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.

Stringybark Open Short Story Award 2023: more than 1500 words, on any topic, but must include a link to Australia and for over 16s. Closing date: 11.59pm AEST 12 February 2023

The Text Prize for Young Adult and Children’s Writing: Annual $10,000 prize awarded to an outstanding unpublished manuscript. Eligible writers can also enter the Steph Bowe Mentorship for Young Writers, an initiative designed to nurture and encourage a writer under the age of 25. Closes Monday 20 February. Enter here. https://www.textpublishing.com.au/text-prize

Wheeler Centre (Melbourne) Applications are now open for the 2023 Hot Desk Fellowships, generously supported by the Readings Foundation and Just Pretending theatre group. Offering a $1,250 stipend and workspace in the Wheeler Centre over a ten-week period, these fellowships have been created to provide emerging writers with the space to write and create – and the opportunity to meet, network and work with the Wheeler Centre’s resident organisations. Closes 27 February 2023. Info: https://buff.ly/3RjSyiI

Williamstown Literary Festival four annual writing prizes. Closing date: 10 March 2023.

  • The Young Adas Short Story Prize 2023, for writers aged 14–18 from the western suburbs
  • The Ada Cambridge Biographical Prose Prize 2023 open to Victorian writers aged 18+
  • The Ada Cambridge Poetry Prize 2023 open to Victorian writers aged 18+
  • The Jennifer Burbidge Short Story Award 2023 for writing that involves the theme of disability in an Australian setting. It is open to entrants from anywhere in Australia. Stories can be fiction or non-fiction

International conference – Crime Fiction and Democracy. Université Paris Nanterre 22-23 June 2023. Organised by the Centre de Recherches Anglophones (Université Paris Nanterre) and Queen’s University Belfast, in partnership with the Centre de recherches pluridisciplinaires multilingues (Université Paris Nanterre).

Anthology short story competition for original and previously unpublished short stories in the English language by a writer of any nationality, living anywhere in the world. Closing date: 31 August 2023.

Anthology poetry competition for original and previously unpublished poems in the English language. Closing date: 31 October 2023.

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