We recently asked our Facebook followers which Australian writers they knew and liked. The responses included many familiar names – Peter Carey, Kate Grenville and Tim Winton and others. While these are all, of course, very fine writers, there are many more fantastic authors from our homeland that we would love for our readers to know about.

Here are just some of the great books published in Australia recently, all of which have won major prizes.

Foreign Soil by Maxine Beneba Clarke
Winner of the ABIA Literary Fiction Book of the Year

In this collection of award-winning stories, Melbourne writer Maxine Beneba Clarke has given a voice to the disenfranchised, the lost, the downtrodden and the mistreated. It will challenge you, it will have you by the heartstrings. This is contemporary fiction at its finest.

 

The Bush: Travels in the Heart of Australia by Don Watson
Winner of the Indie Book of the Year 

A milestone work of memoir, travel writing and history, The Bush takes us on a profoundly revelatory and entertaining journey through the Australian landscape and character.

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15 Short Story Competitions to Enter Before the Year of the Year

Boston Review’s Aura Estrada Short Story Contest
is one of three contests run each year by the literary magazine.The winner of the contest will receive US$1500 and have his or her work published in the July/August 2016 issue of Boston Review. The runners-up stories may also be published. Entries close 1 October.

Calvino Prize
is an annual fiction competition sponsored by the Creative Writing Program at the University of Louisville. The prize is awarded for writing in the fabulist experimentalist style of Italo Calvino. First prize is US$1500 and publication in Salt Hill Journal. Stories must be less than 25 pages in length. Entries close 14 October.

Margaret River Short Story Writing Competition
is open to all authors of any age or nationality. Winning and shortlisted stories will be selected for publication. First prize is valued at AUD$1000 and includes $500 cash and $500 contribution towards an airfare to attend the Margaret River Readers and Writers Festival in Western Australia plus a two-week residency in Margaret River to be taken up at any time .Entries close 14 October.

London Magazine
is England’s oldest literary periodical, with a history stretching back to 1732. Entries for the magazine’s prestigious short story competition are welcomed from writers around the world. The winner will receive £500 and publication. Entries close 31 October.

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Publication Opportunities for Writers in June and July 2015

Over 40 publication opportunities for both established and emerging writers.

Please check the relevant websites for all terms and conditions. 

McSweeney’s Quarterly
is currently accepting unsolicited submissions of fiction and non-fiction. There are no style restrictions and McSweeney’s are keen to discover and nurture new and developing writers, but writers should be aware that the response time can be fairly lengthy.

Paper and Ink Zine
is seeking submissions for a forthcoming issue on the theme Childhood.  It accepts short stories, poetry, flash fiction, memoirs and more up to 1500 words Submissions close 1 June.

The Quotable
is a quarterly print and online publication. Submissions for its 17th issue on the theme Accommodation close on 1 June. They are seeking flash fiction (up to 1000 words), short fiction (up to 3000 words), and creative non-fiction (up to 3000 words), as well as poetry and art.

Oxford American
welcomes fiction, non-fiction, and poetry submissions, as well as proposals for Points South and feature articles. Submissions for the Fall 2015 issue close on 1 June.

Literary Journal of the Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library
is accepting submissions for its fourth annual issue. The theme is social justice. The journal accepts submissions of poetry, creative non-fiction, short fiction, original artwork, and/or photography related to the theme. The deadline is 1 June.

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Publication Opportunities for Writers: May and June 2015

Over 50 publication opportunities for both established and emerging writers.

Please check the relevant websites for all terms and conditions. 

The O. Henry Prize Stories
is an annual collection of the year’s twenty best stories published in American and Canadian magazines. Entries must be submitted by the magazine’s editors and should reach the series editor, Laura Furman, by 1 May. The 20 stories selected for the 2014 O. Henry Prize collection are available here.

Prairie Schooner
was established in 1926. Its intention is to publish the best writing available, both from beginning and established writers. Submissions close 1 May.

Diverse Voices Quarterly
aims to be an outlet for and by everyone: every age, race, gender, sexual orientation and religious background. Submissions received by 1 May will be considered for the August/September issue.

Southampton Review
is dedicated to “discovering new voices and visions while savoring long-standing favorites”. Some of the established writers it has published include Billy Collins, Meg Wolitzer, Frank McCourt and David Rakoff. The current reading period closes on 1 May.

Pilcrow & Dagger
is accepting submissions for its July 2015 issue. The theme is A Mid Summer’s Night Dream and pieces may be up to 5000 words.

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 Opportunities for Writers in April and May 2015

Over 60 publication opportunities for both established and emerging writers.

Please check the relevant websites for all terms and conditions. 

Granta
is one of the world’s most prestigious literary magazines. It publishes fiction, non-fiction and poetry. There are no strict word limits, though most prose submissions are between 3000 and 6000 words and the editors advise they are unlikely to read more than 10,000 words of any submission. Closes 1 April.

Irish Literary Review
is an online publication for new poetry and short fiction from Ireland and around the world.  Flash fiction should be under 500 words, fiction should be no shorter than 1500 words and no longer than 3000 words and poems should not exceed 40 lines. The current reading period closes 1 April.

Masters Review
will reopen submissions for its ‘New Voices’ series on 1 April. New Voices are published online and a number of stories from new authors are featured each month. Submissions are open to any new or emerging author who has not published a work of fiction or narrative nonfiction of novel length and writers are paid 10 cents per word up to $200.

Glass Press of the Future
is seeking submissions to publish on flash drives. The editors will consider anything that can go on a flash drive, but the project specialises in poetry, screen shots, gifs, video, and found text.

BBC Writersroom
is accepting unsolicited comedy scripts until 2 April.  Writers may be non-British-born, but must be a current resident of the UK or Republic of Ireland.

Cordite Review and The Lifted Brow
are accepting submission of flash fiction (up to 500 words) and poetry for special issues of both publications. These issues will feature original works selected by guest editor Luke Davis, as well as re-worked, translated, covered, adapted or wholly reconsidered versions of those initial works done by a new author, artist, auteur, game designer etc. Submissions close 5 April.

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