Australian independent book publisher Dark Prints Press is looking for novellas of 15,000 to 40,000 words within the dark fiction rainbow. This includes:
- Dark Fantasy
- Dark Comedy
- Any work with a dark or supernatural element
According to their website:
Payment is as follows:
- E-Book Series: AUD$100 advance, 40% royalty on a list price of $3.99
- Print Series: Additional AUD$100 advance, 20% royalty on RRP $7.99
The Cancer Council Victoria has announced their Cancer Council Arts Awards 2012.
They are looking for short stories of up to 1,000 words and poetry of up to 300 words. Short stories will be short listed by Antipodes and judged by Arnold Zable. Poetry will be short listed by Australian Poetry and judged by Dr. Jennifer Harrison.
The theme for 2012 is Strength. It takes strength to face a diagnosis of cancer. Whether directly affected or by supporting a loved one, many will draw on their inner strength to help them through such a difficult time.
Outstanding entries are awarded $1,000. Highly commended and commended prizes will also receive awards.
The submission deadline is 5 pm, 27 April 2012.
Visit their website for more details and submission guidelines at artsawards.com.au.
The Society of Women Writers of Tasmania (SWWT) has launched its 2012 short story competition.
They are looking for 1500-2000 word short stories on any topic. Entries must include the word ‘Tasmania’ somewhere in the story. Submissions are open to all writers within Australia.
Winners will be presented with cash prizes:
- First Prize: $250 plus trophy
- Second Prize: $100
- Third Prize: $50
- High Commended Entries: Certificates
The entry fee is $5.00 per entry.
The submission deadline is 1 May 2012. Winners will be announced on the SWWT web page on 3 July 2012.
Visit their website for more details and submission guidelines at swwt.org.au. You can also contact the President/Secretary on 03 6362 2850.
Voiceless, the animal protection institute, has announced the “The Voiceless Writing Prize,” sponsored by Australian Ethical Investment. There is “a total prize pool of well over $20,000 to writers who compellingly address the relationship between humans and animals, and animal sentience.”
The contest is looking for fiction and non-fiction pieces of 5-10,000 words with a focus on animals raised for food or those found in the Australian environment.
The best work will be published by Australia’s largest independent publisher, Allen & Unwin, in 2012.
“The winner chosen by the judging panel will receive $15,000, while the public will vote for the People’s Choice to receive $5,000. Voiceless Councillor Deborah Debnam together with Peter Debnam have sponsored the People’s Choice for 2012, 2013, and 2014. All writers published in the collection will receive $500.”
The submission deadline is 16 March 2012.
Visit their website for more details and submission guidelines at voiceless.org.au.
Stringybark Stories hosts a number of contests for genres including speculative fiction, flash fiction, and erotic fiction. Recently, they have put out a call for submissions for their Stringybark Short Story Award 2011.
For the Stringybark Short Story Award contest, they are looking for, “any story, written by anyone, of any genre that has some reference to Australia,” in 1,400 words or less.
Winners will be published in their next paper back collection of short stories and win cash prizes.
- First Prize: $300
- Second Prize: $125
- Third Prize: $50
The submission deadline is 18 December 2011.
Visit their website for more details and submission guidelines at stringybarkstories.net.
Thanks to Mat Clarke for sharing this information.