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Last updated 01/07/2020
 


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

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

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

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

 

NEW LISTINGS THIS MONTH

Anthology Magazine Short Story Competition
Emerging Tasmanian Aboriginal Writers Award
Flash 500 Short Story Competition
Melton City Council Short Story Competition
National Science Week WA - ICRAR Monologue Competition
Outstanding Short Story Competition
Pens Against Poverty
Scarlet Stiletto Awards
The Bath Children's Novel Awards
The Gregory O'Donoghue International Poetry Competition
The Masters Review Summer Short Story Competition
The Moth Poetry Prize
The New Guard Knightville Poetry Contest
The New Guard Machigonne Fiction Contest
The Somerset National Poetry Prize
The Storyfest National Novella Writing Competition
The Van Diemen History Prize


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
NOT YET CONFIRMED AS RUNNING IN 2020 as at 29/12/2019 - CHECK WEBSITE
UK COMPETITION

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

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

The Writing Quarter Competition
Closing Date: Last day of the month
Open to: Aged 18 or over
Theme: None
Accepts: Short Story
Size: 3,000 words
Entry Fee: Nil

Prize
:$30 via Paypal


CLOSED JUNE 2020

Northern Territory Literary Award
The Big Issue Fiction Edition
Grace Marion Wilson Emerging Writers Competition
Bruce Dawe National Poetry Prize
Hammond House - Staying At Home
EU QLD & NT Literary Competition
Newcastle Poetry Prize
Adelaide Plains Poets Inc Poetry Competition
Ros Spencer Poetry Prize
AAWP SC Creative Nonfiction Prize
Audio Arcadia's General Fiction Short Story Competition
Blue Mountain Arts Poetry Card Contest
Dorothea Mackellar Poetry Awards
Maureen Freer (FAWQ) Literary Competition
Port Writers Open Competition
Positive Words Mini Competition - June
Scribes Writers - "Poetic Licence"
The Henshaw Short Story Competition

The Moth International Short Story Prize
Wells Festival of Literature Competition

JULY 2020

S.D. Harvey Short Crime Story Award
Closing Date: 01/07/2020
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


Stuart Hadow Prize

Closing Date:
01/07/2020 - EXTENDED DATE
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

Kids News Short Story Writing Competition
Closing Date: 03/07/2020
Open to: Australian resident students from Kidergarten to Year 9 studying in an Australian School (submission by regsitered teacher)
Theme: None (but there are story starters to help)

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Accepts:
Short Story - Kindergarten to Grade 2
Size: 250 - 750 words
Entry Fee:
Nil
Prize
: First: 10 copies of book, iPad, HarperCollins book pack, 2 x Runner-up: iPad, HarperCollins book pack, Highly Commended: HarperCollins books pack
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Accepts:
Short Story - Years 3 - 4
Size: 250 - 750 words
Entry Fee:
Nil
Prize
: First: 10 copies of book, iPad, HarperCollins book pack, 2 x Runner-up: iPad, HarperCollins book pack, Highly Commended: HarperCollins books packs
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Accepts:
Short Story - Years 5 - 6
Size: 500 - 1,000 words
Entry Fee:
Nil
Prize
: First: 10 copies of book, iPad, HarperCollins book pack, 2 x Runner-up: iPad, HarperCollins book pack, Highly Commended: HarperCollins books packs
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Accepts:
Short Story - Years 7 - 9
Size: 500 - 1,000 words
Entry Fee:
Nil
Prize
: First: 10 copies of book, iPad, HarperCollins book pack, 2 x Runner-up: iPad, HarperCollins book pack, Highly Commended: HarperCollins books packs

Randolph Stow Young Writers Awards
Closing Date: 05/07/2020
Open to: Students in years 3 - 12 studying in the Mid West Region
Theme: None
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Accepts: Lower Primary - Year 3 & 4 - Prose

Size:
1,200 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize:  Not mentioned
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Accepts: Lower Primary - Year 3 & 4 - Poetry

Size: No limit

Entry Fee: Nil
Prize:  Not mentioned
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Accepts: Upper Primary - Year 5 & 6 - Prose

Size:
1,200 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize:  Not mentioned
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Accepts: Upper Primary - Year 5 & 6 - Poetry

Size:
No limit
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize:  Not mentioned
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Accepts: Lower Secondary - Year 7 & 8 - Prose

Size:
1,500 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize:  Not mentioned
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Accepts: Lower Secondary - Year 7 & 8 - Poetry

Size:
No limit
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize:  Not mentioned
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Accepts: Middle Secondary - Year 9 & 10 - Prose

Size:
1,500 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize:  Not mentioned
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Accepts: Middle Secondary - Year 9 & 10 - Poetry

Size:
No limit
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize:  Not mentioned
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Accepts: Upper Secondary - Year 11 & 12 - Prose

Size:
2,000 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize:  Not mentioned
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Accepts: Upper Secondary - Year 11 & 12 - Poetry

Size:
No limit
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize:  Not mentioned


ACU Prize for Poetry
Closing Date: 06/07/2020
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: Generosity
Accepts: Poetry
Size: 80 lines
Entry Fee:
$25
Prize
: First:
$10,000, Second: $5,000, Third: $3,000

NEW LISTING
Emerging Tasmanian Aboriginal Writers Award
Closing Date:
10/07/2020
Open to:
Aboriginal Tasmanian emerging writers of 16 years and older
Theme:
Resilience
Accepts: Prose
Size: 2,500 - 3,000 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prizes
: $1,000 awarded at judges' discretion

Olga Masters Short Story Award
Closing Date: 10/07/2020
Open to: Australian Residents
Theme: Life in rural Australia

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Accepts:
Short Story
Size: 2,000 - 4,000 words
Entry Fee: $25, Members concession:$20
Prize
: First: $1,500, Runner-up: $500, Supplementary prizes at the discretion of the organisers
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Accepts:
Youth (18 years and under)- Short Story
Size: 2,000 - 4,000 words
Entry Fee: $20 (check for 18 year olds)
Prize
: First (13 - 18): $500, Runner-up (13 - 18): $250, First (up to 12): Creative writing tutorial with JD Shaw, Supplementary prizes at the discretion of the organisers

The Richell Prize for Emerging Writers
Closing Date: 10/07/2020
Open to: Unpublished Australian residents aged 18 years or older
Theme: Adult Fiction and Adult narrative non-fiction
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: 15/07/2020
Open to: All
Theme: None

Accepts:
Poetry
Size: 60 lines
Entry Fee: $CDN 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:
16/07/2020
Open to: All
Theme: None

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

Venie Holmgren Environmental Poetry Prize
Closing Date:
20/07/2020
Open to:
 Citizens of Australia or New Zealand or have permanent resident status in Australia or New Zealand.
Theme: Environmental

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

AlburyCity Short Story Award
Closing Date: 23/07/2020
Open to: Australian
Theme: None

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

River of Stories
Closing Date: 23/07/2020
Open to: Students must reside within a 150k radius of Albury/Wodonga
Theme: Change

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Accepts:
Short Story - Students: Years 3 - 4
Size: 500 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: $50 & $200 for school library, Runners-up x 2: $25 book voucher
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Accepts:
Short Story - Students: Years 5 - 6
Size: 500 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: $50 & $200 for school library, Runners-up x 2: $25 book voucher
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Accepts:
Short Story - Students: Years 7 - 8
Size: 1,500 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: $100 & $200 for school library, Runners-up x 2: $50 book voucher
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Accepts:
Short Story - Students: Years 9 - 10
Size: 1,500 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: $100 & $200 for school library, Runners-up x 2: $50 book voucher
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Accepts:
Short Story - Students: Years 11 - 12
Size: 1,500 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: $100 & $200 for school library, Runners-up x 2: $50 book voucher
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Accepts:
Poetry - Students: Years 3 - 4
Size: No limit
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: $50 & $200 for school library, Runners-up x 2: $25 book voucher
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Accepts:
Poetry - Students: Years 5 - 6
Size: No limit
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: $50 & $200 for school library, Runners-up x 2: $25 book voucher
*
Accepts:
Poetry - Students: Years 7 - 8
Size: No limit
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: $100 & $200 for school library, Runners-up x 2: $50 book voucher
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Accepts:
Poetry - Students: Years 9 - 10
Size: No limit
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: $100 & $200 for school library, Runners-up x 2: $50 book voucher
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Accepts:
Poetry - Students: Years 11 - 12
Size: No limit
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: $100 & $200 for school library, Runners-up x 2: $50 book voucher

Bronze Spur Award
Closing Date: 27/07/2020
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 & $350, Second: $200, Third: $100

The Nandewar Poetry Competition
Closing Date:
30/07/2020
Open to:
All
Theme:
None
Accepts: Verse
Size: Not mentioned
Entry Fee: $5, $10 for 3
Prizes
: First: $150 & Trophy, Second: $100, Third: $50

Young Tasmanian Writers' Prize
Closing Date: 30/07/2020
Open to: Tasmanian students enrolled in Year 7 to 12
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Theme:
'Isolation'or 'Island'
Accepts:
Year 10 - 12: Short Fiction
Size: 800 - 1,500 words
Entry Fee: $8
Prizes
: First: $300 & publication with School receiving 12 months subscriptions to TASMANIA 40 South magazine, Runner up x 2: $30 Fullers Bookshop voucher

Theme:
'Connection' or 'Country'
Accepts:
Year 7 - 9: Short Fiction
Size: 700 - 1,000 words
Entry Fee: $8
Prizes
: First: $300 & publication with School receiving 12 months subscriptions to TASMANIA 40 South magazine, Runner up x 2: $30 Fullers Bookshop voucher, Peter Sharp Memorial Award: $100

NEW LISTING
Anthology Magazine Short Story Competition
IRISH COMPETITION
Closing Date:
31/07/2020
Open to: All
Theme:
'Friendship'
Accepts:
Short Story
Size: 1,500 words
Entry Fee: 15
Prizes
: 300, two-night stay with dinner at the Montenotte Hotel in Cork City, Limited edition pen by Weir & Sons, Waterford Crystal engraved trophy & one year subscription to Anthology Magazine

Friends of the Wollongong City Library Local History Prize
Closing Date:
31/07/2020
Open to: 18 years and over
Theme: History of the City of Wollongong (see Guidelines for more detail)
Accepts:
Local History Paper
Size: 5,000 - 10,000 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: $5,000

Ipswich Poetry Feast International Poetry Writing Competition
Closing Date: 31/07/2020
Open to: All
Theme: None

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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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


NEW LISTING
National Science Week WA - ICRAR Monologue Competition
NOTE: CONTACT ORGANISERS PRIOR TO ENTRY
Closing Date:
31/07/2020
Open to: Residents in Western Australia
Theme:
 Inspired by a word, an image, a sentence, or a concept from ICRAR research and researchers 
Accepts:
Non-fiction Monologue (13 languages and styles including Auslan, Music, Puppetry, Poetry, Song)
Size: 600 - 900 words (5 - 7 minutes)
Entry Fee: Nil
Prizes
:
Best monologue based on ICRAR research: First: $150, Commended: $50
Best monologue based on ICRAR researcher: First: $150, Commended: $50
Most innovative monologue format: First: $150, Commended: $50
Best Emerging Writer: First: $150, Commended: $50
Most commended by the Judging Panel: First: $150, Commended: $50
ICRAR topic of the writer’s choice, including working under COVID-19: First: $150, Commended: $100


Positive Words Mini Competition - July
Closing Date:
31/07/2020
Open to: All
Theme: Contains the word: Feast
Accepts:
Short Story or Poetry
Size: 100 words or 10 lines
Entry Fee: $2.20 in unused stamps
Prize
: Six months subscription to Positive Words

Rhiza Edge Short Story Competition
Closing Date: 31/07/2020
Open to: All
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Theme: ScienceFiction/Fantasy, suitable for teens through to adults to read
Accepts:
Short Story
Size: 2,000 - 5,000 words
Entry Fee: Adults: $13.20, Students/Pensioners: $8.80
Prize
: Short-listed authors: $50 voucher, copy of anthology, manuscript apprail on up to 50 pages of a separate manuscript
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Theme: Contemporary, suitable for teens through to adults to read
Accepts:
Short Story
Size: 2,000 - 5,000 words
Entry Fee: Adults: $13.20, Students/Pensioners: $8.80
Prize
: Short-listed authors: $50 voucher, copy of anthology, manuscript apprail on up to 50 pages of a separate manuscript

Rose Award
Closing Date: 31/07/2020
Open to: All
Theme: Flora or Fauna
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

Seán Ó Faoláin Short Story Competition
IRISH COMPETITION

Closing Date: 31/07/2020
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, Accommodation at the Cork International Short Story Festival, a week-long residency at Anam Cara Writer's and Artist's Retreat, Second: €500 and publication in Southword, Shortlisted x 4: €250 and publication in Southword

Sentinel Literary Quarterly Poetry Competition
UK COMPETITION
Closing Date: 31/07/2020
Open to: All
Theme: None
Accepts: Poetry
Size: 50 lines
Entry Fee:
£5, 2 for £8, 3 for £10, 4 for £12, 5 for £14,7 for £16, 10 for £22
Prize
: First: £250, Second: £100, Third: £50, Highly Commended x 3: £30, Commended x 3: £15, 3 x Special Mentions

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

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

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

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

Stories of Life
Closing Date: 31/07/2020
Open to: Not mentioned
Theme: Spiritual moments/events from your life that speak of your Christian faith (See website for more detail)

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

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

Thunderbolt Prize
Closing Date: 31/07/2019
Open to: Australian Resident
Theme: Crime

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Accepts:
The New England Thunderbolt Prize for Crime Fiction
Size: 2,500 words
Entry Fee: $10, $5 for youth entries (Under 18)
Prize
: First: $500
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Accepts:
The New England Thunderbolt Prize for Crime Non-Fiction
Size: 2,500 words
Entry Fee: $10, $5 for youth entries (Under 18)
Prize
: First: $500
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Accepts:
The New England Thunderbolt Prize for Crime Poetry
Size: 60 lines
Entry Fee: $10, $5 for youth entries (Under 18)
Prize
: First: $500

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

 

AUGUST 2020

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

Theme: None
Accepts:
Bush Poetry

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

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

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

Theme: If only ...
Accepts:
Short Story

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

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

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

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

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Accepts:
Open
Size: 1,500 - 2,000 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: $1,000, Second: $500, Third: $250
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Accepts:
Junior (15 years or younger)
Size: 1,500 words
Entry Fee:  Nil
Prize
: First: $500, Second: $250, Third: $100

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

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

Size:
3,000 words
Entry Fee:
Nil
Prize
:  First: $750, Second: $500, Third: $250
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Accepts:
Short Story - Teenage (Year 7 to Year 12)

Size:
1,500 words (or, for other story formats, something that takes no more than 5 minutes to experience)
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
:  First: $300, Second: $200, Third: $100
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Accepts:
Short Story - Junior B (Year 4 to Year 6)

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

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

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

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

Alice Sinclair Memorial Writing Competition

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

*
Accepts:
Category A: Poetry
Size: 50 lines
Entry Fee: $10
Prize
: First: $100 & Certificate, Second: $50 & Certificate
*

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

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

*
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

NEW LISTING
The Masters Review Summer Short Story Award
US COMPETITION

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

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


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

*
Accepts:
Adult (Over 18) - Short Story
Size: 2,000 words
Entry Fee:
$10
Prize
: First: $350, Second: $150
*

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

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

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

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

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

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

*
Accepts:
Section 1 - Poetry - Yrs 10, 11 & 12
Size: 60 lines
Entry Fee: $3
Prize
: First: $125
*

Accepts:
Section 2 - Poetry - Yrs 7, 8 & 9
Size: 40 lines
Entry Fee: $3
Prize
: First: $90
*
Accepts:
Section 3 - Poetry - Yrs 5 & 6
Size: 40 lines
Entry Fee: $3
Prize
: First: $65
*

Accepts:
Section 4 - Poetry - Yrs 4 and under
Size: 20 lines
Entry Fee: $3
Prize
: First: $50

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

Michael Terence Publishing Summer Short Story Competition

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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


 

SEPTEMBER 2020

NEW LISTING

Outstanding Short Story Competition
Closing Date: 01/09/2020
Open to: Writers based in Australia and New Zealand, 16 years and older
Theme: "Reconnection" (Have relevance to the broader Australian LGBTIQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, queer) community)
Accepts:
Short Story
Size: 750 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: Not mentioned but does include a youth category

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

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

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

The Eden School Prize

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

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

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


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

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

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

Accepts:
Articles

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

Heywire Competition
Note: Audio, Video and Photo story categories available
Closing Date: 16/09/2020
Open to: Australian Residents aged 16-22 and not living in Melbourne, Adelaide, Brisbane, Perth or Sydney
Theme: You and/or your community and true

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

SHORT FILM SCREENPLAY
Accepts:
Screenplay

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

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

 

OCTOBER 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Bedford Competition
UK COMPETITION
THIS YEAR'S DONATION WILL GO TO CHARITIES HELPING CORONAVIRUS VICTIMS
Closing Date:
31/10/2020
Open to: All
Theme: None

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

For Young Writers: Unspecified Prizes
 

NOVEMBER 2020

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

NEW LISTING

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

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


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

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

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

Accepts:
Story/Yarn/Article/Play - Junior - Prep to Grade 6
Size: 100 - 500 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: $75
*

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

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

Accepts:
Aboriginal Languages of the region in any written form - Junior - Prep to Grade 6
Size: Not mentioned
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: $75

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

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

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

Accepts:
Poem/Lyric/Rap - Prep to Grade 6
Size: 5 - 10 lines
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: $50

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

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

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

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


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

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

 

DECEMBER 2020

NEW LISTING
The 2020 Somerset National Poetry Prize
Closing Date:
04/12/2020
Open to: All current secondary school students who are Australian citizens or permanent residents attending school or receiving home schooling in Australia under 19 years of age at close of entries
Theme: None
*
Accepts:
Junior Secondary - Years 7 to 9
Size: 50 lines
Entry Fee: $15
Prize
: $300 plus flights and accommodaton to the Gold Coast, Tickets to Somerset Storyfest, Access to meet with authors and publicists
*
Accepts:
Senior Secondary - Years 10 to 12
Size: 50 lines
Entry Fee: $15
Prize
: $300 flights and accommodaton to the Gold Coast, Tickets to Somerset Storyfest, Access to meet with authors and publicists

NEW LISTING
The 2020 Storyfest National Novella Writing Competition
Closing Date:
04/12/2020
Open to:
All current secondary school students attending school or receiving home schooling in Australia under 19 years of age at close of entries
Theme: None
Accepts: Novella
Size: 8,000 - 20,000 words
Entry Fee: $20
Prizes
: National winner: $2,500 and a full editorial report from Penguin Random House (Australia), State Winners: Unspecified cash prize and personalised advice from Penguin Random House (Australia). Flights and accommodation to the Gold Coast, Tickets to Somerset Storyfest

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

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

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

FEBRUARY 2021

 

NEW LISTING

Flash 500 Short Story Competition
UK COMPETITION
Closing Date:
28/02/2021
Open to: All
Theme: None
Accepts:
Short Story
Size: 1,000 - 3,000 words
Entry Fee:
£7, £12 for 2, £16 for 3, £20 for 4
Prize
:First:
£500, Second: £200, Third: £100