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WRITER WATCH: PETER GRESTE. Peter Greste is an Australian-Latvian journalist and correspondent, who has worked for Reuters, CNN and the BBC, mainly in the Middle East, Latin America and Africa. On 29 December 2013, Peter and two other Al Jazeera English journalists were arrested by Egyptian authorities. On 23 June 2014, Peter was found guilty (of something) by the court, and sentenced to seven years imprisonment. On 1 February 2015, after a retrial, Greste was deported and flown to Cyprus, and on 12 February his colleagues were released on bail. What a kerfuffle! You’d laugh if it wasn’t so serious. In 2017 Penguin published Peter’s book ‘The First Casualty’, so you can read all about it. The book has been longlisted for the 2018 CHASS Australia Book Prize. You can also follow Peter on Twitter at https://mobile.twitter.com/PeterGreste. (Photo by L.J. May S/S, ABC-TV)

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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.  

In this section we list competitions open to writers of prose and poetry. Detailed information is listed below. Entries are in date order and those with deadlines looming are highlighted in red.

  • THE COPYRIGHT AGENCY AUTHOR FELLOWSHIP is open to novelists, playwrights, poets, scriptwriters, non-fiction writers, children’s and young adult book writers, and journalists. It will award $80,000 to an established author to be used for the development and creation of a new work. Applications close at 5.00 p.m. on Monday, 24 September 2018.
  • THE COPYRIGHT AGENCY 2018 FELLOWSHIP FOR NON-FICTION WRITING will award $80,000 to an Australian writer to develop and create a new and important work of creative non-fiction. Applications close at 5.00 p.m. on Monday, 24 September 2018.
  • THE COPYRIGHT AGENCY FELLOWSHIP FOR A VISUAL ARTIST will award $80,000 to an established Australian artist to develop and create new work in any medium that connects with audiences. Applications close at 5.00 p.m. on Monday, 24 September 2018.
  • BIG SKY PUBLISHING is a publisher of non-fiction adult titles and is currently WELCOMING MANUSCRIPTS IN THE FOLLOWING GENRES: history, military history, true crime, current affairs, self-help, health, business, lifestyle, auto/biography and humourEmail your effort to them now!
  • The nation-wide DEBORAH CASS PRIZE FOR MIGRANT WRITERS will award an early career writer of migrant background $3,000 plus a three-month mentorship with an established writer. Applicants must have been either born overseas or have at least one parent who was born overseas, and they will need to certify this on the application form. Submit your entry by Tuesday, 2 October 2018.

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Who: The Copyright Agency.

What: COPYRIGHT AGENCY AUTHOR FELLOWSHIP

Applications close: 5.00 p.m. (AEST) on Monday, 24 September 2018.

Contact: For guidelines and the application form visit the website at https://www.copyright.com.au/culturalfund/fellowship/author-fellowship. To apply, go to the Copyright Agency’s Cultural Fund online grant application service, powered by SmartyGrants at https://copyrightagency.smartygrants.com.au/authorfellowship2018. For any further application queries about guidelines, deadlines or questions in the form, contact the Cultural Fund by emailing culturalfund@copyright.com.au and quote your application number, or phone (02) 9394 7623 during business hours.For more about the Copyright Agency, go to http://www.copyright.com.au.

Cost: NIL to apply.

What’s happening:The Rules. The Copyright Agency’s AUTHOR FELLOWSHIP will support an established Australian author to develop and create a new work. Applicants must be Australian citizens or permanent residents. They must have previously published at least five full-length works (of which two books may be self-published.

The Fellowship is open to novelists, playwrights, poets, scriptwriters, non-fiction writers, children’s and young adult book writers, and journalists. To be eligible to apply, the applicant must have a publishing contract or a letter of intention to publish from the publisher. This fellowship will not replace any advance offered under their publishing contract. Projects must start after 1 January 2019.

The Fellowship will provide sustained support to an Australian writer to create an important work that will connect with readers. Authors must submit their own applications – publishers cannot apply on behalf of authors. Authors should submit a compelling description of their project accompanied by a writing sample to demonstrate their literary merit.

Applications are assessed by a panel of independent peers. The successful applicant will agree to acknowledge the Copyright Agency’s Cultural Fund in any publication arising from the Fellowship.

The Grant: $80,000 to an established author to develop and create new work.

 

Who: The Copyright Agency.

What: COPYRIGHT AGENCY 2018 FELLOWSHIP FOR NON-FICTION WRITING

Applications close: 5.00 p.m. (AEST) on Monday, 24 September 2018.

Contact: For guidelines and the application form visit the website at https://www.copyright.com.au/culturalfund/fellowship/non-fiction-author-fellowship. To apply, go to the Copyright Agency’s Cultural Fund online grant application service, powered by SmartyGrants at https://copyrightagency.smartygrants.com.au/fellowshipfornon-fictionwriting2018. For any further application queries about guidelines, deadlines or questions in the form, contact the Cultural Fund by emailing culturalfund@copyright.com.au and quote your application number, or phone (02) 9394 7623 during business hours.For more about the Copyright Agency, go to http://www.copyright.com.au.

Cost: NIL to apply.

What’s happening:The Rules. The Copyright Agency’s FELLOWSHIP FOR NON-FICTION WRITING will support an Australian writer to develop and create a new and important work of CREATIVE NON-FICTION WRITING that will engage with key issues and topics for a broad readership. Applicants should submit a compelling description of their project accompanied by a writing sample to demonstrate their literary merit.

Applications will be accepted for the following genres: memoir, biography, autobiography, history, criticism and review, arts/science writing, political analysis, writing on the environment, and other genres which contribute to the national discussion/polemic. The Fellowship is not intended to support the creation of work for an academic or scholarly purpose and readership.

Applicants must be Australian citizens or permanent residents and have previously published at least two full-length books of their own writing. Authors must submit their own applications – publishers cannot apply on behalf of authors. Applications are assessed by a panel of independent peers, and projects must start after 1 January 2019.

To be eligible to apply, the applicant must have a publishing contract in place or a letter of intention to publish from the publisher. This fellowship will not replace any advance offered under the usual terms of a publishing contract. The successful applicant will agree to acknowledge the Copyright Agency’s Cultural Fund in any publication arising from the Fellowship.

The Grant: $80,000 to an Australian author to develop and create a new and important work of creative non-fiction writing.

 

Who: The Copyright Agency.

What: COPYRIGHT AGENCY 2018 FELLOWSHIP FOR A VISUAL ARTIST

Applications close: 5.00 p.m. (AEST) on Monday, 24 September 2018.

Contact: For guidelines and the application form visit the website at https://www.copyright.com.au/culturalfund/fellowship/visual-arts-fellowship. To apply, go to the Copyright Agency’s Cultural Fund online grant application service, powered by SmartyGrants at https://copyrightagency.smartygrants.com.au/fellowshipforavisualartist2018. For any further application queries about guidelines, deadlines or questions in the form, contact the Cultural Fund by emailing cultural fund@copyright.com.au and quote your application number, or phone (02) 9394 7623 during business hours. For more about the Copyright Agency, go to http://www.copyright.com.au.

Cost: NIL to apply.

What’s happening:The Rules. The Copyright Agency’s FELLOWSHIP FOR A VISUAL ARTIST will support an established Australian artist to develop and create new work in any medium that connects with audiences. Applicants should submit a compelling project accompanied by support material to demonstrate their ability and artistic merit.

Applicants must be Australian citizens or permanent residents and must have a substantial body of work, with a minimum of ten exhibitions in public or commercial galleries, and at least five published critical or scholarly reviews of their work. Visual artists must submit their own applications – galleries or representatives cannot apply on behalf of artists.

To be eligible to apply, the applicant must have a contract with a commercial or public gallery to exhibit their work, or a letter of intention to exhibit their work from a commercial gallery. This Fellowship will not replace any royalties and payments under the usual terms of a visual arts’ commission.

Applications are assessed by a panel of independent peers, and projects must start after 1 January 2019. The successful applicant will agree to acknowledge the Copyright Agency’s Cultural Fund in any publication or exhibition arising from the Fellowship.

The Grant: $80,000 to an Australian artist to develop and create new work in any medium that connects with audiences.

 

Who: Big Sky Publishing.

What: BIG SKY PUBLISHING – NON-FICTION SUBMISSIONS

Entries close: Currently accepting non-fiction submissions in 2018.

Contact: Visit http://www.bigskypublishing.com.au for an overview. Please email submissions to submissions@bigskypublishing.com.au with the title and genre in the subject line. If for some reason you believe it is necessary to mail your submission, please post it to: Big Sky Publishing, Chief Editor, PO Box 52, Wavell Heights, Qld 4012 (make sure you keep a copy – it won’t be returned). For general enquiries email: General Non-fiction at info@bigskypublishing.com.au, and for Military-Non-fiction: military@bigskypublishing.com.au.

Cost: NIL to submit.

What’s happening:The Rules. BIG SKY PUBLISHING is a publisher of non-fiction adult titles and is currently WELCOMING MANUSCRIPTS IN THE FOLLOWING GENRES: history, military history, true crime, current affairs, self-help, health, business, lifestyle, auto/biography and humour. They also publish children’s books, but due to the extremely high volume and large backlog of manuscripts in this area they are currently not accepting submissions of children’s titles until further notice.

The publishers say that they want to see: a one-page synopsis of the manuscript; the first 4 chapters printed on A4 paper (double line spaced); an overview (2–4 pages) including why someone would want to read your book; the target audience it is written for; review of any books already published that cover a similar topic and why your book is different; key selling points; an overview of contents; the author’s writing experience, and any relevant contacts.

Given the significant amount of submissions they receive monthly, they can only respond to people who they feel that they can progress to the next stage, but they assure you that all submissions will be carefully considered and reviewed. The publishers will contact you within 4–6 months if they feel that they are able to progress further with your submission.

The Opportunity: Consideration of your non-fiction manuscript.

 

Who: Deborah Cass Committee and Writers Victoria.

What: THE 2018 DEBORAH CASS PRIZE FOR MIGRANT WRITERS

Entries close: Tuesday, 2 October 2018.

Contact: For guidelines and the application form visit the website at https://deborahzcass.org. The shortlist will be announced in October and the winner in December 2018. For more information, email Adriane or visit the Deborah Cass Prize website

Cost: NIL to submit.

What’s happening:The Rules. Partnering with the Deborah Cass Committee, the nation-wide DEBORAH CASS PRIZE FOR MIGRANT WRITERS will award an early career writer of migrant background $3,000 plus a three-month mentorship with an established writer. The prize is in memory of DEBORAH CASS, the granddaughter of Jewish immigrants, who became a prize-winning professor of International Law at the London School of Economics.

After she was diagnosed with cancer, Deborah left her academic career and focussed on creative writing. Although she had several short fiction pieces published, she was unable to realise her dream of completing a novel. Deborah’s family and friends have generously supported the prize to help someone outside the mainstream to find a voice.

Applicants must be early career writers with fewer than 10 publications (articles, short stories or poetry) and no full-length book published or contracted for publication. They must have been either born overseas or have at least one parent who was born overseas, and need to certify this on the application form.

Applicants will provide a writing sample of no more than 3,000 words (being either an extract of a longer work or a complete work), which should reflect, at least in part, on the migrant experience. The writing sample must not contain the name of the applicant.

The winner will work with a mentor to complete their work within 12 months, at which point it will be submitted to a publisher who has three months to consider publication of the work. Three of Australia’s leading writers, CHRISTOS TSIOLKAS, NYADOL NYUON and TONY AYRES, are the judges of the prize in 2018.

The Prize: The winner will receive a cash prize of $3,000 plus a three-month mentorship with an established writer. There is also the opportunity for publication of the winning excerpt in Mascara Literary Review. On completion, the winning manuscript will be presented to Black Inc.

 

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WRITER WATCH: SARAH FERGUSON. ‘On Mother’. Sarah Ferguson is an award-winning ABC journalist, best known to Australians for presenting the hard-hitting current affairs program ‘Four Corners’, where she won four Walkleys – including the Gold Walkley in 2011 for ‘A Bloody Business’, the Melbourne Press Club Gold Quill Award, four Logies for the most outstanding public affairs report, and the George Munster Award for Independent Journalism, as well as the Queensland Premier’s Literary Award. In 2017, as she was getting off a plane, Sarah was told that her mother had died suddenly in England. She was shattered. Later she learned that hospital negligence had led to her mother’s death. Sarah’s memoir ‘On Mother’ reflects on the complex relationship between mothers and daughters, and an appreciation of the remarkable individual Sarah realised existed beyond the bounds of motherhood. (Photo by L.J. May S/S, ABC-TV)