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Last updated 04/08/2018
 


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

Andy Griffiths Kid's Writing Competition
Blackened Billy Verse Competition
FAW NSW Lambing Flat Regional Writing Competition
Gympie Region Literary Awards
Joe O'Sullivan Writers' Prize
Joyce Parkes Women's Writer's Prize
Inktears Short Story Contest
Irish Arts & Writers Festival
Irish Arts & Writers Festival - Youth
Macarthur Playwriting Festival
Margaret River Short Story Competition
Martha Richardson Memorial Poetry Prize
Melton City Council Short Story Competition
Odyssey House Victoria Short Story Competition
Port Writers Inc Open Literary Competition
Porter Prize
Scribes Writers - Short Takes Competition
Sydney Writers' Room Short Story Competition
The Best of Times Short Story Competition
The Gregory O'Donoghue International Poetry Competition
The Port Stephens Literature Award
The Writing Quarter Competition
To Hull and Back Humorous Short Story Competition
What's Your Story?


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

NEW LISTING
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


AUGUST 2018

SAETA Spring Poetry Festival

Closing Date: 03/08/2018
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
*

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

 

Sentinel Literary Quarterly Poetry Competition
UK COMPETITION
Closing Date: 07/08/2018
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, Highly Commended x 3: £30, Commended x 3: £15, 3 x Special Mentions

 

Trudy Graham/Julie Lewis for Prose Competition
Closing Date: 10/08/2018
Open to: All
Theme: None

Accepts:
Open - Short Story
Size: 2,000 words
Entry Fee: $15, $25 for 2, $35 for 3
Prize
: First: $200, Second: $100, Third: $50, Judge's Encouragement Award for Youth: $50, Highly Commended x 4: Certificate, Commended x 4: Certificate

Toolangi CJ Dennis Poetry Competition

Closing Date: 15/08/2018
Open to:
Authors throughout Australia and New Zealand
Theme: Competition aims to encourage writing which clebrates the work of CJ Dennis and relates to Australia's people, events or environment, either historical or contemporary
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Accepts: Open - Marian Mayne Prize - Poetry
Size:  80 lines
Entry Fee:
$10 plus $3 in unused stamps
Prize
: First: $250, Second: $150, Third: $100
 
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Accepts: Open - CJ Dennis Society Prize - Short Story
Size:  500 words
Entry Fee:
$10 plus $3 in unused stamps
Prize
: First: $250, Second: $150, Third: $100
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Accepts: Poetry written by adults for children
Size:  80 lines
Entry Fee:
$10 plus $3 in unused stamps
Prize
: First: $250, Second: $150, Third: $100, Chosen by group of local children: $150
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Accepts: Primary School Students - Poetry
Size:  80 lines
Entry Fee:
$3 in unused stamps
Prize
: First: $30, Second: $20, Third: $10
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Accepts: Secondary School Students - Poetry
Size:  80 lines
Entry Fee:
$3 in unused stamps
Prize
: First: $50, Second: $30, Third: $20


The Betty Olle Poetry Award
Closing Date: 18/08/2018
Open to: All
Theme: Australian

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Accepts:
Open - Australian Bush Verse
Size: Not mentioned
Entry Fee: $10
Prize
: First: The 'Betty Olle' Poetry Award & $500, Runner-Up: Certificate & $200, Highly Commended: Certificate
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Accepts:
Junior (12 years and under - Australian Bush Verse
Size: Not mentioned
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: The 'Betty Olle' Junior Poetry Award & $100, Runner-Up: Certificate & $50, Highly Commended: Certificate

Lane Cove Literary Awards
Closing Date: 22/08/2018
Open to: Over 16 years, Australian citizens or permanent residents of Australia and must be living in Australia at time of entry
Theme: Open

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Accepts:
Short Story
Size: 3,000 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: $2,000, NORTH SHORE GYM RESIDENT SHORT STORY PRIZE: $500
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Accepts:
Theatre Script Prize
Size: 10 pages/10 minutes
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: $1,500. LEN WALLIS AUDIO RESIDENT THEATRE SCRIPT PRIZE: $500
*

Accepts:
Poetry
Size: 50 lines and more than 1,000 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: $1,500, LANE COVE LIBRARY RESIDENT POETRY PRIZE: $500

OTHER PRIZES
THE BURNS BAY BOOKERY YOUTH PRIZE (16 - 24 years): $500
THE BAYTREE BY ARDENCY SENIOR PRIZE (65+ years): $500


Elyne Mitchell Writing Awards
Closing Date: 23/08/2018
Theme: Specific reference to an Australasian Rural experience, "Reach for the Stars - Strive for Excellence"
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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 and Indigo Shires
Size:
2,500 words
Entry Fee: $10
Prizes
: First: $500
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Non fiction 'bonus': $100 Dymock Voucher

Local Encouragement Award: $50 Dymocks Voucher

Alice Sinclair Memorial Writing Competition

Closing Date: 31/08/2018
Open to: All
Theme: None

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Accepts:
Category A: Poetry
Size: 50 lines
Entry Fee: $10
Prize
: First: $100 & Certificate, Second: $50 & Certificate
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Accepts:
Category B: Short Story
Size: 2,500 words
Entry Fee: $10
Prize
: First: $100 & Certificate, Second: $50 & Certificate

Boroondara Literary Awards
Closing Date: 31/08/2018
Open to: Australian Residents, Young Writers: Live, Work or study in the City of Boroondara
Theme: Open

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Accepts:
Open Short Story
Size: 1,500 - 3,000 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: $1,500, Second: $1,000, Third: $500, Keith Carroll Award: $500
 *

Accepts:
Young Writers (Boroondara) - Junior -Years 5 - 6 - Poetry
Size: 100 lines
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: $300, Second: $200, Third: $100
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Accepts:
Young Writers (Boroondara) - Junior -Years 5 - 6 -  - Prose
Size: 300 - 500 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: $300, Second: $200, Third: $100
 *

Accepts:
Young Writers (Boroondara) - Middle -Years 7 - 9 - Poetry
Size: 200 lines
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: $450, Second: $300, Third: $150
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Accepts:
Young Writers (Boroondara) - Middle -Years 7 - 9 -  - Prose
Size: 500 - 900 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: $450, Second: $300, Third: $150
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Accepts:
Young Writers (Boroondara) - Senior -Years 10 - 12 - Poetry (also open to young people not in seconary school, aged 15 to 18 years as of 1 January)
Size: 200 lines
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: $600, Second: $400, Third: $200
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Accepts:
Young Writers (Boroondara) - Senior -Years 10 - 12 -  - Prose (also open to young people not in seconary school, aged 15 to 18 years as of 1 January)
Size: 900 - 1,300 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: $600, Second: $400, Third: $200

Dickinson Memorial Literary Competition
NOTE: SUBMISSIONS IN HARD-COPY BRAILLE, A WORD DOCUMENT, SIMBRAILLE or a DUXBURY-readable file
Closing Date:
31/08/2018
Open to: Australian Residents who are legally blind, or have low or no vision
Theme: Imagine

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Accepts:
Adult (Over 18) - Short Story
Size: 2,000 words
Entry Fee:
$10
Prize
: Not mentioned

*
Accepts:
Adult (Over 18) - Poem/Song Lyrics/Limerick
Size: 2,000 words
Entry Fee:
$10
Prize
: Not mentioned
*
Accepts:
Adult (Over 18) - Article/Opinion
Size: 2,000 words
Entry Fee:
$10
Prize
: Not mentioned
*
Accepts:
Senior Student (13 - 17 years) - Short Story/Poem/Song Lyrics/Limerick/Blog
Size: 2,000 words
Entry Fee:
$10
Prize
: Not mentioned
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Accepts:
Junior Student (112 years and under) - Short Story/Poem/Song Lyrics/Limerick/Blog
Size: 1,500 words
Entry Fee:
$5
Prize
: Not mentioned

 

Dungala-Kaiela Writing
Closing Date: 31/08/2018
Open to: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with a connection to the Goulburn Valley region
Theme: Open

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Accepts:
Story/Yarn/Article/Play - Elder (65 years and over)
Size: Not mentioned
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: $200
*
Accepts:
Story/Yarn/Article/Play - Open (19 years and over)
Size: 500 - 3,000 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: $400
*

Accepts:
Story/Yarn/Article/Play - Youth - 13 to 18 years
Size: 500 - 2,000 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: $150
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Accepts:
Story/Yarn/Article/Play - Junior - Up to 12 years
Size: 100 - 500 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: $75
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Accepts:
Aboriginal Languages of the region in any written form - Open (19 years and over)
Size: Not mentioned
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: $400
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Accepts:
Aboriginal Languages of the region in any written form - Youth - 13 to 18 years
Size: Not mentioned
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: $150
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Accepts:
Aboriginal Languages of the region in any written form - Junior - Up to 12 years
Size: Not mentioned
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: $75

Accepts:
Poem/Lyric/Rap - Elder
Size: Not mentioned
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: $150

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

Accepts:
Poem/Lyric/Rap - Youth - 13 to 18 years
Size: 6 - 20 lines
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: $100
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Accepts:
Poem/Lyric/Rap - 8 to 12 years
Size: 5 - 10 lines
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: $50

FAW NSW Jean Stone Award
Closing Date: 31/08/2018
Open to: Australian Residents 18 years and over
Theme: None
Accepts:
Poetry
Size: 60 lines
Entry Fee:
$10
Prize
: First: $500

FAW NSW Walter Stone Award for Life Writing

Closing Date: 31/08/2018
Open to: Australian Residents 18 years and over
Theme: None
Accepts:
Biography, Autobiography, Memoir, Monograph or Bibliography
Size:
10,000 - 25,000 words
Entry Fee:
$25
Prize
: First: $1,500

FAW Tasmania Poetry Prize
Closing Date: 31/08/2018
Open to:
All
Theme: None
Accepts: Poetry
Size: 60 lines
Entry Fee: $5

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

NEW LISTING
Gympie Region Literary Awards
Closing Date: 31/08/2018
Open to:
Residents of Gympie region and surrounding area
Theme: None

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Accepts: Adults (18 years and over)  - Short Story
Size: 5,000 words
Entry Fee: Nil

Prize
:First:
$200, Second: $150, Third: $100
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Accepts: Children (10 to 17 years) - Short Story
Size: 3,000 words
Entry Fee: Nil

Prize
:First:
$150, Second: $100, Third: $50
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Accepts: Adults (18 years and over)  - Poetry
Size: 200 lines
Entry Fee: Nil

Prize
:First:
$200, Second: $150, Third: $100
*
Accepts: Children (10 to 17 years) - Poetry
Size: 100 lines
Entry Fee: Nil

Prize
:First:
$150, Second: $100, Third: $50
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Accepts: Adults (18 years and over)  - Picture book for 3 to 7 year olds
Size: 500 words
Entry Fee: Nil

Prize
:First:
$200, Second: $150, Third: $100
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Accepts: Children (10 to 17 years) - Picture book for 3 to 7 year olds

Size: 500 words
Entry Fee: Nil

Prize
:First:
$150, Second: $100, Third: $50

Hilarie Lindsay Young Writers Poetry Competition
Closing Date: 31/08/2018
Open to: Australian School Children
Theme: Open

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Accepts:
Section 1 - Poetry - Yrs 10, 11 & 12
Size: 60 lines
Entry Fee: $3
Prize
: First: $200
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Accepts:
Section 2 - Poetry - Yrs 7, 8 & 9
Size: 40 lines
Entry Fee: $3
Prize
: First: $175
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Accepts:
Section 3 - Poetry - Yrs 5 & 6
Size: 40 lines
Entry Fee: $3
Prize
: First: $175
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Accepts:
Section 4 - Poetry - Yrs 4 and under
Size: 20 lines
Entry Fee: $3
Prize
: First: $50

Knightville Poetry Contest
US COMPETITION
Closing Date: 31/08/2018
Open to: All
Theme: None
Accepts:
Poetry
Size: 150 lines
Entry Fee: $US 20 for up to three poems
Prize
: First: $US 1,500 & publication


Machigonne Fiction Contest
US COMPETITION
Closing Date: 31/08/2018
Open to: All
Theme: None
Accepts:
Fiction
Size: 5,000 words
Entry Fee: $US 20
Prize
: First: $US 1,500  & publication

NEW LISTING
Melton City Council Short Story Competition
Closing Date:
31/08/2018
Open to: Live, work or study in the City of Melton
Theme: None

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Accepts:
Short Story - Adult (18 years and over)

Size:
1,500 words (or, for other story formats, something that takes no more than 5 minutes to experience)
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: Not specified. Total pool almost $2,000
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Accepts:
Short Story - Teenage (13 - 17 years)

Size:
1,500 words (or, for other story formats, something that takes no more than 5 minutes to experience)
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: Not specified. Total pool almost $2,000
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Accepts:
Short Story - Junior (5 - 12 year)

Size:
1,500 words (or, for other story formats, something that takes no more than 5 minutes to experience)
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: Not specified. Total pool almost $2,000

NWF/Joanne Burns Micro-lit Award
Closing Date:
31/08/2018
Open to:
Australian citizens or residing in Australia, and over 18
Theme: Sound
Accepts: Short Story
Size: 200 words
Entry Fee: $15 for up to three
Prize
: $300

Positive Words Mini Competition - August
Closing Date:
31/08/2018
Open to: All
Theme: Contains the word: Squash
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


Scarlet Stiletto Awards
Closing Date: 31/08/2018
Open to: Women residents of Australia
Theme: Crime & Mysteries with an active woman protagonist - check conditions for specific themes
Accepts:
Short Story
Size: 5,000 words
Entry Fee: $20 for Sisters in Crime Members, $25 for non-members
Prizes
:
Swinburne University Award
: $1,500 plus trophy,  
Simon & Schuster Award Second:
$1,000,
The Sun Bookshop Award Third:
$500,

Fleurieu Consult Award for Best Young Writer (for writers 18 or under): $500,
Melbourne Athenaeum Library ‘Body in the Library' Award: $1,000; runner up $500,
International Association of Foresic Linguists Award:
$1,000

Every Cloud Productions Award for Best Mystery with History Story:
$750,

Kerry Greenwood Award for Best Malice Domestic Story: $750,
Writers Victoria Crime and Punishment Award: Studio Residency at the Old Melbourne Gaol (Value $660),
Clan Destine Press for Best Cross-Genre Story: $500,
Liz Navratil Award for Best Story with a Disabled Protagonist Story: $400,
ScriptWorks Award for a Great Film Idea: $200


SWWT Annual Short Story Competition
Closing Date: 31/08/2018
Open to: All
Theme: Life Changing
Accepts:
Short Story
Size: 1,200 - 1,500 words
Entry Fee: $10 for up to two entries
Prizes
: First: $200, Second: $50

SEPTEMBER 2018

Outstanding Short Story Competition
Closing Date: 01/09/2018
Open to: Writers based in Australia and New Zealand
Theme: "Next Big Thing" (Have relevance to the broader Australian LGBTIQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, queer) community)
Accepts:
Short Story
Size: 750 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: Not mentioned

NEW LISTING
Port Writers Open Literary Competition

Closing Date: 01/09/2018
Open to: All
Theme: None
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Accepts: Fiction
Size: 2,500 words
Entry Fee:
$5
Prizes
: First: $100, Second: $50, Third: $25
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Accepts: Non-Fiction
Size: 2,500 words
Entry Fee:
$5
Prizes
: First: $100, Second: $50, Third: $25
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Accepts: Poetry
Size: 32 lines
Entry Fee:
$5
Prizes
: First: $100, Second: $50, Third: $25

Gwen Harwood Poetry Prize
Closing Date: 02/09/2018
Open to: Not mentioned
Theme: None

Accepts:
Poetry (single or suite)
Size: 80 lines
Entry Fee: $20 for non-Island subscribers, $10 for Island subscribers
Prize
: First: $2,000, publication in Island , annual domestic subscriptions to Island, Griffith Review, Meanjin, Overland, Southerly, Westerly and The Lifted Brow., Second: Publication in Island + annual domestic subscriptions to Island, Griffith Review, Meanjin, Overland, Southerly, Westerly and The Lifted Brow.


KSP Short Fiction Competition
Closing Date: 07/09/2018
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: $10 & Certificate, Mundaring National Young Writers Encouragement Award for under 14s: $25

NEW LISTING
Macarthur Playwriting Festival
Closing Date: 14/09/2018
Open to: All
Theme: Time After Time

Accepts:
Audio, Video, Photos or Text
Size:
8 - 11 minutes, one act, no more than 4 characters
Entry Fee: $15
Prize:
Short listed plays performed at the Festival

Heywire Competition
Note: Audio, Video and Photo story categories available
Closing Date: 16/09/2018
Open to: Australian Residents aged 16-22 and not living in Melbourne, Adelaide, Brisbane, Perth or Sydney
Theme: You and/or your community and true

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

The Horne Prize
Closing Date: 17/09/2018
Open to: All
Theme: Australian Life
Accepts:
Essay
Size: 3,000 words
Entry Fee:
Nil
Prize
: First: $15,000
Note: Winner must be able to attend a prize-giving ceremony in Melbourne (Air and accomodation expenses may be met if necessary)


KSP Poetry Competition
Closing Date: 21/09/2018
Open to:
Australian residents and citizens
Theme: None

*
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
*
Accepts:
Poetry - Youth (12 to 18 years of age)
Size: 50 lines
Entry Fee: Nil

Prize
:First:
$100 & certificate, Second: $50 & certificate, Commended: $10 & 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

Pens Against Poverty
Closing Date: 24/09/2018
Open to: Students in the ACT and Southern NSW in grades 3-10 (needs a teacher to submit/endorse the entry)
Theme:
On the Edge

Accepts:
Short Story or Poem
Size: 500 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: Winners and Highly commended selected from multiple grade levels, prizes not specified

The Van Diemen History Prize
Closing Date: 24/09/2018
Open to: Austrlain citizens or Australian Permanent residents
Theme: Tasmanian History prior to 21st century

Accepts: History Paper
Size: 3,000 words
Entry Fee: $20
Prize
: $500 and publication, Selection of best entries also published

NEW LISTING
Irish Arts & Writers' Festival

US COMPETITION
Closing Date:
25/09/2018
Open to: All
Theme: None

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Accepts:
Short Story
Size: 5,000 words
Entry Fee:
$US 15
Prize
: First: $US 1,000
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Accepts: Poetry (Shirley McLure Poetry Contest) - over 18 year old
Size: 50 lines
Entry Fee:
$US 10
Prize
: First: $US 600

NEW LISTING
Irish Arts & Writers' Festival - Youth

US COMPETITION
Closing Date:
25/09/2018
Open to: Aged under 18 years by 31/12/2018
Theme: None

Accepts: Poetry and Short Stories
Size: Poetry = 50 lines, Short Story = 3,000 words
Entry Fee:
$US 8
Prize
: First: $US 400 Amazon Gift Card

NEW LISTING
Margaret River Short Story Competition
Closing Date:
28/09/2018
Open to: All
Theme: None
Accepts: Short Story
Size:  3,000 words
Entry Fee: $15 for one, plus  $10 for each additional entr
Prizes
First: $500, $500 toward airfare/accomodation to attend the Margaret River Readers and Wirters Festival, Second: $250, South West Writer's Award: $250

Patrick White Young Indigenous Writers (NSW)
Closing Date:
28/09/2018
Open to: Indigenous Australian students (Kindergarten to Year 12) studying in NSW
Theme:
One of three themes: "What have I done", "Swimming", "The Long Walk"

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


Positive Words Mini Competition - September
Closing Date:
30/09/2018
Open to: All
Theme: Contains the word: Garden
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

 

Thunderbolt Prize
Closing Date: 30/09/2018
Open to: Australian Resident
Theme: Crime

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Accepts:
The New England Thunderbolt Prize for Crime Fiction
Size: 2,500 words
Entry Fee: $10, $5 for youth entries (Under 18)
Prize
: First: $500
*

Accepts:
The New England Thunderbolt Prize for Crime Non-Fiction
Size: 2,500 words
Entry Fee: $10, $5 for youth entries (Under 18)
Prize
: First: $500
*

Accepts:
The New England Thunderbolt Prize for Crime Poetry
Size: 60 lines
Entry Fee: $10, $5 for youth entries (Under 18)
Prize
: First: $500

OTHER PRIZES
THE NEW ENGLAND AWARD: $250
EMERGING AUTHORS AWARD (Over 18): $250
YOUTH AWARD: $150


Hammond House Competitions

UK COMPETITION
Closing Date: 30/09/2018
Open to: All
Theme: Precious

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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:
No limit
Entry Fee: £10, £5 for members, optional feedback: £10
Prize
: First:  £250, Second:  £50, Third:  £25
*

SHORT FILM SCREENPLAY
Accepts:
Screenplay

Size:
10 minutes
Entry Fee: £10, £5 for members, optional feedback: £10
Prize
: First:  £25 and professionally produced and submitted for entry to the BAFTA qualifying AESTHETICA film festival, Second & Third:  Film trailer produced

NEW LISTING
Scribes Writers - 'Short Takes' Competition
Closing Date: 30/09/20178
Open to:
All
Theme:
None
*
Accepts: Short Story (Not Fan Fiction)
Size: 1,000 words
Entry Fee: $7

Prize
:First:
$200, Runner-up: $100, Highly Commended & Commended: Certificates

*
Accepts: Memoir
Size: 1,000 words
Entry Fee: $7

Prize
:First:
$200, Runner-up: $100, Highly Commended & Commended: Certificates

NEW LISTING
The Port Stephens Examiner Literature Award
Closing Date: 30/09/2018
Open to: All
Theme:
None
Accepts: Short Story
Size: 2,000 words
Entry Fee: $10, $5 for any subsequent entry
Prize
: First: $500 (Port Stephens Council Award), Second: $300 (Club Lemon Tree Award), Third: $150 (News of the Area Award), Highly Commended x 4: $25, 'Readers Choice Award: $50

NEW LISTING
What's Your Story?
Closing Date:  30/09/2018
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SHORT STORY
O
pen to:  Australian Residents
Theme: None
Accepts: Short story
Size:  1,000 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prizes
: First (General): $200, Stonnington Prize: $300
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MY MICROMEMOIR
Open to:
 Aged 5-12 and live in or attending school in Stonnington
Theme:
Autobiographical or inspired by real events experienced by the author
Accepts:
Memoir
Size:  500 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prizes
: First: $150 worth of books
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MY MICROMEMOIR
Open to:
 Aged 13-18 and live in, work in, or attending school in Stonnington
Theme:
Autobiographical or inspired by real events experienced by the author
Accepts:
Memoir
Size:  750 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prizes
: First: $150 worth of books
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POETRY
Open to:
 Australian Residents
Theme:
None
Accepts:
Poetry
Size:  40 lines
Entry Fee: Nil
Prizes
: First (General): $200, Stonnington Prize: $300
 

OCTOBER 2018


NEW LISTING
Andy Griffiths Kids' Writing Competition
Closing Date:
01/10/2018
Open to: Primary School Students who are resident of Australia
Theme: Living in a Treehouse
Accepts: Short Story
Size: 400 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prizes:
First: Your story framed with illustrations by Terry Denton, Top 5 entries: Andy Griffiths book pack of 14 books


Noosa Arts Theatre Playwriting Competition
Closing Date:
01/10/2018

Open to:
All
Theme: None
Accepts: One-Act Play
Size: 30 - 45 minutes
Entry Fee: $40

Prizes
: $8,000 pool
divided between three best scripts

NEW LISTING
FAW NSW Lambing Flat Regional Writing Competition
Closing Date: 05/10/2018
Open to:
All
Theme:
None

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Accepts:
Short Story - Adult Open
Size: 1,500 words
Entry Fee: $5

Prize
:First:
$200, Second: $50

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Accepts:
Poetry - Adult Open
Size: 50 lines
Entry Fee: $5

Prize
:First:
$200, Second: $50

*
Accepts:
Short Story - Junior Primary (Years 1 - 3)
Size: 200 words
Entry Fee:
Nil

Prize
:First:
$20, Second: $10

*
Accepts:
Poetry - Junior Primary (Years 1 - 3)

Size: 12 lines
Entry Fee:
Nil

Prize
:First:
$20, Second: $10

*
Accepts:
Short Story - Primary (Years 4 - 6)
Size: 500 words
Entry Fee:
Nil

Prize
:First:
$30, Second: $15

*
Accepts:
Poetry - Primary (Years 4 - 6)

Size: 15 lines
Entry Fee:
Nil

Prize
:First:
$30, Second: $15
*
Accepts:
Short Story - Secondary (Years 7 - 9)
Size: 1,000 words
Entry Fee:
Nil

Prize
:First:
$75, Second: $25

*
Accepts:
Poetry - Secondary (Years 7 - 9)

Size: 20 lines
Entry Fee:
Nil

Prize
:First:
$75, Second: $25

*
Accepts:
Short Story - Secondary (Years 10 - 12)
Size: 1,000 words
Entry Fee:
Nil

Prize
:First:
$75, Second: $25

*
Accepts:
Poetry - Secondary (Years 10 - 12)

Size: 20 lines
Entry Fee:
Nil

Prize
:First:
$75, Second: $25


KSP Non Fiction Competition
Closing Date: 05/10/2018
Open to:
Australian residents and citizens
Theme: Desire to Escape

*
Accepts:
Non 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
*
Accepts:
Non Fiction - Youth (10 to 18 years of age)
Size: 1,000 words
Entry Fee: Nil

Prize
:First:
$100 & certificate, Second: $50 & certificate, Commended: $10 & Certificate, Mundaring National Young Writers Encouragement Award for under 14s: $2

Silver Quill Written Competition
Closing Date: 05/10/2018
Open to: All
Theme: None

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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
*
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

*
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

NEW LISTING
Martha Richardson Memorial Poetry Prize
Closing Date:
13/10/2018
Open to: Over 18 years
Theme: Open
Accepts: Poetry
Size: 40 lines
Entry Fee: $25 ($20 for members of Ballarat Writers, $15 for each additioanl poem)
Prize
: $1,000

Wollongong Writers Festival Short Story Prize
Closing Date: 15/10/2018

Open to: All
Theme:
Feeding Time

Accepts:
Short Story
Size: 2,500 words
Entry Fee: $15

Prize
:First:
$1,000 & publication in Mascara Literary Review,Highly Commended: $300

Flash 500 Novel Opening Chapter & Synopsis Competition
UK COMPETITION
Closing Date:
31/10/2018
Open to: All
Theme: None
Accepts:
Opening Chapter of a Novel with Synopsis
Size: Not mentioned
Entry Fee:
£10, (£25 for optional critique)
Prize
:First:
£500, Second: £200

NEW LISTING
Joe O'Sullivan Writers' Prize
Closing Date: 31/10/2018
Open to: Western Australian resident
Theme: 'A knock on the door'
Accepts:
Prose, Fact or Fiction
Size: 2,000 - 4,000 words
Entry Fee:
$10

Prize: First: $1,000

NEW LISTING

Joyce Parkes Women's Writers' Prize
Closing Date: 31/10/2018
Open to: Australian Women
Theme: Freedom
Accepts:
Prose, Fact or Fiction
Size: 1,000 - 2,000 words
Entry Fee:
$10

Prize: First: $500

Positive Words End-of-Year Short Story & Poetry Competition
Closing Date:
31/10/2018
Open to: All
Theme: None

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

Positive Words Mini Competition - October
Closing Date:
31/10/2018
Open to: All
Theme: Contains the word: Crane
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

NEW LISTING
Sydney Writers' Room Short Story Competition
Closing Date: 31/10/2018
Open to: Australian Residents
Theme: None
Accepts:
Short Story
Size: 2,000 words
Entry Fee: $18
Prize
: First: $500, Runner-up: $250

NEW LISTING
The Best of Times Short Story Competition
Closing Date:
31/10/2018
Open to:
All (except stories that have previously won a prize or certificate in prior Best of Times
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, highly commended and commended certificates will be awarded too

 

NOVEMBER 2018

NEW LISTING
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

NEW LISTING
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

NEW LISTING
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


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

NEW LISTING

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

NEW LISTING
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


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
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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

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

 

JULY 2019

 

NEW LISTING
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