Opportunities and awards

Textile Awards call for entries, funding for live music in NSW, plus winners of new JUNCTURE Art Prize and 2024 NSW Premier's Literary Awards shortlist.
Vittoria Di Stefano, 'Pears on a Willow (detail)', 2024. Linden New Art JUNCTURE Art Prize winner. Photo: Supplied. A small bronze object respending a plant seed lying on a flat piece of wool.

Rise Up! Regional Writers Short Story Competition

Federation University Australia students are hosting the ‘Rise Up’ short story competition as part of the inaugural Regional Writers Rise festival. People of all backgrounds and abilities are encouraged to enter and the competition seeks to amplify voices that challenge the norm – offering fresh perspectives and enriching the literary world with their untold stories. The short story of 1000 words or under can be fiction or autobiographical fiction and should explore the theme of ‘new beginnings’. First prize is $500 and a 12-month subscription to quarterly Gippsland newspaper, Gippslandia.
Submissions close 19 May; learn more and submit.

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Celina Lei is an arts writer and editor at ArtsHub. She acquired her M.A in Art, Law and Business in New York with a B.A. in Art History and Philosophy from the University of Melbourne. She has previously worked across global art hubs in Beijing, Hong Kong and New York in both the commercial art sector and art criticism. She took part in drafting NAVA’s revised Code of Practice - Art Fairs and was the project manager of ArtsHub’s diverse writers initiative, Amplify Collective. Celina is based in Naarm/Melbourne. Instagram @lleizy_