2017 – a year of shorts and competitions

As an easily dissuaded and disheartened person, I infrequently submit work and enter writing competitions and then feel bad about myself when I’m not published or shortlisted (on reflection, it’s possible I do this just to have an excuse to sad-eat later). I don’t write very much short stuff because a) I only recently understood what an essay actually was, and b) it’s hard to hide all the flaws in short fiction. But I would like to. Competitions have deadlines and the allure of prizes and some of them have judges so exceptional that the prize becomes their reading the work at all. Journals have readers and sometimes readers might read something short and then buy that writer’s novel(s).

So, I’ve decided that in 2017 I’m going to focus on writing short and sending wide. I’ve enrolled in Writers Victoria’s Advanced Short Story Clinic, which should help me to produce and workshop five stories. And this is my in-progress accountability list – all the places I’m planning to pitch or submit to and competitions I’m going to enter. Once I do, I’ll come back and update the list with the name of the piece I’ve sent. It might even form a handy list for other people who also want to do this. In fact, it would be totally great if we had a buddy system.


= not submitted

= accepted

= rejected

= withdrawn

Publication Piece submitted Notes
The Lifted Brow (non-fiction) “In Pursuit of Nostalgia” Coming in TLB33
Mogford Hotels and Restaurants Group short story prize (Mary freaking Berry is a judge!)
Closes 15 January 2017
Brutalised by five January deadlines – not entered
Nature Writing Prize
Closes 27 January 2017
Ricketts Point shells/sanctuary**
(This idea will still work for another piece!)
Not entered
Granta (fiction and non-fiction)
Fiction open 16 January – 16 February
Non-fiction 24 April – 24 May
“The Tourists” *** Sent 14/2
Newcastle Short Story Award
Closes 6 February 2017
“The man who lost his wife in a shell” Entered 6/2
Island
Submissions close 16 April 2017
“The Tourists” *** Sent 23/1
The Stella Kupferberg Memorial Short Story Prize (Lauren Groff judging)
Closes 1 March 2017
“Doppelgänger” <= 750 words
Entered 21/1
Calibre Essay Prize
Closes 15 March 2017
Child-onset schizophrenia
The Lifted Brow (fiction)
Closes 14 February 2017
“Albatross” ***  Sent 2/2
The New Yorker “The Tourists” Sent 15/1
The New Yorker “Albatross” *** Sent 2/3
Kill Your Darlings “The small air pockets of a Victoria sponge” *** Sent 23/1
ABR Eucalypt Fellowship
Closes 10 March 2017
“Living with giants: the tradition and future of Australian eucalypts” Sent 20/2
Josephine Ulrick Literature Prize
Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize
Closes 10 April 2017
Commonwealth Short Story Prize
Overland “The small air pockets of a Victoria sponge” *** Sent 4/2
Peter Carey Short Story Award
Closes 31 March 2017
The Big Issue (fiction edition)
Closes 5 June 2017
Tin House
Submission period not yet announced
Ploughshares
Opens 1 June 2017
Harper’s
Rolling submissions
Iowa Review
Opens 1 September 2017
Boston Review
Closes 1 May 2017
Special issue – Global dystopias, Junot Diaz (!!) editing
Sent “Albatross” (my first ever dystopian fiction)
 Sent 8/3

** in progress
*** simultaneous submission

PhD Altered States: truthful unreliable minds in contemporary Australian storytelling Proposed!