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. 

The writing journal TEXT is a free (open access) journal that publishes academic and other material concerned with creative and professional writing programs in universities, colleges, TAFEs and the community around Australia, United States, Canada, New Zealand, England, and from other English-speaking areas and programs. It also publishes stories, poetry, and memoir, providing that the matter of the creative work concerns an exploration of creativity, or the nature and processes of writing, or the nature and processes of the teaching of writing, or investigation of writers' issues and lifestyles.

Submissions are now open for the first 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 per writer, 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. 

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

Ends on March 17, 2019
Are you a writer 18 years old or younger?  We’re looking for stories/poems in all genres. We look for great stories/poems about the youth experience, issues of identity and friendship, coming-of-age, family, and anything else that you as an author consider to be an important aspect of your life.  Here’s what we’re looking for:
  • Fiction – 2,500 words max. There is no minimum.
  • Micro-fiction/flash fiction – 150 words max.
  • Novel Excerpts – 2,500 words max. There is no minimum. Novel excerpts must be self-contained (that is, they can be read on their own without the rest of the novel to give the reader context).
  • Poetry – Either 6 poems or 1,000 words max.
  • Plays – 10 pages max. Please use the standard play format: https://ptfaculty.gordonstate.edu/lking/CPF_play_formatting2.pdf
  • Nonfiction – 2,500 words max. This can include memoirs, creative nonfiction, news and feature articles, and essays.
  • Book reviews – 1,000 words max.
  • Videos – 6 minutes max. Videos must already be uploaded to YouTube and be free of copyright infringement.
  • Pictures – 6 images max. Please submit the images copied into a word file – if we like them, we will ask for the jpeg versions.
Submission Guidelines:
  • You must be 18 years old, or younger.
  • If you’re submitting anything but a play, video, or picture, then the work must be 12pt font throughout. Even the title.
  • Use a font that’s easy to read, like Arial or Times New Roman. Not comic sans. Please, oh please, not comic sans.
  • Double-space your lines and add a line after each paragraph.
  • Put your last name in the header and page numbers in the footer.
  • STICK TO THE WORD LIMIT. If you send us something that’s too long, we won’t have time to look at it.
  • Make sure that the document you send can be opened on any device. Word in compatibility mode is usually the safest bet – formats like Pages can’t be opened on a PC. Google Docs is also no good.

Manuscription Magazine, a new magazine that publishes only authors under 18, is looking for a talented young artist to design our cover! If you are under 18 and have skills in Photoshop or Indesign, we want to hear from you.

We’re looking for a clean, exciting design that captures the essence of a young writer’s creative process. Think about how you like to create – what are the steps you take? What does your desk look like, or is there a routine you follow whenever you sit down to start drawing/editing/designing? What tools do you use? What tools do you know that other people use? Use that as inspiration to make a cover that you’re proud of!

 

What we’re looking for:

- A strong, impactful, and dynamic visual.

- Originality. Think beyond clichés and typical visual metaphors, give us something that makes us go: “Wow, I never would have thought of that!

- Professionalism. The cover should look clean and striking, like the cover of a magazine you might find near the cashiers at your local supermarket. Also, make sure that you have ownership over any images that you use – no copyright infringement!

 

Things you’ll need to include:

- An image or photograph

- Our name, Manuscription Magazine

- Your name. Take well-deserved credit for your work!

 

If you win, you will be our feature cover for our first two issues. Plus, you'll have bragging rights as our first ever cover designer! If you’re shortlisted, you’ll still be featured on our website.

Please submit your cover idea as a Pdf – if we love it, we’ll ask you to send it through as an Indesign/Photoshop file and jpeg.

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

Enter your work of prose 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
  • 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.  

 

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 ‘Jagadhita’. Drawn from Balinese Philosophy, Jagadhita is the individual pursuit of universal harmony and prosperity as one of life’s primary goals, interpreted in English as ‘The World We Create’. 

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. 

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