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Last updated 10/07/2016

We're back!
My apologies for the couple of months absence in updates ... a house fire made our home unliveable and our computers had inhaled a lot of soot. But, in the last week, we have been able to retrieve enough information for us to resume our work.
Thank you for your patience.

REBUILDING FRIENDSHIP HOUSE

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

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

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

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

 

The following information has been extracted from other websites and no assurance can be given as its correctness.

Give your hard work the best chance to win, make sure that you follow the entry requirements!

If the entry conditions don't specify it, then generally you can submit the same entry to different competitions at the same time - but if your entry places in one then you should inform the organisers of the other competitions. It is then up to them whether your entry is disqualified or not.

Allow for time to post and double-check closing dates, particularly if the organiser is in another time zone. This is becoming more important to check as we are being more frequently approached by international competitions to be included on our list.

 

NEW LISTINGS THIS MONTH

Adrien Abbott Prize
AlburyCity Short Story Award
Andy Griffiths Kids' Writing Competition
Atlantis Short Story Contest
Arts Queensland Thomas Shapcott Poetry Prize
Arts Queensland Val Vallis Award for an Unpublished Poem
Arts Queensland XYZ Prize for Innovation in Spoken Word
Ballymaloe International Poetry Prize
Binalong Bush Poetry Prize
Birdcatcher Books Short Story Award
Boroondara Literary Awards
Castaways Poetry Prize
Central Coast Council Short Story Competition
GCWA - Nonfiction Award
GCWA - Novel Award
Gwen Harwood Poetry Prize
IPA - Police Down Under - Article Writing Competition
Lane Cove Literary Awards
Monash WordFest Short Story Competition
Monash WordFest SnapStory Competition
Noosa Arts Theatre Playwriting Competition
Olga Masters Short Story Award
Oodgeroo Noonuccal Indigenous Poetry Prize
Poetica Christi Annual Poetry Competition
Rolf Boldrewood Literary Awards
Seán Ó Faoláin Short Story Competition
Sentinel Literary Quarterly Poetry Competition
Short Takes
Sydney Writers' Room Short Story Competition
Tethered By Letters Spring Literary Competition
The 2017 Somerset National Novella Writing Competition
The Caterpillar Short Story Award
The Copper Croc Poetry Awards
The KSP Poetry Awards
The Philip Bacon Ekphrasis Award
The Port Stephens Examiner Literature Awards
The Post Office Hotel Bronze Spur Award
The Scarlet Stiletto Awards
Thunderbolt Prize
Toolangi CJ Dennis Poetry Competition
Trudy Graham-Julie Lewis Literary Award for Prose
Write Around the Murray Nano Story Competition

THROUGH THE YEAR

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

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

Flash 500 Flash Fiction Competition
UK COMPETITION
Closing Date:
Quarterly competitions - see website
Open to: All
Theme: None
Accepts:
Flash Fiction
Size: 500 words
Entry Fee:
£5 for one story, £8 for two stories
Prize
:First:
£300, Second: £200, Third: £100

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

Theme: Per entry details

Accepts: Per entry details

Size: Per entry details
Entry Fee: Per entry details

Prize
:
Per entry details

Spinetinglers Monthly Short Story Competition
UK COMPETITION
Closing Date:
15th of each Month
Open to: All

Theme: Dark fiction

Accepts: Short Story

Size: 5,000 words
Entry Fee:
Nil
Prizes
: First: £100 and publication in annual Anthology, Second: £50 and possible publication, Third, Fourth & Fifth: £25 and possible publication

JULY 2016

 

Randolph Stow Young Writers Awards
Closing Date: 01/07/2016
Open to: Students in years 3 - 13 studying in the Mid West Region
Theme: None
*
Accepts: Lower Primary - Year 3 & 4 - Prose

Size:
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
*
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
*
Accepts: Upper Primary - Year 5 & 6 - Prose

Size:
1,000 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
*
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
*
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
*
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
*
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
*
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
*
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
*
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

 

The Blake Poetry Prize
Closing Date: 07/07/2016
Open to:
Citizens or permanent residents of Australia
Theme:
Have a religious or spiritual nature
Accepts:
Poetry
Size:
100 lines
Entry Fee:
$20
Prizes:
First:
$5,000
 

Ledbury Poetry Festival Poetry Competition
UK COMPETITION
Closing Date:
07/07/2016
Open to: All
Theme: None

*
Accepts:
Adult: Poetry
Size: 40 lines
Entry Fee: £5 for first poem, £3.50 thereafter (Additional 0.75p if pay via Paypal)
Prize
: First: £1,000 and a course at Ty Newydd, The National Writers’ Centre for Wales. www.tynewydd.org, Second: £500, Third: £250
*
Accepts:
Young people (12 - 17): Poetry
Size: 40 lines
Entry Fee: Nil for first poem, £1.50 thereafter (Additional 0.75p if pay via Paypal)
Prize
: First: £100,  Second: £50, Third: £25
*
Accepts:
Children (11 and under): Poetry
Size: 40 lines
Entry Fee: Nil for first poem, £1.50 thereafter (Additional 0.75p if pay via Paypal)
Prize
: First: £25 book token,  Second: £15 book token, Third: £10 book token

 

NEW LISTING
Tethered By Letters Spring Literary Competition
US COMPETITION
Closing Date: 15/07/2016
Open to: All
*
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: consideration for publication
*
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: consideration for publication
*
Theme:
None
Accepts: Poetry
Size: three pages
Entry Fee: $US 8 or 3 for $US 12
Prizes
: First: $US 300 & publication, 5 x finalists: consideration for publication

 

The Peter Blazey Fellowship
Closing Date: 15/07/2016 (Opens 21/03/2016)
Open to: Australian citizen or resident with a publishing record,not currently enrolled in a higher degree
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

Vallum Award for Poetry
CANADIAN COMPETITION
Closing Date: 15/07/2016
Open to: All
Theme: None

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

NEW LISTING
The Copper Croc Poetry Awards
Closing Date: 18/07/2016
Open to: All
Theme: Bonus Theme: Wild and Wonderful Australia (honouring our unique Australian flora, fauna and habitat)

Accepts:
Metered and rhyming Verse
Size: Not mentioned
Entry Fee: $8, $21 for 3 (Critique = $10 plus SAEE)
Prize
: First: $200 plus The Copper Croc Trophy, Second and Third: Certificate and Petry Books/CDs, Bonus Theme Prize: Pair of stainless steel camping mugs etched with "The Leichhardt Tree)

NEW LISTING
Arts Queensland Thomas Shapcott Poetry Prize
Closing Date: 19/07/2016 (extended)
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: $15, $10 Concession
Prize
: First: $2,000, book launch at QPF 2017 & a publishing contract with UQP

NEW LISTING
Arts Queensland Val Vallis Award fro Unpublished Poetry

Closing Date: 19/07/2016 (extended)
Open to: Australian residents as of date of entry
Theme: None

Accepts:
Poetry
Size: 100 lines
Entry Fee: $10
Prize
: First: $1,000, Second: $500, Highest QLD entry: 12 month QWC membership & $300 QWC workshops & feature set at Queensland Poetry Festival

NEW LISTING
Arts Queensland XYZ Award for Spoken Word

Closing Date: 19/07/2016 (extended)
Open to: Australian residents as of date of entry
Theme: None

Accepts:
Recorded Poetry
Size: 3 minutes
Entry Fee: $10
Prize
: First: $1,000, Highest QLD entry: 12 month QWC membership & $300 QWC workshops & feature set at Queensland Poetry Festival

NEW LISTING
The Phillip Bacon Ekphrasis Award

Closing Date: 19/07/2016 (extended)
Open to: Australian resident
Theme: An ekphrastic response to one of the five painting (See website)

Accepts:
Poetry
Size: 12 lines
Entry Fee: $10
Prize
: First: $500, Second: $250, Top 5: Online publication

NEW LISTING
AlburyCity Short Story Award
Closing Date: 20/07/2016
Open to: All
Theme: Memory

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

IEUA-QNT, ETAQ and James Cook University Literary Competition
Note: Limitations of entries per School
Closing Date: 22/07/2016
Open to: Students in years 6-12 and teachers from all schools across Queensland and from independent schools across the Northern Territory.
Theme: None

*
Accepts:
A. Years 11-12

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

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

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

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

NEW LISTING
The Post Office Hotel Bronze Spur Award
Closing Date: 22/07/2016
Open to: All
Theme: Rural Australia, its people, animals, way of life and values

Accepts:
Bush Poetry
Size: 100 lines
Entry Fee: $5
Prize
: First: Bronze Spur Trophy & $300, Second: $150 & ribbon, Third: $75 & ribbon

NEW LISTING
Oodgeroo Noonuccal Indigenous Poetry Prize
Closing Date: 25/07/2016
Open to: Residents of Australia & an Indigenous Writer
Theme: Open

Accepts:
Poetry
Size: 100 lines
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: $2,000 & mentoring sessions with an established Indigenous Writer, Highest Quandamooka entry: $500, QWC membership & workshop credit & feature set at Queensland Poetry Festival

Young Tasmanian Writers's Prize
Closing Date: 25/07/2016
Open to: Tasmanian students enrolled in Year 7 to 12
*
Theme:
Anniversary, Partnership or Fifty
Accepts:
Year 10 - 12: Short Story
Size: 800 - 1,500 words
Entry Fee: $8
Prizes
: First: $300 & publication with School receiving 12 months subscriptions to TASMANIA 40 South magazine, Runner up x 2: $30 fullers Bookshop voucher

Theme:
Achievement, Celebration or Golden
Accepts:
Year 7 - 9: Short Story
Size: 700 - 1,000 words
Entry Fee: $8
Prizes
: First: $300 & publication with School receiving 12 months subscriptions to TASMANIA 40 South magazine, Runner up x 2: $30 fullers Bookshop voucher

 

NEW LISTING
Write Around The Murray Nano Competition
Closing Date: 27/07/2016
Open to:
Entrants must reside within a 150k radius of Albury
Theme: Must include the word 'forget' or a derivative thereof

*
Accepts:
Nano - Students: Years 3 - 4
Size: 50 words exactly
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: $50 book voucher, Highly Commended: $25 book voucher
*
Accepts:
Nano - Students: Years 5 - 6
Size: 50 words exactly
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: $50 book voucher, Highly Commended: $25 book voucher
*
Accepts:
Nano - Students: Years 7 - 8
Size: 50 words exactly
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: $50 book voucher, Highly Commended: $25 book voucher
*
Accepts:
Nano - Open

Size:
50 words exactly
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: $100 book voucher, Highly Commended: $50 book voucher

 

Elyne Mitchell Writing Awards
Closing Date: 27/07/2016
Theme: Specific reference to an Australasian Rural experience: A New Perspective
*
Accepts: Open Writers Award - Fiction or Non-fiction
Open to:
All
Size:
2,500 words
Entry Fee: $15
Prizes
: First: $1,000
*
Accepts: Upper Murray Writers Category - Fiction or Non-fiction
Open to:
Local residents of Towang, Tumbarumba and Indigo Shires
Size:
2,500 words
Entry Fee: $10
Prizes
: First: $500
*
Non fiction 'bonus': $100 Dymock Voucher

 

NEW LISTING
Binalong Bush Poetry Prize
Closing Date: 29/07/2016

*

Theme: Serious
Accepts: Section 1A - Open Bush Poetry -Adult
Open to:
All
Size:
120 lines
Entry Fee: $10 (Critique= $10)
Prizes
: First: $300, Second: $150, Third: $75, Best Novice from 1A and 1B: $100, NSW Overall Written Champion - Isobel McDonald Award (from either 1A or 1B): $300
*

Theme: Humorous
Accepts: Section 1B - Open Bush Poetry - Adult
Open to:
All
Size:
120 lines
Entry Fee: $10 (Critique= $10)
Prizes
: First: $300, Second: $150, Third: $75, Best Novice from 1A and 1B: $100, NSW Overall Written Champion - Isobel McDonald Award (from either 1A or 1B): $300
*
Theme:
Open
Accepts: Section 1 - Open Bush Poetry - Junior (Under 19)
Open to:
Under 19
Size:
120 lines
Entry Fee: Nil
Prizes
: First: $100, Second: $50, Third: $25

 

Ipswich Poetry Feast International Poetry Writing Competition
Closing Date: 29/07/2016
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: $10 & 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: $10 & 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: $10 & 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: $15 & 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: $15 & 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: $20 & 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: $20 & 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: $20 & Certificate
*
ADDITIONAL PRIZES
OVERALL WINNER IN OPEN AGE: Babies of Walloon Statuette
IPSWICH THEME - 5 - 13 years: $50 & Certificate
IPSWICH THEME - 14 - 17 years: $100 & Certificate
IPSWICH THEME - Open Age: $150 & Certificate
CHAIRPERSON'S ENCOURAGEMENT AWARD: 5 - 17 years: $50 & Certificate
CHAIRPERSON'S ENCOURAGEMENT AWARD: Open Age: $100 & Certificate
CHAIRPERSON'S SCHOOL AWARD: $150 & Certificate
MENTORSHIP AWARD: 15hr with a professional Australian Poet (valued at $1050) & Certificate
 

Mental Health Foundation Schools' Creative Writing Competition
Closing Date: 29/07/2016
Open to: Students enrolled in Years 5 - 12 in Victorian Schools
Theme: What you feel, think of, or have experienced about mental health issues

*
Accepts:
Upper Primary (Years 5 - 6): Play, Poem or Story
Size: 1,000 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: $100

Accepts:
Lower Secondary (Years 7, 8 & 9): Play, Poem or Story
Size: 1,000 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: $125

Accepts:
Upper Secondary (Years 10, 11 & 12): Play, Poem or Story
Size: 1,000 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: $150

 

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

Closing Date:
29/07/2016
Open to: Members of the ex-service community residing in Victoria (see website) aged 18 and over
*
1A
Theme: True Wartime Experience
Accepts:
Prose
Word Limit: 3,000 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: $200 & Certificate & The Sir Edward 'Weary' Dunlop Award - Cheque, Second: $100 & Certificate, Third: $75 & Certificate, Honourable Mentions: Certificate, Encouragement: The Lou Perlstein Award for Story Writing True Wartime Experience - Cheque and Engraved Plaque
*
1B

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

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

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

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

Accepts:
Prose
Word Limit: 3,000 words

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

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

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

 

MiNDFOOD Short Story
Closing Date: 30/07/2016
Open to:
Australian and New Zealand resident18 years and over
Theme:
Open
Accepts:
Short Story
Size:
Approximately 2,000 words ie. it should be around 2,000 words long
Entry Fee:
Nil
Prizes:
Australian First:  
AU$1,000 prepaid gift card, New Zealand First: NZ$1,000 prepaid gift card

 

NEW LISTING
Poetica Christi Press Annual Poetry Competition
Closing Date: 30/07/2016
Open to: Australian residents aged 16 years and over
Theme: Hope Whispers
Accepts:
Poetry
Size: 50 lines
Entry Fee: $6, 3 for $15
Prize
: First: $300, Second: $100

 

NEW LISTING
GCWA Novel Award - Fiction
Closing Date: 31/07/2016
Open to: Over 18 years of age
Theme: Open

Accepts:
Book Proposal - Fiction
Size:
Proposal: max. 3 page & Writing Sample: 30 pages max (double spaced)
Entry Fee: $30
Prize
: First: The opportunity to have their manuscript reviewed by Editor, Annette Barlow, from Allen & Unwin

 

InkTears Flash Fiction Competition
UK competition
Closing Date:
31/07/2016
Open to:
UK + International,18 years and over
Theme:
None
Accepts: Short Story
Size: 500 words
Entry Fee: £3;50
Prizes
: First: £250, Runner-up: £50, Highly commended x 4: £25, All winners: Story published to the InkTears Readership

 

Positive Words Mini Competition - July
Closing Date:
31/07/2016
Open to: All
Theme: Contains the word: Pride
Accepts:
Short Story or Poetry
Size: 100 words or 10 lines
Entry Fee: $2.00 in stamps
Prize
: Six months subscription to Positive Words

 

NEW LISTING
Seán Ó Faoláin Short Story Competition
Irish Competition

Closing Date: 31/07/2016
Open to: 16 years and over
Theme: None
Accepts:
Short Story
Size: 3,000 words
Entry Fee: €15
Prize
: First: €2,000, publication in the literary journal Southword, AND a week-long residency at Anam Cara Writer's and Artist's Retreat, Second: €500 and publication in Southword, Shortlisted x 4: publication in Southword and receive a publication fee of €120

 

Stories of Life
Closing Date: 31/07/2016
Open to: Australian citizens or those residing permanently in Australia
Theme: Spiritual moments/events from your life that speak of your Christian faith (See website for more detail)

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

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

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

 

NEW LISTING
The Scarlet Stiletto Award
Closing Date: 31/07/2016
Open to: Women 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: $15 for Sisters in Crime Members, $20 for non-members
Prizes
:
The Test Publishing Award
: $1,500 plus trophy,  
The Simon & Schuster Award Second:
$1,000,
The Sun Bookshop Third:
$500,
Allen & Unwin Award for Best Young Writer (for writers 18 or under)
: $500,
Silver Stiletto Award
: $1,000,
The Athenaeum Library ‘Body in the Library' Award:
$1,000; runner up $500,
The Every Cloud Award for Best Mystery with History Story:
$750,

Kerry Greenwood Award for Best Malice Domestic Story: $750,
HarperCollins Publishers Award for Best Romantic Suspense Story: $500,
Scarlet Stiletto Award for Best Environmental Crime Story: $500,
Scarlet Stiletto Award for Best Financial Crime Story: $500,
Clan Destine Press for Best Cross-Genre Story: $400,
Liz Navratil Award for Best Story with a Disabled Protagonist Story: $400,
ScriptWorks Award for a Great Film Idea: $200

 

AUGUST 2016


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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

The Betty Olle Poetry Award

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

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

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

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

*
Accepts:
Short Story
Size: 3,000 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: $2,000
*
Accepts:
Travel Story
Size: 30 pages.10 minutes
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: $1,500
*

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Umoja Orphanage Writing Competition
Per Website: ALL proceeds to Umoja Orphanage Kenya (Reg. Charity CH2110) and sponsorship of volunteering to Orphanage Kenya project (a Project of RAWCS) a project sponsored by Sunrise Rotary Club Bundaberg.
Closing Date: 26/08/2016
Open to: All
Theme: Peace
Accepts:
Short Fiction, essay or travel article
Size: 1,000 words
Entry Fee: $10
Prize
: First: Trophy and certificate, Second: Certificate, Third: Certificate

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

SEPTEMBER 2016 


NEW LISTING

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

FAW NSW Walter Stone Award for Life Writing

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

 

NEW LISTING
IPA - Police Down Under - Article Writing Competition

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


 

OCTOBER 2016

 

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

Prize
:First:
£500, Second: £200

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

DECEMBER 2016 


NEW LISTING

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

 

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

 

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

 

FEBRUARY 2017

 

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

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

 

JUNE 2017

 

Henry Savery National Short Story Award

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

Prize: First: $400, Second: $100