If you are looking to submit your work over the next few weeks then here are a few opportunities for you.
Movellas, Random House Australia and the Sony Reader store have joined forces to find the best young Australian writing superstar. The icing on the cake? One talented writer could win a publishing contract!
Free to enter and open to writers aged between 13 and 19 years, this competition may see one young Australian superstar be given the opportunity to receive an exclusive publishing contract with Random House Australia.
Here's how to enter:
1) Sign up or sign in to Movellas, create your profile and explore the site and apps.
2) When you are ready, create a new movella and upload the first three chapters of your novel (no more than three at this point!). Click the BIG GREEN BUTTON in the top right corner to enter the movella into the contest.
3) If you want to enter a movella you’ve already created on the site, that’s fine! You just need to remove it from the site, then re-upload the first three chapters only.
4) Don’t forget to check out tips and literary advice from other Movellians and authors to help make your entry a winner.
5) NOW THE IMPORTANT PART: those first three chapters are great for feedback and seeing what the Movellas community think of your idea, but once you have summed up the courage, email your full length novel (40,000 + words) to email@example.com to be in with a chance of being the Sony Young Movellist of the Year, Australia.
Closing date is May 1.
This award, inaugurated in 2009, is for short fiction inspired by Austen’s novels and has attracted entries from all over the world.
The two previous competitions were judged by celebrity novelists Sarah Waters and Michèle Roberts and resulted in the publication of anthologies entitled ‘Dancing with Mr Darcy’ and ‘Wooing Mr Wickham’. First prize is $750
The closing date is the 31st March 2014.
This is open to all and encourages entrants from both published and unpublished writers. There are two key requirements – the first is that this must be an UNPUBLISHED short story; the second that it fits Margery’s definition of a mystery:
“The Mystery remains box-shaped, at once a prison and a refuge. Its four walls are, roughly, a Crime, a Mystery, an Enquiry and a Conclusion with an Element of Satisfaction in it.”
The winner will receive £1,000 as well as other prizes to be announced nearer the time. Stories must be no longer than 3,500 words and must be submitted before 4:00pm on Sunday, 16th March 2014.
Awarded annually to the best manuscript written for young adults and children, the Text Prize has unearthed extraordinary, multi-award-winning novels and launched international publishing careers. The winner receives $10,000 and a publishing contract with Text Publishing.
The submission dates are Monday 3 March – Friday 4 April 2014.
A new digital-first romance imprint for readers aged 15+.
The Hooked digital-first imprint will publish stories for readers aged 15+ that are full of romance, love, lust, tension, suspense and fantastic characters. If a story is selected for publishing, RHA will contact the author directly. Senior editors at RHA will then work with the author to bring the story through the editing and publication process, with the aim of publishing the story digitally in 2013 or 2014. Authors who are published will receive a standard royalty.
Up to five $35,000 fellowships are awarded annually. Fellowship recipients are expected to complete at least one original feature film screenplay during the Fellowship year. Fellowship payments are subject to satisfactory progress of the recipient’s work, as judged by the Academy Nicholl Fellowships Committee. Fellowship recipients, selected from approximately ten finalists in the competition, are announced in October. The winners are invited to participate in awards week ceremonies and seminars in November.
Early Bird Deadline - Until 5 pm PT on February 28, the entry fee is $35.
Regular Deadline - Until 5 pm PT on April 10, the entry fee is $50.
Late (and Final) Deadline - Until 5 pm PT on May 1, the entry fee is $65.
Koala Books - Picture Book Festival of Potential
10–28 February 2014
The team at Koala Books, an imprint of Scholastic Australia, invite creative Australians to submit picture book manuscripts and illustration portfolios during February 2014.
We are looking for new picture book texts by Australian creators. These stories should appeal to readers aged 2–7 and fit within a 24-page picture book structure (which means they will usually be shorter than 600 words). We prefer simple stories with a strong narrative arc, memorable characters and relatable themes.
If you are an Australian writer and feel that your picture book manuscript might suit our list, please paste your manuscript into the body of an email along with a paragraph about yourself. (No attachments, please.) Include the words ‘Festival of Potential’ and the title of your manuscript in the subject line, then send your email to Koala_Submissions@scholastic.com.au by 28 February 2014. If you wish to submit several manuscripts, please send them in separate emails.
Published authors and illustrators of at least one book for children or young adults are invited to apply for a 2015 May Gibbs Children’s Literature Trust Creative Time Residential (CTR) Fellowship.
The aim of our CTR Fellowships is to enable children's authors and illustrators to take up one-month residencies to concentrate intensively on their work and to advance their creative skills. Residencies are away from home in rent – free accommodation provided by the Trust.
Fellows may also provide a stimulus to co-creators, expand their industry networks and contribute to the appreciation of children's literature in the communities they visit.
Applications open on March 3 2014, closing on Wednesday April 30 2014.
For an application cover form, details of how to assemble your application and further information contact Sally Chance, National Program Coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org
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