AUSTRALIAN WRITERS' RESOURCE

COMPETITIONS

Home

Last updated 01/05/2016

REBUILDING FRIENDSHIP HOUSE

Friendship House in Myrtleford, Victoria, needs a serious amount of renovation. Two thirds of the current complex requires rebuilding. This Hall is the home of the 1st Myrtleford Scout Group which, we have recently established, has been going for 105 years.

Any donations toward this project would be greatly appreciated and can be forwarded to the 1st Myrtleford Scout Group: PO Box 4, Myrtleford VIC 3737.
Please included a note stating that your donation is for the Friendship House project.

If you enclose a stamped self-addressed envelope a receipt can be returned to you (donations over $2 to Scout Groups are tax deductible within Australia).

If you want more details then please contact us: info@austwriters.com

 

1st Myrtleford Scout Group's Trivia Night and Auction
Pre-auction bids accepted

 

 

The following information has been extracted from other websites and no assurance can be given as its correctness.

Give your hard work the best chance to win, make sure that you follow the entry requirements!

If the entry conditions don't specify it, then generally you can submit the same entry to different competitions at the same time - but if your entry places in one then you should inform the organisers of the other competitions. It is then up to them whether your entry is disqualified or not.

Allow for time to post and double-check closing dates, particularly if the organiser is in another time zone. This is becoming more important to check as we are being more frequently approached by international competitions to be included on our list.

 

NEW LISTINGS THIS MONTH

Child Writes Competition
City of Rockingham Short Fiction Award
Dungala-Kaiela Writing
Ipswich Poetry Feast International Poetry Writing Competition
Knightville Poetry Contest
Machigonne Fiction Contest
Margot Manchester Memorial Short Story Award
Patrick White Yung Indigenous Writers (NSW)
Patron's Prize for Poets
Rees Prize for Young Writers
Robyn Mathison Poetry Prize
Ros Spencer Poetry Prize
Solo Monologue Writing Competition
The Overland Victoria University Short Story Prize for New and Emerging Writers
The Richell Prize for Emerging Writers
The West Australian's Young Travel Writer
Victoria Veterans Community Story Writing and Art Competition

THROUGH THE YEAR

#Blink
US COMPETITION
Closing Date: Every two weeks
Open to:
All
Theme: Check Twitter

Accepts:
Tiny narratives via Twitter
Size: 140 characters
Entry Fee:
Not mentioned
Prize
:First:
Digital copy of F(r)iction and possible publication

Flash 500 Flash Fiction Competition
UK COMPETITION
Closing Date:
Quarterly competitions - see website
Open to: All
Theme: None
Accepts:
Flash Fiction
Size: 500 words
Entry Fee:
£5 for one story, £8 for two stories
Prize
:First:
£300, Second: £200, Third: £100

Needle in the Hay
Closing Date:
Weekly and Monthly competitions - see website
Open to: Per entry details

Theme: Per entry details

Accepts: Per entry details

Size: Per entry details
Entry Fee: Per entry details

Prize
:
Per entry details

Spinetinglers Monthly Short Story Competition
UK COMPETITION
Closing Date:
15th of each Month
Open to: All

Theme: Dark fiction

Accepts: Short Story

Size: 5,000 words
Entry Fee:
Nil
Prizes
: First: £100 and publication in annual Anthology, Second: £50 and possible publication, Third, Fourth & Fifth: £25 and possible publication

MAY 2015

 

Questions Writing Prize
Closing Date: 01/05/2016
Open to: 18 - 30 years
Theme:
None

Accepts:
Fiction or Non-fiction
Size: 1,500 - 2,000 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: $2,000


Scribe Non-fiction Prize for Young Writers
Closing Date: 02/05/2016
Open to: 30 years and under and resident of Australia
Theme: None

Accepts:
Non-fiction
Size: 5,000 - 10,000 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: $3,000, an editorial mentorship and a generour selection of new-release Scribe books

 

What Matters? NSW/ACT
Closing Date: 06/05/2016
Open to:
Students in NSW and ACT
Theme:
What matters to you and why
*
Accepts:
Year 5 & 6: Opinion piece
Size:
400 - 600 words
Entry Fee:
Nil
Prizes: First:
$350, full-day creative writing workship & participation in a Young Writers Forum, Runner-up: $200 & participation in a Young Writers Forum
*

Accepts:
Year 7 & 8: Opinion piece
Size:
400 - 600 words
Entry Fee:
Nil
Prizes: First:
$350, full-day creative writing workship & participation in a Young Writers Forum, Runner-up: $200 & participation in a Young Writers Forum
*

Accepts:
Year 9 & 10: Opinion piece
Size:
400 - 600 words
Entry Fee:
Nil
Prizes: First:
$350, a day at ReachOut.com to meet team and receive professional training as well as opportunity to be paid $200 to produce a feature article for ReachOut.com & participation in a Young Writers Forum, Runner-up: $200 & participation in a Young Writers Forum
*

Accepts:
Year 11 & 12: Opinion piece
Size:
400 - 600 words
Entry Fee:
Nil
Prizes: First:
$350, 1 year members to NSW Writers Centure and opportunity to participate in a one-day writing workship & participation in a Young Writers Forum, Runner-up: $200 & participation in a Young Writers Forum
*
OVERALL WINNER (across NSW/ACT and Tasmania): Ipad & Trophy

 

What Matters Tasmania
Closing Date: 06/05/2016
Open to: Students in Tasmania in years 5 to 12
Theme:
Focus on a matter or issue of significance, expressed with passionate conviction

*
Accepts:
Opinion piece
Size: 400 - 600 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: Not mentioned but in the past there has been prizes allocated per year level
*
OVERALL WINNER (across NSW/ACT and Tasmania): Ipad & Trophy

GRIFFITH REVIEW - The Novella Project IV Competition
Closing Date:
13/05/2016
Open to:
Australian and New Zealand authors
Theme:
Open
Accepts:
Novella
Size:
35,000 words max (preferred is 10,000 - 25,000 words)
Entry Fee:
$50, Griffith REVIEW subscribers = $35
Prizes:
Pool of $25,000

South Perth Young Writers Award
Closing Date: 14/05/2016
Open to: School aged children residing or attending school in the City of South Perth

Theme:
None
*
Accepts:
A. Year 1 - Prose
Size: 1,500 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prizes
: Prizes may be awarded for first and second in category. Possible certificates for Highly commended
*

Accepts:
B. Lower Primary: Year 2 - 3 - Prose
Size: 1,500 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prizes
: Prizes may be awarded for first and second in category. Possible certificates for Highly commended
*

Accepts:
C. Upper Primary: Year 4 - 6 - Prose
Size: 1,500 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prizes
: Prizes may be awarded for first and second in category. Possible certificates for Highly commended
*

Accepts:
D. Lower Secondary: Year 7 - 9 - Prose
Size: 1,500 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prizes
: Prizes may be awarded for first and second in category. Possible certificates for Highly commended
*

Accepts:
F. Upper Secondary: Year 10 - 12 - Prose
Size: 1,500 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prizes
: Prizes may be awarded for first and second in category. Possible certificates for Highly commended
*
Most outstanding entry awarded the Christobel Mattingley Bronze Medallion

ZineWest 2016
Closing Date: 14/05/2016
Open to:
New writers who work, live or study in Western Sydney OR attend a Western Sydney cultural group, aged 16 years and over
Theme:
Open
Accepts:
Word-based works that can be printed
Size:
Poetry: 60 lines including line breaks, Prose:800 words
Entry Fee:
Nil
Prizes: First:
$400, Second & Third: Giramondo Books, Best Poem, Best Prose

Bush Lantern Award 2016
Closing Date: 20/05/2016
Open to:
All
Theme:
Australian Bush verse
Accepts:
Poetry
Size:
100 lines
Entry Fee:
$8, $20 for 3
Prizes:
First:
Bush Lantern Award Trophy & $200, Second: Certificate & $100, Third: Certificate & $75

Bush Lantern Award 2016 - Junior
Closing Date: 20/05/2016
*
Open to:
Primary School students
Theme:
Australian Bush verse
Accepts:
Poetry
Size:
24 lines
Entry Fee:
Nil
Prizes: First:
Trophy & $30, Second: Certificate & $20, Third: Certificate & $10
*
Open to:
Secondary School students
Theme:
Australian Bush verse
Accepts:
Poetry
Size:
40 lines
Entry Fee:
Nil
Prizes: First:
Trophy & $50, Second: Certificate & $30, Third: Certificate & $20

Poetry d'Amour
Closing Date: 27/05/2016
Open to:
All
Theme:
Love
Accepts:
Poetry
Size:
40 lines
Entry Fee:
$10, $20 for 2, $25 for 3, $30 for 4
Prizes:
First:
$300 plus opportunity to perform, Runner-Up: $200 plus opportunity to perform, Highly Commended x 2: Certificate, Commended x 2: Certificate, Youth Incentive (Under 21): $50 and opportunity to perform, Remote and Regional WA Prize: $50 and opportunity to perform

Whitsunday Voices Youth Literature Festival Short Story Competition
Closing Date: 27/05/2016
Open to:
Students from Years 3 to 12
Theme:
Open
*
Accepts:
Years 3 & 4: Short Story
Size:
300 - 400 words
Entry Fee:
Nil
Prizes:
First:
$70, Second: $30 book voucher
*
Accepts:
Years 5 & 6: Short Story
Size:
300 - 500 words
Entry Fee:
Nil
Prizes:
First:
$80, Second: $50 book voucher

Accepts:
Years 7 & 8: Short Story
Size:
400 - 600 words
Entry Fee:
Nil
Prizes:
First:
$100, Second: $50 book voucher

Accepts:
Years 9 & 10: Short Story
Size:
600 - 800 words
Entry Fee:
Nil
Prizes: First:
$200, Second: $70 book voucher

Accepts:
Years 11 & 12: Short Story
Size:
800 - 1,200 words
Entry Fee:
Nil
Prizes: First:
$250, Second: $100 book voucher

AHWA Flash Fiction & Short Story Competition
Closing Date: 31/05/2016
Open to: All
Theme: Horror Stories

*
Accepts:
Flash Fiction
Size: 1,000 words
Entry Fee: $5, AHWA Members = Nil
Prize
: Paid publication in Midnight Echo and an engraved plaque
*

Accepts:
Short Story
Size: 1,001 - 8,000 words
Entry Fee: $10, AHWA Members = Nil
Prize
: Paid publication in Midnight Echo and an engraved plaque

Boree Log Award for Bush Verse
Closing Date:
31/05/2016
Open to: All
Theme: Australian Bush Theme
Accepts:
Bush Verse
Size: 80 lines
Entry Fee: $5
Prize
: $100 plus trophy and certificate

Eastwood/Hills FAW Literary Competition
Closing Date:
31/05/2016
Open to: All
Theme: None

*
Accepts:
Category 1: Short Story
Size: 3,000 words
Entry Fee: $5 or $20 for 5
Prize
: First: $200, Second: $100
*

Accepts:
Category 2: Poetry (except Bush Poetry)
Size: 80 lines
Entry Fee: $5 or $20 for 5
Prize
: First: $150, Second: $50
*

Accepts:
Category 3: Memoir
Size: 1,500 words
Entry Fee: $5 or $20 for 5
Prize
: First: $150, Second: $50
*

Accepts:
Category 4: Pauline Walsh Award for Short Short Story
Size: 800 words
Entry Fee: $5 or $20 for 5
Prize
: First: $100, Second: $50

Field of Words Writing Competitions
Closing Date: 31/05/2016
Open to:
18 years or older
Theme: None
*
Accepts: Short Story
Size: 1,000 - 2,500 words
Entry Fee: $20

Prize
:First:
$500, Runner-up: $100
*
Accepts: Flash Fiction
Size: 100 - 500 words
Entry Fee: $10

Prize
:First:
$200, Runner-up: $50

Friends of the Wollongong City Library Local History Prize
Closing Date:
31/05/2016
Open to: 18 years and over
Theme: History of the City of Wollongong (see Guidelines for more detail)
Accepts:
Local History Paper
Size: MInimum of 10,000 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: $5,000

Positive Words Mini Competition - May
Closing Date:
31/05/2016
Open to: All
Theme: Contains the word: Moon
Accepts:
Short Story or Poetry
Size: 100 words or 10 lines
Entry Fee: $2.00 in stamps
Prize
: Six months subscription to Positive Words

The Fool for Poetry Chapbook Competition
IRISH COMPETITION
Closing Date: 31/05/2016
Open to: All
Theme: None
Accepts:
Poetry collection
Size: 16 - 24 pages
Entry Fee: €25
Prize
: First: €1000, publication and 50 copies, Second:  €500, publication and 50 copies
In addition,
"The winning poets will also be offered a reading and given three nights' accommodation at the 2017 Cork International Poetry Festival. At least one of the prizewinners guaranteed to be a debutante publication"

Shore Scripts Screenwriting Competition
UK COMPETITION
Closing Date:
  31/05/2016 : Early Deadline
  31/07/2016 : Regular Deadline
  31/08/2016 : Late Deadline
Open to: All where each writer, or writing team, may not have earned more than £20,000 in writing fees.
Theme: None

*
Accepts:
Feature script
Size: Close to standard 80-120 pages as possible
Entry Fee: Early Deadline: £30, Regular Deadline: £35, Late Deadline: £40
Prize
: First: £2,000, Script sent to all Judges & Productions Companies, Copy of Final Draft 9, Script Coverage, Script Listing on Inktip, Coffee Break Screenwriting Book
Second:
£500, Script sent to all Judges & Productions Companies, Copy of Final Draft 9, Script Coverage, Script Listing on Inktip, Coffee Break Screenwriting Book

Third:
£200, , Script sent to all Judges & Productions Companies, Copy of Final Draft 9, Script Coverage, Script Listing on Inktip, Coffee Break Screenwriting Book
Fourth:
, Script sent to all Judges & Productions Companies, Copy of Final Draft 9, Script Coverage, Script Listing on Inktip, Coffee Break Screenwriting Book
Fifth:
, Script sent to all Judges & Productions Companies, Copy of Final Draft 9, Script Coverage, Script Listing on Inktip, Coffee Break Screenwriting Book
*
Accepts:
Short script
Size: Close to standard 2-30 pages as possible
Entry Fee: Early Deadline: £25, Regular Deadline: £30, Late Deadline: £35 (£10 discount if enter both Short and Short Fund contests)
Prize
: First: £500, Script sent to all Judges & Productions Companies, Copy of Final Draft 9, Coffee Break Screenwriting Book
Second: £250 , Script sent to all Judges & Productions Companies, Copy of Final Draft 9, Coffee Break Screenwriting Book
Third: , Script sent to all Judges & Productions Companies, Copy of Final Draft 9, Coffee Break Screenwriting Book
*
Accepts: TV Contest - First Episode
Size: Close to standard 15-70 pages as possible
Entry Fee: Early Deadline: £30, Regular Deadline: £35, Late Deadline: £40
Prize
: First: £500, Script sent to all Judges & Productions Companies, Copy of Final Draft 9, Coffee Break Screenwriting Book
Second: £250 , Script sent to all Judges & Productions Companies, Copy of Final Draft 9, Coffee Break Screenwriting Book
Third: , Script sent to all Judges & Productions Companies, Copy of Final Draft 9, Coffee Break Screenwriting Book
*
Accepts: Short Film Fund
Size: Close to standard 6-12 pages as possible and within budget
Entry Fee: Early Deadline: £15, Regular Deadline: £20, Late Deadline: £30 (£10 discount if enter both Short and Short Fund contests)
Prize
: First: Shore Scripts with finance and produce the winning short fund script with a minimum budget of £5,000

The Australian / Vogel's Literary Award
Closing Date:
31/05/2016
Open to: Australian residents aged under 35 years on 31 May 2016
Theme: None
Accepts:
Unpublished manuscript: Fiction, Australian History or biography
Size: 30,000 - 100,000 words
Entry Fee: $25
Prize
: An advance against royalties plus prize money totalling $20,000

JUNE 2016

 

AskPetersen Scholarship: Essay Writing Contest
US COMPETITION
Closing Date:
01/06/2016
Open to: All
Theme: Select one of the topics listed on the website
Accepts:
Essay
Size: 500 - 1,000 words
Entry Fee:
Nil
Prize
: First: $US 200, Second: $US $100, Third: $US 50 Amazon Gift Card

Future Leaders Writing Prize
Closing Date:
01/06/2016
Open to: Year 11 & 12 students in Australian Secondary Schools
Theme:
None

Accepts:
Fiction or Non-fiction
Size: 800 - 1,000 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: $1,000

 

Shoalhaven Literary Award for Poetry
Closing Date: 01/06/2016
Open to: Residents of Australia aged 18 and over
Theme: None

Accepts:
Poetry
Size: 60 lines
Entry Fee:
$10

Prize: First: $1,000 with a two-week artist residency at Bundanon, Second: $300, Third: $100, Encouragement Award for Shoalhaven resident: $200

 

The Lyndall Hadow/Donald Stuart Short Story Competition
Closing Date:
01/06/2016
Open to: All
Theme: None
Accepts: Short Story
Size: 3,000 words
Entry Fee:
$10
Prizes
: First: $400,Second: $100, 2 x Highly Commended: $50
 

NEW LISTING
The Richell Prize for Emerging Writers
Closing Date: 01/06/2016
Open to: Unpublished Australian residents aged 18 years or older
Theme: Adult Fiction and Adult narrative non-fiction (NOT plays, poetry, practical non-fiction or works for children)
Accepts:
Fiction and narrative non-fiction
Size: First three chapters plus synopsis (Max 20,000 words) and 750 words or less on how winning will further your writing career
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: $10,000 and 12-month mentorship with one of Hachette Australia’s publishers

ACU Poetry Prize
Closing Date: 6/06/2016
Open to: Citizens or permanent residents of Australia. Any international student currently studying at an Australian University may also enter
Theme: Loving kindness
Accepts: Poetry
Size: 80 lines
Entry Fee:
$20

Prize: First: $,7,000, Second: $2,000, Third: $1,000

 

NEW LISTING
Patron's Prize for Poets
Closing Date: 10/06/2016
Open to:
Australian Resident
Theme:
Open
Accepts:
Poetry
Size:
50 lines
Entry Fee:
$10, $20 for 3, $30 for 5, Entries by School Children (12-18 years): $5
Prizes:
First:
$200, Second: $100, Third: $50, Novice Poet: $50,Judge's Encouragement Award for Youth: $50, Highly Commended x 4: Certificate, Commended x 4: Certificate

NEW LISTING
The Overland Victoria University Short Story Prize for New and Emerging Writers
Closing Date: 12/06/2016
Open to: Citizens of Australia and New Zealand, or have permanent residency, AND a new or emerging writer (see website for more detail)
Theme: Open

Accepts:
Short Story
Size:
3,000 words
Entry Fee: $20, $12 for Overland subscribers (or $56 for entry fee and subscription), Nil for VIctoria University Students
Prize
: First: $6,000, Runners-up x 2: $1,000

 

HBCA Annual Adults Writing Competitions
Closing Date: 15/06/2016
Open to:
All
Theme:
Open
Accepts:
Short Story
Size:
1,000 words
Entry Fee:
$5
Prizes:
First:
$150, Second: $75, Third: $50, Highly Commended: Certificate

 

HBCA Annual Youth Writing Competition
Closing Date: 15/06/2016
Open to: Australian students
Theme: None

*
Accepts:
Grade 8 - 12: Short Story
Size: 500 words
Entry Fee:
Nil

Prize: First: $100 & Certificate, Second: $75 & Certificate, Third: $50 & Certificate

*
Accepts:
Grade 5 - 7: Short Story
Size: You will need to verify words
Entry Fee:
Nil

Prize: First: $50 & Certificate, Second: $25 & Certificate, Third: Certificate
*

Accepts:
Grade 4 and under: Short Story
Size: 400 words
Entry Fee:
Nil

Prize: First: $25 & Certificate, Second: $20 & Certificate, Third: Certificate

 

Imagination Creation Western Union Young Writers
Closing Date:
17/06/2016
Open to: 18 years and under
Theme:
None
*
Accepts: Poetry - 10 years and under
Size: Not mentioned
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize:
First: $60, Second: $30

*
Accepts: Story/Prose - 10 years and under
Size: 1,000 words
Entry Fee:
Nil
Prize:
First: $60, Second: $30

*
Accepts: Poetry - 11 - 14 years
Size: Not mentioned
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize:
First: $80, Second: $40

*
Accepts: Story/Prose - 11 - 14 years
Size: 2,000 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize:
First: $80, Second: $40
*
Accepts: Poetry - 15 - 18 years
Size: Not mentioned
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize:
First: $100, Second: $50

*
Accepts: Story/Prose - 15 - 18 years
Size: 3,000 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize:
First: $100, Second: $50
*
OTHER AWARDS
Illustrated Story Award:
First: $50, Second: $25
Sherryl Clark Award: $50
Wyhham Local Award: $50 x 4

 

Newcastle Poetry Prize
Closing Date:
17/06/2016
Open to: Australian citizens or permanent residents of Australia, aged over 18 years
Theme: None
Accepts: Poem or Suite of poems
Size: 200 lines
Entry Fee: $33 (& $1 processing fee)
Prize:
First: $15,000, Second: $5,000, Third: $1,000, Local Award: $500, Harri Jones Memorial Prize (for a poet under 35 years): $250, Hunter Writers Centre members' award: $200

 

NEW LISTING
Solo Monologue Competition
Closing Date: 24/06/2016
Open to: All
Theme: None
*
Accepts: High School - Monologue
Size: 400 - 800 words (3 - 6 minutes), one actor
Entry Fee: Nil
Prizes
: First: $500, Short-listed: Dramaturgical advice, the opportunity to rewrite/fine tune for final assessment, a rehearsed reading by a local performer
*
Accepts: Unpublished author - Monologue
Size: 400 - 800 words (3 - 6 minutes), one actor
Entry Fee: Nil
Prizes
: First: $500, Short-listed: Dramaturgical advice, the opportunity to rewrite/fine tune for final assessment, a rehearsed reading by a local performer

*
Accepts: Published author - Monologue
Size: 400 - 800 words (3 - 6 minutes), one actor
Entry Fee: Nil
Prizes
: First:  $500, Short-listed: Dramaturgical advice, the opportunity to rewrite/fine tune for final assessment, a rehearsed reading by a local performer

 

NEW LISTING
The West Australian's Young Travel Writer

Closing Date: 24/06/2016
Open to:
Western Australian Secondary Students (Years 7 - 12)
Theme: Travel Experience
Accepts: Travel Story
Size: 300 - 400 words plus two original photos (check website for full guidelines)
Entry Fee: Nil
Prizes: First x 2: opportunity to go on assignment to the East Kimberley with The West's Travel staff and have their story published, Finalists x 10: Canon Powershot SX60 HS digital camer, exclusive workshop with The West's Travel Editor and chance to have an extract of their entry published

 

Grieve Writing Project

Closing Date: 26/06/2016
Open to:
Over 18
Theme: Grief
Accepts:
Prose or poetry
Size: Prose: 500 words, Poetry: 36 lines
Entry Fee:
$11

Prizes:
$1,500
- For a work selected by the judge from The National Association of Loss and Grief
$1,200 - For a work selected by the judge from 
The Australian Funeral Directors Association
$500 - For a work selected by the judge from The National Association of Loss and Grief
$500 - For a work selected by the judge from The Australian Funeral Directors Association
$200 - For a work selected by the judge from 
Calvary Mater Hospital Pastoral Care
$200 - Donated by
White Lady Funerals, Central Coast and Newcastle
$200 - Donated by
David Lloyd Funerals, Newcastle and Hunter Valley
$200 - For a work selected by the judge from Hunter Writers Centre
$150 - For a work selected by the judge from 
Good Grief - Seasons for Growth program 
- seeking a work about a Grief or Loss other than death/dying
$100 Hunter New England Health Mental Health Services Award
$100 People's Choice award donated by 
Maclean's Booksellers 
$100 Hunter Writers Centre member's prize - you must be a member of Hunter Writers Centre to receive this

 

Dorothea Mackellar Poetry Awards
Closing Date: 30/06/2016
Open to:
School Students enrolled in Australian education facilities

Theme: Optional theme: Waiting

*
Accepts:
Lower Primary (Years K - 3) Poetry
Size: 80 lines
Entry Fee:
Individual (where home-schooled or school not taking part): $15, School Entry up to 30 entries: $25, School Entry over 30 entries: $50

Prize: First: $300, trophy & prize pack, Runner-up: $150 & prize pack
*

Accepts:
Upper Primary (Years 4 - 6. Year 7 in SA) Poetry
Size: 80 lines
Entry Fee:
Individual (where home-schooled or school not taking part): $15, School Entry up to 30 entries: $25, School Entry over 30 entries: $50

Prize: First: $400, trophy & prize pack, Runner-up: $200 & prize pack

*
Accepts:
Assisted Learning Primary Poetry
Size: 80 lines
Entry Fee:
Individual (where home-schooled or school not taking part): $15, School Entry up to 30 entries: $25, School Entry over 30 entries: $50

Prize: First: $400, trophy & prize pack, Runner-up: $200 & prize pack
*

Accepts:
Junior Secondary (Years 7 - 9) Poetry
Size: 80 lines
Entry Fee:
Individual (where home-schooled or school not taking part): $15, School Entry up to 30 entries: $25, School Entry over 30 entries: $50

Prize: First: $500, trophy & prize pack, Runner-up: $300 & prize pack

*
Accepts:
Senior Secondary (Years 10 - 12) Poetry
Size: 80 lines
Entry Fee:
Individual (where home-schooled or school not taking part): $15, School Entry up to 30 entries: $25, School Entry over 30 entries: $50

Prize: First: $500, trophy & prize pack, Runner-up: $300 & prize pack

*
Accepts:
Assisted Learning Secondary Poetry
Size: 80 lines
Entry Fee:
Individual (where home-schooled or school not taking part): $15, School Entry up to 30 entries: $25, School Entry over 30 entries: $50

Prize: First: $500, trophy & prize pack, Runner-up: $300 & prize pack

*
Accepts:
Multicultural NSW Award

Theme:
Cultural diversity within Australian community
Size: 80 lines
Entry Fee:
Individual (where home-schooled or school not taking part): $15, School Entry up to 30 entries: $25, School Entry over 30 entries: $50

Prize: First: $500, trophy & prize pack
*
PRIMARY SCHOOL AWARD: $1,000, trophy & prize pack
*
SECONDARY SCHOOL AWARD: $1,000, trophy & prize pack

 

Joe O'Sullivan Writers' Prize
Closing Date: 30/06/2016
Open to: Western Australian resident
Theme: Remembrance and Reconciliation
Accepts:
Prose, Fact or Fiction
Size: 2,000 - 4,000 words
Entry Fee:
$10

Prize: First: $1,000

 

Joyce Parkes Women's Writers' Prize
Closing Date: 30/06/2016
Open to: Australian Women
Theme: Reflection
Accepts:
Prose, Fact or Fiction
Size: 1,000 - 2,000 words
Entry Fee:
$10

Prize: First: $500

 

Positive Words Mini Competition - June
Closing Date:
30/06/2016
Open to:
All
Theme: Contains the word: Bully
Accepts:
Short Story or Poetry
Size: 100 words or 10 lines
Entry Fee: $2.00 in stamps
Prize
: Six months subscription to Positive Words

 

NEW LISTING
Rees Prize for Young Writers
Closing Date:
30/06/2016
Open to:
All
Theme: Mars and beyond
Accepts:
Short Story
Size: 1,000 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: $100 and $100 book voucher, Second: Complimentary enrolment to FAWWA-hosted workshop, Highly Commended and Commended: Certificates

 

NEW LISTING
Ros Spencer Poetry Prize
Closing Date:
30/06/2016
Open to:
All
Theme: None
Accepts:
Poetry
Size: 60 lines
Entry Fee: $10, $20 for 2, $25 for 3, $30 for 4
Prize: First: $500, Second: $100, Highly Commended x 2, Commended x 2

 

Scribes Writers - "Poetic Licence"

Closing Date: 30/06/2016
Open to: All
Theme: Open

*
Accepts:
A. Traditional Verse
Size: 60 lines
Entry Fee: $7

Prize: First: $200, Second: $100, Highly Commended and Commended: Certificates at the judges' discretion
*

Accepts:
B. Free Verse
Size: 60 lines
Entry Fee: $7

Prize: First: $200, Second: $100, Highly Commended and Commended: Certificates at the judges' discretion

The Moth International Short Story Prize
IRISH COMPETITION

Closing Date: 30/06/2016
Open to: All
Theme: None
Accepts:
Short Story
Size: 6,000 words
Entry Fee: €12
Prize
: First: €3,000, Second: a week-long writing retreat at Circle of Misse in France (including €250 for travel), Third: €1,000.

 

Twisted Tax Tales Short Story Competition
Closing Date: 30/06/2016
Open to: All
Theme: One of the main characters to be an accountant
Accepts:
Short Story
Size: 5,000 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: $10,000,  Top 20: Publication
NOTE: Sales of anthology to support Tassie Devil Appeal

University of Canberra Vice-Chancellor's International Poetry Prize
Closing Date:
30/06/2016
Open to:
18 years and over
Theme:
Open
Accepts:
Poetry
Size:
50 lines and no more than 1,000 words
Entry Fee:
$15 per poem if submitted by 29/02/2016. $20 if submitted after that date. Tertiary (university) students - $10
Prizes:
First:
$15,000, Second: $5,000

JULY 2016

 

Randolph Stow Young Writers Awards
Closing Date: 01/07/2016
Open to: Students in years 3 - 13 studying in the Mid West Region
Theme: None
*
Accepts: Lower Primary - Year 3 & 4 - Prose

Size:
500 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize  All finalists recieve a certificate, cash prizes for first three prize winners and their school recieves a copy of the Radolph Stow Young Writers Awards booklet
*
Accepts: Lower Primary - Year 3 & 4 - Poetry

Size:
No limit
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize  All finalists recieve a certificate, cash prizes for first three prize winners and their school recieves a copy of the Radolph Stow Young Writers Awards booklet
*
Accepts: Upper Primary - Year 5 & 6 - Prose

Size:
1,000 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize  All finalists recieve a certificate, cash prizes for first three prize winners and their school recieves a copy of the Radolph Stow Young Writers Awards booklet
*
Accepts: Upper Primary - Year 5 & 6 - Poetry

Size:
No limit
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize  All finalists recieve a certificate, cash prizes for first three prize winners and their school recieves a copy of the Radolph Stow Young Writers Awards booklet
*
Accepts: Lower Secondary - Year 7 & 8 - Prose

Size:
1,500 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize  All finalists recieve a certificate, cash prizes for first three prize winners and their school recieves a copy of the Radolph Stow Young Writers Awards booklet
*
Accepts: Lower Secondary - Year 7 & 8 - Poetry

Size:
No limit
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize  All finalists recieve a certificate, cash prizes for first three prize winners and their school recieves a copy of the Radolph Stow Young Writers Awards booklet
*
Accepts: Middle Secondary - Year 9 & 10 - Prose

Size:
1,500 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize  All finalists recieve a certificate, cash prizes for first three prize winners and their school recieves a copy of the Radolph Stow Young Writers Awards booklet
*
Accepts: Middle Secondary - Year 9 & 10 - Poetry

Size:
No limit
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize  All finalists recieve a certificate, cash prizes for first three prize winners and their school recieves a copy of the Radolph Stow Young Writers Awards booklet
*
Accepts: Upper Secondary - Year 11 & 12 - Prose

Size:
2,000 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize  All finalists recieve a certificate, cash prizes for first three prize winners and their school recieves a copy of the Radolph Stow Young Writers Awards booklet
*
Accepts: Upper Secondary - Year 11 & 12 - Poetry

Size:
No limit
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize  All finalists recieve a certificate, cash prizes for first three prize winners and their school recieves a copy of the Radolph Stow Young Writers Awards booklet

 

The Blake Poetry Prize
Open to: Citizens or permanent residents of Australia
Theme:
Have a religious or spiritual nature
Accepts:
Poetry
Size:
100 lines
Entry Fee:
$20
Prizes:
First:
$5,000
 

Ledbury Poetry Festival Poetry Competition
UK COMPETITION
Closing Date:
07/07/2016
Open to: All
Theme: None

*
Accepts:
Adult: Poetry
Size: 40 lines
Entry Fee: £5 for first poem, £3.50 thereafter (Additional 0.75p if pay via Paypal)
Prize
: First: £1,000 and a course at Ty Newydd, The National Writers’ Centre for Wales. www.tynewydd.org, Second: £500, Third: £250
*
Accepts:
Young people (12 - 17): Poetry
Size: 40 lines
Entry Fee: Nil for first poem, £1.50 thereafter (Additional 0.75p if pay via Paypal)
Prize
: First: £100,  Second: £50, Third: £25
*
Accepts:
Children (11 and under): Poetry
Size: 40 lines
Entry Fee: Nil for first poem, £1.50 thereafter (Additional 0.75p if pay via Paypal)
Prize
: First: £25 book token,  Second: £15 book token, Third: £10 book token

 

The Peter Blazey Fellowship
Closing Date: 15/07/2016 (Opens 21/03/2016)
Open to: Australian citizen or resident with a publishing record,not currently enrolled in a higher degree
Theme: None

Accepts:
Biography, Autobiography and Life Writing
Size: Curriculum vitae of two pages, synopsis of one page and 5,000 word extract of a work in progress
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: $15,000

Vallum Award for Poetry
CANADIAN COMPETITION
Closing Date: 15/07/2016
Open to: All
Theme: None

Accepts:
Poetry
Size: 60 lines
Entry Fee: $USD 25 for up to three entries (includes 1 year digital subscription)
Prize
: First: $CDN 750 & publication, Second: $CDN 250 & publication

IEUA-QNT, ETAQ and James Cook University Literary Competition
Note: Limitations of entries per School
Closing Date: 22/07/2016
Open to: Students in years 6-12 and teachers from all schools across Queensland and from independent schools across the Northern Territory.
Theme: None

*
Accepts:
A. Years 11-12

1. Poem, 2, Short Story,  3. Non-fiction Prose
Size:
Poem: not mentioned, Short Story: 600-1,500 words, Non-fiction prose: 600 - 1,500 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: $300, Second: $200, Third: $100
*
Accepts:
B. Years 9-10

1. Poem, 2, Short Story
Size:
Poem: not mentioned, Short Story: 500-1,500 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: $150, Second: $100, Third: $75
*
Accepts:
C. Years 7-8

1. Poem, 2, Short Story
Size:
Poem: not mentioned, Short Story: 500-1,200 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: $150, Second: $100, Third: $75
*
Accepts:
D. Year 6

1. Poem, 2, Short Story
Size:
Poem: not mentioned, Short Story: 400-800 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: $150, Second: $100, Third: $75
*
Accepts:
E. Open (Teachers):
Short Story
Size:
800-2,500 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: $300, Second: $200, Third: $100

Young Tasmanian Writers's Prize
Closing Date: 25/07/2016
Open to: Tasmanian students enrolled in Year 7 to 12
*
Theme:
Anniversary, Partnership or Fifty
Accepts:
Year 10 - 12: Short Story
Size: 800 - 1,500 words
Entry Fee: $8
Prizes
: First: $300 & publication with School receiving 12 months subscriptions to TASMANIA 40 South magazine, Runner up x 2: $30 fullers Bookshop voucher

Theme:
Achievement, Celebration or Golden
Accepts:
Year 7 - 9: Short Story
Size: 700 - 1,000 words
Entry Fee: $8
Prizes
: First: $300 & publication with School receiving 12 months subscriptions to TASMANIA 40 South magazine, Runner up x 2: $30 fullers Bookshop voucher

 

Elyne Mitchell Writing Awards
Closing Date: 27/07/2016
Theme: Specific reference to an Australasian Rural experience: A New Perspective
*
Accepts: Open Writers Award - Fiction or Non-fiction
Open to:
All
Size:
2,500 words
Entry Fee: $15
Prizes
: First: $1,000
*
Accepts: Upper Murray Writers Category - Fiction or Non-fiction
Open to:
Local residents of Towang, Tumbarumba and Indigo Shires
Size:
2,500 words
Entry Fee: $10
Prizes
: First: $500
*
Non fiction 'bonus': $100 Dymock Voucher

 

NEW LISTING
Ipswich Poetry Feast International Poetry Writing Competition
Closing Date: 29/07/2016
Open to: All
Theme: None

*
Accepts:
Poetry - 5 - 7 years
Size: No limit
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: $50, Certificate & Bronze Medallion, Second: $30 & Certificate, Third: $20 & Certificate, Highly Commended: $10 & Certificate
*
Accepts:
Poetry - 8 - 10 years
Size: No limit
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: $100, Certificate & Bronze Medallion, Second: $60 & Certificate, Third: $40 & Certificate, Highly Commended: $10 & Certificate
*
*
Accepts:
Poetry - 11 - 13 years
Size: No limit
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: $120, Certificate & Bronze Medallion, Second: $80 & Certificate, Third: $50 & Certificate, Highly Commended: $10 & Certificate
*
*
Accepts: Poetry - 14 - 15 years
Size: No limit
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: $150, Certificate & Bronze Medallion, Second: $90 & Certificate, Third: $60 & Certificate, Highly Commended: $15 & Certificate
*
*
Accepts: Poetry - 16 - 17 years
Size: No limit
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: $250, Certificate & Bronze Medallion, Second: $150 & Certificate, Third: $100 & Certificate, Highly Commended: $15 & Certificate
*
*
Accepts: Poetry - Open Age - Bush Poetry
Size: No limit
Entry Fee: $5
Prize
: First: $600, Certificate & Bronze Medallion, Second: $250 & Certificate, Third: $150 & Certificate, Highly Commended: $20 & Certificate
*
*
Accepts: Poetry - Open Age - Other Poetry
Size: No limit
Entry Fee: $5
Prize
: First: $600, Certificate & Bronze Medallion, Second: $250 & Certificate, Third: $150 & Certificate, Highly Commended: $20 & Certificate
*
*
Accepts: Poetry - Open Age - Local Poets
Size: No limit
Entry Fee: $5
Prize
: First: $600, Certificate & Bronze Medallion, Second: $250 & Certificate, Third: $150 & Certificate, Highly Commended: $20 & Certificate
*

ADDITIONAL PRIZES
OVERALL WINNER IN OPEN AGE: Babies of Walloon Statuette
IPSWICH THEME - 5 - 13 years: $50 & Certificate
IPSWICH THEME - 14 - 17 years: $100 & Certificate
IPSWICH THEME - Open Age: $150 & Certificate
CHAIRPERSON'S ENCOURAGEMENT AWARD: 5 - 17 years: $50 & Certificate
CHAIRPERSON'S ENCOURAGEMENT AWARD: Open Age: $100 & Certificate
CHAIRPERSON'S SCHOOL AWARD: $150 & Certificate
MENTORSHIP AWARD: 15hr with a professional Australian Poet (valued at $1050) & Certificate

 

Mental Health Foundation Schools' Creative Writing Competition
Closing Date: 29/07/2016
Open to: Students enrolled in Years 5 - 12 in Victorian Schools
Theme: What you feel, think of, or have experienced about mental health issues

*
Accepts:
Upper Primary (Years 5 - 6): Play, Poem or Story
Size: 1,000 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: $100

Accepts:
Lower Secondary (Years 7, 8 & 9): Play, Poem or Story
Size: 1,000 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: $125

Accepts:
Upper Secondary (Years 10, 11 & 12): Play, Poem or Story
Size: 1,000 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: $150

 

NEW LISTING
Victorian Veterans Community Story Writing and Art Competition
ART, CRAFT & PHOTOGRAPHY SECTIONS AVAILABLE
(Additional special awards relating to these sections)

Closing Date:
29/07/2016
Open to: Members of the ex-service community residing in Victoria (see website) aged 18 and over
*
1A
Theme: True Wartime Experience
Accepts:
Prose
Word Limit: 3,000 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: $200 & Certificate & The Sir Edward 'Weary' Dunlop Award - Cheque, Second: $100 & Certificate, Third: $75 & Certificate, Honourable Mentions: Certificate, Encouragement: The Lou Perlstein Award for Story Writing True Wartime Experience - Cheque and Engraved Plaque
*
1B

Theme: True Life Experience
Accepts:
Prose
Word Limit: 3,000 words

Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: $200 & Certificate, Second: $100 & Certificate, Third: $75 & Certificate, Honourable Mentions: Certificate
*
1C
Theme: None
Accepts:
Fiction
Word Limit: 3,000 words

Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: $200 & Certificate, Second: $100 & Certificate, Third: $75 & Certificate, Honourable Mentions: Certificate
*
1D
Theme: None
Accepts:
Poetry
Word Limit: 3,000 words

Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: $200 & Certificate, Second: $100 & Certificate, Third: $75 & Certificate, Honourable Mentions: Certificate, Encouragement: Vice Admiral W.R. Creswell Poetry Encouragement Award in memory of Lloyd and Vera Saltmarsh – Framed photograph of the Vice Admiral
*
1E
Theme: We'll Meet Again

Accepts:
Prose
Word Limit: 3,000 words

Entry Fee:
Nil
Prize
: First: $200 & Certificate& National Servicemen’s Association (Northern Branch) Special Award - Cheque, Second: $100 & Certificate, Third: $75 & Certificate, Honourable Mentions: Certificate

ADDITIONAL SPECIAL PRIZES
The Sir Edmund Herring Memorial Prize - Engraved Silver Tray:
Awarded to the most outstanding first prize entry

The John Quinlivan TPI Special Recognition Award - Engraved plaque: For a winner and a runner-up who produced  entries under special hardship
Legacy Novice Award for a First Year Entrant in Writing – Cheque and certificate: For First time writing entrants to a winner and runner-up deemed worthy of encouragement.

 

MiNDFOOD Short Story
Closing Date: 30/07/2016
Open to:
Australian and New Zealand resident18 years and over
Theme:
Open
Accepts:
Short Story
Size:
Approximately 2,000 words ie. it should be around 2,000 words long
Entry Fee:
Nil
Prizes:
Australian First:  
AU$1,000 prepaid gift card, New Zealand First: NZ$1,000 prepaid gift card

 

InkTears Flash Fiction Competition
UK competition
Closing Date:
31/07/2016
Open to:
UK + International,18 years and over
Theme:
None
Accepts: Short Story
Size: 500 words
Entry Fee: £3;50
Prizes
: First: £250, Runner-up: £50, Highly commended x 4: £25, All winners: Story published to the InkTears Readership

 

Positive Words Mini Competition - July
Closing Date:
31/07/2016
Open to: All
Theme: Contains the word: Pride
Accepts:
Short Story or Poetry
Size: 100 words or 10 lines
Entry Fee: $2.00 in stamps
Prize
: Six months subscription to Positive Words

 

Stories of Life
Closing Date: 31/07/2016
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)

*
Accepts:
Eternity Matters Stories of Life - Short Story - Open
Size: 1,500 words
Entry Fee: $10
Prize
: First: $1,000, Second: $300, Third: $200
*

Accepts:
Tabor College Stories of Life - Short Story - Open
Size: 500 words
Entry Fee: $10
Prize
: First: $1,000, Second: $300, Third: $200

*
Accepts:
Lutheran Schools Association Young Stories - Short Story - aged 17 and under
Size: 500 - 1,000 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: $1,000, Second: $300, Third: $200

 

AUGUST 2016

 

SAETA Spring Poetry Festival
Closing Date: 05/08/2016
Open to: Students and teachers in Australian Schools
Theme: None

*
Accepts:
Students in Yr 11 - 12 - Poetry
Size: Not mentioned
Entry Fee: Entry fee per school to cover administrative costs. $10 for corporate member schools and $20 for non - member schools
Prize
: $50 x 2
*

Accepts:
Students in Yrs up to Yr 10 - Poetry
Size: Not mentioned
Entry Fee: Entry fee per school to cover administrative costs. $10 for corporate member schools and $20 for non - member schools
Prize
: $50 x 2

NEW LISTING
City of Rockingham Short Fiction Awards
Closing Date:
12/08/2016
Open to: All
Theme:
Inspired by, drawn upon, or use the theme of the artwork upon the entry form
*
Accepts:
Open Awards - Short Story
Size: 1,000- 4,000 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prizes
: First: $600, Second: $300, Third: $200, Commendations x 2: $50
*
Accepts:
Over 50s - Short Story
Size: 1,000- 4,000 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prizes
: First: $600, Second: $300, Third: $200, Commendations x 2: $50
*
Accepts:
Young Writers (10 - 17) Awards - Short Story
Size: 1,000- 4,000 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prizes
: First: $400, Second: $250, Third: $100

NEW LISTING
Knightville Poetry Contest

US COMPETITION
Closing Date: 15/08/2016
Open to: All
Theme: None
Accepts:
Poetry
Size: 150 lines
Entry Fee: $US 20 for up to three poems
Prize
: First: $US 1,500

 

NEW LISTING
Machigonne Fiction Contest

US COMPETITION
Closing Date: 15/08/2016
Open to: All
Theme: None
Accepts:
Fiction
Size: 5,000 words
Entry Fee: $US 20
Prize
: First: $US 1,500
 

The Betty Olle Poetry Award

Closing Date: 15/08/2016
Open to: All
Theme: Australian

*
Accepts:
Open - Australian Bush Verse
Size: Not mentioned
Entry Fee: $10
Prize
: First: The 'Betty Olle' Poetry Award & $500, Runner-Up: Certificate & $200, Highly Commended: Certificate
*

Accepts:
Junior (12 years and under - Australian Bush Verse
Size: Not mentioned
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: The 'Betty Olle' Junior Poetry Award & $100, Runner-Up: Certificate & $50, Highly Commended: Certificate

 

Umoja Orphanage Writing Competition
Per Website: ALL proceeds to Umoja Orphanage Kenya (Reg. Charity CH2110) and sponsorship of volunteering to Orphanage Kenya project (a Project of RAWCS) a project sponsored by Sunrise Rotary Club Bundaberg.
Closing Date: 26/08/2016
Open to: All
Theme: Peace
Accepts:
Short Fiction, essay or travel article
Size: 1,000 words
Entry Fee: $10
Prize
: First: Trophy and certificate, Second: Certificate, Third: Certificate

 

NEW LISTING
Dungala-Kaiela Writing
Closing Date: 31/08/2016
Open to: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with a connection to the Goulburn Valley region
Theme: Open

*
Accepts:
Story/Yarn/Article/Play - Elder
Size: 500 - 3,000 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: $200
*
Accepts:
Story/Yarn/Article/Play - Open (19 years and over)
Size: 500 - 3,000 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: $400
*

Accepts:
Story/Yarn/Article/Play - Youth - 13 to 18 years
Size: 500 - 2,000 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: $150
*

Accepts:
Story/Yarn/Article/Play - Junior - Up to 12 years
Size: 100 - 500 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: $75
*

Accepts:
Aboriginal Languages of the region in any written form - Open (19 years and over)
Size: Not mentioned
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: $400
*

Accepts:
Aboriginal Languages of the region in any written form - Youth - 13 to 18 years
Size: Not mentioned
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: $150
*

Accepts:
Aboriginal Languages of the region in any written form - Junior - Up to 12 years
Size: Not mentioned
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: $75
*

Accepts:
Poem/Lyric/Rap - Open (19 years and over)
Size: 6 - 40 lines
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: $200
*

Accepts:
Poem/Lyric/Rap - Youth - 13 to 18 years
Size: 6 - 20 lines
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: $100
*

Accepts:
Poem/Lyric/Rap - Upt to 12 years
Size: 5 - 10 lines
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: $50

 

FAW Tasmania Poetry Prize
Closing Date: 31/08/2016
Open to:
All
Theme: None
Accepts: Poetry
Size: 60 lines
Entry Fee: $5

Prize
:First:
$150, Runner-up: $50

 

Hilarie Lindsay Young Writers Poetry Story Competition
Closing Date: 31/08/2016
Open to: Australian School Children
Theme: Open

*
Accepts:
Section 1 - Poetry - Yrs 10, 11 & 12
Size: 60 lines
Entry Fee: $2
Prize
: First: $200
*

Accepts:
Section 2 - Poetry - Yrs 7, 8 & 9
Size: 40 lines
Entry Fee: $2
Prize
: First: $175
*

Accepts:
Section 3 - Poetry - Yrs 5 & 6
Size: 40 lines
Entry Fee: $2
Prize
: First: $175
*

Accepts:
Section 4 - Poetry - Yrs 4 and under
Size: 20 lines
Entry Fee: $2
Prize
: First: $50

 

NEW LISTING
Margot Manchester Memorial Short Story Award

Closing Date:  
31/08/2016
Open to: All
Theme:
Open
Accepts: Short Story
Size: 1,200 - 1,500 words
Entry Fee: $5
Prizes
: First: $200. Second: $50, Highly Commended and Commended: Certificates

 

Positive Words Mini Competition - August
Closing Date:
31/08/2016
Open to: All
Theme: Contains the word: Fox
Accepts:
Short Story or Poetry
Size: 100 words or 10 lines
Entry Fee: $2.00 in stamps
Prize
: Six months subscription to Positive Words

 

NEW LISTING
Robyn Mathison Poetry Prize
Closing Date:  
31/08/2016
Open to: All
Theme: None
Accepts: Poetry
Size: 40 lines
Entry Fee: $5
Prizes
: First: $200. Second: $50, Highly Commended and Commended: Certificates

 

SEPTEMBER 2016

 

NEW LISTING
Child Writes Competition  Illustrators category available
Closing Date:
11/09/2016
Open to:
Australian primary-school aged children
Theme: None
Accepts: Childrens' Book
Size: 800 words
Entry Fee: $15 (proceeds to the Child Writes Foundation)
Prize
: Winning writer paired with the winning illustrator, to produce a book, which will be published by Boogie Books as a hard copy publication, and distributed by Child Writes.
Royalties will be paid to the author and illustrator, for book sales that are generate
d

Heywire Competition
Note: Audio, Video and Photo story categories available
Closing Date: 16/09/2016
Open to: Australian Residents aged 16-22 and not living in Melbourne, Adelaide, Brisbane, Perth or Sydney
Theme: You and/or your community and true

Accepts:
Audio, Video, Photos or Text
Size:
Video & Audio: 2 - 4 minutes, Photos: 5 images (check as elsewhere on site it says 10 images), Text: around 400 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize (awarded to multiple people)
: Opportunity for story to be produced for ABC and an all-expenses paid trip to the Heywire Youth Issues Forum in Canberra (details on website).

NEW LISTING
Patrick White Young Indigenous Writers (NSW)
Closing Date:
23/09/2016
Open to: Indigenous Australian students (Kindergarten to Year 12) studying in NSW
Theme:
One of three themes: "Things are not always what they seem...", "Dreaming", "Standing on one leg..."

Accepts:
Short Story, Play, Poem. Group work accepted for Year K-3 to encourage shared learning
Size: 1,500 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: Prizes from $50 up to $500 and Encouragement Awards from $20 up to $250 will be awarded to students from Kindergarten to Year 12 for Poetry and Short Story or Play.
Prizes of up to $250 will be awarded for Kindergarten –Year 1 and Year 2-3 Group work

FAWNS Mini Memoir Competition
Closing Date: 30/09/2016
Open to: All
Theme: None
Accepts:
Memoir
Size: 750 words
Entry Fee:
$10, $15 for 2
Prize
: First: $200, Second: $100, Highly Commended and Commended: Certificates

 

FAWNS Poetry Themes Competition
Closing Date: 30/09/2016
Open to: All
Theme: Nature
Accepts:
Poetry
Size: 60 lines
Entry Fee:
$10, $15 for 2
Prize
: First: $200, Second: $100, Highly Commended and Commended: Certificates

 

FAW NSW Jean Stone Award
Closing Date: 30/09/2016
Open to: Australian Residents 18 years and over
Theme: None
Accepts:
Poetry
Size: 60 lines
Entry Fee:
$10
Prize
: First: $500

 

FAW NSW Walter Stone Award for Life Writing

Closing Date: 30/09/2016
Open to: Australian Residents 18 years and over
Theme: None
Accepts:
Biography, Autobiography, Memoir, Monograph or Bibliography
Size:
10,000 - 25,000 words
Entry Fee:
$25
Prize
: First: $1,500

 

Positive Words Mini Competition - September
Closing Date:
30/09/2016
Open to: All
Theme: Contains the word: Snail
Accepts:
Short Story or Poetry
Size: 100 words or 10 lines
Entry Fee: $2.00 in stamps
Prize
: Six months subscription to Positive Words

 

OCTOBER 2016

 

Flash 500 Novel Opening Chapter & Synopsis Competition
UK COMPETITION
Closing Date:
31/10/2016
Open to: All
Theme: None
Accepts:
Opening Chapter of a Novel with Synopsis
Size: Not mentioned
Entry Fee:
£10, (£25 for optional critique)

Prize
:First:
£500, Second: £200

 

Positive Words Mini Competition - October
Closing Date:
31/10/2016
Open to: All
Theme: Contains the word: Sorry
Accepts:
Short Story or Poetry
Size: 100 words or 10 lines
Entry Fee: $2.00 in stamps
Prize
: Six months subscription to Positive Words

 

NOVEMBER 2016

Field of Words Writing Competitions
Closing Date: 31/05/2016 (Opens July 1)
Open to:
18 years or older
Theme: None
*
Accepts: Short Story
Size: 1,000 - 2,500 words
Entry Fee: $20

Prize
:First:
$500, Runner-up: $100
*
Accepts: Flash Fiction
Size: 100 - 500 words
Entry Fee: $10

Prize
:First:
$200, Runner-up: $50

 

Positive Words Mini Competition - November
Closing Date:
30/11/2016
Open to: All
Theme: Contains the word: Knock
Accepts:
Short Story or Poetry
Size: 100 words or 10 lines
Entry Fee: $2.00 in stamps
Prize
: Six months subscription to Positive Word

 

DECEMBER 2016

 

Positive Words Mini Competition - December
Closing Date:
31/12/2016
Open to: All
Theme: Contains the word: Angel
Accepts:
Short Story or Poetry
Size: 100 words or 10 lines
Entry Fee: $2.00 in stamps
Prize
: Six months subscription to Positive Words

 

FEBRUARY 2017

 

Flash 500 Short Story Competition
UK COMPETITION
Closing Date:
28/07/2016
Open to: All
Theme: None
Accepts:
Short Story
Size: 3,000 words
Entry Fee:
£7 for one, £12 for two, £16 for three, £20 for four (£25 for optional critique)

Prize:First: £500, Second: £200, Third: £100

 

JUNE 2017

 

Henry Savery National Short Story Award

Closing Date: 30/06/2017
Open to: Australian residents
Theme: Open
Accepts:
Short Story
Size: 2,500 words
Entry Fee:
$5

Prize: First: $400, Second: $100