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Last updated 06/07/2019
 


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

In My View
Gympie Region Literary Awards
Joe O'Sullivan Writers Prize
Joyce Parkes Women's Writers' Prize
Melbourne Poets Union International Poetry Competition
MiNDFOOD Short Story Competition
Odyssey House Victoria Short Story Competition
Outstanding Short Story Competition
Poetry Object
Scarlet Stiletto Awards
SLQ Young Writers Award
Southern Cross Short Story Competition
The Bath Children's Novel Award
The Caterpillar Short Story Prize
The David Harold Tribe Fiction Prize
The Helen Anne Bell Poetry Bequest Award
The Horne Prize
The Moth Poetry Prize
The Port Stephens Literature Prize
Thunderbolt Prize
Toolangi C J Dennis Poetry Competition



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 IN JUNE 2019

Stuart Hadow Prize
The Bath Novel Award
The Overland Victoria University Short Story Prize for New Writers
Fresh Words Writing Competition
Newcastle Poetry Prize
Stringybark Times Past Award
The Peter Blazey Fellowship
Tim Winton Award
Ros Spencer Poetry Prize
AAWP SC Creative Nonfiction Prize
Audio Arcadia's General Fiction Short Story Competition
Better Read Than Dead Writing Competition
Dorothea Mackellar Poetry Awards
Henry Savery National Short Story Award

John Marsden & Hachette Australia Prize for Young Writers
Positive Words Mini Competition - June
Scribes Writers - "Poetic Licence"

Society of Women Writers NSW Inc - National Writing Competition
The Fool for Poetry Chapbook Competition
The Moth International Short Story Prize
University of Canberra Vice-Chancellor's International Poetry Prize
Wells Festival of Literature Competition
Wyndham Writing Awards

JULY 2019

Fair Australia Prize
Closing Date:
01/07/2019
Open to: All
Theme:  Strike
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Accepts: Fiction
Size: 3,000 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prizes
: $3,000
*
Accepts: Essay
Size: 3,000 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prizes
: $3,000
*
Accepts: Poetry
Size: 88 lines
Entry Fee: Nil
Prizes: $3,000 
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Graphics & Cartoons section available
Best overall entry by a migrant writer, artist or worker

Three best member entires (for NUW, MEAA and NTEU members only): $1,000

The Future Visions Award
Closing Date:
01/07/2019
Theme:
The Future

Open to: All
Accepts:
Short Fiction
Size: Unpublished within specified time frame: 3,500 - 7,000 words, Published: 10,000 words
Entry Fee:
$5
Prizes
: First: $500


Adelaide Plains Poets Inc Poetry Competition
Closing Date: 05/07/2019
Theme: Location

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Open to: Poets 18 years and older
Accepts:
Poetry
Size: 60 lines
Entry Fee: $10, $5 for each thereafter
Prizes
: First, Second & Third: Cash prizes (Total competition prize pool = $700), Highly Commended & Commended: Certificate
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Open to: Primary School Student
Accepts:
Poetry
Size: 60 lines
Entry Fee: Nil
Prizes
: First, Second & Third: Cash prizes (Total competition prize pool = $700), Highly Commended & Commended: Certificate
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Open to: Secondary School Student
Accepts:
Poetry
Size: 60 lines
Entry Fee:
Nil
Prizes
: First, Second & Third: Cash prizes (Total competition prize pool = $700), Highly Commended & Commended: Certificate

Randolph Stow Young Writers Awards
Closing Date: 05/07/2019
Open to: Students in years 3 - 12 studying in the Mid West Region
Theme: None
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Accepts: Lower Primary - Year 3 & 4 - Prose

Size:
1,200 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize  All finalists recieve a certificate, cash prizes for first three prize winners and their school recieves a copy of the Radolph Stow Young Writers Awards booklet
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Accepts: Lower Primary - Year 3 & 4 - Poetry

Size: No limit

Entry Fee: Nil
Prize  All finalists recieve a certificate, cash prizes for first three prize winners and their school recieves a copy of the Radolph Stow Young Writers Awards booklet
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Accepts: Upper Primary - Year 5 & 6 - Prose

Size:
1,200 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize  All finalists recieve a certificate, cash prizes for first three prize winners and their school recieves a copy of the Radolph Stow Young Writers Awards booklet
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Accepts: Upper Primary - Year 5 & 6 - Poetry

Size:
No limit
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize  All finalists recieve a certificate, cash prizes for first three prize winners and their school recieves a copy of the Radolph Stow Young Writers Awards booklet
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Accepts: Lower Secondary - Year 7 & 8 - Prose

Size:
1,500 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize  All finalists recieve a certificate, cash prizes for first three prize winners and their school recieves a copy of the Radolph Stow Young Writers Awards booklet
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Accepts: Lower Secondary - Year 7 & 8 - Poetry

Size:
No limit
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize  All finalists recieve a certificate, cash prizes for first three prize winners and their school recieves a copy of the Radolph Stow Young Writers Awards booklet
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Accepts: Middle Secondary - Year 9 & 10 - Prose

Size:
1,500 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize  All finalists recieve a certificate, cash prizes for first three prize winners and their school recieves a copy of the Radolph Stow Young Writers Awards booklet
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Accepts: Middle Secondary - Year 9 & 10 - Poetry

Size:
No limit
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize  All finalists recieve a certificate, cash prizes for first three prize winners and their school recieves a copy of the Radolph Stow Young Writers Awards booklet
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Accepts: Upper Secondary - Year 11 & 12 - Prose

Size:
2,000 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize  All finalists recieve a certificate, cash prizes for first three prize winners and their school recieves a copy of the Radolph Stow Young Writers Awards booklet
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Accepts: Upper Secondary - Year 11 & 12 - Poetry

Size:
No limit
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize  All finalists recieve a certificate, cash prizes for first three prize winners and their school recieves a copy of the Radolph Stow Young Writers Awards booklet


Arts Queensland Thomas Shapcott Poetry Prize
Closing Date: 05/07/2019
Open to: Queensland residents who haven't previosuly published a book of poetry
Theme: None

Accepts:
Poetry
Size: Manuscript of 48 - 100 pages
Entry Fee: $20, $15 Concession
Prize
: First: $2,000, book launch at QPF 2019 & a publishing contract with UQP

Arts Queensland Val Vallis Award for Unpublished Poetry
Closing Date: 05/07/2019
Open to: Australian residents
Theme: None

Accepts:
Poetry
Size: 80 lines
Entry Fee: $15, $10 concession
Prize
: First: $1,000, Second: $500, Highest QLD entry: $500 QWC workshop credit & performance opportunity at Queensland Poetry Festival

Arts Queensland XYZ Award for Innovaton in Spoken Word
Closing Date: 05/07/2019
Open to: Australian residents
Theme: None

Accepts:
Recorded Poetry
Size: Under 3 minutes
Entry Fee: $10, $8 Concession
Prize
: First: $1,000, Highest QLD entry: $300 QWC workshop credit & performance opportunity at Queensland Poetry Festival

Oodgeroo Noonuccal Indigenous Poetry Prize
Closing Date: 05/07/2019
Open to: Residents of Australia & an Indigenous Writer
Theme: Open

Accepts:
Poetry
Size: 80 lines
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: $2,000 & mentoring sessions with an established Indigenous Writer, Highest Quandamooka entry: $500 QWC workshop credit & performance opportunity at Queensland Poetry Festival

The Phillip Bacon Ekphrasis Award
Closing Date: 05/07/2019
Open to: Australian resident
Theme: An ekphrastic response to one of the five painting (See website)

Accepts:
Poetry
Size: Under 12 lines (per last year - check website)
Entry Fee: $10, $8 Concession (per last year - check website)
Prize
: First: $500, Second: $250, Top 5: Online publication


ACU Prize for Poetry
Closing Date: 08/07/2019
Open to: Citizens or permanent residents of Australia, 18 years and over. Any international student currently studying at an Australian University may also enter
Theme: Solace
Accepts: Poetry
Size: 80 lines
Entry Fee:
$25
Prize
: First:
$10,000, Second: $5,000, Third: $3,000

NEW LISTING
SLQ Young Writers Award
Closing Date: 08/07/2017(EXTENDED)
Open to: Queensland residents aged 18 to 25
Theme: None

Accepts:
Short Story - 18 to 25 years old
Size: 2,500 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: $2,500 & Queensland Writers Centre membership, Runner-up x 2: $500 & Queensland Writers Centre membership, Highly Commended x 4: Queensland Writers Centre membership

The Richell Prize for Emerging Writers
Closing Date: 08/07/2019
Open to: Unpublished Australian residents aged 18 years or older
Theme: Adult Fiction and Adult narrative non-fiction (NOT plays, poetry, practical non-fiction or works for children)
Accepts:
Fiction and narrative non-fiction
Size: First three chapters plus synopsis (Max 20,000 words), check website for additional requirements
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: $10,000 and 12-month mentorship with one of Hachette Australia’s publishers


Vallum Award for Poetry
CANADIAN COMPETITION
Closing Date: 15/07/2019
Open to: All
Theme: None

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

Prize: First: $10,000 and 12-month mentorship with one of Hachette Australia’s publishers


Ledbury Poetry Festival Competition
UK COMPETITION
Closing Date:
18/07/2019
Open to: All
Theme: None

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Accepts:
Adult: Poetry
Size: 40 lines
Entry Fee: £5.75 for first poem, £3.50 thereafter
Prize
: First: £1,000 and a course at Ty Newydd, The National Writers’ Centre for Wales, Second: £500, Third: £250
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Accepts:
Young people (12 - 17): Poetry
Size: 40 lines
Entry Fee: Nil for first poem, £1.75 thereafter
Prize
: Not mentioned
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Accepts:
Children (11 and under): Poetry
Size: 40 lines
Entry Fee: Nil for first poem, £1.75 thereafter
Prize
: Not mentioned

KSP Little Black Dress Spooky Story Competition

Closing Date: 19/07/2019
Open to: Adult: Western Australian residents, Youth: Australian resident
Theme:
Change
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Accepts:
Youth (8 - 18) - Short Story
Size: 500 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prizes
: First (WA Resident): $100, certificate & goody bag, Second (WA Resident): $25, certificate & goody bag, Youth Interstate Award: $25 & certificate
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Accepts:
Adult - Short Story
Size: 1,500 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prizes
: First (WA Resident): $100, certificate & goody bag, Second (WA Resident): $50, certificate & goody bag


Venie Holmgren Environmental Poetry Prize
Closing Date:
20/07/2018
Open to:
 Citizens of Australia or New Zealand or have permanent resident status in Australia or New Zealand.
Theme: Environmental

Accepts:
Poetry
Size: 80 lines
Entry Fee: $10
Prize
: First: $1,000

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

Churchill & District News Writing & Poetry Competition
Closing Date:
22/07/2019
Open to:
All
Theme:
Open
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Accepts:
 1 : Children (7 and under) short story or poem or picture story
Size:
Story: 500 words, Poetry: 20 lines
Entry Fee:
50 cents
Prizes:
Prizes not specified
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Accepts:
 2 : Children (8 - 9) short story, illustrations
Size:
Story: 500 words
Entry Fee:
50 cents
Prizes:
Prizes not specified
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Accepts:
 3 : Children (10 - 11) short story
Size:
500 words
Entry Fee:
50 cents
Prizes:
Prizes not specified
*
Accepts:
 4 : Children (8 - 11) poem
Size:
20 lines
Entry Fee:
50 cents
Prizes:
Prizes not specified
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Accepts:
 5 : Children (12 - 14) poem
Size: Check with organiser as Conditions of Entry seems to have different requirements for ages listed in this category
Entry Fee:
50 cents
Prizes:
Prizes not specified
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Accepts:
 6 : Aged 12 - 14 short story
Size: Check with organiser as Conditions of Entry seems to have different requirements for ages listed in this category
Entry Fee:
50 cents
Prizes:
Prizes not specified
*
Accepts:
 7 : Aged 15 - 17 poetry
Size:
8 - 48 lines
Entry Fee:
50 cents
Prizes:
Prizes not specified
*
Accepts:
 8 : Aged 15 - 17 short story
Size:
500 - 2,000 words
Entry Fee:
50 cents
Prizes:
Prizes not specified
*
Accepts:
 9 : Adults (18+) Short Story
Size:
1,000 - 2,500 words
Entry Fee: 
 $3
Prizes:
Prizes not specified
*
Accepts:
 10 : Adults (18+) Poetry
Size:
8 - 48 lines
Entry Fee: 
 $3
Prizes:
Prizes not specified
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Accepts:
 11 : A Children's Story
Size:
Not specified, check with organiser
Entry Fee:
$3
Prizes:
Prizes not specified

AlburyCity Short Story Award
Closing Date: 24/07/2019
Open to: Australian
Theme: None

Accepts:
Short Story
Size: 3,000 words
Entry Fee: $10
Prize
: First: $1,000

River of Stories
Closing Date: 24/07/2019
Open to: Students must reside within a 150k radius of Albury
Theme: None

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Accepts:
Short Story - Students: Years 3 - 4
Size: 500 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: $100 & $500 for school library, Runners-up x 2: $50 book voucherr, Highly Commended: $25 book voucher
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Accepts:
Short Story - Students: Years 5 - 6
Size: 500 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: $100 & $500 for school library, Runners-up x 2: $50 book voucherr, Highly Commended: $25 book voucher
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Accepts:
Short Story - Students: Years 7 - 8
Size: 1,500 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: $200 & $500 for school library, Runners-up x 2: $70 book voucherr, Highly Commended: $35 book voucher
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Accepts:
Short Story - Students: Years 9 - 10
Size: 1,500 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: $200 & $500 for school library, Runners-up x 2: $70 book voucherr, Highly Commended: $35 book voucher

EU QLD & NT Literary Competition
Note: Limitations of entries per School
Closing Date: 26/07/2019
Open to: Students in years 5 -12 and teachers from all schools across Queensland and from independent schools across the Northern Territory.
Theme: None

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Accepts:
A. Years 11-12

1. Poem, 2, Short Story,  3. Non-fiction Prose
Size:
Poem: not mentioned, Short Story: 600-1,500 words, Non-fiction prose: 600 - 1,500 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: $300, Second: $200, Third: $100
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Accepts:
B. Years 9-10

1. Poem, 2, Short Story
Size:
Poem: not mentioned, Short Story: 500-1,500 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: $150, Second: $100, Third: $75
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Accepts:
C. Years 7-8

1. Poem, 2, Short Story
Size:
Poem: not mentioned, Short Story: 500-1,200 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: $150, Second: $100, Third: $75
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Accepts:
D. Years 5 - 6

1. Poem, 2, Short Story
Size:
Poem: not mentioned, Short Story: 400-800 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: $150, Second: $100, Third: $75
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Accepts:
E. Open (Teachers):
Short Story
Size:
800-2,500 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: $300, Second: $200, Third: $100

Salisbury Writers' Festival Writing Competition
Closing Date: 26/07/2019
Open to: Live or study within the City of Salisbury
Theme: None

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Accepts:
Class Submission: Junior Primary - Reception to Year 1 - picture story format
Size: 2 pages
Entry Fee:
Nil
Prize
: $100 book voucher
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Accepts:
Lower Primary Years 2 to 4 - Short Story
Size: 1,000 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: $50 book voucher
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Accepts:
Middle to Upper Primary Years 5 to 7 - Short Story
Size: 1,000 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: $50 book voucher
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Accepts:
Lower Secondary Years 8 to 10 - Short Story
Size: 1,000 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: $50 book voucher

Monash WordFest Short Story Competition
Closing Date: 27/07/2019
Open to: Reside, work or study in the City of Monash, or be a member of the Monash Public Library Service
Theme: None

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

The Nandewar Poetry Competition
Closing Date:
30/07/2019
Open to:
All
Theme:
None
Accepts: Verse
Size: Not mentioned
Entry Fee: $5, $10 for 3
Prizes
: First: $150 & Trophy, Second: $100, Third: $50

Young Tasmanian Writers' Prize
Closing Date: 30/07/2019
Open to: Tasmanian students enrolled in Year 7 to 12
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Theme:
See website
Accepts:
Year 10 - 12: Short Fiction
Size: 700 - 1,000 words
Entry Fee: $8
Prizes
: First: $300 & publication with School receiving 12 months subscriptions to TASMANIA 40 South magazine, Runner up x 2: $30 Fullers Bookshop voucher

Theme:
See website
Accepts:
Year 7 - 9: Short Fiction
Size: 800 - 1,500 words
Entry Fee: $8
Prizes
: First: $300 & publication with School receiving 12 months subscriptions to TASMANIA 40 South magazine, Runner up x 2: $30 Fullers Bookshop voucher


F(r)iction Summer Literary Contest
US COMPETITION
Closing Date: 31/07/2019
Open to: All

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Theme: None
Accepts: Short Story
Size: 1,000 to 7,500 words
Entry Fee: $US 15
Prizes
: First: $US 1,000 & publication, 5 x finalists: professional edit & consideration for publication
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Theme:
None
Accepts: Flash Fiction
Size: 750 words
Entry Fee: $US 8 or 3 for $US 12
Prizes
: First: $US 300 & publication, 5 x finalists: professional edit & consideration for publication
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Theme:
None
Accepts: Poetry
Size: three pages
Entry Fee: $US 10 or 3 for $US 12
Prizes
: First: $US 300 & publication, 5 x finalists: professional edit & consideration for publication

Michael Terence Publishing Summer Short Story Competition

UK COMPETITION
Closing Date:
31/07/2019
Open to:
All
Theme: None
Accepts: Fiction/Short novel, Science Fiction, Non-Fiction
Size: 3,000 words
Entry Fee: £5
Prizes
: First: £300,  Publication in MTP Summer Anthology and Anthology Title based on the winning entry's title, Second: £200, Publication in the MTP Summer Anthology, Third: £100, Publication in the MTP Summer Anthology

Positive Words Mini Competition - July
Closing Date:
31/07/2019
Open to: All
Theme: Contains the word: Glove
Accepts:
Short Story or Poetry
Size: 100 words or 10 lines
Entry Fee: $2.00 in unused stamps
Prize
: Six months subscription to Positive Words

Rose Award
Closing Date: 31/07/2019
Open to: All
Theme: Earth
Accepts:
Short Story
Size: 1,200 - 1,500 words
Entry Fee: $10 for up to 2 entries
Prize
: First:$200, Second: $50,Highly & Commended: Certificates

Sentinel Poetry Book Competition
UK COMPETITION
Closing Date: 31/07/2019
Open to: All
Theme: None
Accepts: Poetry collection
Size: 20 A4 pages
Entry Fee:
£25
Prize
: First: £300, publication & 20 copies of their collection, Second: £200, publication & 20 copies of their collection, Third: £100, publication & 20 copies of their collection

Shore Scripts Screenwriting Competition
UK COMPETITION
  31/05/2019 : Early Deadline
  31/07/2019 : Regular Deadline
  31/08/2019 : 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: Close to standard 80-120 pages as possible
Entry Fee: Early Deadline: $US 45, Regular Deadline: $US 50, Late Deadline: $US 60
Prize
:
First:
$US 3,000, Script read by judges & Industry Roster, Introduction and Meetings with Hollywood Agents and Managers, Script development with Shore Scripts,
1 year Free Subscription to WriterDuet Pro, Final Draft 10 Software, Free InkTip script listing and InkTip Magazine listing, Free 6-month membership to The International Screenwriters’ Association. 2 Free passes to the 2020 Moscow International Film Festival

Second: $US 1000, Script read by judges & Industry Roster, Script development with Shore Scripts, Final Draft 10 Software, Free InkTip script listing and InkTip Magazine listing, Free 6-month membership to The International Screenwriters’ Association
Third:
$US 500,
Script read by judges & Industry Roster, Script development with Shore Scripts, Final Draft 10 Software, Free InkTip script listing and InkTip Magazine listing, Free 6-month membership to The International Screenwriters’ Association
Fourth:
$US 250,
Script read by judges & Industry Roster, Final Draft 10 Software, Free InkTip script listing and InkTip Magazine listing, Free 6-month membership to The International Screenwriters’ Association
Fifth:
Script read by judges & Industry Roster, Final Draft 10 Software, Free InkTip script listing and InkTip Magazine listing, Free 6-month membership to The International Screenwriters’ Association
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Accepts: TV Pilot - First episode
Size:
 1 Hour: 4 - 70 pages

  1/2 Hour: 15 - 30 pages
Entry Fee:
 1 Hour: Early Deadline: $45, Regular Deadline: $US 50, Late Deadline: $US 60
 1/2 Hour: Early Deadline: $40, Regular Deadline: $US 45, Late Deadline: $US 55
Prize
:  
1 Hour: First:
$US 1,500, Script read by judges & Industry Roster, Introduction and Meetings with Hollywood Agents and Managers, Script development with Shore Scripts,1 year Free Subscription to WriterDuet Pro, Final Draft 10 Software, Free InkTip script listing and InkTip Magazine listing, Free 6-month membership to The International Screenwriters’ Association, 1 Hour: Second: $US 500, Script read by judges & Industry Roster, Script development with Shore Scripts, Final Draft 10 Software,Free InkTip script listing and InkTip Magazine listing, Free 6-month membership to The International Screenwriters’ Association, 2 Free passes to the 2020 Moscow International Film Festival 1 Hour: Third: $US 250, Script read by judges & Industry Roster, Script development with Shore Scripts, Final Draft 10 Software, Free InkTip script listing and InkTip Magazine listing, Free 6-month membership to The International Screenwriters’ Association
1/2 Hour: First: $US 1,500, Script read by judges & Industry Roster, Final Draft 10 Software, Free InkTip script listing and InkTip Magazine listing, Free 6-month membership to The International Screenwriters’ Association, 2 Free passes to the 2020 Moscow International Film Festival 1/2 Hour: Second: $US 500, Script read by judges & Industry Roster, Final Draft 10 Software,Free InkTip script listing and InkTip Magazine listing, Free 6-month membership to The International Screenwriters’ Association, 1/2 Hour: Third: $US 250, Script read by judges & Industry Roster, Final Draft 10 Software, Free InkTip script listing and InkTip Magazine listing, Free 6-month membership to The International Screenwriters’ Association
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Accepts: Short Film Fund
Size: Within 2 - 30 pages
Entry Fee: Regular Deadline: $US 40, Late Deadline: $US 50
Prize
: First: $10,000 - $US 15,000 producton budget, Free camera rental from Arri Rental and production support from Shore

Stories of Life
Closing Date: 31/07/2019
Open to: Not mentioned
Theme: Spiritual moments/events from your life that speak of your Christian faith (See website for more detail)

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Accepts:
Eternity Matters Stories of Life - Short Story - Open
Size: 500 words
Entry Fee: $10
Prize
: First: $500, Second: $300, Third: $200
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Accepts:
Tabor Stories of Life - Short Story - Open
Size: 1,000 - 1,500 words
Entry Fee: $10
Prize
: First: $500, Second: $300, Third: $200

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Accepts:
Lutheran Schools Association Young Stories - Short Story - aged 17 and under
Size: 500 - 1,000 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: $500, , Second: $300, Third: $200

Seán Ó Faoláin Short Story Competition
Irish Competition

Closing Date: 31/07/2019
Open to: All
Theme: None
Accepts:
Short Story
Size: 3,000 words
Entry Fee: €18
Prize
: First: €2,000, publication in the literary journal Southword 38, AND a week-long residency at Anam Cara Writer's and Artist's Retreat, Second: €500 and publication in Southword 38, Shortlisted x 4: publication in Southword 38 and receive a publication fee of €250

The Estelle Pinney Short Story Competition
Closing Date:
31/07/2019
Open to: Australian Women writers over the age of 18
Theme: None

Accepts:
Short Story
Size: 1,500 words
Entry Fee: $10, $20 for 3 (Members can submit 2 for free)
Prize
: First: $350, Second: $150, Third: $75, Highly Commended: Certificate

 

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

Queensland Bush Poetry Championship - Written Section
Closing Date: 01/08/2019
Open to: All
Theme: None

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Accepts:
Serious Poem

Size:
Not mentioned - may be limited - check entry form
Entry Fee:  $15
Prize: First: $200
*
Accepts: Humorous Poem
Size:
Not mentioned - may be limited - check entry form
Entry Fee:  $15
Prize: First: $200

Ipswich Poetry Feast International Poetry Writing Competition
Closing Date: 02/08/2019
Open to: All
Theme: None

*
Accepts:
Poetry - 5 - 7 years
Size: No limit
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize: First: $50, Certificate & Bronze Medallion, Second: $30 & Certificate, Third: $20 & Certificate, Highly Commended: Memento & Certificate
*
Accepts: Poetry - 8 - 10 years
Size: No limit
Entry Fee: Nil

Prize
: First: $100, Certificate & Bronze Medallion, Second: $60 & Certificate, Third: $40 & Certificate, Highly Commended: Memento & Certificate
*
Accepts:
Poetry - 11 - 13 years
Size: No limit
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: $120, Certificate & Bronze Medallion, Second: $80 & Certificate, Third: $50 & Certificate, Highly Commended: Memento & Certificate
*
Accepts: Poetry - 14 - 15 years
Size: No limit
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: $150, Certificate & Bronze Medallion, Second: $90 & Certificate, Third: $60 & Certificate, Highly Commended: Memento & Certificate
*
Accepts: Poetry - 16 - 17 years
Size: No limit
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: $250, Certificate & Bronze Medallion, Second: $150 & Certificate, Third: $100 & Certificate, Highly Commended: Memento & Certificate
*
Accepts: Poetry - Open Age - Bush Poetry
Size: No limit
Entry Fee: $5
Prize
: First: $600, Certificate & Bronze Medallion, Second: $250 & Certificate, Third: $150 & Certificate, Highly Commended: Memento & Certificate
*
Accepts: Poetry - Open Age - Other Poetry
Size: No limit
Entry Fee: $5
Prize
: First: $600, Certificate & Bronze Medallion, Second: $250 & Certificate, Third: $150 & Certificate, Highly Commended: Memento & Certificate
*
Accepts: Poetry - Open Age - Local Poets
Size: No limit
Entry Fee: $5
Prize
: First: $600, Certificate & Bronze Medallion, Second: $250 & Certificate, Third: $150 & Certificate, Highly Commended: Memento & Certificate
*
Accepts: Poetry - Open Age - Picture Ipswich Theme
Size: No limit
Entry Fee: $5
Prize
: First: $300, Certificate & Bronze Medallion, Second: $175 & Certificate, Third: $125 & Certificate, Highly Commended: Memento & Certificate
*
ADDITIONAL PRIZES
OVERALL WINNER IN OPEN AGE: Babies of Walloon Statuette
ENCOURAGEMENT AWARD: 5 - 17 years: $50 & Certificate
ENCOURAGEMENT AWARD: Open Age: $100 & Certificate
SCHOOL AWARD: $150 & Certificate

SAETA Spring Poetry Festival
Closing Date: 02/08/2019
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

NEW LISTING
The David Harold Tribe Fiction Award
Closing Date: 02/08/2019
Open to: Australian residents for minimum of four years
Theme: Open
Accepts: Fiction
Size: 3,000 - 5,000 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: $12,000

NEW LISTING
The Helen Anne Bell Poetry Bequest Award
Closing Date: 02/08/2019
Open to: Australian womean poet over the age of 18
Theme: About Australian Culture (Broadly defined)
Accepts: Collection of poems
Size: 50 - 80 pages
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: $7,000 and publication with Vagabond Press


Discovery Writers Competition
Closing Date: 13/08/2019
Open to: Adult residents of the Georges Rive Council area or Current Discovery Writers Members
Theme: D: Dreams & Scenes

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Accepts:
A. Fiction
Size: 1,500 words
Entry Fee: $5
Prize
: First: $100, Second: $25, Highly Commended & Commended: Certificates
*

Accepts:
B. Memoir Story
Size: 1,500 words
Entry Fee: $5
Prize
: First: $100, Second: $25, Highly Commended & Commended: Certificates
*
Accepts:
C. Poetry
Size: 30 lines
Entry Fee: $5
Prize
: First: $100, Second: $25, Highly Commended & Commended: Certificates
*
Accepts:
D. Writing on a theme for writers who have previously not won a monetary prize
Size: 1,500 words
Entry Fee:
Nil
Prize
: First: $100, Second: $25, Highly Commended & Commended: Certificates

NEW LISTING
Melbourne Poets Union International Poetry Competition
Closing Date: 14/08/2019

Open to: All
Accepts:
Poetry
Size: 50 lines
Entry Fee: $12
Prizes
: First (Leon Shann Award): $1,500. Second : $500, Third place: $200, Martin Downey Urban Realist Award: $100, Commended: Book vouchers & Books

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

Lane Cove Literary Awards
Closing Date: 26/08/2019
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: 2,000 words
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
THE BURNS BAY BOOKERY YOUTH PRIZE (16 - 24 years): $500
THE BAYTREE BY ARDENCY SENIOR PRIZE (65+ years): $500

RESIDENT PRIZE: $500


Boroondara Literary Awards
Closing Date: 30/08/2019
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
*

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
*

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

Dickinson Memorial Literary Competition
NOTE: SUBMISSIONS IN HARD-COPY BRAILLE, A WORD DOCUMENT, SIMBRAILLE or a DUXBURY-readable file
Closing Date:
30/08/2019
Open to: Australian Residents who are legally blind, or have low or no vision, People's Choice: Open
Theme: Freedom

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Accepts:
Adult (Over 18) - Short Story
Size: 2,000 words
Entry Fee:
$10
Prize
: Not mentioned

*
Accepts:
Adult (Over 18) - Poem/Song Lyrics/Limerick
Size: 2,000 words
Entry Fee:
$10
Prize
: Not mentioned
*
Accepts:
Adult (Over 18) - Article/Opinion
Size: 2,000 words
Entry Fee:
$10
Prize
: Not mentioned
*
Accepts:
Senior Student (13 - 17 years) - Short Story/Poem/Song Lyrics/Limerick/Blog
Size: 2,000 words
Entry Fee:
$10
Prize
: Not mentioned
*
Accepts:
Junior Student (12 years and under) - Short Story/Poem/Song Lyrics/Limerick/Blog
Size: 1,500 words
Entry Fee:
$5
Prize
: Not mentioned

*
Accepts:
People's Choice - Short Story
Size: 2,000 words
Entry Fee:
$10
Prize
: Not mentioned

Dungala-Kaiela Writing
Closing Date: 31/08/2019
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 - Up to 12 years
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


FAW Tasmania Poetry Prize
Closing Date: 31/08/2018
Open to:
All
Theme: None
Accepts: Poetry
Size: 60 lines
Entry Fee: $5

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

NEW LISTING
Gympie Region Literary Awards
(I find the link on this page doesn't work but may on other browsers - contact the Gympie Regional Library if you need assistance)
Closing Date:
31/08/2019
Open to:
Residents of Gympie region and surrounding area
Theme: None

*
Accepts: Adults (18 years and over)  - Short Story
Size: 5,000 words
Entry Fee: Nil

Prize
:First:
$250, Second: $200, Third: $150
*
Accepts: Teens (13 to 17 years) - Short Story
Size: 5,000 words
Entry Fee: Nil

Prize
:First:
$150, Second: $100, Third: $75
*
Accepts: Children (12 years and under) - Short Story
Size: 3,000 words
Entry Fee: Nil

Prize
:First:
$100, Second: $80, Third: $50
*
Accepts: Adults (18 years and over)  - Poetry
Size: 200 lines
Entry Fee: Nil

Prize
:First:
$250, Second: $200, Third: $150
*
Accepts: Teens (13 to 17 years) - Poetry
Size: 200 lines
Entry Fee: Nil

Prize
:First:
$150, Second: $100, Third: $75
*
Accepts: Children (12 years and under) - Poetry
Size: 100 lines
Entry Fee: Nil

Prize
:First:
$100, Second: $80, Third: $50
 

Hilarie Lindsay Young Writers Short Story Competition
Closing Date: 31/08/2019
Open to: Australian School Children
Theme: Open

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Accepts:
Section 1 - Short Story - Yrs 10, 11 & 12
Size: 2,500 words
Entry Fee: $3
Prize
: First: $150
*

Accepts:
Section 2 - Short Story - Yrs 7, 8 & 9
Size: 2,500 words
Entry Fee: $3
Prize
: First: $150
*
Accepts:
Section 3 - Short Story - Yrs 5 & 6
Size: 1,500 words
Entry Fee: $3
Prize
: First: $100
*

Accepts:
Section 4 - Short Story - Yrs 4 and under
Size: 1,500 words
Entry Fee: $3
Prize
: First: $50

Marjorie Barnard Short Story Award
Closing Date:
31/08/2019
Open to: Permanent residents of Australia
Theme: None

Accepts:
Short Story
Size: 3,000 words
Entry Fee: $10
Prize
: $500

Positive Words Mini Competition - August
Closing Date:
31/08/2019
Open to: All
Theme: Contains the word: Inspiration
Accepts:
Short Story or Poetry
Size: 100 words or 10 lines
Entry Fee: $2.00 in unused stamps
Prize
: Six months subscription to Positive Words

NEW LISTING
Scarlet Stiletto Awards
Closing Date: 31/08/2019
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
: $1,500 plus trophy,  
Simon & Schuster Award Second:
$1,000,
The Sun Bookshop Award Third:
$500,

Elephant Tree Publishing Award for Best Young Writer (for writers 18 or under): $500,
Melbourne Athenaeum Library ‘Body in the Library' Award: $1,000; runner up $500,
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),
HQ Fiction Award for Best Romantic Suspense Story: $500,
Terror Australis Readers and Writers Festival Award for Best Bushranger Story: $500,
Liz Navratil Award for Best Story with a Disabled Protagonist Story: $400,
ScriptWorks Award for a Great Film Idea: $200


The Betty Olle Poetry Award
Closing Date: 31/08/2019
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

SEPTEMBER 2019

NEW LISTING
Outstanding Short Story Competition
Closing Date: 01/09/2019
Open to: Writers based in Australia and New Zealand, 16 years and older
Theme: "Over the Top" (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

Sydney Hammond Memorial Short Story Writing Competition
Closing Date: 02/09/2019
Open to: Residents of Australian, 18 years and over

Theme: Together in Diversity, Australia in 2019
Accepts:
Short Story

Size:
1,000 words
Entry Fee: $5
Prize: First: $200 & anthology cover art based on story, Top 40 published

JJ and Lydia Eden Prize

Closing Date: 06/09/2019
Open to: South Australian Yea
r 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

Pens Against Poverty
Closing Date: 6/09/2019
Open to: Students in the ACT and Southern NSW in grades 3-10 (needs a teacher to submit/endorse the entry)
Theme:
Courage in Kindness

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

NEW LISTING
Toolangi CJ Dennis Poetry Competition
Closing Date: 07/09/2019
Open to:
Authors throughout Australia and New Zealand
Theme: Competition aims to encourage writing which clebrates the work of CJ Dennis and relates to Australia's people, events or environment, either historical or contemporary
*
Accepts: Open - Marian Mayne Prize - Poetry
Size:  80 lines
Entry Fee:
$10 plus $3 in unused stamps
Prize
: First: $250, Second: $150, Third: $100
 
*
Accepts: Open - CJ Dennis Society Prize - Short Story
Size:  500 words
Entry Fee:
$10 plus $3 in unused stamps
Prize
: First: $250, Second: $150, Third: $100
*
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
*
Accepts: Primary School Students - Poetry
Size:  80 lines
Entry Fee:
$3 in unused stamps
Prize
: First: $30, Second: $20, Third: $10
*
Accepts: Secondary School Students - Poetry
Size:  80 lines
Entry Fee:
$3 in unused stamps
Prize
: First: $50, Second: $30, Third: $20

S.D. Harvey Short Crime Story Award
Closing Date: 10/09/2019
Open to: Journalists
Theme:
Crime

Accepts:
Fiction or Non-Fiction

Size:
3,000 - 5,000 words
Entry Fee: $50
Prize
: Unspecified cash prize and a day trip for two aboard a classic schooner

Junior Journo
Closing Date: 13/09/2019
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: 15/09/2019
Open to: Amateur writers who are Australian residents or citizens
Theme:
"Broken" - Response to one of 20 photographs published on website

Accepts:
Short story

Size:
500 words
Entry Fee: $30, 2 for $40, 3 for $54, 4 for $60, 5 for $65 (Correction thanks to Mica)
Prize
: First: $800, Second: $300, Third: $150, 20 finalists: Copy of limited edition book valued at $150

Heywire Competition
Note: Audio, Video and Photo story categories available
Closing Date: 16/09/2019
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).

NEW LISTING
The Horne Prize
Closing Date: 16/09/2019
Open to: All
Theme: Australian Life
Accepts:
Essay (must be written between 22/06/19 and 16/09/19
Size: 3,000 words
Entry Fee:
Nil
Prize
: First: $15,000
Note: Winner must be able to attend a prize-giving ceremony in Melbourne (Air and accomodation expenses may be met if necessary)


Atlas Shrugged Essay Contest
Closing Date: 19/09/2019
Open to:
 up to age 25

Theme:
one of three set questions on Atlas Shrugged
Accepts: Prose
Size:
 800-1600 words

Entry fee:
Nil

U.S. Prize (year 12 and university students)
First: $25,000, Second: $2,500, Third: $500
Australian Prize (up to age 25)
: First: $1,000, Second: $600, Third: $400

Hammond House Competitions
UK COMPETITION
Closing Date: 20/09/2019
Open to: All
Theme: Leaving

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INTERNATIONAL LITERARY PRIZE
Accepts: Short Story
Size:
2,000 - 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:  £25
*

SHORT FILM SCREENPLAY
Accepts:
Screenplay

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

KSP Short Fiction Competition
Closing Date: 27/09/2019
Open to:
Australian residents and citizens
Theme: None

*
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: 2,000 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
:First:
$100 & certificate, Second: $50 & certificate, Commended: Certificate, Mundaring National Young Writers Encouragement Award for under 14s: $25

Patrick White Young Indigenous Writers (NSW)
Closing Date:
27/09/2019
Open to: Indigenous Australian students (Kindergarten to Year 12) studying in NSW
Theme:
One of three themes: "Staring back at me..", "Now I am in charge", "I opened the garage door.."

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 to Year 3 Group work


NEW LISTING
Poetry Object
Closing Date: 27/09/2019
Open to: Years 3 to 10 and their teachers across Australia and New Zealand. Includes mainstream schooling systems, home schools, GAT programs, special needs groups, alternative eduction and individual young writers
Theme:
Inspired by a curious,special or talismatic object. See their learning resources for more criteria

*
Accepts:
Primary - Poetry
Size: 20 lines
Entry Fee: Nil
*
Accepts: Secondary - Poetry
Size: 20 lines
Entry Fee: Nil
*
Accepts: Teachers - Poetry
Size: 20 lines
Entry Fee: Nil
*
Prizes
: First: VIP tours of museum and gallery partners, publication, subscription to PK Mag/SpineOut/GoodReading, Magazine Prize pack, Poems to Share II, Books, Judging commendation, Second: Selection from: Rex flights and merchandise, publication, books, Judging commendation, Highly Commended: Books, Judging commendation, Peoples choice: special Red Room Poetry gifts

The New Guard Knightville Poetry Contest
US COMPETITION
Closing Date: 27/09/2019
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: 27/09/2019
Open to: All
Theme: None
Accepts:
Fiction
Size: 5,000 words
Entry Fee: $US 22
Prize
: First: $US 1,500 & publication

Blue Draft Screenwriting Contest
US COMPETITION
Closing Date: EARLY BIRD: 30/06/2019, REGULAR: 30/09/2019, LATE: 30/11/2019
Open to:
Aged 18 and over as at 01/01/2020
Theme: None

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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
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*
Accepts:
Digital Short Series
Size: 8 to 10 episode each with a length of 8 to 10 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

NWF/Joanne Burns Micro-lit Award
Closing Date:
30/09/2019
Open to:
Australian citizens or residing in Australia, and over 18
Theme: Scars
Accepts: Short Story
Size: 200 words
Entry Fee: $15 for up to three
Prize
: $300

Positive Words Mini Competition - September
Closing Date:
30/09/2019
Open to: All
Theme: Contains the word: Flower

Accepts: Short Story or Poetry
Size: 100 words or 10 lines
Entry Fee: $2.00 in unused stamps
Prize
: Six months subscription to Positive Words


NEW LISTING
The Caterpillar Short Story Prize
IRISH COMPETITION
Closing Date:
30/09/2019
Open to: Over 16 years of age
Theme:
Short Story written by an adult for children (aged 7-11)
Accepts: Short Story
Size: 1,500 words
Entry Fee: €12
Prize
: First: €1,000, Second: Week's retreat at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre in Co. Monaghan, Ireland

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: $500 (Port Stephens Council Award), Second: $300 (Club Lemon Tree Award), Third: $150 (News of the Area Award), Highly Commended x 4: $25, 'Readers Choice Award: $50


OCTOBER 2019

Noosa Arts Theatre Playwriting Competition
Closing Date:
01/10/2019

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
Southern Cross Literary Competition
Closing Date: 01/10/2019
Open to: Writers over the age of 18
Theme: Open
Accepts: Short Story
Size: 3,000 words
Entry Fee: $20 ($15 for Ballarat Writers members)
Prizes:
First: $1,000, Second: $400, Third: $100

Silver Quill Written Competition
Closing Date: 05/10/2019
Open to: All
Theme: Australian

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Acc
epts: Open Serious
Size: No limit
Entry Fee: $10
Prize
: Not mentioned
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Acc
epts: Open Humorous
Size: No limit
Entry Fee: $10
Prize
: Not mentioned
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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

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

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

NEW LISTING
Thunderbolt Prize
Closing Date: 07/10/2019
Open to: Australian Resident
Theme: Crime

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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
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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

 

KSP Poetry Competition
Closing
Date: 11/10/2019
Open to: Australian residents and citizens
Theme: None

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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
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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

MiNDFOOD Short Story
Closing Date: 11/10/2019
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

Flash 500 Novel Opening Chapter & Synopsis Competition
UK COMPETITION
Closing Date:
31/10/2019
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

NEW LISTING
Joe O'Sullivan Writers' Prize
Closing Date: 31/10/2019
Open to: Australian resident
Theme: 'Memories'
Accepts:
Prose, Fact or Fiction
Size: 2,000 - 4,000 words
Entry Fee:
$10
Prize
: First: $1,000

NEW LISTING
Joyce Parkes Women's Writers' Prize
Closing Date: 31/10/2019
Open to: Australian Women
Theme: 'If Only'
Accepts:
Prose, Fact or Fiction
Size: 1,000 - 2,000 words
Entry Fee:
$10
Prize
: First: $500

Positive Words Mini Competition - October
Closing Date:
31/10/2019
Open to: All
Theme: Contains the word: Dance/Dancing

Acc
epts: Short Story or Poetry
Size: 100 words or 10 lines
Entry Fee: $2.00 in unused stamps
Prize
: Six months subscription to Positive Words 

NOVEMBER 2019

NEW LISTING
Odyssey House Victoria Short Story Competition
Closing Date: 02/11/2019
Open to:
All
Theme:
Family & reference to alcohol and/or drugs
Accepts:
Short Story
Size:
1.500 words
Entry Fee:
$10
Prizes:
First:
$1,000 & 1 year membership to Writers Victoria, Second: $100, Third: $50


NEW LISTING
The Bath Children's Novel Award
UK COMPETITION
Closing Date: 17/11/2019
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 one page synopsis
Entry Fee:
£25 with sponsored places available for writers on low income
Prizes:
First:
£2,500, Most promising Longlisted Novel: Edit Your Novel the Professional Way on-line course

Positive Words Mini Competition - November
Closing Date:
30/11/2019
Open to: All
Theme: Contains the word: Adventure

Acc
epts: Short Story or Poetry
Size: 100 words or 10 lines
Entry Fee: $2.00 in unused stamps
Prize
: Six months subscription to Positive Words 

DECEMBER 2019

Hawkeye Publishing Manuscript Development + Publication Prize
Closing Date: 20/12/2019
Open to: All
Theme: None
Accepts:
SCommercial fiction or non-fiction (NOT poetry, plays, short stories, academic, educationsal, cookery or travel narratives)
Size: 40,000 - 80,000 words
Entry Fee: $45
Prize
: $4.500 Self Publishing Package

Positive Words Mini Competition - December
Closing Date:
31/12/2019
Open to: All
Theme: Contains the word: Carol
Accepts:
Short Story or Poetry
Size: 100 words or 10 lines
Entry Fee: $2.00 in unused stamps
Prize
: Six months subscription to Positive Words

NEW LISTING
The Moth Poetry Prize
IRISH COMPETITION
Closing Date:
31/12/2019
Open to: All over 16
Theme: None
Accepts: Poetry
Size: No Limit
Entry Fee: €15
Prizes
: First: €10,000, Runners-up x 3: €1,000 - Winners published in the spring 2019 issue of The Moth

MARCH 2020

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