Opportunities for Poets

Be Part of Poetry Month

  • Our Poetry Month Calendar is designed to celebrate the incredible range of poetic voices, communities and curators across the continent throughout Poetry Month. The Calendar warmly invites all Australian arts organisations and community groups to submit their August events for possible inclusion in the Calendar — Submit your event here

Opportunities for Poets

  • The Inaugural Mercedes Webb-Pullman Poetry Award is inviting New Zealand and Australian writers to enter one previously-unpublished poem on the topic of REBELLION with a prize of $500 NZD — Closing Saturday, 20 July
  • Nakata Brophy Short Fiction and Poetry Prize for Young Indigenous Writers recognises the talent of young Indigenous writers across Australia. First prize includes $5000, an optional writing residency at Trinity College, and publication of the successful piece in Overland - Closing Saturday, 27 July
  • The Hachette Australia Prize for Young Writers is open to to Australian secondary school-aged students across the nation - Closing Wednesday, 31 July
  • The Marrow is open for submissions for Issue Two, which will be published in October 2024 — Closing Wednesday, 31 July
  • Holmgren Design is thrilled to announce the launch of The 2024 Venie Holmgren Environmental Poetry Prize offering a major prize of AUD$1000 — Closing Sunday, 4 August 2024
  • FAW Tasmania 2024 Beatrice Clarke Award for Young Poets 14 and under is accepting poems up to 40 lines - Closing Saturday, 13 August
  • FAW Tasmania 2024 Poetry Prize is accepting poems up to 60 lines, with a $150 first prize - Closing Saturday, 31 August
  • KSP Poetry Competition is accepting poems up to 50 lines - Closing Wednesday, 25 September
  • The Letter Review Prize for Poetry is accepting poetry up to 70 lines, with a prize pool of $1000 USD - Closing Tuesday, 1 October
  • Uplift is inviting poets, poetry groups, organisations, festival, publishers, journals or websites to join their community — Open for submissions, no closing date specified

Journal and Anthology Submissions

  • Splinter: Writer SA has announced their new literary journal, Splinter, with submissions now open for its inaugural issue - Closing Monday, 22 July
  • Voiceworks is now open for submissions to issue #133 'Loaf' - Poetry submissions closing Sunday, 28 July
  • Creatrix Poetry is accepting submissions for up to two unpublished and original poems up to 60 lines - Ongoing
  • UNSW Press: Open for submissions — No closing date specified
  • Portside Review: Submissions — Open year round
  • Overland: Submissions — Ongoing
  • Westerly: Submissions — Currently open

Residencies and Fellowships

  • The Hage Award for First Nations Writers, established by Sweatshop Literacy Movement, will provide income, mentoring and residencies for two emerging writers from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander backgrounds to each develop their debut manuscripts - Closing Monday, 12 August 2024
  • Varuna has a range of Residential Fellowship opportunities currently open, including:

Workshops and Writing Courses

  • Structuring Poetry with Andy Jackson is a new poetry writing course from Kill Your Darlings. Cost: $169 (10% discount for KYD members) —Open now
  • Adelaide Hills Council is inviting writers for several writing workshops as part of Winter Words 2024 invites writers to 'Finding and Celebrating Your Voice' workshop — Various dates across June, July and August
  • Writing NSW invites writers to the 5-month course Online Feedback: Poetry with Ivy Ireland — Starting Monday, 15 July 2024
  • Varuna has a range of online courses currently available, including:

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