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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.




Penguin Random House Australia Literary Prize

Closing date: 20th October 2017

Penguin Random House

Genres: Fiction, Non fiction, Novel,

We are thrilled to announce the establishment of the inaugural Penguin Random House Australia Literary Prize.  Officially launched at the Leading Edge Books Roadshow in Sydney on 17 July, this prize endeavours to find, nurture and develop new Australian authors writing in the areas of literary fiction and non-fiction, and celebrates the recent formation of the Penguin Random House Literary Division.

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2017 Monte Miller Awards – script-writing competition

Closing date: 23rd October 2017

Australian Writers' Guild

Genres: Stage/screen,

Categories are open to short and long form work across all genres and formats, including film, television, theatre and interactive media, with the winning scripts to be announced at a dedicated industry event in Melbourne.

The Prize

• Eligibility for entry onto AWG’s Pathways Program
• Presentation of the winning scripts and screenwriters at a dedicated industry event to be held in Melbourne. Keep reading…

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ArtAscent – ‘Paradise’: International Call For Artists and Writers

Closing date: 31st October 2017


Genres: Fiction, Flash fiction, Non fiction, Poetry, Prose, Short story,

| Eligible Submissions: 

Entries may include 2- and 3-dimensional media, such as paintings, drawings, photography, mixed media, installations, ceramics, jewelry, fabric, sculpture, fiction, poetry, short stories and other written explorations (up to 900 words). Submissions must be the original work of the applicant(s). Apply using the online form. Keep reading…


The Stringybark Malicious Mysteries Short Story Award 2017

Closing date: 5th November 2017

Stringybark Stories

Genres: Fiction, Non fiction, Short story,

Stringybark Stories is delighted to request the pleasure of your company for a journey into writing tales of mystery and imagination. Any tale with a mysterious element and perhaps a sting-in-the-tail is wanted for our latest intriguing short story competition.

Stringybark invites you to write a short story of up to 1500 words that addresses the theme. The Prize value for this competition is over $1000 in cash and books. International entries most welcome. Keep reading…


14th Ashurst Business Literature Prize

Closing date: 10th November 2017

State Library of New South Wales

Genres: Business and Finance,

Entries now open for Australia’s most prestigious business literature prize

The State Library of NSW is calling for entries in the 14th Ashurst Business Literature Prize, Australia’s richest and most prestigious literary award for business writing.

Eligible books must have been first published between 1 September 2016 and 31 August 2017, and be commercially available in Australia within this period. Application forms and guidelines can be downloaded here.

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Veterans SA – Anzac Centenary Reflections Competition

Closing date: 11th November 2017

Veterans SA

Genres: Australian History, Poetry, Prose, Short story,

Creative Writing

The Anzac Centenary Reflections Competition is a short film, photography and writing competition run specifically for South Australians during the Anzac Centenary.

Short story 2,000 words/poetry 60 lines
Prize – $250 voucher for short story, $250 voucher for poetry
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


Australian Book Review – Peter Porter Poetry Prize

Closing date: 3rd December 2017

Australian Book Review

Genres: Poetry,

Judges: John Hawke, Bill Manhire, and Jen Webb

First Prize: AU$5,000 and Arthur Boyd’s etching and aquatint The lady and the unicorn, 1975
Second Prize: AU$2,000
Three other shortlisted poets: AU$500 each

Poems must not exceed 75 lines and must be written in English.

Deadline for entries is 3 December 2017 Keep reading…


2017 Celtic Mythology Short Story Competition

Closing date: 10th December 2017

Irish Imbas Books

Genres: Fiction, Short story,

Submissions for the 2017 Celtic Mythology Short Story Competition are now open

With the Celtic Mythology Short Story competition, we’re hoping to collect the best contemporary narratives on genuine Gaelic/Celtic mythology that we can find.  Stories from Celtic mythology have been lying dormant in the shadow of “Children’s fairytales” for far too long and it’s time to haul them back out into the open where they belong. Keep reading…


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.

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Fiction Factory – International Short Story Competition

Closing date: 7th January 2018

Fiction Factory

Genres: Fiction, Short story,

  • Deadline for entries: 7 January 2018
  • Length of story: max 3000 words
  • All types of stories are welcome (excluding Children’s and Young Adult Fiction).
  • Entry Fee: £6.00
  • (Optional critique: £5.00) Keep reading…


Calibre Essay Prize – Australian Book Review

Closing date: 15th January 2018

Australian Book Review

Genres: Essay, Non fiction,

Calibre Essay Prize now open!

Australian Book Review welcomes entries in the twelfth 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 also available. The Prize is worth a total of AU$7,500.

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The Hope Prize – national short story competition

Closing date: 31st January 2018

Brotherhood of St Laurence

Genres: Fiction, Non fiction, Short story,

The Hope Prize, the Brotherhood of St Laurence’s national short story competition, is open for entries

The total prize pool is $17,500, while two Women’s Writing Career Development Scholarships — of $5,000 each — will also be awarded.

Authors must be Australian residents and entries must be between 2000 and 5000 words. The closing date for entries is January 31, 2018. Keep reading…

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Closing date: 1st February 2018

Team Golfwell

Genres: Short story,

Become an International Award-Winning Author
Win $125 Amazon Books of Your Choice
Win Kindle Edition(s) of Golfwell’s Book(s) and more!

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