In 2021 RMIT will launch the Speculate Prize in partnership with Giramondo Publishing. Speculate is a new national award for an unpublished speculative fiction manuscript, sponsored by Whispir and supported by the Speculate Literary Festival.
SPECULATIVE FICTION IS THE PERFECT FORM TO WRITE THE FUTURE, RIGHT THE PAST AND REWRITE THE PRESENT.
This biennial prize is aimed at writers who explore the expansive possibilities of literature: those who imagine other worlds—other realities—that may even exist within our own. We wish to uncover and support writers who embrace new literary modes and extend the possibilities of the novel and short story form.
The 2021 Speculate Prize will be judged by Rose Michael (RMIT), Astrid Edwards (MWF), Nick Tapper (Giramondo), and Eugen Bacon.
Submissions open 2 August, close midnight 1 September, 2021. Winner announced in November.
The winner will receive:
$5000 prize money, inclusive of travel costs
a mentorship from Giramondo Publishing
a week-long residency at RMIT’s McCraith House on the Mornington Peninsula, Victoria
One highly commended author will receive:
a twelve-month book subscription (valued at $250) from Giramondo Publishing
a feedback session with a Giramondo editor
The Speculate Prize is open to residence of Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand residents.
The manuscript must not be published (in any country or form, including digital and self-published), or under consider with other publishers or agents.
The manuscript must be complete, no less than 30,000 words and no more than 100,000 words.
The manuscript must be in Word or PDF, a serif font, 12 pt, with 1.5 line spacing. It should have page numbers.
The manuscript should include a cover sheet with title, author name, and a brief one-paragraph summary.
The author’s name should not appear anywhere else on the manuscript.
(For the purposes of the Speculate Prize ‘speculative fiction’ is recognised as not only science fiction and fantasy, weird fiction, cosmic horror, alternate history, and utopias and dystopias etc., but any non-realist writing testing the limits of literature.)
EVENT: SPECULATE AT THE CAPITOL (WEDNESDAY 25 AUGUST)
Further info TBA
Stay tuned for more info on this free salon, and hear Kate Mildenhall (The Mother Fault) and Eugen Bacon (Writing Speculative Fiction) in conversation with Rose Michael (The Art of Navigation).
For more information, visit the Bowen St Press website at: https://bowen-street.squarespace.com/blog/introducing-the-speculate-prize