Ends on January 15, 2017

About The Kat Muscat Fellowship

With the generous support of the Muscat family and the broader community, Express Media is honoured to present The 2017 Kat Muscat Fellowship, offering support and development for a young writer or editor.

Kat Muscat was a brilliant young mind of the Australian writing community, whose formidable talent was demonstrated extensively through her incisive writing and perceptive editing. Kat was an integral part of the Express Media community for many years, before stepping up to become Editor of Voiceworks from 2012 – 2014. Throughout her 10 years with Express Media, Kat helped to shape the careers of young writers and editors from all around Australia.

Kat’s writing embodied her personal mantra of feminism, empathy and defiance, and the recipient of the Fellowship will take up her notion of challenge: exploring bold subjects, thinking deeply and critically about the world and the culture we consume, and reflecting and building on the craft of writing or editing.

The Kat Muscat Fellowship offers professional development up to the value of $3,000 for an editorial project or work of writing by a young female-identifying or non-binary person. The work must respond to the above values and provocation, continuing Kat’s legacy and further developing the future of defiant and empathetic young Australian women.

Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible, applicants must:

  • Be female-identifying (including cis and trans women) or non-binary
  • Be aged 16 to 30 at the commencement of the fellowship in 2017
  • Be an Australian citizen or permanent resident of Australia
  • Propose a suitable project that aligns with the theme of ‘Challenge’, and the values of Express Media and The Kat Muscat Fellowship.

What Can I Apply For?

The Kat Muscat Fellowship offers professional development up to the value of $3,000 in 2017. These funds may be used towards professional development opportunities, including, but not limited to: mentoring, residencies, interstate travel, or project fees.

The final budget will be developed in consultation with, and managed by, Express Media.  

Selection Criteria

Vision: What is your idea and proposed project?

Impact: What impact will the Kat Muscat Fellowship have on your artistic practice and career, and what is the potential impact of your project on the wider community?

Capacity: What relevant experience or track record have you demonstrated, or how can you outline your personal and creative potential to make this project happen?

Feasibility: How will you realise or execute your proposed project, and is it achievable within the budget and timeframe of the Fellowship?

The Custodial Committee of The Kat Muscat Legacy Projects, which includes members of Express Media’s board and staff, the Muscat family and appointed community members, will select successful applications.

Reporting

At the completion of the fellowship, the successful applicant will be required to provide a report on the activity undertaken throughout the year.

This report will be retained for Express Media and the Muscat family for their records and may be used to promote the Fellowship in future years. Guidelines for reporting will be provided to the fellowship recipient by Express Media.

How To Apply

Applications will only be accepted from individual writer and editors, not collectives, groups or existing publications.

Your application must include:

  1.  A 1-page CV outlining your previous experience as a writer or editor. This CV must include the names and contact details of at least 2 referees. 

  2. A statement detailing your project or idea that addresses each of the Selection Criteria, to a maximum of 2 pages.

  3. An excerpt or example of your work up to 1000 words.
    • For writers, this may be an excerpt from a longer work, a completed short work, or a collection of poems.
    • For editors, this may include an editorial, statement of intent for the project, or example of work that demonstrates your skills in curation, assessment, and feedback (i.e. the before and after of an edited work).

Your application may also include up to 3 letters of support from peers, colleagues or other professionals of standing that demonstrate how the supporter would be involved in your project. 

Applications close 11.59pm Sunday January 15 2017.


Terms and Conditions

  1.  Applications close 11.59pm, Sunday January 15. Late applications will not be accepted.

  2. Applicants are limited to two submissions per year.

  3. All members currently serving on the Express Media Management Committee and all paid, permanent staff of Express Media are ineligible to enter.

  4. Submissions will be acknowledged by email on receipt.

  5. Application materials will not be returned.

  6. Express Media may contact you for further information in relation to your application and project proposal.

  7. Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their proposal by Monday February 20.

  8. The successful applicant will work with Express Media and the Custodial Committee to shape and deliver the development plan for their fellowship, beginning in March 2017.

  9. Any re-negotiation of activity to be undertaken as part of the Fellowship will be agreed to in consultation with Express Media and the Custodial Committee.

  10. The successful applicant will be required to provide a short report on the activities undertaken during the fellowship no later than once month after the completion of the fellowship. Guidelines for this report will be provided by Express Media.

  11. The successful applicant is to acknowledge the support of The Kat Muscat Fellowship in future publication or dissemination of the work developed throughout the fellowship.

  12. An extract of the applicant’s work or a section of their final report may be published on the Express Media blog.

  13. The successful applicant agrees to take part in events and media activities that promote the Fellowship and future fundraising activities.

  14. The Custodial Committee may decide not to award the prize if they do not believe any of the entries to be of a suitable standard.

Further Information

Do you have a question regarding your application? Please contact Express Media’s Creative Producer, Fiona Dunne by email on fellowship@expressmedia.org.au or by phone 03 9094 7887. 

Submission Guidelines

We accept submissions to all areas of the magazine at all times. Please make sure you read the following guidelines closely. If you’re unsure about any of the guidelines, please contact Voiceworks editor Lucy Adams here.

We are only able to publish work by writers and artists who are under twenty-five at the time of submission. Please also keep in mind that because of our funding arrangements, we are only able to publish Australian writers and artists. However, international students are excepted from this.

Voiceworks only considers previously unpublished work (which includes personal websites and blogs). We accept simultaneous submissions, but please let us know if your work is accepted for publication elsewhere. 

If your submission is unsuccessful, we will notify you as soon as we can and then provide you with detailed feedback a little later. Feedback is written by a small group of volunteers and we receive a lot of submissions, so we appreciate your patience. If you think something’s gone wrong, or you haven’t heard from us three months after the submission deadline, please get in touch.

Fiction Guidelines

Send no more than two fiction pieces, each no more than 3000 words.

We encourage you to submit across genres, but please send us no more than four submissions in total (excluding visual art).

Those seeking to submit nonfiction, poetry or visual art, please see the separate submission categories. 

Deadline

Sunday the 8th of January, 11:59pm

Theme

#107 'Relic' (Autumn 2017)

Well, you’d better dig it up, then. Dig it all up, lay it all out, let us have it. Spend a Night at the Museum, steal the Declaration of Independence, bemoan the Australian film industry which has failed to produce a museum-based family comedy.

Tell your Gran you have to go. She puts down the receiver and you hear her sigh: three-decade old dust has settled in the electronics causing a five second delay before the line cuts out. You can make gifs with a boomerang but you can’t fix the guts of your old Gran’s phone.

You hold the flat tablet as if it is a football you have just caught, or a baby you have just caught, instead of a small object that has just been handed to you. Cobwebby cracks spin across the glass from its corners. Actual cobwebs cling to beveled edges.

‘They used it to communicate with their gods,’ he says. Ask him which gods.

‘Memes, mostly.’

You stare upwards. Why is it that when we think about gods or things that we do not understand, we look up? Somewhere in the ceiling there is a colony of bats.

Remember, you don't have to stick to the theme. Most of all, we want good writing. Our motto is:

—Themed work: good

—Good work: better

—Good themed work: BEST 

Rates of Pay

$100 per published piece.

Terms of Publication

Express Media publishes work in Voiceworks on a non-exclusive, irrevocable and royalty-free basis. We require writers who will be published in Voiceworks to sign a licence deed granting us permission to publish work in the printed Voiceworks magazine, on the Express Media website, and for use in promoting our magazine. Writers retain copyright of their work and are free to use in whatever way they’d like in the future. Please only submit your work if you are satisfied with these terms. For more information about this, please contact us.

Submission Guidelines

We accept submissions to all areas of the magazine at all times. Please make sure you read the following guidelines closely. If you’re unsure about any of the guidelines, please contact Voiceworks editor Lucy Adams here.

We are only able to publish work by writers and artists who are under twenty-five at the time of submission. Please also keep in mind that because of our funding arrangements, we are only able to publish Australian writers and artists. However, international students are excepted from this.

Voiceworks only considers previously unpublished work (which includes personal websites and blogs). We accept simultaneous submissions, but please let us know if your work is accepted for publication elsewhere. 

If your submission is unsuccessful, we will notify you as soon as we can and then provide you with detailed feedback a little later. Feedback is written by a small group of volunteers and we receive a lot of submissions, so we appreciate your patience. If you think something’s gone wrong, or you haven’t heard from us three months after the submission deadline, please get in touch.

Nonfiction Guidelines

We recommend that you pitch your nonfiction work before sending it to us. For advice on how to construct your pitch, and write good nonfiction in general, check out our handy nonfiction guide here. For completed work, send no more than two pieces, each no more than 3000 words.

We encourage you to submit across genres, but please send us no more than four submissions in total (excluding visual art).

Those seeking to submit fiction, poetry and visual art, please see the separate submission categories. 

Deadline

Sunday the 5th of January, 11:59pm

Theme

#107 'Relic' (Autumn )

Well, you’d better dig it up, then. Dig it all up, lay it all out, let us have it. Spend a Night at the Museum, steal the Declaration of Independence, bemoan the Australian film industry which has failed to produce a museum-based family comedy.

Tell your Gran you have to go. She puts down the receiver and you hear her sigh: three-decade old dust has settled in the electronics causing a five second delay before the line cuts out. You can make gifs with a boomerang but you can’t fix the guts of your old Gran’s phone.

You hold the flat tablet as if it is a football you have just caught, or a baby you have just caught, instead of a small object that has just been handed to you. Cobwebby cracks spin across the glass from its corners. Actual cobwebs cling to beveled edges.

‘They used it to communicate with their gods,’ he says. Ask him which gods.

‘Memes, mostly.’

You stare upwards. Why is it that when we think about gods or things that we do not understand, we look up? Somewhere in the ceiling there is a colony of bats.

Remember, you don't have to stick to the theme. Most of all, we want good writing. Our motto is:

—Themed work: good

—Good work: better

—Good themed work: BEST 

Rates of Pay

$100 per published piece.

Terms of Publication

Express Media publishes work in Voiceworks on a non-exclusive, irrevocable and royalty-free basis. We require writers who will be published in Voiceworks to sign a licence deed granting us permission to publish work in the printed Voiceworks magazine, on the Express Media website, and for use in promoting our magazine. Writers retain copyright of their work and are free to use in whatever way they’d like in the future. Please only submit your work if you are satisfied with these terms. For more information about this, please contact us.

Submission Guidelines

We accept submissions to all areas of the magazine at all times. Please make sure you read the following guidelines closely. If you’re unsure about any of the guidelines, please contact Voiceworks editor Lucy Adams here.

We are only able to publish work by writers and artists who are under twenty-five at the time of submission. Please also keep in mind that because of our funding arrangements, we are only able to publish Australian writers and artists. However, international students are excepted from this.

Voiceworks only considers previously unpublished work (which includes personal websites and blogs). We accept simultaneous submissions, but please let us know if your work is accepted for publication elsewhere. 

If your submission is unsuccessful, we will notify you as soon as we can and then provide you with detailed feedback a little later. Feedback is written by a small group of volunteers and we receive a lot of submissions, so we appreciate your patience. If you think something’s gone wrong, or you haven’t heard from us three months after the submission deadline, please get in touch.

Poetry Guidelines

Please send no more than three pieces, and each no more than 100 lines in total. Check out some tips for strengthening your poetry submission here.

We encourage you to submit across genres, but please send us no more than four submissions in total (excluding visual art).

Those seeking to submit fiction, nonfiction and visual art, please see the separate submission categories. 

Deadline

Sunday the 8th of January, 11:59pm

Theme

#107 'Relic' (Autumn 2017)

Well, you’d better dig it up, then. Dig it all up, lay it all out, let us have it. Spend a Night at the Museum, steal the Declaration of Independence, bemoan the Australian film industry which has failed to produce a museum-based family comedy.

Tell your Gran you have to go. She puts down the receiver and you hear her sigh: three-decade old dust has settled in the electronics causing a five second delay before the line cuts out. You can make gifs with a boomerang but you can’t fix the guts of your old Gran’s phone.

You hold the flat tablet as if it is a football you have just caught, or a baby you have just caught, instead of a small object that has just been handed to you. Cobwebby cracks spin across the glass from its corners. Actual cobwebs cling to beveled edges.

‘They used it to communicate with their gods,’ he says. Ask him which gods.

‘Memes, mostly.’

You stare upwards. Why is it that when we think about gods or things that we do not understand, we look up? Somewhere in the ceiling there is a colony of bats.

Remember, you don't have to stick to the theme. Most of all, we want good writing. Our motto is:

—Themed work: good

—Good work: better

—Good themed work: BEST 

Rates of Pay

$100 per published piece.

Terms of Publication

Express Media publishes work in Voiceworks on a non-exclusive, irrevocable and royalty-free basis. We require writers who will be published in Voiceworks to sign a licence deed granting us permission to publish work in the printed Voiceworks magazine, on the Express Media website, and for use in promoting our magazine. Writers retain copyright of their work and are free to use in whatever way they’d like in the future. Please only submit your work if you are satisfied with these terms. For more information about this, please contact us.

The John Marsden & Hachette Australia Prize for Young Writers awards unforgettable opportunities to writers aged 18 and under, across the categories of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction.

Now in its eleventh year, the prize is open exclusively to Australian secondary school students.

The prize is judged by John Marsden, Express Media and Hachette Australia.

Fifteen shortlisted writers will be invited to meet John Marsden and participate in an exclusive workshop with best-selling author James Phelan.

Prize winners will also receive a cash prize and a book pack of YA titles, courtesy of Hachette Australia, plus publication of their work in the national youth literary journal, Voiceworks.

The prize will be presented in a special event at the 2016 Melbourne Writers Festival from 1.45pm on Thursday September 1.

 

Entry Details

1. All entries must be received by 9am, Friday July 1, 2016

2. One entry may be submitted, per category, with a maximum of 2 entries across the 3 categories

3. Each entry must be submitted via the submissions portal, with one entry per submission form. DO NOT put multiple submissions in one word or PDF document

4. Submissions of fiction or nonfiction may be up to 3,000 words in length.

5. Submissions of poetry may be up to 100 lines in length

6. All entries must be typed and double-spaced

7. Your name should not be included anywhere on your submission; it should only be entered in the submission form

8. The judges decision is final; no correspondence will be entered into

9. Entries must not have previously been published

10. All members currently serving on the Express Media board; and/or all paid, permanent staff of Express Media, are ineligible to enter

 

Prize Details

Shortlisted writers from each prize category receive:

– Feedback on their writing from Hachette Australia and Express Media judges

– An invitation to meet John Marsden over lunch hosted by Hachette Australia and Express Media

– An invitation to take part in an exclusive workshop with best-selling young adult author James Phelan

– An invitation to attend premiere event as a guest of the Melbourne Writers Festival

The first place winner of each prize category receives the above, plus:

– A $500 cash prize

– A $500 travel reimbursement to attend the winners’ announcement event

– A book pack of selected works from Hachette Australia’s young adult publications

– Publication in Voiceworks #105

 

For more information please email submissions@expressmedia.org.au

Submission Guidelines

We accept submissions to all areas of the magazine at all times. Please make sure you read the following guidelines closely. If you’re unsure about any of the guidelines, please contact Voiceworks Editor Lucy Adams here.

We are only able to publish work by artists who are under twenty-five at the time of submission. 
Voiceworks only considers previously unpublished work (which includes personal websites and blogs). Please also keep in mind that because of our funding arrangements, we are only able to publish Australian writers and artists. However, international students are excepted from this.

Visual art submissions include comics, illustrations, drawings, graphics, photography, etc. We recommend that you pitch your comics before sending them to us. For advice on how to construct your pitch, check out our handy guide here

Please send no more than three pieces. We print in black-and-white (greyscale) and our page dimensions are 170 x 245 mm. Please supply your images at actual size and 300dpi. Please name your files—strings of numbers and letters are easily confused with other submissions.

We will notify you as soon as we can with news on whether your submission has been accepted. Voiceworks is largely run by a team of volunteers, so we appreciate your patience. If you think something’s gone wrong, or you haven’t heard from us three months after the submission deadline, please get in touch.

Deadline

Sunday the 5th of February, 11:59pm

Theme

#107: ‘Relic’ (Autumn 2017)

Well, you’d better dig it up, then. Dig it all up, lay it all out, let us have it. Spend a Night at the Museum, steal the Declaration of Independence, bemoan the Australian film industry which has failed to produce a museum-based family comedy.

Tell your Gran you have to go. She puts down the receiver and you hear her sigh: three-decade old dust has settled in the electronics causing a five second delay before the line cuts out. You can make gifs with a boomerang but you can’t fix the guts of your old Gran’s phone.

You hold the flat tablet as if it is a football you have just caught, or a baby you have just caught, instead of a small object that has just been handed to you. Cobwebby cracks spin across the glass from its corners. Actual cobwebs cling to beveled edges.

‘They used it to communicate with their gods,’ he says. Ask him which gods.

‘Memes, mostly.’

You stare upwards. Why is it that when we think about gods or things that we do not understand, we look up? Somewhere in the ceiling there is a colony of bats.

Remember, you don't have to stick to the theme. Most of all, we want good work. Our motto is:

—Themed work: good

—Good work: better

—Good themed work: BEST 

Rates of Pay

$100 for a single published piece or $150 for a multi-page suite.

Terms of Publication

Express Media publishes work in Voiceworks on a non-exclusive, irrevocable and royalty-free basis. We require writers who will be published in Voiceworks to sign a licence deed granting us permission to publish work in the printed Voiceworks magazine, on the Express Media website, and for use in promoting our magazine. Writers retain copyright of their work and are free to use in whatever way they’d like in the future. Please only submit your work if you are satisfied with these terms. For more information about this, please contact us.