Short Fiction Market

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

This is Australia’s leading unpublished horror fiction competition and winning entries are always imaginative, engaging, well-written, and bloody scary.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

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

Antic is an online literary magazine featuring the works of new, emerging and established Australian writers, as well as a smattering of international ones. The Antic team is interested in edgy, diverse writing that pushes boundaries and promotes conversation.

Non-Fiction, Poetry, Short Stories
1-2 months

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
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

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

Publisher of scholarly books, periodicals and electronic products for all academic disciplines. Under the Arcadia imprint, a publisher of general books, principally history, biography and fiction. Specialisation: Academic and general non-fiction, history, biography, lifestyle, information, corporate, fiction.

Digital/E-Publishing, General Fiction, Short Stories
4 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

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

Four categories of awards honouring Banjo Paterson are open to entrants, including short story, open poetry, bush poetry and a children's award. The Children's award is only open for entrants 16 years or younger. The content of each piece should be Australian, whether in theme or style. Entry form is on the website.

Poetry, Short Stories

For humorous short stories (any theme) up to 2500 words. Multiple entries are accepted.

Short Stories
Black Cockie Press

Black Cockie Press is an e-book publisher focusing on early career writers of fiction.

Digital/E-Publishing, General Fiction, Short Stories
6 weeks

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

All entrants must reside in Australia. Adult competition for stories up to 15000-3000 words. Young Writers Awards (YWA) for Prose and Poetry on open theme (Junior 600-800 words/200 lines; Senior 1,000-1,200 words/200 lines). All YWA entrants must reside, work, or go to school in the City of Boroondara. Confirm closing date, rules and prize money with organisers.

General Fiction, Short Stories
Brain, Child

This US magazine for mothers accepts personal essays, non-fiction, poetry, short fiction and reviews. Submit by email.

General Fiction, Non-Fiction, Poetry

The Bristol Short Story Prize is an annual international writing competition open to all published and unpublished, UK and non-UK based writers. Winning stories are published in an annual anthology, as well as presented cash prizes. The competition is open to short stories of up to 4,000 words on any theme or subject.

Short Stories
Canary Press, The

The Canary Press is a short story magazine. The Canary Press now has a national distribution. You can find it in bookstores, newsagents, cafes and airports all around Australia. It publishes new and local writers alongside some of the finest from Australia and overseas, like Jim Shepard, Margo Lanagan and Josephine Rowe. Every issue is beautifully illustrated, and also features a classic reprint that celebrates the short story.

General Fiction, Poetry, Short Stories
Celapene Press

Celapene Press publishes children's fiction and holds the annual Charlotte Duncan Award. Celapene aims to provide opportunities for new, emerging and established writers and illustrators; publish a range of high quality books by predominantly Australian writers; and promote small press publishing in Australia through membership of SPN (Small Press Network) who exist to advance the interests of the Australian small and independent publishing sector.

Short Stories
6 months

Creative, thoughtful, reflective, insightful, challenging, questioning … Communion is not affiliated with any literary school or movement. While the magazine is not thematic as such, it leans toward work that in some way reflects the concept of communion – with others, self, the world at large etc.

General Fiction, Poetry
CSFG Publishing

CSFG Publishing is the small press arm of the Canberra Speculative Fiction Guild (CSFG) and offers CSFG members an avenue to become published through its anthologies. Specialisation: science fiction, fantasy, and horror writers and illustrators.

Short Stories
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