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Last updated 01/08/2016

 

REBUILDING FRIENDSHIP HOUSE

Friendship House in Myrtleford, Victoria, needs a serious amount of renovation. Two thirds of the current complex requires rebuilding. This Hall is the home of the 1st Myrtleford Scout Group which, we have recently established, has been going for 105 years.

Any donations toward this project would be greatly appreciated and can be forwarded to the 1st Myrtleford Scout Group: PO Box 4, Myrtleford VIC 3737.
Please included a note stating that your donation is for the Friendship House project.

If you enclose a stamped self-addressed envelope a receipt can be returned to you (donations over $2 to Scout Groups are tax deductible within Australia).

If you want more details then please contact us: info@austwriters.com

 

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

Alice Sinclair Memorial Writing Competition
Avid Reader's Flash Fiction Prize
Finch Memoir Prize
Fresh Words
Laura Literary Awards - The CJ Dennis Poetry Awards
Laura Literary Awards - The Flinders News Prose Awards
Macarthur Playwriting Festival
Martha Richardson Memorial Poetry Prize
Outstanding Short Story Competition
Overland Story Wine Prize
Porter Poetry Prize
Reader's Digest 100 Word Story
Ron Pretty Poetry Prize
The 2017 Somerset National Poetry Prize
The Katharine Susannah Pritchard Poetry Award
The Katharine Susannah Pritchard Short Fiction Award
The Katharine Susannah Pritchard Speculative Fiction Award
Unplag Plagiarism Busters Contest
Wollongong Writers Festival Short Story Prize


THROUGH THE YEAR

#Blink
US COMPETITION
Closing Date: Every two weeks
Open to:
All
Theme: Check Twitter

Accepts:
Tiny narratives via Twitter
Size: 140 characters
Entry Fee:
Not mentioned
Prize
:First:
Digital copy of F(r)iction and possible publication

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

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

AUGUST 2016


Castaways Poetry Prize
Closing Date: 05/08/2016
Open to: All
Theme: All entered poems must be inspired by, drawn upon, or use the theme of images in the Castaways Web gallery.
Accepts: Poetry

Size:
24 lines
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: $200 and two copies of the 2016 Castaways Sculpture Awards catalogue containing the winning poem. Commended x 2: $100

 

Central Coast Council Short Story Competition
Closing Date: 05/08/2016
Open to: Current library members and residents of the Central Coast local government area
Theme: None
*

Accepts:
Short Story - Child (5 - 8 years)
Size: 1,500 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: Apple iPad mini, Second: Apple iPad Mini, Commended: Book Prize
*

Accepts:
Short Story - Child (9 - 12 years)
Size: 1,500 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: Apple iPad mini, Second: Apple iPad Mini, Commended: Book Prize
*

Accepts:
Short Story - Youth (13 - 18 years)
Size: 1,500 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: Apple iPad mini, Second: Apple iPad Mini, Commended: Book Prize
*

Accepts:
Short Story - Adult (18+ years)
Size: 1,500 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: Apple iPad mini, Second: Apple iPad Mini, Commended: Book Prize

 

SAETA Spring Poetry Festival
Closing Date: 05/08/2016
Open to: Students and teachers in Australian Schools
Theme: None

*
Accepts:
Students in Yr 11 - 12 - Poetry
Size: Not mentioned
Entry Fee: Entry fee per school to cover administrative costs. $10 for corporate member schools and $20 for non - member schools
Prize
: $50 x 2
*

Accepts:
Students in Yrs up to Yr 10 - Poetry
Size: Not mentioned
Entry Fee: Entry fee per school to cover administrative costs. $10 for corporate member schools and $20 for non - member schools
Prize
: $50 x 2

 

NEW LISTING
Avid Reader's Flash Fiction Prize

Closing Date: 06/08/2016
Open to: All
Theme: None

Accepts:
Flash fiction
Size: 50 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: $500

 

Monash WordFest Short Story Competition
Closing Date: 06/08/2016
Open to: Reside, work or study in the City of Monash, or be a member of the Monash Public Library Service
Theme: None

*
Accepts:
Category A: 12 - 14 years: Short Story
Size: 500 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: $200, Second: $100, Third: $75
*
Accepts:
Category B: 15 - 17 years: Short Story
Size: 1,000 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: $300, Second: $150, Third: $100
*
Accepts:
Category C: Adult: Short Story
Size: 2,000 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: $500, Second: $250, Third: $150

 

Monash WordFest SnapStory Competition
A SnapStory contains a photograph with accompanying text
Closing Date:
06/08/2016
Open to: Reside, work or study in the City of Monash, or be a member of the Monash Public Library Service
Theme: Directions

*
Accepts:
Category A: 12 - 13 years: SnapStory
Size: 150 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: $200, Second: $100, Third: $75
*
Accepts:
Category B: 14 - 16 years: SnapStory
Size: 150 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: $300, Second: $150, Third: $100
*
Accepts:
Category C: 17 - 18 years: SnapStory
Size: 150 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: $500, Second: $250, Third: $150

City of Rockingham Short Fiction Awards
Closing Date:
12/08/2016
Open to: All
Theme:
Inspired by, drawn upon, or use the theme of the artwork upon the entry form
*
Accepts:
Open Awards - Short Story
Size: 1,000- 4,000 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prizes
: First: $600, Second: $300, Third: $200, Commendations x 2: $50
*
Accepts:
Over 50s - Short Story
Size: 1,000- 4,000 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prizes
: First: $600, Second: $300, Third: $200, Commendations x 2: $50
*
Accepts:
Young Writers (10 - 17) Awards - Short Story
Size: 1,000- 4,000 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prizes
: First: $400, Second: $250, Third: $100

Trudy Graham-Julie Lewis Literary Award
Closing Date: 12/08/2016
Open to: All
Theme: None

Accepts:
Open - Short Story
Size: 2,000 words
Entry Fee: $15, $25 for 2, $35 for 3
Prize
: First: $400, Second: $200, Third: $100, Judge's Encouragement Award for Youth: $100, Highly Commended x 4: Certificate, Commended x 4: Certificate

Knightville Poetry Contest
US COMPETITION
Closing Date: 15/08/2016
Open to: All
Theme: None
Accepts:
Poetry
Size: 150 lines
Entry Fee: $US 20 for up to three poems
Prize
: First: $US 1,500

 

Machigonne Fiction Contest
US COMPETITION
Closing Date: 15/08/2016
Open to: All
Theme: None
Accepts:
Fiction
Size: 5,000 words
Entry Fee: $US 20
Prize
: First: $US 1,500
 

The Betty Olle Poetry Award

Closing Date: 15/08/2016
Open to: All
Theme: Australian

*
Accepts:
Open - Australian Bush Verse
Size: Not mentioned
Entry Fee: $10
Prize
: First: The 'Betty Olle' Poetry Award & $500, Runner-Up: Certificate & $200, Highly Commended: Certificate
*

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

 

NEW LISTING
Unplag Plagiarism Busters Contest
US COMPETITION
Closing Date: 18/08/2016
Open to: current students who are in age of majority in country of Participant’s citizenship
Theme: Imagine that the army of ghosts has suddenly overrun your school/college/university and describe your following actions
Accepts: Short story via Facebook
Size: 300 words
Entry Fee:  Nil
Prize: $US 150 Amazon Gift Card

Lane Cove Literary Awards
Closing Date: 24/08/2016
Open to: Over 16 years, Australian citizens or permanent residents of Australia and must be living in Australia at time of entry
Theme: Open

*
Accepts:
Short Story
Size: 3,000 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: $2,000
*

Accepts:
Travel Story
Size: 30 pages.10 minutes
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: $1,500
*

Accepts:
Poetry
Size: 50 lines and more than 1,000 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: $1,500

OTHER PRIZES
LANE COVE ORTHODONTICS LANE COVE RESIDENT PRIZE: $500
LANE COVE MARKET SQUARE YOUTH PRIZE (16 - 24 years): $500
WATERBROOK SENIO PRIZE (65+ years): $500

NEW LISTING
Finch Memoir Prize
Closing Date: 25/08/2016
Open to: Permanent residents of Australia
Theme: None

Accepts:
Memoir - unpublished nonfiction
Size: 40,000 - 80,000 words
Entry Fee: $35
Prize
: First: $5,000 and publication of the book on the Finch list

Boroondara Literary Awards
Closing Date: 26/08/2016
Open to: Australian Residents, Young Writers: Live, Work or study in the City of Boroondara
Theme: Open

*
Accepts:
Open Short Story
Size: 1,500 - 3,000 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: $1,500, Second: $1,000, Third: $500, Highly Commended x 4: $50, Keith Carroll Award: $500
 *

Accepts:
Young Writers (Boroondara) - Junior -Years 5 - 6 - Poetry
Size: 100 lines
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: $150, Second: $100, Third: $50
*

Accepts:
Young Writers (Boroondara) - Junior -Years 5 - 6 -  - Prose
Size: 300 - 500 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: $150, Second: $100, Third: $50
 *

Accepts:
Young Writers (Boroondara) - Middle -Years 7 - 9 - Poetry
Size: 200 lines
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: $600, Second: $400, Third: $200
*

Accepts:
Young Writers (Boroondara) - Middle -Years 7 - 9 -  - Prose
Size: 500 - 900 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: $600, Second: $400, Third: $200
 *

Accepts:
Young Writers (Boroondara) - Senior -Years 10 - 12 - Poetry
Size: 200 lines
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: $600, Second: $400, Third: $200
*

Accepts:
Young Writers (Boroondara) - Senior -Years 10 - 12 -  - Prose
Size: 900 - 1,300 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: $600, Second: $400, Third: $200

NEW LISTING
Fresh Words Writing Competition
Closing Date: 26/08/2016
Open to: Young perople who live, work or study in the City of Casey
Theme: None

*
Accepts:
Creative Writing
Size:
750 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prizes
: Unspecified. Judged according to year levels: Years 7 & 8, Years 9 & 10 and Years 11 & 12

Accepts:
Poetry/Lyrics
Size:
1 page
Entry Fee: Nil
Prizes
: Unspecified. Judged according to year levels: Years 7 & 8, Years 9 & 10 and Years 11 & 12

Accepts:
English as a Second Langage
Size:
750 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prizes
: Unspecified. Judged according to year levels: Years 7 & 8, Years 9 & 10 and Years 11 & 12

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: 26/08/2016
Open to: All
Theme: Peace
Accepts:
Short Fiction, essay or travel article
Size: 1,000 words
Entry Fee: $10
Prize
: First: Trophy and certificate, Second: Certificate, Third: Certificate

 

NEW LISTING
Alice Sinclair Memorial Writing Competition

Closing Date: 31/08/2016
Open to: All
Theme: None

*
Accepts:
Category A: Poetry
Size: 50 lines
Entry Fee: $10
Prize
: First: $100 & Certificate, Second: $50 & Certificate
*

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

 

Dungala-Kaiela Writing
Closing Date: 31/08/2016
Open to: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with a connection to the Goulburn Valley region
Theme: Open

*
Accepts:
Story/Yarn/Article/Play - Elder
Size: 500 - 3,000 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: $200
*
Accepts:
Story/Yarn/Article/Play - Open (19 years and over)
Size: 500 - 3,000 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: $400
*

Accepts:
Story/Yarn/Article/Play - Youth - 13 to 18 years
Size: 500 - 2,000 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: $150
*

Accepts:
Story/Yarn/Article/Play - Junior - Up to 12 years
Size: 100 - 500 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: $75
*

Accepts:
Aboriginal Languages of the region in any written form - Open (19 years and over)
Size: Not mentioned
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: $400
*

Accepts:
Aboriginal Languages of the region in any written form - Youth - 13 to 18 years
Size: Not mentioned
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: $150
*

Accepts:
Aboriginal Languages of the region in any written form - Junior - Up to 12 years
Size: Not mentioned
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: $75
*

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

Accepts:
Poem/Lyric/Rap - Youth - 13 to 18 years
Size: 6 - 20 lines
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: $100
*

Accepts:
Poem/Lyric/Rap - Upt to 12 years
Size: 5 - 10 lines
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: $50

 

FAW Tasmania Poetry Prize
Closing Date: 31/08/2016
Open to:
All
Theme: None
Accepts: Poetry
Size: 60 lines
Entry Fee: $5

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

 

GCWA Non-Fiction Award 
Closing Date: 31/08/2016
Open to: Over 18 years of age
Theme: Open

Accepts:
Book Proposal - Non-Fiction
Size:
Proposal: max. 3 page & Writing Sample: 30 pages max (double spaced)
Entry Fee: $30
Prize
: First:  The opportunity to have their manuscript reviewed by Deputy Managing Editor, Catherine Hill, from Penguin Random House.

 

Hilarie Lindsay Young Writers Poetry Story Competition
Closing Date: 31/08/2016
Open to: Australian School Children
Theme: Open

*
Accepts:
Section 1 - Poetry - Yrs 10, 11 & 12
Size: 60 lines
Entry Fee: $2
Prize
: First: $200
*

Accepts:
Section 2 - Poetry - Yrs 7, 8 & 9
Size: 40 lines
Entry Fee: $2
Prize
: First: $175
*

Accepts:
Section 3 - Poetry - Yrs 5 & 6
Size: 40 lines
Entry Fee: $2
Prize
: First: $175
*

Accepts:
Section 4 - Poetry - Yrs 4 and under
Size: 20 lines
Entry Fee: $2
Prize
: First: $50

 

Margot Manchester Memorial Short Story Award
Closing Date:  
31/08/2016
Open to: All
Theme:
Open
Accepts: Short Story
Size: 1,200 - 1,500 words
Entry Fee: $5
Prizes
: First: $200. Second: $50, Highly Commended and Commended: Certificates

 

NEW LISTING
Overland Story Wine Prize

Closing Date:  31/08/2016
Open to: Citizens of Australia or New Zealand or have permanent resident status in Australia or New Zealand
Theme:
Open
Accepts: Short Story
Size: 800 words
Entry Fee: New Subscribers: $56 ($12 entry & $44 subscription), Current Subscribers: $12, Non-Subscriber: $20
Prizes
: First: $4,000. Runner Up x 2: $500

 

Positive Words Mini Competition - August
Closing Date:
31/08/2016
Open to: All
Theme: Contains the word: Fox
Accepts:
Short Story or Poetry
Size: 100 words or 10 lines
Entry Fee: $2.00 in stamps
Prize
: Six months subscription to Positive Words

 

Robyn Mathison Poetry Prize
Closing Date:  
31/08/2016
Open to: All
Theme: None
Accepts: Poetry
Size: 40 lines
Entry Fee: $5
Prizes
: First: $200. Second: $50, Highly Commended and Commended: Certificates

Sentinel Literary Quarterly Poetry Story Competition
UK COMPETITION
Closing Date: 31/08/2016
Open to: All
Theme: None
Accepts: Poetry
Size: 50 lines
Entry Fee:
£4, 2 for £7, 3 for £9, 4 for £11, 5 for £12
Prize
: First: £200, Second: £75, Third: £50, Highly Commended x 3: £20, Commended x 3: £10

 

Sydney Writers' Room Short Story Competition
Closing Date: 31/08/2016
Open to: Australian Residents
Theme: None
Accepts:
Short Story
Size: 2,000 words
Entry Fee: $15
Prize
: First: $500 & 'hot desk' membership at SWR for three months, 2 x Runner-up: 'hot desk' membership at SWR for three month

 

SEPTEMBER 2016 


Adrien Abbot Prize
Closing Date:
01/09/2016
Open to:
Australian Residents
Theme: Memory
Accepts:
Poetry
Size: 25 lines/250 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prizes
: First: $500

Olga Masters Short Story Award
Closing Date: 01/09/2016
Open to: Australian Residents
Theme: Family life in rural Australia
Accepts:
Short Story
Size: 2,000 - 5,000 words
Entry Fee: $10
Prize
: First: $1,500, Runner-up: $500, Supplementary prizes at the discretion of the organisers

 

NEW LISTING
Outstanding Short Story Competition
Closing Date: 01/09/2016
Open to: Writers based in Australia and New Zealand
Theme: Open (Have relevance to the broader Australian LGBTIQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, queer) community)
Accepts:
Short Story
Size: 750 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: Not mentioned

 

Gwen Harwood Poetry Prize
Closing Date: 02/09/2016
Open to: Students and teaches in Australian Schools
Theme: None

Accepts:
Poetry (single or suite)
Size: 80 lines
Entry Fee: $20 for non-Island subscribers, $15 for Island subscribers
Prize
: First: $2,000, publication in Island , annual domestic subscriptions to Island, Griffith Review, Meanjin, Overland, Review of Australian Fiction, Southerly, Westerly and The Lifted Brow., Second: Publication in Island + annual domestic subscriptions to Island, Griffith Review, Meanjin, Overland, Review of Australian Fiction, Southerly, Westerly and The Lifted Brow.

 

NEW LISTING
The Katharine Susannah Prichard Speculative Fiction Award
Closing Date:
02/09/2016
Open to: Australian residents
Theme:
Speculative Fiction

*
Accepts:
Open - Short Story
Size: 1,000 - 2,500 words
Entry Fee: $10, $15 for 2, $20 for 3
Prize
: First, Second, Third: Cash prizes, Highly Commended & Commended: Certificate
*
Accepts:
Young Writers (10 to 20 years) - Short Story
Size: 500 - 2,000 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First, Second, Third: Cash prizes, Highly Commended & Commended: Certificates, Under 14s Encouragement Award

 

Toolangi CJ Dennis Poetry Competition
Closing Date: 07/09/2016
Open to:
Authors throughout Australia and New Zealand
*
Theme: None
Accepts: Open - Marian Mayne Prize - Poetry
Size:  80 lines
Entry Fee:
$10 plus $3 in unused stamps
Prize
: First: $250, Second: $150, Third: $100
 
*
Theme: Inspired by The Moods of Ginger Mick
Accepts: Open Themed - CJ Dennis Society Prize - Poetry
Size:  80 lines
Entry Fee:
$10 plus $3 in unused stamps
Prize
: First: $250, Second: $150, Third: $100
*
Theme: None
Accepts: Poetry written by adults for children
Size:  80 lines
Entry Fee:
$10 plus $3 in unused stamps
Prize
: First: $250, Second: $150, Third: $100, Chosen by group of local children: $150
*
Theme: None
Accepts: Primary School Students - Poetry
Size:  80 lines
Entry Fee:
$3 in unused stamps
Prize
: First: $30, Second: $20, Third: $10
*
Theme: None
Accepts: Secondary School Students - Poetry
Size:  80 lines
Entry Fee:
$3 in unused stamps
Prize
: First: $50, Second: $30, Third: $20
 

Child Writes Competition  Illustrators category available
Closing Date:
11/09/2016
Open to:
Australian primary-school aged children
Theme: None
Accepts: Childrens' Book
Size: 800 words
Entry Fee: $15 (proceeds to the Child Writes Foundation)
Prize
: Winning writer paired with the winning illustrator, to produce a book, which will be published by Boogie Books as a hard copy publication, and distributed by Child Writes.
Royalties will be paid to the author and illustrator, for book sales that are generated

 

NEW LISTING
Ron Pretty Poetry Prize
Closing Date:
15/09/2016
Open to:
Over 18 years old
Theme: None
Accepts: Poetry
Size: 30 lines
Entry Fee: $25 ($10 for each subsequent)
Prize
: First: $5,000, Second: $1,500, Third: $750

 

NEW LISTING
Wollongong Writers Festival Short Story Prize
Closing Date: 15/09/2016
Open to: All 
Theme: 
Tidal
Accepts: Fiction
Size: 2,500 words
Entry Fee: $12
Prize
:
 $1000 and publication in Mascara Literary Review

Heywire Competition
Note: Audio, Video and Photo story categories available
Closing Date: 16/09/2016
Open to: Australian Residents aged 16-22 and not living in Melbourne, Adelaide, Brisbane, Perth or Sydney
Theme: You and/or your community and true

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

NEW LISTING
Macarthur Playwriting Festival
Closing Date: 16/09/2016
Open to: All
Theme: Must contain the statement "It''s Bigger on the Inside"

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

NEW LISTING
The Katharine Susannah Prichard Short Fiction Awards
Closing Date:
16/09/2016
Open to: Australian residents
Theme:
None

*
Accepts:
Open - Short Story
Size: 1,000 - 2,500 words
Entry Fee: $10, $15 for 2, $20 for 3
Prize
: First, Second, Third: Cash prizes, Highly Commended & Commended: Certificate
*
Accepts:
Young Writers (10 to 20 years) - Short Story
Size: 500 - 2,000 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First, Second, Third: Cash prizes, Highly Commended & Commended: Certificates, Under 14s Encouragement Award

 

Patrick White Young Indigenous Writers (NSW)
Closing Date:
23/09/2016
Open to: Indigenous Australian students (Kindergarten to Year 12) studying in NSW
Theme:
One of three themes: "Things are not always what they seem...", "Dreaming", "Standing on one leg..."

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

Thunderbolt Prize
Closing Date: 24/09/2016
Open to: Australian Resident
Theme: Crime

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

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

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

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

The KSP Poetry Awards
Closing Date: 25/09/2016
Open to:
Australian residents
Theme:
 None

*
Accepts:
Open - Poetry
Size: 14 - 50 lines
Entry Fee: $10, $15 for 2, $20 for 3
Prize
: First: $300, Second: $150, Third: $75, Highly Comended and Commended: Certificates
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Accepts:
Mundaring National Young Writers (10 to 18 years) - Poetry
Size: 6 - 50 lines
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: $75, Second: $25, Commended x 5: $10, Mundaring National Encouragement Award (14 and under): $25

Birdcatcher Books Short Story Award
Closing Date: 30/09/2016
Open to: Australian residents aged 18 years or over as of 1st of July. Prior year winners not eligible to enter in the following year only.
Theme: Crossroads
Accepts: Fiction
Size: 1,000 - 3,000 words
Entry Fee: $8 (If entering 3 stories at the same time the third entry is free) (If you refer two other people who enter themselves you are entitled to one free entry - see conditions)
Prizes
: First: $250, Second: $100, Third: $50, Short Listed: publication in anthology

FAWNS Mini Memoir Competition
Closing Date: 30/09/2016
Open to: All
Theme: None
Accepts:
Memoir
Size: 750 words
Entry Fee:
$10, $15 for 2
Prize
: First: $200, Second: $100, Highly Commended and Commended: Certificates

 

FAWNS Poetry Themes Competition
Closing Date: 30/09/2016
Open to: All
Theme: Nature
Accepts:
Poetry
Size: 60 lines
Entry Fee:
$10, $15 for 2
Prize
: First: $200, Second: $100, Highly Commended and Commended: Certificates

 

FAW NSW Jean Stone Award
Closing Date: 30/09/2016
Open to: Australian Residents 18 years and over
Theme: None
Accepts:
Poetry
Size: 60 lines
Entry Fee:
$10
Prize
: First: $500

 

FAW NSW Walter Stone Award for Life Writing

Closing Date: 30/09/2016
Open to: Australian Residents 18 years and over
Theme: None
Accepts:
Biography, Autobiography, Memoir, Monograph or Bibliography
Size:
10,000 - 25,000 words
Entry Fee:
$25
Prize
: First: $1,500

 

IPA - Police Down Under - Article Writing Competition

(Category 1 open to the Public)
Closing Date:
30/09/2016
Open to: All
Theme:
Police related theme
Accepts:
Article - Open to the public
Size:
1,500 words
Entry Fee:
Nil
Prize
: First: $200

 

NEW LISTING
The Katharine Susannah Prichard Poetry Awards
Closing Date:
30/09/2016
Open to: Australian residents
Theme:
None

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Accepts:
Open - Poetry
Size: 14 - 50 lines
Entry Fee: $10, $15 for 2, $20 for 3
Prize
: First, Second, Third: Cash prizes, Highly Commended & Commended: Certificate
*
Accepts:
Young Writers (10 to 20 years) - Poetry
Size: 6 - 50 lines
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First, Second, Third: Cash prizes, Highly Commended & Commended: Certificates, Under 14s Encouragement Award

 

Positive Words Mini Competition - September
Closing Date:
30/09/2016
Open to: All
Theme: Contains the word: Snail
Accepts:
Short Story or Poetry
Size: 100 words or 10 lines
Entry Fee: $2.00 in stamps
Prize
: Six months subscription to Positive Words

 

Rolf Boldrewood Literary Awards
Closing Date: 30/09/2016
Open to: All
Theme: Australian theme

*
Accepts:
Prose (Fiction, Memoir and Family History)
Size: 2,500 words
Entry Fee: $10
Prize
: First: $500 & limited edition bust of Rolf Boldrewood, Second: $250, Third: $50, Highly Commended: Certificates
 *

Accepts:
Poetry
Size: 80 lines
Entry Fee: $10
Prize
: First: $500 & limited edition bust of Rolf Boldrewood, Second: $250, Third: $50, Highly Commended: Certificates

Short Takes
Closing Date: 30/09/2016
Open to: All
Theme: None

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Accepts:
Category A: Fictional Short Story
Size: 1,000 words
Entry Fee: $7
Prize
: First: $200, Second: $100, Highly Commended & Commended: Certificates
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Accepts:
Category B: Memoir
Size: 1,000 words
Entry Fee: $7
Prize
: First: $200, Second: $100, Highly Commended & Commended: Certificates

The Caterpillar Short Story Prize
IRISH COMPETITION
Closing Date:
30/09/2016
Open to: All
Theme:
Short Story written by an adult for children (aged 7-11)
Accepts: Short Story
Size: 2,000 words
Entry Fee: €12
Prize
: First: 2 week retreat at The Moth & €500, Second: €300, Third: €200

The Port Stephens Examiner Literature Award
Closing Date: 30/09/2016
Open to: All
Theme:
None
Accepts: Short Story
Size: 2,000 words
Entry Fee: $5
Prize
: First: $500 (Port Stephens Council Award), Second: $300, Third: $150, Highly Commended x 4: $25, 'tilligerry.com' Award: $50


 

OCTOBER 2016

 

Noosa Arts Theatre Playwriting Competition
Closing Date:
01/10/2016

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

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

 

NEW LISTING
Martha Richardson Memorial Poetry Prize
Closing Date:
15/10/2016
Open to: All
Theme: Open
Accepts: Poetry
Size: 40 lines
Entry Fee: $25 ($20 for members of Ballarat Writers)

Prize
: $1,500

 

Andy Griffiths Kid's Writing Competition
Closing Date:
03/10/2016
Open to: Primary School Students who are resident of Australia
Theme:
Living in a Treehouse
Accepts:
Short Story
Size: 200 - 500 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prizes
: First: Original framed illustration by Terry Denton, Top 10 entries: Andy Griffiths book pack of 16 books

 

Flash 500 Novel Opening Chapter & Synopsis Competition
UK COMPETITION
Closing Date:
31/10/2016
Open to: All
Theme: None
Accepts:
Opening Chapter of a Novel with Synopsis
Size: Not mentioned
Entry Fee:
£10, (£25 for optional critique)

Prize
:First:
£500, Second: £200

 

Positive Words Mini Competition - October
Closing Date:
31/10/2016
Open to: All
Theme: Contains the word: Sorry
Accepts:
Short Story or Poetry
Size: 100 words or 10 lines
Entry Fee: $2.00 in stamps
Prize
: Six months subscription to Positive Words

 

NOVEMBER 2016
Atlantis Short Story Contest
US COMPETITION
Note: Group work of maximum two authors allowed
Closing Date: 30/11/2015
Open to:
Published writers who have earned more than $5,000 through their literary work(s) are not allowed to enter the contest. In special cases exceptions possible.
Theme: Fiction and stories based on true events
Accepts: Short Story
Size: 2,500 words
Entry Fee: $US 10 = participation without feedback, $US 15 =
Participation with feedback, delivery via e-mail as soon as the winners have been announced (April 15, 2017), $US 25 = Participation with detailed feedback, delivery via e-mail within one week of submission
Prize
:First: $US 300 & In-depth Feedback, Second: $US 100 & In-depth Feedback, Third: $US 50 & In-depth Feedback, Top 15: In-depth Feedback, Top 40: Name and Short Story's Title Posted on Website, Every Participant: Brief Comment and Evaluation Table

Field of Words Writing Competitions
Closing Date: 30/11/2016
Open to:
18 years or older
Theme: None
*
Accepts: Short Story
Size: 1,000 - 2,500 words
Entry Fee: $20

Prize
:First:
$500, Runner-up: $100
*
Accepts: Flash Fiction
Size: 100 - 500 words
Entry Fee: $10

Prize
:First:
$200, Runner-up: $50

 

Positive Words Mini Competition - November
Closing Date:
30/11/2016
Open to: All
Theme: Contains the word: Knock
Accepts:
Short Story or Poetry
Size: 100 words or 10 lines
Entry Fee: $2.00 in stamps
Prize
: Six months subscription to Positive Word

 

DECEMBER 2016 

 

NEW LISTING
Porter Prize
Closing Date:
01/12/2016
Open to: All
Theme: None
Accepts: Poetry
Size: 75 lines
Entry Fee:
Online entry - Subscriber: $15,
Online entry - Non-Subscriber: $20,
Online entry & ABR Online Subscription: $55,
Online entry & Print subscription (Australia): $95,
Online entry & Print subscription (NZ and Asia): $140,
Online entry & Print subscription (Rest of World): $155

Prizes
: First: $5,000 and Arthur Boyd's etching and aquatint The lady and the unicorn, 1975, Shortlisted entries: $500


The 2017 Somerset National Novella Writing Competition
Closing Date:
02/12/2016
Open to:
All current secondary school students attending school or receiving home schooling in Australia under 19 years of age at close of entries
Theme: None
Accepts: Novella
Size: 8,000 - 20,000 words
Entry Fee: $20
Prizes
: National winner: $2,500 and a full editorial report from Penguin Random House (Australia), State Winners: Unspecified cash prize and personalised advice from Penguin Random House (Australia)

 

NEW LISTING
The 2017 Somerset National Poetry Prize
Closing Date:
09/12/2016
Open to:
All current secondary school students who are Australian citizens or permanent residents attending school or receiving home schooling in Australia under 19 years of age at close of entries
Theme: None
*
Accepts:
Junior Secondary - Years 7 to 9
Size: 50 lines
Entry Fee: $15
Prize
: $300 plus flights to attend the Somerset Celebration of Literature, be billeted by students of the Somerset Wordsmiths' Club and attend the events
*
Accepts:
Senior Secondary - Years 10 to 12
Size: 50 lines
Entry Fee: $15
Prize
: $300 plus flights to to attend the Somerset Celebration of Literature, be billeted by students of the Somerset Wordsmiths' Club and attend the events

 

Ballymaloe International Poetry Prize
IRISH COMPETITION
Closing Date:
31/12/2016
Open to: All
Theme: None
Accepts: Poetry
Size: No Limit
Entry Fee: €12
Prizes
: First: €10,000, Runners-up x 3: €1,000 - Winners published in the spring 2017 issue of The Moth

 

Positive Words Mini Competition - December
Closing Date:
31/12/2016
Open to: All
Theme: Contains the word: Angel
Accepts:
Short Story or Poetry
Size: 100 words or 10 lines
Entry Fee: $2.00 in stamps
Prize
: Six months subscription to Positive Words


NEW LISTING
Reader's Digest 100-Word Story Competition
Closing Date: 31/12/2016
Open to: Residents of Australia, Asia and New Zealand
Theme: None
Accepts: Short story
Size: Exactly 100 words
Entry Fee
: Nil
Prizes
: First: $US 1,000 (in recipient's currency), Runners-up x 2: $US 250 (in recipient's currency)

 

FEBRUARY 2017

 

Flash 500 Short Story Competition
UK COMPETITION
Closing Date:
28/07/2016
Open to: All
Theme: None
Accepts:
Short Story
Size: 3,000 words
Entry Fee:
£7 for one, £12 for two, £16 for three, £20 for four (£25 for optional critique)

Prize:First: £500, Second: £200, Third: £100

 

MARCH 2017

 

NEW LISTING
Laura Literary Awards - The CJ Dennis Poetry Awards
Closing Date:
24/03/2017
Theme:
None
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SECTION 5 - OPEN
Open to:
All
Accepts:
Poetry
Size: 60 lines
Entry Fee: $10
Prize
: $200
*
SECTION 6 - OPEN BUSH POETRY

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

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

 

NEW LISTING
Laura Literary Awards - The Flinders News Prose Awards
Closing Date:
24/03/2017
Theme:
None
*
SECTION 1 - OPEN
Open to:
All
Accepts:
Short Story
Size: 1,500 words
Entry Fee: $10
Prize
: $200
*
SECTION 2 - YOUNG ADULT
Open to:
13 - 18 years
Accepts:
Short Story
Size: 1,000 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: $50
*
SECTION 3 - JUNIOR
Open to:
9 - 12 years
Accepts:
Short Story
Size: 500 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: $25
*
SECTION 4 - JUNIOR PRIMARY

Open to:
5 - 8 years
Accepts:
Short Story
Size: 500 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: $15

 

JUNE 2017

 

Henry Savery National Short Story Award

Closing Date: 30/06/2017
Open to: Australian residents
Theme: Open
Accepts:
Short Story
Size: 2,500 words
Entry Fee:
$5

Prize: First: $400, Second: $100