Meniscus is an online, free access literary journal published by the Australasian Association of Writing Programs (AAWP). The editors and advisory board are based in Australia, New Zealand and the UK, and welcome submissions from writers anywhere in the world.

Meniscus publishes high quality, innovative poetry, short fiction, and creative essays in English, or in other languages with a good parallel translation. Meniscus publishes two issues a year: in April, and in October.

The Australian Copyright Agency Cultural Fund provides funding for the journal with the following proviso: that in each of the two issues each year (2017, 2018 and 2019) the writers of the best prose piece and the best poetry piece published will each receive $AUD1,000. At present, we regret, we cannot guarantee funding for any other contributors. 

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Submissions are now open for the first issue of Meniscus for 2017. 

How to submit your work:

  • Please send portfolios of up to five poems, collected in a single document; or two prose pieces of up to 3,000 words each; if you choose to send two, put them in one document only.
  • Include a brief bio note (50-75 words)
  • Include a confirmation that it is your own work, and not previously published
  • Advise us if it is being simultaneously submitted to other literary outlets.
Please note that there is a $5.00 charge for submission. We have had to set a fee in order to cover the cost of maintaining this portal. 

Enter your short story or poem to the ‘AAWP/UWRF Emerging Writers’ Prize’ for your chance to win publication pathway and a great networking opportunity. 

The winner receives: 

  • a ticket to the Ubud Writers and Readers Festival (UWRF), 
  • accommodation for the duration of the festival and 
  • $500 towards economy airfares. 

In addition, you will receive a one-year annual membership to the Australasian Association of Writing Programs (AAWP) and fully subsidised conference fees to attend the annual conference of the AAWP, where you are invited to read from your work. The editors at Meniscus will consider your work for publication.

Take advantage of this stunning opportunity to celebrate the craft of writing at South East Asia’s largest and most exciting literary festival. Be welcomed in to the thriving community of writers within the AAWP. Enter your short story or poem and take advantage of this generous publication pathway and networking opportunity for emerging writers.      

Conditions of entry

1. This competition is open to emerging writers across Australasia. Emerging writers will not have a full-length, single-authored, commercially published, print publication in any genre. Emerging writers who have published in electronic format only, or who have published work in collections showcasing multiple authors, are eligible.

2. The Prize opens on the 15 February 2017 and closes at midnight on 30th June 2017. Late submissions will not be accepted. The winner will be announced on the UWRF website and the AAWP website no later than 30th August 2017.

3. Entries should not exceed 30 lines (poetry) or 3000 words (prose).

4. Entries should respond to the UWRF theme. The 2017 theme is ‘Origins’.

The theme – drawn from the Hindu philosophy ‘Sangkan Paraning Dumadi’ – speaks of our eternal connection to where we have come from, and to where we will ultimately return. UWRF Founder & Director Janet DeNeefe elaborates:

“At a time of global unrest and political turmoil, ‘Origins’ invites us to consider the biggest picture – to contemplate not just our connections from person to person, but as a collective humanity extending across people, the planet and periods of time.”

5. The entry should be formatted as follows — line spacing: 1.5, font size: 12 point, font: Times New Roman.

6. You may enter as many times as you wish. Subsequent entries incur a separate fee.

7. Any entries that do not follow the rules will be disqualified. If an entry is disqualified no refund will be given.

8. Entries may not be altered after they have been submitted.

9. The UWRF/AAWP reserves the right to disqualify any entry that breaches the rules.

10. The judges' verdict is final. No correspondence or discussion.

11. The award is for unpublished writing, including online publication.

Please go to <aawp.org.au> for further information: see News (Opportunities) or Journals (Meniscus)

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The Prize: Publication Pathway / Expert Mentoring

Have you written a poetry collection, literary novel, short story collection, or a hybrid work that crosses genre boundaries? Enter the Australasian Association of Writing Programs’ (AAWP) ‘Chapter One’ competition for your chance to win.

If you win you will receive a written appraisal of your work from an established literary author and a letter of recommendation to the University of Western Australia Publishing (UWAP). This ‘tick of approval’ will see your manuscript assessed without delay. You will, effectively, leap to the top of the submissions pile. 

You will also receive a $500 cash prize and fully subsidised conference fees to attend the annual conference of the AAWP (November 2017) where you will read from your work.

If your full manuscript is as robust as ‘Chapter One’ you may secure a publishing contract with UWAP: http://uwap.uwa.edu.au

Take advantage of this stunning opportunity. Fast track your writing journey in a fiercely competitive market.

Conditions of Entry

1. This competition is open to emerging writers. Emerging writers will not have a full-length, single-authored, commercially published, print publication in any genre. Emerging writers who have published in electronic format only, or who have published work in collections showcasing multiple authors, are eligible.

2. ‘Emerging Writers’ may include writing students, research higher degree students, and research higher degree graduates and may also include submissions from writers beyond their graduation. Full-time academic employees are not eligible to enter. Submissions are welcome from emerging writers outside of the university setting.

3. The AAWP ‘Chapter One’ Prize opens on the 30th November 2016 and closes at midnight on 30th July 2017. Late submissions will not be accepted.

4. Entries should not exceed 50 lines (poetry) or 5,000 words (prose). An extract from the subsequent chapter is permissible as long as the total submission adheres to the aforementioned guidelines.

5. You must submit a 500-word synopsis with your submission. The synopsis should precede your submission and the work should be submitted as one Word document.

6. The winner will be announced on the AAWP website no later than 30th September 2017. At this time the winner will submit a full manuscript, together with a 500-word synopsis. The manuscript should be formatted as follows — line spacing: 1.5, font size: 12 point, font: Times New Roman.

7. ‘Chapter One’ is open to current members of the AAWP; if membership is not active prior to the entry being submitted, the entry is invalidated. To become a member, or update your membership, go to aawp.org.au

8. You may enter as many times as you wish. Subsequent entries incur a separate fee.

9. Do not include your name anywhere on your entry. All judging is ‘blind’. Any entries with names on them will be disqualified. If an entry is disqualified no refund will be given.

10. Entries may not be altered after they have been submitted.

11. The AAWP reserves the right to disqualify any entry that breaches the rules.

12. The judges' verdict is final. No correspondence or discussion.

13. The manuscript must not be under assessment by another publisher for the duration of the competition.

14. The submission may include work that has been published previously providing such publication does not breach the competition rules and as long as the author owns the copyright. 

Further details are available at aawp.org.au, under News (Opportunities) or Journals (Meniscus)