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Last updated 01/02/2015

MARCH UPDATE HAS BEEN POSTPONED UNTIL NEXT WEEKEND

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

The Axel Clark Memorial Prize for Poetry
Boree Log Award for Bush Verse
Cancer Council Essay Competition
Charlotte Duncan Award
CYA - Aspiring (Unpublished) Competition
CYA - Hatchlings
Eastwood/Hills FAW Annual Literary Competition
Field of Words Writing Competition
KBR Unpublished Picture Book Award
Ledbury Poetry Competition
Nairda Lyne Award
Nillumbik Ekphrasis Poetry Award 2015
The Overland NWU Fair Australia Prize
SCLA Writers' Competition
Scribes Writers - "Poetic Licence"
Tethered by Letters Winter Competition
The Word Hut 17th Short Story Competition
Umoja Orphanage Writing Competition
What Matters? NSW/ACT

THROUGH THE YEAR

NEW LISTING
Field of Words Writing Competition

Closing Date: Bi-Annual
Open to:
Australian Citizens 18 years or older
Theme: None

Accepts: Short Story
Size: 1000 - 2,500 words
Entry Fee: $20

Prize
:First:
$500, Runner-up: $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

FEBRUARY 2015

Australian Bush Poetry Championships - Written Section
Closing Date: 13/02/2015
Open to: Australian resident
Theme: Australian,Australians and/or the Australian way of life
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Accepts: Section one:ABPA Open Written Original Serious "Silver Brumby Poetry Award"

Size:
120 lines
Entry Fee: $10 (max 3)

Prizes
: First: $150 & trophy, Second: $70, Third:$30
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Accepts: Section two:ABPA Open Written Original Humorous "Corryong Larrakin Award"

Size:
120 lines
Entry Fee: $10 (max 3)

Prizes
: First: $150 & trophy, Second: $70, Third:$30
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ABPA Overall Written Champion: $100
ABPA Novice Written Champion: $50

Josephine Ulrick Literature Prize
Closing Date:
13/02/2015
Open to: Australian resident
Theme: None
Accepts:
Short Story
Size: 2,000 words
Entry Fee: $35

Prizes
: First: $10,000, Second: $5,000

Josephine Ulrick Poetry Prize
Closing Date:
13/02/2015
Open to: Australian resident
Theme: None
Accepts:
Poetry
Size: 100 lines
Entry Fee: $22

Prizes
: First: $10,000, Second: $5,000

EAGLEHAWK Dahlia and Arts Festival Inc. Literary Competition
Closing Date:
14/02/2015
Open to: All
*
Theme: None
Accepts:
"The Rolf Boldrewood": Short Story
Size: 3,000 words
Entry Fee: $5
Prizes
: First: $200, Second: $50
*
Theme: None
Accepts:
"The Apollo": Poetry
Size: 30 lines
Entry Fee: $5
Prizes
: First: $200, Second: $50
*
Theme:
Australian
Accepts:
"The Alan Llewellyn": Bush Verse
Size: 52 lines
Entry Fee: $5
Prizes
: First: $100, Second: $50

The Friends of Williamstown and Newport Libraries 2014 - 2015 Summer Writing Competition
Closing Date: 16/02/2015
Open to: Students from Prep to Year 12 who are residents, go to school in Hobsons Bay or are member of Hobsons Bay Libraries. Students in Year 12 in 2014 are also eligible for entry.
Theme: None
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Accepts: Prep - Grade 1: Poetry
Size:
16 lines
Entry Fee:
Nil
Prizes: Winner: $50 and trophy, Highly Commended: Book Voucher & Encouragement Award: Book prize.

*
Accepts: Prep - Grade 1: Short Story
Size:
500 words
Entry Fee:
Nil
Prizes: Winner: $50 and trophy, Highly Commended: Book Voucher & Encouragement Award: Book prize.
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Accepts: Grade 2 - Grade 3: Poetry
Size:
16 lines
Entry Fee:
Nil
Prizes: Winner: $70 and trophy, Highly Commended: Book Voucher & Encouragement Award: Book prize.

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Accepts: Grade 2 - Grade 3: Short Story
Size:
500 words
Entry Fee:
Nil
Prizes: Winner: $70 and trophy, Highly Commended: Book Voucher & Encouragement Award: Book prize.

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Accepts: Grade 4 - Grade 6: Poetry
Size:
16 lines
Entry Fee:
Nil
Prizes: Winner: $80 and trophy, Highly Commended: Book Voucher & Encouragement Award: Book prize.

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Accepts: Grade 4 - Grade 6: Short Story
Size:
1,000 words
Entry Fee:
Nil
Prizes: Winner: $80 and trophy, Highly Commended: Book Voucher & Encouragement Award: Book prize.

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Accepts: Year 7 - Year 9: Poetry
Size:
No maximum
Entry Fee:
Nil
Prizes: Winner: $100 and trophy, Highly Commended: Book Voucher & Encouragement Award: Book prize.

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Accepts: Year 7 - Year 9: Short Story
Size:
2,000 words
Entry Fee:
Nil
Prizes: Winner: $100 and trophy, Highly Commended: Book Voucher & Encouragement Award: Book prize.

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Accepts: Year 10 - Year 12: Poetry
Size:
No Maximum
Entry Fee:
Nil
Prizes: Winner: $120 and trophy, Highly Commended: Book Voucher & Encouragement Award: Book prize.

*
Accepts: Year 10 - Year 12: Short Story
Size:
2,000 words
Entry Fee:
Nil
Prizes: Winner: $120 and trophy, Highly Commended: Book Voucher & Encouragement Award: Book prize.
 

Laura Literary Awards - The CJ Dennis Poetry Awards
Closing Date: 20/02/2015
Theme:
None
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SECTION 1 - OPEN
Open to:
All
Accepts:
Poetry
Size: 60 lines
Entry Fee: $10
Prize
: $200
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SECTION 2 - YOUNG ADULT
Open to:
13 - 18 years
Accepts:
Poetry
Size: 60 lines
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: $50
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SECTION 3 - JUNIOR
Open to:
8 - 12 years
Accepts:
Poetry
Size: 60 lines
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: $25
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SECTION 4 - JUNIOR PRIMARY

Open to:
5 - 7 years
Accepts:
Poetry
Size: 60 lines
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: $15

Laura Literary Awards - The Flinders News Prose Awards
Closing Date: 20/02/2015
Theme:
None
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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:
8 - 12 years
Accepts:
Short Story
Size: 500 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: $25
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SECTION 4 - JUNIOR PRIMARY

Open to:
5 - 7 years
Accepts:
Short Story
Size: 500 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: $15

The John O'Brien Literary Awards
Closing Date:
27/02/2015
Open to:
Anyone in Australia over the age of 18 years
Theme:
100 years of ANZAC
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Accepts:
Short Story
Size: 1,000 - 2,000 words
Entry Fee: $10
Prize
: $200
*
Accepts:
Poetry
Size: 48 lines
Entry Fee: $10
Prize
: $200

FreeXpresSion Haiku Competition
Closing Date: 28/02/2015
Open to:
All
Theme:
None
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Accepts:
A. Short Story
Size: 2,500 words
Entry Fee: $5 or 6 for $25
Prize
: First: $250, Second: $100
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Accepts:
B. Traditional Rhyming Poetry
Size: 120 lines
Entry Fee: $5 or 6 for $25
Prize
: First: $250, Second: $100
*
Accepts:
C. Free Verse
Size: 120 lines
Entry Fee: $5 or 6 for $25
Prize
: First: $250, Second: $100
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Accepts:
D. Article/Essay
Size: 1,500 - 2,000 words
Entry Fee: $5 or 6 for $25
Prize
: $100
*
Accepts:
E. Haiku
Size: One page of 4 = one entry
Entry Fee: $5 or 6 for $25
Prize
: First: $125, Second: $100, Third: $75

Positive Words Mini Competition - February
Closing Date: 28/02/2015
Open to: All
Theme: Contains the word: Ponder
Accepts:
Short Story or Poetry
Size: 100 words or 10 lines
Entry Fee: $1.40 in stamps
Prize
: Six months subscription to Positive Words

Sentinel Literary Quarterly Poetry Story Competition
UK COMPETITION
Closing Date: 28/02/2015
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: £200, Second: £75, Third: £50, Commendation x 3: £20

Sentinel Literary Quarterly Short Story Competition
UK COMPETITION
Closing Date: 28/02/2015
Open to: All
Theme: None
Accepts: Short Story
Size: 1,500 words
Entry Fee:
£5, 2 for £8, 3 for £10, 4 for £12
Prize
: First: £200, Second: £75, Third: £50, Commendation x 3: £20

NEW LISTING
Tethered by Letters Winter Literary Competition

US COMPETITION
Closing Date: 28/02/2015
Open to: All
*
Theme:
None
Accepts: Short Story
Size: 1,000 to 7,500 words
Entry Fee: $US 15
Prizes
: First: $US 500 & publication, 5 x finalists: consideration for publication
*
Theme:
None
Accepts: Flash Fiction
Size: 55, 250 or 500 words
Entry Fee: $US 7 or 3 for $US 15
Prizes
: First: $US 150 & publication, 5 x finalists: consideration for publication
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Theme:
None
Accepts: Poetry
Size: two pages
Entry Fee: $US 7 or 3 for $US 15
Prizes
: First: $US 150 & publication, 5 x finalists: consideration for publication

MARCH 2015

NEW LISTING
The Word Hut 17th Short Story Writing Competition
UK COMPETITION
Closing Date: 01/03/2015
Open to: All
Theme: None
Accepts: Short Story
Size: 1,000 words
Entry Fee:
£4
Prize
: First: £70, Second: £35, Third: £15

The Ada Cambridge Biographical Prose Prize
Closing Date:
01/03/2015
Open to: 18 years and over and who live or work in the western suburbs of Melbourne
Theme: Biograpical
Accepts: Short Story

Size:
1,000 - 3,000 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: $1,000, Shorllisted: Certificate and copy of the book

The Ada Cambridge Poetry Prize
Closing Date:
01/03/2015
Open to: 18 years and over and who live or work in the western suburbs of Melbourne
Theme: None
Accepts: Poetry

Size:
30 lines
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: $500, Shorllisted: Certificate and copy of the book

The Young Adas
Closing Date:
01/03/2015
Open to: aged between 15 - 18 years and who live or work in the western suburbs of Melbourne
Theme: None
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Accepts: Short Story

Size:
1,000 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: $250, Shorllisted: Certificate
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Accepts: Graphic Short Story
Size:
Four A4 pages
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: $250, Shorllisted: Certificate

NEW LISTING
KBR Unpublished Picture Book Award
Per website: a percentage of funds earned from the Award will be donated to the Idigenour Literacy Foundation
Closing Date:
02/03/2015
Open to: Australian resident living in Australia or overseas, aged 18 or over
Theme: None
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Accepts: Author Segment: Picture book - text only

Size:
400 words
Entry Fee: $25
Prize
: First: $200, a manuscript appraisal., a certificate and the chance to have their manuscript fast tracked to the publisher's desk at Walker Books Australia BUT there is no guarantee of publication, and normal Walker Books manuscript submission rules and timings apply. Runner-up x 2: Manuscript apprasial and certificate
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Illustrator Segment also available

The 2015 Tabor Adelaide Creative Writing Awards
Closing Date: 06/03/2015
Open to: Australian citizens residing in Australia and aged 16 and over
Theme: Hope against Hope
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Accepts: Short Story

Size:
1,500 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: $250, Second: $150, Commendations (at Judges' discretion)
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Accepts: Poetry
Size: 42 lines
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: $250, Second: $150, Commendations (at Judges' discretion)

Castaways Poetry Prize
Closing Date: 13/03/2015
Open to: All
Theme: All entered poems must be inspired by, drawn upon, or use the theme of images in the Castaways Web gallery.
Accepts: Poetry

Size:
24 lines
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: $200 and two copies of the 2015 Castaways Sculpture Awards catalogue containing the winning poem. Second x 2: $100

Australian Bush Poetry Championships Junior Competitions - Written Section
Closing Date: 20/03/2015
Open to: Students
Theme:
Australian,Australians and/or the Australian way of life
Accepts: Bush Poetry

Size:
One side of A4 preferred
Entry Fee: $2
Prize
: Total pool of $130 plus merchandise shared across four sections

British Theatre Challenge
UK COMPETITION
Closing Date: 30/03/2015
Open to: All
Theme: None
Accepts: Play

Size:
One Act, running time 10 - 30 minutes, more than one actor
Entry Fee: £15
Prize
: First: 10 plays selected: Given a full performance at The Courtyard Theatre, London - developed by professional directors - performed by professional actors - given written assessments by theatre professionals - considered for publication by Lazy Bee Scripts - filmed in rehearsal or performance, Audience favourite: £250

NEW LISTING
Nillumbik Ekphrasis Poetry Award 2015
Closing Date:
30/03/2015
Open to:
All
Theme:
Poets are invited to respond to selected artworks from the Nillumbik Shire Council Art Collection. Artworks can be viewed at Nillumbik Shire Council, Civic Drive, Greensborough or online at
www.victoriancollections.net.au by searching Nillumbik Shire Council Art Collection ekphrasis 2015
Accepts:
Poems
Size:
12 lines
Entry Fee:
$11 per poem (Youth Prize:
Nil)
Prizes: First:
$500, Second: $300, Third: $200, Youth Prize: $150 (11-18 years old)

The Caterpillar Poetry Prize
IRISH COMPETITION
Closing Date:
31/03/2015
Open to: All
Theme:
Poetry written by an adult for children (aged 7-11)
Accepts: Poetry
Size: No limit
Entry Fee: €12
Prize
: €1,000

Henry Lawson Festival
Closing Date: 31/03/2015
Open to: All

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Theme:
Australian
Accepts:
Section 1: Class 1: Traditional Verse
Size: 48 lines
Entry Fee: $15
Prize
: First: $450, Second: $200
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Theme:
Australian
Accepts:
Section 1: Class 2: Humorous Verse
Size: 48 lines
Entry Fee: $15
Prize
: First: $250, Second: $100
*
Theme:
None
Accepts:
Section 1: Class 3: Free Verse
Size: 48 lines
Entry Fee: $15
Prize
: First: $250, Second: $100
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Theme:
None
Accepts:
Section 1: Class 4: Verse by High School Student (under 18 years by closing date)
Size: 48 lines
Entry Fee: Nil for first 2, $5 thereafter (School/class entries: $40 for groups of more than 5 students)
Prize
: First: $150, Second: $50
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Theme:
None
Accepts:
Section 1: Class 5: Verse by Primary School Student
Size: 48 lines
Entry Fee: Nil for first 2, $5 thereafter (School/class entries: $30 for groups of more than 5 students)
Prize
: First: $50 & Medallion, Second: $25 & Medallion, Highly Commended: Medallion
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SECTION 1 OVERALL WINNER: Festival Patron's Statuette
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Theme:
None
Accepts:
Section 1: Class 1: Short Story
Size: 2,000 words
Entry Fee: $15
Prize
: First: $500, Second: $200
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Theme:
None
Accepts:
Section 2: Class 2: Short Story by High School Student (under 18 years by closing date)
Size: 2,000 words
Entry Fee: Nil for first 2, $5 thereafter (School/class entries: $40 for groups of more than 5 students)
Prize
: First: $150, Second: $50
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Theme:
None
Accepts:
Section 2: Class 3: Short Story by Primary School Student
Size: 2,000 words
Entry Fee: Nil for first 2, $5 thereafter (School/class entries: $30 for groups of more than 5 students)
Prize
: First: $50 & Medallion, Second: $25 & Medallion, Highly Commended: Medallion
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SECTION 2 OVERALL WINNER: Harold Goodwin Memorial Statuette

NEW LISTING
Nairda Lyne Award
Closing Date: 31/03/2015
Open to: All
Theme: Short story suitable for children agend 8-12 years
Accepts:
Short Story
Size: 1,000 words
Entry Fee: $5
Prize
: First: $100 and name inscribed on a plaque in the State Library Launceston Branch, Best Tasmanian: Hobart Bookshop voucher

National Henry Lawson Society Award
Closing Date: 31/03/2015
Open to: All
Theme: Australia, Australians and/or the Australian way of life
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Accepts:
Category A: Traditional Rhyming Verse
Size: 60 lines
Entry Fee: Members: Nil, Non-Members: $5 for first and $3 thereafter (Under 19: $2)
Prize
: First: $1,000, Second: $500, Third: $250, Under 19: $250
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Accepts:
Category B: Short Story
Size: 1,000 words
Entry Fee: Members: Nil, Non-Members: $5 for first and $3 thereafter (Under 19: $2)
Prize
: First: $1,000, Second: $500, Third: $250, Under 19: $250

Positive Words Mini Competition - March
Closing Date: 31/03/2015
Open to: All
Theme: Contains the word: Banana
Accepts:
Short Story or Poetry
Size: 100 words or 10 lines
Entry Fee: $1.40 in stamps
Prize
: Six months subscription to Positive Words

W Y Yeats Poetry Prize
Closing Date:
31/03/2015
Open to: Australian residents
Theme: Open
Accepts: Poetry
Size: 50 lines
Entry Fee: $8.50 for first entry ($5.00 each entry thereafter)
Prizes
: First: $500 , Second: $100, Commendation: Certificates

APRIL 2015

NEW LISTING
The Overland NUW Fair Australia Prize
Closing Date:
01/04/2015
Open to: All
Theme:
See Website
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Accepts: Short Story
Size: 3,000 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prizes
: $5,000
*
Accepts: Essay
Size: 3,000 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prizes
: $5,000
*
Accepts: Poetry
Size: 88 lines
Entry Fee: Nil
Prizes: $5,000 
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Graphics & Cartoons section available

Pan Macmillan's Bad Romeo
Closing Date:
03/04/2015
Open to: Australian and New Zealand residents
Theme:
Using characters from Willam Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet
Accepts:
Short Story
Size: 1,000 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prizes
: One on One meeting with Pan Macmillan's Commissioning Editor

NEW LISTING
Cancer Council Essay Competition
Closing Date: 23/04/2015
Open to: Students currently enrolled in a medical course at an Australian University

Theme:
Research and the changing landscape of oncology
Accepts:
Essay
Size: 2,500 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prizes
: To attend the International Summer School 'Oncology for Medical Students' in Vienna 8th-17th July 2015. Cancer Council Australia will pay for registration, an economy class airfare, two weeks accommodation and living allowance (to a total of $8,000)

NEW LISTING
SCLA Writers' Competition
Closing Date: 24/04/2015
Open to: Residents of South-East Queensland

Theme:
None
*
Accepts:
Category 1: Open Short Story

Size:
2,500 words
Entry Fee: SCLA Members: $7, Non-members: $10
Prizes
: First: $200, Second: $50, Highly Commended: $25
*

Accepts:
Category 2: Open Memoir

Size:
2,500 words
Entry Fee: SCLA Members: $7, Non-members: $10
Prizes
: First: $200, Second: $50, Highly Commended: $25
*

Accepts:
Category 3: Open Poem - Rhyming

Size:
15 - 40 lines
Entry Fee: SCLA Members: $7, Non-members: $10
Prizes
: First: $200, Second: $50, Highly Commended: $25
*

Accepts:
Category 4: Open Poem - Free Verse

Size:
15 - 40 lines
Entry Fee: SCLA Members: $7, Non-members: $10
Prizes
: First: $200, Second: $50, Highly Commended: $25
*

Accepts:
Category 5: Short Story - High school student

Size:
1,500 words
Entry Fee: $5
Prizes
: First: $200, Second: $50, Highly Commended: $25
*

Accepts:
Category 6: Short Story - Primary school student

Size:
1,000 words
Entry Fee: $5
Prizes
: First: $200, Second: $50, Highly Commended: $25

Young Tasmanian Writers's Prize
Closing Date: 27/04/2015
Open to: Tasmanian students enrolled in Year 7 to 12
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Theme:
Threshold, Bubble or Spin
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:
Time, Distance or Change
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

NEW LISTING
The Axel Clark Memorial Prize for Poetry
Closing Date: 30/04/2015
Open to: Australians
Theme: Open
Accepts: Poetry
Size: 100 lines
Entry Fee: $35
Prizes
: First: $1,000 and a one month writing residency and reading at Manning Clark House in Canberra

Bristol Short Story Prize
UK COMPETITION
Closing Date:
30/04/2015
Open to: Over 16 years old
Theme: Open
Accepts: Short Story
Size: 4,000 words
Entry Fee: £8
Prizes
: First: £1000 plus £150 Waterstone’s Gift Card, Second: £700 plus £100 Waterstone’s Gift Card, Third: £400 plus £100 Waterstone’s Gift Card. Shortlisted x 17: £100.

NEW LISTING
Charlotte Duncan Award
Established in the memory of Charlotte Duncan to raise funds for the neo-natal unit at Melbourne's Royal Children's Hospital.
Closing Date: 30/04/2015
Open to: All
Theme: For young readers aged 9 - 12 years old, main character a child
Accepts: Short Story
Size: 1,500 words
Entry Fee: $9.90
Prizes
: First: $75, Second: $50, Third: $25,Highly commended and Commended: Certificate

NEW LISTING
CYA - Aspiring (Unpublished) Competition
Closing Date: 30/04/2015
Open to:
Check website
Theme: None
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Accepts: Picture book - text only for pre-school children
Size: 500 words
Entry Fee: $18.00 ($18.60 if pay by Paypal)
Prizes
: First: $50, Second: $30, Third: $20, Submission of short listed entries to at least one children's publisher
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Accepts: Picture book - text only for primary school children
Size: 500 words
Entry Fee: $18.00 ($18.60 if pay by Paypal)
Prizes
: First: $50, Second: $30, Third: $20, Submission of short listed entries to at least one children's publisher
*
Accepts: Picture book - Non-Fiction - text only for primary school children
Size: 500 words
Entry Fee: $18.00 ($18.60 if pay by Paypal)
Prizes
: First: $50, Second: $30, Third: $20, Submission of short listed entries to at least one children's publisher
*
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: $18.00 ($18.60 if pay by Paypal)
Prizes
: First: $50, Second: $30, Third: $20, Submission of short listed entries to at least one children's publisher
*
Accepts: Fiction for Young Adults
Size: First three chapters up to 5,000 words with synopsis
Entry Fee: $18.00 ($18.60 if pay by Paypal)
Prizes
: First: $50, Second: $30, Third: $20, Submission of short listed entries to at least one children's publisher
 
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Accepts: Graphic Novel or Illustrated Picture book - any age group within CYA
Size: 3 pages, up to 500 words
Entry Fee: $18.00 ($18.60 if pay by Paypal)
Prizes
: First: $50, Second: $30, Third: $20, Submission of short listed entries to at least one children's publisher
*
Accepts: Middle Grade Illustrated Novels
Size: First 750 words and two major illustrations
Entry Fee: $18.00 ($18.60 if pay by Paypal)
Prizes
: First: $50, Second: $30, Third: $20, Submission of short listed entries to at least one children's publisher
*
Illustration section using extracts provided on website

NEW LISTING
CYA - Hatchlings
Closing Date: 30/04/2015
O
pen to: 8 - 18 years old and not been published in book format within the CYA genres.
Theme: None
*
Accepts: Picture book - text only for pre-school or primary aged children
Size: 500 words
Entry Fee: $12.00 ($12.55 if pay by Paypal)
Prizes
: First: $50, Second: $30, Third: $20, 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: $12.00 ($12.55 if pay by Paypal)
Prizes
: First: $50, Second: $30, Third: $20, Submission of short listed entries to at least one children's publisher

Accepts: Graphic Novel and Illustrated Picture Book OR Middle Grade Illustrated Novel
Size: See website
Entry Fee: $12.00 ($12.55 if pay by Paypal)
Prizes
: First: $50, Second: $30, Third: $20, Submission of short listed entries to at least one children's publisher

Positive Words Mini Competition - April
Closing Date:
30/04/2015
Open to: All
Theme: Contains the word: Pimple
Accepts:
Short Story or Poetry
Size: 100 words or 10 lines
Entry Fee: $1.40 in stamps
Prize
: Six months subscription to Positive Words

MAY 2015

ABR Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize
Closing Date: 01/05/2015
Open to:
All
Theme:
None
Accepts:
Short Story
Size:
2,000 - 5,000 words
Entry Fee:
$20 ($15 for ABR subscribers) or choose to subscribe with your entry (see website)
Prizes:
First:
$5,000, Second: $2,000, Third: $1,000

NEW LISTING
What Matters? NSW/ACT
Closing Date: 06/05/2015
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
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OVERALL WINNER (across NSW/ACT and Tasmania): Ipad

Bush Lantern Award 2015
Closing Date: 22/05/2015
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 2015 - Junior
Closing Date: 22/05/2015
*
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

SAETA Young Writers Award
 
Closing Date: 22/05/2015
*
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
*
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
*
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
*
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
*
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
*
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

GRIFFITH REVIEW - The Novella Project III Competition
Closing Date:
29/05/2015
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

University of Canberra Vice-Chancellor's International Poetry Prize
Closing Date:
29/05/2015
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 3101/2015. $20 if submitted after that date. Tertiary (university) students - $10
Prizes:
First:
$15,000, Second: $5,000

AHWA Flash & Short Story Competition
Closing Date: 31/05/2015
Open to: All
Theme: Horror Stories

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

Accepts:
Short Story
Size: 1,001 - 5,000 words
Entry Fee: $10
Prize
: Paid publication in Midnight Echo and an engraved plaque

NEW LISTING
Boree Log Award for Bush Verse
Closing Date: 31/05/2015
Open to: All
Theme: Australian Bush Theme
Accepts:
Bush Verse
Size: 80 lines
Entry Fee: $5
Prize
: $100 plus trophy and certificate

NEW LISTING
Eastwood/Hills FAW Literary Competition
Closing Date: 31/05/2015
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

Positive Words Mini Competition - May
Closing Date:
31/05/2015
Open to: All
Theme: Contains the word: Cruise
Accepts:
Short Story or Poetry
Size: 100 words or 10 lines
Entry Fee: $1.40 in stamps
Prize
: Six months subscription to Positive Words

JUNE 2015

The Lyndall Hadow/Donald Stuart Short Story Competition
Closing Date:
01/06/2015
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

 

Broken Ski Award
Closing Date: 02/06/2015
Open to: All
Theme: Not mentioned but check website
*
Accepts: Open poetry
Size: Not mentioned
Entry Fee: Nil
Prizes
: Not mentioned
*
Accepts: Junior High School - 12 to 18 - poetry
Size: Not mentioned
Entry Fee: Nil
Prizes
: Not mentioned
*
Accepts: Junior Primary School - under 12 - poetry
Size: Not mentioned
Entry Fee: Nil
Prizes
: Not mentioned

 

Cowley Literary Award
Closing Date: 30/06/2015
Open to: All
Theme: None
Accepts:
Fiction and Non-Fiction
Size: 1,500 words
Entry Fee:
$25

Prize: First: $5,000, Runner-up: $1,000

 

Joe O'Sullivan Writers' Prize
Closing Date: 30/06/2015
Open to: Western Australian resident
Theme: Heritage
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: 30/06/2015
Open to: Australian Women
Theme: Conflict
Accepts:
Prose, Fact or Fiction
Size: 1,000 - 2,000 words
Entry Fee:
$10

Prize: First: $500

 

The Moth International Short Story Prize
IRISH COMPETITION

Closing Date: 30/06/2015
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.

 

Positive Words Mini Competition - June
Closing Date:
30/06/2015
Open to: All
Theme: Contains the word: Obstacle
Accepts:
Short Story or Poetry
Size: 100 words or 10 lines
Entry Fee: $1.40 in stamps
Prize
: Six months subscription to Positive Words

 

NEW LISTING
Scribes Writers - "Poetic Licence"

Closing Date: 30/06/2015
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

JULY 2015

NEW LISTING
Ledbury Poetry Festival Poetry Competition
UK COMPETITION
Closing Date:
09/07/2015
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

Positive Words Mini Competition - July
Closing Date:
31/07/2015
Open to: All
Theme: Contains the word: Cheesecake
Accepts:
Short Story or Poetry
Size: 100 words or 10 lines
Entry Fee: $1.40 in stamps
Prize
: Six months subscription to Positive Words

 

AUGUST 2015

NEW LISTING
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: 06/08/2015
Open to: Residents of Australia
Theme: Child
Accepts:
Short Fiction, essay or travel article
Size: 1,000 words
Entry Fee: $25
Prize
: First: $150 with trophy, certificate and publication on the hosts' websites , Second: $50 with certificate and publication on the hosts' websites, Third: Certificate and publication on the hosts' websites

Positive Words Mini Competition - August
Closing Date:
31/08/2015
Open to: All
Theme: Contains the word: Empty
Accepts:
Short Story or Poetry
Size: 100 words or 10 lines
Entry Fee: $1.40 in stamps
Prize
: Six months subscription to Positive Words

 

SEPTEMBER 2015

Positive Words Mini Competition - September
Closing Date:
30/09/2015
Open to: All
Theme: Contains the word: Sister
Accepts:
Short Story or Poetry
Size: 100 words or 10 lines
Entry Fee: $1.40 in stamps
Prize
: Six months subscription to Positive Words

 

OCTOBER 2015

Positive Words Mini Competition - October
Closing Date:
31/10/2015
Open to: All
Theme: Contains the word: Brother
Accepts:
Short Story or Poetry
Size: 100 words or 10 lines
Entry Fee: $1.40 in stamps
Prize
: Six months subscription to Positive Words

 

NOVEMBER 2015

Positive Words Mini Competition - November
Closing Date:
30/11/2015
Open to: All
Theme: Contains the word: Bank
Accepts:
Short Story or Poetry
Size: 100 words or 10 lines
Entry Fee: $1.40 in stamps
Prize
: Six months subscription to Positive Words

 

DECEMBER 2015

Positive Words Mini Competition - December
Closing Date:
31/12/2015
Open to: All
Theme: Contains the word: Swim
Accepts:
Short Story or Poetry
Size: 100 words or 10 lines
Entry Fee: $1.40 in stamps
Prize
: Six months subscription to Positive Words