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Last updated 01/11/2018
 


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

Audio Arcadia's General Fiction Short Story Competition
Elyne Mitchell Writing Awards
Forty South Publishing Tasmanian Writers' Prize
King's Shorts Festival of Ten Minute Plays
Magic Oxygen Literary Prize
Michael Terence Publishing Short Story Competition
Questions Writing Prize
Shepton Mallet Snowdrop Festival Poetry Competition
ServiceScape Short Story Writing Contest
The Carmel Bird Digital Literary Award
The Henshaw Short Story Competition - December
The John O'Brien Writing Competition
The Nature Conservancy Nature Writing Prize
The Stringybark Erotic Short Fiction Award


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

 

NOVEMBER 2018

Commonwealth Short Story Prize
Closing Date:  01/11/2018
Open to:
 Citizen of a Commonwealth country and 18 years or over
Theme: None
Accepts: Short Story
Size:  2,000- 5,000 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prizes
: First: £5,000 (if translated, translator recieves additional prize money), Regional:   £2,500 (if translated, translator recieves £2,500 as well)

Odyssey House Victoria Short Story Competition
Closing Date:
02/11/2018
Open to:
All
Theme: Reflection and include a reference to alcohol and/or drugs (see T&Cs)
Accepts:
Short Story
Size:  1,500 words
Entry Fee: $10, $20 for 2, $30 for 3
Prizes
: First: $1,000 & 12 months membership to the Victorian Writers' Centre, Second: $100, Third: $50

The Overland Judith Wright Poetry Prize
Closing Date:  19/11/2018
Open to:
 Australian and international writers who have not had more than one collection of work published by a commercial publisher
Theme: None
Accepts:
Poetry
Size:  80 lines
Entry Fee: $20  (or $56 to enter and subscribe for a year), $12 for subscribers to Overland
Prizes
: First: $6,000, Second:  $2,000, Third:  $1,000

The Overland Neilma Sidney Short Story Prize
Closing Date:  19/11/2018
Open to:  All
Theme: None
Accepts: Short Story
Size:  3,000 words
Entry Fee: $20  (or $56 to enter and subscribe for a year), $12 for subscribers to Overland
Prizes
: First: $4,000 and publication, Runners-up x 2  $500 and publication

Blackened Billy Verse Competition
Closing Date:
23/11/2018
Open to: All
Theme: Bush Verse
Accepts: Poetry
Size: No limit
Entry Fee: $10, 3 for $20 ($5 extra for judge's critique)
Prizes
First: $400 and the famous Blackened Billy Trophy and certificate, Second: $200 and certificate, Third: $100 and certificate

Penguin Literary Prize
Closing Date:
25/11/2018
Open to: Australian Residents 18 years and over
Theme: None
Accepts: Literary fiction or Non-fiction
Size: Manuscipt and 300 word synopsis
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize: $20,000 (advance against publication), publication and a book each month from the Penguin Random House Australia list for a year

Inktears Short Story Contest
UK competition
Closing Date:
30/11/2018
Open to:
UK + International,18 years and over
Theme:
None
Accepts: Short Story
Size: 1,000 - 3,500 words
Entry Fee: £7.50
Prizes
: First: £1,000, Runner-up: £100, Highly commended x 4: £25, All winners: Story published to the InkTears Readership

Jennifer Burbidge Award
Closing Date: 30/11/2018
Open to:
All
Theme:
Aspects of disability
Accepts: Short Story
Size: 3,000 words
Entry Fee: $20, (Members: $15)
Prizes
: First: $250, Highly commended, Commended


Jim Hamilton Award

Closing Date: 30/11/2018
Open to:
All
Theme:
None
Accepts: Novel
Size: More than 30,000 words
Entry Fee: $20, (Members: $15)
Prizes
: First: $1,000, Highly commended, Commended

Positive Words Mini Competition - November
Closing Date:
30/11/2018
Open to: All
Theme: Contains the word: Hamper

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

Robyn Mathison Poetry Prize
Closing Date:  
30/11/2018
Open to: All
Theme: Freedom
Accepts: Poetry
Size: 40 lines
Entry Fee: $10 for up to two entries
Prizes
: First: $200. Second: $50, Highly Commended and Commended: Certificates

Sentinel Literary Quarterly Poetry Competition
UK COMPETITION
Closing Date: 30/11/2018
Open to: All
Theme: None
Accepts: Poetry
Size: 50 lines
Entry Fee:
£4, 2 for £7, 3 for £9, 4 for £11, 5 for £12, 7 for £16, 10 for £22
Prize
: First: £250, Second: £100, Third: £50, High Commendation x 3: £30, Commendation x 3: £15

NEW LISTING
ServiceScape Short Story Award
US COMPETITION
Closing Date: 30/11/2018
Open to: 18 years and over
Theme: None
Accepts: Short Story
Size: Nil
Entry Fee:
£4, 2 for £7, 3 for £9, 4 for £11, 5 for £12, 7 for £16, 10 for £22
Prize
: First: $US 1,000 & featured on blog

The Gregory O'Donoghue International Poetry Competition
IRISH COMPETITION
Closing Date: 30/11/2018
Open to:
All
Theme: None
Accepts: Poetry
Size: 40 lines
Entry Fee: €5, €20 for five
Prizes
: First: €1,000, a week's residency at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre and publication in Southword Literary Journal. Paid travel costs for the winner up to €600 and provide hotel accommodation for four days during the Cork International Poetry Festival. , Second: €500 & publication in Southword, Third: €250 & publication in Southword, Runners Up x 10: published in Southword and receive €30 publication fee

 

DECEMBER 2018


The Bath Children's Novel Award
UK COMPETITION
Closing Date: 02/12/2018
Open to:
International writers yet to be traditionally published
Theme:
Open
Accepts:
Unsigned novel written for middle grade or young adults
Size:
First 5,000 words plus one page synopsis
Entry Fee:
£25
Prizes:
First:
£2,500, Most promising Longlisted Novel: Edit Your Novel the Professional Way on-line course

Porter Prize
Closing Date:
03/12/2018
Open to: All
Theme: None
Accepts: Poetry
Size: 75 lines
Entry Fee:
Online entry - Subscriber or Full time student: $15,
Online entry - Non-Subscriber: $25,
Online entry & ABR Online Subscription: $65,
Online entry & Print subscription (Australia): $95,
Online entry & Print subscription (NZ and Asia): $150,
Online entry & Print subscription (Rest of World): $170

Prizes
: First: $5,000 and Arthur Boyd's etching and aquatint The lady and the unicorn, 1975, Second: $2,000, Shortlisted entries: $500

The 2019 Somerset National Novella Writing Competition
Closing Date:
07/12/2018
Open to:
All current secondary school students attending school or receiving home schooling in Australia under 19 years of age at close of entries
Theme: None
Accepts: Novella
Size: 8,000 - 20,000 words
Entry Fee: $20
Prizes
: National winner: $2,500 and a full editorial report from Penguin Random House (Australia), State Winners: Unspecified cash prize and personalised advice from Penguin Random House (Australia)

The 2019 Somerset National Poetry Prize
Closing Date:
07/12/2018
Open to: All current secondary school students who are Australian citizens or permanent residents attending school or receiving home schooling in Australia under 19 years of age at close of entries
Theme: None
*
Accepts:
Junior Secondary - Years 7 to 9
Size: 50 lines
Entry Fee: $15
Prize
: $300 plus flights to attend the Somerset Celebration of Literature, be billeted by students of the Somerset Wordsmiths' Club and attend the events
*
Accepts:
Senior Secondary - Years 10 to 12
Size: 50 lines
Entry Fee: $15
Prize
: $300 plus flights to to attend the Somerset Celebration of Literature, be billeted by students of the Somerset Wordsmiths' Club and attend the events

NEW LISTING
The Stringybark Erotic Short Fiction Award
Closing Date: 09/12/2018
Theme: Erotic
Open to:
Aged 17 or over
Accepts:
Short Story
Size: 1,800 words
Entry Fee: $12.50, $24 for 2, $33 for 3
Prizes
:
First: $350 + publication + e-book + paperback + choice of any two Stringybark anthologies (other than the Stringybark Erotic Fiction Award anthology) (Value $400), Second: $250 + publication + e-book + paperback + choice of any two Stringybark anthologies (other than the Stringybark Erotic Fiction Award anthology) (Value $300), Third: $125 + publication + e-book + paperback + choice of any two Stringybark anthologies (other than the Stringybark Erotic Fiction Award anthology) (Value $175), Highly commended: publication + e-book

Hal Porter Short Story Competition
Closing Date:
10/12/2018
Open to: Australian writers
Theme: None
Accepts: Short Story
Size: 2,500 words
Entry Fee: $10
Prize
: $1,000

Tethered By Letters Winter Literary Competition
US COMPETITION
Closing Date: 15/12/2018
Open to: All
*
Theme:
None
Accepts: Creative Non-Fiction (Probably also open)
Size: 1,000 to 7,500 words
Entry Fee: $US 10
Prizes
: First: $US 500 & publication, 5 x finalists: professional edit & consideration for publication
*
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
*
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
*
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


Tom Collins Poetry Prize
Closing Date:
15/12/2018 (Opens Oct 1)
Open to: Residing in Australia
Theme: None
Accepts: Poetry
Size: 60 lines
Entry Fee: $10
Prizes
: First: $1,000 , Second: $300, Third: $100

 

Redgum Young Writers' Award
Closing Date: 17/12/2018
Open to: Aged 9-13 years enrolled as a student or home schooled. Must be an Australian citizen, hold permanent residency or resident for at least two years - co-authored/joint entries accepted
Theme: None
*
Accepts:
Children's Picture Book (no illustrations)
Size: 250 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: $250 Redgum Book Club voucher, illustration and publication, Short-listed x 4: $150 Redgum Book Club voucher & Certificate
*
Accepts:
Children's Short Story (no illustrations)
Size: 850 - 1,000 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: $250 Redgum Book Club voucher, illustration and publication, Short-listed x 4: $150 Redgum Book Club voucher & Certificate

The Kembla Flame
Closing Date: 28/12/2018
Open to: All
Theme: Uniquely Australian
Accepts:
Bush Poetry
Size: No limit
Entry Fee: $6, $10 for 3
Prize
: First: "The Kembla Flame" trophy, $300 and certificate, Second: $200 and certificate, Third: $100 and certificate, Novice: $100 and certificate

NEW LISTING
Audio Arcardia's General Fiction Short Story Competition
UK COMPETITION
Closing Date:
31/12/2018
Open to:
Aged 18 plus
Theme: General fiction
Accepts:
Short Story
Size: 5,000 words
Entry Fee: $USD 8.50
Prize: Percentage of royalties


Buzz Words Short Story Prize
Closing Date: 31/12/2018
Open to: Australian permanent residents who are adults
Theme: For children aged 8 to 11
Accepts:
Short Story
Size: 1,500 words
Entry Fee: $10
Prize
: First: $1,000, Second: $500

NEW LISTING
Magic Oxygen Literary Prize
UK competition
Closing Date:
31/12/2018
Open to: 15 years and over
Theme: None
*
Accepts:
Short Story
Size: 4,000 words
Entry Fee: £5
Prizes
: First: £1,000, Second: £300, Third: £100, Highly Commended x 2: £50
*
Accepts:
Poetry
Size: 50 lines
Entry Fee: £5
Prizes
: First: £1,000, Second: £300, Third: £100, Highly Commended x 2: £50
*
A tree planted for every entry. GPS co-ordinates emailed to entrants.


Positive Words Mini Competition - December
Closing Date:
31/12/2018
Open to: All
Theme: Contains the word: Card
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
The Henshaw Short Story Competition
UK COMPETITION
Closing Date:
31/12/2018
Open to: All over 16
Theme: None
Accepts: Short Story
Size: 2,000 words
Entry Fee: £5, Optional Feedback: £10
Prizes
: First: £100 & publication in Anthology, Second: £50, Third: £25


The Moth Poetry Prize
IRISH COMPETITION
Closing Date:
31/12/2018
Open to: All over 16
Theme: None
Accepts: Poetry
Size: No Limit
Entry Fee: €12
Prizes
: First: €10,000, Runners-up x 3: €1,000 - Winners published in the spring 2019 issue of The Moth

 

JANUARY 2019

NEW LISTING
Shepton Mallet Snowdrop Festival Poetry Competition
UK COMPETITION
Closing Date: 13/01/2019
Open to: All
Theme: Snowdrops OR the work of James Allen OR inspired by judge's comment (refere to rules)

*
Accepts:
Poetry - 18 years and over
Size: 30 lines
Entry Fee:  £4
Prize
: First: £200
*
Accepts:
Poetry - 12 to 17 years
Size: 30 lines
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: £70
*
Accepts:
Poetry - Up to 11 years
Size: 30 lines
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: £50


Calibre Prize
Closing Date: 14/01/2019
Theme: None

Open to:
All
Accepts:
Non-fiction essay
Size: 2,000 - 5,000 words
Entry Fee: $25 (or $15 for ABR subscribers or full-time students)
Prizes
: First: $5,000, Second: $2,500

NEW LISTING
King's Shorts Festival of Ten Minute Plays
CANADIAN COMPETITION
Closing Date: 14/01/2019
Open to: All
Theme: None
Accepts:
Play
Size: 10 minutes, characters: 1 to 6
Entry Fee: $CAD 15
Prize
: First: $CAD 300, Second: $CAD 150, People's Choice Award

NEW LISTING
The John O'Brien Literary Awards
Closing Date:
29/01/2019
Open to:
Over the age of 18 years
Theme:
Singing out for Rain
*
Accepts:
Short Story
Size: 1,000 - 2,000 words
Entry Fee: $10
Prize
: TBC
*
Accepts:
Poetry
Size: 48 lines
Entry Fee: $10
Prize
: TBC

The Fantastica Prize
Closing Date: 31/01/2019
Theme: Science Fiction

Open to:
Residents Australia or New Zealand
Accepts:
Fiction
Size: At least 30,000 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prizes
: First: $2,000 and print & digital publication with royalties

FEBRUARY 2019

Golfwell's 3rd Annual International Golf Story Writing
NZ COMPETITION

Closing Date: 01/02/2019
Open to: All over 18 years of age
Theme: Golf
Accepts:
Fiction or Non-fiction
Size: 700 words
Entry Fee:
Nil
Prize
:First:
 $NZ 125 of Amazon Books, Golfwell's Author Award Certificate, Kindle Edition of 3 Golfwell's Books, publication in next Golf book and on their website, Second: $NZ 50 of Amazon Books, Golfwell's Author Award Certificate, Kindle Edition of 2 Golfwell's Books, publication in next Golf book and on their website, Third: $NZ 25 of Amazon Books, Golfwell's Author Award Certificate, Kindle Edition of a Golfwell's Book, publication in next Golf book and on their website

NEW LISTING
The Nature Conservancy Nature Writing Prize
Closing Date: 01/02/2019
Open to:
Australian citizens or permanent residents of Australia
Theme:
Writing of Place
Accepts: Essay
Size: 3,000 - 5,000 words
Entry Fee: $30
Prize
: $5,000

NEW LISTING
The Carmel Bird Digital Literary Award
Closing Date: 03/02/2019
Open to: Australian resident or Australia living overseas, and over 18
Theme: None
Accepts: Collection of short prose, may contain audio-visual content & hyperlinks, may contain some previously published work
Size: 30,000 words
Entry Fee: $25 (Students/Concession: $20)
Prizes
: First: $3,000 & offered a digital publication agreement, Runner-up x 2: $1,000 & offered a digital publication agreement

Newcastle Short Story Award

Closing Date: 4/02/2019
Open to: Australian citizens or permanent residents of Australia, over 18 years
Theme:
None
Accepts: Short Story

Size:
2,000 words
Entry Fee:
$16.50
Prize
: First: $3,000, Second: $1,700, Third: $1,000, 3 x Highly Commended: $200 to $250, 2 x Commended: $100  4 x Hunter Region Writers Awards: Value $100 to $120

NEW LISTING
Forty South Publishing Tasmanian Writers' Prize
Closing Date: 17/02/2019
Open to: Citizens of Australia and New Zealand or Australian permanent residents
Theme: Island or Island-resonant
Accepts:
Short Story
Size: 3,000 words
Entry Fee: $20
Prize
: $500

NEW LISTING
Michael Terence Publishing Short Story Competition

UK COMPETITION
Closing Date:
17/02/2019
Open to:
New authors (never had a full-length work published) and 16 years and over
Theme: None
Accepts: Fiction/Short novel, Science Fiction, Non-Fiction
Size: 3,000 words
Entry Fee: £6
Prizes
: First: £300,  Publication in MTP Winter Anthology and Anthology Title based on the winning entry's title, Second: £200, Publication in the MTP Winter Anthology, Third: £100, Publication in the MTP Winter Anthology

Flash 500 Short Story Competition
UK COMPETITION
Closing Date:
28/02/2019
Open to: All
Theme: None
Accepts:
Short Story
Size: 1,000 - 3,000 words
Entry Fee:
£7, £12 for 2, £16 for 3, £20 for 4
Prize
:First:
£500, Second: £200, Third: £100

 

MARCH 2019


W B Yeats Poetry Prize
Closing Date:
31/03/2019
Open to: Australian residents
Theme: Open
Accepts: Poetry
Size: 50 lines
Entry Fee: $10 for first entry ($4 each entry thereafter)
Prizes
: First: $500, 2 x Second: $75, Commendation: Certificate

 

APRIL 2019


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

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


NEW LISTING
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

JULY 2019

 

To Hull and Back Humorous Short Story Competition
UK COMPETITION
Closing Date: 31/06/2019
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

NEW LISTING
Elyne Mitchell Writing Awards
Closing Date: 22/08/2019
Theme: Specific reference to an Australasian Rural experience, "New Beginnings"
*
Accepts: Open Writers Award - Fiction or Non-fiction
Open to:
All
Size:
2,500 words
Entry Fee: $15
Prizes
: First: $1,000
*
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
*
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