The Australasian Association of Writing Programs (AAWP) publishes the literary journal Meniscus and the writing journal TEXT, and hosts a number of creative writing competitions. 

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 writers of all backgrounds, identities, nationalities and ethnicities, 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 provided funding for the journal until 2019. At present, we regret, we cannot guarantee funding for any other contributors. 

The Australasian Association of Writing Programs (AAWP) and Westerly Magazine are proud to offer a prize for Life Writing.

The Prize—Publication Pathway and Networking Opportunity

In 2022, the Australasian Association of Writing Programs (AAWP) and Westerly Magazine are offering a prize for Life Writing. We welcome submissions of autobiography, biography, memoir, and essays. We celebrate Life Writing as a rumination upon memory and experience and encourage creative and hybrid approaches.

The prize is open to writers at all stages of their journey; emerging and established writers are welcome to enter. The prize recognises excellence in nonfiction, creative nonfiction and hybrid modes of storytelling. Hybrid storytelling is broadly conceived as storytelling that crosses traditional boundaries of nonfiction and creative nonfiction and/or is experimental in form.

We invite you to send Life Writing submissions of up to 3,500 words. The winner will receive a $500 cash prize, a one-year subscription to Westerly, and conference fees to attend the annual conference of the AAWP, where they will be invited to read from their work. Please see item 3 (Terms and conditions). The winner’s work will be considered for publication by Westerly.

We encourage you to take advantage of this stunning opportunity to celebrate diverse interpretations of nonfiction, creative nonfiction and hybrid modes of storytelling, and be welcomed into the thriving community of writers associated with the AAWP.

For further information, please visit: http://www.aawp.org.au/news/opportunities/

Entry fee

The entry fee is $20. Conditions of Entry and Terms and Conditions are below.

Conditions of Entry

1. This competition is open to writers across Australasia, at any stage of their career. Staff members of Westerly are ineligible to enter, as are AAWP Executive Committee Members.

2. The Prize opens in the New Year and closes at midnight (local time) on 31 July 2022. Late submissions will not be accepted. The winner will be announced on the AAWP website and the Westerly website no later than 30 September 2022.

3. Entries should not exceed 3,500 words.

4. Entries may address any theme, and take any form associated with life writing.

5. Suggested formatting for the entry is—line spacing: 1.5, font size: 12-point, font: Times New Roman or Garamond.

6. The author’s full name should not appear anywhere on the work. Judging is technically blind, with the concession that Life Writing may include identifying characteristics.

7. Authors may enter as many times as they 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 Westerly 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.

Terms and Conditions

1. The AAWP will not reproduce any entries without the express permission of the author. Westerly will consider the winning entry for publication. If published, Westerly will require the right to reproduce the work. Copyright otherwise remains with the author. If required, a copyright licence will be negotiated after the Prize has been awarded.

2. The winner will receive $500 in prize money, to be paid via bank transfer.

3. AAWP conference fees (negotiated annually) are provided for the winner. The AAWP conference subsidy 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. Travel and accommodation are the responsibility of the winner.

4. Publication in Westerly is not guaranteed.

Global Writing Communities—Translators’ Prize

This prize is offered in partnership by the Australasian Association of Writing Programs (AAWP) and Ubud Writers and Readers Festival (UWRF)

Enter your work of translation to the ‘AAWP/UWRF Translators’ prize’ for your chance to win. The AAWP/UWRF collective vision is to promote the work of under-represented writers to a broader ‘English-using’ audience, in order to celebrate the art of translation by building both local and global writing communities from within our broad geographical region.

If you win you will receive: a ticket to the Ubud Writers and Readers Festival (UWRF), accommodation for the duration of the festival and up to $1,000.00 towards economy airfares (*Term and Conditions apply, see below). 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 will be invited to read from your work. The editors at Meniscus Literary Journal will also 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.

For further information, please visit: https://aawp.org.au/news/opportunities

Entry fee

The entry fee is $20.00. Conditions of Entry and Terms and Conditions are below.

Conditions of Entry

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

2. The translator must have prior approval to translate and publish the translated work, 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.

3. The Prize opens in the New Year and closes at midnight (local time) on 31 July 2022. Late submissions will not be accepted. The winner will be announced on the AAWP website and the UWRF website no later than 30 September 2022.

4. Entries must be in English.

5. When submitting your work, please add your full name and a 100-word author bio (as you would like it to appear on any prize announcements).

6. Entries should not exceed 30 lines (poetry) or 3,000 words (prose). Prose may be a standalone work or an extract from a longer-form work of literature. The translator may be the author of the original poem, short story or extract from a longer-form work of literature (which may have been originally published in a language other than English). The award is for entries unpublished in English, including online publication.

7. AAWP/UWRF recognise that translation is an act of interpretation, even when the original work is the translator’s own. Entrants must 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 and aims. The Translator’s Statement of Intention is assessed as part of the judging process.

8. Suggested formatting for the entry is—line spacing: 1.5, font size: 12-point, font: Times New Roman or Garamond.

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

Terms and Conditions

1. Where the translator is not the original author of the work that has been translated, the translator represents and warrants that they have obtained permission from the original author or copyright owner in the work to adapt the work into the translation. 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. The translator will unconditionally indemnify and keep indemnified the AAWP against all losses, liabilities, costs and expenses (including reasonable legal expenses as between solicitor and client) that the AAWP incurs as a result of or in relation to a breach of any of the translator’s representations or warranties under this clause.

2. Moral rights will remain with the original author of the translated work. The translator will hold copyright in the submitted translated work. The AAWP will not reproduce any entries without the express permission of the translator. If needed, a copyright licence can be negotiated after the Prize has been awarded.

3. The overall winner will receive one ticket to the UWRF 2022. The winner may need to attend UWRF in 2023 (rather than 2022), depending upon where they are based and the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.

4. Economy airfares for the winner to attend the UWRF will be covered up to $1000.00. Airfares must be approved by the AAWP prior to booking and must be booked at least one month before departure. The AAWP will negotiate the most competitive economy airfares with the winner when the result is announced. 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. Please note that if the winner is unable to attend the festival, or if the winner is based in Bali, the $1000.00 towards economy airfares may be used by the winner to attend the annual AAWP conference. The same conditions apply.

5. 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.

6. 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.

7. 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.

8. Publication in Meniscus is not guaranteed.

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

Publication Pathway and Networking Opportunity for Emerging Short Story Writers


Enter your short story to the ‘AAWP/ASSF Short Story Prize’ for your chance to win.

If you win you will receive: a ticket to the Australian Short Story Festival (ASSF) November 2022, accommodation for the duration of the festival and economy airfares to and from the festival (*Terms and Conditions apply, see below).

In addition, you will receive 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. The editors at Meniscus will also 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.

For further information, please visit: https://aawp.org.au/news/opportunities

Entry fee

The entry fee is $20.00. 

Please read Conditions of Entry and Terms and Conditions  below.

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 in the New Year and closes at midnight (local time) on 31 July 2022. Late submissions will not be accepted. The winner will be announced on the AAWP website and the ASSF website no later than 30 September 2022.

3. Entries should not exceed 3,000 words.

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

5. When submitting your work, please add your full name and a 100-word author bio (as you would like it to appear on any prize announcements).

6. Suggested formatting for the entry is—line spacing: 1.5, font size: 12-point, font: Times New Roman or Garamond.

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

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

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 AAWP/ASSF 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 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. If 2022’s festival is cancelled or held digitally due to the Covid-19 pandemic, this will carry over to 2023.

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.

The Australasian Association of Writing Programs (AAWP) / Voiceworks (Express Media) invite submissions of Sudden Writing, by writers under 25 years old.

We are deeply interested in capturing a composite picture of what people are writing about. Now. Please send creative work—short-short fiction, “sudden” fiction, “sketchy” stories, creative nonfiction, poetry, as well as hybrid forms.

We are accepting submissions on the following scale: up to 400 words prose, 40 lines for poetry, 200 words for prose poems, and the equivalent for hybrid forms. Submissions must be previously unpublished. Please send your most polished work, without delay.

If you win you will receive $500. You will have your work published on the Express Media website and receive a Voiceworks subscription. You will also receive a one-year membership to the AAWP.

Theme: Open

Submission closes: 31 July 2022 (midnight local time)

Word count:

· 400 words prose

· 40 lines for poetry

· 200 words for prose poems

Take advantage of this opportunity to win a significant cash prize and get published. Be welcomed into the thriving writing communities of Voiceworks and the Australasian Association of Writing Programs (AAWP).

For further information, please visit: https://aawp.org.au/news/opportunities

Entry fee

The entry fee is $5.00. Please read Conditions of Entry and Terms and Conditions, below.

Conditions of Entry

1. This competition is open to emerging writers, under 25 years of age, across Australasia. Emerging writers will not have a full-length, single-authored, commercially published, print publication in fiction, creative nonfiction or poetry. 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 in the New Year and closes at midnight AEST on 31 July 2022. Late submissions will not be accepted. The winner will be announced on the AAWP website and the Voiceworks website no later than 30 November 2022.

3. Entries should not exceed the guidelines: 400 words prose, 40 lines for poetry, 200 words for prose poems.

5. When submitting your work, please add your full name and a 100-word author bio (as you would like it to appear on any prize announcements).

6. Suggested formatting for the entry is—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 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.

13. The AAWP will not reproduce any entries without the express permission of the entrant.

14. Copyright of all submitted work remains with the entrants. The winner’s work will be published on the Express Media website. The author retains copyright but grants Express Media a non-exclusive, non-commercial licence in perpetuity to publish the work on their website, and to record and broadcast readings of the entries for the purposes of promoting the prize and Voiceworks, for period of two years.

14. 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.

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

The PrizePublication 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 $500.00 cash prize and fully subsidised conference fees to attend the annual conference of the AAWP (November 2022) 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: http://uwap.uwa.edu.au.

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

For further information, please visit: https://aawp.org.au/news/opportunities

Entry

The entry fee is $20.00. Conditions of Entry and Terms and Conditions are below.

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 fiction, poetry, or creative nonfiction. (* A full-length publication is considered > 40,000 words (prose) and > 40 pages for poetry.) 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. Submissions are welcome from emerging writers outside the university setting.

3. The AAWP ‘Chapter One’ Prize opens in the New Year and closes at midnight (local time) on 31 July 2022. 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. When submitting your work, please add your full name and a 100-word author bio (as you would like it to appear on any prize announcements).

6. 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. Suggested formatting for the entry is as follows—line spacing: 1.5, font size: 12-point, font: Times New Roman or Garamond.

7. The winner will be announced on the AAWP website no later than 30 September 2022. At this time the winner will submit a full manuscript together with a 500-word synopsis.

8. ‘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.

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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.

This prize is offered in partnership by the Australasian Association of Writing Programs (AAWP) and Ubud Writers and Readers Festival (UWRF)

The PrizePublication Pathway and Networking Opportunity for Emerging Writers

Enter your work of fiction or poetry in 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 and $500.00 towards economy airfares (*Terms and Conditions apply, see below). 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 will be invited to read from your work. The editors at Meniscus will also 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 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.

For further information, please visit: https://aawp.org.au/news/opportunities

Entry fee

The entry fee is $20.00. Conditions of Entry and Terms and Conditions are below.

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 in the New Year and closes at midnight (local time) on 31 July 2022. Late submissions will not be accepted. The winner will be announced on the UWRF website and the AAWP website no later than 30 September 2022.

3. Entries must be in English.

4. Entries should not exceed 30 lines (poetry) or 3,000 words (prose).

5. Entries should respond to the UWRF theme. The 2022 theme is Through Darkness to Light.

6. When submitting your work, please add your full name and a 100-word author bio (as you would like it to appear on any prize announcements).

7. Suggested formatting for the entry is—line spacing: 1.5, font size: 12-point, font: Times New Roman or Garamond.

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

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

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

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

14. 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 2022. The winner may need to attend UWRF in 2023 (rather than 2022), depending upon where they are based and the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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.

AAWP: Meniscus literary journal