2020–2021 Griffith Review Queensland Writing Fellowships

Griffith Review is now accepting submissions for the 2020–2021 Griffith Review Queensland Writing Fellowships.

Up to six fellowships of $3,000–$7,000 will be awarded in 2019 to Queensland writers, or those with strong ties to Queensland. The Fellowships are designed to enable writers across all genres to develop a well-considered work, further develop a work already underway, or to facilitate the next stage of a work in progress.

In 2019, Griffith Review particularly encourages submissions from Indigenous writers, writers of diverse backgrounds and writers at all career stages. Writers who have never published with Griffith Review, previous Fellowship winners, and all writers in between are encouraged to apply. Entrants are encouraged to consider their proposals in light of current Griffith Review call-outs, which cover themes of institutional reform, ageing, the connections between Europe and Australia, and the annual novella edition (more details about 2020 editions are available here on the Griffith Review website), as well as environmental issues, and themes of gender and sustainability.

Submissions may be in the form of essay, memoir, reportage or novella (fiction and creative non-fiction). An integrated project outline, including story structure, research underway and examples of writing, must be included – ideally a chapter or an excerpt of no less than 2,000 and no more than 5,000 words. No pitches will be considered, except in exceptional circumstances from writers with a demonstrable track record of publishing success. It is strongly recommended that entrants familiarise themselves with work previously published in Griffith Review prior to submitting an entry as suitability for publication in the journal will be a criteria for selection.

The fellowship enables writers to be published in Griffith Review, and to participate in post-publication events and publicity schedules. The successful works will be published in 2020 or 2021, depending on theme and readiness for publication.

Successful fellows will be advised by early November, and their work will be published in print and/or online in Griffith Review in a 2020–2021 edition determined by the editor.

Submit online via Submittable portal.
Submissions due:
16 September 2019
Winners announced: November 2019

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Summary of terms and conditions
  • Submissions close 16 September 2019. Early submissions are encouraged.
  • There is a $50 entry fee ($35 Subscribers; $25 Concession Card holders; Free for Contributors Circle members) payable at the time of submission. You are required to submit your fee via GriffithPay here.
  • Submissions are limited to authors residing in Queensland, or those with a demonstrable connection to the state.
  • There is no restriction on genre, however prospective entrants are encouraged to familiarise themselves with Griffith Review. Suitability for publication in Griffith Review will be a criterion for selection. A full archive is available at griffithreview.com.
  • The extract from the broader work submitted for consideration should be no more than 5,000 words.
  • In addition to the above, please include a brief descriptive outline of the project, including the subject, stage of development, steps needed to finalise the work to completion and the proposed outcome from publication in Griffith Review (for example, your submission may be part of a larger work or be submitted to an anthology). Details of your prior publications and links to other published work should also be included. A brief statement of the value of the Fellowship should also be included.
  • If accepted, it is expected that the completed works will be no more than 5,000 words, or as negotiated with the Editor.
  • All submissions must be lodged electronically via the Submittable portal.
  • It is anticipated that six fellowships will be awarded – however, Griffith Review reserves the right to award one or more fellowships a greater sum or offer some fellowships a smaller amount, to be determined at the discretion of the judges.
  • Submissions will be evaluated and selected by Griffith Review staff, who may consult other personnel in the decision-making process. Decisions will be final and there will be no correspondence with unsuccessful candidates about the merits of unsuccessful proposals.
  • Successful applications will be notified in late October or early November, 2019.
  • Completed works must be submitted by February 2020 or as negotiated with the Editor.
  • Completed works will undergo a professional editorial process prior to publication.
  • On signing an agreement with Griffith Review, and following a due contractual process, successful applicants will be paid 40 per cent of the agreed fellowship amount upon notification that they’ve been successful. The remaining 60 per cent will be paid once the work has been accepted for publication. Successful applicants will need to provide Griffith Review with an invoice for each amount.
  • The money awarded as a component of the fellowship represents payment for publication. There will not be another fee for publication.
Terms and Conditions of Entry
This program is being conducted by Griffith University (as represented by Griffith Review), a body corporate established pursuant to the Griffith University Act 1988 (ABN 78 106 094 461). This project is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland’s Queensland Arts Showcase Program.
1. Who may enter?
  • All persons, other than immediate family members of Griffith Review staff, or employees of Text Publishing, may enter the competition.
  • Applicants may only submit one proposal for the Fellowship, so please submit your best work.
  • All entrants must be residents of Queensland, or be able to demonstrate ties to the state.
  • Griffith Review reserves the right to invite submissions.
2. Conditions of entry
  • By entering the competition, participants agree to be bound by these Terms and Conditions of Entry.
  • The proposal must be your original work. If you are not the sole author of a proposed work, you must secure the necessary permission from the appropriate third parties to legally entitle you to comply with these Terms and Conditions of Entry.
  • Unless you have prior written consent from Griffith Review, previously published work or simultaneous submissions will be excluded from consideration. Griffith Review, acting in its sole discretion, may grant an exception to this requirement in exceptional circumstances. Works written as part of a higher degree program in creative writing are eligible for entry if such consideration is within the rules of the academic institution. Students enrolled at, or graduates of, Griffith University are eligible to enter.
  • Work in progress under contract to another publisher will be considered. If you are submitting an extract from a larger work, this will be published in Griffith Review in 2020 or 2021. It is your responsibility to obtain the necessary consent of your publisher.
3. How to enter the competition
  • All submissions must be entered via the Submittable portal.
  • Follow the prompts to pay the entry fee.
  • Early submissions are encouraged.
  • Submissions should include a title, description of project, status of project, proposed outcome if published in Griffith Review (if this work is a subset of a larger project), publication history, links to previously published works. A brief statement of how the fellowship will assist your work should also be included.
  • Successful applicants will be notified by the end of October or early November 2019.
  • Submissions must adhere to the following formatting:
    1. Use 12pt Times New Roman font, 1.5 space.
    2. Margins should be no less than 2.5cm at top and bottom and 3.25cm at left and right.
    3. Please paginate your proposal at the bottom of the page.
    4. Each page of the proposal should include a header with the name of both the author and the work.
4. Selection of winners
  • Griffith Review will decide the successful applications. Selection will be based upon originality, creativity and quality of the application and the capacity of the author to deliver a work of publishable standard. It is anticipated that up to six fellowships will be funded; however, the judges reserve the right to vary the number selected based on the quality of submissions.
  • The judges’ decisions will be final and no correspondence will be entered into with unsuccessful applicants. All applicants will be notified by early November, 2019. The Editor reserves the right to initiate discussion with unsuccessful applicants regarding possible future publication opportunities on a case-by-case basis.
  • For the avoidance of any doubt, chance/luck plays no part in determining the winners.
5. Notification of winners
  • All successful authors will be contacted privately prior to the public announcement of the winners. Authors will agree to co-operate in a timely fashion with the editorial processes following submission of the completed work and reasonable publicity requests of Griffith Review.
6. Payment of fellowship
  • Successful fellowship recipients will be paid 40 per cent upon being notified they’ve been successful (following due contract negotiations), and the remaining 60 per cent once the work has been accepted for publication.
7. Intellectual property rights in submissions
  • All intellectual property rights in submissions are retained by the author.
  • Commencing from the time when a successful author is notified that their completed work has been accepted for publication (this will take place independently of the author being notified of a successful outcome in this program), the author grants to Griffith Review:
    a) an exclusive and unrestricted licence to publish and distribute the work developed, or an extract from said work (including online), for a period of three months (the Exclusivity Period) after publication in
    Griffith Review;
    b) commencing after the Exclusivity Period a perpetual and unrestricted licence to publish and distribute the work, or extract from said work (including online);
    c) a perpetual licence to reproduce the work, or extract from said work, on the
    Griffith Review website;
    d) a perpetual right to publicise this Fellowship initiative and the successfully funded author’s name/s.
  • During the Exclusivity Period, following publication in Griffith Review, the author must not publish, or cause the work to be published, other than as contemplated above. After the Exclusivity Period, the author is entitled to publish the work, or extract from said work, in or on other forums, provided that the author enters into legally binding arrangements that require the subsequent publisher to acknowledge that Griffith Review is the original publisher of the work.
8. Limitation of Liability
To the extent permitted by law, Griffith University is not liable for any loss suffered to a person by reason of any act or omission, deliberate or negligent, by Griffith University (or it employees or agents) in connection with this competition. For the avoidance of any doubt, entry into this Fellowship does not entitle the author of a proposal to any fee nor payment from Griffith University.
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