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 2018.2 is now online, and the editors invite submissions for volume 2019.1: send us your poetry, short fiction, flash fiction, prose poetry, by 28 February 2019. 

This prize invites submissions of narrative driven nonfiction for a new prize supported by a partnership between Slow Canoe and the Australasian Association of Writing Programs (AAWP). 

Submissions should be up to 3,000 words in length, and must be previously unpublished.

All creative nonfiction forms are welcomed, including essay, profile, memoir, article, or hybrid form. 

Emerging writers are particularly encouraged to submit.

The prize is $AUD500; attendance (fully subsidised) at the next AAWP conference and the opportunity to present your work; and consideration for publication in Slow Canoe journal. 

Fees: $AUD20; submission by 31 May 2019. 

Please see Terms and Conditions before submitting your entry: https://www.slowcanoe.com/AAWP-SC-Creative-Nonfiction-Prize-Terms-and-Conditions

Full information at aawp.org.au, and slowcanoe.com/Creative-Nonfiction-Prize

The  Australasian Association of Writing Programs (AAWP) / Australian Short Story Festival (ASSF) short story prize invites entries to the 2019 competition.  

Prize:
—a ticket to the Australian Short Story Festival (ASSF) October 2019 (Melbourne),  accommodation for the duration of the festival, and economy airfares to and from the festival (*Terms and Conditions apply, see below).
—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.
 

Conditions of entry:

1. This competition is open to emerging writers across Australia. 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 28 November 2018 and closes at midnight on 31 July 2019. Late submissions will not be accepted. The winner will be announced on the AAWP website and the ASSF website no later than 30 September 2019.

3. Entries should not exceed 3,000 words. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 The award is for unpublished writing, including online publication. 


  

*Terms and Conditions:

Airfares are from states within Australia. Airfares must be approved by the AAWP prior to booking and must be booked at least one month prior to departure. Costs associated with alterations to flights are the responsibility of the winner. 

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;
  •  a letter of recommendation to the University of Western Australia Publishing (UWAP);
  • a $500 cash prize; and
  • fully subsidised conference fees to attend the annual conference of the AAWP (November 2019) where you will read from your work.    

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 fully subsidised conference fees to attend the annual conference of the AAWP (November 2019) 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 28 November 2018 and closes at midnight on 30 June 2019. 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 2019. 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)


AAWP: Meniscus literary journal