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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
EJ Brady Short Story Competition
Griffith Review 66: The Novella Project VII
JJ and Lydia Eden School Prize
Limnisa Short Story Competition
Nakata Brophy Prize for Young Indigenous Writers
National Henry Lawson Society Award
Peter Carey Short Story Award
SAETA Young Writers Award
Science Talent Search
Text Prize
The Ada Cambridge Biographical Prose Prize
The Ada Cambridge Poetry Prize
The Fogarty Literary Awards
The Valerie Parv Award
The Young Adas


THROUGH THE YEAR

AWC Furious Fiction
Opens: 5pm (Sydney/Melbourne time) on the first Friday of every month
Closes:
55 hours later (midnight, Sunday)
Open to: 17 years and older
Theme: Story prompt provided
Accepts:
Flash Fiction
Size: 500 words
Entry Fee:
Not mentioned but looks to be nil
Prize
:First:
$500

Flash 500 Flash Fiction Competition
UK COMPETITION
Closing Date:
Quarterly competitions - see website
Open to: All
Theme: None
Accepts:
Flash Fiction
Size: 500 words
Entry Fee:
£5 for one story, £8 for two stories

Prize
:First:
£300, Second: £200, Third: £100

Needle in the Hay
Closing Date:
Weekly and Monthly competitions - see website
Open to: Per entry details
Theme: Per entry details

Accepts: Per entry details
Size: Per entry details
Entry Fee: Per entry details

Prize
:
Per entry details

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

Prize
:$30 via Paypal

 

CLOSED DECEMBER 2018


The Bath Children's Novel Award
Porter Prize
The 2019 Somerset National Novella Writing Competition
The 2019 Somerset National Poetry
The Stringybark Erotic Short Fiction
Hal Porter Short Story Competition
Tethered By Letters Winter Literary Competition
Tom Collins Poetry Prize
Redgum Young Writers' Award
The Kembla Flame
Audio Arcardia's General Fiction Short Story Competition
Buzz Words Short Story Prize
Griffin Award
Magic Oxygen Literary Prize
Positive Words Mini Competition - December
The Henshaw Short Story Competition
The Moth Poetry Prize

 

JANUARY 2019

Memoria Podcast Competition
Closing Date:
5/01/2019
Open to:
All
Theme:
Confession
Accepts: Speech, Poem or Literary nonfiction
Size: 390 - 410 words OR 900 - 1100 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: Not mentioned

Dunedoo Bush Poetry Festival - Written Bush Poetry Competition
Closing Date:
18/01/2019
Open to:
All
Theme:
Serious or Humorous
Accepts: Bush Poetry
Size: No limit
Entry Fee: $5.50
Prize
: First: $150, Second: $75, Third: $50

Shepton Mallet Snowdrop Festival Poetry Competition

UK COMPETITION
Closing Date: 13/01/2019
Open to: All
Theme: Snowdrops OR the work of James Allen OR inspired by judge's comment (refere to rules)

*
Accepts:
Poetry - 18 years and over
Size: 30 lines
Entry Fee:  £4
Prize
: First: £200
*

Accepts:
Poetry - 12 to 17 years
Size: 30 lines
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: £70
*

Accepts:
Poetry - Up to 11 years
Size: 30 lines
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: £50


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

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

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

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

black & write! Writing Fellowships
Closing Date:
31/01/2019
Open to:
Writers (published and unpublished) of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent currently living in Australia
Theme: None
*
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
*
Prizes
: Two winners will each receive: $10,000, manuscript development with black&write! and publication opportunity with Hachette Australia

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

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

FEBRUARY 2019


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

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

NEW LISTING
Nakata Brophy Prize for Young Indigenous Writers
Closing Date: 04/02/2019
Open to:
Indigenous writers who are 30 years or younger, Australian Citizen or permanent residents of Australia

Theme: None
Accepts:
Short Story
Size: 3,000 words
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: May be awarded

Newcastle Short Story Award

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

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

NEW LISTING
Text Prize
Closing Date: 08/02/2019
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 -  120,000 words
Entry Fee: $25
Prizes
: A publishing contract with an $10,000 advance



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

Michael Terence Publishing Short Story Competition

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

NEW LISTING
E J Brady Short Story Competition

Closing Date:
28/02/2019
Open to: All
Theme: None
*
Accepts:
"Gabo Prize" Very Short Story
Size: 700 words
Entry Fee: $8 (add $2 if posted)
Prize
: $500
*
Accepts:
"Mallacoota Prize" Short Story
Size: 2,500 words
Entry Fee: $12 (add $2 if posted)
Prizes
: First: $2,000, Runner-up: $300, Encouragement Award: $100
*
Accepts:
"Betka Prize" Humorous Short Story
Size: 1,000 words
Entry Fee: $10 (add $2 if posted)
Prizes
: First: $1,000


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

 

MARCH 2019



NEW LISTING

The Ada Cambridge Biographical Prose Prize
Closing Date:
11/03/2019
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
 
NEW LISTING

The Ada Cambridge Poetry Prize
Closing Date:
11/03/2019
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

NEW LISTING
Peter Carey Short Story Award
Closing Date: 21/03/2019
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


NEW LISTING
The Young Adas
Closing Date:
25/03/2019
Open to: aged between 14 - 18 years and who live or work in the western suburbs of Melbourne
Theme: None
Accepts: Short Story

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


The Sheila Malady Short Story Competition
Closing Date: 25/03/2019
Open to: All
Theme: "Shakesfeare"
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 & 2 tickets to the Community Play performance

NEW LISTING
GRIFFITH REVIEW 66: The Novella Project VII Competition
Closing Date:
29/03/2019
Open to:
Australian and New Zealand authors
Theme:
None
Accepts:
Novella - fiction or non-fiction
Size:
15,000 - 25,000 words
Entry Fee:
$60, Griffith REVIEW subscribers = $30
Prizes:
Pool of $25,000


British Theatre Challenge
UK COMPETITION
Closing Date: 30/03/2019
Open to: All
Theme: None
Accepts: Play

Size:
One Act, running time 10 - 30 minutes, more than one actor
Entry Fee: £16
Prize
: First: 5 plays selected: Given a full performance at  a London theatre - developed by professional directors - performed by professional actors - given written assessments by theatre professionals - considered for publication - filmed in performance by Mini Mammoth Films, Public Choice Award: Previously a cash award, Mini Mammoth Film Award: One play turned into a short film

NEW LISTING

Limnisa Short Story Competition
GREEK COMPETITION

Closing Date: 30/03/2019
Open to: All
Theme: Inspired by the picture on the website: You're NEXT
Accepts:
Short Story

Size:
1,500 words
Entry Fee: Nil but must share on social media, (£35 for a professional evaluation)
Prizes
: First: One week Writers' Retreat or Workshop in 2019 or 2020 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. OR five online sessions of personal tutoring, Second: 50% discount on the Writers' Retreat or Workshop (see above) OR a free online session of personal tutoring or feedback on written work., Third: 50% discount on the Writers' Retreat or Workshop (see above). OR a free online session of personal tutoring or feedback on written work.2 x Runners up: 25% discount on the Writers' Retreat or Workshop (see above).



The Caterpillar Poetry Prize
IRISH COMPETITION
Closing Date:
31/03/2019
Open to: Over 16
Theme:
Poetry written by an adult for children (aged 7-11)
Accepts: Poetry
Size: No limit
Entry Fee: €12
Prize
: €1,000


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

 

APRIL 2019


NEW LISTING
ABR Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize
Closing Date: 15/04/2019
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:
$5,000, Second: $3,000, Third: $2,000, Commended x 3: Share of $2,500 pool

NEW LISTING
The Fogarty Literary Award
Closing Date: 22/04/2019
Open to:
Western Australian authors aged between 18 and 35
Theme:
None
Accepts:
Adult Fiction, Narrative non-fiction or young adult fiction
Size:
50,000 - 120,000 words
Entry Fee:
Nil
Prizes: First:
$20,000 and publishing contract with Freemantle Press


Bronze Swagman Award
Closing Date: 30/04/2019
Open to: All
Theme: Australian
Accepts: Bush Poetry
Size: No limit
Entry Fee: $20 per entry form, up to 3 poems per form
Prizes
: First: $500 & Bronze statuette of the Swagman, Runner-up: $200 & trophy, Highly Commended: Certificate

NEW LISTING
National Henry Lawson Society Award
Closing Date: 30/04/2019
Open to: All
Theme: Oue (Australian) Heritage
*
Accepts:
Category A: Traditional Rhyming Verse
Size: 50 lines
Entry Fee: $10, (Members: $10 covers first 2 entries and $10 thereafter)
Prize
: First: $600, Second: $300, Third: $150
*
Accepts:
Category B: Short Story
Size: 1,000 words
Entry Fee: $10, (Members: $10 covers first 2 entries and $10 thereafter)
Prize
: First:  $600, Second: $300, Third: $150
*
Accepts:
Category C: Free Verse
Size: 50 lines
Entry Fee: $10, (Members: $10 covers first 2 entries and $10 thereafter)
Prize
: First:  $600, Second: $300, Third: $150

NEW LISTING
The Valerie Parv Award
Closing Date: 30/04/2019
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


The Wombat Award

Closing Date: 30/04/2019
Open to: Children 12 years and under
Theme: Our Heritage

Accepts: Poetry
Size: Not mentioned
Entry Fee: Nil
Prizes
: First: $100 + $100 of books for their school library, Second: $75 + $75 of books for their school library, Third: $50 + $50 of books for their school library

MAY 2019


Bristol Short Story Prize
UK COMPETITION
Closing Date:
01/05/2019
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


Questions Writing Prize

Closing Date: 01/05/2019
Open to: 18 - 30 years
Theme:
None

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

NEW LISTING
SAETA Young Writers Award
Closing Date: 24/05/2019
*
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
.


JUNE 2019


The Bath Novel Award
UK COMPETITION
Closing Date: 02/06/2019
Open to:
International writers yet to be traditionally published, 16 years or over
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:
£25
Prizes:
First:
£2,500, Most promising Longlisted novel: Online professional editing course worth £1,800, Short listed: manuscript feedback & literary agent introductions


University of Canberra Vice-Chancellor's International Poetry Prize
Closing Date:
30/06/2019
Open to:
18 years and over
Theme:
Open
Accepts:
Poetry
Size:
50 lines and no more than 1,000 words
Entry Fee:
$20 per poem if submitted by 28/02/2019. $25 if submitted after that date. Tertiary (university) students - $15
Prizes:
First:
$15,000, Second: $5,000


JULY 2019


NEW LISTING
Science Talent Search
Closing Date: Postal: 19/07/2019, Electronic: 21/07/2019
Registration by 27/05/2019

Open to: Primary and Secondary students in Victoria
Theme: Destination Moon: more missions, more science  plus set topics as listed on website/handbook
Accepts:
See handbook

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

 

To Hull and Back Humorous Short Story Competition
UK COMPETITION
Closing Date: 31/07/2019
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

AUGUST 2019

Elyne Mitchell Writing Awards
Closing Date: 22/08/2019
Theme: Specific reference to an Australasian Rural experience, "New Beginnings"
*
Accepts: Open Writers Award - Fiction or Non-fiction
Open to:
All
Size:
2,500 words
Entry Fee: $15
Prizes
: First: $1,000
*
Accepts: Snowy Hydro Upper Murray Writers Category - Fiction or Non-fiction
Open to:
Local residents of Towong, Tumbarumba, Indigo, Wodonga & Albury Shires
Size:
2,500 words
Entry Fee: $10
Prizes
: First: $500
*
Accepts: Local Photo Story Competition - Fiction or Non-fiction
Open to:
Local residents of Towong, Tumbarumba, Indigo, Wodonga & Albury Shires
Size:
100 words
Entry Fee: $5
Prizes
: Cash and vouchers

SEPTEMBER 2019

NEW LISTING

JJ and Lydia Eden Prize

Closing Date: 06/09/2019
Open to: South Australian Year 10 students attending a Department for Education school (NoteL maximum of three entries per school)
Theme: "Does knowing the past make the present a happier and better place"
Accepts:
Persuasive text

Size:
800 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize: First: $1,250, Second: $750, Third: $500