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Last updated 01/05/2019
 


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

AAWP SC Creative Nonfiction Prize
ACU Prize for Poetry
Angelo Natoli Award for a Short Story
Better Read Than Dead Writing Competition
Blue Draft Screenwriting Contest
Boroondara Literary Awards
Discovery Writers Competition
Flash 500 Novel Opening Chapter & Synopsis Competition
Hawkeye Publishing Manuscript Development + Publication Prize
Noosa Arts Theatre Playwriting Competition
NWF / Joanne Burns Microlit Award
Pens Against Poverty
Rose Award
S.D. Harvey Short Crime Story Award
Seán Ó Faoláin Short Story Competition
Sydney Hammond Memorial Short Story Writing Competition
The Estelle Pinney Short Story Competition
The Fool for Poetry Chapbook Competition
The Overland Victoria University Short Story Prize for New Writers
The Peter Blazey Fellowship

The Richell Prize for Emerging Writers
Wyndham Writing Awards

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 APRIL 2019


Tethered By Letters Spring Literary Competition
CYA - Aspiring (Unpublished) Competition
CYA - Hatchlings
Laura Literary Awards

Monash Undergraduate Prize for Creative Writing
The Monologue Adventure: Voices of Women
ABR Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize
The Fogarty Literary Award
Positive Words Short Story & Poetry Competition
Anthem Essay Contest

The Fountainhead Essay Contest

Banjo Paterson Writing Awards
ZineWest 2019
Northern Territory Literary Award
The Valerie Parv Award
Bronze Swagman Award
National Henry Lawson Society Award
Poetica Christi Press Annual Poetry Competition
Positive Words Mini Competition - April
The Best of Times Short Story Competition
The Wombat Award


MAY 2019


Bristol Short Story Prize
UK COMPETITION
Closing Date:
01/05/2019
Open to: Over 16
Theme: Open
Accepts: Short Story
Size: 4,000 words
Entry Fee: £9
Prizes
: First: £1000, Second: £500, Third: £250, Shortlisted x 17: £100

ABR Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize
Closing Date: 01/05/2019 (DATE EXTENDED)
Open to:
All
Theme:
None
Accepts:
Short Story
Size:
2,000 - 5,000 words
Entry Fee:
$25 ($15 for ABR subscribers and full-time students) or choose to subscribe with your entry (see website)
Prizes:
First:
$5,000, Second: $3,000, Third: $2,000, Commended x 3: Share of $2,500 poo


Enchanting Verses - Australian Poetry Callout
Closing Date: 01/05/2019
Open to: All
Theme:
None

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Accepts:
Poetry
Size: No limit
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: Publication
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Accepts: Essay (on Australian Poetry)
Size: 3,000 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: Publication
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(Submit 150 word bio and photo)

Questions Writing Prize

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

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

The Big Issue Fiction Edition
Closing Date: 01/05/2019
Open to: All
Theme:
None
Accepts: Fiction
Size: 300 to 3,000 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prizes
: $500 for each author published

South Perth Young Writers Award
Closing Date: 04/05/2019
Open to: School aged children residing or attending school in the City of South Perth

Theme:
None
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Accepts:
A. Year 1 - 2 - Prose
Size: 1,500 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prizes
: Prizes may be awarded for first and second in category. Possible certificates for Highly commended
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Accepts:
B. Lower Primary: Year 3 - 4 - Prose
Size: 1,500 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prizes
: Prizes may be awarded for first and second in category. Possible certificates for Highly commended
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Accepts:
C. Upper Primary: Year 5 - 6 - Prose
Size: 1,500 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prizes
: Prizes may be awarded for first and second in category. Possible certificates for Highly commended
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Accepts:
D. Lower Secondary: Year 7 - 9 - Prose
Size: 1,500 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prizes
: Prizes may be awarded for first and second in category. Possible certificates for Highly commended
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Accepts:
F. Upper Secondary: Year 10 - 12 - Prose
Size: 1,500 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prizes
: Prizes may be awarded for first and second in category. Possible certificates for Highly commended
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Most outstanding entry awarded the Christobel Mattingley Bronze Medallion

What Matters? NSW/ACT
Closing Date: 10/05/2019
Open to:
Students in NSW and ACT
Theme:
What matters to you and why
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Accepts:
Year 5 & 6: Opinion piece
Size:
400 - 600 words
Entry Fee:
Nil
Prizes: First:
$350, full-day creative writing workshop & participation in a Young Writers Forum, Runner-up: $200 &full-day creative writing workshop
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Accepts:
Year 7 & 8: Opinion piece
Size:
400 - 600 words
Entry Fee:
Nil
Prizes: First:
$350, full-day creative writing workship & participation in a Young Writers Forum, Runner-up: $200 & full-day creative writing workshop
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Accepts:
Year 9 & 10: Opinion piece
Size:
400 - 600 words
Entry Fee:
Nil
Prizes: First:
$350, a day at ReachOut.com to meet team and receive professional training as well as opportunity to be paid $200 to produce a feature article for ReachOut.com & participation in a Young Writers Forum, Runner-up: $200
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Accepts:
Year 11 & 12: Opinion piece
Size:
400 - 600 words
Entry Fee:
Nil
Prizes: First:
$350, 1 year membership to WritingNSW and opportunity to participate in a one-day writing workshop & participation in a Young Writers Forum, Runner-up: $200

 

OVERALL WINNER (across NSW/ACT and Tasmania): Ipad. trophy, invited to spend a day at the Museum of Australian Democracy

What Matters Tasmania
Closing Date: 10/05/2019
Open to: Students in Tasmania in years 5 to 12
Theme:
Focus on a matter or issue of significance, expressed with passionate conviction

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Accepts:
Opinion piece
Size: 400 - 600 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: Per prior year: Awarded in 4 categories: Years 5/6, 7/8, 9/10 & 11/12
First: $250 & invitation to participate in a Young Writers Forum, Runner-up; $200
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OVERALL WINNER (across NSW/ACT and Tasmania): Ipad. invited to spend a day at the Museum of Australian Democracy

Grieve Writing Project

Closing Date: 15/05/2019
Open to:
Australian citizens or permanent residents and over 18
Theme: Grief
Accepts:
Prose or poetry
Size: Prose: 500 words, Poetry: 36 lines
Entry Fee:
$16.50

Prizes:

$2,000 - The National Association of Loss and Grief

$1,000 -  The Pettigrew Family
$1,000 - The National Association of Loss and Grief

$500 Lifeline

$500 PalliativeCare Australia

$250 All About Grief - a work about grief or loss after the death of a child

$250 - Lake Macquarie Memorial Park

$250 - Newcastle Memorial Park

$250 Good Grief
$200 - Simplicity Funerals 

$200 - White Lady Funerals

$200 - David Lloyd Funerals

$200 - The Norman Beard Award - a story about the unending love between two people
$200 - In memory of Nathan Charles Richter

$200 - In memory of Michael Burdett

$200 - Calvary Mater Newcastle

$100 - Mindframe

$100 - National Centre for Childhood Grief

$100 - Auspsych Australia

$100 - Hope Bereavement Care

$100 - Hunter New England Health Mental Health Services Award

$100 - Blue Knot Foundation

$100 - Maclean's Booksellers - HWC members

$100 - Hunter Writers Centre

$100 - Hunter Writers Centre - People's choice

Whitsunday Voices Youth Literature Festival Short Story Competition
Closing Date: 17/05/2019
Open to:
Students from Years 3 to 12
Theme:
Open
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Accepts:
Years 3 & 4: Short Story
Size:
300 - 400 words
Entry Fee:
Nil
Prizes: First:
$70 & Timezone Birthday Party Voucher, Second: $30
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Accepts:
Years 5 & 6: Short Story
Size:
300 - 500 words
Entry Fee:
Nil
Prizes: First:
$80 & Timezone Birthday Party Voucher, Second: $50

Accepts:
Years 7 & 8: Short Story
Size:
400 - 600 words
Entry Fee:
Nil
Prizes: First:
$100, Second: $50

Accepts:
Years 9 & 10: Short Story
Size:
600 - 800 words
Entry Fee:
Nil
Prizes: First:
$200, Second: $70

Accepts:
Years 11 & 12: Short Story
Size:
800 - 1,200 words
Entry Fee:
Nil
Prizes: First:
$250, Second: $100


Seniors Card Short Story Competition
Closing Date:
22/05/2019
Open to: New South Wales Seniors Card holders
Theme: Love Your Life
Accepts:
Short Story
Size: 1,000 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: Publication in anthology


SAETA Young Writers Award
Closing Date: 24/05/2019
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Open to:
South Australian Students: Reception  to Yr 1
Theme:
None
Accepts:
Poetry or Prose
Size:
1,000 words
Entry Fee:
Nil
Prizes:
Not specified
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Open to:
South Australian Students: Yr 2 & Yr 3
Theme:
None
Accepts:
Poetry or Prose
Size:
1,000 words

Entry Fee:
Nil
Prizes:
Not specified
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Open to:
South Australian Students: Yr 4 to Yr 6
Theme:
None
Accepts:
Poetry or Prose
Size:
1,000 words

Entry Fee:
Nil
Prizes:
Not specified
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Open to:
South Australian Students: Yr 7 & Yr 8
Theme:
None
Accepts:
Poetry or Prose
Size:
1,000 words

Entry Fee:
Nil
Prizes:
Not specified
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Open to:
South Australian Students: Yr 9 & Yr 10
Theme:
None
Accepts:
Poetry or Prose
Size:
1,000 words

Entry Fee:
Nil
Prizes:
Not specified
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Open to:
South Australian Students: Yr 11 & Yr 12
Theme:
None
Accepts:
Poetry or Prose
Size:
1,000 words
Entry Fee:
Nil
Prizes:
Not specified


NEW LISTING
AAWP SC Creative Nonfiction Prize
Closing Date:
31/05/2019
Open to:
Emerging writers across Australasia
Theme: None
Accepts:
Essay/Profile/Memoir/Article
Size: 3,000 words
Entry Fee: $20
Prize: $500 as well as fully subsidised fees to attend the annual conference

NEW LISTING
Angelo Natoli Award for a Shorty Story
Closing Date: 31/05/2019
Open to:
All
Theme: None
Accepts:
Short Story
Size: 3,000 words
Entry Fee: $20. ($15 for FAW members)
Prize: First: $750, Highly Commended: $250, Commended x 2:  Certificate


Bruce Dawe National Poetry Prize
Closing Date: 31/05/2019
Open to: Australian citizens or Permanent Residents of Australia
Theme: None
Accepts: Poetry
Size: 50 lines
Entry Fee: $6
Prizes: First: $3,000, Highly Commended x 2: $500
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Future Leaders Writing Prize
Closing Date: 31/05/2019
Open to: Year 11 & 12 students in Australian Secondary Schools
Theme: None
Accepts:
Fiction or Non-fiction
Size: 800 - 1,000 words
Entry Fee:
Nil
Prize: First:
$1,000

Imagination Creation Western Union Young Writers
Closing Date:
31/05/2019
Open to: 18 years and under
Theme:
None
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Accepts: Poetry - 10 years and under
Size: Not mentioned
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize:
First: $100, Second: $50

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Accepts: Story/Prose - 10 years and under
Size: 1,000 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize:
First: $100, Second: $50

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Accepts: Poetry - 11 - 14 years
Size: Not mentioned
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize:
First: $120, Second: $60

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Accepts: Story/Prose - 11 - 14 years
Size: 2,000 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize:
First: $120, Second: $60
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Accepts: Poetry - 15 - 18 years
Size: Not mentioned
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize:
First: $150, Second: $70

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Accepts: Story/Prose - 15 - 18 years
Size: 3,000 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize:
First: $150, Second: $70
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OTHER AWARDS
Sherryl Clark Award: $100
Wyhham Local Award: $50 x 4


Poetry d'Amour
Closing Date: 31/05/2019
Open to:
All
Theme:
Love
Accepts:
Poetry
Size:
40 lines
Entry Fee:
$10, $20 for 2, $25 for 3, $30 for 4
Prizes:
First:
$500 plus opportunity to perform, Runner-Up: $200 plus opportunity to perform, Highly Commended x 2: Certificate, Commended x 2: Certificate, Youth Incentive (Under 21): $100 and opportunity to perform


Positive Words Mini Competition - May
Closing Date:
31/05/2019
Open to: All
Theme: Contains the word: Dream
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

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

The Australian / Vogel's Literary Award
Closing Date:
31/05/2019
Open to: Australian residents aged under 35 years on 31 May 2019
Theme: None
Accepts:
Unpublished manuscript: Fiction, Australian History or biography
Size: 30,000 - 100,000 words
Entry Fee: $25
Prize
: An advance against royalties plus prize money totalling $20,000

JUNE 2019

Stuart Hadow Prize
Closing Date:
01/06/2019
Open to: Australians
Theme: Open
Accepts:
Short Story
Size: 3,000 words
Entry Fee:
$15
Prize
: First: $1,000 and one week's unpaid residency at Mattie Furphy House, Second: $300. Third: $100,  2 x Highly Commended, 2 x Commended


The Bath Novel Award
UK COMPETITION
Closing Date: 02/06/2019
Open to:
International writers yet to be traditionally published, 16 years or over
Theme:
None
Accepts:
Unsigned novel written for adults or young adults
Size:
First 5,000 words plus one page synopsis (Full novel must be at least 50,000 words)
Entry Fee:
£25
Prizes:
First:
£2,500, Most promising Longlisted novel: Online professional editing course worth £1,800, Short listed: manuscript feedback & literary agent introductions

NEW LISTING
The Overland Victoria University Short Story Prize for New Writers
Closing Date: 03/06/2019
Open to:
New or emerging writers (see website for more detail)
Theme: Open

Accepts:
Short Story
Size:
3,000 words
Entry Fee: $20, $12 for Overland subscribers (or $56 for entry fee and subscription), Nil for VIctoria University Students
Prize
: First: $6,000, Runners-up x 2: $1,000

Fresh Words Writing Competition
Closing Date: 07/06/2019
Open to: Young perople who live, work or study in the City of Casey
Theme: None

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Accepts:
Creative Writing
Size:
750 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prizes
: Unspecified. Judged according to year levels: Years 5 & 6, Years 7 & 9 and Years 10 & 12

Accepts:
Poetry/Lyrics
Size:
1 page
Entry Fee: Nil
Prizes
: Unspecified. Judged according to year levels: Years 5 & 6, Years 7 & 9 and Years 10 & 12

Accepts:
English as a Second Langage
Size:
750 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prizes
: Unspecified. Judged according to year levels: Years 5 & 6, Years 7 & 9 and Years 10 & 12

Newcastle Poetry Prize
Closing Date:
12/06/2019
Open to: Australian citizens or permanent residents of Australia, aged over 18 years
Theme: None
Accepts: Poem or Suite of poems
Size: 200 lines
Entry Fee: $33
Prize:
First: $15,000, Second: $5,000, Third: $1,000, Local Award: $200, Harri Jones Memorial Prize (for a poet under 36 years): $500, Commended x 2: $250, Selected for Anthology: $75

Stringybark Times Past Award
Closing Date: 16/06/2019
Theme: Historical Fiction with a link to Australia

Open to:
All
Accepts:
Short Story
Size: 1,500 words (plus 100 words to explain the historical 'facts')
Entry Fee: $14, $26 for 2, $36 for 3
Prizes
:
First: $350 + publication + e-book + paperback + choice of any two Stringybark anthologies (other than the Stringybark Times Past Award anthology) (Value $400), Second: $250 + publication + e-book + paperback + choice of any two Stringybark anthologies (other than the Stringybark Times Past Award anthology) (Value $300), Third: $125 + publication + e-book + paperback + choice of any two Stringybark anthologies (other than the Stringybark Times Past Award anthology) (Value $175), Highly commended: publication + e-book

NEW LISTING
The Peter Blazey Fellowship
Closing Date: 17/06/2019
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 & one month residency at the Australia Centre

Ros Spencer Poetry Prize
Closing Date:
28/06/2019
Open to:
All
Theme: None
Accepts:
Poetry
Size: 60 lines
Entry Fee: $10, $20 for 2, $25 for 3, $30 for 4
Prize: First: $701, Second: $299, Highly Commended x 2, Commended x 2


Audio Arcadia's General Fiction Short Story Competition
UK COMPETITION
Closing Date:
30/06/2019
Open to:
Aged 18 plus
Theme: None
Accepts:
Short Story
Size: 5,000 words
Entry Fee: $USD 8.50
Prize: Percentage of royalties

NEW LISTING
Better Read Than Dead Writing Competition
Closing Date: 30/06/2019
Open to:
Australian residents residing within NSW, over 18
Theme: Inspired by quote on website
Accepts:
Creative piece
Size: 2,000 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize: First: $1,000, Runner-up x 2: $250, Top Entries: Publication


NEW LISTING
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

Dorothea Mackellar Poetry Awards
Closing Date: 30/06/2019
Open to:
School Students enrolled in Australian education facilities

Theme: Optional theme: Is There Anybody There?

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Accepts:
Lower Primary (Years K - 3) Poetry
Size: 80 lines
Entry Fee:  
Individual (where home-schooled or school not taking part): $15 online or $25 postal, School Entry up to 30 entries: $25 online or $35 postal, School Entry over 30 entries: $50 online or $60 postal

Prize: First: $300, trophy & prize pack, Runner-up: $150 & prize pack
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Accepts:
Upper Primary (Years 4 - 6. Year 7 in SA) Poetry
Size: 80 lines
Entry Fee:  
Individual (where home-schooled or school not taking part): $15 online or $25 postal, School Entry up to 30 entries: $25 online or $35 postal, School Entry over 30 entries: $50 online or $60 postal

Prize: First: $400, trophy & prize pack, Runner-up: $200 & prize pack

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Accepts:
Assisted Learning Primary Poetry
Size: 80 lines
Entry Fee:  
Individual (where home-schooled or school not taking part): $15 online or $25 postal, School Entry up to 30 entries: $25 online or $35 postal, School Entry over 30 entries: $50 online or $60 postal

Prize: First: $400, trophy & prize pack, Runner-up: $200 & prize pack
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Accepts:
Junior Secondary (Years 7 - 9) Poetry
Size: 80 lines
Entry Fee:  
Individual (where home-schooled or school not taking part): $15 online or $25 postal, School Entry up to 30 entries: $25 online or $35 postal, School Entry over 30 entries: $50 online or $60 postal

Prize: First: $500, trophy & prize pack, Runner-up: $300 & prize pack

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Accepts:
Senior Secondary (Years 10 - 12) Poetry
Size: 80 lines
Entry Fee:  
Individual (where home-schooled or school not taking part): $15 online or $25 postal, School Entry up to 30 entries: $25 online or $35 postal, School Entry over 30 entries: $50 online or $60 postal

Prize: First: $500, trophy & prize pack, Runner-up: $300 & prize pack

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Accepts:
Assisted Learning Secondary Poetry
Size: 80 lines
Entry Fee:
Individual (where home-schooled or school not taking part): $15 online or $25 postal, School Entry up to 30 entries: $25 online or $35 postal, School Entry over 30 entries: $50 online or $60 postal

Prize: First: $500, trophy & prize pack, Runner-up: $300 & prize pack

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Accepts:
Multicultural NSW Award

Theme:
Cultural diversity within Australian community
Size: 80 lines
Entry Fee:
Individual (where home-schooled or school not taking part): $15 online or $25 postal, School Entry up to 30 entries: $25 online or $35 postal, School Entry over 30 entries: $50 online or $60 postal

Prize: First: $500, trophy & prize pack
*
PRIMARY SCHOOL AWARD: $1,000, trophy & prize pack
*
SECONDARY SCHOOL AWARD: $1,000, trophy & prize pack


Positive Words Mini Competition - June
Closing Date:
30/06/2019
Open to: All
Theme: Contains the word: Fence
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

Scribes Writers - "Poetic Licence"

Closing Date: 30/06/2019
Open to: All
Theme: Open

*
Accepts:
A. Traditional Verse
Size: 60 lines
Entry Fee: $7

Prize: First: $200, Second: $100
*

Accepts:
B. Free Verse
Size: 60 lines
Entry Fee: $7

Prize: First: $200, Second: $100

Society of Women Writers NSW Inc - National Writing Competition
Closing Date: 30/06/2019
Open to: Female writers who are Australian citizens or permanent residents aged over 18 years
Theme: Not mentioned

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Accepts:
Short Story - Fiction
Size: 3,000 words
Entry Fee:
$40 ($30 for members)

Prize: First: $500, Highly Commended: $250, Commended: $100
*

Accepts:
Short Story - Non Fiction
Size: 3,000 words
Entry Fee:
$40 ($30 for members)

Prize: First: $500, Highly Commended: $250, Commended: $100
*
Accepts:
Poetry
Size: 80 lines
Entry Fee:
$20 ($15 for 1, $40 for 3:  for members)

Prize: First: $300, Highly Commended: $200, Commended: $100

NEW LISTING
The Fool for Poetry Chapbook Competition
IRISH COMPETITION
Closing Date: 30/06/2019
Open to: All
Theme: None
Accepts:
Poetry collection
Size: 16 - 24 pages
Entry Fee: €25
Prize
: First: €1000, publication and 25 copies, Second:  €500, publication and 25 copies
In addition,
the winning poets will also be offered a reading and three nights' accommodation at the 2020 Cork International Poetry Festival.

The Moth International Short Story Prize
IRISH COMPETITION

Closing Date: 30/06/2019
Open to: Over 18
Theme: None
Accepts:
Short Story
Size: 5,000 words
Entry Fee: €15
Prize: First: €3,000, Second: a week-long writing retreat at Circle of Misse in France (including €250 for travel), Third: €1,000.

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

Wells Festival of Literature Competition
UK COMPETITION
Closing Date:
30/06/2019
Open to:
All
Theme:
Open
*
Accepts:
Poetry
Size:
35 lines
Entry Fee:
 £6
Prizes:
First:
£750, Second: £300, Third: £200, Local Prize: £100
*
Accepts:
Short Story
Size:
1,000 - 2,000 words
Entry Fee:
 £6
Prizes:
First:
£750, Second: £300, Third: £200, Local Prize: £100
*
Accepts:
A Book for Children (9+)
Size:
First three chapters or 30 pages, whichever is shortest, plus a synopsis (Shortlisted entrants asked for complete manuscript)
Entry Fee:
 £6
Prizes:
First:
£750, Second: £300, Third: £200, Local Prize: £100
*

Accepts:
Young Poets (16 - 22 years old)
Size:
35 lines
Entry Fee:
 £3
Prizes:
First:
£150 plus 1 year's subscription to The Poetry Society, Second: £75, Third: £50, Local Prize: £100

NEW LISTING
Wyndham Writing Awards
Closing Date: 
30/06/2019
Open to:
 Residents of Victoria 18+
Theme: Nil

*

Accepts: 
Graphic Short Story
Size:
 4-8 A4 pages, each page having a least 2 panels
Entry Fee:
 Nil
Prize: $400, Wyndham Local Encouragement Award: $200
*

Accepts: 
Short Story
Size:
 1500-3000 words
Entry Fee:
 Nil
Prize: $400, Wyndham Local Encouragement Award: $200
*

Accepts: 
Poetry
Size:
 60 lines
Entry Fee:
 Nil
Prize: $100, Wyndham Local Encouragement Award: $50
*

Accepts: 
Flash Fiction
Size:
 100-600 words
Entry Fee: Nil

Prize: $100, Wyndham Local Encouragement Award: $50



JULY 2019

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
*
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
*
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
*
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
*
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:
1,200 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
*
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


NEW LISTING
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
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
 

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

*
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
*
Accepts:
Young people (12 - 17): Poetry
Size: 40 lines
Entry Fee: Nil for first poem, £1.75 thereafter
Prize
: Not mentioned
*
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
*
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
*
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


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

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

*
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. 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
*
Accepts:
E. Open (Teachers):
Short Story
Size:
800-2,500 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: $300, Second: $200, Third: $100

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

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

NEW LISTING
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

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)

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

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

NEW LISTING
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

NEW LISTING
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

*
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

*
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
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

*
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

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

NEW LISTING
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

*
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

 

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

*
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

SEPTEMBER 2019

NEW LISTING
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

NEW LISTING
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
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

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).

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
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INTERNATIONAL POETRY PRIZE
Accepts:
Poetry

Size:
40 lines
Entry Fee: £10, £5 for members, optional feedback: £10
Prize
: First:  £100, Second:  £50, Third:  £25
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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

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

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


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

NEW LISTING
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


OCTOBER 2019

NEW LISTING
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

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
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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
 

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
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

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

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

NEW LISTING

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