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'Unprecendented' almost seems an overused word this bushfire season but every day has seen our country experience bushfire emergencies like never before. Every day has been unprecendented.
If you would like to make a donation to the various Volunteer Fire Services please visit the links below:
NSW Rural Fire Service
Queensland Rural Fire Brigades Association
(South Australian) CFS Foundation
Tasmanian Volunteer Fire Brigades Association
 
Victorian Country Fire Authority
Western Australia (contact local brigade)
(Unable to find a link for Northern Territory)

 

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
ABR Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize
Audio Arcadia's Short Story Competition
Blue Mountain Arts Poetry Card Contest
Écrire! Words Alike Short Story Competition
Eyre Writers Award
Future Leaders Writing Prize
Imagination Creation Western Union Young Writers
KSP Little Black Dress Spooky Story Competition
Peter Carey Short Story Award
Poetica Christi Press Poetry Competition
Positive Words Mini-Competition - February
Positive Words Mini-Competition - March
Positive Words Mini-Competition - April
Positive Words Mini-Competition - May
Positive Words Mini-Competition - June
Positive Words Mini-Competition - July
Positive Words Mini-Competition - August
Positive Words Mini-Competition - September
Positive Words Mini-Competition - October
Positive Words Mini-Competition - November
Positive Words Mini-Competition - December

Positive Words Short Story & Poetry Competition
Science Talent Search
The Caterpillar Poetry Prize
The Henshaw Competition
The West Australian's Young Travel Writer
The Young Adas
What Matters? NSW/ACT


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
NOT YET CONFIRMED AS RUNNING IN 2020 as at 29/12/2019 - CHECK WEBSITE
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

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

Prize
:$30 via Paypal


CLOSED JANUARY 2020

Blackened Billy Verse Competition
The Henshaw Short Story Competition
King's Shorts Festival of Ten Minute Plays
The Mogford Food & Drink Short Story Prize
Calibre Prize
Hektoen International Writing Contest
Stringybark Stories Short Story Award
The Maltilda Children's Literature Prize
Boyup Brook Bush Poetry Competition
Overland Summer Writing Challenge
The Masters Review Winter Short Story Award


FEBRUARY 2020

King of the Ranges Written Bush Poetry Competition
Closing Date: 01/02/2020
Open to: All
Theme: None
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Accepts: Bush Poetry - Serious

Size: Not mentioned
Entry Fee: $10 (Optional critique: $10)
Prizes
: First: $100, Second: $30, Third: $20
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Accepts: Bush Poetry - Humorous
Size: Not mentioned
Entry Fee: $10 (Optional critique: $10)
Prizes
: First: $100, Second: $30, Third: $20

Clearway 2020: Create the Space
Closing Date: 02/02/2020
O
pen to: Adult living women writers residing in Australia
Theme: Choose from three scenarios provided on the website
Accepts: Short works in the first person as a woman
Size: 1,000 words (3 minutes reading)
Entry Fee:
$15.00
Prizes: 12 - 15 monologues: $100, performed


The Carmel Bird Digital Literary Award
Closing Date: 02/02/2020
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

Nakata Brophy Prize for Young Indigenous Writers
Closing Date: 02/02/2020
Open to:
Indigenous writers who are 30 years or younger, Australian Citizen or permanent residents of Australia

Theme: None
Accepts:
Poetry
Size: 80 lines
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: $5,000, publication and offered a place as Writer-in-Residence at Trinity College for up to three months.2 x Runner-up: $500 (May be awarded)

UPDATED DATE
The Masters Review Winter Short Story Award
US COMPETITION

Closing Date:
02/02/2020
Open to: Emerging writers
Theme:
None
Accepts:
Short Story
Size: 6,000 words
Entry Fee: $US 20
Prizes
: First: $US 3,000, Second: $US 300, Third: $US 200

Newcastle Short Story Award

Closing Date: 03/02/2020
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, 2 x Highly Commended: $250 to $500, 3 x Commended: $200  3 x Hunter Region Writers Awards: Value $100 to $250

Text Prize
Closing Date: 07/02/2020
Open to: Permanent residents of Australia and New Zealand
Theme:
Written for Young Adults or children (NOT picture books)
Accepts:
Fiction or non-fiction
Size: 20,000 -  100,000 words
Entry Fee: $25
Prizes
: A publishing contract with an $10,000 advance


Forty South Publishing Tasmanian Writers' Prize
Closing Date: 16/02/2020
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
Science Talent Search
Closing Date:
19/07/2020 (But check website)
Registration by 24/02/2020

Open to: Primary and Secondary students in Victoria
Theme: Deep Blue: Innovations for the future of our oceans
Accepts:
See handbook

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

black & write! Writing Fellowships
Closing Date:
28/02/2020
Open to:
Writers (published and unpublished) of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent currently living in Australia
Theme: None
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Accepts:
Adult Fiction and Short Story collections
Size: Minimum 50,000 words
Entry Fee: Nil
*
Accepts:
Young Adult Fiction
Size: Minimum 40,000 words
Entry Fee: Nil
*
Accepts:
Poetry
Size: Minimum 30 poems
Entry Fee: Nil
*
Accepts:
Children's book
Size: No word count requirement
Entry Fee: Nil
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Prizes
: Two winners will each receive: $10,000, manuscript development with black&write! and publication opportunity with Hachette Australia

Flash 500 Short Story Competition
UK COMPETITION
Closing Date:
29/02/2020
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

Michael Terence Publishing Short Story Competition

UK COMPETITION
Closing Date:
29/02/2020 (Opens Dec 1)
Open to:
All, 16 years and over
Theme: None
Accepts: Fiction/Short novel, Science Fiction, Non-Fiction
Size: 3,000 words
Entry Fee: £5
Prizes
: First: £400,  Publication in MTP Winter Anthology and Anthology Title based on the winning entry's title, Second: £300, Publication in the MTP Winter Anthology, Third: £200, Publication in the MTP Winter Anthology

NEW LISTING
Positive Words Mini Competition - February
Closing Date:
29/02/2020
Open to: All
Theme: Contains the word: Honey
Accepts:
Short Story or Poetry
Size: 100 words or 10 lines
Entry Fee: $2.20 in unused stamps
Prize
: Six months subscription to Positive Words

MARCH 2020


Ada Cambridge Biographical Prose Prize
Closing Date:
09/03/2020
Open to: 18 years and over and who live in the state of Victoria
Theme: Biograpical
Accepts: Short Story

Size: 1,000 - 3,000 words
Entry Fee: $15
Prize
: First: $500
 
Ada Cambridge Poetry Prize
Closing Date:
09/03/2020
Open to: 18 years and over and who live in the state of Victoria
Theme: None
Accepts: Poetry

Size: 30 lines
Entry Fee: $15
Prize
: First: $500

The Blake Poetry Prize
Closing Date: 09/03/2020
Open to:
Citizens or permanent residents of Australia
Theme:
Have a religious or spiritual nature
Accepts:
Poetry
Size:
100 lines
Entry Fee:
$25
Prizes:
First:
$5,000

Tenterfield's Oracles of the Bush
Closing Date: 14/03/2020
Open to: Adult sections: 17 and over, Children's sections: must be attending school
Theme: Behind the Scenes
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Accepts:
Section 1. Adult  Bush poetry with a humorous theme
Size: Not mentioned
Entry Fee: Nil
Prizes
: First: $400
*
Accepts:
Section 2. Adult  Bush poetry celebrating "Aussie Mates"
Size:
Not mentioned
Entry Fee:
Nil
Prizes
: First: $400
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SECTIONS 3 - 5 : Adult's Performance categories
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Accepts:
Section 6. Infants

Size: 4 - 20 lines
Entry Fee: Nil
Prizes
: First: $50, Encouragement Prize: $25
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Accepts:
Section 7. Primary: 9 years and under

Size: 10 - 20 lines
Entry Fee: Nil
Prizes
: First: $50, Encouragement Prize: $25

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Accepts:
Section 8. Primary: 10 years and over

Size: 12 - 30 lines
Entry Fee: Nil
Prizes
: First: $50, Encouragement Prize: $25
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Accepts:
Section 9. Secondary

Size: 12 - 40 lines
Entry Fee: Nil
Prizes
: First: $50, Encouragement Prize: $25
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SECTIONS 10 - 12: Children's Performance Categories


Michael Terence Publishing Winter Short Story Competition

UK COMPETITION
Closing Date:
16/03/2020
Open to:
All
Theme: None
Accepts: Fiction/Short novel, Science Fiction, Non-Fiction
Size: 3,000 words
Entry Fee: £5
Prizes
: First: £400,  Publication in MTP Summer Anthology and Anthology Title based on the winning entry's title, Second: £300, Publication in the MTP Summer Anthology, Third: £200, Publication in the MTP Summer Anthology

NEW LISTING
Peter Carey Short Story Award
Closing Date: 19/03/2020
Open to: Australian residents 18 years and over
Theme: None
Accepts: Short Story

Size: 2,000 - 3,000 words
Entry Fee: $10
Prize
: First: $1,000, Runner-up: $500, Best Local Entry: $250

City of Fremantle Hungerford Award
Closing Date: 20/03/2020
Open to:
Western Australian who has not previously published a full-length manuscript in book form
Theme: None
Accepts: Novel, collection of short ficton, young adult fiction, narrative non-fiction
Size: 50,000 - 120,000 words
Entry Fee: $30
Prizes
: First: $15,000

NEW LISTING
The West Australian's Young Travel Writer
Closing Date:
20/03/2020
Open to:
Western Australian Secondary Students (Years 7 - 12)
Theme: Travel Experience
Accepts: Travel Story
Size: 300 - 400 words plus two original photos (check website for full guidelines)
Entry Fee: Nil
Prizes: First x 2: opportunity to go on assignment to the Coral Coast with The West's Travel staff and have their story published, Finalists x 10: $100 & exclusive workshop with The West's Travel Editor and chance to have an extract of their entry published

The Sheila Malady Short Story Competition
Closing Date: 25/03/2020
Open to: All
Theme: "Uneasy is the head that wears the crown"
Accepts: Short Story

Size:
2,000 words
Entry Fee: $5
Prize
: First: $300, 2 tickets to the Community Play performance & a handcrafted timber quill, Local prize: Collins Bookstore voucher & 2 tickets to the Community Play performance, Young writer under 18: Collins Bookstore voucher

NEW LISTING
KSP Little Black Dress Spooky Story Competition

Closing Date: 29/03/2020
Open to: Western Australian residents
Theme:
Beneath
*
Accepts:
Youth (8 - 18) - Short Story
Size: 500 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prizes
: First: $100 & certificate, Second: $25 & certificate
*
Accepts:
Adult - Short Story
Size: 1,200 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prizes
: First: $100 & certificate & goody bag, Second: $50 & certificate

Limnisa Short Story Competition
GREEK COMPETITION

Closing Date: 29/03/2020
Open to: 18 years and over
Theme: Inspired by the picture on the website: Stay Rude
Accepts:
Short Story

Size:
1,000 words
Entry Fee: Nil but must share on social media, (£35 for a professional evaluation)
Prizes
: First:  One week Writers' Retreat or Workshop in 2020 or 2021 at Limnisa (near Agios Georgios, Methana, Greece). All inclusive: Full board, 7 nights accommodation in single room, optional daily yoga sessions, literary evening, use of all Limnisa facilities: beach, bikes, international library etc. Second: 50% discount on the Writers' Retreat or Workshop (see above) Third: 50% discount on the Writers' Retreat or Workshop (see above). 2 x Runners up: 25% discount on the Writers' Retreat (see above).

NEW LISTING
The Young Adas
Closing Date: 29/03/2020
Open to: aged between 14 - 18 years and who live or work in the western suburbs of Melbourne
Theme: About something that matters to the writer
Accepts: Short Story

Size:
1,000 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: $250

Seniors Card Short Story Writing Competition
Closing Date:
30/03/2020
Open to: New South Wales Seniors Card holders
Theme: Resilience
Accepts:
Short Story
Size: 1,000 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: Publication in anthology

Ethel Webb Bundell Literary Awards
Closing Date: 31/03/2020
Open to: All
Theme:
None
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Accepts: Poetry
Size: 100 lines
Entry Fee: $8, $15 for 2, $21 for 3
Prize
: First: $400, Second: $200, Third: $100

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Accepts: Short Story
Size: 4,000 words
Entry Fee: $8, $15 for 2, $21 for 3
Prize
: First: $400, Second: $300, Third: $100,

NEW LISTING
Eyre Writers Awards
TAKE CARE: QUITE SPECIFIC FORMATTING INSTRUCTIONS
Closing Date:
31/03/2020
Open to: Residents of Australia and New Zealand
Theme: None
*
Accepts:
Open Short Story (16 years and over)

Size: 1,500 words
Entry Fee: $5
Prize
: $250 & Trophy, Highly Commended and Commended: Certificates
 
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Accepts:
Tom Black Memorial Award: Open Poetry

Size: 50 lines
Entry Fee: $5
Prize
: First: $60 & trophy, Second: $30, Third: $10
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Accepts:
Aileen Pluker Short Story Award -Junior Section

Size: 1,500 words
Entry Fee: $2
Prize
: $200, Highly Commended and Commended: Certificates
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Accepts:
Helen van Rooijen Poetry Award - Junior Section

Size: 50 lines
Entry Fee: $2
Prize
: First: $60 & trophy, Second: $30, Third: $10

FAW Tasmania Nairda Lyne Award
Closing Date: 31/03/2020
Open to: All
Theme: Suitable for children aged 8-12 years
Accepts:
Short Story
Size: 1,000 words
Entry Fee: $5
Prize
: $100 & winner's name inscribed on a plaque in the State Library Launceston Branch, Best Tasmanian Entry: Hobart Bookshop voucher

GRIFFITH REVIEW 70: The Novella Project VII Competition
Closing Date:
31/03/2020
Open to:
Australian and New Zealand authors
Theme:
Generosities of Spirit
Accepts:
Novella - fiction or non-fiction
Size:
15,000 - 25,000 words
Entry Fee:
$60, Griffith REVIEW subscribers = $30
Prizes:
Pool of $25,000


NEW LISTING
Imagination Creation Western Union Young Writers
Closing Date:
31/03/2020
Open to: 18 years and under
Theme:
None
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Accepts: Short Story & Poetry - 10 years and under
Size: Suggested: up to 1,000 words
Entry Fee:
Nil
Prize:
First: $100 Bookshop voucher, Second: $50 Bookshop voucher

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Accepts: Short Story & Poetry - 11 - 14 years
Size: Suggested: up to 1,500 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize:
First: $120 Bookshop voucher, Second: $60 Bookshop voucher

*
Accepts: Short Story & Poetry - 15 - 18 years
Size: Suggested: up to 2,000 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize:
First: $150 Bookshop voucher, Second: $70 Bookshop voucher

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OTHER AWARDS
Sherryl Clark Award: $100 Bookshop voucher
Wyhham Local Award: $50 Bookshop voucher

Margaret Campbell Award: $50 Bookshop voucher

NEW LISTING
Positive Words Mini Competition - March
Closing Date:
31/03/2020
Open to: All
Theme: Contains the word: Growing
Accepts:
Short Story or Poetry
Size: 100 words or 10 lines
Entry Fee: $2.20 in unused stamps
Prize
: Six months subscription to Positive Words

NEW LISTING
The Caterpillar Poetry Prize
IRISH COMPETITION
Closing Date:
31/03/2020
Open to: Over 16
Theme:
Poetry written by an adult for children (aged 7-11)
Accepts: Poetry
Size: No limit
Entry Fee: €14
Prize
: €1,000

NEW LISTING
The Henshaw Competition
UK COMPETITION
Closing Date:
31/03/2020
Open to: All over 16
Theme: None
Accepts: Short Story
Size: 2,000 words
Entry Fee: £6, Optional Feedback: £12
Prizes
: First: £200 & publication in Anthology, Second: £100, Third: £50

W B Yeats Poetry Prize
Closing Date:
31/03/2020
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 2020

CYA - Aspiring (Unpublished) Competition
Closing Date: 04/04/2020
Open to: Check website
Theme: None
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Accepts: Picture book - text only for pre-school children
Size: 500 words
Entry Fee: $22
Prizes: First: 15-minute editor critique valued at $250, Second: $60, Third: $40, Submission of short listed entries to at least one publisher
*

Accepts: Picture book - text only for primary school children
Size: 500 words
Entry Fee: $22
Prizes: First: 15-minute editor critique valued at $250, Second: $60, Third: $40, Submission of short listed entries to at least one publisher
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Accepts: Picture book - Non-Fiction - text only for primary school children
Size: 500 words
Entry Fee: $22
Prizes: First: 15-minute editor critique valued at $250, Second: $60, Third: $40, Submission of short listed entries to at least one publisher
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Accepts: Chapter book
a) Text only for young primary aged children
b) Text only of older aged children (Middle Grade)
Size: First 1,000 words
Entry Fee: $22
Prizes: First: 15-minute editor critique valued at $250, Second: $60, Third: $40, Submission of short listed entries to at least one publisher
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Accepts: Fiction for Young Adults
Size: First 5,000 words with synopsis
Entry Fee: $22
Prizes: First: 15-minute editor critique valued at $250, Second: $60, Third: $40, Submission of short listed entries to at least one publisher
 
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Accepts: Graphic Novel or Illustrated Picture book or Illustrated Middle grade novel - any age group within CYA
Size: 3 pages, up to 500 words
Entry Fee: $22
Prizes: 15-minute editor critique valued at $250, Second: $60, Third: $40, Submission of short listed entries to at least one publisher
*
Illustration section using extracts provided on website


CYA - Everthing is a Genre Competition
Closing Date: 04/04/2019
Open to: 8 years and older
Theme: None
*
Accepts: 8 to 18 years old and unpublished in book format in adult genre
Size: First 5,000 words and one page synopsis
Entry Fee: $14.50
Prizes: First: $100, Second: $60, Third: $40, Submission of short listed entries to at least one publisher of adult books
*
Accepts: Aspiring Writer and unpublished in book format in adult genre (see website for full requirements)
Size: First 5,000 words and one page synopsis
Entry Fee: $22
Prizes: First: 15-minute editor critique valued at $250, Second: $60, Third: $40, Submission of short listed entries to at least one publisher of adult books
*
Accepts: Published Writer (see website for full requirements)
Size: First 12,500 words and one page synopsis
Entry Fee: $41
Prizes: First: 15-minute editor critique valued at $250, Second: $60, Third: $40, Submission of short listed entries to at least one publisher of adult books

CYA - Hatchlings
Closing Date: 04/04/2020
Open 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: $14.50
Prizes: First: $100, Second: $60, Third: $40, Submission of short listed entries to at least one children's publisher
*
Accepts: Chapter Book and Young adult novels - text only for older primary aged children/Young Adult
Size: First 1,000 words
Entry Fee: $14.50
Prizes
: First: $100, Second: $60, Third: $40, 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: $14.50
Prizes
: First: $100, Second: $60, Third: $40, Submission of short listed entries to at least one children's publisher

Gulgong Henry Lawson Literary Awards
Closing Date: 10/04/2020
Theme: None
Open to:
All
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Accepts:
Verse
Size: 200 lines
Entry Fee: $10
Prize
: First (Humorous): $500, First (Traditional): $500, Champion: $500 + 'Henry Lawson' Statuette, Champion Emerging Poetry: $200 + 'Loaded Dog' Statuette
PERFORMANCE POETRY SECTION AVAILABLE
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Accepts: Prose
Size: 3,000 words
Entry Fee: $10
Prize
: First (Humorous): $500, First (Traditional): $500, Champion: $500 + 'Henry Lawson' Statuette, Champion Emerging Poetry: $200 + 'Loaded Dog' Statuette


Laura Literary Awards
Closing Date:
10/04/2020
Theme: None
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THE FLINDERS NEWS PROSE AWARDS
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SECTION 1 - OPEN
Open to:
All
Accepts:
Short Story
Size: 1,500 words
Entry Fee: $10
Prize
: $200
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SECTION 2 - YOUNG ADULT
Open to:
13 - 18 years
Accepts:
Short Story

Size: 1,200 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: $50
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SECTION 3 - JUNIOR
Open to:
9 - 12 years
Accepts:
Short Story

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

Open to:
5 - 8 years
Accepts:
Short Story

Size: 500 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: $15
*

THE CJ DENNIS POETRY AWARDS

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SECTION 5 - OPEN

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

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

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

NEW LISTING
Écrire! Words Alike Short Story Competition

Closing Date: 20/04/2020
Open to: 13+, targeting new, aspiring and/or young writers
Theme: A cause you are passionate about
Accepts: Short Story
Size: 5,000 - 10,000 words
Entry fee: Nil
Prizes: First: $30 USD or substitution. Work formatted into a PDF ebook with a cover design and author bio. Second: $20 USD or substitution. Work formatted into a PDF ebook with a cover design and author bio. Third: $10 USD or substitution. Work formatted into a PDF ebook with a cover design and author bio, Runner-ups x 2:  PDF ebook of their work.

NEW LISTING
Positive Words Short Story & Poetry Competition
Closing Date:
23/04/2020
Open to: All
Theme: None

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Accepts:
Short Story
Size: 2,000 words
Entry Fee: $4.4, 4 for $15
Prize
: First: $100, Second: Twelve Six months subscription to Positive Words
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Accepts:
Poetry
Size: 48 lines
Entry Fee: $4.4, 4 for $15
Prize
: First: $100, Second: Twelve Six months subscription to Positive Words

The Valerie Parv Award
Closing Date: 26/04/2020
Open to:
Aspiring or Emerging writers - check website for full definition
Theme:
Romance/Romantic elements
Accepts:
Novels
Size:
10,000 plus 1,000 word synopsis

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

Bristol Short Story Prize
UK COMPETITION
Closing Date:
30/04/2020
Open to: Over 16
Theme: Open
Accepts: Short Story
Size: 4,000 words
Entry Fee: £9
Prizes
: First: £1000, Second: £500, Third: £250, Shortlisted x 17: £100, The Sansom Award (Bristol Writer): £100

NEW LISTING
Poetica Christi Press Annual Poetry Competition
Closing Date: 30/04/2020
Open to: Australian residents aged 16 years and over
Theme: Joy in the Morning
Accepts:
Poetry
Size: 50 lines
Entry Fee: $7, 3 for $20
Prize
: First: $300, Second: $100

NEW LISTING
Positive Words Mini Competition - April
Closing Date:
30/04/2020
Open to: All
Theme: Contains the word: Sunrise
Accepts:
Short Story or Poetry
Size: 100 words or 10 lines
Entry Fee: $2.20 in unused stamps
Prize
: Six months subscription to Positive Words


MAY 2020

NEW LISTING
ABR Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize
Closing Date: 01/05/2020
Open to:
All
Theme:
None
Accepts:
Short Story
Size:
2,000 - 5,000 words
Entry Fee:
$25 ($15 for ABR subscribers and full-time students) or choose to subscribe with your entry (see website)
Prizes:
First:
$6,000, Second: $4,000, Third: $2,500


Questions Writing Prize
Closing Date: 01/05/2020
Open to: Australian, 18 - 30 years
Theme:
None

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

NEW LISTING
What Matters? NSW/ACT
Closing Date: 08/05/2020
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 workshop, Runner-up: $200 & full-day creative writing workshop
*

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

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, Runner-up: $200
*

Accepts:
Year 11 & 12: Opinion piece
Size:
400 - 600 words
Entry Fee:
Nil
Prizes:
First:
$350, 1 year membership to WritingNSW and opportunity to participate in a one-day writing workshop, Runner-up: $200

 

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

Boree Log Award for Bush Verse
Closing Date:
15/05/2020
Open to: All
Theme: Australian Bush Theme
Accepts:
Bush Verse
Size: 80 lines
Entry Fee: $8
Prize
: $100 plus trophy and certificate

Eastwood/Hills FAW Literary Competition
Closing Date:
15/05/2020
Open to: All
Theme: None

*
A
ccepts: Category 1: Flash Fiction
Size: 500 words
Entry Fee: $8 or $30 for 4
Prize
: First: $150, Second: $50
*

Accepts:
Category 2: Phillippa Holland Award for Poetry
Size: 80 lines
Entry Fee:  $8 or $30 for 4
Prize
: First: $150, Second: $50
*

Accepts:
Category 3: Alan Russell Award for Memoir
Size: 1,500 words
Entry Fee:  $8 or $30 for 4
Prize
: First: $150, Second: $50
*

A
ccepts: Category 4: Pauline Walsh for Short Story
Size: 1,500 words
Entry Fee: $8 or $30 for 4
Prize
: First: $150, Second: $50

SAETA Young Writers Award
Closing Date: 22/05/2020
*
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

NEW LISTING
Future Leaders Writing Prize
Closing Date:
31/05/2020
Open to:
Year 11 & 12 students in Australian Secondary Schools
Theme:
None
Accepts:
Fiction or Non-fiction
Size:
800 - 1,000 words
Entry Fee
:
Nil
Prize: First:
$1,000

NEW LISTING
Positive Words Mini Competition - May
Closing Date:
31/05/2020
Open to: All
Theme: Contains the word: Grandmother
Accepts:
Short Story or Poetry
Size: 100 words or 10 lines
Entry Fee: $2.20 in unused stamps
Prize
: Six months subscription to Positive Words


The Australian / Vogel's Literary Award
Closing Date:
31/05/2020
Open to: Australian residents aged under 35 years on 31 May 2020
Theme: None
Accepts:
Unpublished manuscript: Fiction, Australian History or biography
Size: 30,000 - 100,000 words
Entry Fee: $25
Prize
: An advance against royalties plus prize money totalling $20,000

The Bath Novel Award
UK COMPETITION
Closing Date: 31/05/2020
Open to:
International writers yet to be traditionally published
Theme:
None
Accepts:
Unsigned novel written for adults or young adults
Size:
First 5,000 words plus one page synopsis (Full novel must be at least 50,000 words)
Entry Fee:
£28 (sponsored places available for writers on low income)
Prizes: First:
£3,000, Most promising Longlisted novel: Online professional editing course worth £1,800, Short listed: manuscript feedback & literary agent introductions


JUNE 2020


NEW LISTING
Audio Arcadia's General Fiction Short Story Competition
UK COMPETITION
Closing Date:
30/06/2020
Open to:
Aged 18 plus
Theme: None
Accepts:
Short Story
Size: 5,000 words
Entry Fee: $USD 9.50
Prize: Percentage of royalties

NEW LISTING
Blue Mountain Arts Poetry Card Contest
US COMPETITION
Closing Date: 30/06/2020
Open to:
All
Theme: Suitable for Cards
Accepts:
Poetry
Size: Not mentioned
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize: First: $350 USD, Second: $200 USD, Third: $100 USD

Stuart Hadow Prize
Closing Date:
01/06/2020
Open to: Australians
Theme: Open
Accepts:
Short Story
Size: 3,000 words
Entry Fee:
$15
Prize
: First: $1,000 and one week's unpaid residency at Mattie Furphy House, Second: $300. Third: $100,  2 x Highly Commended, 2 x Commended

NEW LISTING
Positive Words Mini Competition - June
Closing Date:
30/06/2020
Open to: All
Theme: Contains the word: Music
Accepts:
Short Story or Poetry
Size: 100 words or 10 lines
Entry Fee: $2.20 in unused stamps
Prize
: Six months subscription to Positive Words

JULY 2020

NEW LISTING
Positive Words Mini Competition - July
Closing Date:
31/07/2020
Open to: All
Theme: Contains the word: Feast
Accepts:
Short Story or Poetry
Size: 100 words or 10 lines
Entry Fee: $2.20 in unused stamps
Prize
: Six months subscription to Positive Words

 

AUGUST 2020

NEW LISTING
Positive Words Mini Competition - August
Closing Date:
31/08/2020
Open to: All
Theme: Contains the word: Shampoo
Accepts:
Short Story or Poetry
Size: 100 words or 10 lines
Entry Fee: $2.20 in unused stamps
Prize
: Six months subscription to Positive Words

 

SEPTEMBER 2020

NEW LISTING
Positive Words Mini Competition - September
Closing Date:
30/09/2020
Open to: All
Theme: Contains the word: Grandfather
Accepts:
Short Story or Poetry
Size: 100 words or 10 lines
Entry Fee: $2.20 in unused stamps
Prize
: Six months subscription to Positive Words

 

OCTOBER 2020

NEW LISTING
Positive Words Mini Competition - October
Closing Date:
31/10/2020
Open to: All
Theme: Contains the word: Barbeque
Accepts:
Short Story or Poetry
Size: 100 words or 10 lines
Entry Fee: $2.20 in unused stamps
Prize
: Six months subscription to Positive Words

 

NOVEMBER 2020

NEW LISTING
Positive Words Mini Competition - November
Closing Date:
30/11/2020
Open to: All
Theme: Contains the word: Sinking
Accepts:
Short Story or Poetry
Size: 100 words or 10 lines
Entry Fee: $2.20 in unused stamps
Prize
: Six months subscription to Positive Words

 

DECEMBER 2020

NEW LISTING
Positive Words Mini Competition - December
Closing Date:
31/12/2020
Open to: All
Theme: Contains the word: Toys
Accepts:
Short Story or Poetry
Size: 100 words or 10 lines
Entry Fee: $2.20 in unused stamps
Prize
: Six months subscription to Positive Words