Submissions for Best Australian Essays, Stories and Poems are now open.


General guidelines

Word count: There is no official minimum or maximum length for stories, essays or poems, but please keep in mind that space limitations make very long pieces harder to accept. Please consult previous years’ collections to get a sense of a typical upper and lower limit.

Formatting: There are no particular requirements when it comes to formatting. If in doubt, double-spaced, single-sided, stapled and Times New Roman are safe bets. There is no official entry form. Please include your name and contact details, preferably an email address as well as a postal address, with your submission. Please also include the name and contact details, preferably an email address as well as a postal address, and the contact details of your literary agent if applicable.

Owing to the number of submissions we receive, submissions cannot be returned and the editors are unable to comment on individual submissions.

The editors’ selections will be announced on this website in October.

Queries regarding submissions can be directed to sian@blackincbooks.com. (Please note, apart from Best Poems, submissions are NOT accepted via email, unless you are living overseas or travelling for an extended period. For the Best Poems submissions email & criteria, please see below.)


The Best Australian Essays 2016

The deadline for submissions is 15 July 2016, but early submission would be appreciated. Please send one essay – published or unpublished – to the address below. Previously published work must have been published after 1 August 2015.

Best Australian Essays
c/- Black Inc.
Level 1, 221 Drummond Street
Carlton, VIC 3053

Black Inc. pays a flat fee of $400 per essay published.


The Best Australian Stories 2016

The deadline for submissions is 15 July 2016, but early submission would be appreciated. Please send one story – published or unpublished – to the address below. Previously published work must have been published after 1 August 2015.

Best Australian Stories
c/- Black Inc.
Level 1, 221 Drummond Street
Carlton, VIC 3053

Black Inc. pays a flat fee of $400 per story published.


The Best Australian Poems 2016

The deadline for submissions is 15 July 2016, but early submission would be appreciated. Please send up to three poems – completed or published since August 1, 2015, to bestaustralianpoems@blackincbooks.com.

Receipt of your poem will be confirmed by email.

Submissions should be able to be enjoyed by ‘general readers’ who don’t necessarily read much poetry, as well as by those dedicated ones who do.

Poets are free to publish their submitted poems elsewhere in the interim. If their poems are selected they will need to guarantee that the poem was either finished or published in the nominated time frame. This also applies to poems taken from collections published during the nominated time frame. Poems in new collections that were originally published in magazines or newspapers before August 1, 2015, will not be considered.

Line count: Since the editor intends to represent Australian poetry widely, length is restricted to approximately 70 lines.

Black Inc. will pay a flat $40 per poem published.