General Fiction

Aboriginal Studies Press (ASP) is the publishing arm of the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS). ASP publishes about six titles each year, providing a view of Australian history that might otherwise remain invisible. Authors are indigenous and non-indigenous academic and general writers. The list includes books written collaboratively by Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal writers.

Digital/E-Publishing, Auto/Biography, Non-Fiction, History, Education/Reference, Indigenous
Acorn Press

Acorn Press is an independent publishing company based in Melbourne, Australia, that focuses on publishing books by Australian authors which are thoughtful, well-informed and written from a Christian perspective. Acorn Press aims to produce books that challenge readers to think about the issues we face in twenty-first century life and to enable us to effectively engage the world we live in.

General Fiction, Non-Fiction
4 - 8 weeks
ACT Writers Centre

The ACT Writers Centre promotes writing-based culture and supports the rights and interests of writers throughout the ACT and region. The Centre also acts as an information and liaison centre for writers, publishers, and educational institutions. Members have access to the resource library, meeting room, and office equipment. The Centre publishes a monthly magazine with regional and national information on literary events and opportunities.

Open-access arts festival, featuring performers and groups from all artistic mediums. The second-largest fringe festival in the world. Festival is open access, so any artists who want to participate, can. Events range from comedy, theatre, music, burlesque, poetry readings, dance, and more.

Poetry, Short Stories

This annual contest is aimed at promoting new writers and writing in the speculative fiction genres of science fiction, fantasy and horror.

Short Stories, Speculative Fiction

Internationally recognised competition in two categories: Poetry and Short Fiction. Finalists published in the Aesthetica Creative Works Annual. Poetry up to 40 lines, short fiction up to 2000 words.

Poetry, Short Stories

Affirm Press and Varuna the National Writers House are thrilled to announce that applications are now open online for The Affirm Press Mentorship Award. This creative partnership offers up to three writers developing exceptional new work the opportunity to work with the Affirm Press publishing team while in residence at Varuna in the Blue Mountains NSW.

Auto/Biography, General Fiction, Non-Fiction

This is Australia’s leading unpublished horror fiction competition and winning entries are always imaginative, engaging, well-written, and bloody scary. We need tales that frighten, yarns that unsettle us in our comfortable homes. All themes in horror will be accepted, from the supernatural classics (zombies, vampires, ghosts), to psychological roller-coaster rides, to the highly original. Flash up to 1000 words, short stories up to 8000 words. Writers may submit to one or both categories, but entry is limited to one story per author per category.

Short Stories, Speculative Fiction

Nillumbik Shire Council invites writers from across Australia to enter the Alan Marshall Short Story competition held in memory of the great writer and former resident of Eltham.

Short Stories

Alex Adsett Publishing Services was established by Alex Adsett in 2008. Originally offering consultancy services to publishers and authors with a focus on commercial publishing contracts, it soon expanded to also offer traditional literary agent representation to select authors. Alex Adsett Publishing Services is a full service literary agency representing fiction and narrative non-fiction, for adults, YA and children, with a focus on SFF, crime & romance.

Digital/E-Publishing, Children/Young Adult, Crime, General Fiction, Non-Fiction, Romance, Speculative Fiction
90 days

This Award is given in memory of Alexander Henderson, one of a number of dedicated persons who laid the foundations of genealogical studies in Victoria. The Award is presented to the person(s) producing, in the opinion of the AIGS Judges, the best Australian family history submitted for the Award. Strong emphasis is placed on a pre-Australian component.

Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd

Allen & Unwin produces over 250 new titles each year in diverse areas including academic books, professional reference works, adult fiction, children's books and electronic publications. Most new books are released simultaneously in print and e-book format. The company is an independent fully Australian-owned company. Allen & Unwin books are available throughout the world, with distribution arrangements in the US, UK, Singapore, Hong Kong, Japan, Canada, New Zealand and South Africa.

Digital/E-Publishing, Crime, General Fiction

Allen & Unwin publish over 80 new books for children and young adults each year. Specialisation: mostly fiction novels and occasionally non-fiction narratives not covered by educational publishers.

Children/Young Adult, General Fiction, Education/Reference

Publishes science fiction, fantasy and horror stories, and poems. Welcomes new and established writers and artists. Has a preference for lighter, amusing styles of science fiction and fantasy, but will also consider more serious work for publication.

General Fiction, Poetry, Short Stories
8 weeks

Publishes short-short (flash) speculative fiction, primarily online. Does occassionally print in book form.

Digital/E-Publishing, Short Stories, Speculative Fiction
6-8 weeks

Antithesis is a refereed arts and humanities journal edited by graduate students and published annually in association with the School of Culture and Communication at the University of Melbourne. Now in its twenty-sixth year, Antithesis is the oldest graduate student-oriented journal in Australia. Publishes a mixture of scholarly essays, poetry, short fiction, creative non-fiction, as well as artwork, illustration, photography, reviews and interviews.

Non-Fiction, Poetry, Short Stories
APWT Conference

APWT welcomes all established and emerging writers, poets, screenwriters, translators, as well as literary agents, publishers and teachers of creative writing. This conference seeks to stimulate discussion and showcase new work that engages our audience. This year the conference offers two streams: a non-academic stream for panel presentations; and a stream for refereed academic papers.


Intensive residency program in Hämeenkyrö, Finland. Offers 1 and 2 month creative residencies through the year. Supports artists of all types: Visual Arts, New Media, Sound & Music, Performing Arts, Design, Architecture, Literature, Research, Philosophy.

Arts Queensland

Arts Queensland is dedicated to growing a vibrant and sustainable arts and cultural sector in Queensland. It supports the Minister for Arts, facilitates delivery of government arts and cultural priorities, administers investment in funding programs, manages the state's arts and cultural assets, and supports the governance and compliance of arts companies and statutory bodies.

Arts SA

Arts SA provides assistance for South Australian writers to prepare a draft of a new work and to develop their professional skills through the Independent Makers and Presenters Program. Arts SA acknowledges outstanding Australian literary culture with its national biennial Festival Awards for Literature. For more information, please see website.

Arts Tasmania

Arts Tasmania is responsible for policy, planning, strategic development and funding of the arts in Tasmania. Arts Tasmania also has an industry development arm, arts@work, whose brief is to increase the capacity of the arts sector and the viability of a career in the arts. Funding opportunities exist for Tasmanian writers or activities that will benefit Tasmania.

Arts Victoria

Arts Victoria is the Victorian Government body charged with advising on and implementing arts policy, developing the arts and cultural industries across the state and ensuring access to the arts for all Victorians. Arts Victoria supports the arts and cultural industries to encourage excellence, develop good ideas, build audiences, encourage participation and improve facilities.

The Australian Society of Authors (ASA) Emerging Writers’ Mentorship Program provides winners with the opportunity to develop their early draft manuscript to a publishable standard with professional mentors. Applications are assessed on literary and artistic merit and developmental potential.

Auto/Biography, Children/Young Adult, Crime, General Fiction, Non-Fiction, Poetry, Romance, Short Stories, Speculative Fiction, History, Indigenous, Travel

The ASA's national gathering explores the issues and discusses the latest ideas on authors’ rights, role and place in a time of constant change. The Congress features an accomplished group of speakers and presenters offering attendees fresh information on writing practice, publishing opportunities and income generation in the online environment.


The Australian Society of Authors runs a national program of events every year for emerging and professional authors covering topics such as marketing and publicity, self-promotion, social media, ebooks and digital publishing, self-publishing, pitching your work, getting published, copyright, contracts and more.

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