The Australasian Association of Writing Programs (AAWP) publishes the literary journal Meniscus and the writing journal TEXT. 


Meniscus is an online, free access literary journal. 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, prose poetry, short fiction, flash fiction and creative essays in English, or in other languages with a good parallel translation. Meniscus publishes two issues a year: around April, and around October.


The Australian Copyright Agency's Cultural Fund provides funding for the journal with the following proviso: that in each of the two issues each year, for 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. 


Meniscus 2019.2 is now online, and the editors invite submissions for volume 2020.1: send us your poetry, short fiction, flash fiction, prose poetry, by 24 February 2020. 

 Publication Pathway and Networking Opportunity for Emerging Short Story Writers 

Enter your short story to the ‘AAWP/ASSF Short Story Prize’, and if you win you will receive:

  • a ticket to the Australian Short Story Festival (ASSF) October 2020 (Perth), 
  • accommodation for the duration of the festival 
  • economy airfares to and from the festival (*Terms and Conditions apply, see below),
  • fully subsidised conference fees to attend the annual conference of the Australasian Association of Writing Programs (AAWP), where you will be invited to read from your work, and
  • the editors at Meniscus will consider your work for publication. 

Take advantage of this stunning opportunity to celebrate the craft of writing at the Australian Short Story festival. Be welcomed into the thriving community of writers within the AAWP. Enter your short story 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 fiction. 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 28 November 2019 and closes at midnight on 31 July 2020. Late submissions will not be accepted. The winner will be announced on the AAWP website and the ASSF website no later than 30 September 2020.

3. Entries should not exceed 3000 words. 

4. Entries should address any theme/issue relating to Australian life/culture.

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

6. The entry should be de-identified. The author’s name, or other identifying characteristics, should not appear on the submission. Judging is blind. 

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

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

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

10. The AAWP/ASSF reserves the right to disqualify any entry that breaches the rules. 

11. The judges’ verdict is final. The judges will not enter into correspondence or discussion about the outcome. 

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


*Terms and Conditions:

1. Copyright in the submitted work remains with the entrant. The AAWP will not reproduce any entries without the express permission of the entrant. If needed, a copyright licence can be negotiated after the Prize has been awarded. 

2. The overall winner is entitled to a one-year membership of the AAWP. Entrants are not required to hold an existing membership, but if they are successful then their current membership will be extended by one year.

3. The overall winner will receive one ticket to the ASSF, Adelaide, October 2020. 

4. Economy airfares for the winner to attend the ASSF will be covered up to $200.00 for domestic travel within Australia. Airfares must be approved by the AAWP prior to booking and must be booked at least one month before departure. When travel is approved, funds will be paid to the winner via bank transfer. Costs associated with alterations to flights are the responsibility of the winner. 

5. Accommodation is provided for the winner for the duration of the ASSF (up to $500.00). Accommodation is arranged by AAWP in consultation with the festival management team. Funds will be paid to the winner via bank transfer when accommodation has been finalised. Costs associated with alterations to bookings are the responsibility of the winner.

6. AAWP conference fees (negotiated annually) are provided for the winner. This includes conference attendance (and all the benefits that entails). Extra fees (i.e. for the conference dinner, or for special activities such as workshops or tours) are the responsibility of the winner.

7. Publication in Meniscus is not guaranteed.

Publication Pathway and Networking Opportunity and for Emerging Writers of Creative Nonfiction  

This prize is offered in partnership by the Australasian Association of Writing Programs (AAWP) and Australian Short Story Festival (ASSF)


In 2020, The Australasian Association of Writing Programs (AAWP) and the Slow Canoe Live Journal (SC) are partnering, once again, to present the AAWP SC Creative Nonfiction Prize for emerging writers.

We want your best unpublished, narrative-driven nonfiction of up to 3000 words, whether it be in essay, profile, memoir, article, or hybrid form. The winner will receive a $500.00 cash prize as well as fully subsidised fees to attend the annual conference of the AAWP, where you will be invited to read from your work. You will also be invited to participate in the Slow Canoe Live Journal and will be considered for publication by Slow Canoe.

Take advantage of this stunning opportunity to celebrate the craft of creative nonfiction and be welcomed into the thriving community of writers associated with the AAWP and the Slow Canoe Live Journal. Enter your work of creative nonfiction to make the most 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 fiction or creative nonfiction. 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 1 January 2020 and closes at midnight on 30 June 2020. Late submissions will not be accepted. The winner will be announced on the AAWP website and The Slow Canoe website no later than 30 September 2020.

3. Entries should not exceed 3000 words.

4. Entries should address any theme.

5. The entry should be formatted with 1.5 line spacing, and a 12-point font with serifs, such as Times New Roman or Garamond.

6. The entry should be de-identified. The author’s name, or other identifying characteristics, should not appear on the submission. Judging is blind. 

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

8. Entries that do not follow these conditions will be disqualified. If an entry is disqualified no refund will be given.

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

10. The AAWP and the Slow Canoe reserve the right to disqualify any entry that breaches the rules.

11. The judges’ verdict is final. The judges will not enter into correspondence or discussion about the outcome. 

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

13. Creative nonfiction grapples with the problems of experiential and factual accuracy. It depicts occurrences, people and places in a way that is accurate while also employing literary techniques such as switches in point of view, shifts in tone, fragmentation and experimental representations of time. 


Terms and Conditions

1. Copyright in the submitted work remains with the entrant. The AAWP will not reproduce any entries without the express permission of the entrant. The SC will consider the winning entry for publication. If needed, a copyright licence can be negotiated after the Prize has been awarded. 

2. The overall winner will receive $500.00 in prize money. This will be paid via bank transfer. 

3. AAWP conference subsidisation for the winner includes conference attendance (and all the benefits that entails). Extra fees (i.e. for the conference dinner, or for special activities such as workshops or tours) are the responsibility of the winner.

4. Publication in SC is not guaranteed.

Publication Pathway/Expert Mentoring 

This prize is offered in partnership by the Australasian Association of Writing Programs (AAWP) and the University of Western Australia Publishing (UWAP)

  

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 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 $500.00 cash prize and fully subsidised conference fees to attend the annual conference of the AAWP (November 2020) where you will be invited to read from your work. 

If your full manuscript is as robust as ‘Chapter One’ you may secure a publishing contract with UWAP

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 28 November 2019 and closes at midnight on 30 June 2020. Late submissions will not be accepted. 

4. Entries should not exceed 50 lines (poetry) or 5,000 words (prose). An extract from a 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 30 September 2020. At this time the winner will submit a full manuscript together with a 500-word synopsis. The entry should be formatted as follows—line spacing: 1.5, font size: 12-point, font: Times New Roman or Garamond.

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. 

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

9. The entry should be de-identified. The author’s name, or other identifying characteristics, should not appear on the submission. Judging is blind. 

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. The judges will not enter into correspondence or discussion about the outcome. 

13. 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. 


Terms and Conditions

1. Copyright in the submitted work will remain with the entrant. The AAWP will not reproduce any entries or synopses without the express permission of the entrant. If needed, a copyright licence can be negotiated after the Prize has been awarded.

2. The letter of recommendation written to UWAP does not guarantee a publishing contract.

3. The overall winner will receive $500.00 in prize money. This will be paid via bank transfer.

4. AAWP conference fees (negotiated annually) are provided for the winner. This includes conference attendance (and all the benefits that entails). Extra fees (i.e. for the conference dinner, or for special activities such as workshops or tours) are the responsibility of the winner.

 Publication Pathway and Networking Opportunity for Emerging Writers 

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 into the thriving community of writers within the AAWP. Enter your short story or poem and make the most of this generous publication pathway and networking opportunity for emerging writers.  

If you win you will receive:

  • a ticket to the Ubud Writers and Readers Festival (UWRF), 
  • accommodation for the duration of the festival,  
  • $500.00 towards economy airfares (Terms and Conditions apply, see below),
  • a one-year membership to the Australasian Association of Writing Programs (AAWP),
  • fully subsidised conference fees to attend the annual conference of the AAWP, where you will be invited to read from your work and 
  • the editors at Meniscus will consider your work for publication. 


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 poetry or prose, or a hybrid form crossing these boundaries. 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 28 November 2019 and closes at midnight on 31 July 2020. Late submissions will not be accepted. The winner will be announced on the UWRF website and the AAWP website no later than 30 September 2020.

3. Entries must be in English.

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

5. Entries should respond to the 2020 UWRF theme: Mulat Sarira (see UWRF website for extended definition). 

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

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

8. The entry should be de-identified. The author’s name, or other identifying characteristics, should not appear on the submission. Judging is blind. 

9. Any entries that do not follow the rules 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 UWRF/AAWP reserves the right to disqualify any entry that breaches the rules. 

12. The judges’ verdict is final. The judges will not enter into correspondence or discussion about the outcome. 

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

  

Terms and Conditions

1. Copyright in the submitted work remains with the entrant. The AAWP will not reproduce any entries without the express permission of the entrant. If needed, a copyright licence can be negotiated after the Prize has been awarded. 

2. The overall winner will receive one ticket to the UWRF 2020.

3. Economy airfares for the winner to attend the UWRF will be covered up to $500.00. Airfares must be approved by the AAWP prior to booking and must be booked at least one month before departure. When travel is approved, funds will be paid to the winner via bank transfer. Costs associated with alterations to flights are the responsibility of the winner. 

4. Accommodation is provided for the winner for the duration of the UWRF (up to $500.00). Accommodation is arranged by AAWP in consultation with the UWRF Partnerships Manager. Funds will be paid to UWRF on the winner’s behalf. Costs associated with alterations to bookings are the responsibility of the winner.

5. The winner is entitled to a one-year membership of the AAWP. Entrants are not required to hold an existing membership, but if they are successful then their current membership will be extended by one year.

6. AAWP conference fees (negotiated annually) are provided for the winner. This includes conference attendance (and all the benefits that entails). Extra fees (i.e. for the conference dinner, or for special activities such as workshops or tours) are the responsibility of the winner.

7. Publication in Meniscus is not guaranteed.

This prize is offered in partnership by the Australasian Association of Writing Programs (AAWP) and Ubud Writers and Readers Festival (UWRF). The AAWP/UWRF collective vision is to promote the work of under-represented writers to a broader “English-using” audience—to celebrate the art of translation by building both local and global writing communities from within our broad geographical region. 

Enter your work of translation (poem or short story) for your chance to win:

  • a ticket to the Ubud Writers and Readers Festival (UWRF)
  • accommodation for the duration of the Festival
  • up to $1,000 toward economy airfares to the Festival
  • a one-year membership of the AAWP
  • fully subsidised conference fees to attend the annual conference of the AAWP where you are invited to read your work; and
  • the editors of Meniscus Literary Journal will consider your work for publication. 

  

Take advantage of this stunning opportunity to celebrate the craft of writing and translating at one of the most vibrant and diverse literary festivals in the world. Be welcomed into the thriving community of writers within the AAWP. Enter your work of translation (poem or short story) and make the most of this generous publication pathway and networking opportunity for writers and translators.


 Conditions of Entry 

1. The translator must have prior approval to translate and publish, ensuring the translation is covered by copyright law—the original author (or copyright holder in the case of a deceased author) must have signed a release, both for the translation and for publication of the translation. That release must accompany the entry.

2. The Prize opens on 20 October 2019 and closes at midnight on 31 July 2020. Late submissions will not be accepted. The winner will be announced on the AAWP website and the UWRF website no later than 30 September 2020.

3. This competition is open to translators at any stage of their career. 

4. The translator may be the author of the original poem or short story (which may have been originally published in a language other than English). The award is for entries unpublished in English, including online publication. 

5. Entries must be in English.

6. Entries should not exceed 30 lines (poetry) or 3000 words (prose).  Prose may be a standalone work or an extract from a longer-form work of literature (which may have been originally published in a language other than English). 

7. AAWP/UWRF recognise that translation is an act of interpretation, even when the original work is the translator’s own. Entrants should submit a ‘Translator’s Statement of Intention’ (maximum 400 words) addressing their aims in approaching this particular work of translation including (but not limited to): limitations, possibilities, aims. The translator’s statement of intention is assessed as part of the judging process.

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

9. Translators may enter as many times as they wish. Subsequent entries incur a separate fee. 

10. Any entries that do not follow the rules will be disqualified. If an entry is disqualified no refund will be given. Entries may not be altered after they have been submitted. 

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

12. The judges' verdict is final; there will be no correspondence or discussion. 

AAWP: Meniscus literary journal