Writers Victoria supports and connects all types of writers at all stages of their writing careers. Find out more about our courses and workshops, magazine, mentorships or manuscript assessments, how we can provide inspiration, information or advice, or how to become part of a vibrant literary community as a member of Writers Victoria. 

Writers Victoria welcomes pitches and submissions to our in-house print magazine ‘The Victorian Writer’.

We strongly advise all who submit that they read the most recent issues of ‘The Victorian Writer’ to acquaint themselves with material the magazine has previously published, and check out our upcoming themes.


We are currently accepting submissions to the following issue/s:


  • Dec–Feb (Summer edition): Recovery – personal or planetary, pre- or post-pandemic; recovered memories/stories/culture/history; re-writing; rediscovered literary classics – deadline Mon 26 Oct 2020

Submission Guidelines

We accept non-fiction, articles and extracts of 800–1,600 words (1,200 words is ideal), with particular interest in the craft of writing and the writing life.

Submissions of fiction and memoir are open to Writers Victoria members only.

All submissions should include your name, contact information, as well as the title of your piece.

Please note, we do get many submissions and may not be able to respond with feedback in all instances.

Publication rates

  • Commissions: $150 (800 words) to $200 (up to 1,200 words)
  • Member submissions: $100 (800 words) to $150 (up to 1,200 words)
  • Poems: $50 (up to 50 lines) to $75 (up to 100 lines)

(Rates can vary depending on each issue's budget.)

Note that word length may be subject to editorial directives.

Open date: 9am (AEDT), Thursday 1 October 2020
Close date: 5pm (AEDT), Monday 16 November 2020

Applications are now open for the 2021 Hazel Rowley Literary Fellowship.

Now in its tenth year, the Fellowship commemorates the life, ideas and writing of Hazel Rowley (1951–2011) and awards $15,000 to an emerging or established Australian writer to support research and development of a new biographical work.

The Fellowship is open to Australian writers of biography but can also extend to include a writer working on an aspect of cultural or social history. It may be used to fund research or travel, to develop a new proposal, or to progress a manuscript for submission to potential publishers.

Judges will be looking for applicants who demonstrate excellence in the quality of their work, courage in their choice of project, and a passionate engagement with the world of ideas and the way that people live their lives. The subject of the biography needs to be someone who made a demonstrable contribution to society.

Applications close at 5pm on Monday 16 November 2020.


  • Applicants must be over 18 years of age.
  • Applicants must write in English.
  • Applicants must be Australian citizens (living anywhere) or permanent residents of Australia.
  • Joint applications for collaborative projects by more than one writer are not eligible.
  • The Fellowship will not cover tuition fees, research assistant salaries, or publishing subsidies.
  • Projects must be works of non-fiction biography or memoir (rather than biographical fiction). 
  • Where relevant, the work must comply with the Australia Council Protocols for Producing Indigenous Australian Writing.
  • Those shortlisted will be notified in January 2021 and the recipient will be notified in February before the public announcement in March 2021. 
  • The successful applicant will enter into an agreement to be negotiated with Writers Victoria and the Hazel Rowley Literary Fund Advisory Committee. The agreement will cover the project timeline, payment schedule and reporting requirements.
  • The Fellowship must be taken between 31 March 2021 and 1 September 2022. Funds may not be used retroactively towards money already spent on the project before receipt of the Fellowship. 
  • The Fellowship must be commenced and expended within 18 months of receipt of funds. (Please note that this is an extension of the Fellowship's usual 12-month period, due to the exceptional circumstances of COVID-19.)
  • The Fellowship recipient will be required to complete an artistic and financial report (acquittal) halfway through and at the completion of the project.
  • The Fellowship will be acknowledged in any publication resulting from the work supported during the Fellowship.
  • The Fellowship recipient will be asked to provide two copies of any subsequently published biography or work to the Hazel Rowley Literary Fund Advisory Committee.
  • The judges’ decision will be final. No correspondence will be entered into.


For more information, email Writers Victoria at admin@writersvictoria.org.au



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