This page lists competitions, both large and small. For hints on how to make the most of entering a competition, please see our Competitions page. Awards and prizes are listed under Opportunities. The listings below are in calendar order by closing dates. You'll find our most recent postings show the closing date in red (so if you're a regular visitor, please scroll down the page), while the closing dates for our older postings will be in black.
Writing competitions have proliferated since the advent of the internet and not all of them are genuine:
- be wary of competitions asking for hefty entry fees but offering small prizes
- the Australian Society of Authors suggests that a $5 fee for prize money over $1,000 is acceptable
- the ASA provides a set of guidelines free on their website
- the results should be made public
- the judges should be listed on the entry form
- if publication is part of the deal make sure that you’re not signing away your copyright under the conditions of entry
- make sure that you have all of the organiser’s contact details and caution is advised if the address is a PO Box.
Dogged perseverance often pays off … as many of our members will attest. Good luck!
May 31: Best Australian Food Blog Food Writing Competition 2013
The Australian food blogsphere is a wonderful place full of an amazing array of talented and emerging food writers. As such, Food Bloggers Australia along with the SA Writers Centre is thrilled to announce a new, national food blogging writing competition to uncover the great food blog food writers this country has to offer. This is a fantastic opportunity for food bloggers to show off their writing skills and possibly win a great prize in the process. We're pleased to welcome Kitchenware Direct on board as our 2013 competition sponsor.
Competition Categories and Judging
Entrants can submit one blog post under one only of the following categories:
- Food or Food/Travel Narrative
- Restaurant Review
- Original Recipe
The Food or Food/Travel and Restaurant Review categories will be judged by food historian, author and Professor of the Graduate Program in Food Studies at the University of Adelaide, Barbara Santich and Michelle 'Prakky' Prak, Board Member of the SA Writers Centre and social media consultant. The Original Recipe category will be decided by popular vote. Voting will commence on Wednesday June 5 and a voting link will be published here, on the Food Bloggers Australia website.
One winner from each category will be awarded a $150 voucher sponsored by Kitcheware Direct.
Competition Terms and Conditions
IMPORTANT – please make sure you read and note all of the terms and conditions of entry. The competition Terms and Conditions can be found here. Failure to comply with the terms and conditions will deem your entry ineligible.
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Positive Words Short Story & Poetry Competition and Mini-Competitions
Last Day of Each Month: Darker Times Fiction Short Story Competition
May 31: Sports Fiction and Essay Contest This contest, now in its second year, seeks today's best short fiction and essays on sports-related themes (no poetry this year). We will award $3,000 in prizes. For full guidelines click the link.
The Australian Horror Writers Association seeks short fiction to 8,000 words and flash fiction to 1,000. Winners receive paid publication in Midnight Echo. For more info follow the above link.
May 31: Whitsunday Voices and DBCT P/L Picture Book Competition
May 31: "Some Like it Hot" Romantic Fiction Competition
In celebration of its launch and all things romance, Steam eReads is calling for entries to the 2013 "Some Like it Hot" Romantic Fiction Competition. Seeking original, previously unpublished works of 50,000+ words. Entry is free, and open to Australian and international writers aged 18 and over. Three cash prizes and a publishing contract with Steam eReads. First prize is worth $1,500 AUD, with second $1,000 AUD and third $500 AUD.
May 31: The Best of Times Short Story Competition #15
June 3: Think Inside the Box AWG Competition
The Australian Writers' Guild presents an outstanding opportunity for writers with an original idea for an adult television drama series or mini-series. This is an invaluable chance to get your work in front of the best in the business! Download entry form and guidelines via the above link.
June 12: National Open Poetry Competition
Run by The Society of Women Writers NSW; entries must be unpublished, max 40 lines, entry fee $10 per story. For details follow the link above.
June 17: Impress Prize for New Writers 2013 Competition
The prize is in its seventh year and its aim is to find exciting new, unpublished writing talent. The winner will receive a publishing contract from Impress Books and will be chosen from a shortlist by a panel of judges working in the book industry.
June 18: Prada Journal Short Story Competition, 2013
Open to all writers 18 years plus. €5000 prize money for selected winner or winners. Short story of no less than 2000 words to a maximum of 4000. Competition and full list of terms available via the above link. Prada is a global luxury company renowned for innovation and creativity.
June 30: Scribblers Literary Competition
Prose and Poetry sections each First prize $350, Second Prize $150, Third Prize $100. Short stories to 2,000 words, poetry to 40 lines. Details and entry form via the link above.
June 30: Langhorne Creek Writers' Festival Adult Writing Competition
June 30: Adelaide Plains Chapter and Verse Fairy Tale Twisted Sideways competition.
Open Section only with prize pool of up to $1000. Take a fairy tale and give it a good twist! Maximum 2000 word limit. Entry form and guidelines Carolyn Cordon.
June 30: Motorcycle Short Story Competition
A $1000 cash prize for best true or fictional story, from 500 to 3000 words, involving motorcycles and their riders. No entry fee. Details at www.motorbikelegends.com.au
10 July: National Open Short Story Competition
Run by The Society of Women Writers NSW; entries must be unpublished, max 2500 words, entry fee $10 per story. For details & entry form follow the link above.
July 12: All Poetry Competition
Prizes $200, $100, $60. Open theme. Original, unpublished poetry 14-40 lines. Entry fee $7 per poem. Organisers, Judges: Kitchen Table Poets, Shoalhaven.
July 22: Yarram Community Learning Centre
July 26: FAW Eastern Suburbs Branch [Bondi Writers] 2013 Short Story Competition.
Open theme. Maximum length 3,000 words. Unlimited entries, no entry form required, attach cover sheet with author details. White A4 paper, no names on manuscript, double line spaced, and pages numbered please. Entry must not have won a monetary prize nor have been published as at the close date. Include SSAE for results and judge's report. $5 per entry: cheque/money order payable to Bondi Writers Group. First Prize $200. Second prize $100. Entries to be sent to: Competition Convenor, Bondi Writers, P.O. Box 701, Bondi Junction, NSW, 1355.
September 1: FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD Short Story Competition
Shadeofloud presents FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD Short Story Competition. Open to all. First prize £250. 1500 words max. £10 per entry. More details: www.shadeofloud.com/competition
September 7: The Toolangi C. J. Dennis Poetry Competition 2013
Three Adult categories ('Open', 'Adults Writing for Children, and 'Themed'), each with $250 1st prize. Junior categories (Primary and Secondary) also. Details and entry form here.
September 30: Scribes Writers Short Story and Memoir Award 2013
Open Section with a $200 1st prize and $100 2nd prize for Fictional Short Stories up to 1,000 words. $100 1st prize and $50.00 2nd prize for Memoir. Details from www.scribeswriters.com
November 30: Bottle Tree Productions One Act Competition for Writers 2013
First Prize $1,000, Second prize $250, Third prize $100. Closing date November 30, 2013. For more info please go to http://www.bottletreeinc.com/script_contest.html
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