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Last updated 01/11/2014

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!

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

NEW LISTINGS THIS MONTH

The Ada Cambridge Biographical Proze Prize
The Ada Cambridge Poetry Prize
Bristol Short Story Prize
British Theatre Challenge
Calibre Prize 2015
Eyre Writers Literary Awards
Griffin Award
International Day for People with a Disability Writing Competition
The Nakata Brophy Short Fiction Prize for Young Indigenous Writers
Sentinel Literary Quarterly Poetry Competition
Sentinel Literary Quarterly Short Story Competition
Summer Holidays Writing Competition
The 2015 Tabor Adelaide Creative Writing Awards
Tethered By Letters Fall Literary Competition
The Young Adas

THROUGH THE YEAR

Cut a Long Story Short
Closing Date: Quarterly: end Jan, end Apr, end Jul and end Oct
Open to: New writers (Authors earning above $25,000 or equivalent in the preceding 12 months will NOT be eligible
Theme: Themes may be specified so check website (NOT stories for children)
Accepts: Fiction
Size: 3,000 - 5,000 words
Entry Fee: $8
Prize: Placed entries will be published on Kindle and offered on Amazon within 2 weeks of the results being published. Monetary prizes will be dependant on number of entries

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

NOVEMBER 2014

Earth Vision Writing Contest
US COMPETITION
Closing Date:  
01/11/2014
Open to:  All
Theme:
Celebrating the natural environment
Accepts:
Short fiction, short creative non-fiction, poetic prose or poetry
Size:  5,000 words
Entry Fee: $US 15
Prizes
: First: $US 500, Second x 2: $US 100

PRIMOLife Christmas Short Story
Closing Date:  01/11/2014
Open to:  Resident of Western Australia and over 18
Theme:
A Magical Christmas
Accepts:
Short story
Size:  1,200 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: Published in the December issue of PRIMOLife magazine with an illustration by award-winning artist Karen Blair, article and artwork framed and signed by the artist

What's Your Story?
Closing Date:  01/11/2014
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MY MICROMEMOIR
Open to:
 All
Theme:
Autobiographical or inspired by real events experienced by the author
Accepts:
Memoir
Size:  1,000 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prizes
: First: $300, Stonnington Prize: $200
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MY MICROMEMOIR
Open to:
 Aged 5-12 and attending school in Stonnington
Theme:
Autobiographical or inspired by real events experienced by the author
Accepts:
Memoir
Size:  500 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prizes
: First: $150 worth of books
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MY MICROMEMOIR
Open to:
 Aged 13-18 and attending school in Stonnington
Theme:
Autobiographical or inspired by real events experienced by the author
Accepts:
Memoir
Size:  750 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prizes
: First: $150 worth of books
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MY LIFE, MY POEM
Open to:
 All
Theme:
Autobiographical or inspired by real events experienced by the author
Accepts:
Poetry
Size:  40 lines
Entry Fee: Nil
Prizes
: First: $300, Stonnington Prize: $200

Commonwealth Short Story Prize
Closing Date:  15/11/2014
Open to:
 Citizen of a Commonwealth country and 18 years or over
Theme: None
Accepts:
Short Story
Size:  2,000- 5,000 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prizes
: First: £5,000 (if translated, translator recieves £2,000), Regional:   £2,500 (if translated, translator recieves £1,000)

The Overland Judith Wright Poetry Prize
Closing Date:  15/11/2014
Open to:
 Australian citizens or permanent residents who have not had a collection of work published by a commercial publisher
Theme: None
Accepts:
Poetry
Size:  80 lines
Entry Fee: $18  (or $56 to enter and subscribe for a year), $12 for subscribers to Overland
Prizes
: First: $6,000, Second:  $2,000, Third:  $1,000

Dear Monica
Closing Date:  17/11/2014
Open to:  Australian residents aged 18 years and over
Theme: Family memories
Accepts:
Letter
Size:  1,000 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prizes
: First: $5,000, Runner up x 10:  signed copy of Monica McInerney’s Hello from the Gillespies

Rhonda Jankovic Poetry Award
Closing Date:  25/11/2014
Open to:  All
Theme: Social Justice
Accepts:
Poetry
Size:  50 lines
Entry Fee: $5
Prizes
: First: $500, Second:  $200, Third:  $100, Highly Commended & Commeded:  Certificate

Bhagavad Gita As It Is Essay Competition
Closing Date:  
28/11/2014
Open to:
Students enrolled at an Autralian University or Tertiary Education Institution
Theme:
'Bhagavad Gita As It Is' by A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada
Accepts: Essay
Size: 2,500 - 3,000 words
Entry Fee: $35
Prize
: $10,000

Child Writes Competition  Illustrators category available
Closing Date:
28/11/2014
Open to:
Australian primary-school aged children
Theme: None
Accepts: Childrens' Book
Size: 800 words
Entry Fee: $15
Prize
: Winning writer paired with the winning illustrator, to produce a book, which will be published by Boogie Books as a hard copy publication, and distributed by Child Writes.
Royalties will be paid to the author and illustrator, for book sales that are generated

NEW LISTING
International Day for People with a Disability Writing Competition
Closing Date: 28/11/2014
Open to:
Australian residents aged over 16 years
Theme: Experience of living with or caring for a person with a disability
Accepts: Short Story
Size: 500 words
Entry Fee:
Nil
Prize
: Not specified

Atlantis Short Story Competition
USA Competition
Closing Date:
30/11/2014
Open to:
International - Published writers who have earned more than US$5,000 through their literary work(s) are not allowed to enter the contest. In special cases just contact us. Exceptions possibl
Theme:  None
Accepts: Short Story
Size: 2,500 words
Entry Fee: US $10 with no feedback, US $15 with feedback, US $20 with detailed feedback within two weeks
Prizes
: 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 & Short Story's title post on website , Every participant: Brief Comment and Evaluation Table

The Blackened Billy Verse Competition
Closing Date:
30/11/2014
Open to: All
Theme: Bush Verse
Accepts: Poetry
Size: No limit
Entry Fee: $5, 5 for $20
Prizes
First: $600 and the famous Blackened Billy Trophy and certificate, Second: $300 and certificate, Third: $200 and certificate

 

FAW National Literary Awards
NOTE: Many of these awards required that the work be written after a certain date.
Closing Date: 30/11/2014
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1. FAW EXCELLENCE IN NON-FICTION LITERATURE AWARD - published work
Open to: Australian Resident
Theme: Australian Theme
Accepts: Non-Fiction
Size: Not Mentioned
Entry Fee: $20 (Members: $10)
Prize
$500
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2. FAW CHRISTINA STEAS AWARD - published work
Open to: Australian Resident
Theme: None
Accepts: Fiction
Size: Not Mentioned
Entry Fee: $20 (Members: $10)
Prize
$500
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3. FAW ANNE ELDER AWARD - published work
Open to: Australian Resident
Theme: None
Accepts: Poetry
Size: At least 20 pages of text
Entry Fee: $20 (Members: $10)
Prize
$500
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4. BARBARA RAMSDEN AWARD - published work
Open to: Australian Resident
Theme: None
Accepts: Fiction or Non-Fiction
Size: Not Mentioned
Entry Fee: $20 (Members: $10)
Prize
: Bronze plaques to editor and author
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5. FAW IMPACT DIGITAL COMMUNITY WRITERS AWARD - unpublished work
Open to: Australian Resident
Theme: None
Accepts: Poetry and/or Prose
Size: 30,000 words and no piece more than 3,000 words
Entry Fee: $15 (Members: $10)
Prize
$500 Impact Digital Print Voucher
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6. FAW JENNIFER BURBRIDGE SHORT STORY AWARD - unpublished work
Open to: Australian Resident
Theme: Aspect of lives of those who suffer some form of physical, intellectual or mental health disability and/or the impact of disability on their families in an Australian situation
Accepts: Short Story
Size: 3,000 words
Entry Fee: $15 (Members: $10)
Prize
$250
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7. FAW MARY GRANT BRUCE SHORT STORY AWARD FOR CHILDRENS' LITERATURE - unpublished work
Open to: Australian Resident
Theme: Stories aimed at readers aged 10 - 15 years
Accepts: Short Story
Size: 5,000 words
Entry Fee: $15 (Members: $5)
Prizes
First: $600, Second: $300, Shires Prize: $200
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8. FAW JOHN SHAW NEILSON POETRY AWARD - unpublished work
Open to: Australian Resident
Theme: None
Accepts: Poetry
Size: 14 - 60 lines
Entry Fee: $15 (Members: $5)
Prizes
First: $600, Second: $150
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9A. FAW JIM HAMILTON AWARD - unpublished work
Open to: Australian Resident
Theme: None
Accepts: Fiction Novel
Size: Minimum 30,000 words
Entry Fee: $20 (Members: $10)
Prize
: An offer to review for publishing by category sponsors,Allen & Unwin
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9B. FAW JIM HAMILTON AWARD - unpublished work
Open to: Australian Resident
Theme: Science Fiction or Fantasy
Accepts:
Fiction Novel
Size: Minimum 30,000 words
Entry Fee: $20 (Members: $10)
Prize
: An offer to review for publishing by category sponsors,Twelfth Planet Press
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10. FAW ANGELO B. NATOLI SHORT STORY AWARD - unpublished work
Open to: Australian Resident
Theme: None
Accepts: Short Story
Size: 3,000 words
Entry Fee: $15 (Members: $5)
Prizes
First: $600, Second: $400
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11. FAW DI CRANSTON AWARD - unpublished work
Open to: Australian Resident
Theme: None
Accepts: Stage play, Radio play, Television scrip or Screenplay
Size: 120 pages
Entry Fee: $15 (Members: $5)
Prize
$250
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12A. FAW YOUNG POET OF THE YEAR AWARD - unpublished work
Open to: Australian Resident, Ages 8 - 12
Theme: None
Accepts: Poetry
Size: No limit
Entry Fee: $8, or 6 for $36 (Members: $3)
Prizes
$150, 4 x $50 across 12A and 12B
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12B. FAW YOUNG POET OF THE YEAR AWARD - unpublished work
Open to: Australian Resident, Ages 13 - 16
Theme: None
Accepts: Poetry
Size: No limit
Entry Fee: $8, or 6 for $36 (Members: $3)
Prizes
$250, 4 x $50 across 12A and 12B
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13A. FAW MICHAEL DUGAN SHORT STORY AWARD - unpublished work
Open to: Australian Resident, Ages 8 - 12
Theme: None
Accepts: Short Story
Size: 3,000 words
Entry Fee: $8, or 6 for $36 (Members: $3)
Prize
$100
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13B. FAW MICHAEL DUGAN SHORT STORY AWARD - unpublished work
Open to: Australian Resident, Ages 13 - 16
Theme: None
Accepts: Short Story
Size: 3,000 words
Entry Fee: $8, or 6 for $36 (Members: $3)
Prize
$150
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14. FAW JOHN MORRISON SHORT STORY AWARD - unpublished work
Open to: Australian Resident, Ages 17- 20
Theme: None
Accepts: Short Story
Size: 3,000 words
Entry Fee: $8, or 6 for $36 (Members: $3)
Prizes
First: $200, Second: $100
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15. FAW MAVIS THORPE CLARKE AWARD - PART A - unpublished work
Open to: Individual student attending an Australian Secondary School
Theme: None
Accepts: All forms of writing
Size: Up to 10 pieces
Entry Fee: $10 (Members: $3)
Prize
$350
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16. FAW MAVIS THORPE CLARKE AWARD - PART B - unpublished work
Open to: Group of students attending the same Australian Secondary School
Theme: None
Accepts: All forms of writing
Size: Up to 15 pieces
Entry Fee: $8 (Members: $3)
Prize
$200
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17A. FAW IVY HART PEACE AND ENVIRONMENT RHYMING POETRY AWARD - unpublished work
Open to: Students in Years 3 or 4
Theme: Peace or the Environment
Accepts: Poetry
Size: Not mentioned
Entry Fee: Nil
Prizes
First: $100, Runner Up: $25
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17B. FAW IVY HART PEACE AND ENVIRONMENT RHYMING POETRY AWARD - unpublished work
Open to: Students in Years 5 or 6
Theme: Peace or the Environment
Accepts: Poetry
Size: Not mentioned
Entry Fee: Nil
Prizes
First: $100, Runner Up: $25

Gold Coast Writers Book Proposal
Closing Date:
30/11/2014
Open to: All
Theme: None
Accepts: Fiction or Non-Fiction
Size: See website
Entry Fee: $25 (plus $5 printing fee for email entries)
Prizes
: First: $3,650 publishing package from Palmer Higgs, Second: $1,000 copy editing package from M J Editing

The Gregory O'Donoghue Interational Poetry Competition
IRISH COMPETITION
Closing Date: 30/11/2014
Open to: All
Theme: None
Accepts: Poetry
Size: 40 lines
Entry Fee: €5, €20 for five
Prizes
: First: €1000, a week's residency at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre, publication in Southword
and a trip to Cork, Ireland*, Second: €500 & publication in
Southword, Third: €250 & publication in Southword, Runners Up x 10: published in Southword and receive €30 publication fee

Inktears Short Story Competition
UK competition
Closing Date:
30/11/2014
Open to:
UK + International,18 years and over
Theme:
None
Accepts: Short Story
Size: 1,000 - 3,500 words
Entry Fee: £6
Prizes
: First: £1,000, Runner-up: £100, Highly commended x 4: £25, All winners: Story published to the InkTears Readership

Magic Oxygen Literary Prize
UK competition
Closing Date:
30/11/2014
Open to:
16 years and over
Theme: None
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Accepts:
Short Story
Size: 50 lines
Entry Fee: £5
Prizes
: First: £1,000, Second: £300, Third: £100, Highly Commended x 2: £50
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Accepts:
Poetry
Size: 4,000 words
Entry Fee: £5
Prizes
: First: £1,000, Second: £300, Third: £100, Highly Commended x 2: £50
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A tree planted in Kenya for every entry. GPS co-ordinates emailed to entrants.

Positive Words Mini-Competition
Send entries to The Editor, Sandra James, PO Box 798, Heathcote, Victoria, 3523
Closing Date:
30/11/2014
Open to: All
Theme:
Contain the word: LAUGHTER
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Accepts: Short Story
Size:  100 words
Entry Fee: $1.20 in unused stamps
Prize
: Six months subscription to Positive words
 
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Accepts: Poetry
Size:  10 lines
Entry Fee: $1.20 in unused stamps
Prize
: Six months subscription to Positive words

Ron Pretty Poetry Prize
Closing Date:
30/11/2014
Open to:
Over 18 years old
Theme: None
Accepts: Poetry
Size: 30 lines
Entry Fee: $20 ($10 for each subsequent)
Prize
: $5,000

NEW LISTING
Sentinel Literary Quarterly Poetry Story Competition
UK COMPETITION
Closing Date: 30/11/2014
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, 7 for £16, 10 for £22
Prize
: First: £200, Second: £75, Third: £50, Commendation x 3: £20

NEW LISTING
Sentinel Literary Quarterly Short Story Competition
UK COMPETITION
Closing Date: 30/11/2014
Open to: All
Theme: None
Accepts: Short Story
Size: 1,500 words
Entry Fee:
£5, 2 for £8, 3 for £10, 4 for £12
Prize
: First: £200, Second: £75, Third: £50, Commendation x 3: £20

Snowy Mountains Muster Bush Poetry
Closing Date:
30/11/2014
Open to:  Not mentioned
Theme: Bush Poetry
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Accepts:
Novice Section
Size: Not Mentioned
Entry Fee: $6, 3 for $15
Prize
: First: $50 & Book Trophy, Certificates to Sixth place
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Accepts:
Stripling Section (15 and under)
Theme: Heritage, Australian History, The High Country, PioneerBush Poetry
Size: Not Mentioned
Entry Fee: $6, 3 for $15
Prize
: First: $50 & Book Trophy, Certificates to Sixth place
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Accepts:
Humorous Section
Size: Not Mentioned
Entry Fee: $6, 3 for $15
Prize
: First: $200 & Book Trophy, Certificates to Sixth place
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Accepts:
Serious Section
Size: Not Mentioned
Entry Fee: $6, 3 for $15
Prize
: First: $200 & Book Trophy, Certificates to Sixth place
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OVERALL MUSTER POET CHAMPION: $100, Certificate and Pertetual Trophy

DECEMBER 2014

The 2015 Somerset National Novella Writing Competition
Closing Date:
05/12/2014
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: 6,000 - 10,000 words
Entry Fee: $20
Prizes
: National winner: $2,650 and a full editorial report from Penguin Group (Australia), State Winners: Unspecified cash prize and personalised advice from Penguin Group (Australia)

Hal Porter Short Story Competition
Closing Date:
12/12/2014
Open to: All
Theme: None
Accepts: Short Story
Size: 2,500 words
Entry Fee: $6
Prize
: $1,000

International Junior Authors Poetry Contest
CANADIAN COMPETITION
Closing Date:
15/12/2014
Theme: None
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CATEGORY 1
Open to:
Aged 18 - 21
Accepts: Poetry
Size: 50 lines
Entry Fee: Nil ($10 CAD for feedback optional)
Prizes
: First:  published on website, a signed copy of Polly Wants to Be a Writer: The Junior Authors Guide to Writing and Getting Published  by Laura Michelle Thomas, a certificate of achievement, Second to fourth: mentioned on website, $10 CAD Amazon gift card, a certificate of achievement, Fifth to eighth: a certificate of achievement and mention on website.
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CATEGORY 2
Open to:
Aged 15 - 17
Accepts: Poetry
Size: 50 lines
Entry Fee: Nil ($10 CAD for feedback optional)
Prizes
: First:  published on website, a signed copy of Polly Wants to Be a Writer: The Junior Authors Guide to Writing and Getting Published  by Laura Michelle Thomas, a certificate of achievement, Second to fourth: mentioned on website, $10 CAD Amazon gift card, a certificate of achievement, Fifth to eighth: a certificate of achievement and mention on website.
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CATEGORY 3
Open to:
Aged 12 - 14
Accepts: Poetry
Size: 50 lines
Entry Fee: Nil ($10 CAD for feedback optional)
Prizes
: First:  published on website, a signed copy of Polly Wants to Be a Writer: The Junior Authors Guide to Writing and Getting Published  by Laura Michelle Thomas, a certificate of achievement, Second to fourth: mentioned on website, $10 CAD Amazon gift card, a certificate of achievement, Fifth to eighth: a certificate of achievement and mention on website.
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CATEGORY 4
Open to:
Aged 9 - 11
Accepts: Poetry
Size: 50 lines
Entry Fee: Nil ($10 CAD for feedback optional)
Prizes
: First:  published on website, a signed copy of Polly Wants to Be a Writer: The Junior Authors Guide to Writing and Getting Published  by Laura Michelle Thomas, a certificate of achievement, Second to fourth: mentioned on website, $10 CAD Amazon gift card, a certificate of achievement, Fifth to eighth: a certificate of achievement and mention on website

Peter Porter Poetry Prize
Closing Date:
15/12/2014
Open to: All
Theme: None
Accepts: Poetry
Size: 75 lines
Entry Fee: $22 ($15 for ABR subscribers)
Prizes
: First: $5,000, Shortlisted entries: $500


NEW LISTING
Tethered by Letters Fall Literary Competition
US COMPETITION
Closing Date: 15/12/2014
Open to: All
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Theme:
None
Accepts: Short Story
Size: 1,000 to 7,500 words
Entry Fee: $US 10
Prizes
: First: $US 250 & publication, 5 x finalists: consideration for publication

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Theme:
None
Accepts: Flash Fiction
Size: 55, 250 or 500 words
Entry Fee: $US 4 or 3 for $US 10
Prizes
: First: $US 50 & publication, 3 x finalists: consideration for publication

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Theme:
None
Accepts: Poetry
Size: three pages
Entry Fee: $US 5 or 3 for $US 12
Prizes
: First: $US 100 & publication, 3 x finalists: consideration for publication

 

Tom Collins Poetry Prize
Closing Date:
15/12/2014
Open to: All
Theme: None
Accepts: Poetry
Size: 60 lines
Entry Fee: $10, $15 for two, $20 for three
Prizes
: First: $1,000 , Second: $400, 4 x Highly Commended: $150 , 4 x Commended:  certificate

The 2015 Somerset National Poetry Prize
Closing Date:
19/12/2014
Open to:
All current secondary school students who are Australian citizens or permanent residents  attending school or receiving home schooling in Australia under 19 years of age at close of entries
Theme: None
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Accepts:
Junior Secondary - Years 7 to 9
Size: 50 lines
Entry Fee: $15
Prize
: $300 plus flights to attend the Somerset Celebration of Literature festival
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Accepts:
Senior Secondary - Years 10 to 12
Size: 50 lines
Entry Fee: $15
Prize
: $300 plus flights to attend the Somerset Celebration of Literature festival

The Joanne Burns Micro-lit Award
Closing Date: 21/12/2014
Open to:
Australian citizens or permanent residents of Australia, and over 18
Theme: Disclocation
Accepts: Short Story
Size: 200 words
Entry Fee: $7
Prize
: $300

Nature Writing Prize - Biennial
Closing Date: 24/12/2014
Open to:
Australian citizens or permanent residents of Australia, and over 18
Theme: Setting of an Australian landscape
Accepts: Essay
Size: 3,000 - 5,000 words
Entry Fee: $40
Prize
: $5,000

Ballymaloe International Poetry Prize
IRISH COMPETITION
Closing Date:
31/12/2014
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 2015 issue of The Moth.

NEW LISTING
Griffin Award
Closing Date:
31/12/2014
Open to: Citizen or permanent resident of Australia who has not won or been shortlisted for another Australian playwriting competition
Theme: None
Accepts: Play
Size: 60 minutes
Entry Fee: Nil
Prizes
: First: $10,000, Runners-up x 4: $1,000

Positive Words Mini-Competition
Send entries to The Editor, Sandra James, PO Box 798, Heathcote, Victoria, 3523

Closing Date:  
31/12/2014
Open to: All
Theme:
Contain the word: TRAVEL
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Accepts: Short Story
Size:  100 words
Entry Fee: $1.20 in unused stamps
Prize
: Six months subscription to Positive words
 
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Accepts: Poetry
Size:  10 lines
Entry Fee: $1.20 in unused stamps
Prize
: Six months subscription to Positive words

Reader's Digest 100-Word Story Competition
Closing Date: 31/12/2014
Open to: Residents of Australia aged 18 or over
Theme: None
Accepts: Short story
Size: Exactly 100 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prizes
: First: $1,000, Runners-up x 2: $250

JANUARY 2015

NEW LISTING
Calibre Prize 2015
Closing Date: 19/01/2015
Theme: None

Open to:
All
Accepts:
Non-fiction essay
Size: 3,000 - 7,000 words
Entry Fee: $30, $20 for ABR subscribers, subsequent essays for $20
Prizes
: $5,000 and publication

NEW LISTING
Summer Holidays Writing Competition
Closing Date: 26/01/2015
Theme: None

Open to:
Students Kidergarten to Grade 12 (per 2014 school year)
Accepts:
Short story or poetry
Size: Sotry: 500 words, Poetry: 16 lines and 64 characters in width
Entry Fee:
Nil
Prizes
: First: $500 & Write4fun Giftpack, Second: $250 & Write4fun Giftpack, Third: $150 & Write4fun Giftpack,

Adelaide Plains Poets Inc Poetry Competition
Closing Date: 24/01/2015
Theme: Climate

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

State Library of Queensland - Indigenous Writing Fellowship
Closing Date:
30/01/2015
Open to:
Writers (published and unpublished) of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent currently living in Australia
Theme: None
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Accepts:
Adult Fiction
Size: Minimum 60,000 words
Entry Fee: Nil
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Accepts:
Young Adult Fiction
Size: Minimum 40,000 words
Entry Fee: Nil
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Accepts:
Poetry
Size: Minimum 30 poems
Entry Fee: Nil
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Accepts:
Children's book (no illustrations at entry stage)
Size: Not mentioned
Entry Fee: Nil
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Prizes
: Two winners will each receive: $10,000, manuscript development with black&write!'s Indigenous editors at SLQ, publication by prestigious Indigenous publisher Magabala Books

Carnival of Flowers One-Act Playwriting Competition
Closing Date: 31/01/2015
Open to: All
Theme: None
Accepts:
One-Act play
Size: 30 - 45 minutes production, 10 minute bump in/out (Check other staging requirements)
Entry Fee: $30
Prizes
: First: $2,000 and certificate, Second: $1,200 and certificate, Third: $800 and certificate

E J Brady Short Story Competition
Closing Date:
31/01/2015
Open to: All
Theme: None
*
Accepts:
"Gabo Prize" Very Short Story
Size: 700 words
Entry Fee: $8 (add $2 if posted)
Prize
: $500
*
Accepts:
"Mallacoota Prize" Short Story
Size: 2,500 words
Entry Fee: $12 (add $2 if posted)
Prizes
: First: $2,000, Runner-up: $300, Encouragement award: $100

NEW LISTING
Eyre Writers Literary Awards
Closing Date: 31/01/2015
Open to: Australian Citizens
*
Theme:
Set to an Australian Rural or Maritime Theme
Accepts: Typical Australia: The Land and Sea: Prose, Fact or Fiction, Essay or Memoir|

Size:
1,500 words
Entry Fee:
$5

Prize
: $200 plus trophy
*
Theme: None
Accepts: Tom Black Memorial Prize: Poetry
Size: 50 lines
Entry Fee: $5
Prize
: $200 plus trophy
*
Theme: None
Accepts: Short Story
Size: 1,500 words
Entry Fee: $5

Prize
: $200 plus trophy
*
Theme: None
Accepts: Non-rhyming Poetry
Size: 50 lines
Entry Fee: $5

Prize
: $200 plus trophy

Forty South Publishing Tasmanian Writers' Prize
Closing Date: 31/01/2015
Open to: All
Theme: Island or Island-resonant
Accepts:
Short Story
Size: 3,000 words
Entry Fee: $20
Prize
: $500

NEW LISTING
The Nakata Brophy Short Fiction Prize for Young Indigenous Writers
Closing Date: 31/01/2015
Open to:
Indigenous writers who are 30 years or younger, Australian Citizen or permanent residents of Australia
Theme: None
Accepts:
Short Story
Size: 3,000 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: $5,000, publication and offered a place as Writer-in-Residence at Trinity College for a period of up to three months.

FEBRUARY 2015

EAGLEHAWK Dahlia and Arts Festival Inc. Literary Competition
Closing Date:
14/02/2015
Open to: All
*
Theme: None
Accepts:
"The Rolf Boldrewood": Short Story
Size: 3,000 words
Entry Fee: $5
Prizes
: First: $200, Second: $50
*
Theme: None
Accepts:
"The Apollo": Poetry
Size: 30 lines
Entry Fee: $5
Prizes
: First: $200, Second: $50
*
Theme:
Australian
Accepts:
"The Alan Llewellyn": Bush Verse
Size: 52 lines
Entry Fee: $5
Prizes
: First: $100, Second: $50

Laura Literary Awards - The CJ Dennis Poetry Awards
Closing Date: 20/02/2015
Theme:
None
*
SECTION 1 - OPEN
Open to:
All
Accepts:
Poetry
Size: 60 lines
Entry Fee: $10
Prize
: $200
*
SECTION 2 - YOUNG ADULT
Open to:
13 - 18 years
Accepts:
Poetry
Size: 60 lines
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: $50
*
SECTION 3 - JUNIOR
Open to:
8 - 12 years
Accepts:
Poetry
Size: 60 lines
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: $25
*
SECTION 4 - JUNIOR PRIMARY

Open to:
5 - 7 years
Accepts:
Poetry
Size: 60 lines
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: $15

Laura Literary Awards - The Flinders News Prose Awards
Closing Date: 20/02/2015
Theme:
None
*
SECTION 1 - OPEN
Open to:
All
Accepts:
Short Story
Size: 1,500 words
Entry Fee: $10
Prize
: $200
*
SECTION 2 - YOUNG ADULT
Open to:
13 - 18 years
Accepts:
Short Story
Size: 1,000 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: $50
*
SECTION 3 - JUNIOR
Open to:
8 - 12 years
Accepts:
Short Story
Size: 500 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: $25
*
SECTION 4 - JUNIOR PRIMARY

Open to:
5 - 7 years
Accepts:
Short Story
Size: 500 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: $15

The John O'Brien Literary Awards
Closing Date:
27/02/2015
Open to:
Anyone in Australia over the age of 18 years
Theme:
100 years of ANZAC
*
Accepts:
Short Story
Size: 1,000 - 2,000 words
Entry Fee: $10
Prize
: $200
*
Accepts:
Poetry
Size: 48 lines
Entry Fee: $10
Prize
: $200

MARCH 2015

NEW LISTING
The Ada Cambridge Biographical Prose Prize
Closing Date:
01/03/2015
Open to: 18 years and over and who live or work in the western suburbs of Melbourne

Theme: Biograpical
Accepts: Short Story

Size:
1,000 - 3,000 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: $1,000, Shorllisted: Certificate and copy of the book

NEW LISTING
The Ada Cambridge Poetry Prize
Closing Date:
01/03/2015
Open to: 18 years and over and who live or work in the western suburbs of Melbourne

Theme: None
Accepts: Poetry

Size:
30 lines
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: $500, Shorllisted: Certificate and copy of the book

NEW LISTING
The Young Adas
Closing Date:
01/03/2015
Open to: aged between 15 - 18 years and who live or work in the western suburbs of Melbourne

Theme: None
*
Accepts: Short Story

Size:
1,000 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: $250, Shorllisted: Certificate
*
Accepts: Graphic Short Story
Size:
Four A4 pages
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: $250, Shorllisted: Certificate

NEW LISTING
The 2015 Tabor Adelaide Creative Writing Awards
Closing Date: 06/03/2015
Open to: Australian citizens residing in Australia and aged 16 and over
Theme: Hope against Hope
*
Accepts: Short Story

Size:
1,500 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: $250, Second: $150, Commendations (at Judges' discretion)
*
Accepts: Poetry
Size: 42 lines
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: $250, Second: $150, Commendations (at Judges' discretion)

NEW LISTING
British Theatre Challenge
UK COMPETITION
Closing Date: 30/03/2015
Open to: All
Theme: None
Accepts: Play

Size:
One Act, running time 10 - 30 minutes, more than one actor
Entry Fee: £15
Prize
: First: 10 plays selected: Given a full performance at The Courtyard Theatre, London - developed by professional directors - performed by professional actors - given written assessments by theatre professionals - considered for publication by Lazy Bee Scripts - filmed in rehearsal or performance, Audience favourite: £250
*

The Caterpillar Poetry Prize
IRISH COMPETITION
Closing Date:
31/03/2015
Open to: All
Theme:
Poetry written by an adult for children (aged 7-11)
Accepts: Poetry
Size: No limit
Entry Fee: €12
Prize
: €1,000

W Y Yeats Poetry Prize
Closing Date:
31/03/2015
Open to: Australian residents
Theme: Open
Accepts: Poetry
Size: 50 lines
Entry Fee: $8.50 for first entry ($5.00 each entry thereafter)
Prizes
: First: $500 , Second: $100, Commendation: Certificates

APRIL 2015

NEW LISTING
Bristol Short Story Prize
UK COMPETITION
Closing Date:
30/04/2015
Open to: Over 16 years old
Theme: Open
Accepts: Short Story
Size: 4,000 words
Entry Fee: £8
Prizes
: First: £1000 plus £150 Waterstone’s Gift Card, Second: £700 plus £100 Waterstone’s Gift Card, Third: £400 plus £100 Waterstone’s Gift Card. Shortlisted x 17: £100.

JUNE 2015

The Lyndall Hadow/Donald Stuart Short Story Competition
Closing Date:
01/06/2015
Open to: All
Theme: None
Accepts: Short Story
Size: 3,000 words
Entry Fee: $10
Prizes
: First: $400,Second: $100, 2 x Highly Commended: $50