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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.

 

 

 

KYD Unpublished Manuscript Award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This award will assist an early-career author in the development of their unpublished manuscript.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 winning entry receives $1000. A runner-up wins $250. First and second prized stories will also be published in an issue of Review of Australian Fiction.

Shortlisted entries will be judged by Ryan O’Neill, author of the short story collection “The Weight of a Human Heart” and the recent novel-in-stories “Their Brilliant Careers: The Fantastic Lives of Sixteen Extraordinary Australian Writers”.

Submissions open 20th February and close 31st March 2017. Entries will be accepted via online application only at: https://www.moorabool.vic.gov.au/petercareyaward

The entry fee is $10 per story and you may enter as many times as you like. Please see Terms & Conditions for further details.

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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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May Gibbs Children’s Literature Trust

Closing date: 30th April 2017

May Gibbs Trust

Genres: Picture book, Youth,

Applications for 2018 creative time residential fellowships are now open

Published authors or illustrators of at least one book for children or young people are invited to apply for “the gift of time,” with a May Gibbs Trust creative time residential fellowship. The Trust provides delightful rent-free accommodation and local support in one of our three host cities – Adelaide, Canberra or Brisbane.

Visit maygibbs.org.au

Click on all the information provided under ‘creative time fellowships’

  1. This information is most effectively viewed on a computer screen and may not appear on phones or tablets

For application details contact Sally Chance, Fellowships Coordinator: [email protected]

Completed applications must be received by 11.59 pm on Sunday April 30 2017

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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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SENTINEL LITERARY QUARTERLY POETRY COMPETITION (MAY 2017)

Closing date: 31st May 2017

SENTINEL POETRY MOVEMENT

Genres: Poetry,

Judge: Anthony Watts

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 and in print) on 31st July,
2017.

Results: will be announced on 15-July-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:

SENTINEL POETRY MOVEMENT, 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/index.htm [1]

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The Australian/Vogel’s Literary Award 2018

Closing date: 31st May 2017

Allen and Unwin

Genres: Major prize,

Win publication plus $20,000 with The Australian/Vogel’s Literary Award 2018.

Are you a writer under the age of 35? Could you be Australia’s best new young writer? Then here’s your chance to enter Australia’s richest and most prestigious award for an unpublished manuscript with The Australian/Vogel’s Literary Award 2018. 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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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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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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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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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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