.
Transgression is seeking submissions
Transgression is an online current affairs, opinion & cultural magazine that produces exceptional content for its readers.
What are we looking for?
With a focus on topics that generally aren’t covered in any significant depth by the mainstream media, your piece might be something dangerous, illicit, taboo or even just a tad eccentric. We want true tales from the rawest edges of humanity. Sex, crime, drugs or even life as a refugee. How about a report from a conflict zone? We aren’t after anything that pushes an ideology or an agenda. We want the facts to speak for themselves.
Island subscribers are invited to submit poetry, short fiction and essays.
PitchLab is an innovative new approach to selling long-form feature articles to magazines, radio programs, websites, and newspapers. It follows the same successful business model that works in the book publishing industry.
Alien She Zine
Alien She publishes fiction, nonfiction, poetry, art and review. They are looking for work that doesn’t fit neatly into the above categories.
Pear Drop want to tell stories that document and explore the human condition from all perspectives.
A place to share stories around a digital fireplace, and a publisher of very short fiction.
The Pen Factor
The Pen Factor is an online feedback and discovery engine for writers of fiction.
Digital magazine seeks WOMEN authors of fiction
Digital magazine seeks WOMEN authors of fiction, with at least one published or ready-to-publish title, for long-form interviews.
F is for Feminism
F is for Feminism is an intersectional feminist website aimed at young women.
Heroes and Heartbreakers
Heroes and Heartbreakers is an imprint of the major publishing house MacMillan. They accept short stories 15k-30k words in length.
Fantasy and Science Fiction
Fantasy and Science Fiction is one of the major magazines of the genre. They pay 7-12 cents a word, up to 25,000 words.
Fireside is a short story magazine that has two goals in mind: Publish great stories, and pay writers well. They pay above normal rates for their category of magazine: 12.5 cents per word, up to 5,000 words.
Cicada Magazine is a young adult magazine with a largely teen audience. Their editor says “There’s room in the world for your dark weird truths.”
Cricket Magazine is a young reader’s magazine, targeting ages 9-14. They pay $0.25 a word. Most of their are between 1,200 and 1,800 words.
The Sun is a beautiful, ad free, magazine that publishes writing with a literary bent.
Clarkesworld is a science fiction magazine that has won numerous awards, including 3 Hugo Awards.
Harper’s Magazine is the oldest general-interest monthly in America. Harper’s will consider unsolicited fiction.
The New Yorker
The New Yorker is possibly the most profitable magazine in the world. They have a huge and loyal readership.
Asimov’s Science Fiction
Asimov’s Science Fiction is a well established publisher of science fiction.
Analog is a magazine of science fiction and fact. They pay 8-10 cents a word up to 7,500 words, and 8.5 cents a word for longer stories.
Strange Horizons publishes speculative fiction, “broadly defined.”
Lightspeed Magazine seeks to publish original science fiction and fantasy stories. They say that “no subject should be considered off-limits.”
Apex Magazine publishes science fiction, fantasy, and horror.
Uncanny is an online magazine of scifi/fantasy. They publish fiction, poetry, and nonfiction.
One Story is a magazine that publishes one story, in print, every three weeks.
One Teen Story
One Story is seeking literary fiction. They accept stories between 3,000 and 8,000 words.
InterGalactic Medicine Show
InterGalactic Medicine Show publishes sci-fi stories up to 17,500 words.
On human rights issues in Australia
Right Now, a not-for-profit media organisation committed to covering human rights issues in Australia through accessible, creative and engaging online, print and radio media. The journal aims to present a diverse range of perspectives, and encourages the participation of those who identify as GLBTIQ, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, culturally and linguistically diverse, and persons with disability.
About Kids Books
About Kids Books is a new Australian imprint seeking novels for children 8 to 12 years.
Big Sky Publishing
Big Sky Publishing is proud to work with talented Australian authors and publish high quality non-fiction titles. They are accepting new submissions for completed manuscripts in a number of areas.
Wombat Books and Rhiza Press
Wombat Books and Rhiza Press are currently open for manuscript submissions.
Underground Writers are open for submissions year-round!
Buzz Words is Australia’s premier twice monthly online magazine for those in the children’s book industry. It contains many opportunities and much information.
Like A Photon Creative are inviting submissions for an interactive storytelling platform with national and international audience.
Seeking a screen writer
Malevolent Soap – Seeking submissions
Malevolent Soap is an independent e-journal of poetry and fiction.
We’re headquartered in Melbourne, but our issues feature writing from around the planet. We publish in March and September.
We’re particularly partial to work that explores intersections of ‘high’ and ‘low’ culture and challenges traditional designations of cultural value. Whether this means invoking Nicolas Cage as muse or bemoaning Rick Deckard’s excessive consumption of MSG in verse, we’re interested.
The Lifted Brow – Open to submissions
The Lifted Brow is now open to submissions of fiction short stories AND manuscripts!
“In The Lifted Brow we tend to publish fiction that is ‘new’ in some way, whether it be different, original, experimental in respect to form, or viewpoint, or style, or voice, or plot, or language – or any combo of all the above. What does ‘new’ mean? We don’t know. We want you to show us.” Keep reading…
International OCD Foundation – Tales from the OCD Community
Finch publishing seeking submissions for non-fiction manuscripts
Getting Published by Finch
Finch Publishing accepts manuscript proposals on Thursdays. All other proposals sent outside this time period will not be considered. If you miss the time period please send again the following week.
We consider manuscript proposals on the following subjects: parenting, social issues, child health, memoir, family relationships and mental health. We will also consider biographies. Keep reading…
Everytime Press seeking submissions
We are looking for:
• teaching resources
• learning texts
• non-fiction Keep reading…
Tulpa Magazine Seeking Submissions
Tulpa Magazine is an online publication that accepts fiction and non-fiction ranging from reviews, opinion pieces, and industry advice. With a number of regular features including Fiction Friday, Tulpa has covered a wide amount of local South Australian arts matters.
Big Sky Publishing seeking nonfiction submissions
Big Sky Publishing currently accepts unsolicited non-fiction manuscripts only. Keep reading…
mindshare: we amplify the voices of people living with mental illnesses
mindshare is an SA-based, online mental health community and publishing platform for creatives with Lived Experience of mental illness, presented by the Mental Health Coalition of SA. mindshare welcomes all original creative work, as long as it is yours. You can be someone living with a mental illness, a relative, friend, carer or someone who is working in the mental health sector.
We accept submissions of writing and poetry, or audio, video, and visual art contributions, and our mission is to amplify the voices of people living with mental illnesses—or mental health challenges—through art and storytelling.