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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.

 

 

 

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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THE 2017 FAWQ LITERARY AWARDS

Closing date: 31st May 2017

The Fellowship of Australian Writers Queensland

Genres: Essay, Poetry, Short story,

FOR THOSE WHO LOVE TO WRITE

FAWQ IS NOW ACCEPTING ENTRIES

IN THE 2017 FAWQ LITERARY AWARDS IN THE FOLLOWING CATEGORIES

Category A – Short Story between 1500 and 2000 words

Category B – Article up to 1000 words

Category C – Poetry up to 40 lines

The Competition opens 9th March, 2017 and closes 31st May, 2017 Keep reading…

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David Unaipon Award for Unpublished Indigenous Writers

Closing date: 31st May 2017

University of Queensland Press

Genres: Indigenous,

Are you an Australian First Nations writer with an original manuscript? You could win $10, 000 and a publication contract!

The David Unaipon Award for Unpublished Indigenous Writers is now open for nominations! This Award is open to all unpublished Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander writers anywhere in Australia. Manuscripts can be in any literary category including novels, collections of short stories and/or poems, works for children, biographies and memoirs, other non-fiction works, plays and scripts. Keep reading…

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Overland VU Short Story Prize for New and Emerging Writers

Closing date: 31st May 2017

Overland

Genres: Short story,

The Overland Victoria University Short Story Prize for New and Emerging Writers encourages excellent and original short fiction, by new-ish writers, of up to 3000 words in length. It’s a coveted annual award for new writers, with a grand first prize of $6000 and two runner-up prizes of $1000. All three stories will be published in the Overland’s spring issue. Judges will be announced shortly. (For the purposes of this competition, ‘new or emerging’ describes a writer who has published no more than one book with commercial distribution.)

Full competition details can be found on their website: https://overland.org.au/prizes/vu-short-story-prize-for-new-and-emerging-writers/

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Blake Poetry Prize

Closing date: 2nd June 2017

Liverpool City Library and Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre

Genres: Poetry,

Australian poets are encouraged to enter this year’s Blake Poetry Prize, which for the first time is being hosted by Liverpool City Library and Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre.

Entries close on 2 June for this prestigious biennial event, which has a first prize of $5000. Keep reading…

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THE PRIME MINISTER’S LITERARY AWARDS: CALL FOR ENTRIES

Closing date: 2nd June 2017

Genres: Australian History, Fiction, Non fiction, Poetry, Young Adult, Youth,

The Prime Minister, the Hon Malcom Turnbull MP, and the Minister for the Arts, Senator the Hon Mitch Fifield, have announced the opening of entries for the 2017 Prime Minister’s Literary Awards (the Awards). This year marks 10 years of celebrating contemporary Australian literature. Keep reading…

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Father’s Day Essay Contest

Closing date: 5th June 2017

Shame Kills and Drug Rehab

Genres: Essay,

Shame Kills has been so overwhelmed by the response to our Mother’s Day Contest, that we decided to add a Father’s Day Contest!

Moms may be the glue that keeps a family together, but Dads are the support structure.

Because we think fathers deserve recognition too, and in honor of Father’s Day, Drug Rehab and Shame Kills are partnering to sponsor the essay contest, “When I think of My Dad…” with a $200 prize for the winning essay.

For full entry details, see their website: http://www.drugrehab.org/fathers-day-essay-contest/

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2017 Grieve Writing Competition

Closing date: 9th June 2017

Genres: Flash fiction, Poetry, Short story,

The 2017 Grieve Writing Competition
in honour of Grief Awareness month (August)
Submit a 500 word story or a poem up to 36 lines
Over $7000 in prizes
Over 150 works published in the anthology Keep reading…

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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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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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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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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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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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