Submissions for Best Australian Essays, Stories and Poems 2017 are now closed.


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 erins@schwartzmedia.com.au. (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 2017

The deadline for submissions is 15 July 2017, 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 Please send one essay – published or unpublished – to the address below.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 2016.

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

The Best Australian Stories 2017

The deadline for submissions is 15 July 2017, 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 Please send one story – published or unpublished – to the address below.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 2016.

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

The Best Australian Poems 2017

The deadline for submissions is 15 July 2017, but early submission would be appreciated. Please send up to three poems – published since 1 August 2016 – to bestaustralianpoems@blackincbooks.com

Receipt of your poem will be confirmed by email.

NB: We will only accept poems that have been published. Unpublished poems are not eligible for submission. Poems may have been published in either print or online journals (but not self-published/on a personal blog), in Australia, internationally, or for the first time in an anthology or full-length collection.

Please include full publication details of each poem in your submission. We also request that all three poems are included in one Word document, rather than three separate ones.

If your poems are selected you 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 1 August 2016 will not be considered.

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