It’s tough out there for a writer.
So here are a few things coming up that you should probably be aware of.
Hachette Australia Manuscript Development Program (QWC):
- Upto 10 writers will get to work with editors on their manuscripts with 3 places reserved for writers residing in Queensland.
- The program will run from 4 – 7 November 2016 in Brisbane, Queensland.
- Only unpublished and emerging fiction and non-fiction Australian resident writers can apply.
- Application deadline is 16 May 2016.
- Entries must be between 55,000 and 110,000 words and the following are NOT ELIGIBLE: sci-fi, fantasy, young adult, self-help, cookbooks, business, academic, educational, poetry, plays, short stories.
- Applications must include: first 50 pages of the MS + one page synopsis + entry fee of $50 AUD.
- Upon shortlisting, the full MS must be submitted within 72 hours.
- Application guidelines and forms and terms and conditions are here.
Allen & Unwin/Vogel Awards 2016:
- Open to Australian fiction and non-fiction, memoir, Australian biography and history writers that are under 35 years old on 31 May 2016.
- The deadline is 31 May 2016.
- Submissions must include full MS between 30,000 and 100,000 words in English.
- Entry fee is $25 AUD.
- Allen & Unwin will publish the winning entry and have exclusive worldwide publishing rights.
- The MS cannot be under submission elsewhere and no more than 10% of it should have been published previously.
- The winner gets $20,000 AUD as an advance against royalties.
- Application information and guidelines are here.
Richell Prize 2016:
- Only unpublished Australian resident writers can enter.
- The deadline is 1 June 2016.
- The winner gets $10,000 AUD + mentoring for a year from an editor.
- Submission must include the first three chapters of the MS + one page synopsis on direction of work and how the author will benefit from the prize.
- Hachette Australia gets first option on publishing the winner and any other entries.
Small Wonder Short Story Festival Writer in Residence, UK:
- Deadline to apply is 6 May 2016.
- Writer in residence gets to attend festival in East Sussex at Vanessa Bell’s home for free from 28 September to 2 October 2016.
- £250 stipend + local travel, meals, per diems and hospitality are included/paid for.
- Travel to the UK, visas, insurance and accommodation not paid for/included.
- The writer must produce a short work after the festival related to the setting and will retain copyright but the British Council will be able to use it for promotional material, websites and social media.
- The writer will get mentoring from a UK literary professional after the festival.
- Application information is here.
Contribute to Chicken Soup for the Soul books:
- Writers can submit stories for the collections by theme before each deadline.
- The next deadline is 30 April 2016.
- If published, writers will receive $200 USD per piece + 10 free copies of the book one month after publication.
- Writers, if accepted, will get a response within 60 days of submission and rejection notices are not sent.
- Submission details can be found here.
Good luck and if you know of any upcoming prizes and opportunities, let me know in the comments or on Twitter.