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.

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

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
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

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
Angry Robot

Angry Robot is a global imprint dedicated to the best in modern adult science fiction, fantasy and everything in between. Angry Robot is British-based but sells worldwide through Penguin Random House (US/Canada), Nationwide (NZ), and Capricorn Link (Australia). Their mission is to produce books that appeal to everyone, from post-Dr Who and Xbox fans to long-time genre enthusiasts.

Speculative Fiction
Estimate 10 weeks to read and respond to a proposal; more for a full manuscript.

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

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

Asialink is Australia's leading centre for the promotion of public understanding of the countries of Asia and of Australia's role in the region. We are a key provider of information, training and professional networks.

Digital/E-Publishing, Crime, General Fiction, Romance, Short Stories
Aurealis Awards

The Aurealis Awards, Australia’s premier awards for Speculative Fiction, are for works of speculative fiction written by an Australian citizen, or permanent resident, and published for the first time between 1 January 2016 and 31 December 2016.

Digital/E-Publishing, Short Stories, Speculative Fiction
Aurealis Magazine

Professional mass market science fiction/fantasy magazine.

Short Stories, Speculative Fiction
3 months

A non-profit organisation for Australian and New Zealand writers of horror. Brings together professional and amateur writers, while improving the general understanding of what horror is in literature and exposing the genre to a wider audience. Offers support and mentoring programs, critiquing , writing and publication articles, the latest news, state of the market reports (including agents, magazines and publishing houses), magazine subscription discounts, information about competitions, anthologies and annual conferences.

General Fiction, Poetry, Speculative Fiction

Whether you are looking to up-skill to improve your career prospects or are looking for an exciting new career opportunity, you will find a course to meet your needs in the Australian College's extensive course catalogue. Once you enrol, you not only get the course material but you will also get trainer guidance to help you through the course and answer any questions that you have. With over 100 courses on offer, Australian College will help meet your educational and career needs.

Digital/E-Publishing, Crime, General Fiction, Romance, Short Stories

The Australian Copyright Council is an independent, non-profit organisation. Founded in 1968, we represent the peak bodies for professional artists and content creators working in Australia’s creative industries and Australia’s major copyright collecting societies. They are advocates for the contribution of creators to Australia’s culture and economy; the importance of copyright for the common good. The Australian Copyright Council work to promote understanding of copyright law and its application, lobby for appropriate law reform and foster collaboration between content creators and consumers.

The Australian Copyright Council (ACC) is an independent non-profit organisation that provides information, advice and training about copyright in Australia. The ACC represent the peak bodies for professional artists and content creators working in Australia’s creative industries and Australia’s major copyright collecting societies. ACC also produces publications, does research, and makes submissions on copyright policy issues.

Formed to provide a public presence and point of contact for literary agents and their staff. Members of the association are required to adhere to the principles outlined in the code of practice.

Adult literary fiction, non-fiction and fantasy. No poetry, screenplays, plays, or children's. Please phone or email first to determine whether your kind of writing is of interest. Please let us know if any agents or publishers have seen any versions of the work. Member of the Australian Literary Agents' Association.

General Fiction, Romance
6 weeks

The Australian Shadows are the annual literary awards presented by the AHWA and judged on the overall effect - the skill, delivery, and lasting resonance - of horror fiction written or edited by an Australian. Prizes for a range of categories, including novel (a work of +40 000 words), long fiction (between 7501 to 39 999 words), short fiction (up to 7500 words), collection, edited publication, non-fiction, and graphic novel or comic.

Digital/E-Publishing, Crime, General Fiction, Short Stories

The ASA promotes and protects the professional interests of Australian literary creators, setting minimum recommended rates of pay for authors and illustrators, providing information about minimum recommended terms for contracts for writers and illustrators and campaigning for author and illustrator rights to government and industry. The ASA also provides a contract assessment service, individual advice for members, mentorships, professional development events and awards.

Digital/E-Publishing, Auto/Biography, Children/Young Adult, Crime, General Fiction, Non-Fiction, Poetry, Romance, Short Stories, Speculative Fiction, History, Education/Reference, Indigenous, Travel, International
Authors’ Agent, The

The Authors' Agent is an 'authors come first' agency, with a focus on building long-term writing careers for its clients. Under Brian Cook's stewardship, the strategic plan for the agency has two clear objectives. To continue to provide second-to-none personal service to its clients, while steadily growing the business through seeking out "unique, exciting, well-connected, market-savvy" writers who will be a good fit with the agency's style and ethos. Interested in general fiction and non-fiction, both adult and children's. Not academic, scientific, religious or poetry.

Children/Young Adult, Crime, General Fiction, Non-Fiction
8 weeks

Award Winning Australian Writing is an annual book published by Melbourne Books compiling the best and most compelling of this year's Australian writing. Accepting stories and poems that have won first place in an Australian short story or poetry competition held between 1 June of the previous year and 31 May of the current year. Ideally stories should be less than 3000 words, hard limit of 5000.

Digital/E-Publishing, Children/Young Adult, Crime, General Fiction, Poetry, Romance, Short Stories, Speculative Fiction, Indigenous, Travel
Bath Novel Award

The Bath Novel Award is an annual £2,000 prize for unpublished and indie novelists writing for adults or young adults. The award is open to writers of any nationality, genre and perspective and has a strong track record in helping emerging writers to further their writing careers.

Children/Young Adult, Crime, General Fiction, Romance, Speculative Fiction, History

Bendigo TAFE delivers vocational training, education and assessment services to over 10,000 students every year. Students have a range of flexible study options available to them - full-time, part-time, off-campus, in your home or work place. Programs are available to suit senior secondary level, school leavers, mature age students, international students and people upgrading their skills as part of their employer’s own training program.

Digital/E-Publishing, General Fiction, Short Stories

Entries open to published and unpublished writers of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent. Manuscripts are invited in the genres of adult fiction (min. 50,000 words), poetry (min. 30 poems), children's books, and young adult fiction (min. 40,000 words). Every entrant will receive feedback. See website for guidelines and entry form. Opens late 2016, closes early 2017.

General Fiction, Poetry, Short Stories, Indigenous

The magazine of the book industry in Australia, New Zealand and the Asia-Pacific region. The major source of information on new and forthcoming books, industry news, jobs, store openings and closures, personnel changes, book awards, media coverage of books and much, much more.


Box Hill Institute is a leading Victorian vocational and higher education provider known for collaborative and creative approach to education in Australia and overseas.

General Fiction, Romance, Short Stories
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