on 08 April, 2014

Sangham House Residency in India & other writerly opportunities

The application period for 2014-2015 Sangam House residencies is now open.

Roanna Gonsalves (Alumni member): "There is a gorgeous writers residency that runs every year in India, on the campus of a beautiful dance school (outskirts of the southern Indian city of Bangalore). It is open to writers from all over the world. I did a bit of work for them while I was in India and found out that they have never had any Aussie writers there and would absolutely love to have some. Applications are now open, deadline June 30, 2014. Wouldn't it be great if some of our Varuna Alumni apply?"

The 2014-2015 Sangam House session dates are:
 Winter: November 3, 2014-January 25, 2015
. Spring: May 3, 2015-May 31, 2015
Application deadline: June 30, 2014.This is the link to the Applications page:

Big Issue Fiction Edition 2014: Take Me Away...

Entries are now open for the 2014 Big Issue fiction edition – an annual highlight of the publishing year. Some big names in Australian literature have featured in our past fiction editions, including Christos Tsiolkas, Chris Womersley and Kate Holden. Last year, our fiction edition had the inimitable Joanna Lumley on its cover and featured in a session at the Melbourne Writers Festival. We are inviting all writers – of whatever age, whether established, emerging, or just keen to have a crack – to send us stories. This year's theme is as simple as it is open-ended: Take Me Away... It could be something with a travel theme, or about food, or neither of these. As always, lateral thinking is encouraged; originality is gold.
Closing date for entries is 6 June 2014.

Queensland Writers Centre - 2013 Books From Our Backyard Catalogue.

Queensland Writers Centre invites submissions from Queensland artists who have published a book or ebook between 1 January and 31 December 2013 to be included in the catalogue. This free publication is distributed across Australia in hard copy and online to bookstores, schools and libraries, to promote Queensland writers and new works.
Submissions open from 1 April and close 27 April. More information can be found on the Books From Our Backyard website or at Queensland Writers Centre website. 

Anthology of Loss - call for contributions

Compiled and edited by Dr Gina Mercer and Dr Terry Whitebeach
The territory of loss is vast:
• loss of people we love;
• loss of country, culture and identity;
• loss of love, of innocence, of a way of life;
• loss of ecosystems and species;
• loss of bodily capacity or integrity;
• loss brought about by migration and other transitions;
• losing one's head, one's job, one's beliefs... the possibilities are multiple.
We invite original submissions on the topic of loss. Send us your prose (up to 3,000 words) or poetry (up to 100 lines). All work must be printed on white A4 paper with 1.5 spacing and in at least 12 point font. Submissions in languages other than English are encouraged but must be accompanied by an English translation. We prefer unpublished writing. Previously published work will be accepted only if the author obtains all necessary permissions from the publisher/s.
Please post 2 copies of your work to:
Anthology of Loss
c/- Tasmanian Writers Centre
First Floor, Salamanca Arts Centre,
77 Salamanca Place
Hobart, Tasmania, 7000.
Contributions due by Monday, 1 September, 2014
If you have enquiries, please email both editors: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Margaret River Press Call for submissions

Margaret River Press is a small independent press established in 2011. We publish literary novels and anthologies from emerging and established writers. We are committed to publishing works of excellence, both local and global in origin and scope, that reward discerning readers.
We are seeking both fiction and creative non-fiction writing that explores social, ecological, intercultural and gender themes from both established and emerging writers.
Please check and follow our guidelines at http://www.margaretriverpress.com/submissions/  

Ray Koppe Young Writers' Residency - Applications close: 30 April 2014

The Australian Society of Authors (ASA) will accept applications for the annual Ray Koppe Young Writers' Residency in April. The program is open to writers and book illustrators who have not yet had a full-length work published and have a limited publication history of short works. Judges will accept submissions across a range of genres, and will select the winner based on literary merit. The winner will be offered a week's stay at Varuna, The Writers' House in Katoomba NSW, to support the development of a work-in-progress.
Eligibility Criteria and Submission Guidelines are available at: www.asauthors.org/ray-koppe-young-writers-residency. Applicants should read the Frequently Asked Questions before preparing their submission.

Win a Book Editing Package

Proof Edit Me understands the financial challenges facing new authors. We are also very aware of the decline in quality of published books, both print and digital, and the effect this is having on the industry. This is why we have launched this competition. We want to support Australian authors and we want to give one author the chance to have their manuscript professionally edited, ready for publication. We want to make an ongoing commitment to the Australian writing industry and plan to make this an annual event.
Full details of the competition are available at http://www.proofeditme.com/editing/win-a-book-editing-package.

Write-a-Book-in-a-Day children's book competition 

In this marathon writing competition you have to think up, write, edit, illustrate, and bind a book in 12 hours, as a team of 5-10 people, between 8am and 8pm on any day between April 1 and August 31.
It is great fun. The synergy of the team, the pressure-cooker of the time constraint and the unique set of characters, setting and issue we send each team makes this an amazing experience – amazing because you really can complete an illustrated, bound book of a minimum of 8000 words in 12 hours despite thinking this is not possible, amazing because the stories that come out of this unique process and challenge are so creative and even publishable.
Please look at www.writeabookinaday.com for more details.

Aesthetica Creative Writing Competition 2014: Call for Entries

The Aesthetica Creative Writing Competition has launched its Call for Entries, presenting a fantastic opportunity for established and emerging writers to showcase their poetry and short fiction to an international audience.
Prizes include publication in the Aesthetica Creative Writing Annual, a compelling anthology of new writing loved by audiences internationally including literary students and fellow writers, a selection of inspirational books from our competition partners and £500 prize money.
Visit www.aestheticamagazine.com/creativewriting for more information and to register your entry today. Entry is £10 and the deadline to submit your work is 31 August 2014.