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On these pages you will find competitions and other opportunities for authors, performance writers for stage and screen, illustrators and filmmakers. See entries below the quick list for more detailed information. 

  • THE 2017 HAZEL ROWLEY LITERARY FELLOWSHIP will award $15,000 to an Australian writer to support the research and writing of a new biographical work. Applications close at 5.00 p.m. on Thursday, 16 November 2017.
  • Do you have an idea for A GREAT AUSTRALIAN PODCAST? You’re in luck! The ABC's new digital-first audio content production house, ABC AUDIO STUDIOS, wants you to help them create a potential hit show. PITCH YOUR IDEA by 11.59 p.m. AEST on Friday, 17 November 2017.
  • The OVERLAND JUDITH WRIGHT POETRY PRIZE FOR NEW AND EMERGING POETS is seeking poetry by writers who have published no more than one collection under their own name. Submit your entry to Overland Magazine by Sunday, 19 November 2017.
  • Enter the OVERLAND NEILMA SIDNEY SHORT STORY PRIZE for short fiction of up to 3,000 words, and submit to Overland Magazine by Sunday, 19 November 2017.

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Who: Writers Victoria.

What: THE 2018 HAZEL ROWLEY LITERARY FELLOWSHIP

Entries close: 5.00 p.m. Thursday, 16 November 2016.

Contact: Applications must be made online(link is external) by 5.00 p.m. on Thursday 16 November 2017. Shortlist announced January 2018. Winner announced March 2018. Fellowship: March 2018–March 2019. For more information, email Adriane(link sends e-mail).

Cost: NIL to apply.

What’s happening: The Rules. Applications are now open for the 2018 HAZEL ROWLEY LITERARY FELLOWSHIP. Now in its seventh year, the Fellowship commemorates the life, ideas and writing of Hazel Rowley (1951–2011) and awards $15,000 to an emerging or established Australian writer to support research and development of a new biographical work. The Fellowship was established by the family and friends of Hazel Rowley, one of the world’s leading biographers, to commemorate her life and writing legacy following her death in 2011.

Hazel left behind a legacy of great writing, a passion for words and for exploring the lives of exceptional men and women. Although most recognised for four outstanding biographies, Hazel also wrote and published many essays, articles and book reviews. She was well known as a lively and engaging public speaker, appearing at numerous book festivals and literary events around the world. Go here for more http://hazelrowley.com/wordpress1.

Applicants must write in English and be over 18 years of age. They must be Australian citizens (living anywhere) or permanent residents of Australia. Joint applications for collaborative projects by more than one writer are not eligible. Please note that the Fellowship will not cover tuition fees, research assistant salary or publishing subsidy.

The Fellowship is open to Australian writers of biography but can also extend to include a writer working on an aspect of cultural or social history. It may be used to fund research or travel, to develop a new proposal, or to progress a manuscript for submission to potential publishers.

Judges will be looking for applicants who demonstrate excellence in the quality of their work, courage in their choice of project, and a passionate engagement with the world of ideas and the way that people live their lives. The subject of the biography needs to be someone who made a demonstrable contribution to society.

The Prize: $15,000 to an Australian writer to support the research and writing of a new biographical work.

 

Who: ABC Audio Studios.

What: PITCH YOUR IDEA FOR A GREAT AUSTRALIAN PODCAST

Entries close: 11.59 p.m. AEST on Friday, 17 November 2017.

Contact: To submit, go to https://abcpodcasts.submittable.com/submit. If you’ve got any questions, email audiostudios@abc.net.au  

Cost: NIL to submit.

What’s happening: The Rules. ABC AUDIO STUDIOS wants you to help them create a potential hit show. They say: ‘We're the ABC's new digital-first audio content production house. Our team makes compelling and distinctive podcasts for an audience on-the-go. We're looking for new ideas for podcasts that:   

  • Are original, entertaining and/or important 
  • Say something new in a way we haven't heard before  
  • Use a unique style and format   
  • Feature different voices talking about diverse topics  
  • Reflect contemporary Australia  
  • Appeal to a targeted and niche audience 
  • Can find passionate followers who will share the word.  

We DON'T want:   

  • Duplications of our current podcast output  
  • Podcasts that directly promote a business or commercial activity.  

All we need for now is 250 words plus some answers to a few simple questions. Are you pitching for the first time? Here are some tips on how to do it well.  

Keep in mind these important dates: 

  • 17 November 2017 is the deadline for all podcast pitches. 
  • 1 December – First round selections made and parties notified. If your pitch has succeeded, you'll be offered a one-on-one session with an ABC Audio Studios Executive Producer to refine your idea and help hone your pitch for the next round. The sessions will be scheduled between December 4–15.  
  • 5 January – Deadline for refined pitches. 
  • 19 January – Final round selections made and parties notified.   
  • The final round will be a direct pitch to the commissioning panel between 29 January and 9 February, likely via video conference).
  • In late February 2018, we'll announce the podcasts we've commissioned for piloting or production.’ 

Read more about what’s happening at ABC opens submissions for One Million Dollar Podcast Fund. To summarise: Pitch us an idea for a podcast ­– ends on 17 November 2017 (Submit). And you might also like to Pitch a documentary to Earshot (ABC Audio Studios/ABC RN) – ends on 6 February 2018 (Submit).

The Prize: In late February 2018, ABC Audio Studios will announce the podcasts they've commissioned for piloting or production. 

 

Who: Overland Magazine.

What: OVERLAND JUDITH WRIGHT POETRY PRIZE FOR NEW AND EMERGING POETS

Entries close: 11.59 p.m. on Sunday, 19 November 2017.

Contact: For guidelines and the application form visit the website at

https://overland.org.au/prizes/overland-judith-wright-poetry-prize-for-new-and-emerging-poets  and see below for entry fees. Please read the guidelines before submitting. Entries must be submitted electronically via the Overland submittable system. Winners will be announced in February 2018. Subscribe to the Overland email bulletin to receive announcements as to the results.

Cost: An entry fee of $12 for Overland subscribers and $20 for non-subscribers will be charged. It is possible to become a subscriber and simultaneously enter the competition at a special price of $56. Multiple entries are permitted, though a separate fee applies to each poem.

What’s happening: The Rules. Established in 2007 and supported by the Malcolm Robertson Foundation, the Overland JUDITH WRIGHT POETRY PRIZE FOR NEW AND EMERGING POETS seeks outstanding poetry by writers who have published no more than one collection of poems under their own name (i.e. writers who’ve had zero collections published, or one solo collection published).

It remains one of the richest prizes for emerging poets, and is open to poets anywhere in the world. Poems must be no more than 80 lines, and please ensure you are satisfied with your poem before submitting. Poems that are withdrawn and subsequently resubmitted will incur a second fee.

The Judges: ALI COBBY ECKERMANN, the author of the poetry collection Inside My Mother and the memoir Too Afraid to Cry, and TOBY FITCH, poetry editor of Overland, and program director for the Australian Poets Festival and the Sappho Books Poetry Reading Series. Toby’s books include RawshockJerilderies, and The Bloomin’ Notions of Other & Beau. You may be interested to read last year’s judging notes and winning poems.

The Prize: In 2017, the major prize is $6,000, with a second prize of $2,000 and a third prize of $1,000. All three finalists will be published in Overland 230, autumn 2018.

 

Who: Overland Magazine.

What: OVERLAND NEILMA SIDNEY SHORT STORY PRIZE

Entries close: 11.59 on Sunday, 19 November 2017.

Contact: Enter the Overland  Neilma Sidney Short Story Prize. Please read the guidelines before submitting at https://overland.org.au/overland-neilma-sidney-short-story-prize-guidelines, and see below for entry fees. Submissions will be processed electronically and winners will be announced in February 2018. Subscribe to the Overland  email bulletin to receive announcements as to the results.

Cost: Each entry must be accompanied by a fee of $20 or $12 for Overland subscribers. It is possible to become a subscriber and simultaneously enter the competition at a special price of $56. Multiple entries are acceptable, although each must be entered into the submission system separately and accompanied by the relevant fee.

What’s happening: The Rules. Named after the late Neilma Gantner, the OVERLAND NEILMA SIDNEY SHORT STORY PRIZE is a prize for original and excellent pieces of short fiction, written in English, up to 3,000 words in length. The prize is open to writers nationally and internationally, at any stage of their career. Stories must be unpublished (including online) and not under consideration by other publishers. Stories that have won or are under consideration in other competitions are not eligible.

The Prize: First prize $4,000. Two prizes for runners-up: $500 each. The winning story will be published in Overland 230, Autumn 2018. Runners-up will be published at http://www.overland.org.au. Other entries also may be considered for publication.

 

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