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May 2019 | Submission opportunities in Australia

May (ongoing):  The Big Issue Magazine: Streetsheet Poetry. Poems up to 150 words from anyone who has experienced homelessness, marginalisation or disadvantage. Details: or email

MAY 1 (opening):                 Scum Magazine. Feminist-friendly poems up to 50 lines, maximum 3 poems, emailed to: Send as a word document attachment before May 7.  Details:

MAY 1 (closing):                   Plumwood Mountain Journal. Submit to the August 2019 issue: Intersecting Energies: Location, Gender and Climate, edited by Anne Elvey. Submit up to 3 poems, no more than 50 lines each, via email. For more details:

MAY 5 (closing):                   Cordite Journal Issue 91: NO THEME VIII, with poetry guest-edited by Nathan Curnow. Submit up to 3 poems (prose, comics, visual, concrete). Details:

MAY 6 (closing):                   Overland Writing Residencies, Supported by Overland Journal and The Malcolm Robertson Foundation. Two residencies: one for women writers who are sole parents and one for First Nations writers. Both include a stipend for work on a book-length project, and mentorship. Free entry. Details:

May 10 (closing):                   Stilts Journal Issue 4. Send up to 3 poems, contact details and 50 word bio in word document to For more details:

MAY 20 (closing):                 The Heroines Anthology 2019 (The Neo Perennial Press): Up to three poems from writers who are, or who strongly identify as, women. Previously published work accepted. Details and submission form:

MAY 21 (closing, 5pm):       The Ian Potter Cultural Trust Grants: Grants up to $10,000 to help emerging and early career artists with international professional development opportunities. For projects/travel after September 2019. Details:

MAY 31 (closing):                 Growing Up Disabled Anthology (Black Inc. Books): Poems up to 70 lines if based on lived experience by writers in Australia who identify as disabled, deaf or chronically ill (under the social model of disability). Details:


MAY 1 (opening):                 The $18,000 Fair Australia Prize. Poems up to 88 lines, with publication in Overland Journal 233. Free entry. For more details on themes and guidelines:


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