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Last updated 01/04/2015

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.

 

The Council of Australian University Librarians (CAUL) and the Australian Society of Authors (ASA)  are again offering a fellowship in 2015. The fellowship will support creative projects based on using one or more of the university libraries’ special collections. The fellowship has been made possible through a grant from the Copyright Agency Cultural Fund. 
Applications for the fellowship close on the 29th of May 2015.
Go to the Copyright Agency Cultural Fund's website for more information

 

NEW LISTINGS THIS MONTH

8th International Junior Authors Short Story Contest
ACU Poetry Prize
City of South Perth Young Writers Award
Dangerously Poetic Byron Bay Writers Festival Poetry Festival
Future Leaders Writing Prize
IEU Literary Competition
InkTears Flash Fiction Competition
Knightville Poetry Contest
Machigonne Fiction Contest
Newcastle Poetry Prize
Questions Writing Prize
Shoalhaven Literary Award - Short Story
Stringybark Travellers Tales Award
Tethered by Letters Spring Literary Contests
Tim Winton Award
The Valerie Parv Award
The Word Hut 18th Short Story Writing Competition
Vallum Award for Poetry
V. S. Pritchett Memorial Prize
Yarram Community Learning Centre Inc Short Story & Poetry Competition

THROUGH THE YEAR

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

APRIL 2015

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

Epic! Short Story Competition for Primary and Secondary Students
Closing Date: 02/04/2015
Open to: Australian Primary and Secondary Studets aged 5 to 18
Theme:
"Home is ..."

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Accepts:
Primary School Students: Short Story
Size: 300 words
Entry Fee: Nil (but a donation is welcome)
Prizes
: First: Notebook laptop, Second: Camcorder, Third: Digital camera, Highly Commended: Book pack
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Accepts:
Secondary School Students: Short Story
Size: 300 words
Entry Fee: Nil (but a donation is welcome)
Prizes
: First: Notebook laptop, Second: Camcorder, Third: Digital camera, Highly Commended: Book pack

Text Prize
Closing Date: 02/04/2015
Open to: Permanent residents of Australia and New Zealand
Theme:
Written for Young Adults and children
Accepts:
Fiction or non-fiction
Size: At least 20,000 words
Entry Fee: $25
Prizes
: A publishing contract with an $10,000 advance

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

Peter Cowan 600 Short Story Competition
Closing Date: 10/04/2015
Open to: Residents of Australia

Theme:
None
Accepts:
Short Story
Size: 600 words
Entry Fee: $10, $20 for 3, $30 for 5l
Prizes
: First: $100, Second: $100, Third: $50, Novice Writer Award: $100, Julian Cowan Youth Award: $100, Highly Commended x 4: Certificate, Commended x 4: Certificate

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)

Bayside Writing Competition
Closing Date: 24/04/2015
Open to: Living in Australia

Theme:
None
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Accepts:
Open Competition - Short Story
Size: 1,500 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prizes
: First: $500, Bayside winner: $250
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Accepts:
Open Competition - Poetry
Size: 40 lines
Entry Fee: Nil
Prizes
: First: $500, Bayside winner: $250
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Accepts:
13 - 17 years Micro Story
Size: 250 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prizes
: First: $350, Bayside winner: $200
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Accepts:
12 and under - Short Story
Size: 500 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prizes
: First: $250, Bayside winner: $100

NEW LISTING
City of South Perth Young Writers Award
Closing Date: 24/04/2015
Open to: School aged children residing or attending school in the City of South Perth

Theme:
None
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Accepts:
A. Year 1 - Prose
Size: 1,500 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prizes
: Prizes may be awarded for first and second in category. Possible certificates for Highly commended
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Accepts:
B. Lower Primary: Year 2 - 3 - Prose
Size: 1,500 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prizes
: Prizes may be awarded for first and second in category. Possible certificates for Highly commended
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Accepts:
C. Middle Primary: Year 4 - 5 - Prose
Size: 1,500 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prizes
: Prizes may be awarded for first and second in category. Possible certificates for Highly commended
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Accepts:
D. Upper Primary: Year 6 - 7 - Prose
Size: 1,500 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prizes
: Prizes may be awarded for first and second in category. Possible certificates for Highly commended
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Accepts:
E. Lower Secondary: Year 8 - 10 - Prose
Size: 1,500 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prizes
: Prizes may be awarded for first and second in category. Possible certificates for Highly commended
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Accepts:
F. Upper Secondary: Year 11 - 12 - Prose
Size: 1,500 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prizes
: Prizes may be awarded for first and second in category. Possible certificates for Highly commended
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Most outstanding entry awarded the Christobel Mattingley Bronze Medallion

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

Theme:
None
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Accepts:
Category 5: Short Story - High school student

Size:
1,500 words
Entry Fee: $5
Prizes
: First: $200, Second: $50, Highly Commended: $25
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Accepts:
Category 6: Short Story - Primary school student

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

My Brother Jack Awards
Closing Date: 24/04/2015
Open to: People who live, work or study in the City of Glen Eira

Special Theme:
World War One - eligible for a special prize of $1,000 (sponsored by Caulfield and Bentleigh RSL)
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Avenue Bookstore Open Short Story Award
Accepts:
Short Story

Size:
3,000 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prizes
: First: $500 Avenue Bookstore Voucher, Second: $300 Avenue Bookstore Voucher, Third: $200 Avenue Bookstore Voucher
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Caulfield Park Community Bank Branch Open Poetry Award
Accepts:
Poetry

Size:
60 lines
Entry Fee: Nil
Prizes
: First: $500, Second: $300, Third: $200
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Benn's Books Senior Secondary School Short Story Award - years 10 to 12
Accepts: Short Story
Size:
1,000 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prizes
: First: $250 woth of books or Benn's Books voucher
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Benn's Books Senior Secondary School Poetry Award - years 10 to 12
Accepts: Poetry
Size:
30 lines
Entry Fee: Nil
Prizes
: First: $250 woth of books or Benn's Books voucher
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Hardie Grant Egmont Junior Secondary School Short Story Award - years 7 to 9
Accepts: Short Story
Size:
500 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prizes
: First: $200 worth of Hardie Grant Egmont books
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Grill'd Healthy Burhers Carnegie Junior Secondary School Poetry Award - years 7 to 9
Accepts: Poetry
Size:
10 lines
Entry Fee: Nil
Prizes
: First: $200 Grill'd Carnegie voucher
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Hardie Grant Egmont Primary School Short Story Award - years 1 to 6
Accepts: Short Story
Size:
500 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prizes
: First: $150 worth of books
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Grill'd Healthy Burhers Elsternwick Primary School Poetry Award - years 1 to 6
Accepts: Poetry
Size:
10 lines
Entry Fee: Nil
Prizes
: First: $150 Grill'd Elsternwick voucher
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Glen Eira City Council Photographic Award

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

Alan Marshall Short Story Award 2015 – celebrating 30-years
Closing Date: 30/04/2015
Open to: Australian writers
Theme: None
Accepts: Short stories
Size: 2,500 words
Entry Fee: $18
Prizes: Open Section: $2,000 prize plus travel and accommodation for writers’ retreat with judge. Local Section: $500 for four local writers plus attendance at writers’ retreat with judge.

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.

Bronze Swagman Award
Closing Date: 30/04/2015
Open to: All
Theme: Australian
Accepts: Bush Poetry
Size: No limit
Entry Fee: $20 per entry form, up to 3 poems per form
Prizes
: First: $500 & Bronze statuette of the Swagman, Runner-up: $200 & trophy, Highly Commended: Certificate

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

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
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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
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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: $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: 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
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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
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Illustration section using extracts provided on website

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
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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
The Valerie Parv Award
Closing Date: 01/05/2015
Open to:
Aspiring or Emerging writers - check website for full definition
Theme:
Romance/Romantic elements
Accepts:
Novels
Size:
First 10,000 plus 1,000 word synopsis
Entry Fee:
Check website
Prizes:
First:
$300 and 1 year membership with Valerie Parv, Second: $200, Third: $100

NEW LISTING
Stringybark Travellers' Tales Award
Closing Date: 03/05/2015
Theme: Account of an actual event

Open to:
All
Accepts:
Non-fiction or semi-fictional

Size:
1,500 words
Entry Fee: $9.95 for 1, $18.90 for 2, $27.00 for 3  -  $15 for optional feedback
Prizes
:
First: $375 + publication + certificate + e-book + paperback + choice of any Stringybark book (other than the 2015 Stringybark Travellers' Tales Award book) (Value $407), Second: $175 + publication + certificate + e-book + paperback + choice of any Stringybark book (other than the 2015 Stringybark Travellers' Tales Award book) (Value $207), Third: $75 + publication + certificate + e-book + paperback + choice of any Stringybark book (2015 Stringybark Travellers' Tales Award book) (Value $107), Highly commended: possible publication + e-book (Value approximately $88)

NEW LISTING
The Word Hut 18th Short Story Writing Competition
UK COMPETITION
Closing Date: 03/05/2015
Open to: All
Theme: None
Accepts: Short Story
Size: 1,000 words
Entry Fee:
£4
Prize
: First: £70, Second: £35, Third: £15

What Matters? NSW/ACT
Closing Date: 06/05/2015
Open to:
Students in NSW and ACT
Theme:
What matters to you and why
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Accepts:
Year 5 & 6: Opinion piece
Size:
400 - 600 words
Entry Fee:
Nil
Prizes: First:
$350, full-day creative writing workship & participation in a Young Writers Forum, Runner-up: $200 & participation in a Young Writers Forum
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Accepts:
Year 7 & 8: Opinion piece
Size:
400 - 600 words
Entry Fee:
Nil
Prizes: First:
$350, full-day creative writing workship & participation in a Young Writers Forum, Runner-up: $200 & participation in a Young Writers Forum
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Accepts:
Year 9 & 10: Opinion piece
Size:
400 - 600 words
Entry Fee:
Nil
Prizes: First:
$350, a day at ReachOut.com to meet team and receive professional training as well as opportunity to be paid $200 to produce a feature article for ReachOut.com & participation in a Young Writers Forum, Runner-up: $200 & participation in a Young Writers Forum
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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

NEW LISTING
Dangerously Poetic Byron Bay Writers Festival Poetry Prize
Closing Date: 15/05/2015
Open to:
All
Theme:
Change
Accepts:
Poetry
Size:
100 lines
Entry Fee:
$15, $5 for each additional
Prizes:
First:
$500, a 3 day pass to the Byron Bay Writers Festival 2015, publication in Dangerously Poetic's upcoming anthology (projected launch date 4/2016), a free copy of the anthology and an opportunity to read the poem at an offsite Festival event, Second: $100, 1 day pass (Sunday) to Byron Bay Writers Festival 2015, publication in Dangerously Poetic's upcoming anthology and an opportunity to read poem at an offsite Festival event.

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
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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
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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
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Open to:
South Australian Students: Reception  to Yr 1
Theme:
None
Accepts:
Poetry or Prose
Size:
1,000 words
Entry Fee:
Nil
Prizes:
Not specified
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Open to:
South Australian Students: Yr 2 & Yr 3
Theme:
None
Accepts:
Poetry or Prose
Size:
1,000 words
Entry Fee:
Nil
Prizes:
Not specified
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Open to:
South Australian Students: Yr 4 to Yr 6
Theme:
None
Accepts:
Poetry or Prose
Size:
1,000 words
Entry Fee:
Nil
Prizes:
Not specified
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Open to:
South Australian Students: Yr 7 & Yr 8
Theme:
None
Accepts:
Poetry or Prose
Size:
1,000 words
Entry Fee:
Nil
Prizes:
Not specified
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Open to:
South Australian Students: Yr 9 & Yr 10
Theme:
None
Accepts:
Poetry or Prose
Size:
1,000 words
Entry Fee:
Nil
Prizes:
Not specified
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Open to:
South Australian Students: Yr 11 & Yr 12
Theme:
None
Accepts:
Poetry or Prose
Size:
1,000 words
Entry Fee:
Nil
Prizes:
Not specified

Whitsunday Voices Youth Literature Festival Short Story Competition
Closing Date: 22/05/2015
Open to:
Students from Years 3 to 12
Theme:
Open
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Accepts:
Years 3 & 4: Short Story
Size:
300 - 400 words
Entry Fee:
Nil
Prizes:
First:
$70, Second: $30 book voucher

Accepts:
Years 5 & 6: Short Story
Size:
300 - 500 words
Entry Fee:
Nil
Prizes:
First:
$80, Second: $50 book voucher

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

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

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

ZineWest 2015
Closing Date: 25/05/2015
Open to:
New writers who work, live or study in Western Sydney OR attend a Western Sydney cultural group, aged 16 years and over
Theme:
Open
Accepts:
Word-based works that can be printed
Size:
Poetry: 60 lines including line breaks, Prose:800 words
Entry Fee:
Nil
Prizes:
First:
$400, Second & Third: Giramondo Books, Best Poem, Best Prose
 

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

HBCA Annual Writing Competition
Closing Date: 29/05/2015
Open to:
All
Theme:
Open
Accepts:
Novella
Size:
1,000 words
Entry Fee:
$5
Prizes:
First:
$150, Second: $75, Third: $50, Highly Commended: Certificate

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

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

The Best of Times Short Story Competition
Closing Date:
31/05/2015
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: $500. Second: $100, Third place, highly commended and commended certificates will be awarded too.

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

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

Shore Scripts Screenwriting Competition
UK COMPETITION
Closing Date:
  31/05/2015 : Early Deadline
  31/07/2015 : Regular Deadline
  31/08/2015 : Late Deadline
Open to: All where each writer, or writing team, may not have earned more than £20,000 in writing fees.
Theme: None

*
Accepts:
Feature script
Size: Close to standard 80-120 pages as possible
Entry Fee: Early Deadline: £25, Regular Deadline: £30, Late Deadline: £35
Prize
: First: £2,000 , Script sent to 100+ Productions Companies, Subscription to Celtx Premium Studio & Suite of Mobile & Desktop Apps, Comprehensive Script Report/Coverage, Free IMDB Pro Account, Inktip Script Listing, The Coffee Break Screenwriting Book, Filmcraft: Screenwriting Book,Its on the Grid Professional Members,
Second:
£500, Script sent to 100+ Productions Companies, Subscription to Celtx Premium Studio & Suite of Mobile & Desktop Apps, Comprehensive Script Report/Coverage, Free IMDB Pro Account, Inktip Script Listing, The Coffee Break Screenwriting Book, Filmcraft: Screenwriting Book, Its on the Grid Professional Members,
Third:
£200, Script sent to 100+ Productions Companies, Subscription to Celtx Premium Studio & Suite of Mobile & Desktop Apps, Free IMDB Pro Account, Inktip Script Listing, The Coffee Break Screenwriting Book, Filmcraft: Screenwriting Book, Its on the Grid Professional Members,
Fourth:
Script sent to 100+ Productions Companies, Subscription to Celtx Premium Studio & Suite of Mobile & Desktop Apps, Free IMDB Pro Account, Inktip Script Listing, The Coffee Break Screenwriting Book, Filmcraft: Screenwriting Book, Its on the Grid Professional Members,
Fifth:
Script sent to 100+ Productions Companies, Subscription to Celtx Premium Studio & Suite of Mobile & Desktop Apps, Free IMDB Pro Account, Inktip Script Listing, The Coffee Break Screenwriting Book, Filmcraft: Screenwriting Book, Its on the Grid Professional Members
*
Accepts:
Short script
Size: Close to standard 3-30 pages as possible
Entry Fee: Early Deadline: £20, Regular Deadline: £25, Late Deadline: £30
Prize
: First: £500 , Script sent to 100+ Productions Companies, Free IMDB Pro Account, Filmcraft: Screenwriting Book
Second: £250 , Script sent to 100+ Productions Companies, Free IMDB Pro Account, Filmcraft: Screenwriting Book
Third: Script sent to 100+ Productions Companies

NEW LISTING
Tethered by Letters Spring Literary Competition

US COMPETITION
Closing Date: 31/05/2015
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
*
Theme:
None
Accepts: Poetry
Size: three pages
Entry Fee: $US 7 or 3 for $US 15
Prizes
: First: $US 150 & publication, 5 x finalists: consideration for publication

The Australian / Vogel's Literary Award
Closing Date:
31/05/2015
Open to: Australian residents aged under 35 years on 31 May 2015
Theme: None
Accepts:
Unpublished manuscript: Fiction, Australian History or biography
Size: 30,000 - 100,000 words
Entry Fee: $25
Prize
: An advance against royalties plus prize money totalling $20,000

JUNE 2015

Grieve Writing Competition

Closing Date: 01/06/2015
Open to: Over 18
Theme: Grief
Accepts:
Prose or poetry
Size: Prose: 500 words, Poetry: 36 lines
Entry Fee:
$11

Prizes:
$1,000
- For a story selected by the judge from The National Association of Loss and Grief
$1,000 For a story selected by the judge from
 The Australian Funeral Directors Association
$500 - For a story selected by the judge from The National Association of Loss and Grief
$200 - For a story selected by the judge from 
Calvary Mater Hospital Pastoral Care
$200 - For a story selected by the judge from Hunter Writers Centre
$150 - For a story selected by the judge from 
Good Grief - Seasons for Growth program 
- seeking a story or poem about a Grief or Loss other than death/dying
$100 Hunter New England Health Mental Health Services Award
$100 People's Choice award donated by 
Maclean's Booksellers 
$100 Hunter Writers Centre member's prize - you must be a member of Hunter Writers Centre to receive this

 

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

 

Society of Women Writers Competitions
Closing Date: 09/06/2015
Open to: Australian residentsl
Theme: Giving Women a Voice

*
Accepts:
Non-Fiction
Size: 3,000 words
Entry Fee:
$35, ($25 for members)

Prize: First: $500, Second: $250, Third: $100

Accepts:
Poetry
Size: 80 lines
Entry Fee:
$15 or $60 for 5, ($10 for members or $40 for five )

Prize: First: $300, Second: $200, Third: $100
*

Accepts:
Short Story
Size: 3,000 words
Entry Fee:
$35, ($25 for members)

Prize: First: $500, Second: $250, Third: $100

 

NEW LISTING
Shoalhaven Literary Award - Short Story

Closing Date: 12/06/2015
Open to: Residents of Australia aged 18 and over
Theme: None

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

Prize: First: $1,000 with a two-week artist residency at Bundanon, Second: $300, Third: $100, Encouragement Award for Shoalhaven resident: $200

 

NEW LISTING
Tim Winton Award
Closing Date: 14/06/2015
Open to: School students aged between 5 and 8 in Western Australia
Theme: None

*
Accepts:
A. Years 1 & 2 - prose
Size: 2,000 words
Entry Fee:
Nil
Prize
: Awards to top three entries
*
Accepts:
B. Years 3 & 4 - prose
Size: 2,000 words
Entry Fee:
Nil
Prize
: Awards to top three entries

*
Accepts:
C. Years 5 & 6 - prose
Size: 2,000 words
Entry Fee:
Nil
Prize
: Awards to top three entries
*
Accepts:
D. Years 7. 8 & 9 - prose
Size: 2,000 words
Entry Fee:
Nil
Prize
: Awards to top three entries
*
Accepts:
E. Years 10, 11 & 12 - prose
Size: 2,000 words
Entry Fee:
Nil
Prize
: Awards to top three entries
*
Most outstanding: Tim Winton Award

 

NEW LISTING
ACU Poetry Prize
Closing Date: 16/06/2015
Open to: Citizens or permanent residents of Australia. Any international student currently studying at an Australian University may also enter
Theme: Peace, Tolerance and Understanding

Accepts:
Poetry
Size: 80 lines
Entry Fee:
$20

Prize: First: $,7,000, Second: $2,000, Third: $1,000

NEW LISTING
Newcastle Poetry Prize
Closing Date: 19/06/2015
Open to: Australian citizens or permanent residents of Australia, aged over 18 years
Theme: None

Accepts:
Poem or Suite of poems
Size: 200 lines
Entry Fee: $33
Prize
: First: $12,000, Second: $5,000, Third: $1,000, Local Award: $500, Harri Jones Memorial Prize (for a poet under 35 years): $250, Hunter Writers Centre members' award: $200

NEW LISTING
V. S. Pritchett Memorial Prize

UK COMPETITION
Closing Date: 22/06/2015
Open to: Citizens of the UK, the Republic of Ireland or Commonwealth countries or have been resident in one of the aforementioned countries for the past three years
Theme: None

Accepts:
Short Story
Size: 2,000 - 4,000 words
Entry Fee:
£5

Prize: First: £1,000, publication in Prospect online and the RSL Review.

 

HBCA Annual Youth Writing Competition
Closing Date: 26/06/2015
Open to: Australian students
Theme: None

*
Accepts:
Grade 8 - 12: Short Story
Size: 500 words
Entry Fee:
Nil

Prize: First: $100 & Certificate, Runner Up: $50 & Certificate

*
Accepts:
Grade 5 - 7: Short Story
Size: You will need to verify words
Entry Fee:
Nil

Prize: First: $50 & Certificate
*

Accepts:
Grade 4 and under: Short Story
Size: 400 words
Entry Fee:
Nil

Prize: First: $25 & Certificate

*
School Prize, Fraser Coast Only: Best Primary Class Effort: $100 & certificate

 

NEW LISTING
8th International Junior Authors Short Story Contest
CANADIAN COMPETITION
Closing Date: 30/06/2015
Open to: Aged 9 to 21 (as at 30 June)
Theme: None

*
Accepts:
Ages 19 - 21: Short Story
Size: 1,000 words
Entry Fee:
Nil

Prize: First: Publication on this website + signed paperback copy of Polly Wants to Be a Writer: The Junior Authors Guide to Writing and Getting Published OR The Naked Storyteller (winner’s choice) + a 30-minute private coaching session with Laura OR an LTC Insider Plus+ Membership (winner’s choice) & certificate, Second: $30 CAD Coupon for the LTC store & certificate, Third: $25 CAD Coupon for the LTC store & certificate, Fourth: $20 CAD Coupon for the LTC store & certificate, Fifth: $15 CAD Coupon for the LTC store & certificate, Sixth: $10 CAD Coupon for the LTC store & certificate
*
Accepts:
Ages 17 - 18: Short Story
Size: 1,000 words
Entry Fee:
Nil

Prize: First: Publication on this website + signed paperback copy of Polly Wants to Be a Writer: The Junior Authors Guide to Writing and Getting Published OR The Naked Storyteller (winner’s choice) + a 30-minute private coaching session with Laura OR an LTC Insider Plus+ Membership (winner’s choice) & certificate, Second: $30 CAD Coupon for the LTC store & certificate, Third: $25 CAD Coupon for the LTC store & certificate, Fourth: $20 CAD Coupon for the LTC store & certificate, Fifth: $15 CAD Coupon for the LTC store & certificate, Sixth: $10 CAD Coupon for the LTC store & certificate
*
Accepts:
Ages 15 - 16: Short Story
Size: 1,000 words
Entry Fee:
Nil

Prize: First: Publication on this website + signed paperback copy of Polly Wants to Be a Writer: The Junior Authors Guide to Writing and Getting Published OR The Naked Storyteller (winner’s choice) + a 30-minute private coaching session with Laura OR an LTC Insider Plus+ Membership (winner’s choice) & certificate, Second: $30 CAD Coupon for the LTC store & certificate, Third: $25 CAD Coupon for the LTC store & certificate, Fourth: $20 CAD Coupon for the LTC store & certificate, Fifth: $15 CAD Coupon for the LTC store & certificate, Sixth: $10 CAD Coupon for the LTC store & certificate
*
Accepts:
Ages 13 - 14: Short Story
Size: 1,000 words
Entry Fee:
Nil

Prize: First: Publication on this website + signed paperback copy of Polly Wants to Be a Writer: The Junior Authors Guide to Writing and Getting Published OR The Naked Storyteller (winner’s choice) + a 30-minute private coaching session with Laura OR an LTC Insider Plus+ Membership (winner’s choice) & certificate, Second: $30 CAD Coupon for the LTC store & certificate, Third: $25 CAD Coupon for the LTC store & certificate, Fourth: $20 CAD Coupon for the LTC store & certificate, Fifth: $15 CAD Coupon for the LTC store & certificate, Sixth: $10 CAD Coupon for the LTC store & certificate
*
Accepts:
Ages 11 - 12: Short Story
Size: 1,000 words
Entry Fee:
Nil

Prize: First: Publication on this website + signed paperback copy of Polly Wants to Be a Writer: The Junior Authors Guide to Writing and Getting Published OR The Naked Storyteller (winner’s choice) + a 30-minute private coaching session with Laura OR an LTC Insider Plus+ Membership (winner’s choice) & certificate, Second: $30 CAD Coupon for the LTC store & certificate, Third: $25 CAD Coupon for the LTC store & certificate, Fourth: $20 CAD Coupon for the LTC store & certificate, Fifth: $15 CAD Coupon for the LTC store & certificate, Sixth: $10 CAD Coupon for the LTC store & certificate
*
Accepts:
Ages 10 & Under - Non-competitive/development category
Size:
1,000 words
Entry Fee:
Nil

Prize: All entrants receive a participation gift. Submissions in this category will be accepted even if the rules are not followed perfectly


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

 

Dorothea Mackellar Poetry Awards
Closing Date: 30/06/2015
Open to:
School Students enrolled in Australian education facilities

Theme: Optional theme: The open door

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

Prize: First: $300, trophy & prize pack, Runner-up: $150 & prize pack
*

Accepts:
Upper Primary (Years 4 - 6. Year 7 in SA) Poetry
Size: 80 lines
Entry Fee:
Individual (where home-schooled or school not taking part): $15, School Entry up to 30 entries: $25, School Entry over 30 entries: $50

Prize: First: $400, trophy & prize pack, Runner-up: $200 & prize pack

*
Accepts:
Assisted Learning Primary Poetry
Size: 80 lines
Entry Fee:
Individual (where home-schooled or school not taking part): $15, School Entry up to 30 entries: $25, School Entry over 30 entries: $50

Prize: First: $400, trophy & prize pack, Runner-up: $200 & prize pack
*

Accepts:
Junior Secondary (Years 7 - 9) Poetry
Size: 80 lines
Entry Fee:
Individual (where home-schooled or school not taking part): $15, School Entry up to 30 entries: $25, School Entry over 30 entries: $50

Prize: First: $500, trophy & prize pack, Runner-up: $300 & prize pack

*
Accepts:
Senior Secondary (Years 10 - 12) Poetry
Size: 80 lines
Entry Fee:
Individual (where home-schooled or school not taking part): $15, School Entry up to 30 entries: $25, School Entry over 30 entries: $50

Prize: First: $500, trophy & prize pack, Runner-up: $300 & prize pack

*
Accepts:
Assisted Learning Secondary Poetry
Size: 80 lines
Entry Fee:
Individual (where home-schooled or school not taking part): $15, School Entry up to 30 entries: $25, School Entry over 30 entries: $50

Prize: First: $500, trophy & prize pack, Runner-up: $300 & prize pack

*
Accepts:
Community Relations Commission (NSW) Award

Theme:
Cultural diversity within Australian community
Size: 80 lines
Entry Fee:
Individual (where home-schooled or school not taking part): $15, School Entry up to 30 entries: $25, School Entry over 30 entries: $50

Prize: First: $500, trophy & prize pack
*
PRIMARY SCHOOL AWARD (the Sheelah Baxter Award): $1,000, trophy & prize pack
*
SECONDARY SCHOOL AWARD: $1,000, trophy & prize pack

 

Henry Savery National Short Story Award

Closing Date: 30/06/2015
Open to: Australian residents
Theme: Open
Accepts:
Short Story
Size: 2,500 words
Entry Fee:
$5

Prize: First: $400, Second: $100
 

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

 

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

 

The Moth International Short Story Prize

UK COMPETITION
Closing Date:
30/06/2015
Open to: All
Theme: Open

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

JULY 2015

NEW LISTING
Future Leaders Writing Prize
Closing Date:
01/07/2015
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
Questions Writing Prize
Closing Date: 01/07/2015
Open to: 18 - 30 years
Theme:
None

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

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

NEW LISTING
Vallum Award for Poetry
CANADIAN COMPETITION
Closing Date: 15/07/2015
Open to: All
Theme: None

Accepts:
Poetry
Size: 60 lines
Entry Fee: $USD 25 for up to three entries (includes 1 year digital subscription)
Prize
: First: $CDN 750 & publication, Second: $CDN 250 & publication

NEW LISTING
IEU Literary Competition
Note: Limitations of entries per School
Closing Date: 19/07/2015
Open to:
Students in years 6-12 and teachers from all schools across Queensland and from independent schools across the Northern Territory.
Theme: None

*
Accepts:
A. Years 11-12

1. Poem, 2, Short Story,  3. Non-fiction Prose
Size:
Poem: not mentioned, Short Story: 600-1,500 words, Non-fiction prose: 600 - 1,500 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: $300, Second: $200, Third: $100
*

Accepts:
B. Years 9-10

1. Poem, 2, Short Story
Size:
Poem: not mentioned, Short Story: 500-1,500 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: $150, Second: $100, Third: $75
*

Accepts:
C. Years 7-8

1. Poem, 2, Short Story
Size:
Poem: not mentioned, Short Story: 500-1,200 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: $150, Second: $100, Third: $75
*

Accepts:
D. Year 6

1. Poem, 2, Short Story
Size:
Poem: not mentioned, Short Story: 400-800 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: $150, Second: $100, Third: $75
*

Accepts:
E. Open (Teachers):
Short Story
Size:
800-2,500 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: $300, Second: $200, Third: $100

Tasmania Literary Award
Closing Date: 19/07/2015
Open to: All
Theme: None

Accepts:
Short Story
Size: 1,300 - 1,500 words
Entry Fee: $8
Prize
: First: $1,500, Second: $350, Third: $150, Highly Commended & Commended: Certificates

NEW LISTING
Yarram Community Learning Centre Inc Short Story & Poetry Competition
Closing Date: 20/07/2015
Open to: All
Theme: None

*
Accepts:
Short Story
Size: 1,500 - 3,000 words
Entry Fee: $5
Prize
: First: $200, Second: $100
*
Accepts:
Poetry
Size: 8 - 48 lines
Entry Fee: $3
Prize
: First: $100, Second: $50

NEW LISTING
InkTears Flash Fiction Competition
UK competition
Closing Date:
31/07/2015
Open to:
UK + International,18 years and over
Theme:
None
Accepts: Short Story
Size: 500 words
Entry Fee: £3, 2 for £5, 3 for £6.50, 4 for £7.50
Prizes
: First: £250, Runner-up: £50, Highly commended x 4: £25, All winners: Story published to the InkTears Readership

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

 

Victorian Veterans Community Story Writing and Art Competition
ART, CRAFT & PHOTOGRAPHY SECTIONS AVAILABLE
(Additional special awards relating to these sections)

Special writing category for 2015 is "Centenary of Anzac - 100 Years of Service".

Closing Date: 31/07/2015
Open to: Members of the ex-service community residing in Victoria (see website) aged 18 and over
*
1A
Theme: True Wartime Experience
Accepts:
Prose
Word Limit: 3,000 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: $200 & Certificate & The Sir Edward 'Weary' Dunlop Award - Cheque, Second: $100 & Certificate, Third: $75 & Certificate, Honourable Mentions: Certificate, Encouragement: The Lou Perlstein Award for Story Writing True Wartime Experience - Cheque and Engraved Plaque
*
1B

Theme: True Life Experience
Accepts:
Prose
Word Limit: 3,000 words

Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: $200 & Certificate, Second: $100 & Certificate, Third: $75 & Certificate, Honourable Mentions: Certificate
*
1C
Theme: None
Accepts:
Fiction
Word Limit: 3,000 words

Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: $200 & Certificate, Second: $100 & Certificate, Third: $75 & Certificate, Honourable Mentions: Certificate
*
1D
Theme: None
Accepts:
Poetry
Word Limit: 3,000 words

Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: $200 & Certificate, Second: $100 & Certificate, Third: $75 & Certificate, Honourable Mentions: Certificate, Encouragement: Vice Admiral W.R. Creswell Poetry Encouragement Award in memory of Lloyd and Vera Saltmarsh – Framed photograph of the Vice Admiral
*
1E
Theme: Mateship - Stories of Companionship

Accepts:
Prose
Word Limit: 1,500 words

Entry Fee:
Nil
Prize
: First: $200 & Certificate& National Servicemen’s Association (Northern Branch) Special Award - Cheque, Second: $100 & Certificate, Third: $75 & Certificate, Honourable Mentions: Certificate

ADDITIONAL SPECIAL PRIZES
The Sir Edmund Herring Memorial Prize - Engraved Silver Tray:
Awarded to the most outstanding first prize entry

The John Quinlivan TPI Special Recognition Award - Engraved plaque: For a winner and a runner-up who produced  entries under special hardship
Legacy Novice Award for a First Year Entrant in Writing – Cheque and certificate: For First time writing entrants to a winner and runner-up deemed worthy of encouragement.

AUGUST 2015

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

NEW LISTING
Knightville Poetry Contest
US COMPETITION
Closing Date: 20/08/2015
Open to: All
Theme: None
Accepts:
Poetry
Size: 150 lines
Entry Fee: $US 20 for up to three poems
Prize
: First: $US 1,500

NEW LISTING
Machigonne Fiction Contest
US COMPETITION
Closing Date: 20/08/2015
Open to: All
Theme: None
Accepts:
Fiction
Size: 5,000 words
Entry Fee: $US 20
Prize
: First: $US 1,500

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