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Last updated 05/04/2020
 


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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

ACU Prize for Poetry
Arts Queensland Thomas Shapcott Poetry Prize
Arts Queensland Val Vallis Award
Arts Queensland XYZ Prize for Innovation in Spoken Word
Book Pipeline Unpublished Contest
Fool for Poetry International Chapbook Competition
Fresh Words Writing Competition
Friends of the Wollongong City Library Local History Prize
Heywire Competition
Hammond House Competitions
Lord Mayor'sCreative Writing Awards
Maureen Freer (FAWQ) Literary Competition
Newcastle Poetry Prize
(Listed 05/04/2020)
Northern Territory Literary Awards
Oodgeroo Noonuccal Indigenous Poetry Prize
Poetry Object
Port Writers Open Competition
Rhiza Edge Short Story Competition
Ros Spencer Poetry Prize
Rose Award
(Listed 05/04/2020)
Scribes Writers - "Poetic Licence"
Seán Ó Faoláin Short Story Competition
SLQ Young Writers Award
South Perth Young Writers Award
Stories of Life
The Eden School Prize
The Nandewar Poetry Competition
The Stringybark Tales with Twist Award
Wells Festival of Literature's Competition
(Listed 05/04/2020)
What Matters Tasmania
ZineWest 2020


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 MARCH 2020

Ada Cambridge Biographical Prose Prize
Ada Cambridge Poetry Prize
The Blake Poetry Prize
Tenterfield's Oracles of the Bush
Michael Terence Publishing Winter Short Story Competition
Peter Carey Short Story Award

City of Fremantle Hungerford Award
The West Australian's Young Travel Writer
The Sheila Malady Short Story Competition
KSP Little Black Dress Spooky Story Competition
Limnisa Short Story Competition

The Young Adas
Seniors Card Short Story Writing Competition
Ethel Webb Bundell Literary Awards
Eyre Writers Awards
FAW Tasmania Nairda Lyne Award
Positive Words Mini Competition - March
The Caterpillar Poetry Prize
The Henshaw Competition
W B Yeats Poetry Prize

APRIL 2020

CYA - Aspiring (Unpublished) Competition
Closing Date: 04/04/2020
Open to: Check website
Theme: None
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Accepts: Picture book - text only for pre-school children
Size: 500 words
Entry Fee: $22
Prizes: First: 15-minute editor critique valued at $250, Second: $60, Third: $40, Submission of short listed entries to at least one publisher
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Accepts: Picture book - text only for primary school children
Size: 500 words
Entry Fee: $22
Prizes: First: 15-minute editor critique valued at $250, Second: $60, Third: $40, Submission of short listed entries to at least one publisher
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Accepts: Picture book - Non-Fiction - text only for primary school children
Size: 500 words
Entry Fee: $22
Prizes: First: 15-minute editor critique valued at $250, Second: $60, Third: $40, Submission of short listed entries to at least one publisher
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Accepts: Chapter book
a) Text only for young primary aged children
b) Text only of older aged children (Middle Grade)
Size: First 1,000 words
Entry Fee: $22
Prizes: First: 15-minute editor critique valued at $250, Second: $60, Third: $40, Submission of short listed entries to at least one publisher
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Accepts: Fiction for Young Adults
Size: First 5,000 words with synopsis
Entry Fee: $22
Prizes: First: 15-minute editor critique valued at $250, Second: $60, Third: $40, Submission of short listed entries to at least one publisher
 
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Accepts: Graphic Novel or Illustrated Picture book or Illustrated Middle grade novel - any age group within CYA
Size: 3 pages, up to 500 words
Entry Fee: $22
Prizes: 15-minute editor critique valued at $250, Second: $60, Third: $40, Submission of short listed entries to at least one publisher
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Illustration section using extracts provided on website


CYA - Everthing is a Genre Competition
Closing Date: 04/04/2019
Open to: 8 years and older
Theme: None
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Accepts: 8 to 18 years old and unpublished in book format in adult genre
Size: First 5,000 words and one page synopsis
Entry Fee: $14.50
Prizes: First: $100, Second: $60, Third: $40, Submission of short listed entries to at least one publisher of adult books
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Accepts: Aspiring Writer and unpublished in book format in adult genre (see website for full requirements)
Size: First 5,000 words and one page synopsis
Entry Fee: $22
Prizes: First: 15-minute editor critique valued at $250, Second: $60, Third: $40, Submission of short listed entries to at least one publisher of adult books
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Accepts: Published Writer (see website for full requirements)
Size: First 12,500 words and one page synopsis
Entry Fee: $41
Prizes: First: 15-minute editor critique valued at $250, Second: $60, Third: $40, Submission of short listed entries to at least one publisher of adult books

CYA - Hatchlings
Closing Date: 04/04/2020
Open to: 8 - 18 years old and not been published in book format within the CYA genres.
Theme: None
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Accepts: Picture book - text only for pre-school or primary aged children
Size: 500 words
Entry Fee: $14.50
Prizes: First: $100, Second: $60, Third: $40, Submission of short listed entries to at least one children's publisher
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Accepts: Chapter Book and Young adult novels - text only for older primary aged children/Young Adult
Size: First 1,000 words
Entry Fee: $14.50
Prizes
: First: $100, Second: $60, Third: $40, Submission of short listed entries to at least one children's publisher
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Accepts: Graphic Novel and Illustrated Picture Book OR Middle Grade Illustrated Novel
Size: See website
Entry Fee: $14.50
Prizes
: First: $100, Second: $60, Third: $40, Submission of short listed entries to at least one children's publisher

GRIFFITH REVIEW 70: The Novella Project VII Competition
Closing Date:
07/04/2020
Open to:
Australian and New Zealand authors
Theme:
Generosities of Spirit
Accepts:
Novella - fiction or non-fiction
Size:
15,000 - 25,000 words
Entry Fee:
$60, Griffith REVIEW subscribers = $30
Prizes:
Pool of $25,000


Gulgong Henry Lawson Literary Awards
Closing Date: 10/04/2020
Theme: None
Open to:
All
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Accepts:
Verse
Size: 200 lines
Entry Fee: $10
Prize
: First (Humorous): $500, First (Traditional): $500, Champion: $500 + 'Henry Lawson' Statuette, Champion Emerging Poetry: $200 + 'Loaded Dog' Statuette
PERFORMANCE POETRY SECTION AVAILABLE
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Accepts: Prose
Size: 3,000 words
Entry Fee: $10
Prize
: First (Humorous): $500, First (Traditional): $500, Champion: $500 + 'Henry Lawson' Statuette, Champion Emerging Poetry: $200 + 'Loaded Dog' Statuette


Laura Literary Awards
Closing Date:
10/04/2020
Theme: None
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THE FLINDERS NEWS PROSE AWARDS
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SECTION 1 - OPEN
Open to:
All
Accepts:
Short Story
Size: 1,500 words
Entry Fee: $10
Prize
: $200
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SECTION 2 - YOUNG ADULT
Open to:
13 - 18 years
Accepts:
Short Story

Size: 1,200 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: $50
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SECTION 3 - JUNIOR
Open to:
9 - 12 years
Accepts:
Short Story

Size: 800 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: $25
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SECTION 4 - JUNIOR PRIMARY

Open to:
5 - 8 years
Accepts:
Short Story

Size: 500 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: $15
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THE CJ DENNIS POETRY AWARDS

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SECTION 5 - OPEN

Open to:
All
Accepts:
Poetry
Size: 60 lines
Entry Fee: $10
Prize
: $200
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SECTION 6 - OPEN BUSH POETRY

Open to:
All
Accepts:
Bush Poetry
Size: 60 lines
Entry Fee: $10
Prize
: $200
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SECTION 7 - YOUNG ADULT
Open to:
13 - 18 years
Accepts:
Poetry
Size: 60 lines
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: $50
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SECTION 8 - JUNIOR
Open to:
9 - 12 years
Accepts:
Poetry
Size: 60 lines
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: $25
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SECTION 9 - JUNIOR PRIMARY

Open to:
5 - 8 years
Accepts:
Poetry
Size: 60 lines
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: $15

Écrire! Words Alike Short Story Competition

Closing Date: 20/04/2020
Open to: 13+, targeting new, aspiring and/or young writers
Theme: A cause you are passionate about
Accepts: Short Story
Size: 5,000 - 10,000 words

Entry fee: Nil
Prizes:
First: $30 USD or substitution. Work formatted into a PDF ebook with a cover design and author bio. Second: $20 USD or substitution. Work formatted into a PDF ebook with a cover design and author bio. Third: $10 USD or substitution. Work formatted into a PDF ebook with a cover design and author bio, Runner-ups x 2:  PDF ebook of their work

Science-me a Story
UK COMPETITION.
Closing Date:
20/04/2020
Open to:
18 years and old
Theme
: With the objective of scientific disemmination to primary school children
*
Accepts:
Short Story in English
Size:
1 to 4 pages
Entry fee:
Nil
Prizes:
First: £150, first Runner-up: £100, Second Runner-up: £50
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Accepts:
Short Story in Spanish
Size:
1 to 4 pages
Entry fee:
Nil
Prizes:
First: £150, first Runner-up: £100, Second Runner-up: £50

Positive Words Short Story & Poetry Competition

Closing Date:
23/04/2020
Open to: All
Theme: None

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Accepts:
Short Story
Size: 2,000 words
Entry Fee: $4.4, 4 for $15
Prize
: First: $100, Second: Twelve Six months subscription to Positive Words
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Accepts:
Poetry
Size: 48 lines
Entry Fee: $4.4, 4 for $15
Prize
: First: $100, Second: Twelve Six months subscription to Positive Words

Banjo Paterson Writing Awards
Closing Date: 26/04/2019
Open to:
All
Theme:
Australian content
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Accepts:
1. Short Story
Size:
3,000 words
Entry Fee:
$15
Prizes:
First:
$2,000
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Accepts:
2. Contemporary Poetry
Size:
200 lines
Entry Fee:
$15
Prizes:
First:
$2,000
*

Accepts:
3. ABC Central West Radio Children's Writing Awards (16 years and under)
Size:
Short Story: 1,000 words, Poetry: 30 lines
Entry Fee:
$5
Prizes:
First:
$200, Second: $100, Third: $100


The Valerie Parv Award
Closing Date: 26/04/2020
Open to:
Aspiring or Emerging writers - check website for full definition
Theme:
Romance/Romantic elements
Accepts:
Novels
Size:
10,000 plus 1,000 word synopsis

Entry Fee:
$110, $44 for RWA members
Prizes:
First:
  1 year mentorship with Valerie Parv

NEW LISTING
Oodgeroo Noonuccal Indigenous Poetry Prize
Closing Date: 27/04/2020
Open to: Residents of Australia & an Indigenous Writer
Theme: Open

Accepts:
Poetry
Size: 80 lines
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: $2,000, Highest Quandamooka entry: Performance opportunity at Queensland Poetry Festival

Bristol Short Story Prize
UK COMPETITION
Closing Date:
30/04/2020
Open to: Over 16
Theme: Open
Accepts: Short Story
Size: 4,000 words
Entry Fee: £9
Prizes
: First: £1000, Second: £500, Third: £250, Shortlisted x 17: £100, The Sansom Award (Bristol Writer): £100

Imagination Creation Western Union Young Writers
Closing Date:
30/04/2020
Open to: 18 years and under
Theme:
None
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Accepts: Short Story & Poetry - 10 years and under
Size: Suggested: up to 1,000 words
Entry Fee:
Nil
Prize:
First: $100 Bookshop voucher, Second: $50 Bookshop voucher

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Accepts: Short Story & Poetry - 11 - 14 years
Size: Suggested: up to 1,500 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize:
First: $120 Bookshop voucher, Second: $60 Bookshop voucher

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Accepts: Short Story & Poetry - 15 - 18 years
Size: Suggested: up to 2,000 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize:
First: $150 Bookshop voucher, Second: $70 Bookshop voucher

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OTHER AWARDS
Sherryl Clark Award: $100 Bookshop voucher
Wyhham Local Award: $50 Bookshop voucher

Margaret Campbell Award: $50 Bookshop voucher

Poetica Christi Press Annual Poetry Competition
Closing Date: 30/04/2020
Open to: Australian residents aged 16 years and over
Theme: Joy in the Morning
Accepts:
Poetry
Size: 50 lines
Entry Fee: $7, 3 for $20
Prize
: First: $300, Second: $100

Positive Words Mini Competition - April
Closing Date:
30/04/2020
Open to: All
Theme: Contains the word: Sunrise
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 Best of Times Short Story Competition
Closing Date:
30/04/2020
Open to:
All
Theme: Humorous
Accepts: Short Story
Size: 2,500 words
Entry Fee: $10
Prizes
: First: $300 - $400 (depending on number of entries). Second: $100, Third place: Certificate

Write4Fun School Poetry and Short Story Writing Competition
Closing Date: 30/04/2020 - Extended Date
Open to: Australian Students (Kindergarten to Grade 12) or Home-schooled
Theme:
None
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Accepts: Poetry
Size: 16 lines and no more than 64 characters in width
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: $500 for student, $500 for school, plus a choice of one of the following: $500 Rebel Sport Gift Card, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One X, PlayStation 4, Second: $250 & Write4fun Gift Pack & Book, Third: $150 & Write4fund Gift Pack & Book, 13 x Finalists: Write4fun Gift Pack & Book

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Accepts: Short Story
Size: 500 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: $500 for student, $500 for school, plus a choice of one of the following: $500 Rebel Sport Gift Card, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One X, PlayStation 4, Second: $250 & Write4fun Gift Pack & Book, Third: $150 & Write4fund Gift Pack & Book, 13 x Finalists: Write4fun Gift Pack & Book

MAY 2020

ABR Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize
Closing Date: 01/05/2020
Open to:
All
Theme:
None
Accepts:
Short Story
Size:
2,000 - 5,000 words
Entry Fee:
$25 ($15 for ABR subscribers and full-time students) or choose to subscribe with your entry (see website)
Prizes:
First:
$6,000, Second: $4,000, Third: $2,500


Poetry d'Amour
Closing Date: 01/05/2020
Open to:
All
Theme:
Love
Accepts:
Poetry
Size:
40 lines
Entry Fee:
$10, $20 for 2, $25 for 3, $30 for 4
Prizes:
First:
$500 plus opportunity to perform, Runner-Up: $200 plus opportunity to perform, Highly Commended x 2: Certificate, Commended x 2: Certificate, Youth Incentive (Under 21): $100 and opportunity to perform


Questions Writing Prize
Closing Date: 01/05/2020
Open to: Australian, 18 - 30 years
Theme:
None

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

Shore Scripts Short Film Fund

UK COMPETITION
  
29/02/2020 : Early Deadline
  31/03/2020 : Regular Deadline
  02/05/2020 : 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

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 Screenwiriting Course

NEW LISTING
South Perth Young Writers Award
Closing Date: 02/05/2020
Open to: School aged children residing or attending school in the City of South Perth

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

NEW LISTING
Lord Mayor's Creative Writing Awards
Closing Date: 03/05/2020
Open to: Residents of Victoria who are unpublished writers
*
Theme: None
Accepts:
The Dorothy Porter Award for Poets
Size: 100 lines
Entry Fee:
Nil

Prize: First: $2,000
*

Theme:
None
Accepts:
Narrative non-fiction
Size: 5,000 words
Entry Fee:
Nil

Prize: First: $2,000
*
Theme: Set in Melbourne
Accepts:
Short Story
Size: 5,000 words
Entry Fee:
Nil

Prize: First: $2,000
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Theme: True life experience, uniquely Victorian story of Australia's First People
Accepts:
Life Writing Award for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders Writers
Size: 5,000 words
Entry Fee:
Nil

Prize: First: $2,000
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Theme: None
Accepts:
Feature - Script/Play
Size: 30 pages
Entry Fee:
Nil

Prize: First: $2,000
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OVERALL WINNER: $10,00
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NEW LISTING
Arts Queensland Thomas Shapcott Poetry Prize
Closing Date: 04/05/2020
Open to: Queensland residents who haven't previosuly published a book of poetry
Theme: None

Accepts:
Poetry
Size: Manuscript of 48 - 100 pages
Entry Fee: $20, $15 Concession (50 cents Credit card processing fee)
Prize
: First: $2,000, book launch at QPF 2019 & a publishing contract with UQP

NEW LISTING
Arts Queensland Val Vallis Award for Unpublished Poetry
Closing Date: 04/05/2020
Open to: Australian residents
Theme: None

Accepts:
Poetry
Size: 80 lines
Entry Fee: $15, $10 concession (50 cents Credit card processing fee)
Prize
: First: $1,000, Second: $500, Highest QLD entry: Performance opportunity at Queensland Poetry Festival

NEW LISTING
Arts Queensland XYZ Award for Innovaton in Spoken Word
Closing Date: 04/05/2020
Open to: Australian residents
Theme: None

Accepts:
Recorded Poetry
Size: Under 3 minutes
Entry Fee: $10, $8 Concession (50 cents Credit card processing fee)
Prize
: First: $1,000, Highest QLD entry: Performance opportunity at Queensland Poetry Festival

NEW LISTING
Fresh Words Writing Competition
Closing Date: 08/05/2020
Open to: Young people who live, work or study in the City of Casey
Theme: None

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

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

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

What Matters? NSW/ACT
Closing Date: 08/05/2020
Open to:
Students in NSW and ACT
Theme:
What matters to you and why
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Accepts:
Year 5 & 6: Opinion piece
Size:
400 - 600 words
Entry Fee:
Nil
Prizes: First:
$350 & full-day creative writing workshop, Runner-up: $200 & full-day creative writing workshop
*

Accepts:
Year 7 & 8: Opinion piece
Size:
400 - 600 words
Entry Fee:
Nil
Prizes: First:
$350 & full-day creative writing workship, Runner-up: $200 & full-day creative writing workshop
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Accepts:
Year 9 & 10: Opinion piece
Size:
400 - 600 words
Entry Fee:
Nil
Prizes: First:
$350, a day at ReachOut.com to meet team and receive professional training as well as opportunity to be paid $200 to produce a feature article for ReachOut.com, Runner-up: $200
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Accepts:
Year 11 & 12: Opinion piece
Size:
400 - 600 words
Entry Fee:
Nil
Prizes: First:
$350, 1 year membership to WritingNSW and opportunity to participate in a one-day writing workshop, Runner-up: $200

 

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

NEW LISTING
What Matters Tasmania
Closing Date: 08/05/2020
Open to: Students in Tasmania in years 5 to 12
Theme:
Focus on a matter or issue of significance, expressed with passionate conviction

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Accepts:
Opinion piece
Size: 400 - 600 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: Per prior year: Awarded in 4 categories: Years 5/6, 7/8, 9/10 & 11/12
First: $350 & invitation to participate in a Young Writers Forum, Runner-up; $200
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OVERALL WINNER (Tasmania): $150, flown to Sydney to take part in workshop, Accomodation, Meals, Travel in Sydney covered

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

Whitsunday Voices Youth Literature Festival Short Story Competition
Closing Date: 08/05/2020
Open to:
Students from Years 3 to 12
Theme:
Open
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Accepts:
Years 3 & 4: Short Story
Size:
300 - 400 words
Entry Fee:
Nil
Prizes: First:
$70 & Timezone Birthday Party Voucher, Second: $30
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Accepts:
Years 5 & 6: Short Story
Size:
300 - 500 words
Entry Fee:
Nil
Prizes: First:
$80 & Timezone Birthday Party Voucher, Second: $50

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

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

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


NEW LISTING
ZineWest 2020
Closing Date: 10/05/2020
Open to:
New writers who work, live or study in Western Sydney OR attend a Western Sydney cultural group, aged 16 years and over
Theme:
Open
Accepts:
Word-based works that can be printed
Size:
Poetry: 60 lines including line breaks, Prose:800 words
Entry Fee:
Nil
Prizes:
First:
$400, Second & Third: Giramondo Books, Best Poem, Best Prose


NEW LISTING
The Stringybark Tales with a Twist Award
Closing Date: 13/05/2020
Theme: A twist at the end

Open to:
All
Accepts:
Short Story

Size:
1,500 words
Entry Fee: $14 for 1, $26 for 2, $36 for 3
Prizes
:
First: $450 + publication + e-book + paperback + choice of any two Stringybark anthology (other than the Stringybark Twisted anthology) (Value $400), Second: $250 + publication + e-book + paperback + choice of any two Stringybark anthology (other than the Stringybark Twistedanthology) (Value $300), Third: $125 + publication + e-book + paperback + choice of any two Stringybark anthology (other than the Stringybark Twistedanthology) (Value $175), Highly commended x 27: Publication + e-book (Value approximately $15)

Boree Log Award for Bush Verse
Closing Date:
15/05/2020
Open to: All
Theme: Australian Bush Theme
Accepts:
Bush Verse
Size: 80 lines
Entry Fee: $8
Prize
: $100 plus trophy and certificate

Eastwood/Hills FAW Literary Competition
Closing Date:
15/05/2020
Open to: All
Theme: None

*
A
ccepts: Category 1: Flash Fiction
Size: 500 words
Entry Fee: $8 or $30 for 4
Prize
: First: $150, Second: $50
*

Accepts:
Category 2: Phillippa Holland Award for Poetry
Size: 80 lines
Entry Fee:  $8 or $30 for 4
Prize
: First: $150, Second: $50
*

Accepts:
Category 3: Alan Russell Award for Memoir
Size: 1,500 words
Entry Fee:  $8 or $30 for 4
Prize
: First: $150, Second: $50
*

A
ccepts: Category 4: Pauline Walsh for Short Story
Size: 1,500 words
Entry Fee: $8 or $30 for 4
Prize
: First: $150, Second: $50

NEW LISTING
SLQ Young Writers Award
Closing Date: 15/05/2020
Open to: Queensland residents aged 18 to 25
Theme: None

Accepts:
Short Story - 18 to 25 years old
Size: 2,500 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: $2,000 & Queensland Writers Centre membership, Runner-up x 2: $500 & Queensland Writers Centre membership

NEW LISTING
Poetry Object
Closing Date: 22/05/2020
Open to: Australian student or young person (aged 18 and under), or accredited teacher
Theme:
Inspired by a curious,special or talismatic object.

*
Accepts:
Primary - Poetry
Size: 20 lines
Entry Fee: Nil
*
Accepts: Secondary - Poetry
Size: 20 lines
Entry Fee: Nil
*
Accepts: Teachers - Poetry
Size: 20 lines
Entry Fee: Nil
*
Prizes
:
First (Primary, Secondary, Teacher):

   $500,
   Book pack from Copyright Agency,
   Mentoring session with Eleanor Jackson,
   1 year subscription to your choice of Good Reading, Spine Out or PK Magazine,
   1 year subscription to Kookie Magazine (Teachers only)

   Certificate
Rex Prize (Primary and Secondary):
   Rex Flights and merchandise
   Publication in the Rex inflight magazine

   Certificate
Highly Commended (Primary, Secondary, Teacher):
   $20 book voucher
   Judging commendations


SAETA Young Writers Award
Closing Date: 22/05/2020
*
Open to:
South Australian Students: Reception  to Yr 1
Theme:
None
Accepts:
Poetry or Prose
Size:
1,000 words

Entry Fee:
Nil
Prizes: Not specified
*
Open to:
South Australian Students: Yr 2 & Yr 3
Theme:
None
Accepts:
Poetry or Prose
Size:
1,000 words

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

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

Entry Fee:
Nil
Prizes:
Not specified
*
Open to:
South Australian Students: Yr 9 & Yr 10
Theme:
None

Accepts:
Poetry or Prose
Size:
1,000 words

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

Entry Fee:
Nil
Prizes: Not specified

Grieve Writing Project

Closing Date: 25/05/2020
Open to:
Australian citizens or permanent residents and over 18
Theme: Grief
Accepts:
Prose or poetry
Size: Prose: 500 words, Poetry: 36 lines
Entry Fee:
$16.50

Prizes:
NALAG (National Association for Loss and Grief): $2,000
The Pettigrew Family: $1,000
NALAG (National Association for Loss and Grief): $500
PalliativeCare New South Wales: $500
All About Grief - story or poem about grief or loss after the death of a child: $200
Quest for Life Foundation: $250 twin pack prize for two to attend Quest for Life course (NSW & ACT entrants only)
Lake Macquarie Memrial Park: $250
Newcastle Memorial Park: $250
Goodgrief MacKillop Family Services for story or poem about grief or loss other than death: $250
Simplicity Funerals: $200

David Lloyd Funerals: $200
White Lady Funerals: $200
Calvary: $200
Interflora: $200
In Memory or Nathan Richter: $200
'Our World' Award x 2: stories or poems about the environment
Mindframe - about suicide, mental ill-health, alcohol and other drugs: $100
Canteen: $100
Newpsych Psycologists: $100
Blue Knot Foundation: $100
The Compassionate Friends: $100
NSW Health Hunter New England Local Health District: $100
Hunters Writers Centre: $100

Future Leaders Writing Prize
Closing Date:
31/05/2020
Open to:
Year 11 & 12 students in Australian Secondary Schools
Theme:
None
Accepts:
Fiction or Non-fiction
Size:
800 - 1,000 words
Entry Fee:
Nil
Prize: First:
$1,000

Positive Words Mini Competition - May
Closing Date:
31/05/2020
Open to: All
Theme: Contains the word: Grandmother
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

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

*
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
*
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

The Australian / Vogel's Literary Award
Closing Date:
31/05/2020
Open to: Australian residents aged under 35 years on 31 May 2020
Theme: None
Accepts:
Unpublished manuscript: Fiction, Australian History or biography
Size: 30,000 - 100,000 words
Entry Fee: $25
Prize
: An advance against royalties plus prize money totalling $20,000

The Bath Novel Award
UK COMPETITION
Closing Date: 31/05/2020
Open to:
International writers yet to be traditionally published
Theme:
None
Accepts:
Unsigned novel written for adults or young adults
Size:
First 5,000 words plus one page synopsis (Full novel must be at least 50,000 words)
Entry Fee:
£28 (sponsored places available for writers on low income)
Prizes: First:
£3,000, Most promising Longlisted novel: Online professional editing course worth £1,800, Short listed: manuscript feedback & literary agent introductions


JUNE 2020


NEW LISTING
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

NEW LISTING
Northern Territory Literary Award
Closing Date: 01/06/2020
Open to:
Reside in Northern Territory
Theme: None
*
Accepts: Brown's Mart Theatre Award
Size: Performance time of more than 30 minutes
Entry Fee:
 Nil (I think - check website)
Prizes: First: $1,000, consideration for a rehearsed reading Final Draft 8 script writing software and NT Writers' Centre
*
Accepts:
Charles Darwin Universtiy Creative Non-Fiction Award
Size: 3,000 words
Entry Fee:
 Nil (I think - check website)
Prizes: First: $500 and NT Writers' Centre membership and masterclass
*
Accepts: Charles Darwin University Creative Essay Award
Theme: Topic relating to Northern Territory
Size: 3,000 words
Entry Fee:
 Nil (I think - check website)
Prizes: First: $1,000 and NT Writers' Centre membership and masterclass
*
Accepts: Kath Manzie Youth Award (12 - 18 years as of 1 January): Short story or poetry
Size: 3,000 words or 300 lines
Entry Fee:
 Nil (I think - check website)
Prizes: First: $600 and NT Writers' Centre membership and masterclass
*
Accepts: NT Writers' Centre Poetry Award
Size: 300 lines
Entry Fee:
 Nil (I think - check website)
Prizes: First: $1,000 and NT Writers' Centre membership and masterclass
*
Accepts: Flash Fiction Award
Size: 500 words
Entry Fee:
 Nil (I think - check website)
Prizes: First: $600 and NT Writers' Centre membership
*
Accepts: ZipPrint Short Story Award
Size: 3,000 words
Entry Fee:
 Nil (I think - check website)
Prizes: First: $1,000 and NT Writers' Centre membership and masterclass


Stuart Hadow Prize
Closing Date:
01/06/2020
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

Bruce Dawe National Poetry Prize
Closing Date: 05/06/2020
Open to: Australian citizens or Permanent Residents of Australia
Theme: None
Accepts: Poetry
Size: 50 lines
Entry Fee: $6
Prizes: First: $3,000, Highly Commended x 2: $500


EU QLD & NT Literary Competition
Note: Limitations of entries per School
Closing Date: 19/06/2020
Open to: Students in years 5 -12 and teachers from all schools across Queensland and from independent schools across the Northern Territory.
Theme: None

*
Accepts:
A. Years 11-12

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

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

1. Poem, 2, Short Story
Size:
Poem: not mentioned, Short Story: 500-1,200 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: $150, Second: $100, Third: $75
*
Accepts:
D. Years 5 - 6

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

NEW LISTING
Newcastle Poetry Prize
Closing Date:
23/06/2020
Open to: Australian citizens or permanent residents of Australia, aged over 18 years
Theme: None
Accepts: Poem or Suite of poems
Size: 200 lines
Entry Fee: $33
Prize:
First: $15,000, Second: $5,000, Third: $1,000, Local Award: $250, Harri Jones Memorial Prize (for a poet under 36 years): $500, Commended x 2: $250, HWC Members' Award: $200

Adelaide Plains Poets Inc Poetry Competition
Closing Date: 26/06/2020
Theme: Vision

*
Open to: Poets 18 years and older
Accepts:
Poetry
Size: 60 lines
Entry Fee: $10, $5 for each thereafter
Prizes
: First, Second & Third: Cash prizes (Total competition prize pool = $700), Highly Commended & Commended: Certificate
*
Open to: Primary School Student
Accepts:
Poetry
Size: 60 lines
Entry Fee: Nil
Prizes
: First, Second & Third: Cash prizes (Total competition prize pool = $700), Highly Commended & Commended: Certificate
*
Open to: Secondary School Student
Accepts:
Poetry
Size: 60 lines
Entry Fee:
Nil
Prizes
: First, Second & Third: Cash prizes (Total competition prize pool = $700), Highly Commended & Commended: Certificate.

NEW LISTING
Ros Spencer Poetry Prize
Closing Date:
26/06/2020
Open to:
All
Theme: None
Accepts:
Poetry
Size: 60 lines
Entry Fee: $10, $20 for 2, $25 for 3, $30 for 4
Prize: First: $701, Second: $299, Highly Commended x 2, Commended x 2

AAWP SC Creative Nonfiction Prize
Closing Date:
30/06/2020
Open to:
Emerging writers across Australasia
Theme: None
Accepts:
Essay/Profile/Memoir/Article
Size: 3,000 words
Entry Fee: $20
Prize: $500 as well as fully subsidised fees to attend the annual conference

Audio Arcadia's General Fiction Short Story Competition
UK COMPETITION
Closing Date:
30/06/2020
Open to:
Aged 18 plus
Theme: None
Accepts:
Short Story
Size: 5,000 words
Entry Fee: $USD 9.50
Prize: Percentage of royalties

Blue Mountain Arts Poetry Card Contest
US COMPETITION
Closing Date: 30/06/2020
Open to:
All
Theme: Suitable for Cards
Accepts:
Poetry
Size: Not mentioned
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize: First: $350 USD, Second: $200 USD, Third: $100 USD

Dorothea Mackellar Poetry Awards
Closing Date: 30/06/2020
Open to:
School Students enrolled in Australian education facilities

Theme: Optional theme: We used to live there

*
Accepts:
Lower Primary (Years K - 3) Poetry
Size: 80 lines
Entry Fee:  

    Individual (where home-schooled or school not taking part): $20 online or $25 postal,
    School Entry up to 30 entries: $30 online or $35 postal, 
    School Entry over 30 entries: $60 online or $65 postal, 
    School Entry over 100 entries: $80 online or $100 postal

Prize: First: $300, trophy & prize pack, Runner-up: $150 & prize pack
*

Accepts:
Upper Primary (Years 4 - 6. Year 7 in SA) Poetry
Size: 80 lines
Entry Fee: 

    Individual (where home-schooled or school not taking part): $20 online or $25 postal,
    School Entry up to 30 entries: $30 online or $35 postal, 
    School Entry over 30 entries: $60 online or $65 postal, 
    School Entry over 100 entries: $80 online or $100 postal

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

*
Accepts:
Assisted Learning Primary Poetry
Size: 80 lines
Entry Fee:  

    Individual (where home-schooled or school not taking part): $20 online or $25 postal,
    School Entry up to 30 entries: $30 online or $35 postal, 
    School Entry over 30 entries: $60 online or $65 postal, 
    School Entry over 100 entries: $80 online or $100 postal

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

Accepts:
Junior Secondary (Years 7 - 9) Poetry
Size: 80 lines
Entry Fee:   

    Individual (where home-schooled or school not taking part): $20 online or $25 postal,
    School Entry up to 30 entries: $30 online or $35 postal, 
    School Entry over 30 entries: $60 online or $65 postal, 
    School Entry over 100 entries: $80 online or $100 postal

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

*
Accepts:
Senior Secondary (Years 10 - 12) Poetry
Size: 80 lines
Entry Fee:  

    Individual (where home-schooled or school not taking part): $20 online or $25 postal,
    School Entry up to 30 entries: $30 online or $35 postal, 
    School Entry over 30 entries: $60 online or $65 postal, 
    School Entry over 100 entries: $80 online or $100 postal

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

*
Accepts:
Assisted Learning Secondary Poetry
Size: 80 lines
Entry Fee:  

    Individual (where home-schooled or school not taking part): $20 online or $25 postal,
    School Entry up to 30 entries: $30 online or $35 postal, 
    School Entry over 30 entries: $60 online or $65 postal, 
    School Entry over 100 entries: $80 online or $100 postal

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

*
DAVID MAHER AWARD: $250, trophy & prize pack
KURRUMBEDE AWARD:
PRIMARY SCHOOL AWARD: $1,000, trophy & prize pack*
SECONDARY SCHOOL AWARD: $1,000, trophy & prize pack


NEW LISTING
Maureen Freer (FAWQ) Literary Competition
Closing Date:
30/06/2020
Open to: All
*
Theme: "... and he/she seemed such a reasonable person ..."
Accepts:
Short Story
Size: 2,000 words
Entry Fee: $10, $20 for three
Prize
: First: $300, Second: $100, Third: $50
*
Theme: None
Accepts:
Poetry
Size:
40 lines
Entry Fee: $10, $20 for three
Prize
: First: $300, Second: $100, Third: $50
*
Theme: "Connecting Community"
Accepts:
Article
Size: 3,000 words
Entry Fee: $10, $20 for three
Prize
: First: $300, Second: $100, Third: $50

NEW LISTING
Port Writers Open Competition
Closing Date: 30/06/2020
Open to: Australia citizens or permanent residents, over 18 years old
Theme:
None
*
Accepts: Short Fiction
Size: 2,500 words
Entry Fee: $5, $4 per entry for 5 or more (Limit of 3 entries per category)
Prize
: First: $100, Second: $50
*

Accepts: Non-Fiction
Size: 2,500 words
Entry Fee: $5, $4 per entry for 5 or more (Limit of 3 entries per category)
Prize
: First: $100, Second: $50
*

Accepts: Poetry
Size: 32 lines
Entry Fee: $5, $4 per entry for 5 or more (Limit of 3 entries per category)
Prize
: First: $100, Second: $50

Positive Words Mini Competition - June
Closing Date:
30/06/2020
Open to: All
Theme: Contains the word: Music
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
Scribes Writers - "Poetic Licence"

Closing Date: 30/06/2020
Open to: All
Theme: Open

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

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

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

Prize: First: $200, Second: $100

The Moth International Short Story Prize
IRISH COMPETITION

Closing Date:
30/06/2020
Open to: Over 16
Theme: None
Accepts:
Short Story
Size: 5,000 words
Entry Fee: €15
Prize: First: €3,000, Second: a week-long writing retreat at Circle of Misse in France (including €250 for travel), Third: €1,000

NEW LISTING
Wells Festival of Literature Competition
UK COMPETITION
Closing Date:
30/06/2020
Open to:
All
Theme:
Open
*
Accepts:
Poetry
Size:
35 lines
Entry Fee:
 £6
Prizes:
First:
£1,000, Second: £500, Third: £250, Local Prize: £100
*
Accepts:
Short Story
Size:
1,000 - 2,000 words
Entry Fee:
 £6
Prizes:
First:
£750, Second: £300, Third: £200, Local Prize: £100
*
Accepts:
A Book for Children (aimed at 7+ years of age)
Size:
First three chapters or 30 pages, whichever is shortest, plus a synopsis (Shortlisted entrants asked for complete manuscript)
Entry Fee:
 £6
Prizes:
First:
£750, Second: £300, Third: £200, Local Prize: £100
*

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


JULY 2020

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
*
Accepts: Lower Primary - Year 3 & 4 - Prose

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

Size: No limit

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


NEW LISTING
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

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

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

NEW LISTING
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

NEW LISTING
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

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

NEW LISTING
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

NEW LISTING
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

NEW LISTING
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 38, 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 38, Shortlisted x 4: €250 and publication in Southword 38

NEW LISTING
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

 

AUGUST 2020

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

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

NEW LISTING
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.

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

 

SEPTEMBER 2020

NEW LISTING
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

NEW LISTING
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

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

 

OCTOBER 2020

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

 

NOVEMBER 2020

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

 

DECEMBER 2020

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