Opportunities, competitions and workshops

We love seeing Sisters in Crime members succeed – submit your story or novel to a publisher or competition here:

Big Sky Publishers: Call out for true crime manuscript submissions
For further information on how to submit, click here.

The 2024 Ned Kelly Awards are open. Categories are Best Crime Fiction, Best Debut Crime Fiction, Best True Crime, and Best International Crime Fiction (published in Australia). Applies to books published from 1 March 2023 to 29 February 2024. Entry fee $50. Closes Monday 15 April 15, 2024 More info here.

2024 Emerging Writers’ Awards (previously the Monte Miller Awards). Open to screen and stage writers with an unproduced script of any genre across film, television, theatre, audio, and interactive. The winning writers in both categories will receive $5000 in prize money, and their scripts will be made eligible for the Australian Writers’ Guild’s Pathways Showcase. Applications close 17 April 2024. Info here.

Writers opportunity: Publishable is Queensland Writers Centre’s annual national manuscript development program for emerging writers. Accepts submissions of complete, unpublished manuscripts. Longlisted writers take part in a tailored development program; shortlisted writers receive mentorship pitch interviews with matched publishers and agents. Opportunities for feedback and development are available for all applicants. Guidelines here. Applications here. Closes 14 May.

Slinkies 2024 call-out: Calling emerging writers – under 30 years of age? Slinkies is looking for your writing. Prose in under 10,000 words, of absolutely any genre or style to publish and promote in the annual anthology of carefully hand-selected submissions. Closes 31 May, 2024. Info here.

ARA Historical Novel Prize. Now offering $150,000 in the prize pool with the overall winner of the adult category receiving $100,000 and the overall children and young adult category winner taking home $30,000. A prize of $5000 will be awarded to two shortlisted authors in each category. Open to novels in which the majority of the narrative must have taken place at least 50 years before publication. Closes 12 June. Info here.

Anthology Creative Competitions 2024: Prizes for original, unpublished short stories, written in English with a maximum of 1,500 words. 1st: €1,000; 2nd €250; 3rd €150. Entry fees: Early bird fee – €15: December – March 2024; Standard fee: €18: April – July 2024. Closes 31 July. Info here.

Want to submit an opportunity, competition, or workshop? Email us here.