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Open date: Monday 6 May 2019

Close date: 4pm (AEDT), Monday 3 June 2019

Writers Victoria is pleased to announce that applications are now open for the eleventh Grace Marion Wilson Emerging Writers Competition. Short story or creative non-fiction submissions of between 2,000 and 3,000 words are being accepted from emerging Victorian writers with no more than three stories or articles published in a recognised book, magazine or journal.

Winners of each category will receive a $1,000 cash prize, with second prizes of $250 awarded to one runner-up in each category. The first and second prize entries will also be published in the October/November issue of 'The Victorian Writer' magazine.

A $500 prize and publication in the October/November issue of 'The Victorian Writer' will also be awarded to the highest placed Writers Victoria member from regional Victoria in either category (Fiction and Non-Fiction). To be considered for the Best Regional Writer prize, you must be a member of Writers Victoria and live within Victoria, further than 50km from Melbourne's CBD. Note that the topic of your piece is not restricted to regional Victoria.

For more information, please visit writersvictoria.org.au


2019 Grace Marion Wilson Emerging Writers Competition - Fiction - Terms and Conditions

1. Applicants must be 18 or over and be residents of Victoria. 

2. Work must be between 2,000 and 3,000 words. 

3. Applications must be submitted online in either Word or PDF format; hard copy submissions will not be accepted.

4. Applications will be judged anonymously. Please don’t include your name in the attachment.

5. Applicants must be emerging writers with no more than three stories or articles published in a book, magazine or journal.

6. Entries will be independently judged. The judges’ decision will be final and no correspondence will be entered into.

7. First and second prize entries will be published in a special edition of 'The Victorian Writer' due for publication in October 2019, and agreement for publication is a condition of entry. 

8. The Best Regional Writer prize entry will be published in a special edition of 'The Victorian Writer' due for publication in October 2019, and agreement for publication is a condition of entry.

9. The entries must not have been published or accepted for publication by a recognised publisher, in print or online. (Please note: this does not include community publications, local independent publications, or blogs. If your piece has been published in such a publication, you are still eligible to enter the competition.  Pieces that have already been published in 'The Victorian Writer' are not eligible for entry.)

10. Winners in our previous competitions (2008–2018, both first and second prizes) are not eligible to re-enter. 

11. Entry is free for financial members of Writers Victoria or $20 for non-members. Become a member here or pay the non-member entry fee here

12. Writers Victoria is unable to accept entries or notify entrants who do not follow entry guidelines.

13. Participants may submit a maximum of one entry per category. 

14. WV staff or Committee of Management members are not eligible to apply.

15. To be considered for the Best Regional Writer prize, you must be a member of Writers Victoria and live within Victoria, further than 50km from Melbourne's CBD.

16.  Late entries will not be accepted. Please make sure to submit your piece through the online form (emailed submissions will also not be accepted) by 4pm AEDT on Monday 3 June 2019.  

17. The Fiction category is for Young Adult and Adult fiction. Middle Grade, Children's Fiction, or Picture Books are not eligible for entry. 

Open date: Monday 6 May 2019
Close date: 4pm (AEDT), Monday 3 June 2019

Writers Victoria is pleased to announce that applications are now open for the eleventh Grace Marion Wilson Emerging Writers Competition. Short story or creative non-fiction submissions of between 2,000 and 3,000 words are being accepted from emerging Victorian writers with no more than three stories or articles published in a recognised book, magazine or journal.

Winners of each category will receive a $1,000 cash prize, with second prizes of $250 awarded to one runner-up in each category. The first and second prize entries will also be published in the October/November issue of 'The Victorian Writer' magazine.

A $500 prize and publication in the October/November issue of 'The Victorian Writer' will also be awarded to the highest placed Writers Victoria member from regional Victoria in either category (Fiction and Non-Fiction). To be considered for the Best Regional Writer prize, you must be a member of Writers Victoria and live within Victoria, further than 50km from Melbourne's CBD. Note that the topic of your piece is not restricted to regional Victoria.

For more information, please visit writersvictoria.org.au


2019 Grace Marion Wilson Emerging Writers Competition - Non-Fiction - Terms and Conditions
1. Applicants must be 18 or over and be residents of Victoria.
2. Work must be between 2,000 and 3,000 words.
3. Applications must be submitted online in either Word or PDF format; hard copy submissions will not be accepted.
4. Applications will be judged anonymously. Please don’t include your name in the attachment.
5. Applicants must be emerging writers with no more than three stories or articles published in a book, magazine or journal.
6. Entries will be independently judged. The judges’ decision will be final and no correspondence will be entered into.
7. First and second prize entries will be published in a special edition of 'The Victorian Writer' due for publication in October 2019, and agreement for publication is a condition of entry.
8. The Best Regional Writer prize entry will be published in a special edition of 'The Victorian Writer' due for publication in October 2019, and agreement for publication is a condition of entry.
9. The entries must not have been published or accepted for publication by a recognised publisher, in print or online. (Please note: this does not include community publications, local independent publications, or blogs. If your piece has been published in such a publication, you are still eligible to enter the competition. Pieces that have already been published in 'The Victorian Writer' are not eligible for entry.)
10. Winners in our previous competitions (2008–2018, both first and second prizes) are not eligible to re-enter.
11. Entry is free for financial members of Writers Victoria or $20 for non-members. Become a member here or pay the non-member entry fee here.
12. Writers Victoria is unable to accept entries or notify entrants who do not follow entry guidelines.
13. Participants may submit a maximum of one entry per category.
14. WV staff or Committee of Management members are not eligible to apply.
15. To be considered for the Best Regional Writer prize, you must be a member of Writers Victoria and live within Victoria, further than 50km from Melbourne's CBD.

16.  Late entries will not be accepted. Please make sure to submit your piece through the online form (emailed submissions will also not be accepted) by 4pm AEDT on Monday 3 June 2019.  

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.

Themes

(2019)

  • Feb–March: Writing for kids/YA – deadline 30 Dec
  • April–May: Writing place – deadline 27 Feb
  • Jun–Jul: Beginnings – deadline 27 Apr
  • Aug–Sep: Community – deadline 27 Jun

Submission Guidelines

We accept non-fiction, articles and extracts up to 2000 words.

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.

Publication rates

Member submissions – $75–$125

Commissions – $150–$250

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


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