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. 

Submissions are now open for the second issue of Meniscus for 2019: your submissions are welcome:  

  • Please send portfolios of up to five poems, collected in a single document; and/or two prose pieces of up to 3,000 words each; and/or up to three flash fiction stories, of no more than 500 words each, on any theme  
  • 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.

We are pleased to confirm that the Association of Australasian Writing Programs has suspended the requirement to pay a lodgement fee; all entries are welcome, without any charge. 

In 2019, The Australasian Association of Writing Programs (AAWP) and the Slow Canoe Live Journal are partnering to present the inaugural 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We want your best unpublished, narrative-driven nonfiction of up to 3000 words, whether it be in essay, profile, memoir, article, or hybrid form.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 cash prize  
  • fully subsidised fees to attend the annual conference of the AAWP, where you are invited to read from your work
  • be invited to participate in the Slow Canoe Live Journal and will be considered for publication by the Slow Canoe.

Take advantage of this stunning opportunity to celebrate the craft of creative nonfiction. Be welcomed in to the thriving community of writers associated with AAWP and the Slow Canoe Live Journal. Enter your work of creative nonfiction and take advantage of this generous publication pathway and networking opportunity for emerging writers.  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). 

Fees: $AUD20; submission by 31 May 2019.

 

Terms and Conditions 

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 the 28 November 2018 and closes at midnight on 30 June 2019. Late submissions will not be accepted. The winner will be announced on the AAWP website and the Slow Canoe website no later than 28 July 2019.

3. Entries should not exceed 3,000 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. You may enter as many times as you wish. Subsequent entries incur a separate fee.

7. Any entries that do not follow these conditions of entry 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 AAWP and the Slow Canoe reserve the right to disqualify any entry that breaches the rules.

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

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 The award is for unpublished writing, including online publication.

12. 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. 

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 if you reside interstate; and economy airfares* to and from the festival.
—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 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 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 3000 words. 

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

5. The entry should be formatted as follows: 1.5 line spacing, 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 AAWP/ASSF 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. 


* 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

Enter your work of prose fiction or poetry to the ‘AAWP/UWRF Emerging Writers’ Prize’ for your chance to win. 

If you win you will receive:

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

In addition you will receive:

  • a one-year annual membership to the Australasian Association of Writing Programs (AAWP) 
  • fully subsidised conference fees to attend the annual conference of the AAWP, where you are invited to read from your work, and
  • the Meniscus editors 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.  

 

* Please note that if the winner is unable to attend the festival, or if the winner is based in Bali, the $500 towards economy airfares may be used to attend the annual AAWP conference.

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 28 November 2018 and closes at midnight on 31 June 2019. Late submissions will not be accepted. The winner will be announced on the UWRF website and the AAWP website no later than 30 August 2019.

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

4. Entries should respond to the UWRF theme. The 2019 theme is ‘Karma'  (see UWRF website for extended definition). 

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)

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. 

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 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 30 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: 1.5 line spacing, 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. 

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 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