Literary Fiction

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

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This is Australia’s leading unpublished horror fiction competition and winning entries are always imaginative, engaging, well-written, and bloody scary.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

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
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.

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

Asia Pacific Writers & Translators Inc. (APWT) is an incorporated not for profit association that promotes literature from the dynamic and culturally diverse Asia Pacific region. APWT exists to support the careers of writers from the region. Membership is open to established authors and emerging writers, literary translators, literary agents, publishers, teachers and students of creative writing, and screen writers.


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

Writers at Work is an independent incorporated organisation with strong regional links. Its aim is to foster the writing ability of members of the group, provide support and encouragement, and assist through constructive criticism the development of their talents. There are two reading and feedback sessions per month. Meetings held at City Hall on first and third Wednesday each month at 3pm.

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

Every year the Auckland Writers Festival stages over 140 public events, gathering together 160 of the world’s best writers and thinkers with over 24,000 festival goers and up to 6,000 young people to celebrate the world of books and ideas. The Festival brings the very best local and international writers of contemporary fiction and non-fiction, scientists, economists, poets, journalists and public intellectuals together with audiences to explore ideas, share stories and experience brilliant conversations.

General Fiction, Non-Fiction, Poetry

Australasian Medical Writers Association (AMWA) members include: writers and editors, freelancers, medical practitioners and those working in public relations, medical communications and the pharmaceutical industry. AMWA offers a website, freelance register, e-newsletter, email service, an annual conference, annual AMWA Award, and a Professional Development Program. AMWA keeps members informed and provides networking and education opportunities.

Australia Council for the Arts is the Federal Government arts advisory and funding body. New Work, Publishing and Residencies and Fellowship categories offer grants to published Australian writers. Accepts projects in these genres: fiction (adult, young adult and children), literary non-fiction, poetry and writing for stage, radio and new media. Minimum publication and performance requirements apply. See the Australia Council Support for the Arts Handbook on website for more details.

Australia's premier literary magazine of review and comment. Publishes reviews, essays, commentary and new writing. Committed to highlighting the full range of critical and creative writing from around Australia.

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

The Australian Booksellers Association is a not-for-profit service organisation, representing the interests and shared aims of Australian booksellers.

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

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
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