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Last updated 01/09/2020
 


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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

Allen & Unwin Crime Fiction Prize
Anthology Magazine Poetry Prize
AVCAT Essay Prize
Joe O'Sullivan Writers Prize
Judith Wright Poetry Prize
Martha Richardson Memorial Poetry Prize
Mundaring Poetry Competition
Neilma Sidney Short Story Prize
Odyssey House Victoria Short Story Competition
SBS Emerging Writers' Competition
Simpson Prize Competition
The Best of Times Short Story Competition
The Joyce Parke's Women's Writers' Prize
The Stringybark Times Past Short Story Award

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

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 AUGUST 2020


Logan Bush Poetry Written Competition
NWF/Joanne Burns Micro-lit Award
Sydney Hammond Memorial Short Story Writing Competition
SAETA Spring Poetry Festival
St Kilda Historical Society Short Story Competition
C.E.W. Bean Prize
Melton City Council Short Story Competition
TU Dublin Short Story Competition
The Peter Blazey Fellowship
Alice Sinclair Memorial Writing Competition
Boroondara Literary Awards

Deborah Cass Prize for Writing
The Gulf Stream Summer Contest
The Masters Review Summer Short Story Award
Chalk Circle Short Story Competition
Dickinson Memorial Literary Competition
FAW Tasmania Poetry Prize
Fool for Poetry International Chapbook Competition
Hilarie Lindsay Young Writers Poetry Competition
Jean Stone Poetry Award
Michael Terence Publishing Summer Short Story Competition
Positive Words Mini Competition - August

Scarlet Stiletto Awards
Shore Scripts Screenwriting Competition
The Betty Olle Poetry Award

SEPTEMBER 2020

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
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Accepts: Open - Marian Mayne Prize - Poetry
Theme: Environment / Climate Change
Size:  80 lines
Entry Fee:
$15
Prize
: First: $250, Second: $150, Third: $100
 
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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
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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
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Accepts: Primary School Students - Poetry
Size:  40 lines
Entry Fee:
$3 in unused stamps
Prize
: First: $30, Second: $20, Third: $10
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Accepts: Secondary School Students - Poetry
Size:  40 lines
Entry Fee:
$3 in unused stamps
Prize
: First: $50, Second: $30, Third: $20

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

In My View
Closing Date: 15/09/2020
Open to: Amateur writers who are Australian residents or citizens
Theme:
Response to one of 20 photographs published on website

Accepts:
Short story

Size:
500 words
Entry Fee: $20, 2 for $26, 3 for $36, 4 for $40, 5 for $45
Prize
: First: $800, Second: $300, Third: $150, 20 finalists: Copy of limited edition book valued at $150

NEW LISTING
SBS Emerging Writers' Competiton
Closing Date: 15/09/2020
Open to: Australian residents, aged 18 and over, who are not published authors of a book
Theme:
First person on growing up in diverse Australia

Accepts:
Memoir

Size:
1,000 - 2,000 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: $5,000, Second: $3,000, Honorable Mention: $1,000


What's Your Story?
Closing Date:  15/09/2020
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SHORT STORY
O
pen to:  Victorian Residents over the age of 18 years
Theme: None
Accepts: Short story
Size:  1,000 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prizes
: $500
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POETRY
Open to:
 
Victorian Residents over the age of 18 years
Theme:
None
Accepts:
Poetry
Size:  40 lines
Entry Fee: Nil
Prizes
: $500
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CREATIVE STORY WRITING - 5 -12
O
pen to:  Students aged 5 to 12 who live or go to school in Stonnington
Theme: None
Accepts: Short story
Size:  500 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prizes
: First: $150 prize-pack of books
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CREATIVE STORY WRITING - 13 -18
O
pen to:  Students aged 13 to 18 who live or go to school in Stonnington
Theme: None
Accepts: Short story
Size:  750 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prizes
: First: $250 prize-pack of books

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)

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

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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: 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

NEW LISTING
The Stringybark Times Past Short Story Award
Closing Date: 27/09/2020
Theme: Historical fiction based on a factual event
Open to:
All
Accepts:
Short Story
Size: 1,500 words + 100 words on basis of story
Entry Fee: $14, $26 for 2, $36 for 3
Prizes
:
First: $350 + publication + e-book + paperback + choice of any two Stringybark anthologies (Value $400), Second: $250 + publication + e-book + paperback + choice of any two Stringybark anthologies (Value $300), Third: $125 + publication + e-book + paperback + choice of any two Stringybark anthologies (Value $175), Highly commended: publication + e-book

NEW LISTING
Anthology Magazine Poetry Prize
IRISH COMPETITION
Closing Date:
EARLY BIRD: 30/09/2020, DEADLINE: 30/11/2020
Theme: Expectations
Open to:
All
Accepts:
Poetry
Size: 40 lines
Entry Fee: EARLY BIRD:
10, DEADLINE: 15
Prizes
:
First: 500one year subscription and publication

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

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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
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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:  20
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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-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

Scribes Writers - 'Short Takes'
Closing Date: 30/09/2020
Open to:
All
Theme:
None
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Accepts: Short Story (Not Fan Fiction)
Size: 1,000 words
Entry Fee: $7

Prize
:First:
$200, Runner-up: $100, Highly Commended & Commended: Certificates
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Accepts: Memoir
Size: 1,000 words
Entry Fee: $7
Prize:First: $200, Runner-up: $100, Highly Commended & Commended: Certificates

Shore Scripts Short Film Fund
US COMPETITION
  29/08/2020 : Early Deadline
  30/09/2020 : Regular Deadline
  31/10/2020 : 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:
Short Film
Size: 2-30 pages
Entry Fee: Early Deadline: $US 40, Regular Deadline: $US 45, Late Deadline: $US 50
Prize
:
First:
$US 10,000 - $15,000 production budget grant, Free camera equipment from Arri Rental, Full production support from Shore
Second: $US 5,000 - $10,000 production budget grant, Free camera equipment from Arri Rental, Full production support from Shore

Top 5: Feedback, Script read by judges, Industry Roster & Directors, Introduction and Meetings with Hollywood Agents and Managers, Free enrolment to Ultimate Screenwriting Course, Final Draft 11 Software
Top 15:
Script read by judges, Industry Roster & Directors, Free enrolment to Ultimate Screenwriting Course


The Henshaw Short Story Competition
UK COMPETITION
Closing Date:
30/09/2019
Open to: All over 16
Theme: None
Accepts: Short Story
Size: 2,000 words
Entry Fee: 6, Optional Feedback: 12
Prizes
: First: 200 & publication in Anthology, Second: 100, Third: 50

The Port Stephens Examiner Literature Award
Closing Date: 30/09/2019
Open to: All
Theme:
None
Accepts: Short Story
Size: 2,000 words
Entry Fee: $10, $5 for any subsequent entry
Prize
: First: $300, Second: $150, Third: $50, Highly Commended x 4: $25, 'Readers Choice Award: $50

 

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

Peter Porter Poetry Prize
Closing Date:
01/10/2020
Open to: All
Theme: None
Accepts: Poetry
Size: 70 lines
Entry Fee:
Online entry - Subscriber or Full time student: $15,
Online entry - Non-Subscriber: $25,
Online entry & ABR Online Subscription: $65,
Online entry & Print subscription (Australia): $100,
Online entry & Print subscription (NZ and Asia): $190,
Online entry & Print subscription (Rest of World): $210

Prizes
: First: $6,000, Shortlisted entries x 4: $1,000

Lambing Flat Regional Writing Competition
Closing Date: 02/10/2020
Open to:
All
Theme:
None

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Accepts:
Short Story - Adult Open
Size: 1,500 words
Entry Fee: $5

Prize
:First:
$200, Second: $50

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Accepts:
Poetry - Adult Open
Size: 50 lines
Entry Fee: $5

Prize
:First:
$200, Second: $50

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Accepts:
Short Story - Junior Primary (Years 1 - 3)
Size: 200 words
Entry Fee: Nil

Prize
:First:
$20, Second: $10

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Accepts:
Poetry - Junior Primary (Years 1 - 3)
Size: 12 lines
Entry Fee: Nil

Prize
:First:
$20, Second: $10

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Accepts:
Short Story - Primary (Years 4 - 6)
Size: 500 words
Entry Fee: Nil

Prize
:First:
$30, Second: $15

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Accepts:
Poetry - Primary (Years 4 - 6)
Size: 15 lines
Entry Fee: Nil

Prize
:First:
$30, Second: $15
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Accepts:
Short Story - Secondary (Years 7 - 9)
Size: 1,000 words
Entry Fee: Nil

Prize
:First:
$75, Second: $25

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Accepts:
Poetry - Secondary (Years 7 - 9)
Size: 20 lines
Entry Fee: Nil

Prize
:First:
$75, Second: $25

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Accepts:
Short Story - Secondary (Years 10 - 12)
Size: 1,000 words
Entry Fee: Nil

Prize
:First:
$75, Second: $25

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Accepts:
Poetry - Secondary (Years 10 - 12)
Size: 20 lines
Entry Fee: Nil

Prize
:First:
$75, Second: $25


Silver Quill Written Competition
Closing Date: 02/10/2020
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

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

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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
Mundaring Poetry Competition
Closing Date: 09/10/2020
Open to: Over 18 years
Theme: "Food for Thought"
Accepts: Poetry
Size: 50 lines
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: $300


NEW LISTING
Martha Richardson Memorial Poetry Prize
Closing Date:
11/10/2020
Open to: Over 18 years
Theme: Open
Accepts: Poetry
Size: 40 lines
Entry Fee: $25 ($20 for members of Ballarat Writers, $15 for each additional poem)
Prize
: First: $1,000, Second: $400, Third: $100

NEW LISTING
AVCAT Essay Prize
Closing Date: 16/10/2020
Open to: Australian citizens or permanent residents, 18 years and over
Theme: Impact of the Vietnam Ware on Family
Accepts: Essay
Size: 1,500 - 2,500 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: $500, Second: $200, Third: $100

F(r)iction Fall Literary Competition
US COMPETITION
Closing Date: 31/10/2020
Open to: All
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Theme: None
Accepts: Short Story
Size: 1,001 to 7,500 words
Entry Fee: $US 15
Prizes
: First: $US 1,000 & publication, 5 x finalists: professional edit & consideration for publication
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Theme:
None
Accepts: Flash Fiction
Size: 1,000 words
Entry Fee: $US 10. $US 12 for 3
Prizes
: First: $US 300 & publication, 5 x finalists: professional edit & consideration for publication
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Theme:
None
Accepts: Poetry
Size: Three pages per poem
Entry Fee: $US 1, $US12 for 3
Prizes
: First: $US 300 & publication, 5 x finalists: professional edit & consideration for publication

Buzz Words Short Story Prize
Closing Date: 31/10/2020
Open to: Australian permanent residents who are adults
Theme: For children aged 8 to 11
Accepts:
Short Story
Size: 1,500 words
Entry Fee: $10
Prize
: First: $1,000, Second: $500

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

Robyn Mathison Poetry Prize
Closing Date: 30/10/2020
Open to: All
Theme: Flora and Fauna

Acc
epts: Poetry
Size: 40 lines
Entry Fee: $10 for up to two entries
Prize
: First: $200, Second: $50, Highly Commended & Commended: Certificates

Sentinel Literary Quarterly Poetry Competition
UK COMPETITION
Closing Date: 31/10/2020
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, High Commendation x 3: 30, Commendation x 3: 15, Special Mention x 3: SLQ magazine paperback


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

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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
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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

NEW LISTING
The Best of Times Short Story Competition
Closing Date:
31/10/2020
Open to:
All (except stories that have previously won a prize or certificate in prior Best of Times
Theme: Humorous
Accepts: Short Story
Size: 2,500 words
Entry Fee: $10
Prizes
: First: $800, Second: $200, Third place, highly commended and commended certificates will be awarded too 

 

NOVEMBER 2020

Mary River Press Services Short Story Competition
Closing Date: 01/11/2020
Open to: 16 years and over
Theme: None
Accepts:
Short Story
Size: 2,000 - 5,000 words
Entry Fee: $5, Pensioner/Student: $3
Prize
: First: $100, Second: $30, Third: $10

NEW LISTING
Simpson Prize Competition
Closing Date: 06/11/2020
Open to:
Year 9 & 10 students
Theme:
How do lesser known stories from the Western Front expand our understanding of the Australian experience of the First World War?
Accepts:
Essay
Size:
1,200- 1.500 words (body of essay)
Entry Fee:
Nil
Prizes:
(Subject to COVID19 Restrictions) : Winner from each State: Attend briefing program in Canberra, travel overseas to historic sites (incorporating Anzac Day cemmemorations), Runner-up from each State: Attend briefing program in Canberra


NEW LISTING
Odyssey House Victoria Short Story Competition
Closing Date: 13/11/2020
Open to:
All
Theme:
"Isolation" & reference to alcohol and/or drugs
Accepts:
Short Story
Size:
1.500 words
Entry Fee:
$10
Prizes:
First:
$1,000 & 1 year membership to Writers Victoria, Second: $100, Third: $50


NEW LISTING
Judith Wright Poetry Prize
Closing Date: 16/11/2020
Open to:
Emerging poets
Theme:
None
Accepts:
Poetry
Size:
80 lines
Entry Fee:
$20 ($12 for subscribers)
Prizes:
First:
$6,000 and publication, Second: $2,000 and publication, Third: $1,000 and publication


NEW LISTING
Neilma Sidney Short Story Prize
Closing Date: 16/11/2020
Open to:
All
Theme:
Travel
Accepts:
Short Fiction
Size:
3,000 words
Entry Fee:
$20 ($12 for subscribers)
Prizes:
First:
$5,000 and publication, 2 x Runner-ups: $750 and publication


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

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

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

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Accepts:
Story/Yarn/Article/Play - Elder (65 years and over)
Size: Not mentioned
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: $200
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Accepts:
Story/Yarn/Article/Play - Open (19 years and over)
Size: 500 - 3,000 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: $400
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Accepts:
Story/Yarn/Article/Play - Youth - 13 to 18 years
Size: 500 - 2,000 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: $150
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Accepts:
Story/Yarn/Article/Play - Junior - Prep to Grade 6
Size: 100 - 500 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: $75
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Accepts:
Aboriginal Languages of the region in any written form - Open (19 years and over)
Size: Not mentioned
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: $400
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Accepts:
Aboriginal Languages of the region in any written form - Youth - 13 to 18 years
Size: Not mentioned
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: $150
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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

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Accepts:
Poem/Lyric/Rap - Open (19 years and over)
Size: 6 - 40 lines
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: $200
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Accepts:
Poem/Lyric/Rap - Youth - 13 to 18 years
Size: 6 - 20 lines
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: $100
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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

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

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

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

NEW LISTING

Joe O'Sullivan Writers' Prize
Closing Date: 30/11/2020
Open to: Australian resident
Theme: 'Closed Doors'
Accepts:
Prose, Fact or Fiction
Size: 2,000 - 4,000 words
Entry Fee:
$10
Prize
: First: $1,000


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

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

NEW LISTING
The Joyce Parkes Women's Writers' Prize
Closing Date: 30/11/2020
Open to: Australian Women
Theme: Welcome'
Accepts:
Prose, Fact or Fiction
Size: 1,000 - 2,000 words
Entry Fee:
$10
Prize
: First: $500

 

DECEMBER 2020

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
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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
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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

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)

Audioarcardia.com's "General" Themed Short Story Competition
UK COMPETITION
Closing Date:
31/12/2020
Open to:
Aged 18 plus
Theme: None
Accepts:
Short Story
Size: 5,000 words
Entry Fee: $USD 8.45
Prize: Percentage of royalties

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

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
Allen & Unwin Crime Fiction Prize

Closing Date: 26/02/2021

Open to: Australian and New Zealand residents
Theme: Crime or Thriller
Accepts:
Manuscript
Size: 70,000 - 100,000 words
Entry Fee:
Nil (check)
Prize
:First:
Publishing contract with advance against royalties of $25,000

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

 

APRIL 2021

 

Bronze Swagman Award
Closing Date: 30/04/2021
Open to: All
Theme: Australian
Accepts: Bush Poetry
Size: No limit
Entry Fee: $25 per entry form, up to 3 poems per form
Prizes
: First: $500 & Bronze statuette of the Swagman, Runner-up: $200 & trophy, Highly Commended: Certificate