December's round up of grants, competitions, and other opportunities for artists, performers, and creatives of all kinds:
Local music duo Mason & Hayes are looking for performers for an open mic at The Workshop on February 9. Full details here.
Speaking of open mics, Allsorts Community Performance's first outing for 2018 is on Saturday, January 6 at the Saleyards Distillery. Find out more here.
The Red Dahlia Bar's Page to the Stage open mic for poets and writers is on every Thursday night, and their Showcase Open Mic for comedy and music is every Friday. Tap through for info.
Specul8 Publishing currently has submissions open for FOUR different fiction projects - the Halloween-themed Behold the Nightmare, CQ Spirits & Shadows for local ghost stories, Temporal Fractures for misadventures in time, and their ongoing speculative fiction novellas. Visit their website for all the details.
In the Livingstone Shire, Regional Arts Development Fund applications for funding for creative projects starting after March 5 are open now. Details here. Meanwhile in Rockhampton, RADF applications for projects starting after March 22 close on February 12. Details here.
Entries for the prestigious Stanthorpe Art Prize close on April 4, 2018. Full details on their website.
The Newcastle Short Story Award (up to 2000 words) closes February 5. Full details.
The Rubery Book Award for self-published books, or books from small indie presses, closes on March 31. Check it out.
The Cinnamon Press Poetry Prize also closes March 31. Find it here.
One of the world's richest short story competitions, the Bristol Short Story Prize (up to 4000 words) closes on May 1. Suss out the rules and enter online.
Nominations for the Queensland Music Awards close January 21. There are 13 categories across different genres and artist demographics. Find one that fits you here. And in Queensland Music Festival news, the Carol Lloyd Award for emerging female singer-songwriters is also open now. Apply here.
The Vanda & Young Songwriting Award is open for nominations now. At $50 it's not cheap to enter, but it's a fundraiser for a good cause with some amazing prizes, and past winners include Megan Washington, Kimbra & The Preachures. Find out more.
The ABC's Young Performers Award, the country's top competition for young classical musicians, is open for nominations until March 6.
Still with Aunty, the ABC's Regional Storyteller Scholarship is for an emerging journalist, documentarian or other nonfiction content maker with disability, living in rural or regional Australia. Check it out.
If we find any more opportunities during the month we'll share them on Facebook. See you there!