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Last updated 02/08/2020
 


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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

Audioarcadia.com's "General" Themed Short Story Competition
Bronze Swagman Award
Buzz Words Short Story Prize
C.E.W Bean Prize
Deborah Cass Prize
F(r)iction Fall Literary Contest
In My View
Lambing Flat Regional Writing Competition
Mary River Press Services Short Story Prize
Peter Porter Poetry Prize
Robyn Mathison Poetry Prize
Scribes Writers - Short Takes
Sentinel Literary Quarterly Poetry Competition
Shore Scripts Short Film Fund
The Gulf Stream Summer Contest
The Henshaw Short Story Competition
The Port Stephens Literature Award
TU Dublin Short Story Competition
What's Your Story


THROUGH THE YEAR

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

Flash 500 Flash Fiction Competition
UK COMPETITION

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

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

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 JULY 2020


S.D. Harvey Short Crime Story Award
Stuart Hadow Prize
Kids News Short Story Writing Competition
Randolph Stow Young Writers Awards
ACU Prize for Poetry
Emerging Tasmanian Aboriginal Writers Award
Olga Masters Short Story Award

The Richell Prize for Emerging Writers
Vallum Award for Poetry
Ledbury Poetry Festival Competition
Venie Holmgren Environmental Poetry Prize
AlburyCity Short Story Award
River of Stories
Bronze Spur Award
The Nandewar Poetry Competition
Young Tasmanian Writers' Prize

Anthology Magazine Short Story Competition
Friends of the Wollongong City Library Local History Prize
Ipswich Poetry Feast International Poetry Writing Competition
National Science Week WA - ICRAR Monologue Competition
Positive Words Mini Competition - July
Rhiza Edge Short Story Competition
Rose Award
Seán Ó Faoláin Short Story Competition
Sentinel Literary Quarterly Poetry Competition
Stories of Life
Thunderbolt Prize

AUGUST 2020

Logan Bush Poetry Written Competition
Closing Date: 01/08/2020
Open to: All

Theme: None
Accepts:
Bush Poetry

Size:
Not mentioned
Entry Fee: $10 for first, $5 thereafter
Prize: First: $200

NWF/Joanne Burns Micro-lit Award
Closing Date:
01/08/2020
Open to:
Australian citizens or residing in Australia, and over 18
Theme: Pulped fiction
Accepts: Short Story
Size: 200 words
Entry Fee: $15 for up to three, Hunter Category: $10 for up to three
Prize
: $300

Sydney Hammond Memorial Short Story Writing Competition
Closing Date: 01/08/2020
Open to: All

Theme: If only ...
Accepts:
Short Story

Size:
1,000 words
Entry Fee: $10
Prize: First: $250 Hawkeye Publishing Gift Voucher & anthology cover art based on story, Top 40 published

SAETA Spring Poetry Festival
Closing Date: 07/08/2020
Open to: Students and teachers in Australian Schools
Theme: None

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

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

St Kilda Historical Society Short Story Competition
Closing Date: 07/08/2020
Open to: All
Theme: Inspired by or set in St Kilda

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Accepts:
Open
Size: 1,500 - 2,000 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: $1,000, Second: $500, Third: $250
*

Accepts:
Junior (15 years or younger)
Size: 1,500 words
Entry Fee:  Nil
Prize
: First: $500, Second: $250, Third: $100

NEW LISTING
C.E.W. Bean Prize
Closing Date: 14/08/2020
Open to: Honours or Postgraduate Thesis submitted in any Australian University in the 2018, 2019 or 2020 calendar year
Theme: History of the Australian Army
Accepts: Thesis 
Size: Not mentioned
Entry Fee: Nil
Prizes:
First: $500, incribed medallion, return arifares to attend Chief of Army History Conference Dinner, Two years' complimentary attendance at the Chief of Army History Conference

Melton City Council Short Story Competition
Closing Date:
17/08/2020
Open to: Live, work or study in the City of Melton or be a library member
Theme: None

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

Size:
3,000 words
Entry Fee:
Nil
Prize
:  First: $750, Second: $500, Third: $250
*

Accepts:
Short Story - Teenage (Year 7 to Year 12)

Size:
1,500 words (or, for other story formats, something that takes no more than 5 minutes to experience)
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
:  First: $300, Second: $200, Third: $100
*

Accepts:
Short Story - Junior B (Year 4 to Year 6)

Size:
1,500 words (or, for other story formats, something that takes no more than 5 minutes to experience)
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
:  First: $300, Second: $200, Third: $100
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Accepts:
Short Story - Junior A (Prep to Year 3)

Size:
1,500 words (or, for other story formats, something that takes no more than 5 minutes to experience)
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: $300, Second: $200, Third: $100

NEW LISTING
TU Dublin Short Story Competition
IRISH COMPETITION
Closing Date:
19/08/2020
Open to: All
Theme: To fit with anthology title of "Creation, Cosmos & Caboodle"

Accepts:
Short Story

Size:
1,500 - 2,000 words
Entry Fee
:
Nil
Prize
:  First: €500, Second: €250, Third: €150

The Peter Blazey Fellowship
Closing Date: 24/08/2020
Open to: Australian citizen or resident with a publishing record
Theme: None

Accepts:
Biography, Autobiography and Life Writing
Size: Curriculum vitae of two pages, synopsis of one page and 5,000 word extract of a work in progress
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: $15,000 & one month residency at the Australia Centre

Alice Sinclair Memorial Writing Competition

Closing Date: 28/08/2020
Open to: All
Theme: None

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

Boroondara Literary Awards
Closing Date: 28/08/2019 - corrected date
Open to: Australian Residents, Young Writers: Live, Work or study in the City of Boroondara
Theme: Open

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

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

Accepts:
Young Writers (Boroondara) - Middle -Years 7 - 9 - Poetry
Size: 200 lines
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: $450, Second: $300, Third: $150
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Accepts:
Young Writers (Boroondara) - Middle -Years 7 - 9 -  - Prose
Size: 500 - 900 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: $450, Second: $300, Third: $150
 *

Accepts:
Young Writers (Boroondara) - Senior -Years 10 - 12 - Poetry (also open to young people not in secondary school, aged 15 to 18 years as of 1 January)
Size: 200 lines
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: $600, Second: $400, Third: $200
*

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

NEW LISTING
Deborah Cass Prize for Writing
Closing Date:
28/08/2020
Open to: Australia early career writer (see website) who was born overseas or at least one parent born overseas
Theme: Reflects at least in part of the migrant experience
Accepts: Fiction or Non-Fiction Prose
Size: 3,000 words (can be part of a larger work)
Entry Fee: Nil
Prizes:
First: $3,000 plus three-months mentorship with an established writer

NEW LISTING
Shore Scripts Short Film Fund
US COMPETITION
  29/08/2020 : Early Deadline
  30/09/2020 : Regular Deadline
  31/10/2020 : Late Deadline
Open to: All where each writer, or writing team, may not have earned more than $US 30,000 in writing fees.
Theme: None

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Accepts:
Short Film
Size: 2-30 pages
Entry Fee: Early Deadline: $US 40, Regular Deadline: $US 45, Late Deadline: $US 50
Prize
:
First:
$US 10,000 - $15,000 production budget grant, Free camera equipment from Arri Rental, Full production support from Shore
Second: $US 5,000 - $10,000 production budget grant, Free camera equipment from Arri Rental, Full production support from Shore

Top 5: Feedback, Script read by judges, Industry Roster & Directors, Introduction and Meetings with Hollywood Agents and Managers, Free enrolment to Ultimate Screenwriting Course, Final Draft 11 Software
Top 15:
Script read by judges, Industry Roster & Directors, Free enrolment to Ultimate Screenwriting Course

NEW LISTING
The Gulf Stream Summer Contest
US COMPETITION
Closing Date: 30/08/2020
Open to: All

Theme:
None
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Accepts:
Fiction
Size: 5,000 words
Entry Fee: $US 7l
Prizes:
First: $US 100 plus publication, Finalists x 2: Publication and entry fee reimbursed
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Accepts:
Creative Non-Fiction
Size: 5,000 words
Entry Fee: $US 7l
Prizes:
First: $US 100 plus publication, Finalists x 2: Publication and entry fee reimbursed
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Accepts:
Poetry
Size: Up to 5 powems
Entry Fee: $US 7l
Prizes:
First: $US 100 plus publication, Finalists x 2: Publication and entry fee reimbursed

The Masters Review Summer Short Story Award
US COMPETITION
Closing Date:
30/08/2020
Open to: Emerging writers
Theme:
None
Accepts:
Short Story
Size: 6,000 words
Entry Fee: $US 20
Prizes
: First: $US 3,000, Second: $US 300, Third: $US 200

Chalk Circle Short Story Competition
UK COMPETITION
Closing Date:
31/08/2020
Open to:
Over 18 years old
Theme: None
Accepts: Short Story
Size: 2,000 words
Entry Fee: £6
Prizes
: First: £200,Second: £100, Third: £50


Dickinson Memorial Literary Competition
NOTE: SUBMISSIONS IN HARD-COPY BRAILLE, A WORD DOCUMENT, SIMBRAILLE or a DUXBURY-readable file
Closing Date:
31/08/2020
Open to: Australian Residents who are legally blind, or have low or no vision, People's Choice: Open
Theme: Movement

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Accepts:
Adult (Over 18) - Short Story
Size: 2,000 words
Entry Fee:
$10
Prize
: First: $350, Second: $150
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Accepts:
Adult (Over 18) - Poem/Song Lyrics/Limerick
Size: 2,000 words
Entry Fee:
$10
Prize
: First: $350, Second: $150
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Accepts:
Adult (Over 18) - Article/Opinion
Size: 2,000 words
Entry Fee:
$10
Prize
: First: $350, Second: $150
*
Accepts:
Senior Student (13 - 17 years) - Short Story/Poem/Song Lyrics/Limerick/Blog
Size: 2,000 words
Entry Fee:
$10
Prize
: First: $350, Second: $150
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Accepts:
Junior Student (12 years and under) - Short Story/Poem/Song Lyrics/Limerick/Blog
Size: 1,500 words
Entry Fee:
$5
Prize
: First: $350, Second: $150

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Accepts:
People's Choice - Short Story
Size: 2,000 words
Entry Fee:
$10
Prize
: First: $350, Second: $150

FAW Tasmania Poetry Prize
Closing Date: 31/08/2020
Open to:
All
Theme: None
Accepts: Poetry
Size: 60 lines
Entry Fee: $5

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

Fool for Poetry International Chapbook Competition
IRISH COMPETITION
Closing Date: 31/08/2020
Open to: All
Theme: None
Accepts:
Poetry collection
Size: 16 - 24 pages
Entry Fee: €25
Prize
: First: €1000, publication and 25 copies, Second:  €500, publication and 25 copies
In addition,
the winning poets will also be offered a reading and three nights' accommodation at the Cork International Poetry Festival.

Hilarie Lindsay Young Writers Poetry Competition
Closing Date: 31/08/2020
Open to: Australian School Children
Theme: Open

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Accepts:
Section 1 - Poetry - Yrs 10, 11 & 12
Size: 60 lines
Entry Fee: $3
Prize
: First: $125
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Accepts:
Section 2 - Poetry - Yrs 7, 8 & 9
Size: 40 lines
Entry Fee: $3
Prize
: First: $90
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Accepts:
Section 3 - Poetry - Yrs 5 & 6
Size: 40 lines
Entry Fee: $3
Prize
: First: $65
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Accepts:
Section 4 - Poetry - Yrs 4 and under
Size: 20 lines
Entry Fee: $3
Prize
: First: $50

Jean Stone Poetry Award
Closing Date: 31/08/2020
Open to: Australian Residents
Theme: None
Accepts:
Poetry
Size: 60 lines
Entry Fee:
$10
Prize
: First: $500

Michael Terence Publishing Summer Short Story Competition

UK COMPETITION
Closing Date:
31/08/2020
Open to:
All
Theme: None
Accepts: Fiction/Short novel, Science Fiction, Non-Fiction
Size: 3,000 words
Entry Fee: £5
Prizes
: First: £500,  Annual All-Access Masterclass Pass, Publication in MTP Summer Anthology and Anthology Title based on the winning entry's title, Second: £300, Publication in the MTP Summer Anthology, Third: £200, Publication in the MTP Summer Anthology

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

Scarlet Stiletto Awards
Closing Date: 31/08/2020
Open to: Women citizens/residents of Australia
Theme: Crime & Mysteries with an active woman protagonist - check conditions for specific themes
Accepts:
Short Story
Size: 5,000 words
Entry Fee: $20 for Sisters in Crime Members, $25 for non-members
Prizes
:
Swinburne University Award (First)
: $1,500 plus trophy,  
Simon & Schuster Award (Second):
$1,000,
The Sun Bookshop/Wild Dingo Press Award (Third):
$500,

Affirm Press Award for Best Young Writer (for writers 18 or under): $500,

The Monash University Award for Best New Writer (for writers 19 - 25 years): $500,

Melbourne Athenaeum Library ‘Body in the Library' Award: $1,250; runner up $750,
International Association of Foresic Linguists Award:
$800

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

Kerry Greenwood Award for Best Malice Domestic Story: $750,
Writers Victoria Crime and Punishment Award for the Story with the Most Satisfying Retribution: Studio Residency at the Old Melbourne Gaol (Value $660),
Clan Destine Press Award for Best Cross-Genre Story: $500,

HQ Fiction Award for Best Thriller: $500,
Liz Navratil Award for Best Story with a Disabled Protagonist Story: $300,
ScriptWorks Award for a Great Film Idea: $200


Shore Scripts Screenwriting Competition
UK COMPETITION
  31/05/2020 : Early Deadline
  31/07/2020 : Regular Deadline
  31/08/2020 : Late Deadline
Open to: All where each writer, or writing team, may not have earned more than $US 30,000 in writing fees.
Theme: None

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Accepts:
Feature script
Size: 80-120 pages (additional fee if over this length)
Entry Fee: Early Deadline: $US 45, Regular Deadline: $US 55, Late Deadline: $US 65
Prize
:
First:
$US 10,000, Script read by judges, Industry Roster & Directors, Introduction and Meetings with Hollywood Agents and Managers, Script development with Shore Scripts, Free enrolment to Ultimate Screenwriting Course
, Final Draft 11 Software, Choice of Free Pass to Raindance or Vancouver Film Festival

Genre Winners in Action/Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Family, Sci-Fi, Thriller & Horror : $US 1000, Script read by judges, Industry Roster & Directors, Introduction and Meetings with Hollywood Agents and Managers, Script development with Shore Scripts, Free enrolment to Ultimate Screenwriting Course, Final Draft 11 Software
Each Genre's Top 5:
Script read by judges, Industry Roster & Directors, Free enrolment to Ultimate Screenwiriting Course
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Accepts: TV Pilot - First episode
Size:
 1 Hour: 40 - 70 pages

  1/2 Hour: 5 - 30 pages
Entry Fee:
 1 Hour: Early Deadline: $45, Regular Deadline: $US 55, Late Deadline: $US 65
 1/2 Hour: Early Deadline: $40, Regular Deadline: $US 50, Late Deadline: $US 60
Prize
:  
1 Hour: First:
$US 5,000, Script read by judges, Industry Roster, Introduction and Meetings with Hollywood Agents and Managers, Script development with Shore Scripts, Free enrolment to Ultimate Screenwriting Course, Final Draft 11 Software, Choice of Free Pass to Raindance or Vanvouver Film Festival
1 Hour: Second:
$US 500,
Script read by judges, Industry Roster, Introduction and Meetings with Hollywood Agents and Managers, Script development with Shore Scripts, Free enrolment to Ultimate Screenwriting Course, Final Draft 11 Software 
1 Hour: Top 10:
Script read by judges, Industry Roster, Introduction and Meetings with Hollywood Agents and Managers,  Free enrolment to Ultimate Screenwriting Course
1/2 Hour: First:
$US 5,000, Script read by judges, Industry Roster, Introduction and Meetings with Hollywood Agents and Managers, Script development with Shore Scripts, Free enrolment to Ultimate Screenwriting Course, Final Draft 11 Software, Choice of Free Pass to Raindance or Vanvouver Film Festival
1/2 Hour: Second: $US 500, Script read by judges, Industry Roster, Introduction and Meetings with Hollywood Agents and Managers, Script development with Shore Scripts, Free enrolment to Ultimate Screenwriting Course, Final Draft 11 Software
1/2 Hour: Top 10: Script read by judges, Industry Roster, Introduction and Meetings with Hollywood Agents and Managers,  Free enrolment to Ultimate Screenwriting Course

The Betty Olle Poetry Award
Closing Date: 31/08/2020
Open to: All
Theme: Australian

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

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


 

SEPTEMBER 2020

Outstanding Short Story Competition
Closing Date: 01/09/2020
Open to: Writers based in Australia and New Zealand, 16 years and older
Theme: "Reconnection" (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 but does include a youth category

Toolangi CJ Dennis Poetry Competition
Closing Date: 01/09/2020
Open to:
Authors throughout Australia and New Zealand
Theme: Competition aims to encourage writing which celebrates the work of CJ Dennis and relates to Australia's people, events or environment, either historical or contemporary
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Accepts: Open - Marian Mayne Prize - Poetry
Theme: Environment / Climate Change
Size:  80 lines
Entry Fee:
$15
Prize
: First: $250, Second: $150, Third: $100
 
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Accepts: Open - CJ Dennis Society Prize - Short Story
Theme: Environment / Climate Change
Size:  500 words
Entry Fee:
$15
Prize
: First: $250, Second: $150, Third: $100
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Accepts: Poetry written by adults for children
Size:  40 lines
Entry Fee:
$15
Prize
: First: $250, Second: $150, Third: $100, Chosen by group of local children: $150
*
Accepts: Primary School Students - Poetry
Size:  40 lines
Entry Fee:
$3 in unused stamps
Prize
: First: $30, Second: $20, Third: $10
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Accepts: Secondary School Students - Poetry
Size:  40 lines
Entry Fee:
$3 in unused stamps
Prize
: First: $50, Second: $30, Third: $20

Pens Against Poverty
Closing Date: 04/09/2020
Open to: Students in the ACT and Southern NSW in grades 3-10 (needs a teacher to submit/endorse the entry)
Theme:
Lost and Found

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

The Eden School Prize

Closing Date: 04/09/2020
Open to: South Australian Yea
r 10 students attending a Department for Education school (Note: maximum of three entries per school)
Theme: "How can technology make the world a better and happier place to live?"
Accepts:
Essay

Size:
600 - 800 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize: First: $1,250, Second: $750, Third: $500

Book Pipeline Unpublished Contest
US COMPETITION
  01/06/2020 : Early Deadline
  05/09/2020 : Regular Deadline
  05/10/2020 : Late Deadline
  
Open to: 18 years and older
Theme: None


Accepts:
Categories: 1. Young Adult Fiction, 2. Sci-Fi/Fantasy, 3. Mystery/Thriller, 4. Literary Fiction, 5. Outsider Fiction, 6. Non-fiction
Size: First 5,000 words approx and 1-3 page synopsis (Full manuscript generally 50,000 - 120,000 words)
Entry Fee: Early Deadline: $US 45, Regular Deadline: $US 55, Late Deadline: $US 60
First in each category: 
$US 2,500. Immediate circulation to publishers, agents, editors and other execs, Consideration from producers seek projects for film and TV adaptation, Additional long-term reviews of other books for potential circulation and invitations to annual writers and industry events hosted by Pipeline Media

2 x runner-ups in each category:  Immediate circulation to publishers, agents, editors and other execs, Consideration from producers seek projects for film and TV adaptation, Additional long-term reviews of other books for potential circulation and invitations to annual writers and industry events hosted by Pipeline Media

Junior Journo
Closing Date: 11/09/2020
Open to: Year 3 - 6 students in Western Australian Schools
Theme:
Seven options on website

Accepts:
Articles

Size:
Not mentioned
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: $100 book vouchers from Fremantle Press

NEW LISTING
In My View
Closing Date: 15/09/2020
Open to: Amateur writers who are Australian residents or citizens
Theme:
Response to one of 20 photographs published on website

Accepts:
Short story

Size:
500 words
Entry Fee: $20, 2 for $26, 3 for $36, 4 for $40, 5 for $45
Prize
: First: $800, Second: $300, Third: $150, 20 finalists: Copy of limited edition book valued at $150

NEW LISTING
What's Your Story?
Closing Date:  15/09/2020
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SHORT STORY
O
pen to:  Victorian Residents over the age of 18 years
Theme: None
Accepts: Short story
Size:  1,000 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prizes
: $500
*
POETRY
Open to:
 
Victorian Residents over the age of 18 years
Theme:
None
Accepts:
Poetry
Size:  40 lines
Entry Fee: Nil
Prizes
: $500
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CREATIVE STORY WRITING - 5 -12
O
pen to:  Students aged 5 to 12 who live or go to school in Stonnington
Theme: None
Accepts: Short story
Size:  500 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prizes
: First: $150 prize-pack of books
*
CREATIVE STORY WRITING - 13 -18
O
pen to:  Students aged 13 to 18 who live or go to school in Stonnington
Theme: None
Accepts: Short story
Size:  750 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prizes
: First: $250 prize-pack of books

Heywire Competition
Note: Audio, Video and Photo story categories available
Closing Date: 16/09/2020
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: 10 images, Text: around 400 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize (awarded to multiple people)
: Opportunity for story to be produced for ABC and an all-expenses paid trip to the Heywire Youth Issues Forum in Canberra (details on website)

The Van Diemen History Prize
Closing Date: 21/09/2020
Open to: Austrlain citizens or Australian Permanent residents
Theme: Tasmanian History prior to 21st century

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

KSP Short Fiction Competition
Closing Date:
25/09/2020
Open to:
Australian residents and citizens
Theme: None

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Accepts:
Short Fiction - Open
Size: 2,500 words
Entry Fee: $10, 2 for $15, 3 for $20

Prize
:First: $300, plus one weeks' residency at KSP Writers' Centre & certificate, Second: $150 & certificate, Commended: Certificate
*

Accepts:
Short Fiction - Youth (10 to 18 years of age)
Size: 1,000 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
:First: $100 & certificate, Second: $50 & certificate, Commended: Certificate, Mundaring National Young Writers Encouragement Award for under 14s: $25

Blue Draft Screenwriting Contest
US COMPETITION
Closing Date: EARLY BIRD: 30/06/2020, REGULAR: 30/09/2020, LATE: 30/11/2020
Open to:
Aged 18 and over as at 01/01/2020
Theme: None

Accepts:
Short Film
Size: 15 minutes
Entry Fee: EARLY BIRD: $USD 30 (Gold Members: $USD 24), REGULAR: $USD 40 (Gold Members: $USD 32), LATE: $USD 50 (Gold Members: $USD 40)
Prize: Production deal

Hammond House Competitions
UK COMPETITION
Closing Date: 30/09/2020
Open to: All
Theme: Survival

*
INTERNATIONAL LITERARY PRIZE
Accepts: Short Story
Size:
1,000 - 5,000 words
Entry Fee: £10, £5 for members, optional feedback: £10
Prize
: First:  £500, Second:  £100, Third:  £50
*
INTERNATIONAL POETRY PRIZE
Accepts:
Poetry

Size:
40 lines
Entry Fee: £10, £5 for members, optional feedback: £10
Prize
: First:  £100, Second:  £50, Third:  £20
*

SHORT FILM SCREENPLAY
Accepts:
Screenplay

Size:
10 pages
Entry Fee: £10, £5 for members, optional feedback: £10
Prize
: First:  £100 & trailer, Runners-up x 2: Trailer

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

NEW LISTING
Scribes Writers - 'Short Takes'
Closing Date: 30/09/2020
Open to:
All
Theme:
None
*
Accepts: Short Story (Not Fan Fiction)
Size: 1,000 words
Entry Fee: $7

Prize
:First:
$200, Runner-up: $100, Highly Commended & Commended: Certificates
*
Accepts: Memoir
Size: 1,000 words
Entry Fee: $7
Prize:First: $200, Runner-up: $100, Highly Commended & Commended: Certificates

NEW LISTING
The Henshaw Short Story Competition
UK COMPETITION
Closing Date:
30/09/2019
Open to: All over 16
Theme: None
Accepts: Short Story
Size: 2,000 words
Entry Fee: £6, Optional Feedback: £12
Prizes
: First: £200 & publication in Anthology, Second: £100, Third: £50

NEW LISTING
The Port Stephens Examiner Literature Award
Closing Date: 30/09/2019
Open to: All
Theme:
None
Accepts: Short Story
Size: 2,000 words
Entry Fee: $10, $5 for any subsequent entry
Prize
: First: $300, Second: $150, Third: $50, Highly Commended x 4: $25, 'Readers Choice Award: $50

 

OCTOBER 2020

Noosa Arts Theatre National One-Act Playwriting Competition
Closing Date:
01/10/2020

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
Peter Porter Poetry Prize
Closing Date:
01/10/2020
Open to: All
Theme: None
Accepts: Poetry
Size: 70 lines
Entry Fee:
Online entry - Subscriber or Full time student: $15,
Online entry - Non-Subscriber: $25,
Online entry & ABR Online Subscription: $65,
Online entry & Print subscription (Australia): $100,
Online entry & Print subscription (NZ and Asia): $190,
Online entry & Print subscription (Rest of World): $210

Prizes
: First: $6,000, Shortlisted entries x 4: $1,000

NEW LISTING
Lambing Flat Regional Writing Competition
Closing Date: 02/10/2020
Open to:
All
Theme:
None

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

Prize
:First:
$200, Second: $50

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

Prize
:First:
$200, Second: $50

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

Prize
:First:
$20, Second: $10

*
Accepts:
Poetry - Junior Primary (Years 1 - 3)
Size: 12 lines
Entry Fee: Nil

Prize
:First:
$20, Second: $10

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

Prize
:First:
$30, Second: $15

*
Accepts:
Poetry - Primary (Years 4 - 6)
Size: 15 lines
Entry Fee: Nil

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

Prize
:First:
$75, Second: $25

*
Accepts:
Poetry - Secondary (Years 7 - 9)
Size: 20 lines
Entry Fee: Nil

Prize
:First:
$75, Second: $25

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

Prize
:First:
$75, Second: $25

*
Accepts:
Poetry - Secondary (Years 10 - 12)
Size: 20 lines
Entry Fee: Nil

Prize
:First:
$75, Second: $25


Silver Quill Written Competition
Closing Date: 02/10/2020
Open to: All
Theme: Australian

*
Acc
epts: Open Serious
Size: No limit
Entry Fee: $10
Prize
: Not mentioned
*
Acc
epts: Open Humorous
Size: No limit
Entry Fee: $10
Prize
: Not mentioned
*
Acc
epts: Novice
Size: No limit
Entry Fee: $10
Prize
: Not mentioned
*
Acc
epts: Junior (5 - 12 years old)
Size: No limit
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: Not mentioned

*
Acc
epts: Junior (13 - 17 years old)
Size: No limit
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: Not mentioned

*
Acc
epts: Local (Avon Valley)
Size: No limit
Entry Fee: $10
Prize
: Not mentioned

MiNDFOOD Short Story Competition
Closing Date: 08/10/2020
Open to:
Australian and New Zealand resident
Theme:
Open
Accepts:
Short Story
Size:
Approximately 2,000 words ie. about 100 words either side is fine
Entry Fee:
Nil
Prizes:
Australian First:  
AU$1,000 prepaid gift card, New Zealand First: NZ$1,000 prepaid gift card

KSP Poetry Competition
Closing
Date: 09/10/2020
Open to: Australian residents and citizens
Theme: None

*
Accepts: Poetry - Open
Size: 50 lines
Entry Fee: $10, 2 for $15, 3 for $20

Prize
:First: $300, one weeks' residency at KSP Writers' Centre & certificate, Second: $150 & certificate, Commended: Certificate
*
Accepts:
Poetry - Youth (12 to 18 years of age)
Size: 50 lines
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize:First: $100 & certificate, Second: $50 & certificate, Commended: Certificate, Mundaring National Young Writers Encouragement Award for under 14s: $25

* Annette Cameron Encouragment Award for an unpublished WA Poet
Accepts
: Poetry - (Over age of 18)
Size: 50 lines
Entry Fee:
$10, 2 for $15, 3 for $20
Prize
:First: $100

NEW LISTING
F(r)iction Fall Literary Competition
US COMPETITION
Closing Date: 31/10/2020
Open to: All
*
Theme: None
Accepts: Short Story
Size: 1,001 to 7,500 words
Entry Fee: $US 15
Prizes
: First: $US 1,000 & publication, 5 x finalists: professional edit & consideration for publication
*
Theme:
None
Accepts: Flash Fiction
Size: 1,000 words
Entry Fee: $US 10. $US 12 for 3
Prizes
: First: $US 300 & publication, 5 x finalists: professional edit & consideration for publication
*
Theme:
None
Accepts: Poetry
Size: Three pages per poem
Entry Fee: $US 1, $US12 for 3
Prizes
: First: $US 300 & publication, 5 x finalists: professional edit & consideration for publication


NEW LISTING
Buzz Words Short Story Prize
Closing Date: 31/10/2020
Open to: Australian permanent residents who are adults
Theme: For children aged 8 to 11
Accepts:
Short Story
Size: 1,500 words
Entry Fee: $10
Prize
: First: $1,000, Second: $500

Flash 500 Novel Opening Chapter & Synopsis Competition
UK COMPETITION
Closing Date:
31/10/2020
Open to: All
Theme: None
Accepts:
Opening Chapter of a Novel with Synopsis
Size: Opening chapter up to 3,000 plus one page synopsis
Entry Fee:
£10, (£25 for optional critique)
Prize
:First:
£500, Second: £200

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

NEW LISTING
Robyn Mathison Poetry Prize
Closing Date: 30/10/2020
Open to: All
Theme: Flora and Fauna

Acc
epts: Poetry
Size: 40 lines
Entry Fee: $10 for up to two entries
Prize
: First: $200, Second: $50, Highly Commended & Commended: Certificates

NEW LISTING
Sentinel Literary Quarterly Poetry Competition
UK COMPETITION
Closing Date: 31/10/2020
Open to: All
Theme: None
Accepts: Poetry
Size: 50 lines
Entry Fee:
£5, 2 for £8, 3 for £10, 4 for £12, 5 for £14, 7 for £16, 10 for £22
Prize
: First: £250, Second: £100, Third: £50, High Commendation x 3: £30, Commendation x 3: £15, Special Mention x 3: SLQ magazine paperback


The Bedford Competition
UK COMPETITION
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Closing Date:
31/10/2020
Open to: All
Theme: None

*
Accepts:
Short Story
Size: 3,000 words
Entry Fee: £6, three of £12 (Full time students: £4, three for £8)
Prize
: First: £500, Second: £150, Third: £100, Shortlisted: Publication
For Over 70s (Rainbow Short Story Prize): First: £500, Second: £150, Third: £100, Shortlisted: Publication
For Young Writers: Unspecified Prizes
*
Accepts:
Poetry
Size: 40 lines
Entry Fee: £6, three of £12 (Full time students: £4, three for £8)
Prize
: First: £500, Second: £150, Third: £100, Shortlisted: Publication

For Young Writers: Unspecified Prizes
 

NOVEMBER 2020

NEW LISTING
Mary River Press Services Short Story Competition
Closing Date: 01/11/2020
Open to: 16 years and over
Theme: None
Accepts:
Short Story
Size: 2,000 - 5,000 words
Entry Fee: $5, Pensioner/Student: $3
Prize
: First: $100, Second: $30, Third: $10

The New Guard Knightville Poetry Contest
US COMPETITION
Closing Date: 20/11/2020
Open to: All
Theme: None
Accepts:
Poetry
Size: 150 lines
Entry Fee: $US 22 for up to three poems
Prize
: First: $US 1,500 & publication

The New Guard Machigonne Fiction Contest
US COMPETITION
Closing Date: 20/11/2020
Open to: All
Theme: None
Accepts:
Fiction
Size: 5,000 words
Entry Fee: $US 22
Prize
: First: $US 1,500 & publication

The Bath Children's Novel Award
UK COMPETITION
Closing Date: 29/11/2020
Open to:
International writers yet to be traditionally published
Theme:
Open
Accepts:
Unsigned novel written for middle grade or young adults
Size:
First 5,000 words plus 300 word synopsis
Entry Fee:
£28 with sponsored places available for writers on low income
Prizes:
First:
£3,000, Most promising Longlisted Novel: Edit Your Novel the Professional Way on-line course, Shortlist Prize: Manuscript feedback plus literary agent introductions


Dungala-Kaiela Writing Awards
Closing Date: 30/11/2020
Open to: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with a connection to the Goulburn Valley region
Theme: Open

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

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

Accepts:
Story/Yarn/Article/Play - Junior - Prep to Grade 6
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 - Prep to Grade 6
Size: Not mentioned
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: $75

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

*
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 - Prep to Grade 6
Size: 5 - 10 lines
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: $50

Dusty Swag Award
Closing Date: 30/11/2020
Open to: All
Theme: Australian Bush

*
Accepts:
Juniors (Primary)
Size: Short Story: 200 words, Poetry: 20 lines
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: $50, Second: $25

*
Accepts:
Seniors (Secondary)
Size: Short Story: 750 words, Poetry: 40 lines
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: $50, Second: $25

*
Accepts:
Adults
Size: Short Story: 1,000 words, Poetry: 60 lines
Entry Fee:  $10
Prize
: First: $100, Second: $50


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

The Gregory O'Donoghue International Poetry Competition
IRISH COMPETITION
Closing Date: 30/11/2020
Open to: All
Theme: None
Accepts: Poetry
Size: 40 lines
Entry Fee:
£7, 5 for £30
Prize
: First:
2,000, Residency (one week) at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre, Accomodation and board at the Cork International Poetry Festival in March 2021, publication, Second: 500, publication, Third: 250, publication, 10 x runners-up: 50, publication

 

DECEMBER 2020

The 2020 Somerset National Poetry Prize
Closing Date:
04/12/2020
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 and accommodaton to the Gold Coast, Tickets to Somerset Storyfest, Access to meet with authors and publicists
*
Accepts:
Senior Secondary - Years 10 to 12
Size: 50 lines
Entry Fee: $15
Prize
: $300 flights and accommodaton to the Gold Coast, Tickets to Somerset Storyfest, Access to meet with authors and publicists

The 2020 Storyfest National Novella Writing Competition
Closing Date:
04/12/2020
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). Flights and accommodation to the Gold Coast, Tickets to Somerset Storyfest

Hawkeye Publishing Manuscript Development Prize
Closing Date: 18/12/2020
Open to: 18 years and over
Theme: None
Accepts:
Manuscript - see website for more information
Size: 80,000 words
Entry Fee: $45
Prize
: Author Coaching, Structural Edit and Line edit (Value $2500)

NEW LISTING
Audioarcardia.com's "General" Themed Short Story Competition
UK COMPETITION
Closing Date:
31/12/2020
Open to:
Aged 18 plus
Theme: None
Accepts:
Short Story
Size: 5,000 words
Entry Fee: $USD 8.45
Prize: Percentage of royalties

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

The Moth Poetry Prize
IRISH COMPETITION
Closing Date:
31/12/2020
Open to: All over 16
Theme: None
Accepts: Poetry
Size: No Limit
Entry Fee: €15
Prizes
: First: €6,000, Runners-up x 3: €1,000, Commended x 8: €250 - Winners published in the spring 2021 issue of The Moth

FEBRUARY 2021

 

Flash 500 Short Story Competition
UK COMPETITION
Closing Date:
28/02/2021
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

 

 

APRIL 2021

 

NEW LISTING

Bronze Swagman Award
Closing Date: 30/04/2021
Open to: All
Theme: Australian
Accepts: Bush Poetry
Size: No limit
Entry Fee: $25 per entry form, up to 3 poems per form
Prizes
: First: $500 & Bronze statuette of the Swagman, Runner-up: $200 & trophy, Highly Commended: Certificate