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Competitions

Writing competitions can be a great way to get your writing out in the world. They can be a crucial stepping stone in your writing career, bringing of recognition, some money to buy writing or editing time, publication deals or the possibility of securing an agent. Check out our range of workshops to ready yourself for submission.

We recommend writers look very carefully at the competition guidelines, terms and conditions. Some require an entry fee or reading fee. In some circumstances, this goes towards payment for the judges time (we believe that all literary prize judges should be paid).

In some cases, however, ‘literary competitions’ are just money making ventures. In other cases, by entering the competition you may be automatically signing over the rights to your work (your copyright), or agreeing to a publication arrangement. It may be useful to look at the Australian Society of Authors’ best practice guidelines for literary competitions.

A number of competitions are listed here, but please note that this is NOT an endorsement. Writers are individually responsible for carefully reviewing all the terms and conditions of each competition.

 

 

 

EJ Brady short story competition 2016-17

Closing date: 28th February 2017

Mallacoota Arts Council

Genres: Short story,

A short story has no room to go wrong – it has to grab the reader and hold the reader every moment until its neat and artful conclusion. Speaking to keen writers, Jim Sakkas, on our judging panel suggests “When your story is polished and ready, why not send it to the 2016-17 EJ Brady short story competition?”

The EJ Brady short story competition is contested Australia wide often attracting entries from overseas. The “Mallacoota Prize” for a short story of up to 2500 words offers a 1st prize of $2000 AUD with the runner up receiving $300 AUD, the “Gabo Prize” for a very short story with a 700 word limit offering a 1st prize of $500 AUD and our new category the “Betka Prize” for a humorous short story with a 1000 word limit again offering a $500 AUD 1st prize. Keep reading…

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World Faery Society – Westbury Faery Story

Closing date: 28th February 2017

The World Faery Society

Genres: Short story,

The World Faery Society (WFS) needs your help to investigate and write the story of The Westbury Faery. The WFS is determined to answer the question: Is The Westbury Faery real, and if so, who is she and what is her story? Keep reading…

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Henry Kendal Poetry Award

Closing date: 28th February 2017

Central Coast Poets Incorporated

Genres: Major prize, Poetry,

Central Coast Poets Incorporated (NSW) will be calling for entries to the Henry Kendall Poetry Award (HKPA) on January 20th 2017, closing on 28th February 2017. Keep reading…

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Eyre Writers Awards

Closing date: 28th February 2017

Eyre Writers Inc.

Genres: Poetry, Short story,

EYRE WRITERS AWARDS

Run by Eyre Writers Inc. of Port Lincoln for over 20 years the annual Awards closing date has been extended until 28 February 2017 with presentation of the Awards to take place at the inaugural Eyre Writers Week during the SALT Festival (21-30 April 2017) at Port Lincoln. Keep reading…

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Sentinel Literary Quarterly Poetry Competition (February 2017)

Closing date: 28th February 2017

Sentinel Literary Quarterly

Genres: Poetry,

 

Judge: Mandy Pannett author of All the Invisibles

Details: For original, previously unpublished poems in English language, on any subject, in any style, up to 50 lines long.  Poets of all nationalities living in any part of the world are eligible to enter.

Prizes:  £200 (first prize), £100 (second prize), £50 (third prize), £20 x (high commendation) and £10 x 3 (commendation).

First publication:  All winning and commended poems will be published in Sentinel Literary Quarterly magazine (online)

Results: will be announced on 15-April-2017

Entry Fees:  £4/1, £7/2, £9/3, £11/4, £12/5, £16/7, £22/10

Send cheques/postal orders (GB£ only) in favour of SENTINEL POETRY MOVEMENT to:

Unit 136, 113-115 George Lane, London E18 1AB, United Kingdom

Contact: Enter online or download Entry Form for Postal Entry at http://sentinelquarterly.com/competitions/poetry

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BERT DAVIS SPOKEN WORD AWARDS

Closing date: 12th March 2017

Maccy Shy Poets and SA Bush Poets

Genres: Poetry, Spoken Word,

The Maccy Shy Poets, in conjunction with the SA Bush Poets, are holding a spoken word competition on 2 April 2017. Entries need to be submitted beforehand, with a $20 entry fee. Entries will be judged based on creativity, content, relevance to the “Creativity at any Age” theme, spoken delivery, timing and memory.

For full details, please click here: Bert Davis Competition Details

 

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ABR – Calibre Essay Prize now open!

Closing date: 15th March 2017

Australian Book Review

Genres: Essay, Non fiction,

Australian Book Review welcomes entries in the eleventh Calibre Essay Prize, Australia’s premier prize for a non-fiction essay. All essayists writing in English are eligible, regardless of where they live. Entries must be submitted online via our website. Discounted entry is available for current ABR subscribers and bundled subscription and entry packages are available. The Prize is worth a total of AU$7,500.

Keep reading…

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Sheila Malady Short Story Competition

Closing date: 23rd March 2017

Gippsland Writers

Genres: Short story,

Sheila Malady Short Story competition is open for entries.
As well as continuing our main award, we offer a prize for a local writer living in Gippsland and a prize for a young writer under 18. This year’s theme is Light/Dark.
Give us your best 2,000 words by 23rd March 2017. $5/story.

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KYD Unpublished Manuscript Award

Closing date: 31st March 2017

Kill Your Darlings

Genres: Fiction, Major prize, Non fiction, Prose,

This award will assist an early-career author in the development of their unpublished manuscript. The award is open to writers of adult fiction and adult non-fiction.

Keep reading…

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Field of Words Short Story Competition

Closing date: 31st March 2017

Field of Words

Genres: Short story,

Field of Words Short Story Competition
Opens: Feb 1
Closes: March 31
Theme: Open
Length: 1000 – 2500 words
First Prize: $750
Runner Up: $200
More details at the website: www.fieldofwords.com.au

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Copper Triangle Writers’ Group Literary Competition

Closing date: 31st March 2017

Copper Triangle Writers' Group

Genres: Poetry, Short story,

The Copper Triangle Writers’ Group have opened submissions of short stories and poetry for their literary competition.

Entries can be up to 2,000 words for short stories, or 60 lines of poetry.

Entry fee is $5 per entry, or 3 entries for $10.

Full submission details can be found here: COPPER TRIANGLE WRITERS 

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Peter Carey Short Story Award

Closing date: 31st March 2017

The Moorabool Festival of Stories

Genres: Short story,

The Moorabool Festival of Stories is thrilled to announce the inaugural Peter Carey Short Story Award. Open to all Australian residents, the award is for short stories between 2000 – 3000 words. The winner receives $1000 and publication on the Moorabool Festival of Stories website. A runner-up wins $250 and website publication.

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ABR 2017 Jolley Prize now open!

Closing date: 10th April 2017

Australian Book Review

Genres: Short story,

Entries are open for the 2017 ABR Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize. The 2017 Jolley Prize is worth a total of $12,500, with a first prize of $7,000 and supplementary prizes of $2,000 and $1,000. The judges will also commend three additional stories, the authors of which will each receive $850. Keep reading…

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Adelaide Plains Poets Poetry Competition 2016/17

Closing date: 13th April 2017

Adelaide Plains Poets

Genres: Poetry,

Adelaide Plains Poets Poetry Competition 2016/17 Theme is Freedom. Sections are Open/Adult, Secondary School Student and Primary School Student. Entries close on 13 April 2017. Entry forms and guidelines available at http://carolyn-poeticpause.blogspot.com.au/ or from Carolyn Cordon 0418 806 490, [email protected]

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Banjo Paterson Writing Awards

Closing date: 21st April 2017

Central West Libraries

Genres: Poetry, Short story,

 

Central West Libraries announce the call for entries in the 2017 Banjo Paterson Writing Awards. Sections include Short Story, Poetry, Bush Poetry and Children’s Writing Awards. Prizes includes $1,000 for the short story winner, $1,000 for the Poetry winner, $500 for the Bush Poetry winner and $200 for the Children’s Award winner. Entry forms can be downloaded from www.cwl.nsw.gov.au.  Entries close on Friday 21 April and winners will be publicly announced at the Orange Readers and Writers Festival on Saturday 22nd July at the Hotel Canobolas.

 

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Stringybark Seven Deadly Sins Award 2017

Closing date: 23rd April 2017

Stringybark Stories

Genres: Short story,

The Stringybark Seven Deadly Sins Award is our second celebration of Pope Gregory I’s attempt at categorising human frailties. He reckoned there were seven major sins: wrath, gluttony, lust, greed, pride, jealousy and sloth.  Stringybark invites you to write a short story of up to 1500 words that addresses one (or more) of these sins in your story. We last ran this competition in 2012 and it led to a fabulous anthology of short stories published in The Seven Deadly Sins (2012).  The Prize value for this competition is over $1000 in cash and books. International entries most welcome.

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Outback Writers’ Festival short story competition 2017

Closing date: 30th April 2017

Outback Writers' Festival

Genres: Short story,

The Outback Writers’ Festival short story competition for 2017 is now open.

The theme for your fictional story must be the outback. There is an adult and under 18 competition. 
Please see www.outbackwritersfestival.com.au for details.

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2017 Bristol Short Story Prize

Closing date: 3rd May 2017

Bristol Short Story Prize

Genres: Short story,

Entries are now open for the 2017 Bristol Short Story Prize!

This competition is open to all writers worldwide.

The closing date for entries is midnight (BST) May 3rd 2017. The maximum word limit is 4,000, there is no minimum. 
Stories may be on any theme or subject and entry can be made online or by post
There is an £8.00 (about 13.50 AUD) entry fee for all stories submitted and entries must be previously unpublished.

Keep reading…

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Shoalhaven Literary Award – Short Stories 2017

Closing date: 27th May 2017

The Shoalhaven Branch of the Fellowship of Australian Writers

Genres: Short story,

The Shoalhaven Branch of the Fellowship of Australian Writers is excited to announce an increase in prize money for its prestigious Shoalhaven Literary Award, launched on 20 February 2017. With the ongoing and valued support of the Shoalhaven Arts Board and Bundanon Trust, this year the writer of the winning story will receive $1500, together with a two-week artist residency at Bundanon, Arthur & Yvonne Boyd’s Gift to Australia, on the Shoalhaven River near Nowra, NSW. Second prize is $250, third $150 and the Geoff Bolton Award for an entry from a Shoalhaven resident will receive $200. This year the award is for short stories and will be judged by Laurie Steed. The Patricia Hackett Prize winning author of You Belong Here, Steed lives in Perth, Western Australia. His work has been broadcast on BBC Radio 4 and published in Best Australian Stories, The Age, Meanjin, Westerly, Island, The Sleepers Almanac and elsewhere.

He teaches Advanced Fiction for Writers Victoria and is a former member of the editorial board of Margaret River Press. In 2014, he became the first Australian writer granted fellowship in the history of the Sozopol Fiction Seminars and, in May 2015, he was selected for The 2016 Bernheim Writers Residency in Kentucky, USA.

Entries will close on Saturday 27 May and winners notified after Saturday 16 September 2017.

Download an entry form from the FAW Shoalhaven website. Results, judge’s report and other information will be published on the same site from 16 September 2017.

For further information contact: [email protected]

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The Yeovil Literary Prize 2017

Closing date: 31st May 2017

The Yeovil Literary Prize

Genres: Essay, Fiction, Memoir, Non fiction, Novel, Novella, Poetry, Prose, Short story,

Are you an emerging writer, or an established scribbler who produces work
and then hides it away in a folder or cupboard? Not any more because here is
an opportunity for you to share your writing and compete for prizes. Agents
really do contact our winners and success follows, so take a look at our
poster, visit our website, and enter. You have nothing to lose and,
possibly, a great deal to gain.

The Yeovil Literary Prize is an internationally acclaimed competition which
opened for entries on 1 January, and offers opportunities for all writers.
Now in its fourteenth year, we know several past winners have achieved
success in the publishing world.
There are now FOUR categories, with significant cash prizes.
www.yeovilprize.co.uk

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Eastwood/Hills Fellowship of Australian Writers Literary Competition 2017

Closing date: 31st May 2017

Eastwood/Hills FAW

Genres: Poetry, Short story,

All categories Open Theme

  • Category 1: Short Story
    Max 3,000 words. First Prize $200, Second Prize $100
  • Category 2: Poetry – Includes all forms of poetry except Bush Poetry

(See separate Boree Log competition)

Max 80 lines per poem. First Prize $150, Second Prize $50

  • Category 3: Alan Russell Award for Memoir
    Max 1,500 words. First Prize $150, Second Prize $50
  • Category 4: Pauline Walsh Award for Short Short Story.
    Max 800 words. First Prize $100, Second Prize $50

 

Entry Fee: $5 per entry or $20 for 5 entries.

Cheques or money orders in AUS$ payable to: Eastwood/Hills FAW.

Fees can also be sent electronically this year.

 

Enquiries: Carmel Summers: [email protected]  Ph: after 6.00pm 0403240458

 

Each entry must be accompanied by a separate signed entry form.

Conditions of entry and entry forms can be found on the Eastwood-Hills FAW

website:  https://hillsfaw.wordpress.com/

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Eastwood/Hills Fellowship of Australian Writers Boree Log Award for Bush Verse 2017

Closing date: 31st May 2017

Eastwood/Hills FAW

Genres: Poetry,

First Prize: $100 plus a trophy and certificate.

Ballads to be in perfect rhyme and metre, with max 80 lines and an Australian bush theme.

 

Entry Fee: $5 per entry – Maximum 4 entries per entrant.

Cheques or money orders in AUS$ payable to: Eastwood/Hills FAW.

Fees can also be sent electronically this year.

Enquiries: Carmel Summers: [email protected]  Ph: after 6.00pm 0403240458

Each entry must be accompanied by a separate signed entry form.

Conditions of entry and entry forms can be found on the Eastwood-Hills FAW

website: https://hillsfaw.wordpress.com/

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Field of Words Flash Fiction Competition

Closing date: 30th June 2017

Field of Words

Genres: Flash fiction,

Field of Words Flash Fiction Competition
Opens:May 1 Closes: June 30
Theme: Open
Length: 500 – 1000 words
First Prize: $250
Runner Up: $75
Website: www.fieldofwords.com.au

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‘Poetic Licence’ poetry competition

Closing date: 30th June 2017

Scribe Writers

Genres: Poetry,

The Scribe Writers are running their ‘poetic licence’ poetry comp which closes 30th June 2017.

It has two categories Traditional and Free verse, with an Open theme.

Line count 60 maximum (exc Title).
Entry Fee $7.00 per entry, per category, with a $200 first prize and $100 second prize.
HC and Commended certificates at judges’ discretion.
All details and conditions can be found at www.scribeswriters.com/poetry.html

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Field of Words Memoir Competition

Closing date: 30th September 2017

Field of Words

Genres: Memoir,

Field of Words Memoir Competition
Opens:Aug 1 Closes: Sep 30
Length: 1000 – 2000 words
Theme: Open
First Prize: $400
Runner up: $100
Website: www.fieldofwords.com.au

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Field of Words Feature Competition (Ghost Story)

Closing date: 30th November 2017

Field of Words

Genres: Short story,

Field of Words Feature Competition (Ghost Story)
Opens: Oct 9
Closes: Nov 30
Length: 1000 – 2000 words
First Prize: $400
Runner Up: $100
Website: www.fieldofwords.com.au

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