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  • Angus
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    Disclaimer: While the CSFG always attempts to identify promising opportunities for you, the CSFG has not necessarily vetted all or any of the opportunities posted in this thread.

    As always, please do you own due diligence to ensure you are satisfied that the opportunities listed are legitimate and are suited to your stories.

    Hey CSFGers

    This arrived in the CSFG webmails, and I thought I’d draw your attention to it:

    The twentieth annual Boroondara Literary Awards are now open! Entries close 5pm Friday 31 August 2018. This year’s competition is open-themed and is free to enter. The full Terms and Conditions and entry details are available on the website. http://www.boroondara.vic.gov.au/literary-awards

    As with anything here, make sure you do your own due diligence.



  • Felicity Banks
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    Anyone going to Gammacon next month in Canberra? I’ll be running a stall and grinning at the sight of so many nerds in my home town.

  • Angus
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    Hi guys – the below opportunity arrived through the CSFG email. It looks like it could be a good opportunity. Remember, as with anything posted here, do your due diligence. Details below:

    As you may know, opportunities for SF writers to be published in Australia have shrunk dramatically in recent years which is why we have established the imprint Fantastica and now this competition (Thanks to an anonymous patron who also bemoans the state of SciFi) Fantastica SF Writing Prize Fantastica, the spec fic imprint of Brio Books, has opened a new prize for SF writers. The competition is open to Australian and New Zealand writers, with a manuscript of 30,000 words or more. Prize: $2000 and publication. For full details, terms and conditions visit bit.ly/fantasticaprize Closing date: 1st February 2019

  • Angus
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    Alan Baxter alerted us to the following if anyone has a suitable short story:


    Thanks Alan for pointing this out.

  • Angus
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    The Best of Times short story competition #26 – Spring 2018
    For humorous short stories (any theme) up to 2500 words.
    First prize: $300-$500 (depending on number of entries), second prize: $100.
    Closes 31 Oct 2018.
    No entry form is required. Include a cover sheet with your name and address, story title and word count, and where you heard about the competition.
    Entry fee is $10 per story. Send a cheque or money order made out to Chris Broadribb or use Paypal to pay cabbook-26@yahoo.com
    Post your entry to PO Box 55, Blaxcell NSW 2142 (including a large SSAE if you want the story returned and a results sheet, or a small SSAE for results only) or email it to cabbook-26@yahoo.com
    Competition website: http://www.bestoftimes.com.au

  • leife.shallcross
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    Hi y’all

    Someone in a FB group I’m part of is looking for a SF/F novel MS to edit for her masters. She is particularly interested in works that incorporates use of a constructed language (ie one you’ve made up yourself) Here’s the sitch:

    I am currently undertaking my Masters in Professional Writing and Publishing with a focus for my project on Editing.
    As such, I’m looking for a manuscript to edit as part of my Master’s project next year.
    What I can offer you:
    -A professionally edited manuscript (edited under supervision)
    -Help to develop a query letter with the intent to submit to a publishing house (this second bit is still under discussion with my supervisor but will likely go forward to prove that I understand the publishing industry).
    What I’m looking for:
    -A science-fiction or fantasy manuscript that you feel is of a publishable standard.
    -Preferably you’ll incorporate the use of constructed language(s) that you’ve created yourself (i.e. conlangs)
    -Ideally, this will be your first novel.
    If you’re interested and meet the above criteria I’d like to invite you to submit a cover note so that my supervisor and I can choose a manuscript that we think will give me an opportunity to write my exegesis around it.
    Your cover note should be no more than 2 pages long and include:
    -a synopsis of your story (no more than 1 page)
    -the extent to which conlang is used (i.e. a few lines or a fully developed language or multiple languages)
    -the word count
    -any information about whether it is part of a series or a stand-alone piece
    -a brief background of yourself e.g. any awards you may have won, any relevant experience etc.
    Based on the cover notes I will then invite a few to submit their full manuscripts to review with my supervisor.
    As this is for my Master’s project, I will reiterate that you will not be expected to pay for the editing of your manuscript.

    Drop me a line if you think you have something you’d like to put forward & I’ll send you her email.


    Leife (leife[dot]shallcross[at]emailme[dot]com[dot]au)

  • Angus
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    Applications are open for @Writing NSW’s Speculative Fiction Festival 2019! Speculative fiction encompasses horror, dystopia, fantasy, sci-fi and so much more in-between. Festival director Keith Stevenson is looking for speakers and panel suggestions that are as diverse as the genre itself. If you’re a speculative fiction writer, editor, agent or publisher with a great idea, let us know! Apply before midnight 9 December: http://bit.ly/SpecFic19Callout

  • Angus
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    The Australian Science Fiction Foundation is seeking nominations for the 2019 A. Bertram Chandler Award

    To nominate someone whom you believe has made a significant contribution to Australian science fiction and/ or Australian fandom, write or email to the ASFF, P.O. Box 215 Forest Hill Vic 3131. Email address: awards@asff.org.au

    The nomination needs to detail the nominee’s achievements and why you consider the nominee worthy of the 2019 Award.

    The nomination need not be seconded, but it needs to have your name, as nominator on it, so that the ASFF can contact you if necessary.

    Nominees should be recognised members of the Australian speculative fiction community, whether in professional areas such as publishing or from the myriad fandoms that make up the scene.

    If accepted, nominations are added to the Chandler Awards Nominations List and considered by the Jury (usually the ASFF Committee). Nominations may be rolled over from year to year.

    The winner of the 2019 Chandler will be announced at Continuum 15, the 58th Australian Science Fiction Convention.

    James (Jocko) Allen, Awards Administrator. awards@asff.org.au

    2019 Affirm Press Mentorship Award — Focus on younger readers
    Now in its fifth year, the Affirm Press Mentorship Award will focus exclusively on Young Adult and middle-grade fiction (ages 10+) for entries to the 2019 award. The three winning submissions will receive a week’s residency and manuscript development at Varuna, with Affirm Press editors also in residence to provide in-depth manuscript development.

    Works already published via this program include Paula Keogh’s Stella Prize shortlisted lyrical memoir The Green Bell and Sonia Orchard’s outstanding novel Into the Fire.

    Applications for the award open on Monday 18 March and close on Tuesday 30 April.

    To find out more details about the award and how to apply, visit http://www.varuna.com.au/fellowships/affirm.

    The Best of Times short story competition #27 – Autumn 2019
    For humorous short stories (any theme) up to 2500 words.
    First prize: $300-$500 (depending on number of entries), second prize: $100.
    Closes 30 Apr 2019.
    No entry form is required. Include a cover sheet with your name and address, story title and word count, and where
    you heard about the competition.
    Entry fee is $10 per story. Send a cheque or money order made out to Chris Broadribb or use Paypal to pay cabbook-
    Post your entry to PO Box 55, Blaxcell NSW 2142 (including a large SSAE if you want the story returned and a results
    sheet, or a small SSAE for results only) or email it to cabbook-27@yahoo.com
    Competition website: http://www.bestoftimes.com.au

    Seniors Short Stories Volume 5 Project March 1 – May 22, 2019.

    The Department of Family and Community Services has again invited FAW to conduct a Short Story competition, this year 2019.

    The prize is publication in their next book, Seniors Stories Volume 5

    The Project Team is NSW State Committee Members: Colleen Parker, Maureen Kelly, Cate Plink and Narelle Noppert who have been working almost full-time for over a month under the watchful eye of President Trevar Langlands.

    The competition Terms and Conditions are published here. On behalf of Seniors Card we are encouraging seniors to write a short story. If you are already a NSW Seniors cardholder, that’s good. If not, please join, it is FREE. Visit the Seniors website, http://www.seniorscard.nsw.gov.au.

    FAW encourages new writers ‘to have a go’ by coaxing all NSW communities to share their stories. With help from our branches, this opportunity could again be amazing by inviting your community to participate.

    Six workshops will be held during March, April and May 2019 in Dubbo, Tamworth, Nowra, Wagga, Gosford and the NSW State Library in Macquarie Street, Sydney.

    Submissions open in March 2019 but if help is required to write a short story, attendance at a workshop will be the pathway. If you have family or friends in the nominated country areas, please share the workshop details with them.

    EAW members as well as writers everywhere are encouraged to attend the workshops. An extra opportunity is available this year with typewritten and handwritten entries being accepted. See the Terms and Conditions for details. The competition offers one hundred successful writers publication of their story in Seniors Short Story Volume 5.

    The short story theme is: Love Your Life

  • louise
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    An opportunity for women writers telling speculative and historical stories about women is The Heroines Anthology 2019: open for submissions of poetry and prose (max 3000 words) until 20 May.

    They are particularly keen on reimagined myths, fairy tales, folklore and legends.

    The Neo Perennial Press is based in Wollongong and will launch the anthology as part of the Heroines Women’s Writing Festival in Thirroul in September.

    I had a story published in the 2018 anthology and they were lovely people to work with.

    Check out their site for details and the submission form.

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