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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.

 

 

 

The BlueCat Screenplay Competition

Closing date: 26th June 2017

BlueCat Screenplay Competition

Genres: Stage/screen,

The BlueCat Screenplay Competition, now in its 19th year, is accepting submissions for its 2017 competition.

Founded by award winning writer/director Gordy Hoffman in 1998, the BlueCat Screenplay Competition’s passionate commitment to develop and discover the unknown screenwriter continues to define our work today, becoming one of the largest and most prestigious screenplay competitions in the world.  Keep reading…

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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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2018 Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature

Closing date: 30th June 2017

Arts South Australia

Genres: Major prize,

Nominations now open for the 2018 Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature

The biennial Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature feature six national and five South Australia categories, with the Premier’s Award for the overall winner worth $25,000.

Run by Arts South Australia since 1986, the awards celebrate Australia’s writing culture by offering national and state-based literary prizes, as well as fellowships for South Australian writers, with the total prize pool tipping $167,500.

National Awards for published works:

Premier’s Award ($25,000)

Children’s Literature Award ($15,000)

Young Adult Fiction Award ($15,000)

Fiction Award ($15,000)

Non-Fiction Award ($15,000)

John Bray Poetry Award ($15,000)

South Australian Awards and Fellowships:

Jill Blewett Playwright’s Award ($12,500)

Arts South Australia Wakefield Press Unpublished Manuscript Award ($10,000)

The Barbara Hanrahan Fellowship ($15,000)

The Max Fatchen Fellowship ($15,000)

Tangkanungku Pintyanthi Fellowship ($15,000)

Nominations close 5pm Friday 30 June, 2017

For more information visit http://arts.sa.gov.au/2018-adelaide-festival-awards-literature/

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Newcastle Poetry Prize

Closing date: 30th June 2017

Genres: Poetry,

The Newcastle Poetry Prize is now open
Prize pool over $22,000
Closes 8pm EST, Friday 30th June, 2017

Judges: Eileen Chong and Kevin Brophy

Entry Fee: $34

Keep reading…

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THE 2017 UNIVERSITY OF CANBERRA VICE-CHANCELLOR’S INTERNATIONAL POETRY PRIZE

Closing date: 30th June 2017

University of Canberra

Genres: Major prize, Poetry,

Now in its fourth year, the prize celebrates the enduring significance of poetry to cultures everywhere in the world. It marks the University of Canberra’s commitment to creativity and imagination. Prize entries may be submitted until 30 June 2017.

Keep reading…

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AAWP/UWRF Emerging Writers’ Prize

Closing date: 30th June 2017

Meniscus Literary Journal

Genres: Poetry, Short story,

Enter your short story or poem to the ‘AAWP/UWRF Emerging Writers’ Prize’ for your chance to win.

If you win you will receive — a ticket to the Ubud Writers and Readers Festival (UWRF), accommodation for the duration of the festival and $500 towards economy airfares. In addition, you will receive a one-year annual membership to the Australasian Association of Writing Programs (AAWP) and fully subsidised conference fees to attend the annual conference of the AAWP, where you are invited to read from your work. The editors at Meniscus will consider your work for publication.

Keep reading…

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Australian Catholic University (ACU) Prize for Poetry

Closing date: 3rd July 2017

Australian Catholic University

Genres: Poetry,

Entries for the 2017 Australian Catholic University (ACU) Prize for Poetry are now welcome, with writers competing for the coveted $10,000 first prize.

The ACU Prize for Poetry will be awarded for outstanding poetry with the theme ‘Joy’, and will be presented on Thursday 31 August in Melbourne. Keep reading…

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2017 Campbelltown Literary Awards are NOW OPEN

Closing date: 3rd July 2017

Campbeltown City Council

Genres: Short story,

The 2017 Campbelltown Literary awards are now open. Please see the attached form for full conditions and categories: Campbelltown Literary Awards 2017 information Keep reading…

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The Stringybark Dog Eat Dog Short Story Award 2017

Closing date: 16th July 2017

Stringybark Stories

Genres: Short story,

This competition follows in the grand footsteps of our other thematic awards. For this competition we are looking for stories that have as their title a cliché and include one reference to that cliché somewhere in the story. Keep reading…

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Ipswich Poetry Fest Competition

Closing date: 28th July 2017

Ipswich Poetry Fest

Genres: Poetry,

Pens are poised for prose as Ipswich celebrates the launch of the 15th annual Poetry Feast.

A key component of the event will once again be the international writing competition, which features categories for budding poets of all ages.

 

Entries for the international writing competition close at 5pm on Friday, 28 July.

For more information on the Ipswich Poetry Feast visit ipswichpoetryfeast.com.au

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Chapter One: the AAWP Publication Pathway for Emerging Writers

Closing date: 30th July 2017

Australasian Association of Writing Program

Genres: Poetry,

Have you written a poetry collection, literary novel, short story collection, or a hybrid work that crosses genre boundaries? Enter the Australasian Association of Writing Programs’ (AAWP) ‘Chapter One’ competition for your chance to win. Keep reading…

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AAWP/ASSF Short Story Prize

Closing date: 30th July 2017

Meniscus Literary Journal

Genres: Short story,

Enter your short story to the AAWP/ASSF Short Story Prize for your chance to win.

If you win you will receive — a ticket to the Australian Short Story Festival (ASSF) 3-5 November 2017 (Adelaide), accommodation for the duration of the festival (maximum value $500) and return economy airfares (maximum value $500). Keep reading…

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Children’s Peace Literature Award

Closing date: 31st July 2017

Psychologists for Peace

Genres: Fiction, Youth,

Applications close on Monday 31 July 2017. The Award of $3,000, split into junior and senior categories,  is offered by Psychologists for Peace, for books for children published between 1 July 2015 and 30 June 2017 with a theme or main character(s) encouraging the peaceful resolution of conflict and/or promoting peace at the global, local or interpersonal level. Issues dealt with in previous winning entries include bullying, racism, sexism, domestic violence and abuse. The aim is to provide examples for young people of how to deal constructively with conflict. Details at: www.psychology.org.au/about/awards/childrens/ .

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HNSA Short Story Competition

Closing date: 31st July 2017

The Historical Novel Society Australasia (HNSA)

Genres: Short story,

The Historical Novel Society Australasia (HNSA) is holding its 2017 conference in Melbourne on 8-10 September, and has introduced the inaugural HNSA Short Story contest with a prize of $500. This competition is open to all delegates of the Melbourne Historical Novel Society Australasia Conference (HNSA 2017). Keep reading…

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Stories of Life writing competition

Closing date: 31st July 2017

Genres: Flash fiction, Short story,

Closing Date: 31/07/2017

Open to: Australian citizens or those residing permanently in Australia

Theme: Spiritual moments/events from your life that speak of your Christian faith (See website for more detail)

* Keep reading…

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Phone It in – Micro fiction

Closing date: 1st August 2017

Spineless Wonders, National Young Writers Festival

Genres: Flash fiction,

The Spineless Wonders’ Slinkies team scouts for new and emerging writers from across Australia. This year, in collaboration with the National Young Writers Festival, the team will host the Phone It In competition to find the best stories up to 100 words. Keep reading…

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Elyne Mitchell Writing Awards

Closing date: 24th August 2017

Elyne Mitchell Writing Awards

Genres: Fiction, Non fiction,

The Elyne Mitchell Writing Awards is now open to submissions, of up to 2500 words referencing an Australasian rural experience.

The 2017 theme is ‘Local Stories, People, Places and Events’

Entries can be Fiction or Non-Fiction.

$15 entry fee for the Open Category, $10 entry for the Upper Murray Writers category.

Entries close at 5pm on the 24th of August.

Shortlist will be announced on the 2nd of October.

For full details here: EMWA 2017 FLYER

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The ESU-Roly Sussex Short Story Award 2017

Closing date: 25th August 2017

English Speaking Union (QLD)

Genres: Short story,

The English Speaking Union, QLD is delighted to have as our partner in English, Professor Roly Sussex.  Professor Sussex is a Consultant to the Judging Panel. He is an Emeritus Professor of Applied Language Studies at the School of Languages and Comparative Cultural Studies at the University of Queensland and is a former chairman of the State Library of Queensland. He speaks Russian, French, Polish, Czech and Latin and is one of Australia’s leading experts on the meaning and origin of words and phrases including the evolution of the English language. Professor Sussex attracts a wide audience to his ABC Radio program A Word in Your Ear which has run for 15 years and is a weekly columnist for News Limited publications. His passion for literature includes, in  particular, The Competition is one of the most prized Literary Awards and is designed to foster original creative writing of outstanding quality, including experimental, challenging or thought provoking work. The Competition will be held every year, commencing in 2015.

Keep reading…

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Margot Manchester Memorial Short Story Award 2017

Closing date: 31st August 2017

The Society of Women Writers Tasmania

Genres: Short story,

The Society of Women Writers Tasmania present the Margot Manchester Memorial Short Story Award 2017.  1st Prize  $200 and 2nd Prize $50 plus Highly Commended and Commended awards for stories up to 1500 words.  Details from [email protected] or our website at www.swwtas.org.au

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Robyn Mathison Poetry Prize 2017

Closing date: 31st August 2017

The Society of Women Writers Tasmania

Genres: Poetry,

The Society of Women Writers Tasmania present the Robyn Mathison Poetry Prize 2017.  1st Prize $200 and 2nd Prize $50 plus Highly Commended and Commended awards for poetry up to 40 lines. Details from [email protected] or our website at www.swwtas.org.au

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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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SCRIBES WRITERS – “SHORT TAKES”

Closing date: 30th September 2017

Scribe Writers

Genres: Memoir, Short story,

OPEN LITERARY COMPETITION 2017

Category A: Fictional Short Story. (For the purpose of this competition, a fictional short story does not include Fan Fiction.)

Category B: Memoir (For the purpose of this competition, a memoir is defined as an incident or series of related incidents from the writers own life. It is not a mini autobiography or an obituary.)

Keep reading…

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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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The Mozzie Poetry Prizes

Closing date: 31st December 2017

The Mozzie

Genres: Poetry,

The Mozzie is an independent poetry magazine that publishes over 400 poems a year. 2017 will be its twenty-fifth year of publication.

To celebrate, a supporter who wishes to remain anonymous has donated funds to allow us to award three prizes of $100 each. There will be –

  • one prize for what is judged the best poem by a regular contributor,
  • one prize for what is judged the best poem by a contributor who began sending us work after 1 January 2017 and
  • a prize for what is judged the best poem of twelve lines or fewer.

Keep reading…

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