Category: Grants, prizes and opportunities

Walkley grants for freelance journalism now open

The Walkley Foundation is proud to announce $50,000 in grants for freelance journalism, from the Walkley Public Fund for Journalism. Applications are now open for Australian freelance journalists (as individuals or small groups) to request funding to support the production of public interest journalism, either a single story or... read more

An exciting new Copyright Agency Fellowship

If you have an unpublished manuscript then you need to read on... Kill Your Darlings is delighted to announce a partnership with Varuna in the inaugural KYD/Varuna Copyright Agency Fellowship, which offers a week-long fellowship for the shortlisted writers in the 2019 Unpublished Manuscript Award. From the Kill... read more

Exciting new $20,000 short film competition

The State Library of NSW has announced the launch of its inaugural short film prize Shortstacks, which is open to established, emerging and first-time filmmakers of all ages. But there’s a catch ... each short film entered must reference one or more items pre-selected from the State Library... read more

2019 Indie Book Awards Shortlist announced

Australian independent booksellers are thrilled to announce their Shortlist for the Indie Book Awards 2019, for the best Australian books published in 2018! Direct from their website, here is the Shortlist for the 2019 Indie Book Awards: FICTION SHORTLIST The Lost Man by Jane Harper (Macmillan Australia) Shell by Kristina... read more

The 2019 Woollahra Digital Literary Award is now open

Now in its third year, The Woollahra Digital Literary Award is a national literary award supporting innovation in Australian literature and publishing, encouraging writers producing work in a digital medium. From the Woollahra Municipal Council website: The award seeks submissions of a literary nature that are digitally born – published online... read more

Indie Book Awards for 2019

Australian Independent Booksellers are thrilled to announce their Longlist for the Indie Book Awards 2019! From the Indie Book Awards media release: “Established in 2008, what makes the Indie Book Awards unique is that it’s the Australian independent booksellers themselves who nominate their best titles for the year; select... read more

2019 Newcastle Short Story Award now open

Entries for the 2019 Newcastle Short Story Award are now open! This award boasts over $6000 in prizes with the winner taking away a sweet $3000. So, what do you have to do? Well, the award is open to people 18 years and over and all you have to do... read more

Congratulations to Frances Chapman winner of the 2018 Ampersand Prize

We are delighted to announce that AWC graduate Frances Chapman has won the prestigious Hardie Grant Egmont 2018 Ampersand Prize for her ‘vibrant’ debut YA novel, What it Takes. From the Hardie Grant website: Selected from nearly two hundred submissions, What It Takes is a beautifully written own-voices LGBTQ... read more

Valerie and Allison talk about National Novel Writing Month challenge

AWC’s Director, Valerie Khoo and AWC presenter and internationally acclaimed bestselling author, Allison Tait chatted to Myf Warhurst on ABC Radio earlier this week about the upcoming NaNoWriMo – the National Novel Writing Month challenge for the month of November. This annual global challenge started in San Francisco, USA in... read more

Calling all unagented authors with fiction manuscripts

If you are an unagented author with a work of fiction, then this is for you. Ebury Press (an imprint of Penguin Books Limited) is open for fiction submissions. From the Ebury Press website: This open submissions period is a chance for unagented authors to get their manuscript to us... read more

Two 2019 Australian Book Review competitions are now open!

The 2019 Peter Porter Poetry Prize and Calibre Essay Prize from the Australian Book Review are now open. With $16,000 worth of prizes up for grabs from these two competitions, it’s worth checking out the details below. Peter Porter Poetry Prize – $8500 The Porter Prize is one of... read more

Win $20,000 in the Penguin Literary Prize for 2018

Penguin Random House Australia is delighted to announce that the Penguin Literary Prize for 2018 is now open for submissions. From the Penguin website: "Established in 2017 in conjunction with Leading Edge Books, the Prize offers aspiring authors the opportunity to get their work into the hands of booksellers and... read more

Win $5000 in the 2018 ELLE magazine short story competition

The ELLE writing competition is back!   This is your chance to write a short story, get published AND win $5000. From the ELLE Website: “For this year's ELLE Writing Competition, in association with Hachette Australia, we're looking for modern, contemporary voices telling stories that are engaging and subversive... read more

Want to be mentored by some of the biggest names in US television?

Then you must apply for the MENTOR LA program which has just opened its doors to applicants. From the MENTOR LA program Media Release: “MENTOR LA is a bespoke career development program which matches four mid-level professionals working in the Australian screen industry with US mentors to meet online... read more

The 2018 Fair Australia Prize is now open

The Fair Australia Prize is now open and the prize pool is fabulous, but you must enter soon as the competition closes on Monday 13 August 2018. Presented by Overland magazine, the prize is supported by the National Union of Workers (NUW), the Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance (MEAA), the... read more

Playwright residency opportunity with the Melbourne Theatre Company

Playwrights, enter stage right! The Melbourne Theatre Company (MTC) has three writer-in-residence opportunities in their Next Stage writer’s program up for grabs. Includes a stipend of up to $25,000 per year for successful applicants. The residencies are available for those writers who have a background in... read more