UNSWeetened's List of Writing Opportunities

UNSWeetened's complied list of writing opportunities is here - ranging from contests, print publications, to online magazines. 

We've included literary platforms of different genres, some prioritising work by people from marginalised backgrounds, others focusing on the development of emerging writers, and many more! After checking out the opportunities available to you, get writing and start putting your work out there; it deserves to be seen!



Legend:

'^' = recommended for emerging writers.

'*' = catered to marginalised demographics. 

'INTR' = international publications. 


CONTESTS

· Furious Fiction

On the first weekend of every month, you are invited to put your storytelling skills to the test in the ultimate writer-takes-all short story competition. Armed only with our simple brief, your job is to race the clock to come up with your best 500 words-or-fewer story and be in to win a tasty $500 – every single month.

Entry fee: Free!
Deadline: first Sunday of every month. 
Prize available.
Visit them here.


· Sydney Hammond Memorial Short Story Writing Competition 2021

The theme COURAGE… is expansive, allowing for imaginations to run wild. If you’re unsure where to start, here are some prompts to get you started. You may write of, for example, about life choices made by an individual, a group, or a government. It can be a fictional tale or a fictional tale inspired by a true story. Your character might reflect on how choices made by others affected their own life, or how they are gripped with indecision as they face a life altering situation and how they will reflect on their decision in the future. The possibilities are endless. These are just a few suggestions and we look forward to reading your stories and seeing where your mind takes you.

Entry fee: $12AU
Deadline: 1 August 2021
Prizes available.
Visit them here.


· The Helen Anne Bell Poetry Bequest Award 2021

Presented by the Department of English at the University of Sydney, the Helen Anne Bell Poetry Bequest Award is funded by the generous bequest of former student of the University, Helen Anne Bell. This year the award offers an increased prize of $40,000 for a collection of poems by an Australian woman poet and its publication by Vagabond Press. This is the fourth biennial award made under the bequest as Helen Anne Bell's legacy continues to recognise, support and celebrate Australian women poets.

Entry fee: Free!
Deadline: 20 August 2021
Prize available.
Visit them here.


· Campus Writing Competition

Campus Writing Comp was launched in 2019, to celebrate the talents of student writers, regardless of their location of field of study.

Each year they give away thousands of dollars of prizes to talented students either through the Major Prizes, People’s Choice or monthly Instagram give-away’s

Entry fee: Free!
Deadline: 1 October 2021
Prize available.
Visit them here


· The Reedsy Prompt Contests

Respond to one of Reedsy's weekly writing prompt newsletters with a short story for the chance to win $50 and get featured on the Reedsy Blog!

Entry fee: Free!
Deadline: 31 December 2021
Prize available.
Visit them here


PUBLICATIONS

On-Campus

· UNSWeetened^

Since 1998, the UNSWeetened Literary Journal has published the finest poetry, essays, and short stories by UNSW students. We aspire to build a community with a shared love for literature and encourage you to interact with us and one another to create and grow.

Entry fee: Free!
Submissions open: now - 5 July 2021
Accepted genres: fiction, poetry, non-fiction.
Prizes available.
Submit here!


· Tharunka^

As UNSW’s longest running student publication, Tharunka is the political, social and cultural journal for all students on campus. We’ve been reporting, provoking, confronting, reflecting, and enlightening for more than sixty years. It’s our job to amplify the voices of the students on campus – is it your turn to take the mic?

Entry fee: Free! 
Submissions open: rolling. 
Accepted genres: fiction, poetry, non-fiction. 
Visit them here.


Off-Campus

· The ENID Network (AUS)^

The ENID Network is an online journalism platform created by and for female-identifying and non-binary university students. Named after Dame Enid Murial Lyons, the first woman elected to the Australian House of Representatives and to then serve in the Federal Cabinet, the ENID Network hopes to inspire university wom*n of all backgrounds. With a strong focus on intersectional feminist issues, as well as personal experiences, ENID is a community of support and empowerment.

Entry fee: Free!
Submissions open: rolling.  
Accepted genres: fiction, poetry, non-fiction. 
Visit them here.


· Scum (AUS)

Scum is an online literary magazine, launched in February 2013. We are a Australian/New Zealand based publication, though we accept submissions worldwide. We aim to deliver new writing a couple times a week and publish fiction, poetry, non-fiction, and basically whatevz. Scum has filthy feminist leanings and a disregard for propriety. Scum is for people who haven’t figured their lives out yet but will probably get there one day. It’s basically like that Miley Cyrus song “The Climb” except that it is not like that at all.

Entry fee: Free! 
Submissions open: 1st to 7th every month. 
Accepted genres: fiction, poetry, non-fiction. 
Paid: $60/piece 
Visit them here.


· Gargouille (AUS)

Gargouille is a printed, bi-annual literary journal of short stories, poetry, scripts, aesthetic essays, lost and found words. It was founded in 2014 by Sarah Wreford and Adriane Howell.

Entry fee: Free!
Submissions open: check website.  
Accepted genres: fiction, poetry, non-fiction. 
Paid: varies depending on length and genre.  
Visit them here.


· Verity La (AUS)

Established in 2010, Verity La is an on-line, transnational creative arts journal publishing short fiction, poetry, cultural comment, photomedia, reviews & interviews from Australia and around the world.

Entry fee: Free! 
Submissions open: check website.
Accepted genres: fiction, poetry, non-fiction.  
Paid: $100/piece
Visit them here.



· Voiceworks (AUS)^

Voiceworks is a national literary journal that features exciting new writing and art by young Australians. Our purpose is to create a space for people under twenty-five to develop their creative and editorial skills and to publish, and be paid for, their fiction, nonfiction, poetry, art and comics. Each selected piece goes through a collaborative editing process, and we provide individualised feedback for all unsuccessful submissions.

Entry fee: Free!
Submissions open: opens quarterly; check website for more info.  
Accepted genres: fiction, poetry, experimental, non-fiction.  
Paid: $100/piece
Visit them here.


· Cordite Poetry Review (AUS)^

Cordite Publishing Inc. is registered as a charity with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission ABN 60639190286, and is listed on the Australian Registry of Cultural Organisations. Its publications are the quarterly Cordite Poetry Review – an Australian and international journal of poetry, criticism and research – and series of print books. Where applicable, critical writing and reviews are developed to adhere to our Guide for Indigenous Editing and Writing


Entry fee: Free!
Submissions open: opens quarterly; check website for more info.  
Accepted genres: poetry. 
Paid: AUS citizens only. 
Visit them here.


· Rattle (INTR)

At Rattle, anything always goes. If a poem is accessible, interesting, moving, and memorable, if it makes you laugh or cry, then it’s the kind of poem that rattles around inside you for years, and it’s our kind of poem.

Entry fee: Free!
Submissions open: opens quarterly; check website for more info.
Accepted genres: poetry.
Paid: print issue $200/piece; online $100/piece.
Visit them here.


· Thrush (INTR)

Thrushes are a species of bird, the songs of some considered to be among the most beautiful in the world. We love that and that is how we feel about poems. We hope to provide you with the best poetry available to us. We are an all inclusive journal, publishing diverse voices.

Entry fee: Free!
Submissions open: opens six times a year; check website for more info.
Accepted genres: poetry.
Not paid. 
Visit them here.


· SPLIT LIP (INTR)

They're a literary journal that’s totally bonkers-in-love with voice-driven writing, pop culture, and the kind of honesty that gets you right in the kidneys.

They love stories and poetry and art because they’re our insides turned out for everyone to see: the darkness and the confetti in equal measure.

Entry fee: Mostly free.  
Submissions open: opens every month except July; check website for more info.  
Accepted genres: fiction, poetry, nonfiction.  
Paid: varies based on genre. 
Visit them here.


· Rust + Moth (INTR)

Rust and Moth is a literary journal committed to imaginative and engaging poetry. Since 2008, we have dedicated ourselves to discovering new writers and presenting their work alongside evocative graphic design. We believe in the vitality of electronic publication and strive to make our social media loud and relevant. We also believe in the tactile appeal of quality print editions.

Entry fee: Free! 
Submissions open: opens March, June, September, and December.
Accepted genres: poetry.
Not paid.  
Visit them here.


· Peril (AUS)*

Peril (Peril Magazine Inc, ISSN 2207-2942) is an online magazine focused on issues of Asian Australian arts and culture. We have been sharing stories since 2006.

Entry fee: Free!  
Submissions open: check website. 
Accepted genres: fiction, poetry, nonfiction.  
Paid: $200-$300
Visit them here.



· Mascara (AUS) 

Biannual literary journal. They are particularly interested in the writing of ‘contemporary migrant, Asian Australian and Indigenous writers.’ They accept fiction and poetry.

Entry fee: Free!  
Submissions open: check website.  
Accepted genres: fiction, poetry, nonfiction, translations, reviews.  
Paid: Poems: $100; Fiction: $150; Reviews: $150; Translations: $100, two poems or prose 
Visit them here.


· Djed Press (AUS)*

Djed Press is an online publication that exclusively works with and publishes Bla(c)k creatives and other creatives of colour (POC).

Djed’s main purpose is to address the insufficient representation of marginalised peoples within the Australian literary landscape today. We are committed to increasing diversity and visibility especially in a time where racial tensions around migrants, people from refugee and asylum seeker backgrounds, Muslims and First Nations peoples are high, both here on home soil and overseas.

Entry fee: Free!
Submissions open: check website.
Accepted genres: fiction, poetry, nonfiction. 
Paid: varies depending on length and genre.  
Visit them here.


· Quadrant (AUS)

Quadrant accepts unsolicited, previously unpublished articles that fit within its general profile of a journal of ideas, essays, literature, poetry and historical and political debate. Although it retains its founding bias towards cultural freedom, anti-totalitarianism and classical liberalism, its pages are open to any well-written and thoughtful contribution. Some of our writers are internationally renowned; some are previously unknown.

Entry fee: Free!
Submissions open: publishes 10 times a year; check website.  
Accepted genres: fiction, poetry, nonfiction.  
Paid: check website. 
Visit them here.


· Sweaty City (AUS)

SWEATY CITY is a youth journal about climate change and urban ecologies for hot and sweaty Sydney-dwellers. SWEATY CITY aims to chart the stories of Sydney's residents—human and otherwise—affected by climate change and rapidly expanding urban sprawl, covering the invasion of ibises to the boiling brains of flying foxes.

Entry fee: Free!
Submissions open: publishes 10 times a year; check website.
Accepted genres: fiction, poetry, nonfiction.
Paid: n/a
Visit them here.


· Going Down Swinging (AUS)

Going Down Swinging is one of Australia’s longest-running and most respected literary journals: publishing digital as well as print and audio anthologies since 1979 and producing special, sold-out live events. We believe in fostering a community of writers and artists dedicated to their craft and the ideas behind it. We encourage the creation of new work, and support this by placing great value on editorial feedback and development for those voices still emerging.

Entry fee: Free!
Submissions open: publishes 10 times a year; check website.
Accepted genres: fiction, poetry, comics.  
Paid: varies depending on length and genre. 
Visit them here.


· Island (AUS)

Island is a not-for-profit organisation that produces a high-quality print magazine of non-fiction, fiction, poetry, art criticism and visual art.

Since 1979 we have been celebrating ideas, writing and culture, and while the magazine’s format and editors have changed over time, our mission remains the same: to produce a magazine with a national vision and audience that supports new, emerging and established writers and artists, and to bring works of excellence and variety to the reading public throughout Australia and overseas.

Island is one of only two literary magazines operating from regional Australia, and is unique in its commitment to Tasmanian writing and visual art. It plays a key role in shaping and maintaining Tasmania’s diverse, vibrant literary and creative ecology, and is a national beacon for Tasmania’s brand of high-quality arts and culture.

Entry fee: Free!  
Submissions open: check website.  
Accepted genres: fiction, poetry, nonfiction.
Paid: varies depending on length and genre.
Visit them here.


· Kill Your Darlings (membership) (AUS)

Founded by Rebecca Starford and Hannah Kent, Kill Your Darlings (KYD) is one of Australia’s leading arts and culture magazines. Beginning life as a print quarterly in 2010, KYD is today a vibrant and eclectic online magazine of commentary, essays, interviews, fiction and reviews.

Entry fee: Membership required to submit.
Submissions open: check website.
Accepted genres: fiction, nonfiction.  
Paid: varies depending on length and genre.
Visit them here.


· Meanjin (AUS)

Meanjin was founded in Brisbane by Clem Christesen (the name, pronounced Mee-an-jin, is the word in the Turrbal language for the finger of land on which central Brisbane sits) in 1940. Meanjin moved to Melbourne in 1945 at the invitation of the University of Melbourne. It currently receives funding from the university, and CAL as well as receiving vital support through subscriptions and other sales. At the beginning of 2008 Meanjin became an imprint of Melbourne University Publishing.

Entry fee: Free!
Submissions open: only open to Australians; check website.
Accepted genres: see website.
Paid: varies depending on length and genre.  
Visit them here.


· Australian Book Review (AUS)

Australian Book Review (ABR), one of Australia’s major cultural magazines, presents high-quality journalism and new writing for the widest possible audience. It engages with all the arts, not just literature. It is diverse in terms of content, writers, and partners. It provides a needed forum for new Australian writers and reviewers, and it is committed to raising the standard of arts criticism in Australia.

Entry fee: Free!
Submissions open: only open to Australians; check website.
Accepted genres: nonfiction.
Paid: $55 /100 words.
Visit them here.


· Griffith Review (AUS)^

Griffith Review is a high quality, agenda-setting, quarterly publication, delivering insight into the issues that matter most in a timely, authoritative and engaging fashion.

Griffith Review also plays an important role in supporting new and emerging writers alongside established authors, connecting them to a significant national audience and enriching public life. Scores of writers have had their first professional publication in Griffith Review, many of whom have consequently secured publishing contracts, scholarships and awards.

Entry fee: Free!  
Submissions open: quarterly; check website.
Accepted genres: fiction, poetry, nonfiction.
Paid: varies depending on length and genre.
Visit them here.


· Overland (AUS)

Overland – Australia’s only radical literary magazine – has been showcasing brilliant and progressive fiction, poetry, nonfiction and art since 1954. The magazine has published some of Australia’s most iconic writers, and continues to give space to underrepresented voices and brand-new literary talent every single day.

Entry fee: Free!  
Submissions open: quarterly; check website.
Accepted genres: fiction, poetry, nonfiction.  
Paid: varies depending on length and genre.
Visit them here.


· Underground Writers (AUS)^

The Underground zine was started by a group of students who were studying together at Edith Cowan University, Perth in 2009. Our founders were ‘just a little’ intimidated by the submissions process to big publications and literary journals when they first started out and figured that there were probably loads of other writers out there like them. With that in mind, they decided to create Underground as a way to ease new writers into the process.

Entry fee: Free!  
Submissions open: check website.
Accepted genres: fiction, poetry, nonfiction.
Paid: $50 flat fee
Visit them here.


Speculative Fiction

· Flash Fiction Online (INTR)

First published in 2007, FFO is an online professional ezine that celebrates this unique form of writing by presenting its readers with brief, beautiful, and dynamic flash fiction— complete stories told in 500-1000 words — across a range of speculative and literary genres.

Entry fee: Free!
Submissions open: every month between 1st and 21st.  
Accepted genres: fiction, poetry, nonfiction.
Paid: $US80 / piece
Visit them here.


· Aurealis (AUS)

Aurealis is Australia’s most successful SF/fantasy magazine. Our aim when we released our first issue in September 1990 was to produce something that had never been produced before in Australia: a professional mass market SF/fantasy magazine. We’ve been doing that ever since. Aurealis has provided a steady, reliable market for established writers, has launched dozens of new writers who are now becoming established, and in 1995 instituted the Aurealis Awards for Excellence in Australian Speculative Fiction.

Entry fee: Free!
Submissions open: 1 February – 30 September for ANZ writers; 1 July – 31 July 2021 for international writers.
Accepted genres: SFF, horror, speculative.
Paid: check website.
Visit them here.


· MetaStellar (INTR)

MetaStellar is an online publication focusing on horror, fantasy and science fiction, launched in September 2020, founded by a dozen speculative fiction writers, editors and artists from around the world.

Entry fee: Free!  
Submissions open: year-round.
Accepted genres: SFF, horror, speculative.
Paid: both paid and unpaid; check website.
Visit them here.


· Deep Magic (INTR)

The name Deep Magic pays homage to C.S. Lewis’s The Chronicles of Narnia. From June 2002 to June of 2006, Deep Magic was a monthly e-zine operated by a nonprofit organization founded by three friends who had a mutual love of SFF and a desire to promote clean writing within those genres. Deep Magic is now a quarterly publication that pays professional rates for SFF short fiction, relaunched by the same three friends, with help of other industry professionals who join in Deep Magic’s mission to create a safe place for minds to wander.

Entry fee: Free!
Submissions open: check website.
Accepted genres: SFF, speculative.
Paid: check website.  
Visit them here.


· Strange Horizons (INTR)

Strange Horizons is a weekly magazine of and about speculative fiction. They publish fiction, poetry, reviews, essays, interviews, roundtable discussions, and art.

Their definition of speculative fiction includes science fiction, fantasy, horror, slipstream, and all other flavors of fantastika. Work published in Strange Horizons has been shortlisted for or won Hugo, Nebula, Rhysling, Theodore Sturgeon, James Tiptree Jr., and World Fantasy Awards

Entry fee: Free!
Submissions open: check website.
Accepted genres: SFF, speculative.
Paid: check website.  
Visit them here.


Additional Resources

Australian publications - http://alysjackson.com/34-maga...

Poetry submissions - https://thejohnfox.com/2016/05/poetry-submissions/

Speculative submissions - https://internationalwriterscollective.com/top-20-places-to-submit-speculative-fiction/

Formatting - https://www.shunn.net/format/classic/