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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.

 

 

 

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.

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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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The 2017 Newcastle Writers Festival joanne burns Microlit Award

Closing date: 31st August 2017

Newcastle Writers Festival and Spineless Wonders

Genres: Flash fiction, Poetry,

The Newcastle Writers Festival and publisher Spineless Wonders are excited to announce the launch of the 2017 joanne burns Microlit Award. Melbourne writer and academic Cassandra Atherton will judge the competition entries, which are invited from writers across Australia as well as from Australians living overseas. The theme of this year’s competition is ‘time’ and the maximum length of entries is 200 words. The competition deadline is 31 August, 2017.

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East Avenue Books Poetry Competition

Closing date: 31st August 2017

East Avenue Books

Genres: Poetry,

To celebrate the importance of poetry to East Avenue Books we are holding an inaugural poetry competition.

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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.)

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The Port Stephens Literature Award 2017

Closing date: 30th September 2017

Genres: Short story,

Short stories up to 2000 words on any topic.

1st $500 – Port Stephens Council Award

2nd $300 – Club Lemon Tree Award

3rd $150 – News of the Area Award  Keep reading…

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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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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.

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