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Last updated 01/04/2019
 


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

Anthem Essay Contest
Atlas Shrugged Essay Contest
Bruce Dawe National Poetry Prize
Enchanting Poetry - Australian Poetry Callout
Fresh Words Writing Competition
Hammond House Competitions
Heywire Competition
Hilarie Lindsay Young Writers Short Story Competition
IEU QLD & NT Literary Competition
Ipswich Poetry Feast International Poetry Writing Competition
Ledbury Poetry Festival Competition
Marjorie Barnard Short Story Award
Monash Undergraduate Prize for Creative Writing
Newcastle Poetry Prize
Northern Territory Literary Awards
Patrick White Young Indigenous Writers (NSW)
Queensland Bush Poetry Championship - Written Section
Ros Spencer Poetry Award
SAETA Spring Poetry Festival
Silver Quill Written Competition
Stories of Life
Stuart Hadow Short Story Prize
The Fountainhead Esay Contest
The New Guard Knightville Poetry Contest
The New Guard Machigonne Fiction Contest
Vallum Award for Poetry
Wells Festival of Literature
Whitsunday Voices Youth Literature Festival Short Story Competiton


THROUGH THE YEAR

AWC Furious Fiction
Opens: 5pm (Sydney/Melbourne time) on the first Friday of every month
Closes:
55 hours later (midnight, Sunday)
Open to: 17 years and older
Theme: Story prompt provided
Accepts:
Flash Fiction
Size: 500 words
Entry Fee:
Not mentioned but looks to be nil
Prize
:First:
$500

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

The Writing Quarter Competition
Closing Date: Last day of the month
Open to: Aged 18 or over
Theme: None
Accepts: Short Story
Size: 3,000 words
Entry Fee: Nil

Prize
:$30 via Paypal

 

CLOSED MARCH 2019


Mulga Bill Writing Award
The Ada Cambridge Biographical Prose Prize
The Ada Cambridge Poetry Prize
Tenterfield's Oracles of the Bush
Peter Carey Short Story Award
The Young Adas
The Sheila Malady Short Story Competition
GRIFFITH REVIEW 66: The Novella Project VII Competition
Henry Lawson Festival
Peter Cowan 600 Short Story Competition
British Theatre Challenge
Limnisa Short Story Competition
Positive Words Mini Competition - March
The Henshaw Competition
The Caterpillar Poetry Prize
W B Yeats Poetry Prize

 

APRIL 2019


Tethered By Letters Spring Literary Competition
US COMPETITION
Closing Date: 05/04/2019
Open to: All
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Theme:
None
Accepts: Creative Non-Fiction
Size: 1,000 to 7,500 words
Entry Fee: $US 10
Prizes
: First: $US 500 & publication, 5 x finalists: professional edit & consideration for publication
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Theme: None
Accepts: Short Story
Size: 1,000 to 7,500 words
Entry Fee: $US 15
Prizes
: First: $US 1,000 & publication, 5 x finalists: professional edit & consideration for publication
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Theme:
None
Accepts: Flash Fiction
Size: 750 words
Entry Fee: $US 8 or 3 for $US 12
Prizes
: First: $US 300 & publication, 5 x finalists: professional edit & consideration for publication
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Theme:
None
Accepts: Poetry
Size: three pages
Entry Fee: $US 8 or 3 for $US 12
Prizes
: First: $US 300 & publication, 5 x finalists: professional edit & consideration for publication

CYA - Aspiring (Unpublished) Competition
Closing Date: 07/04/2019
Open to: Check website
Theme: None
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Accepts: Picture book - text only for pre-school children
Size: 500 words
Entry Fee: $20.50
Prizes: First: 15-minute editor critique valued at $250, Second: $60, Third: $40, Submission of short listed entries to at least one publisher
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Accepts: Picture book - text only for primary school children
Size: 500 words
Entry Fee: $21.50
Prizes: First: 15-minute editor critique valued at $250, Second: $60, Third: $40, Submission of short listed entries to at least one publisher
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Accepts: Picture book - Non-Fiction - text only for primary school children
Size: 500 words
Entry Fee: $21.50
Prizes: First: 15-minute editor critique valued at $250, Second: $60, Third: $40, Submission of short listed entries to at least one publisher
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Accepts: Chapter book
a) Text only for young primary aged children
b) Text only of older aged children (Middle Grade)
Size: First 1,000 words
Entry Fee: $21.50
Prizes: First: 15-minute editor critique valued at $250, Second: $60, Third: $40, Submission of short listed entries to at least one publisher
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Accepts: Fiction for Young Adults
Size: First 5,000 words with synopsis
Entry Fee: $21.50
Prizes: First: 15-minute editor critique valued at $250, Second: $60, Third: $40, Submission of short listed entries to at least one publisher
 
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Accepts: Graphic Novel or Illustrated Picture book or Illustrated Middle grade novel - any age group within CYA
Size: 3 pages, up to 500 words
Entry Fee: $21.50
Prizes: 15-minute editor critique valued at $250, Second: $60, Third: $40, Submission of short listed entries to at least one publisher
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Illustration section using extracts provided on website


CYA - Hatchlings
Closing Date: 07/04/2019
Open to:
8 - 18 years old and not been published in book format within the CYA genres.
Theme: None

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Accepts: Picture book - text only for pre-school or primary aged children
Size: 500 words
Entry Fee: $14
Prizes
: First: $100, Second: $60, Third: $40, Submission of short listed entries to at least one children's publisher
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Accepts: Chapter Book and Young adult novels - text only for older primary aged children/Young Adult
Size: First 1,000 words
Entry Fee: $14
Prizes
:
First: $100, Second: $60, Third: $40, Submission of short listed entries to at least one children's publisher
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Accepts: Graphic Novel and Illustrated Picture Book OR Middle Grade Illustrated Novel
Size: See website
Entry Fee: $14
Prizes
:
First: $100, Second: $60, Third: $40, Submission of short listed entries to at least one children's publisher

Laura Literary Awards
Closing Date:
12/04/2019
Theme: None
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THE FLINDERS NEWS PROSE AWARDS
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SECTION 1 - OPEN
Open to:
All
Accepts:
Short Story
Size: 1,500 words
Entry Fee: $10
Prize
: $200
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SECTION 2 - YOUNG ADULT
Open to:
13 - 18 years
Accepts:
Short Story

Size: 1,000 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: $50
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SECTION 3 - JUNIOR
Open to:
9 - 12 years
Accepts:
Short Story

Size: 800 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: $25
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SECTION 4 - JUNIOR PRIMARY

Open to:
5 - 8 years
Accepts:
Short Story

Size: 500 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: $15
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THE CJ DENNIS POETRY AWARDS

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SECTION 5 - OPEN

Open to:
All
Accepts:
Poetry
Size: 60 lines
Entry Fee: $10
Prize
: $200
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SECTION 6 - OPEN BUSH POETRY

Open to:
All
Accepts:
Bush Poetry
Size: 60 lines
Entry Fee: $10
Prize
: $200
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SECTION 7 - YOUNG ADULT
Open to:
13 - 18 years
Accepts:
Poetry
Size: 60 lines
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: $50
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SECTION 8 - JUNIOR
Open to:
9 - 12 years
Accepts:
Poetry
Size: 60 lines
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: $25
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SECTION 9 - JUNIOR PRIMARY

Open to:
5 - 8 years
Accepts:
Poetry
Size: 60 lines
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: $15

 

NEW LISTING
Monash Undergraduate Prize for Creative Writing
Closing Date: 14/04/2019
Open to: Any student enrolled in an undergraduate or honours degree at any university in Australia or New Zealand
Theme: None
Accepts:
Creative Writing

Size:
1,500 - 3,000 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prizes
: First: $4,000, Highest Placed Monash University Student: $1,000

 


The Monologue Adventure: Voices of Women
Closing Date: 14/04/2019
O
pen to: Adult living women writers residing in Australia
Theme: Stormy Seas, Safe Harbour
Accepts: Monologue written in the first person for a woman
Size: 750 words
Entry Fee:
Nil
Prizes: 12 - 15 monologues: $100, performed and filmed


ABR Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize
Closing Date: 15/04/2019
Open to:
All
Theme:
None
Accepts:
Short Story
Size:
2,000 - 5,000 words
Entry Fee:
$25 ($15 for ABR subscribers and full-time students) or choose to subscribe with your entry (see website)
Prizes:
First:
$5,000, Second: $3,000, Third: $2,000, Commended x 3: Share of $2,500 pool

The Fogarty Literary Award
Closing Date: 22/04/2019
Open to:
Western Australian authors aged between 18 and 35
Theme:
None
Accepts:
Adult Fiction, Narrative non-fiction or young adult fiction
Size:
50,000 - 120,000 words
Entry Fee:
Nil
Prizes: First: $20,000 and publishing contract with Freemantle Press

Positive Words Short Story & Poetry Competition
Closing Date:
23/04/2019
Open to: All
Theme: None

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Accepts:
Short Story
Size: 500 words
Entry Fee: $4, 4 for $14
Prize
: First: $100, Second: Twelve Six months subscription to Positive Words
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Accepts:
Poetry
Size: 32 lines
Entry Fee: $4, 4 for $14
Prize
: First: $100, Second: Twelve Six months subscription to Positive Words

NEW LISTING
Anthem Essay Contest

US COMPETITION
Closing Date: 25/04/2019

Open to: school students in years 8-12

Theme: one of three set questions on Anthem

Accepts: Prose

Size:  600-1,200 words

Entry fee: Nil

U.S. PrizeFirst: $2,000, Second: $250, Third: $100

Australian Prize: First: $1,000, Second: $600, Third: $400

NEW LISTING
The Fountainhead Essay Contest

Closing Date: 25/04/2019

Open to: school students in years 11-12

Theme: one of three set questions on The Fountainhead

Accepts: Prose

Size:  800-1600 words

Entry fee: Nil

U.S. PrizeFirst: $10,000, Second: $2,500, Third: $500

Australian Prize: First: $1,000, Second: $600, Third: $400


Banjo Paterson Writing Awards
Closing Date: 26/04/2019
Open to:
All
Theme:
Australian content
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Accepts:
1. Short Story
Size:
3,000 words
Entry Fee:
$15
Prizes:
First:
$2,000
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Accepts:
2. Contemporary Poetry
Size:
200 lines
Entry Fee:
$15
Prizes:
First:
$2,000
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Accepts:
3. ABC Central West Radio Children's Writing Awards (16 years and under)
Size:
Short Story: 1,000 words, Poetry: 30 lines
Entry Fee:
$5
Prizes:
First:
$200, Second: $100, Third: $100

ZineWest 2019
Closing Date: 27/04/2019 (Corrected date)
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, ZW WORD: $100, Best Poem, Best Prose

NEW LISTING
Northern Territory Literary Award
Closing Date: 29/04/2019
Open to:
Reside in Northern Territory
Theme: None
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Accepts: Brown's Mart Theatre Award
Size: Performance time of more than 30 minutes
Entry Fee:
 Nil (I think - check website)
Prizes: First: $1,000, consideration for a rehearsed reading Final Draft 8 script writing software and NT Writers' Centre
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Accepts:
Charles Darwin Universtiy Creative Non-Fiction Award
Size: 3,000 words
Entry Fee:
 Nil (I think - check website)
Prizes: First: $500 and NT Writers' Centre membership and masterclass
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Accepts: Charles Darwin University Creative Essay Award
Size: 3,000 words
Entry Fee:
 Nil (I think - check website)
Prizes: First: $1,000 and NT Writers' Centre membership and masterclass
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Accepts: Kath Manzie Youth Award (12 - 18 years as of 1 January): Short story or poetry
Size: 3,000 words or 300 lines
Entry Fee:
 Nil (I think - check website)
Prizes: First: $600 and NT Writers' Centre membership and masterclass
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Accepts: NT Writers' Centre Poetry Award
Size: 300 lines
Entry Fee:
 Nil (I think - check website)
Prizes: First: $1,000 and NT Writers' Centre membership and masterclass
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Accepts: Flash Fiction Award
Size: 500 words
Entry Fee:
 Nil (I think - check website)
Prizes: First: $500 and NT Writers' Centre membership
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Accepts: ZipPrint Short Story Award
Size: 3,000 words
Entry Fee:
 Nil (I think - check website)
Prizes: First: $1,000 and NT Writers' Centre membership and masterclass


The Valerie Parv Award
Closing Date: 29/04/2019
Open to:
Aspiring or Emerging writers - check website for full definition
Theme:
Romance/Romantic elements
Accepts:
Novels
Size:
10,000 plus 1,000 word synopsis

Entry Fee:
$110, $44 for RWA members
Prizes: First:
  1 year mentorship with Valerie Parv


Bronze Swagman Award
Closing Date: 30/04/2019
Open to: All
Theme: Australian
Accepts: Bush Poetry
Size: No limit
Entry Fee: $20 per entry form, up to 3 poems per form
Prizes
: First: $500 & Bronze statuette of the Swagman, Runner-up: $200 & trophy, Highly Commended: Certificate


National Henry Lawson Society Award
Closing Date: 30/04/2019
Open to: All
Theme: Our (Australian) Heritage
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Accepts:
Category A: Traditional Rhyming Verse
Size: 50 lines
Entry Fee: $10, (Members: $10 covers first 2 entries and $10 thereafter)
Prize
: First: $600, Second: $300, Third: $150
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Accepts:
Category B: Short Story
Size: 1,000 words
Entry Fee: $10, (Members: $10 covers first 2 entries and $10 thereafter)
Prize
: First:  $600, Second: $300, Third: $150
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Accepts:
Category C: Free Verse
Size: 50 lines
Entry Fee: $10, (Members: $10 covers first 2 entries and $10 thereafter)
Prize
: First:  $600, Second: $300, Third: $150

Poetica Christi Press Annual Poetry Competition
Closing Date: 30/04/2019
Open to: Australian residents aged 16 years and over
Theme: Love's Footprint
Accepts:
Poetry
Size: 50 lines
Entry Fee: $7, 3 for $20
Prize
: First: $300, Second: $100

Positive Words Mini Competition - April
Closing Date:
30/04/2019
Open to: All
Theme: Contains the word: Sleep
Accepts:
Short Story or Poetry
Size: 100 words or 10 lines
Entry Fee: $2.00 in unused stamps
Prize
: Six months subscription to Positive Words

The Best of Times Short Story Competition
Closing Date:
30/04/2019
Open to:
All
Theme: Humorous
Accepts: Short Story
Size: 2,500 words
Entry Fee: $10
Prizes
: First: $300 - $500 (depending on number of entries). Second: $100, Third place: Certificate

The Wombat Award

Closing Date: 30/04/2019
Open to: Children 12 years and under
Theme: Our Heritage

Accepts: Poetry
Size: Not mentioned
Entry Fee: Nil
Prizes
: First: $100 + $100 of books for their school library, Second: $75 + $75 of books for their school library, Third: $50 + $50 of books for their school library

MAY 2019


Bristol Short Story Prize
UK COMPETITION
Closing Date:
01/05/2019
Open to: Over 16
Theme: Open
Accepts: Short Story
Size: 4,000 words
Entry Fee: £9
Prizes
: First: £1000, Second: £500, Third: £250, Shortlisted x 17: £100

NEW LISTING
Enchanting Verses - Australian Poetry Callout
Closing Date: 01/05/2019
Open to: All
Theme:
None

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Accepts:
Poetry
Size: No limit
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: Publication
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Accepts: Essay (on Australian Poetry)
Size: 3,000 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: Publication
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(Submit 150 word bio and photo)

Questions Writing Prize

Closing Date: 01/05/2019
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

The Big Issue Fiction Edition
Closing Date: 01/05/2019
Open to: All
Theme:
None
Accepts: Fiction
Size: 300 to 3,000 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prizes
: $500 for each author published

South Perth Young Writers Award
Closing Date: 04/05/2019
Open to: School aged children residing or attending school in the City of South Perth

Theme:
None
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Accepts:
A. Year 1 - 2 - Prose
Size: 1,500 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prizes
: Prizes may be awarded for first and second in category. Possible certificates for Highly commended
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Accepts:
B. Lower Primary: Year 3 - 4 - Prose
Size: 1,500 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prizes
: Prizes may be awarded for first and second in category. Possible certificates for Highly commended
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Accepts:
C. Upper Primary: Year 5 - 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
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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
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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
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Most outstanding entry awarded the Christobel Mattingley Bronze Medallion

What Matters? NSW/ACT
Closing Date: 10/05/2019
Open to:
Students in NSW and ACT
Theme:
What matters to you and why
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Accepts:
Year 5 & 6: Opinion piece
Size:
400 - 600 words
Entry Fee:
Nil
Prizes: First:
$350, full-day creative writing workshop & participation in a Young Writers Forum, Runner-up: $200 &full-day creative writing workshop
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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 & full-day creative writing workshop
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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
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Accepts:
Year 11 & 12: Opinion piece
Size:
400 - 600 words
Entry Fee:
Nil
Prizes: First:
$350, 1 year membership to WritingNSW and opportunity to participate in a one-day writing workshop & participation in a Young Writers Forum, Runner-up: $200

 

OVERALL WINNER (across NSW/ACT and Tasmania): Ipad. trophy, invited to spend a day at the Museum of Australian Democracy

What Matters Tasmania
Closing Date: 10/05/2019
Open to: Students in Tasmania in years 5 to 12
Theme:
Focus on a matter or issue of significance, expressed with passionate conviction

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Accepts:
Opinion piece
Size: 400 - 600 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: Per prior year: Awarded in 4 categories: Years 5/6, 7/8, 9/10 & 11/12
First: $250 & invitation to participate in a Young Writers Forum, Runner-up; $200
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OVERALL WINNER (across NSW/ACT and Tasmania): Ipad. invited to spend a day at the Museum of Australian Democracy

Grieve Writing Project

Closing Date: 15/05/2019
Open to:
Australian citizens or permanent residents and over 18
Theme: Grief
Accepts:
Prose or poetry
Size: Prose: 500 words, Poetry: 36 lines
Entry Fee:
$16.50

Prizes:

$2,000 - The National Association of Loss and Grief

$1,000 -  The Pettigrew Family
$1,000 - The National Association of Loss and Grief

$500 Lifeline

$500 PalliativeCare Australia

$250 All About Grief - a work about grief or loss after the death of a child

$250 - Lake Macquarie Memorial Park

$250 - Newcastle Memorial Park

$250 Good Grief
$200 - Simplicity Funerals 

$200 - White Lady Funerals

$200 - David Lloyd Funerals

$200 - The Norman Beard Award - a story about the unending love between two people
$200 - In memory of Nathan Charles Richter

$200 - In memory of Michael Burdett

$200 - Calvary Mater Newcastle

$100 - Mindframe

$100 - National Centre for Childhood Grief

$100 - Auspsych Australia

$100 - Hope Bereavement Care

$100 - Hunter New England Health Mental Health Services Award

$100 - Blue Knot Foundation

$100 - Maclean's Booksellers - HWC members

$100 - Hunter Writers Centre

$100 - Hunter Writers Centre - People's choice

NEW LISTING
Whitsunday Voices Youth Literature Festival Short Story Competition
Closing Date: 17/05/2019
Open to:
Students from Years 3 to 12
Theme:
Open
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Accepts:
Years 3 & 4: Short Story
Size:
300 - 400 words
Entry Fee
:
Nil
Prizes:
First:
$70 & Timezone Birthday Party Voucher, Second: $30
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Accepts:
Years 5 & 6: Short Story
Size:
300 - 500 words
Entry Fee:
Nil
Prizes:
First:
$80 & Timezone Birthday Party Voucher, Second: $50

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

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

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


Seniors Card Short Story Competition
Closing Date:
22/05/2019
Open to: New South Wales Seniors Card holders
Theme: Love Your Life
Accepts:
Short Story
Size: 1,000 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: Publication in anthology


SAETA Young Writers Award
Closing Date: 24/05/2019
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Open to:
South Australian Students: Reception  to Yr 1
Theme:
None
Accepts:
Poetry or Prose
Size:
1,000 words
Entry Fee:
Nil
Prizes:
Not specified
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Open to:
South Australian Students: Yr 2 & Yr 3
Theme:
None
Accepts:
Poetry or Prose
Size:
1,000 words

Entry Fee:
Nil
Prizes:
Not specified
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Open to:
South Australian Students: Yr 4 to Yr 6
Theme:
None
Accepts:
Poetry or Prose
Size:
1,000 words

Entry Fee:
Nil
Prizes:
Not specified
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Open to:
South Australian Students: Yr 7 & Yr 8
Theme:
None
Accepts:
Poetry or Prose
Size:
1,000 words

Entry Fee:
Nil
Prizes:
Not specified
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Open to:
South Australian Students: Yr 9 & Yr 10
Theme:
None
Accepts:
Poetry or Prose
Size:
1,000 words

Entry Fee:
Nil
Prizes:
Not specified
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Open to:
South Australian Students: Yr 11 & Yr 12
Theme:
None
Accepts:
Poetry or Prose
Size:
1,000 words
Entry Fee:
Nil
Prizes:
Not specified


NEW LISTING
Bruce Dawe National Poetry Prize
Closing Date: 31/05/2019
Open to: Australian citizens or Permanent Residents of Australia
Theme: None
Accepts: Poetry
Size: 50 lines
Entry Fee: $6
Prizes: First: $3,000, Highly Commended x 2: $500
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Future Leaders Writing Prize
Closing Date: 31/05/2019
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

Imagination Creation Western Union Young Writers
Closing Date:
31/05/2019
Open to: 18 years and under
Theme:
None
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Accepts: Poetry - 10 years and under
Size: Not mentioned
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize:
First: $100, Second: $50

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Accepts: Story/Prose - 10 years and under
Size: 1,000 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize:
First: $100, Second: $50

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Accepts: Poetry - 11 - 14 years
Size: Not mentioned
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize:
First: $120, Second: $60

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Accepts: Story/Prose - 11 - 14 years
Size: 2,000 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize:
First: $120, Second: $60
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Accepts: Poetry - 15 - 18 years
Size: Not mentioned
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize:
First: $150, Second: $70

*
Accepts: Story/Prose - 15 - 18 years
Size: 3,000 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize:
First: $150, Second: $70
*
OTHER AWARDS
Sherryl Clark Award: $100
Wyhham Local Award: $50 x 4


Poetry d'Amour
Closing Date: 31/05/2019
Open to:
All
Theme:
Love
Accepts:
Poetry
Size:
40 lines
Entry Fee:
$10, $20 for 2, $25 for 3, $30 for 4
Prizes:
First:
$500 plus opportunity to perform, Runner-Up: $200 plus opportunity to perform, Highly Commended x 2: Certificate, Commended x 2: Certificate, Youth Incentive (Under 21): $100 and opportunity to perform


Positive Words Mini Competition - May
Closing Date:
31/05/2019
Open to: All
Theme: Contains the word: Dream
Accepts:
Short Story or Poetry
Size: 100 words or 10 lines
Entry Fee: $2.00 in unused stamps
Prize
: Six months subscription to Positive Words

Shore Scripts Screenwriting Competition
UK COMPETITION
  31/05/2019 : Early Deadline
  31/07/2019 : Regular Deadline
  31/08/2019 : Late Deadline
Open to: All where each writer, or writing team, may not have earned more than $US 30,000 in writing fees.
Theme: None

*
Accepts:
Feature script
Size: Close to standard 80-120 pages as possible
Entry Fee: Early Deadline: $US 45, Regular Deadline: $US 50, Late Deadline: $US 60
Prize
:
First:
$US 3,000, Script read by judges & Industry Roster, Introduction and Meetings with Hollywood Agents and Managers, Script development with Shore Scripts,
1 year Free Subscription to WriterDuet Pro, Final Draft 10 Software, Free InkTip script listing and InkTip Magazine listing, Free 6-month membership to The International Screenwriters’ Association. 2 Free passes to the 2020 Moscow International Film Festival

Second: $US 1000, Script read by judges & Industry Roster, Script development with Shore Scripts, Final Draft 10 Software, Free InkTip script listing and InkTip Magazine listing, Free 6-month membership to The International Screenwriters’ Association
Third:
$US 500,
Script read by judges & Industry Roster, Script development with Shore Scripts, Final Draft 10 Software, Free InkTip script listing and InkTip Magazine listing, Free 6-month membership to The International Screenwriters’ Association
Fourth:
$US 250,
Script read by judges & Industry Roster, Final Draft 10 Software, Free InkTip script listing and InkTip Magazine listing, Free 6-month membership to The International Screenwriters’ Association
Fifth:
Script read by judges & Industry Roster, Final Draft 10 Software, Free InkTip script listing and InkTip Magazine listing, Free 6-month membership to The International Screenwriters’ Association
*
Accepts: TV Pilot - First episode
Size:
 1 Hour: 4 - 70 pages

  1/2 Hour: 15 - 30 pages
Entry Fee:
 1 Hour: Early Deadline: $45, Regular Deadline: $US 50, Late Deadline: $US 60
 1/2 Hour: Early Deadline: $40, Regular Deadline: $US 45, Late Deadline: $US 55
Prize
:  
1 Hour: First:
$US 1,500, Script read by judges & Industry Roster, Introduction and Meetings with Hollywood Agents and Managers, Script development with Shore Scripts,1 year Free Subscription to WriterDuet Pro, Final Draft 10 Software, Free InkTip script listing and InkTip Magazine listing, Free 6-month membership to The International Screenwriters’ Association, 1 Hour: Second: $US 500, Script read by judges & Industry Roster, Script development with Shore Scripts, Final Draft 10 Software,Free InkTip script listing and InkTip Magazine listing, Free 6-month membership to The International Screenwriters’ Association, 2 Free passes to the 2020 Moscow International Film Festival 1 Hour: Third: $US 250, Script read by judges & Industry Roster, Script development with Shore Scripts, Final Draft 10 Software, Free InkTip script listing and InkTip Magazine listing, Free 6-month membership to The International Screenwriters’ Association
1/2 Hour: First: $US 1,500, Script read by judges & Industry Roster, Final Draft 10 Software, Free InkTip script listing and InkTip Magazine listing, Free 6-month membership to The International Screenwriters’ Association, 2 Free passes to the 2020 Moscow International Film Festival 1/2 Hour: Second: $US 500, Script read by judges & Industry Roster, Final Draft 10 Software,Free InkTip script listing and InkTip Magazine listing, Free 6-month membership to The International Screenwriters’ Association, 1/2 Hour: Third: $US 250, Script read by judges & Industry Roster, Final Draft 10 Software, Free InkTip script listing and InkTip Magazine listing, Free 6-month membership to The International Screenwriters’ Association
*
Accepts: Short Film Fund
Size: Within 2 - 30 pages
Entry Fee: Regular Deadline: $US 40, Late Deadline: $US 50
Prize
: First: $10,000 - $US 15,000 producton budget, Free camera rental from Arri Rental and production support from Shore

The Australian / Vogel's Literary Award
Closing Date:
31/05/2019
Open to: Australian residents aged under 35 years on 31 May 2019
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 2019

NEW LISTING,
Stuart Hadow Prize
Closing Date:
01/06/2019
Open to: Australians
Theme: Open
Accepts:
Short Story
Size: 3,000 words
Entry Fee:
$15
Prize
: First: $1,000 and one week's unpaid residency at Mattie Furphy House, Second: $300. Third: $100,  2 x Highly Commended, 2 x Commended


The Bath Novel Award
UK COMPETITION
Closing Date: 02/06/2019
Open to:
International writers yet to be traditionally published, 16 years or over
Theme:
None
Accepts:
Unsigned novel written for adults or young adults
Size:
First 5,000 words plus one page synopsis (Full novel must be at least 50,000 words)
Entry Fee:
£25
Prizes:
First:
£2,500, Most promising Longlisted novel: Online professional editing course worth £1,800, Short listed: manuscript feedback & literary agent introductions

NEW LISTING
Fresh Words Writing Competition
Closing Date: 07/06/2019
Open to: Young perople who live, work or study in the City of Casey
Theme: None

*
Accepts:
Creative Writing
Size:
750 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prizes
: Unspecified. Judged according to year levels: Years 5 & 6, Years 7 & 9 and Years 10 & 12

Accepts:
Poetry/Lyrics
Size:
1 page
Entry Fee: Nil
Prizes
: Unspecified. Judged according to year levels: Years 5 & 6, Years 7 & 9 and Years 10 & 12

Accepts:
English as a Second Langage
Size:
750 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prizes
: Unspecified. Judged according to year levels: Years 5 & 6, Years 7 & 9 and Years 10 & 12

NEW LISTING
Newcastle Poetry Prize
Closing Date:
12/06/2019
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
Prize:
First: $15,000, Second: $5,000, Third: $1,000, Local Award: $200, Harri Jones Memorial Prize (for a poet under 36 years): $500, Commended x 2: $250, Selected for Anthology: $75

Stringybark Times Past Award
Closing Date: 16/06/2019
Theme: Historical Fiction with a link to Australia

Open to:
All
Accepts:
Short Story
Size: 1,500 words (plus 100 words to explain the historical 'facts')
Entry Fee: $14, $26 for 2, $36 for 3
Prizes
:
First: $350 + publication + e-book + paperback + choice of any two Stringybark anthologies (other than the Stringybark Times Past Award anthology) (Value $400), Second: $250 + publication + e-book + paperback + choice of any two Stringybark anthologies (other than the Stringybark Times Past Award anthology) (Value $300), Third: $125 + publication + e-book + paperback + choice of any two Stringybark anthologies (other than the Stringybark Times Past Award anthology) (Value $175), Highly commended: publication + e-book

NEW LISTING
Ros Spencer Poetry Prize
Closing Date:
28/06/2019
Open to:
All
Theme: None
Accepts:
Poetry
Size: 60 lines
Entry Fee: $10, $20 for 2, $25 for 3, $30 for 4
Prize: First: $701, Second: $299, Highly Commended x 2, Commended x 2


Audio Arcadia's General Fiction Short Story Competition
UK COMPETITION
Closing Date:
30/06/2019
Open to:
Aged 18 plus
Theme: None
Accepts:
Short Story
Size: 5,000 words
Entry Fee: $USD 8.50
Prize: Percentage of royalties

Dorothea Mackellar Poetry Awards
Closing Date: 30/06/2019
Open to:
School Students enrolled in Australian education facilities

Theme: Optional theme: Is There Anybody There?

*
Accepts:
Lower Primary (Years K - 3) Poetry
Size: 80 lines
Entry Fee:  
Individual (where home-schooled or school not taking part): $15 online or $25 postal, School Entry up to 30 entries: $25 online or $35 postal, School Entry over 30 entries: $50 online or $60 postal

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 online or $25 postal, School Entry up to 30 entries: $25 online or $35 postal, School Entry over 30 entries: $50 online or $60 postal

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 online or $25 postal, School Entry up to 30 entries: $25 online or $35 postal, School Entry over 30 entries: $50 online or $60 postal

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 online or $25 postal, School Entry up to 30 entries: $25 online or $35 postal, School Entry over 30 entries: $50 online or $60 postal

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 online or $25 postal, School Entry up to 30 entries: $25 online or $35 postal, School Entry over 30 entries: $50 online or $60 postal

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 online or $25 postal, School Entry up to 30 entries: $25 online or $35 postal, School Entry over 30 entries: $50 online or $60 postal

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 online or $25 postal, School Entry up to 30 entries: $25 online or $35 postal, School Entry over 30 entries: $50 online or $60 postal

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


Positive Words Mini Competition - June
Closing Date:
30/06/2019
Open to: All
Theme: Contains the word: Fence
Accepts:
Short Story or Poetry
Size: 100 words or 10 lines
Entry Fee: $2.00 in unused stamps
Prize
: Six months subscription to Positive Words

Scribes Writers - "Poetic Licence"

Closing Date: 30/06/2019
Open to: All
Theme: Open

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

Prize: First: $200, Second: $100
*

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

Prize: First: $200, Second: $100

Society of Women Writers NSW Inc - National Writing Competition
Closing Date: 30/06/2019
Open to: Female writers who are Australian citizens or permanent residents aged over 18 years
Theme: Not mentioned

*
Accepts:
Short Story - Fiction
Size: 3,000 words
Entry Fee:
$40 ($30 for members)

Prize: First: $500, Highly Commended: $250, Commended: $100
*

Accepts:
Short Story - Non Fiction
Size: 3,000 words
Entry Fee:
$40 ($30 for members)

Prize: First: $500, Highly Commended: $250, Commended: $100
*
Accepts:
Poetry
Size: 80 lines
Entry Fee:
$20 ($15 for 1, $40 for 3:  for members)

Prize: First: $300, Highly Commended: $200, Commended: $100

The Moth International Short Story Prize
IRISH COMPETITION

Closing Date: 30/06/2019
Open to: Over 18
Theme: None
Accepts:
Short Story
Size: 5,000 words
Entry Fee: €15
Prize: First: €3,000, Second: a week-long writing retreat at Circle of Misse in France (including €250 for travel), Third: €1,000.

University of Canberra Vice-Chancellor's International Poetry Prize
Closing Date:
30/06/2019
Open to:
18 years and over
Theme:
Open
Accepts:
Poetry
Size:
50 lines and no more than 1,000 words
Entry Fee:
$20 per poem if submitted by 28/02/2019. $25 if submitted after that date. Tertiary (university) students - $15
Prizes:
First:
$15,000, Second: $5,000

NEW LISTING
Wells Festival of Literature Competition
UK COMPETITION

Closing Date:
30/06/2019
Open to:
All
Theme:
Open
*
Accepts:
Poetry
Size:
35 lines
Entry Fee:
 £6
Prizes:
First:
£750, Second: £300, Third: £200, Local Prize: £100
*
Accepts:
Short Story
Size:
1,000 - 2,000 words
Entry Fee:
 £6
Prizes:
First:
£750, Second: £300, Third: £200, Local Prize: £100
*
Accepts:
A Book for Children (9+)
Size:
First three chapters or 30 pages, whichever is shortest, plus a synopsis (Shortlisted entrants asked for complete manuscript)
Entry Fee:
 £6
Prizes:
First:
£750, Second: £300, Third: £200, Local Prize: £100
*

Accepts:
Young Poets (16 - 22 years old)
Size:
35 lines
Entry Fee:
 £3
Prizes:
First:
£150 plus 1 year's subscription to The Poetry Society, Second: £75, Third: £50, Local Prize: £100



JULY 2019

The Future Visions Award
Closing Date:
01/07/2019
Theme:
The Future

Open to: All
Accepts:
Short Fiction
Size: Unpublished within specified time frame: 3,500 - 7,000 words, Published: 10,000 words
Entry Fee:
$5
Prizes
: First: $500

 

Adelaide Plains Poets Inc Poetry Competition
Closing Date: 05/07/2019
Theme: Location

*
Open to: Poets 18 years and older
Accepts:
Poetry
Size: 60 lines
Entry Fee: $10, $5 for each thereafter
Prizes
: First, Second & Third: Cash prizes (Total competition prize pool = $700), Highly Commended & Commended: Certificate
*
Open to: Primary School Student
Accepts:
Poetry
Size: 60 lines
Entry Fee: Nil
Prizes
: First, Second & Third: Cash prizes (Total competition prize pool = $700), Highly Commended & Commended: Certificate
*
Open to: Secondary School Student
Accepts:
Poetry
Size: 60 lines
Entry Fee:
Nil
Prizes
: First, Second & Third: Cash prizes (Total competition prize pool = $700), Highly Commended & Commended: Certificate

Randolph Stow Young Writers Awards
Closing Date: 05/07/2019
Open to: Students in years 3 - 12 studying in the Mid West Region
Theme: None
*
Accepts: Lower Primary - Year 3 & 4 - Prose

Size:
1,200 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:
1,200 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


NEW LISTING
Vallum Award for Poetry
CANADIAN COMPETITION
Closing Date: 15/07/2019
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
 

NEW LISTING
Ledbury Poetry Festival Competition
UK COMPETITION
Closing Date:
18/07/2019
Open to: All
Theme: None

*
Accepts:
Adult: Poetry
Size: 40 lines
Entry Fee: £5.75 for first poem, £3.50 thereafter
Prize
: First: £1,000 and a course at Ty Newydd, The National Writers’ Centre for Wales, Second: £500, Third: £250
*
Accepts:
Young people (12 - 17): Poetry
Size: 40 lines
Entry Fee: Nil for first poem, £1.75 thereafter
Prize
: Not mentioned
*
Accepts:
Children (11 and under): Poetry
Size: 40 lines
Entry Fee: Nil for first poem, £1.75 thereafter
Prize
: Not mentioned

KSP Little Black Dress Spooky Story Competition

Closing Date: 19/07/2019
Open to: Adult: Western Australian residents, Youth: Australian resident
Theme:
Change
*
Accepts:
Youth (8 - 18) - Short Story
Size: 500 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prizes
: First (WA Resident): $100, certificate & goody bag, Second (WA Resident): $25, certificate & goody bag, Youth Interstate Award: $25 & certificate
*
Accepts:
Adult - Short Story
Size: 1,500 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prizes
: First (WA Resident): $100, certificate & goody bag, Second (WA Resident): $50, certificate & goody bag


Science Talent Search
Closing Date:
Postal: 19/07/2019, Electronic: 21/07/2019
Registration by 27/05/2019

Open to: Primary and Secondary students in Victoria
Theme: Destination Moon: more missions, more science  plus set topics as listed on website/handbook
Accepts:
See handbook

Size:
See handbook
Entry Fee: See handbook
Prize: See handbook

NEW LISTING
IEU QLD & NT Literary Competition
Note: Limitations of entries per School
Closing Date: 26/07/2019
Open to: Students in years 5 -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. Years 5 - 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

The Nandewar Poetry Competition
Closing Date:
30/07/2019
Open to:
All
Theme:
None
Accepts: Verse
Size: Not mentioned
Entry Fee: $5, $10 for 3
Prizes
: First: $150 & Trophy, Second: $100, Third: $50

Positive Words Mini Competition - July
Closing Date:
31/07/2019
Open to: All
Theme: Contains the word: Glove
Accepts:
Short Story or Poetry
Size: 100 words or 10 lines
Entry Fee: $2.00 in unused stamps
Prize
: Six months subscription to Positive Words

NEW LISTING
Stories of Life
Closing Date: 31/07/2019
Open to: Not mentioned
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: 500 words
Entry Fee: $10
Prize
: First: $500, Second: $300, Third: $200
*

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

 

To Hull and Back Humorous Short Story Competition
UK COMPETITION
Closing Date: 31/07/2019
Open to: All
Theme: Humorous
Accepts:
Short Story

Size:
2,500 words
Entry Fee:
    Early bird until 30th April 2019: £11, £18 for 2, £22 for 3
    Thereafter: £13, £21 for 2, £26 for 3
Prize: First: £1,000, your head on the cover of a book and the opportunity to star in the winner’s video, riding a Harley Davidson to Hull, Second: £500, Third: £250,  3 x Highly Commended: £100, 14 x Shortlisted: £50

AUGUST 2019

NEW LISTING
Queensland Bush Poetry Championship - Written Section
Closing Date: 01/08/2019
Open to: All
Theme: None

*
Accepts:
Serious Poem

Size:
Not mentioned - may be limited - check entry form
Entry Fee:  $15
Prize: First: $200
*
Accepts: Humorous Poem
Size:
Not mentioned - may be limited - check entry form
Entry Fee:  $15
Prize: First: $200

NEW LISTING
Ipswich Poetry Feast International Poetry Writing Competition
Closing Date: 02/08/2019
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: Memento & 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: Memento & 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: Memento & 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: Memento & 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: Memento & 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: Memento & 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: Memento & 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: Memento & Certificate
*
Accepts: Poetry - Open Age - Picture Ipswich Theme
Size: No limit
Entry Fee: $5
Prize
: First: $300, Certificate & Bronze Medallion, Second: $175 & Certificate, Third: $125 & Certificate, Highly Commended: Memento & Certificate
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ADDITIONAL PRIZES
OVERALL WINNER IN OPEN AGE: Babies of Walloon Statuette
ENCOURAGEMENT AWARD: 5 - 17 years: $50 & Certificate
ENCOURAGEMENT AWARD: Open Age: $100 & Certificate
SCHOOL AWARD: $150 & Certificate


NEW LISTING
SAETA Spring Poetry Festival
Closing Date: 02/08/2019
Open to: Students and teachers in Australian Schools
Theme: None

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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
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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

Elyne Mitchell Writing Awards
Closing Date: 22/08/2019
Theme: Specific reference to an Australasian Rural experience, "New Beginnings"
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Accepts: Open Writers Award - Fiction or Non-fiction
Open to:
All
Size:
2,500 words
Entry Fee: $15
Prizes
: First: $1,000
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Accepts: Snowy Hydro Upper Murray Writers Category - Fiction or Non-fiction
Open to:
Local residents of Towong, Tumbarumba, Indigo, Wodonga & Albury Shires
Size:
2,500 words
Entry Fee: $10
Prizes
: First: $500
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Accepts: Local Photo Story Competition - Fiction or Non-fiction
Open to:
Local residents of Towong, Tumbarumba, Indigo, Wodonga & Albury Shires
Size:
100 words
Entry Fee: $5
Prizes
: Cash and vouchers

 

NEW LISTING
Hilarie Lindsay Young Writers Short Story Competition
Closing Date: 31/08/2019
Open to: Australian School Children
Theme: Open

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Accepts:
Section 1 - Short Story - Yrs 10, 11 & 12
Size: 2,500 words
Entry Fee: $3
Prize
: First: $150
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Accepts:
Section 2 - Short Story - Yrs 7, 8 & 9
Size: 2,500 words
Entry Fee: $3
Prize
: First: $150
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Accepts:
Section 3 - Short Story - Yrs 5 & 6
Size: 1,500 words
Entry Fee: $3
Prize
: First: $100
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Accepts:
Section 4 - Short Story - Yrs 4 and under
Size: 1,500 words
Entry Fee: $3
Prize
: First: $50

NEW LISTING
Marjorie Barnard Short Story Award
Closing Date:
31/08/2019
Open to: Permanent residents of Australia
Theme: None

Accepts:
Short Story
Size: 3,000 words
Entry Fee: $10
Prize
: $500


Positive Words Mini Competition - August
Closing Date:
31/08/2019
Open to: All
Theme: Contains the word: Inspiration
Accepts:
Short Story or Poetry
Size: 100 words or 10 lines
Entry Fee: $2.00 in unused stamps
Prize
: Six months subscription to Positive Words

SEPTEMBER 2019

JJ and Lydia Eden Prize

Closing Date: 06/09/2019
Open to: South Australian Yea
r 10 students attending a Department for Education school (NoteL maximum of three entries per school)
Theme: "Does knowing the past make the present a happier and better place"
Accepts:
Persuasive text

Size:
800 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize: First: $1,250, Second: $750, Third: $500

NEW LISTING
Heywire Competition
Note: Audio, Video and Photo story categories available
Closing Date: 16/09/2019
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: 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
Atlas Shrugged Essay Contest
Closing Date: 19/09/2019
Open to:
 up to age 25

Theme:
one of three set questions on Atlas Shrugged
Accepts: Prose
Size:
 800-1600 words
Entry fee:
Nil

U.S. Prize (year 12 and university students)
First: $25,000, Second: $2,500, Third: $500
Australian Prize (up to age 25)
: First: $1,000, Second: $600, Third: $400

NEW LISTING
Hammond House Competitions
UK COMPETITION
Closing Date: 20/09/2019
Open to: All
Theme: Leaving

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INTERNATIONAL LITERARY PRIZE
Accepts: Short Story
Size:
2,000 - 5,000 words
Entry Fee: £10, £5 for members, optional feedback: £10
Prize
: First:  £500, Second:  £100, Third:  £50
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INTERNATIONAL POETRY PRIZE
Accepts:
Poetry

Size:
40 lines
Entry Fee: £10, £5 for members, optional feedback: £10
Prize
: First:  £100, Second:  £50, Third:  £25
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SHORT FILM SCREENPLAY
Accepts:
Screenplay

Size:
10 pages
Entry Fee: £10, £5 for members, optional feedback: £10
Prize
: First:  £100 & trailer, Runners-ip x 2: Trailer

KSP Short Fiction Competition
Closing Date: 27/09/2019
Open to:
Australian residents and citizens
Theme: None

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Accepts:
Short Fiction - Open
Size:
2,500 words
Entry Fee: $10, 2 for $15, 3 for $20

Prize
:First:
$300, plus one weeks' residency at KSP Writers' Centre & certificate, Second: $150 & certificate, Commended: Certificate
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Accepts:
Short Fiction - Youth (10 to 18 years of age)
Size: 2,000 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
:First:
$100 & certificate, Second: $50 & certificate, Commended: Certificate, Mundaring National Young Writers Encouragement Award for under 14s: $25

NEW LISTING
Patrick White Young Indigenous Writers (NSW)
Closing Date:
27/09/2019
Open to: Indigenous Australian students (Kindergarten to Year 12) studying in NSW
Theme:
One of three themes: "Staring back at me..", "Now I am in charge", "I opened the garage door.."

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 to Year 3 Group work


NEW LISTING
The New Guard Knightville Poetry Contest
US COMPETITION
Closing Date: 27/09/2019
Open to: All
Theme: None
Accepts:
Poetry
Size: 150 lines
Entry Fee: $US 22 for up to three poems
Prize
: First: $US 1,500 & publication

NEW LISTING
The New Guard Machigonne Fiction Contest
US COMPETITION
Closing Date: 27/09/2019
Open to: All
Theme: None
Accepts:
Fiction
Size: 5,000 words
Entry Fee: $US 22
Prize
: First: $US 1,500 & publication

Positive Words Mini Competition - September
Closing Date:
30/09/2019
Open to: All
Theme: Contains the word: Flower

Accepts: Short Story or Poetry
Size: 100 words or 10 lines
Entry Fee: $2.00 in unused stamps
Prize
: Six months subscription to Positive Words


OCTOBER 2019

NEW LISTING
Silver Quill Written Competition
Closing Date: 05/10/2019
Open to: All
Theme: Australian

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Acc
epts: Open Serious
Size: No limit
Entry Fee: $10
Prize
: Not mentioned
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Acc
epts: Open Humorous
Size: No limit
Entry Fee: $10
Prize
: Not mentioned
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Acc
epts: Novice
Size: No limit
Entry Fee: $10
Prize
: Not mentioned
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Acc
epts: Junior (5 - 12 years old)
Size: No limit
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: Not mentioned

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Acc
epts: Junior (13 - 17 years old)
Size: No limit
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: Not mentioned

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Acc
epts: Local (Avon Valley)
Size: No limit
Entry Fee: $10
Prize
: Not mentioned
 

KSP Poetry Competition
Closing
Date: 11/10/2019
Open to: Australian residents and citizens
Theme: None

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Accepts: Poetry - Open
Size: 50 lines
Entry Fee: $10, 2 for $15, 3 for $20

Prize:First: $300, one weeks' residency at KSP Writers' Centre & certificate, Second: $150 & certificate, Commended: Certificate
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Accepts:
Poetry - Youth (12 to 18 years of age)
Size: 50 lines
Entry Fee:
Nil
Prize:First: $100 & certificate, Second: $50 & certificate, Commended: Certificate, Mundaring National Young Writers Encouragement Award for under 14s: $25

* Annette Cameron Encouragment Award for an unpublished WA Poet
Accepts:
Poetry - (Over age of 18)
Size: 50 lines
Entry Fee:
$10, 2 for $15, 3 for $20

Prize:First: $100

Positive Words Mini Competition - October
Closing Date:
31/10/2019
Open to: All
Theme: Contains the word: Dance/Dancing

Acc
epts: Short Story or Poetry
Size: 100 words or 10 lines
Entry Fee: $2.00 in unused stamps
Prize
: Six months subscription to Positive Words 

NOVEMBER 2019

Positive Words Mini Competition - November
Closing Date:
30/11/2019
Open to: All
Theme: Contains the word: Adventure

Acc
epts: Short Story or Poetry
Size: 100 words or 10 lines
Entry Fee: $2.00 in unused stamps
Prize
: Six months subscription to Positive Words 

DECEMBER 2019

Positive Words Mini Competition - December
Closing Date:
31/12/2019
Open to: All
Theme: Contains the word: Carol
Accepts:
Short Story or Poetry
Size: 100 words or 10 lines
Entry Fee: $2.00 in unused stamps
Prize
: Six months subscription to Positive Words